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.
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
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
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
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
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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.
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.