[Updated with Overall] Final Results from the Lenzerheide XC World Cup 2022

Jul 10, 2022 at 1:18
by Ed Spratt  
Loana Lecomte fancied her chances but eventually fell back to 5th.


The fifth XC World Cup of the year in Lenzerheide provided dramatic racing with a huge upset in the Elite Men's racing.

Kicking off racing was the U23 Women where Sofie Pedersen just beat Line Burquier in a sprint finish. Puck Pieterse completed the top three just over a minute back. Martin Vidaurre Kossmann made it five wins in a row this weekend as he went 26 seconds up on Canadian Carter Woods. Charlie Aldridge rounded out the top three, 56 seconds back.

Loana Lecomte secured a back-to-back win this year after a strong race saw her take eight seconds on Jenny Rissveds. Alessandra Keller fought hard for a win on home soil but settled for an amazing third place, 24 seconds back.

Racing could not have been closer in the Elite men's race with Nino Schurter and Mathias Flückiger battling hard across all six laps. Both riders were purely focused on the win and they crashed before the finish handing the win to Luca Braidot who also had an incredible race hanging onto the Swiss riders across the six laps.

Check out the results below.



Results:

Elite Women (5 Laps)

1st. Loana Lecomte: 1:17:31
2nd. Jenny Rissveds: +8
3rd. Alessandra Keller: +24
4th. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +2:06
5th. Anne Terpstra: +2:06

Elite Men (6 Laps)

1st. Luca Braidot: 1:17.32
2nd. Alan Hatherly: +0
3rd. Mathias Flückiger: +4
4th. Nino Schurter: +12
5th. Filippo Colombo: +32


U23 Women (4 Laps)

1st. Sofie Pedersen: 1:06:00
2nd. Line Burquier: 1:06:00
3rd. Puck Pieterse: 1:07:12
4th. Noëlle Buri: 1:08:19
5th. Ronja Blöchlinger: 1:08:35

U23 Men (5 Laps)

1st. Martin Vidaurre Kossmann: 1:08:08
2nd. Carter Woods: 1:08:34
3rd. Charlie Aldridge: 1:09:04
4th. Mathis Guay: 1:09:28
5th. Simone Avondetto: 1:09:54



Full Results:

Elite Women


Elite Men


U23 Women


U23 Men




Overall Standings:

Elite Women






Elite Men






U23 Women






U23 Men





Live Race Updates:


The 2022 World Cup XC racing continues with the fifth round in Lenzerheide.

The Women's racing kicks off on Red Bull TV at: 10:45pm CEST (1:45am PST, 4:45am EST, 9:45am BST)

The Men will start on Red Bull TV at: 13:00pm CEST (4:00am PST, 7:00am EST, 12:00pm BST)



Elite Women

First up in the Elite racing is the Women and after the incredible short track race on Friday we could be in for some rapid laps. Loana Lecomte was back to her unbeatable form at the last round but the Lenzerheide course is very different to Leogang. Last year saw Evie Richards take the win but with the British rider still not racing we will see someone new take the top step of the podium today.



Course Preview:


Canyon CLLCTV Factory racer Luca Shcwarzbauer takes a tour of the Swiss course.



Who do you think will win?:

Who Will Win the Elite Women's Race?

This poll is closed



Who do you think will win today's racing?



Race Updates:

2:05 am PDT The Elite Women are off with Jenny Rissveds leading into the start loop before five full laps.

2:13 am PDT We are starting to get a breakaway group at the front with Jenny Rissveds, Jolanda Neff and Loana Lecomte.

Top Five After the Start Loop

1st. Jenny Rissveds: 12:21
2nd. Jolanda Neff: +0
3rd. Alessandra Keller: +0
4th. Loana Lecomte: +0
5th. Martina Berta: +0

2:19 am PDT Already on the first climb of lap one we now have a big group of 12 riders at the front.

2:20 am PDT Loana Lecomte has launched a small attack to take the lead into the first downhill. Loana is quickly followed by Alessandra Keller.

2:23 am PDT There is now a group of three riders at the front of the race. Loana Lecomte, Jenny Rissveds and Alessandra Keller are leading with Pauline Ferrand Prevot 17 seconds back.

2:27 am PDT The front three riders now have a 28-second lead.

Top Five After the First Lap

1st. Loana Lecomte: 25:17
2nd. Jenny Rissveds: +1
3rd. Alessandra Keller: +1
4th. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +35
5th. Rebecca McConnell: +35

2:36 am PDT The fastest three riders are evenly matched so far and building a nice lead ahead of the rest of the riders.

2:41 am PDT Jolanda Neff takes the lead in the chasing group, they are still around 57 seconds back from the leaders.

Top Five After Lap Two

1st. Loana Lecomte: 38:22
2nd. Jenny Rissveds: +0
3rd. Alessandra Keller: +1
4th. Martina Berta: +56
5th. Jolanda Neff: +56

Top Five After Lap Three

1st. Loana Lecomte: 51:37
2nd. Jenny Rissveds: +1
3rd. Alessandra Keller: +1
4th. Martina Berta: +1:18
5th. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +1:18

3:00 am PDT Loana Lecomte has launched an attack taking five seconds out of Jenny Rissveds.

3:04 am PDT At the next split the gap is seven seconds to Jenny Rissveds and 10 seconds to Alessandra Keller.

Top Five into the Final Lap

1st. Loana Lecomte: 1:04:28
2nd. Jenny Rissveds: +8
3rd. Alessandra Keller: +10
4th. Anne Terpstra: +1:55
5th. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +1:55

3:12 am PDT Jenny Rissveds looks to be really struggling as Alessandra Keller moves into second place.

3:14 am PDT The chasing group of Alessandra Keller and Jenny Rissveds are keeping the pressure on Loana Lecomte as the gap is staying at around 10 seconds.

3:17 am PDT Jenny Rissveds has dropped Alessandra Keller to take second place, she is still around 10 seconds back from Loana Lecomte.

3:22 am PDT Loana Lecomte wins in Lenzerheide!



Elite Men

Next up is the Elite Men's racing where we could see new records broken if Nino Schurter can take the win. Breaking this record won't be easy as there are plenty of riders hungry for the win this weekend and as the Short Track race showed everyone is looking fast.



XCC Highlights:


While we wait for the men's racing to begin check out the highlights from Friday's race.



Who do you think will win?:

Who Will Win the Elite Men's Race?

This poll is closed



Who do you think will win today's racing?



Race Updates:

4:20 am PDT The Elite Men are off the line with Luca Shcwarzbauer out front.

4:21 am PDT Nino Schurter has now taken the lead up the first climb.

4:27 am PDT Nino Schurter is already putting the power down and we aren't even on the first lap yet. The crowd will be pushing him on today as he hunts for a record-breaking 34th win.

Top Five After the Start Loop

1st. Nino Schurter: 10:21
2nd. Filippo Colombo: +0
3rd. Alan Hatherly: +1
4th. Anton Cooper: +7
5th. Vlad Dascalu: +7

4:32 am PDT Mathias Flückiger had a slow start but he is chasing down the top three riders and is only two seconds back.

4:34 am PDT Mathias Flückiger and Vlad Dascalu have joined the front of the race to make it a leading group of five.

4:35 am PDT Nino Schurter has dropped the speed slightly but no rider has wanted to pass him yet.

4:35 am PDT We now have a Swiss top three with Nino Schurter, Mathias Flückiger and Filippo Colombo.

Top Five After Lap One

1st. Nino Schurter: 21:53
2nd. Mathias Flückiger: +0
3rd. Filippo Colombo: +1
4th. Alan Hatherly: +1
5th. Vlad Dascalu: +1

4:43 am PDT Again Nino Schurter is hard on the pedals and attacking before the first climb of the lap.

4:44 am PDT The speed is high but there aren't any big gaps forming just yet.

4:45 am PDT Nino Schurter lets Mathias Flückiger go first into the downhill section, there is now a two second gap between the riders.

4:46 am PDT We are hearing that Vlad Dascalu has crashed and damaged his bike.

Top Five After Lap Two

1st. Mathias Flückiger: 32:41
2nd. Nino Schurter: +0
3rd. Alan Hatherly: +1
4th. Filippo Colombo: +2
5th. Luca Braidot: +16

4:57 am PDT Luca Braidot now leads with Nino Schurter in 2nd and Mathias Flückiger in 3rd.

5:03 am PDT Nino Schurter has taken back the lead with Mathias Flückiger and Luca Braidot right behind.

Top Five After Lap Three

1st. Nino Schurter: 44:20
2nd. Filippo Colombo: +0
3rd. Mathias Flückiger: +0
4th. Luca Braidot: +0
5th. Alan Hatherly: +0

5:06 am PDT We have a new leader at the front with Filippo Colombo taking charge of the race. There is still a lot of race left and there is nothing between the top six racers.

5:07 am PDT David Valero Serrano goes first into the downhill on lap four.

5:11 am PDT Mathias Flückiger has gone into the lead after taking one of the alternate lines.

5:13 am PDT Mathias Flückiger has sprinted through the tech zone, Nino Schurter has moved into second place to try and close the gap.

5:14 am PDT Mathias Flückiger and Nino Schurter seem to have gotten away from the rest of the racers.

Top Five After Lap Four

1st. Mathias Flückiger: 55:23
2nd. Nino Schurter: +0
3rd. Filippo Colombo: +12
4th. David Valero Serrano: +15
5th. Luca Braidot: +15

5:18 am PDT Luca Braidot is trying his best to close down the gap and it is at seven seconds after the first climb of the lap.

5:20 am PDT Nino Schurter is now at the front and pushing hard but Luca Braidot has almost closed the gap.

5:23 am PDT Incredible riding from Luca Braidot as he closes a 15 second gap from the start of the lap to the leaders.

5:25 am PDT Alan Hatherly is now on the tail of the leading group, has the speed slowed before a big attack on the final lap?

Top Five Before the Final Lap

1st. Nino Schurter: 1:06:40
2nd. Mathias Flückiger: +0
3rd. Luca Braidot: +1
4th. Alan Hatherly: +1
5th. Filippo Colombo: +9

5:29 am PDT Nino Schurter is sprinting up the tarmac climb but it's Luca Braidot who attacks harder and takes the lead.

5:30 am PDT Nino Schurter now goes into the lead with Mathias Flückiger also passing Luca Braidot.

5:31 am PDT The front three riders can't slow down at all as Alan Hatherly is right on their back wheel only four seconds back.

5:34 am PDT Alan Hatherly has caught the top three and we are in for a wild final half a lap.

5:35 am PDT Nino Schurter is all out but it's Mathias Flückiger who goes on the inside and leads into the last half of the lap.

5:35 am PDT But Nino Schurter is straight back to the font of the race.

5:36 am PDT We don't know what has happened but Luca Braidot now leads with Alan Hatherly in second place.

5:37 am PDT There must have been something between Mathias Flückiger and Nino Schurter.

5:37 am PDT Luca Braidot wins in Lenzerheide! What a race!




79 Comments

  • 27 0
 sounded like schurter was yelling at Flückiger at the finish, will be interesting to find out what happened since the cameras last showed nino in the lead.
  • 8 2
 Nino almost ride over the camera hehehe and he do not look too friendly to me. He was mad!
To me Flückiger did something a little wrong and did not escalate back the incident by saying sorry or whatever,or even talking 100% what happened.
  • 13 2
 As Nino said in the interview after the race.
Flückiger wanted to overtake him in a place where it was never possible.

So then the crash happenend.

He yelled at him and said, why did you just did a bullshit like that, of course in swissgerman.

Nino was really pissed in the interview.

And flückiger was like, ah yeah crashing is part of the game, and since Nino did overtake him like last year in a race, so why he shouldnt do that to?
  • 5 5
 @Hamburgi: you spelled out the reason he shouldn't have done it in your comment. if it was in an impossible spot then Flückiger should not have gone. he did something stupid that took out Nino and himself, that's bad racing etiquette and bad decision making.
  • 4 3
 @Hamburgi: If you've watched lots of motorsports and/or raced yourself, you know that there are places to attempt passes, and as you mentioned above, places that are impossible. Over the years sanctioning bodies have begun to look at incidents with more scrutiny and be ever more punitive in an effort to dissuade individuals from finding themselves in these types of incidents.

Check out this link. www.motorsport.com/f1/news/what-f1-penalties-are-there-and-how-are-they-applied/6958238

UCI XCO hasn't really had a need to consider these kinds of things. And it wasn't until Nino's out braking manuever on Fluekiger (which was safe! Matthais left the door open!) for the Worlds that I would ever have thought that one day there may be a need for a penalty system. Until then (the Worlds I mentioned above), there simply wasn't the same kind of race craft as motor sports, but now that there is, UCI rules need to evolve along with these changes.
  • 2 0
 @Hamburgi: Yeah in the interview it was immediately clear that Flückiger knew that he had done something wrong.
  • 1 1
 @weekendstumper: Apparently people that were in the finish area saw Nino slapping Mathias in the face...
www.pinkbike.com/news/riders-respond-to-crash-at-the-lenzerheide-xc-world-cup-2022.html#cid3317251
  • 25 2
 WAY TO GO KATE!
  • 16 3
 Flückiger needs a talking to.
  • 9 1
 well, we haven't seen what happened between him and Schürter. Could be it's the other way around just as well.
  • 13 0
 @delarscuevas: True. If there wasn't bad blood after World's last year, there certainly is now.
  • 22 1
 His response in the interview tells me he fucked up
  • 12 1
 @delarscuevas: MF now saying "It's just racing". That Nino is angry and MF isn't, well, leads me to a certain conclusion.
  • 1 1
 @Dlakusta: Yup. MF done goofed.
  • 6 0
 @aaronjb: "It's just racing" was used 4 or 5 times i that interview.
  • 2 4
 @Dlakusta: I kind of agree. He looked like a thug!
  • 2 1
 @aaronjb: Well said!
  • 2 0
 @aaronjb: You might be right! Too bad we didn't get Schürters take yet.
  • 6 0
 @delarscuevas: Maybe he has nothing good to say so better stay quiet is the best option for him.
  • 11 0
 Regardless what happened on the last lap, can we all go back and appreciate the beauty of Nino throwing it sideways over the spectator Bridge on the start lap.
  • 11 1
 Next week should be good #MMA
  • 8 0
 hopefully a spectator caught the decisive crash & overtaking moment on camera & posts it on youtube. otherwise its just all hearsay & guesswork...
  • 10 0
 CRAZY XC RACE!!!!
  • 19 15
 FOR THE RECORD, Red Bull needs to STOP showing dumb replays on the LAST LAP of a race. Because of that, we didnt' see where Schurther passed Fluekiger AND we didn't see what happened between the two of them that they wound up 3rd and 4th. PLEASE Red Bull, PLEASE, stop doing this. It was the last lap. The drama was on the last lap. Stop the dumb replays until after the race is over.
  • 30 1
 Rob kept saying the pictures were by the host broadcaster Swiss TV.....
  • 8 21
flag BDKR (Jul 10, 2022 at 5:56) (Below Threshold)
 @Starch-Anton: Like I give a phuck! Someone sucks!
  • 10 0
 probably not enough cameras for the whole lap so they run something like replays when they are in the dark
  • 10 0
 Any camera catch the incident so we need to riders talk about it. The first two lads refuse to speak about the incident,so I think it was not the best moment of XC history in the records.
Flückiger said it was a race thing,so it speaks to me that he put Nino and itself to the ground hehehe. Bart was saying they were hot,not the first incident...
  • 7 3
 @homerjm: Totally! Nino crushed Mathais on two separate occasions over the last two years. This feels personal! OTHERWISE, he would be apologizing profusely.
  • 3 0
 @BDKR: yep I agree. They were at war in the tech zone,it was a weird move/battle by that time. It was something else going on. Not the best way to finish a race,it would be 100 times better a good sprint at the end.
  • 2 0
 “ We don't know what has happened but Luca Braidot now leads with Alan Hatherly in second place.”

What!?
  • 2 0
 remember this is XC
  • 1 0
 @BDKR: where did Nino crashed MF do u have vids/links?
  • 1 0
 @robsonus: "crushed". Not "crashed". :-)
  • 3 0
 @amurphy505: Is it?
After seeing Nino at the finish I was beginning to think this is Sparta!
  • 6 0
 @ pinkbike: Please find out what exactly happened between Nino and Mathias in the last lap. It was intense even without seeing it.
  • 9 0
 Nino said in an interview in Swiss German Matthias tried to overtake him at an impossible spot and took both riders down in this attempt. Luca and Alan could easily pass both riders. Mathias later confirmed and explained "thats racing, sometimes you crash"

Nino shouted to Matthias in the finish area "you're simply not normal!" Mathias responded "keep clean"
  • 4 0
 @sack-zement: Thanx for sharing that with us.
  • 2 0
 @sack-zement: Thanks for the info!
  • 7 0
 Did the swiss argue on the finish line? Amazing finale, happy for Braidot!
  • 8 0
 Yeah, Braidot was shocked, deserves it very much though.
  • 4 0
 Looks more like Nino come to say something to MF while he was on the ground.
  • 9 3
 MF…very inelegant attitude; really disappointed with him.
  • 3 0
 Mother Flückiger
  • 5 0
 What the hell happened at the end there???
  • 14 0
 Did you not enjoy the replays, panoramic mountain views and camera shots of 5th position during final lap? Can't understand ;-)
  • 3 4
 @ullsen: Tell me about mang! The camera crew dropped the ball in a big way!!!
  • 7 0
 @BDKR: Yes, really frustrating. Was yelling at my screen "show the f***** leaders" ...
  • 2 9
flag BDKR (Jul 10, 2022 at 6:24) (Below Threshold)
 @ullsen: Yeah, I think the majority of us were. Well.... except for the guy who down voted me up above and is apparently somewhat daft and swooned over those last lap replays.

Phucking Morons!
  • 1 0
 double comment
  • 2 3
 @ullsen: Yeah, I think the majority of us were. Well.... except for the guy who down voted me up above and is apparently somewhat daft and swooned over those last lap replays.

The Phucking Morons!
  • 4 1
 No, no, he didn’t slam you, he didn’t bump you, he didn’t nudge you… he *rubbed* you. And rubbin, son, is racin’.
  • 4 1
 Did you see this?
  • 2 0
 LL is a beast! She never gets tired and once in front game over. Her skills have improved immensely over the last year or so.
  • 5 2
 No apologies..... shame of both. Waiting for the facebook post
  • 3 0
 Based on these comments, now I wanna watch the replay, haha.
  • 1 1
 Dont get excited... plenty of replays... (that we saw while the leaders were battling it out rather than the actual race) but none of the crash...
  • 5 0
 Better go out biking if you're easy to upset. The replay doesn't show the decisive moment of the men's race anyway.
Edit: Braidot's fight and his win are still worth watching.
  • 2 0
 @ullsen: Lucky "Win" but you gotta be at the pointy end to even have a chance and he rode awesome. He Was definitely the 3rd strongest rider of the day at least.
  • 7 1
 @WRXJim: There is something to be said for staying as close as you can to the leader(s). This is why! He was in the perfect place to profit from drama.
  • 3 0
 @ullsen: yes Braidot catching up with the 2 leaders & then attacking was very impressive. unfortunately thats being overshadowed by the camera blind spot.
  • 3 0
 Bummer for McConnell. Hope she can get her confidence back soon.
  • 5 1
 Go Kate!
  • 1 0
 Bad for the career, sponsors, Mathias. Show us that awesome behaviour how you apogized like after World Championships last year. You need to do it again almost certainly
  • 3 0
 Luca congratulations
  • 5 4
 Shame on Mat Flückiger - you disqualfied yourself
  • 4 0
 ??
  • 1 0
 Increible ver a Martín Vidaurre al tope de U23, GRANDE!!!
  • 1 1
 I wonder how long it will be till nino wins again
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