Final Results from the Les Gets XC World Champs 2022

Aug 28, 2022 at 1:39
by Ed Spratt  
The women roaring off the line.

The 2022 XC World Champs in Les Gets provided some incredible racing with historic victories in the Elite racing. Pauline Ferrand Prevot took her forth title in the Elite Women's race and become the joint most successful Woman at World Champs. Jolanda Neff fought back throughout the race to take the silver medal with Haley Batten riding strong to bronze.

Nino Schurter continues to be the one to beat as he takes back-to-back World Champ titles and his 10th win. Nino also takes another World Champs title in Les Gets after winning the Junior race in 2004. David Valero Serrano looked like he could take the win for all seven laps but he was bested on the final downhill to the line, David still took a well-deserved silver medal. Luca Braidot wrapped up his race with a bronze medal fighting off an unlucky Thomas Pidcock.

Check out the results below.


Elite Women

1st. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: 1:22:08
2nd. Jolanda Neff: +1:35
3rd. Haley Batten: +2:13
4th. Loana Lecomte: +3:27
5th. Alessandra Keller: +3:46

Elite Men

1st. Nino Schurter: 1:21:13
2nd. David Valero Serrano: +9
3rd. Luca Braidot: +29
4th. Thomas Pidcock: +1:29
5th. Marcel Guerrini: +1:40

U23 Women

1st. Line Burquier: 1:11:09
2nd. Puck Pieterse: +0:43
3rd. Sofie Pedersen: +0:59
4th. Giada Specia: +1:51
5th. Ronja Blochlinger: +1:51

U23 Men

1st. Simone Avondetto: 1:10:35
2nd. Mathis Azzaro: +28
3rd. Luca Schatti: +57
4th. Martin Vidaurre Kossmann: +1:13
5th. Bjorn Riley: +1:36

Full Results:

Elite Women


Elite Men


U23 Women


U23 Men


Live Updates:

Elite Women

4:00 am PDT The Elite Women are off for the 2022 World champs.

4:03 am PDT It's Pauline Ferrand Prevot who leads up the first climb of lap one.

4:06 am PDT Jolanda Neff has caught Pauline Ferrand Prevot with Loana Lecomte not far behind.

4:08 am PDT At the second split on lap one Pauline Ferrand Prevot leads by 21 seconds.

4:14 am PDT After lap one the top five are:

1st. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: 13:00
2nd. Loana Lecomte: +22
3rd. Alessandra Keller: +31
4th. Martina Berta: +31
5th. Haley Batten: +32

4:17 am PDT On the first climb of lap two Pauline Ferrand Prevot has extended her lead to 46 seconds with Haley Batten now in 2nd.

4:23 am PDT At the second climb the lead deepens again with 56 seconds between Pauline Ferrand Prevot and Haley Batten.

4:28 am PDT After lap two the top five are:

1st. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: 26:28
2nd. Haley Batten: +1:01
3rd. Alessandra Keller: +1:02
4th. Martina Berta: +1:09
5th. Loana Lecomte: +1:14

4:32 am PDT Pauline Ferrand Prevot is looking so strong today and just on the first climb of lap three she builds her lead by 16 seconds.

4:38 am PDT On the second half of the lap the gap between first and second grows slightly. Loana Lecomte is closing in on third-place Alessandra Keller.

4:42 am PDT After lap three the top five are:

1st. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: 40:11
2nd. Haley Batten: +1:22
3rd. Alessandra Keller: +1:23
4th. Loana Lecomte: +1:38
5th. Jolanda Neff: +1:46

4:46 am PDT The first climb remains the best part of the lap for Pauline Ferrand Prevot as she once again builds her lead.

4:47 am PDT Loana Lecomte has now dropped to fifth place with Jolanda Neff riding her way back towards the medal positions.

4:48 am PDT Githa Michiels appears to be having some problems but Sina Frei pulls over to help.

4:51 am PDT Alessandra Keller is back by 1:45 at split two on lap four. Pauline Ferrand Prevot is looking unstoppable at this point.

4:52 am PDT A mistake for Alessandra Keller in the woods puts Haley Batten back in second place.

4:56 am PDT After lap four the top five are:

1st. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: 54:04
2nd. Jolanda Neff: +1:43
3rd. Alessandra Keller: +1:47
4th. Haley Batten: +1:47
5th. Loana Lecomte: +2:18

4:59 am PDT A shoe issue for Evie Richards, she quickly changes shoes and is back in the race.

5:01 am PDT The gap is almost two minutes between Pauline Ferrand Prevot and Jolanda Neff who leads the chasing group.

5:05 am PDT Jolanda Neff has gained four seconds back on Pauline Ferrand Prevot in the second half of lap five but with one lap left it will be nearly impossible to close this gap.

5:11 am PDT Going into the final lap the top five are:

1st. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: 1:08:10
2nd. Jolanda Neff: +1:33
3rd. Haley Batten: +1:51
4th. Alessandra Keller: +2:34
5th. Loana Lecomte: +2:58

5:19 am PDT Loana Lecomte has taken fourth place but it doesn't look like she will be able to take a medal today.

5:22 am PDT Pauline Ferrand Prevot wins the 2022 XC World Champs! Pauline becomes the first rider to ever win both the XCC and XC World Champs and does it at the same event.

Elite Men

6:15 am PDT The Elite Men are off for the 2022 World champs.

6:16 am PDT Henrique Avancini leads up the first climb, with Vlad Dascalu right behind.

6:17 am PDT Titouan Carod leads at the first split, followed by Henrique Avancini and Nino Schurter.

6:18 am PDT A mistake for Titouan Carod stalls Henrique Avancini with Nino Schurter taking the lead.

6:19 am PDT Thomas Pidcock is 24 seconds back in 36th. Pidcock has made up a few spots since the start but he will want to clear the crowded mid-pack to make advances on the leaders.

6:20 am PDT Nino Schurter now has a small mistake but holds onto the lead.

6:22 am PDT At split two on lap one Nino Schurter leads with Titouan Carod on his back wheel.

6:23 am PDT Thomas Pidcock is one of the biggest threats today but with a bad starting position the current race leaders will be wanting to build a big lead before he catches them up.

6:27 am PDT After lap one the top five are:

1st. Nino Schurter: 11:20
2nd. Titouan Carod: +0
3rd. Filippo Colombo: +0
4th. Jordan Sarrou: +1
5th. Vlad Dascalu: +1

Thomas Pidcock has made it through from 53rd to 16th place so far.

6:31 am PDT Nino Schurter takes back the lead after a mistake by Jordan Sarrou.

6:34 am PDT Thomas Pidcock is now inside the top 10, just 12 seconds back.

6:39 am PDT After lap two the top five are:

1st. Nino Schurter: 23:07
2nd. Jordan Sarrou: +0
3rd. David Valero Serrano: +2
4th. Luca Braidot: +2
5th. Alan Hatherly: +8

Thomas Pidcock is in 7th, 10 seconds back.

6:39 am PDT Sam Gaze is out, it looks like he has had a big crash.

6:45 am PDT Jordan Sarrou takes the lead again at split two on lap three.

6:46 am PDT Just after the split Thomas Pidcock flies into the lead.

6:49 am PDT A crash for Nino Schurter in one of the loose grass turns. Nino is back on the bike but with Thomas Pidcock leading every second counts.

6:50 am PDT After lap three the top five are:

1st. Thomas Pidcock: 34:42
2nd. Luca Braidot: +0
3rd. David Valero Serrano: +3
4th. Jordan Sarrou: +4
5th. Nino Schurter: +5

6:53 am PDT David Valero Serrano takes the lead at the top of the first climb with Thomas Pidcock close behind.

6:56 am PDT Nino Schurter smashes past Thomas Pidcock and Luca Braidot to lead the chasing group.

6:57 am PDT At the top of the second climb David Valero Serrano leads, it looks like Thomas Pidcock is dropping back.

7:02 am PDT After lap four the top five are:

1st. David Valero Serrano: 46:17
2nd. Nino Schurter: +1
3rd. Luca Braidot: +1
4th. Thomas Pidcock: +8
5th. Jordan Sarrou: +20

7:04 am PDT Nino Schurter is back in the lead, the front of the race remains as a group of four.

7:04 am PDT At the first split on lap five the top four are separated by three seconds.

7:14 am PDT After lap five the top five are:

1st. David Valero Serrano: 58:13
2nd. Nino Schurter: +1
3rd. Luca Braidot: +1
4th. Thomas Pidcock: +2
5th. Jordan Sarrou: +38

7:14 am PDT Nino Schurter has launched a massive attack up the first climb, only David Valero Serrano is trying to go with him.

7:17 am PDT Only David Valero Serrano can keep up with Nino Schurter. Luca Braidot is eight seconds back and Thomas Pidock is 17 seconds off the pace.

7:18 am PDT A crash for Thomas Pidcock in one of the tight corners.

7:19 am PDT It looks like a flat tire for Thomas Pidcock, he is getting his rear wheel swapped.

7:20 am PDT David Valero Serrano is back to the front up the second big climb.

7:21 am PDT With a new rear wheel Thomas Pidcock is flying. Given his speed at the start of the race we wouldn't write him out of taking the win just yet. Although winning is nearly impossible.

7:23 am PDT Already Thomas Pidcock has pulled back 10 seconds.

7:25 am PDT Going into the final lap the top five are:

1st. David Valero Serrano: 1:09:48
2nd. Nino Schurter: +0
3rd. Luca Braidot: +7
4th. Thomas Pidcock: +32
5th. Marcel Guerrini: +56

7:26 am PDT Thomas Pidcock is standing up and sprinting the first climb, he might just close the gap.

7:28 am PDT Nino Schurter will not let David Valero Serrano lead into the first downhill.

7:29 am PDT Despite a full-on sprint on the first climb Thomas Pidock does not gain any time. The speed at the front of the race is very high on the last lap.

7:30 am PDT Another mistake on the same turn in the woods for Thomas Pidcock he is definitely out of the race now.

7:30 am PDT Nino Schurter has a small gap going into the second climb.

7:33 am PDT David Valero Serrano is really pushing to pass Nino Schurter but he hasn't managed it just yet.

7:34 am PDT Nino Schurter has built a sizeable gap into the last downhill.

7:35 am PDT It's all-out for Nino Schurter, despite a gap forming it is not big enough to rest.

7:37 am PDT Nino Schurter takes his tenth World Championship title! It's back-to-back titles for Nino.

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 He barely ever had to wear the usual team jersey during his career
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 @kazwei: Absolutely ridiculous. Even after that crash last month, then sliding out in the race, and all at 36 years old.
  • 6 0
 @jclnv: One of the few that has to wear his hoodies upside down
  • 55 0
 IMPO, Sina Frei gets the Sportsmanship award. At about 47:17 into the race there's an accident in one of the uphill switchbacks involving Sina & Githa Michiels of Belgium. Githa looks to be hurt and her chain has come off. Sina taps her on the shoulder, points a Githa's chain then proceeds to lay her bike down and help Githa get going again. Hats off to Sina.
  • 3 0
 Thanks for pointing that out. Classy!
  • 58 0
 That tree really doesn’t like Pidcock : )
  • 4 0
 Apparently so!
  • 15 0
 That FRENCH tree... Wink
  • 7 1
 @martin737: Cet arbre.
  • 32 0
 Finally we have found Pidcocks Kryptonite! Let's move that tree to Paris 2024...
  • 26 0
 To be fair, we all have ‘that tree’ on our local lap, mines a sneaky sycamore, bastard
  • 1 0
 Could his automatic suspension have played apart in his love affair with that tree and its root. Maybe it being fully open /or closed when you would rather have it the other way. ?Normally If I used lockout I would forget and leave it on and ride even worse than normal @kazwei:
  • 6 0
 @martin737: Some get bruised, Tom gets spruced.
  • 44 1
 Nino! I wonder if Fluckinger enjoyed watching the race from home?
  • 20 0
 "ah f*ck!" -Fluckinger, probably
  • 7 0
 Or maybe: He ist nicht normal!
  • 40 0
 Go Haley awesome ride!!! You made the USA proud!
  • 8 0
 Hell yeah! And it was a really strong showing from the entire USA women’s team as well, 4 in the top 20
  • 3 0
 Great to see Haley back in the mix at the top.
  • 38 0
 Jolanda is just awesome!
  • 40 0
 How good was that overtake of Keller? Hucks the gap, exits like a rocket, gaps the step-up and squares up the corner with drift in the loose stuff. I don't care about the colour of her medal, that move was gold!
  • 6 0
 @iamamodel: Yes that was the exact instance I was thinking of! That was straight up gangsta shit... 187.
  • 9 0
 @iamamodel: She's still the Queen of Tech riding to me.
  • 3 0
 @Thirty3: damn bro you went full on hood.
  • 2 0
 She's racing enduro next year.
  • 31 0
 All credit to Pidcock for starting down the field, getting a flat, and still finishing 4th... it's pretty bloody impressive, however I'm stoked for Nino. It's pretty incredible for an athlete to stay at the top of the game for this long
  • 31 2
 NINO'S 10th, he's the best
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  • 9 2
 Beating the new generation, Tom Pidcock, is an achievement in itself!
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flag imajez (Aug 28, 2022 at 18:32) (Below Threshold)
 @martin737: Pretty sure the result would have been very different if Pidcock had been on front row as well and didn't have to fight his way through 35 riders.
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 @imajez: But he wasn't...
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 @imajez: IMO, it wasn't his best day. Pidcock already managed to win from the 5th row and N1NO crashed too. Either way, great racing!
  • 5 0
 @imajez: Maybe he shoulda entered some races then, eh? It’s not like the seeding rules were secret.
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 @nattyd: @nattyd: Never said they were. Just pointing out that he almost certainly would have won had he not started at back of field.
  • 30 1
 The rare case of a race being won on the descent! Goooooooo Nino!!!
  • 61 38
 the roadie doesn’t win, and all is right in the world
  • 4 0
 Yesh, in the mountain biking world
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 Haha, to be fair to Tom he's said often that mountain biking is his first love. Unfortunately he'd never make a fraction of what he's likely to earn road racing if he spent his career on dirt.
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flag jclnv (Aug 28, 2022 at 15:37) (Below Threshold)
 @commental: Probably true but Nino is doing all right and he doesn’t need to take stage race PED’s.
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 @jclnv: Yeah, he's probably vaccinated too.
  • 10 8
 Pidcock started by racing off road and probably would have won this race if he hadn't started at the back of grid. He's a CX World Champ and MTB gold medalist as well as European MTB champ with the handling skills that goes with it.
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 @imajez: No way of knowing whether he would have done any better or worse starting nearer the front. One thing's certain now though, he won't be holding three world championship titles at the same time this year.
  • 3 1
 You must live in a very small world.
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 @Wyndbrook: Are you referring to me or a different poster?
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 Excuse my ignorance but does Evie Richards ride on a size 1 to small on purpose? It looks so cramped, her knees are so close to the handlebars when pedalling
  • 6 0
 probably just personal preference.
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 @danielfloyd: undoubtedly she has a bmx background
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 Evie stan here, Evie can do what she wants or I'll see you in the parking lot after the race.
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 Pauline will crush them all on a hardtail.
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 Solid prediction.
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 Levy is going to be insufferable
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 PFP with the hardtail!
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 Nino was impressive, I don't think he got dropped by more than 5 seconds during the whole race and I reckon he lead for over well over 50% of it.
Bad luck for Pidcock, crap starting position due to more lucrative work and a flat. I can't see it being very long before he gets another rainbow jersey to add to his collection, as long as Ineos keep letting him out to play.
  • 13 1
 Mvdp saw that wooden ramp and was like "no way guys, not again!"
  • 8 0
 Nino will change his name and he will be called Teeno from now on (that might change again next year though)
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 I made this joke to my toddlers and they didn't even laugh. These younger generations are so rude
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 What happened to blevins? I see a DNF for him. The first 2 laps he looked good.
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 I'm somewhat surprised he didn't DNS after that head bashing he took in the XCC race. Venturing to guess, his dropping out had something to do with that.
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 @Augustus-G: Yep... this is what he posted to instagram about an hour ago:

"I for sure bumped my head Friday, but the team and I felt good about giving it a go on Sunday after passing concussion tests. But leave it to those chainsaws and horns on course to point out my noise sensitivity and trigger a headache.

I know when it comes to the brain, you pull the pin right away if things don’t feel normal. We’re thinking this is just a mild concussion and I’m feeling better today already. Thank you guys for the support throughout the week, always means a lot to go for it at World Champs."
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 Would have a lot more praise for PFP if she hadn't been skipping races to peak for this one. I don't care about the downvotes, but MTB is lame that 1 race crowns the "world champion" while the other women have been grinding it out all season.
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 Yeah but there is the WC overall and all the current and future sponsor money from regular race appearances. In the long run sponsors aren't going to want riders to just make occasional appearances.
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 Pauline is an absolute animal.
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 Can't wait for photo epic since I'll likely never see any footage of this event!
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 N1NO is THE greatest XC racer of all time.

After all these years he's still giving it 150% Absolutely incredible and inspirational
  • 3 0
 Pauline winning world champs only reinforces the benefit of skipping world cups to focus on world champs. Her and loana got a tiny bit of guff for skipping snoeshow and msa but now it's totally worth it to these athletes, and I feel like the races leading up to world champs moreso than ever are going to be like JV races compared to the rest of the calendar, especially if they're in North America. Not good.
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 I hear ya but sponsors aren't going to be very interested in sponsoring someone who only races a third of the WCs or something. The rider who basically only competes once a year is not going to get $$$. And who can really pull it off besides someone who has income from elsewhere and proved themselves early in their career? There are not many of those riders. While I have grown to be a fan of FPF, outside of France she's not a fan favorite by any stretch and not going to other races isn't going to help that.

But in the end it is their decision and their career.
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 @Bree33: loana didn't compete at Snowshoe last year either. This is a bad trend. I traveled up to MSA from the states and I loved the short track and DH but I just skipped the XCO races completely because half the top riders weren't present. Those rainbow stripes are mighty bright and the moment someone isn't in the hunt for the overall they just skip everything and focus exclusively on world champs.
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 @Bree33: You can be sure that she checked with her team and sponsors before making the decision to skip the North American events... And I guarantee you that the sponsors are very happy to see her wearing the rainbow jersey for the next 12 months!
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 Not sure it benefitted Loana, she jeopardized the WC overall for...... 5th place...
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 @billreilly: yeah but most riders are not PFP and don't have the kind of sponsors she has. And no, most sponsors wouldn't be happy if their flagship rider only showed up to one event.
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 Might be true, but then again, the men's podium shows it's possible to race the whole series as well and still do very well at Worlds
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 Btw I'm not unaware that hayley skipped the Andorra world cup. My comments are not specific to pauline even if she benefited the most by skipping several races.
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 @Bree33: But PFP hasn't "only showed up to one event", she's competing in 7 out of the 9 WC events, plus the World Championships, European Championships, French National Championships, French Cup, etc., amongst several other races.
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 @Bree33: I forgot to mention that PFP also finished second at the French XC Marathon Championships and also came third at the Cape Epic.

I don't think her sponsors will be upset with her for skipping two events.
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 Gaze was on one until that crash in the whoop section. Looks like he did his collarbone in.
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 Ginia Caluori... any relation?
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 To me? No.
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 @kevinturner12: she's from the same canton (similar to states) as Claudio. In this canton they all anyways are somehow related... Basically the Kentucky of Switzerland :-P
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 @Phipu: I live in Kentucky and I am deeply confused by this statement
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The Tasmania of Australia
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 @Phipu: kamloops of Canada
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 @Phipu: If that's Kentucky, what's that big valley on the other side with the famous soccer president? ;-)
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 @squarewheel: haha... Don't know. Maybe West Virginia or Arkansas.
I heard rumours they occassionally trap a climber or a motorbike rider to get some genetic diversity... :-P
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 These announcers/commentators I don't know about them.. we can do better.
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 Warner & Co. are good, sad this stream is not available globally
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 @VHGGSTRM: Lucky you! I don't know who these people were.
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flag jclnv (Aug 28, 2022 at 15:39) (Below Threshold)
 @VHGGSTRM: Warner and Bart are barely tolerable. I honestly think I could do a better job.
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 PfP holy cow that was insane!
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 Congrats to Nino!
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 Great seeing pfp come back to form and dominate against all the naysayers. Probably her most impressive win yet.
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 For pidcock to go from something like 50th in the grid to the front so quickly probably cost him the race. Or maybe it was that tree.
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 He didn't race very smart, but who knows if it would have made a difference. A great race though!
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 36th place and yes i think he moved up too fast
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 @laupe: He was 36th the first time they gave placings well into the first lap, he likely had already gone past a fair few riders by that point.
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 @commental: No, he started 36th as well
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 I can't comment on the strategy, but didn't Sam Gaze start even farther back and make it to the front group even faster than Pidcock? It would have been interesting to see how he would have finished if that crash hadn't taken him out.
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 @ABhardtail: pretty sure Gaze was higher up at the start
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 Although looking at the start list, I could be wrong!
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 @sargey2003: Sam gaze started as 41
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 Must be something in the water in France. Big attack and comfy ride thereafter for Line. Foreboding of the elite women's perhaps?
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 Seems to be something in the food in France if the numbers of sick riders this week is anything to go by. ;-)
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 Does anyone know what Pauline Ferrand-Prevot have mounted under her saddle?
She is absolutely crushing it on that hardtail!
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 Axs dropper
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 @dmitri6: Doesn't look like it, I thought it could be a rear mounted GPS/bike-computer for aero gains?
Pidcock has it aswell so maybe the BMC-team has something in the works.
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 @VHGGSTRM: Maybe Pinkbike will give us a bike check on the world champ hardtail....
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 BMC has their own integrated dropper. Maybe an electronically activated version?
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 They used 2 different timing chips. One on the fork and one under the saddle. Rob said this
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 @GumpiDemo: Thank you!
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 First XC World Champs won on a 120mm travel bike.
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 Second. That same guy won on the same bike last year.
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 @dougfs: And he ran a custom linkage and shock to get 120mm travel from the bike he won on in 2019 as well.

So it’s probably the third!
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 @wingguy: Probably not a custom linkage, only a longer stroke shock
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 Thank redbull. Go to watch womens and mens relays this morning and right on front page was a spoiler of who won the womens race.
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 What happened to the Aussie U23 women, both zoe cuthbert and Izzy Flint not starting?
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 Zoe was sick.
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 Both got food poisoning.
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 Canada & France are basically the same (amazing cultures, food, architecture, history, languages, beautiful women); it seems the only real difference is Frenchies excel at uphill as well as downhill mtn biking. Yep, that’s pretty much it :-/
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 You forgot to mention you both have world-acclaimed film festivals, widely adored prime ministers, and stronger neighbours.
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 @mi-bike: we’re gonna elect Sanna Marin next session, she’s running in the new Party party. Need to up the social life over here.
  • 2 1
 @S4-916: party party and dance party going neck and neck in the polls?
  • 6 2
 You forget the fact that part of Canada wants to be France, and France is all like hahahahah, Non.
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 @adamszymkowicz: Québecois just want to speak their weird French and 30% want to secede. I never heard anyone say they want to be associated with France. But you’re right, France doesn’t want them either
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 @S4-916: What about the Bunga Bunga party? Always been popular in Italy.
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 @mi-bike: We once had a political party called 'The Party! Party! Party!'. They got 0.69% of the vote.!_Party!_Party!
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 Unless that was a joke, you're saying you know nothing of everything you mentioned.
  • 2 1
 I could argue that in every country you have amazing culture, architecture, history, language, and good looking people. So all countries area basically the same?
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 @dj100procentenduro: Canadian architecture is strip malls, big box stores, and immitation stone siding. Their women are mostly husky and/or mishapen, even their imports are ugly, it's like someone at immigration canada decided there can be no attractive women anywhere in the land. Canadian cuisine is whatever can be microwaved, from timmies, or served at "the keg."

That said, the people out west are really really really nice folks, and the extremes of the Canadian wilderness is as wild and rugged as it gets, there is nothing like it in Europe.
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 @sonuvagun: um..
Emily Battey is a husky? You, Sir, must be blind...
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 @handynzl: Exceptions prove the rule, sir.
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 @dj100procentenduro: The original comment was obviously 100% sarcasm - It was a sideways compliment to the French for all the things they have, plus for winning. Canada has some culture, but nothing compared to France. We don’t have much, if any, identity as far as food, architecture, etc. France is overflowing with all those. But we do have great people, beautiful land, some of the world’s best DH riders, and best of all, we understand sarcasm.
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 @S4-916: People who understand sarcasm are a dying breed on this site.
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 @S4-916: It needs to be set up or have an obvious frame of reference, first. You can't just pop off with some ridiculous comparison expect everyone to get it as you tryin to be funny.
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 @sonuvagun: That's exactly what he does. He sets it up by saying they're basically the same; keyword here being the casual "basically". The list that follows is clearly satire that everyone and their mom can recognize. Par for the course on this website.
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 @mi-bike: no man, there's got to be some context to it, i.e. you have to set the joke up or have it set up by other means, otherwise there's no joke.
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 @sonuvagun: The context comes at the end; that the two countries differ in their MTB prowess. So, he sets it up, makes the joke, and then places it into context. Exactly what you wanted, so not sure why you're complaining.
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 @S4-916: Canada has a ton of culture if you take the time to learn about the many first nations who have lived on this land way before any settler arrived.
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 @MDW83: true dat
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 @sonuvagun @mi-bike All good. Some people appreciate it, other people just don't get it and never will. Bottom line: Congrats to France, they dominated.
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 @mi-bike: No one's complaining, just disagreeing and busting balls. It's fun, like surfing. Y'know surfing in Brazil is no different than surfing in Portugal- everyone speaks the same language, they're both in the Atlantic, both north of the equator... see, it's not funny, just stupid.
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 @mi-bike: Trudeau is barely adored widely. Most of his own country hates him. The rest of the world is waking up to his hypocrisy and damaging polices. Look past his hair, socks and lip service.
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 Does anyone know what the small box under all the riders seat is?
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 Apparently some sort of timing chip
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 Do the elite men and women ride the same course and length?
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 Same course, men ride one additional lap.
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 @MDW83: Thanks!
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 Ya cool what let's see there ya go
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