The 2023 Elite XC World Championships have been crowned at Glentress.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot has made history once again as she secures back-to-back double World Championship wins. The French racer started off slow but quickly caught a hard-charging Loana Lecomte up the first climb on lap one and never looked back. Pauline Ferrand Prevot looked unmatched as she pushed a hard gear throughout the race piloting the new Pinarello to its second win of the week. Loana Lecomte secured a silver medal as she rode a faultless race but just never had the power to match the race winner.
The biggest fight of the race was for the bronze medal position where we saw potential 3rd place finishes from Puck Pieterse, Mona Mitterwallner, Alessandra Keller and Evie Richards throughout the race. The last lap would leave it all down to Puck Pieterse and Mona Mitterwallner with a final big punch from the European champ putting Puck into the final medal spot.
Tom Pidcock has become the first British man to win the Elite XC World Championships as he dominated the race to take the title at home. Tom Pidcock took advantage of a slightly improve grid position to make his way to the front of the race during lap two and an attack during the fifth lap was impossible to match. Sam Gaze also came from a mid-grid position as he battled past the world's best and almost looked like he could take the gold, the New Zealand rider secured the silver medal. Nino Schurter didn't have the power to secure an 11th title but he does still leave Scotland with a bronze medal. Mathieu Van Der Poel didn't live up to many people's hype as his return to XC after over two years ended after he slipped out on a flat turn heading into the finish after the start loop. Peter Sagan who also received a bumped start position despite seemingly not meeting the updated rules didn't make an impact on the racing ending the day in 63rd.
Check out the results and race updates below.
1st. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: 1:24:14
2nd. Loana Lecomte: +1:14
3rd. Puck Pieterse: +1:27
4th. Mona Mitterwallner: +1:31
5th. Alessandra Keller: +2:23
1st. Tom Pidcock: 1:22:09
2nd. Sam Gaze: +19
3rd. Nino Schurter: +34
4th. Victor Koretzky: +43
5th. Vlad Dascalu: +54
The Elite Women's Race as it Happened:
3:33 am PDT: The Elite Women are Off
The Elite Women are off as Loana Lecomte leads after the start loop. Wet weather has changed the course from the dusty conditions of the U23 racing. More wet weather is expected throughout the morning with a chance it will clear up for the Men this afternoon.
3:36 am PDT: Puck Pieterse Leads Loana Lecomte Up the First Climb
Puck Pieterse and Loana Lecomte are starting to ride away as they power up the steep initial climb. Despite the rain the woods are still looking pretty dry.
3:37 am PDT: A Slow Start for Pauline Ferrand Prevot
Pauline Ferrand Prevot has had a tough start to the race as she sits in 6th, 16 seconds off the pace.
3:39 am PDT: Loana Lecomte Creates a Big Gap on the First Downhill
Loana Lecomte is not waiting around as she has made the most of her lead into the first downhill of lap one creating a decent gap back to Puck Pieterse.
3:42 am PDT: Loana Lecomte is Now 15 Seconds in Front of Puck Pieterse
As riders cross the second split Loana Lecomte leads by 15 seconds. Pauline Ferrand Prevot moves into third, 16 seconds off the leader.
3:44 am PDT: Pauline Ferrand Prevot Launches an Early Attack
Pauline Ferrand Prevot pulls ahead of the chasing group and looks to be putting down some serious power as she tries to reel in Loana Lecomte.
3:46 am PDT: The Top 5 After Lap 1
1st. Loana Lecomte: 14:36
2nd. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +5
3rd. Alessandra Keller: +11
4th. Puck Pieterse: +11
5th. Martina Berta: +13
3:46 am PDT: Pauline Ferrand Prevot Catches Loana Lecomte
Pauline Ferrand Prevot has caught Loana Lecomte and has taken the lead up the first climb of the lap.
3:48 am PDT: Loana Lecomte is Already 9 Seconds Back
The gap from race leader Pauline Ferrand Prevot to Loana Lecomte has grown to nine seconds.
3:51 am PDT: Puck Pieterse & Alessandra Keller Have Formed a Chasing Group
Puck Pieterse and Alessandra Keller have pulled around eight seconds ahead of 5th-placed Martina Berta as they battle for the bronze medal.
3:56 am PDT: The Top 5 After Lap 2
1st. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: 26:06
2nd. Loana Lecomte: +14
3rd. Puck Pieterse: +33
4th. Alessandra Keller: +34
5th. Evie Richards: +41
3:59 am PDT: Pauline Ferrand Prevot is Looking Unbeatable on the Climbs
We are still in the early stages of the race but Pauline Ferrand Prevot and her choice of a hardtail are looking unmatched on the climbs as she continues to build a lead.
4:00 am PDT: Loana Lecomte is 24 Seconds Back
The first climb of lap three has knocked Loana Lecomte another 10 seconds back from Pauline Ferrand Prevot.
4:02 am PDT: Pauline Ferrand Prevot Comes Up Short on the River Gap
Pauline Ferrand Prevot may be leading the race but she takes a big rear wheel impact as she almost misses the landing on the river gap. The race leader also avoids the main line over the big gap jump before the second half of the lap.
4:04 am PDT: Evie Richards has Caught Alessandra Keller and Puck Pieterse
Evie Richards has ridden into the fight for the bronze medal as she seems to be building pace as we head to the mid-point of the race.
4:05 am PDT: Loana Lecomte Pulls Back Time on Pauline Ferrand Prevot
Loana Lecomte is losing time on the climbs but she is pulling back time on the descents. At split two the gap between the French riders has reduced.
4:09 am PDT: The Top 5 After Lap 3
1st. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: 37:34
2nd. Loana Lecomte: +28
3rd. Puck Pieterse: +1:06
4th. Alessandra Keller: +1:07
5th. Evie Richards: +1:07
4:13 am PDT: Loana Lecomte Loses Another 6 Seconds
Loana Lecomte has lost six seconds up the first climb on lap four. It's interesting to see that this is less than the previous lap where Pauline Ferrand Prevot gained 10 seconds in this sector.
4:18 am PDT: Alessandra Keller Pulls Away From Evie Richards & Puck Pieterse
Alessandra Keller has started to build a small gap back to the 4th and 5th place riders as she tries to secure a bronze medal position.
4:21 am PDT: The Top 5 After Lap 4
1st. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: 49:07
2nd. Loana Lecomte: +41
3rd. Alessandra Keller: +1:28
4th. Evie Richards: +1:33
5th. Puck Pieterse: +1:34
4:26 am PDT: Puck Pieterse is Riding Back to Alessandra Keller
Puck Pieterse is looking to be pulling back time to 3rd-placed Alessandra Keller as Evie Richards is dropping off the pace of the chasing group.
4:30 am PDT: Puck Pieterse is Just 3 Seconds Back From Alessandra Keller
Puck Pieterse has closed the gap to Alessandra Keller from six seconds at the start of the lap to only three at split two.
4:33 am PDT: The Top 5 After Lap 5
1st. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: 1:00:44
2nd. Loana Lecomte: +57
3rd. Alessandra Keller: +1:50
4th. Puck Pieterse: +1:50
5th. Mona Mitterwallner: +1:55
4:35 am PDT: Mona Mitterwallner has Joined the Fight for Bronze
Freshly crowned Marathon World Champ Mona Mitterwallner has joined the battle for the last medal position with Puck Pieterse and Alessandra Keller.
4:37 am PDT: Mona Mitterwallner & Puck Pieterse Attack on the Steep Climb
Mona Mitterwallner and Puck Pieterse pull a small gap of three seconds on Alessandra Keller as they up the power on the steepest part of the initial climb.
4:42 am PDT: Mona Mitterwallner & Puck Pieterse Pull Back Time on the Race Leader
Mona Mitterwallner and Puck Pieterse have really upped the pace as they fight for bronze. At both splits on lap six, they pulled back time on race leader Pauline Ferrand Prevot.
4:44 am PDT: The Top 5 Going into the Final Lap
1st. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: 1:12:31
2nd. Loana Lecomte: +1:03
3rd. Mona Mitterwallner: +1:44
4th. Puck Pieterse: +1:44
5th. Alessandra Keller: +1:54
4:47 am PDT: Bar-to-Bar Racing as Mona Mitterwallner & Puck Pieterse Fight Up the First Climb
Mona Mitterwallner and Puck Pieterse are really fighting up the first climb of the last lap as they go all-out to try and take the bronze medal.
4:49 am PDT: Puck Pieterse Tries & Fails to Attack Mona Mitterwallner
Puck Pieterse tries to pass Mona Mitterwallner into the downhill after the big climb but she fails to match the power of the Marathon World Champ as she cannot make up any ground.
4:54 am PDT: Pauline Ferrand Prevot Takes Back-to-Back Double World Championship Wins
For the second year running Pauline Ferrand Prevot has won both the XCC and XCO World Championships.
The Elite Men's Race as it Happened:7:30 am PDT: The Elite Men are Out on the Start LoopThe Elite Men have left the start with Jordan Sarrou leading into the shorter start loop.7:34 am PDT: Mathieu Van Der Poel Crashes OutDespite being given an advantageous start position by the UCI Mathieu Van Der Poel who hasn't raced XC in over two years has slid out on a flat turn heading into the finish area. Mathieu has been slow to get back up and we hope he will be able to continue racing today.7:36 am PDT: Mathieu Van Der Poel is OutMathieu Van Der Poel will not be continuing today, we will provide an update when we hear more. Hopefully, he has decided to sit out after losing a lot of time and not that he is seriously injured.7:38 am PDT: Jordan Sarrou Leads the First LapJordan Sarrou currently leads the race on the first lap as Nino Schurter sits in 2nd with Martins Blums 3rd.7:40 am PDT: Nino Schurter Takes the LeadNino Schurter looks to be on a mission today after the frustration of the UCI's star order rule change. 7:43 am PDT: The Top 5 After Lap 11st. Nino Schurter: 12:35Full Results:
2nd. Jordan Sarrou: +0
3rd. Pierre de Froidmont: +1
4th. Alan Hatherly: +1
5th. Luca Braidot: +27:46 am PDT: Alan Hatherly Attacks at the FrontAlan Hatherly has built a gap of two seconds as he starts to put the power down. Jordan Sarrou is in 2nd as Nino Schurter falls back to 3rd.7:48 am PDT: Tom Pidcock Sits in 11thTom Pidcock is making his way through the race as after just over a lap he is in 11th position. Peter Sagan has dropped from his UCI improved start position to 49th.7:51 am PDT: A 3-Rider Group is Forming at the Head of the RaceAlan Hatherly, Jordan Sarrou and Nino Schurter are picking up the pace and starting to ride away from the chasing riders. Tom Pidcock is hunting them down as he is now in 7th, the leading riders will want to make this as hard as possible for the British rider to catch up to them.7:53 am PDT: The Top 5 After Lap 21st. Alan Hatherly: 22:37
2nd. Jordan Sarrou: +1
3rd. Nino Schurter: +1
4th. Pierre de Froidmont: +2
5th. Tom Pidcock: +47:56 am PDT: Nino Schurter Powers Up the First Climb to Go in FrontNino Schurter hammers the pedals up the steepest part of the first climb and as the 2nd and 3rd placed riders follow Tom Pidcock falls eight seconds back.8:02 am PDT: Tom Pidcock Catches the LeadersTom Pidcock has done the hard work and is now on the rear wheels of the top three racers. The question now will be how much energy did he use to catch up.8:03 am PDT: The Top 5 After Lap 31st. Alan Hatherly: 32:39
2nd. Jordan Sarrou: +1
3rd. Tom Pidcock: +3
4th. Nino Schurter: +3
5th. Vlad Dascalu: +218:07 am PDT: Alan Hatherly & Nino Schurter Create Small Gaps at the FrontAlan Hatherly and Nino Schurter are keeping the speed high at the front knocking Tom Pidcock three seconds back and Jordan Sarrou has fallen six seconds off the leaders.8:11 am PDT: Jordan Sarrou has been DroppedJordan Sarrou is now 13 seconds back at the second split on lap four as the leading trio of Alan Hatherly, Nino Schurter and Tom Pidcock are holding a high pace.8:13 am PDT: The Top 5 After Lap 41st. Alan Hatherly: 42:47
2nd. Nino Schurter: +0
3rd. Tom Pidcock: +0
4th. Jordan Sarrou: +12
5th. Victor Koretzky: +248:16 am PDT: A Big Attack from Nino SchurterNino Schurter is putting down some big watts as he is powering up the first climb on lap five. Tom Pidcock and Alan Hatherly have done well to stick with him so far.8:20 am PDT: Tom Pidcock Takes a Turn at the FrontTom Pidcock has gone into the lead for the first time today as the leading trio make their way around the second half of lap five.8:23 am PDT: The Top 5 After Lap 51st. Tom Pidcock: 52:45
2nd. Nino Schurter: +0
3rd. Alan Hatherly: +0
4th. Sam Gaze: +23
5th. Victor Koretzky: +238:26 am PDT: Tom Pidcock & Nino Schurter are Trying to Drop Alan HatherlyTom Pidcock & Nino Schurter are trying their best to make it a two-way fight at the front as they gap Alan Hatherly by four seconds.8:28 am PDT: Alan Hatherly is No Longer with the LeadersAlan Hatherly is now off the front of the race as only Nino Schurter can hold onto Tom Pidcock's rear wheel.8:30 am PDT: Alan Hatherly is 13 Seconds BackAs Tom Pidcock puts the hurt into his closest competitors Alan Hatherly drops 13 seconds off the pace. The South African rider is now at risk of being taken in by the next group of riders led by Sam Gaze. 8:31 am PDT: Tom Pidcock Drops Nino SchurterTom Pidcock has gone all-out to drop the ten-time World Champion as it looks like Nino Schurter has no answer to the British rider.8:33 am PDT: The Top 5 After Lap 61st. Tom Pidcock: 1:02:25
2nd. Nino Schurter: +11
3rd. Alan Hatherly: +25
4th. Sam Gaze: +35
5th. Victor Koretzky: +358:37 am PDT: Sam Gaze Takes 3rdSam Gaze is riding his way into the medals as he pulls back six seconds from the start of the lap. With Nino Schurter falling back the New Zealand rider could become a threat for the gold.8:40 am PDT: Tom Pidcock Leads Sam Gaze by 22 SecondsTom Pidcock is still powering away at the front but Sam Gaze is flying to the front as he passes Nino Schurter and has pulled back 13 seconds this lap.8:41 am PDT: Nino Schurter Closely Follows Sam GazeNino Schurter sticks right on Sam Gaze's rear wheel as there is a real possibility the pair could ride up to Tom Pidcock.8:43 am PDT: The Top 5 Going into the Final Lap1st. Tom Pidcock: 1:12:20
2nd. Sam Gaze: +24
3rd. Nino Schurter: +24
4th. Victor Koretzky: +33
5th. Vlad Dascalu: +518:44 am PDT: A Small Mistake for Tom PidcockTom Pidcock gets put off the main line in a small error, it won't have cost him much time but with Sam Gaze hunting him down it won't be what he wants.8:46 am PDT: Sam Gaze Drops Another 5 Seconds Off Tom PidcockSam Gaze has dropped Nino Schurter as he powers his way towards the race leader. The gap is now under 20 seconds with just over half a lap to go.8:49 am PDT: Sam Gaze is Only 12 Seconds BackSam Gaze has closed the gap to only 12 seconds to Tom Pidcock, it will be tough but this could be closed.8:52 am PDT: Tom Pidcock Becomes the 2023 World ChampionTom Pidcock has taken gold at Glentress as he leads Sam Gaze by 19 seconds.