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[UPDATED] Elite XCO Results & Overall Standings from the Crans Montana XC World Cup 2024

Jun 23, 2024 at 2:50
by Ed Spratt  
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The results are in from a muddy fifth round of the 2024 XC World Cup season. Crans Montana left its mark on the XC World Cup circuit as its first time hosting the series delivered exciting racing and a real challenge for riders that was only made harder by wet weather throughout the week.

Loana Lecomte was unrivalled in the mud as she powered around the course to her tenth World Cup victory. After five laps of challenging racing Lecomte ends the weekend with the race win and a dominant show of strength ahead of the Paris Olympics next month. Alessandra Keller tried her best to close the gap early in the race but had to settle for 2nd place, 46 seconds back. Puck Pieterse couldn't match her XCC Short Track win crossing the line third, 1:33 behind Lecomte.

Ahead of the Tour de France, Tom Pidcock secures another XCO victory with an impressive performance in the mud. Pidcock secures another World Cup win in 2024 as he is yet to be beaten in the XCO races he attends this season making him a formidable rider for the Olympics. Mathias Flückiger proved why he deserves the Swiss Olympic spot as he rode closest to Pidcock ending the day just over a minute behind. In a sprint to the line, Luca Braidot passed Nino Schurter to take third place.

Check out the results below.



Results:



Elite Women


1st. Loana Lecomte: 1:17:22
2nd. Alessandra Keller: 1:18:08 // (+46 )
3rd. Puck Pieterse: 1:18:55 // (+1:33 )
4th. Laura Stigger: 1:19:40 // (+2:18 )
5th. Evie Richards: 1:21:19 // (+3:57 )


Elite Men


1st. Tom Pidcock: 1:26:28
2nd. Mathias Flückiger: 1:27:38 // (+1:10 )
3rd. Luca Braidot: 1:28:33 // (+2:05 )
4th. Nino Schurter: 1:28:36 // (+2:08 )
5th. Julian Schelb: 1:28:51 // (+2:23 )



Full Results



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Overall Standings



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110 Comments
  • 71 8
 The course is too dangerous with all that asphalt, I hope to see less of it in future XCO's to prevent crashes similar to Pidcock's
  • 11 83
flag thewho07 FL (Jun 23, 2024 at 7:58) (Below Threshold)
 What about the 300 trees you could crash into? Or the huge rocks in the rock garden? Man up.
  • 62 0
 @BamaBiscuits: thewhoosh07*
  • 13 3
 Was the water fall gap jump open for the Elite Men and Women. Did anyone take it?
The U23 men showed the A Line was about 5 seconds slower.

I wonder how much it is a case of a Park Bro Trail Builder, who is not a racer, gets to design a race course?
As has happened in BC, the Park Bros build a trail that they think looks great for showing off skill, but sucks for racing.

Trail sections that can be selective to sort the skilled from less skilled need to allow all different speeds. You can't have a jump or drop that can only be taken at one speed, so that after a few days of sessioning, everyone who rides the feature goes at exactly the same speed.
  • 5 0
 @taprider: Yes. Pidcock did it on lap 2 of the mens race, but it was considerably slower than the B-line as Schelb went from being a few seconds behind to a few seconds ahead.
  • 5 0
 Interesting perspectives from riders and team managers
www.mtb-news.de/news/kontroversen-im-xc-weltcup-war-die-strecke-in-crans-montana-zu-gefaehrlich


So it looks like Warner Bros/Discovery are the villains in this story.

According to the MTBNews article, Warner Discovery insisted on the construction of the controversial features and not the local organizer. And Warner Discovery was able to overrule the UCI commissaries and Technical Delegate (and rumour has it that the position of Technical Delegate has been cancelled)

Camera placement had higher priority over safety.

It seems Race Teams were negotiating with Warner Bros/Discovery, and not UCI, to make changes to the course to improve safety

In previous years when UCI controlled the show, the course was finalized by Tuesday and racers could preride by Wednesday. This time they couldn't preride until Thursday and the course was not finalized until Sunday morning.
  • 1 0
 @taprider: I've said it before and I'll say it again, trail builders and race organizers have the responsibility to listen to their Spidey senses as to when the course exceeds what is an acceptable level of risk. I.E. excluding features that pose a level of risk besides technical ability such as certain bridges, dumb rock walls dividing course lanes, and asphalt.
  • 62 13
 Sigh. So Ric is back in the commentary booth. Didn't like his style back when he was doing EWS finish line interviews, haven't witnessed a reason to change my mind until now. Not saying there is no alternative to Warner, just that he isn't it.
  • 28 3
 Carlson was better in my opinion and I feel he could grow into the role and be even better than he was.
  • 9 0
 as long as he stays out of the downhill booth!
  • 11 15
flag eckljkr (Jun 23, 2024 at 20:57) (Below Threshold)
 It's time to let this go.
  • 14 4
 @eckljkr: It's time to let *him go.
  • 3 3
 1. Tries too hard to hype 2.Mentions repeatedly (only) his favorite? teams 3. Says Nino Shur-errr incessantly. What's not to like?
  • 5 1
 @heatproofgenie: Agree! Carlson seems to have understood how to use the expert commentators as an anchor. This is what Rob Warner did at RB and the only reason Bart was tolerable. Right now it feels like 3 people competing for the mic.
  • 22 0
 Kudos to Pidcock for honoring the rainbow stripes and making it to some big races in spite of his road schedule. He starts the TDF on Saturday, even if he isn't riding GC it shows the respect he has for MTB.
  • 24 1
 Great to see Evie back up there!! Such a class rider and always super positive.
  • 24 1
 Yeah, glad to see Loana dominate again!
  • 4 1
 *win
  • 5 1
 @femto505: She spent a good bit of the time leading the race and won by a proper gap. Hence the term. As for taking multiple wins in a row like she used to do, no she may not be there yet indeed.
  • 20 0
 Specialized factory team kit looks like the German national team.
  • 10 11
 Its better than their usual kit. Anything is better that gawdy eye sore
  • 20 1
 Pidock on the podium with his dogs in rainbow jackets - WTF!
  • 4 2
 I am somehow not surprised
  • 9 0
 His dachhunds? Need photos!
  • 1 0
 @Mei-Lewis: No photos as Pidcock was dog tired...
  • 18 1
 Damn. Tom Pidcock's presence at any WC is just like an omen to all others especially Nino Schurter.
  • 15 0
 Stoked to see Schelb in the top 5! Well deserved. It's been a long time coming, cool to see it finally happening.
  • 4 0
 We absolutely need a bike check from him,some time back he was riding a generic frame,Suntour suspension and 11 speed XTR,now that's something we don't see at the top level these days.
  • 14 1
 Very much enjoying this coverage of some trees
  • 10 0
 Any news on Max Brandl’s condition? Apparently he broke he jaw falling onto the rocks when front wheel slipped on the wooden board
  • 5 0
 that looked bad
  • 7 0
 The crash was further down the rockgarden. According to his instagram he lost a tooth.
Here’s a video of the crash:
videos.mtb-news.de/56547/030050b_630150_img_0051
  • 3 0
 @Fortuneteller: Jesus that looked so bad. Reminder why normally we wear a full face doing anything semi-challenging!
  • 1 0
 @triggerdog: and why i don’t ride aspens/rekons/severes on anything semi-challenging either
  • 22 13
 zone4.ca/race/2024-06-22/0bdccefc/results

Mt7 Psychosis also happened yesterday, would be rad to see something on pinkbike about that!
  • 5 3
 Fantastic event but it’s a beer league level event. These are the best at this discipline on the planet.
  • 5 0
 @BuntyHoven1: I wasn't drawing a comparison. Most of the history of psychosis available to find online is by way of pinkbike articles, pretty cool.
  • 8 0
 Does anyone know who the rider was who was down in the rock garden as the leaders entered (with the yellow flags)? That didn't look good. I hope he's OK.

Fantastic race for Loana today. Her technical skills are underrated.
  • 4 0
 Edit: A comment here says that was Raphael Auclair . According to some comments he had to have his neck stabilized?
  • 20 11
 Nino steps off the bike...

BiG cRaSh FoR sChUrTeR!

Can we have Josh Carlson back?
  • 21 10
 You mean, can we have Rob Warner back.
  • 4 2
 @yakimonti: For XC commentary??
  • 6 26
flag Freakyjon FL (Jun 23, 2024 at 14:34) (Below Threshold)
 @yakimonti: no one wants Warner back!
  • 2 3
 @yakimonti: I agree, bring back Rib
  • 6 0
 We need to know what tires they are using! Schurter has crashed twice in 4 laps,is he still on Aspens?
  • 8 0
 He was on Maxxis Severes
  • 1 2
 @Arierep: I reckon he was also running a little too much front pressure. His tire didn’t seem to be conforming as much as the others.
  • 6 3
 So much respect for Loana. When she came on the scene I remember being legitimately worried she was going to get hurt in tech sections. In short time she went from having, in my opinion, very poor handling to having easily some of the best handling skills of all anyone.
  • 5 1
 Discovery, thanks for improving this year's broadcast.

BUT: there are more riders than the leading few, and than the Top20 for which you show timing.

Please just let the times run on for all riders.
  • 5 1
 It's a bit quiter about the swiss selection for the olympics in the comments now but still debatable. Strong results for the germans with 3 riders in the top 13!
  • 4 0
 Can anyone confirm if Blevins crashed? At lap 4-5 he is 5 mins down.
  • 5 1
 MMW, Pidcock and Pauline win Paris.
  • 7 2
 Possibly, even probably. Podcock might be trying to hold a peak for too long though. Tour de Suisse, this, then Tour de France. He'll either be flying or dying, so to speak.
  • 1 2
 Team Ineos ftw!
  • 8 4
 Lol why did Pidcock bring his dogs along to the podium???
  • 51 0
 I suppose he took the lead...
  • 7 2
 He has them with him in every race he attends
  • 18 1
 Seems fitting with WHOOF as the title sponsor
  • 2 0
 Pretty much on brand
  • 3 1
 @NorthShore111: fur sure...
  • 5 1
 You should not speak of Matthias and Luca in this derogatory way. Shame on you Smile .
  • 3 0
 UCI put wood ramp at top of big rock roll section.
  • 9 13
flag toad321 FL (Jun 23, 2024 at 4:12) (Below Threshold)
 Are they gonna take it out for the men’s and not tell anyone so MVP can KO himself again?
  • 11 2
 @toad321: To be fair, everyone but MVdP got the memo, so it was hardly the fault of the organizer.
  • 4 1
 @toad321: Unfair comment. Milan Vader said he told Van Der Poel himself that the ramp would be taken away.

www.wielerflits.nl/nieuws/milan-vader-waarschuwde-van-der-poel-vertelde-dat-ze-die-plank-zouden-weghalen

Google translate, Dutch to English: milan vader warned van der poel that they would remove that plank
  • 6 0
 Max Brandl was in 3rd or 4th, has broken his jaw on the rock section .
Lots of crashes elsewhere too (Nino has been off 3 or 4 times).
  • 4 0
 @nots1: I don't know why MVdP didn't get the memo, but it always seemed weird to me that they wouldn't have gotten one practice lap on the feature as it appeared in the real event. Bad planning all around.
  • 7 0
 I didn't see who it was, but there was a rider down getting treatment at the bottom of the left line through the rock garden. The marshals had to close it off. Hopefully whoever it was is OK.
  • 8 0
 The UCI doesn’t design or build the courses.
  • 12 0
 @JoshCB: UCI commissaires approve and sanction them.
  • 4 3
 @watchmen: Maybe some of them should actually ride these courses before signing them off.......
  • 2 0
 @korev: That was Raphael Auclair (mtbdata.com/riders/raphael-auclair) it looked like. Sure looked like they were trying to stabilize his neck, so i hope he is OK.
  • 4 0
 @korev: that was Raphael Auclair from the Pivot OTE team it looked like. Sure looked like they were trying to stabilize his neck. I hope he is OK.
  • 1 0
 @Supermoo: There's nothing out there on the internet including his Instagram, so let's hope it was just a (sensible) precaution.
  • 1 1
 XCC is not the best racin format for Loana, so when you see her having a good result at XCC you can bet she will perform realy well on XCO...
  • 1 0
 Actually they both crashed. So IDK.
  • 1 0
 Yeah, was wondering what happened to Blevins. Would like to see what tires these guys are running. Didn't seem optimal for the conditions. But there's always trade offs.
  • 1 0
 @sylentk: I think this is where cyclocross can be really beneficial. It's pretty obvious that some riders made tire choices (or perhaps they had no choice) that were suboptimal for the conditions. It seems in general CX provides more opportunities to leverage different tire choices for greasy types of conditions.
  • 1 0
 Is there a live feed for watching
  • 3 3
 “Will Pidcock dominance bore fans?”
  • 9 0
 Probably not. It’s pretty impressive to see just how much better he is than the other riders. . . I guess Nino schurters dominance wasn’t too boring for most fans.
  • 1 2
 They could always add weight to his bike to slow him down like DORNA did with Bautista's Ducati in World Superbike.
  • 3 4
 Lecomte wins when it counts
  • 5 2
 Uhm, when it counts = the Olympics
  • 3 1
 @mi-bike: I agree. But today's win does count, psychologically, for the Olympics. Wishing her the best!
  • 5 4
 The Olympics suck. Too much politics and nationalism bullshit. An athlete can do well and then some politician will run with it. At least WC racing is about the rider and the team that actually supports her. This is a great win in its own right and counts for the overall.
  • 2 2
 @vinay: userflag checks out
  • 3 5
 Pidcock smashes Nino, again. But Nino's the GOAT...
  • 2 0
 I don't think you actually understand what does the GOAT expression mean since you keep coming back with the same thing again and again
  • 3 5
 @mtbcrosscountry-com: Yes Nino has the most WC's But Pidcock could clearly surpass him if his sole focus was WCXC. So Nino's GOAT status is meaningless.
  • 1 1
 @tunnel-vision: I do not think the term GOAT means what you think it means!

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