Pinkbike Primer: Will We See a Fourth Win from McConnell at the Fourth Round? - Leogang XC World Cup 2022

Jun 6, 2022 at 8:28
by Ed Spratt  

We are back for round four of the 2022 XC World Cup with a stacked weekend of racing as both the DH and XC return to Leogang. We are set for some great weather and even better racing as we see if Rebecca McConnell can make it four wins in a row. Check out all the details you need to know below.

The Track

As a new venue for XC, we haven't seen too much racing on this course, but it is one with plenty of climbing and plenty of tech in the woods. When it's wet, these can be very treacherous with a lot of roots to take riders out. Luckily, things are looking dryer for racing this week.

Last Time in Leogang

Last time we visited Leogang, we saw Loana Lecomte continue her dominance with a massive win of almost two minutes ahead of Jenny Rissveds. In the Elite Men's race, we saw a great battle between Mathias Flückiger and Ondrej Cink.

Elite Women (5 Laps)

1st: Loana Lecomte: 1:17:03
2nd: Jenny Rissveds: +1:48
3rd: Laura Stigger: +1:50
4th: Jolanda Neff: +2:02
5th: Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +2:30

Elite Men (6 Laps)

1st: Mathias Flückiger: 1:15:50
2nd: Ondrej Cink: +14
3rd: Anton Cooper: +45
4th: Thomas Griot: +1:26
5th: Vlad Dascalu: +1:27

U23 Women (4 Laps)

1st. Mona Mitterwallner: 1:06:30
2nd. Kata Blanka Vas: 1:07:31
3rd. Caroline Bohe: 1:07:56
4th. Puck Pieterse: 1:08:34
5th. Leonie Daubermann: 1:09:05

U23 Men (5 Laps)

1st. Riley Amos: 1:08:26
2nd. Martin Vidaurre Kossmann: 1:08:38
3rd. Joel Roth: 1:09:15
4th. Simone Avondetto: 1:09:20
5th. Carter Woods: 1:09:24

Previous Winners

Mathias Flueckiger picked his moment to attack with pinpoint precision.

Elite Men

2012//Worlds: Nino Schurter
2020//Worlds: Jordan Sarrou
2021: Mathias Flückiger

Elite Women
2012//Worlds: Julie Bresset
2020//Worlds: Pauline Ferrand Prevot
2021: Loana Lecomte

What Happened at the Last Race?

The third XC World Cup of 2022 provided the goods with some amazing moments and massive wins. The Elite Women's race saw another dominant performance from Rebecca McConnell who proved again that she is unstoppable this season. Nove Mesto wouldn't be an easy win with Loana Lecomte and Jenny Rissveds staying in sight for most of the race. The last two laps would knock both chasing riders out of contention with Loana Lecomte the only rider coming within one minute of the hard-charging Australian.

In the Elite Men's race, it was an incredibly close race with no rider really launching an attack until the last lap of the race. In the end, it was a sprint between Vlad Dascalu and Thomas Pidcock but it was the Olympic champion who got to the line fastest and won another World Cup in 2022. The performance of the day goes to Nino Schurter who did the impossible and fought back over a minute of time after a rear flat tire. Despite the massive disadvantage, Nino Schurter rode back to the front of the race and crossed the line in third place.

Elite Women

1st. Rebecca McConnell: 1:21:17
2nd. Loana Lecomte: +40
3rd. Jenny Rissveds: +1:17
4th. Jolanda Neff: +2:22
5th. Caroline Bohé: +2:22

Elite Men

1st. Thomas Pidcock: 1:21:19
2nd. Vlad Dascalu: +1
3rd. Nino Schurter: +30
4th. Anton Cooper: +33
5th. Alan Hatherly: +33

U23 Women (6 Laps)

1st. Line Burquier: 1:07:58
2nd. Puck Pieterse: +45
3rd. Giada Specia: +2:05
4th. Sofie Pedersen: +2:20
5th. Noëlle Buri: +2:54

U23 Men (7 Laps)

1st. Martin Vidaurre Kossmann: 1:08:41
2nd. Simone Avondetto: +1:10
3rd. Dario Lillo: +1:23
4th. Gustavo Xavier De Oliveira Pereira: +1:23
5th. Adrien Boichis: +1:25

Current Overall Standings

Elite Women

Elite Men

U23 Women

U23 Men

Weather Forecast

A wet start to the week leads to some amazing conditions from racing on Friday and Saturday. It should be a hot one for riders so heat management and water intake will be very important for finals on Sunday.

Flueckiger has been on one lately. He showed his grit fighting off Cink and Cooper pulling away for the eventual win.
Thursday, June 9 - Training
Periods of clouds and sun with a couple of showers // 14° // 91% Chance of Precipitation // 9 km/h Wind

Friday, June 10 - Short Track
Partly sunny // 16° // 25% Chance of Precipitation // 7 km/h Wind

Saturday, June 11 - Training
Mostly sunny, pleasant and warmer // 24° // 3% Chance of Precipitation // 2 km/h Wind

Sunday, June 12 - Finals
Mostly sunny // 22° // 1% Chance of Precipitation // 9 km/h Wind

Weather forecast as of Monday, June 6 from Accuweather.


Laura Stigger on her way to third just a couple of seconds back from Jenny Rissveds.

All times CEST

Thursday, June 9
• 12:00-14:00 // Official XCO Training - Women
• 14:00-16:00 // Official XCO Training - Men

Friday, June 10
• 09:30-11:00 // Official XCO Training - Women
• 11:00-12:30 // Official XCO Training - Men
• 12:30-14:30 // Official XCO Training - All Riders
• 15:45-16:30 // Official XCC Training - Women
• 16:30-17:15 // Official XCC Training - Men
• 17:30 // World Cup Cross-country Short Track - Women
• 18:15 // World Cup Cross-country Short Track - Men

Saturday, June 11
• 09:30-11:30 // Official XCO Training - Women
• 11:30-13:30 // Official XCO Training - Men
• 13:30-14:30 // Official XCO Training - All Riders
• 15:00 // World Cup Cross-Country Olympic - Men Under 23

Sunday, June 12
• 08:30 // World Cup Cross-Country Olympic - Women Under 23
• 10:15 // World Cup Cross-Country Olympic - Men Under 23
• 12:20 // World Cup Cross-Country Olympic - Women Elite, followed by awards
• 14:50 // World Cup Cross-Country Olympic - Men Elite, followed by awards

Note: All times are local and subject to change by the UCI/event organizer.

How to Watch

Pauline Ferrand Prevost would enjoy the head of the race only briefly before finishing on fifth. It s not the repeat performance from Worlds last year she d hope for but a lot has changed since then.

Tune in to Pinkbike to catch all the Leogang coverage throughout the week.

All the Elite races can be streamed live on

(All times in CEST, replay available immediately following the races)

Leogang XCC Short Track: June 10 Live on Red Bull TV 17:20 CEST
Leogang XCO Women: June 12 Live on Red Bull TV 12:00 CEST
Leogang XCO Men: June 12 Live on Red Bull TV 14:30 CEST

Note: These times are subject to change. Please check with your local provider.


  • 44 2
 XC companies take note: I paid a lot more attention to who was racing when there was a fantasy xc league. Not sponsoring the fantasy league means a lot of people aren't paying attention to your sponsored riders.
  • 17 0
 Seriously! I follow so many riders on IG now that were top 40 riders. I never would have paid attention to them if not for fantasy XC. And they made the season longer so more involvement from fans and the same monetary sponsorship.
  • 3 0
 Definitely true. I always checked all of the instagram accounts of the riders in my team for updates and read more of the articles about xc. Now I just scroll to the comments here
  • 26 7
 so who should I put in my fantasy team?
  • 17 0
 Put me in. You'll have an equal chance of winning no matter what.
  • 6 0
 Has there ever been any official word on why it didn’t happen this year?
  • 3 1
 @arcatern: Nothing official, but the general consensus is that there was a lack of sponsorship, so they pulled it this year. Hoping to see it back for 2023 though.
  • 6 0
 @arcatern: one of the editors wrote in a comment that they couldn't get a sponsor. Pretty dumb to not run it anyway for fun
  • 2 0
I would have been down with 50/50 style. Everyone throws in a toonie ( or equivalent) and PB takes half and winner takes half.
  • 14 1
 Saw this headline and immediately thought "I better update my fantasy team, oh wait....."
  • 12 1
 No doubt shes on fire, she's on a roll and high confidence but there are some FAST women nipping at her heals... Im cheering for her! Also cheering for Vlad, he needs that W
  • 9 0
 Never underestimate the power of winning momentum. Once you get that taste in your mouth, you can go deeper and push harder. Will be great to watch no matter who wins. Hump
  • 11 3
 The course looks properly tough! No resting on those downhills... most Pinkers would be walking down with their 170mm freeduro bikes.
  • 1 1
 Yeah probably. If i had coaching or naturally good at biking i might be able to ride down.
  • 9 0
 Go Bec!
  • 8 0
 Since when is 22 considered hot? It’s summer right?
  • 3 0
 Yea, right, seems like perfect temps for mid-June.
  • 8 0
 Go Jenny!
  • 6 0
 At least a podium so we get an interview. Hopefully the interveiwer behaves herself this time.
  • 7 0
 Go Tomac! ... oh wait, sorry force of old habit..
  • 6 2
 A climbing heavy course should mean Lecomte - and if she makes a half decent start; Mitterwallner. As for the men, it's hard to look past Fluckiger, Cink, along with Dascalu & Schurter.
  • 9 2
 Little tired of hearing about mittenwaller every other sentence on the broadcast. She probably tired of it too.
  • 4 0
 @CantClimb: yeah, the only reason I can think of for that is that the announcers called the U23 races were she dominated. Unfortunately we don't get to see those.
  • 3 0
 I agree on Mitterwallner. I'm amazed at her ascent, considering how young she is and that physically she still has a lot of muscle development ahead of her. I think starts is what her issue is at this point - she's just not powerful enough yet to go out very hard and stay at the front from get-go. But then she keeps steadily picking riders off, really impressive.
In Nove Mesto she fell back to around 50th after 1st lap, and I remember Rob say to Bart something like "Surely, she has no chance of coming back from that! Her race is done". I thought at the time - I bet she'll be top 10. She worked her way back to 6th.
  • 2 1
 @arek: She's obviously hugely fit and dominated the U23 where I think she pretty much rode her own pace round at the front. Now she's not starting on the front row for probably the first time since she was about 12, she seems to be struggling to fight to the front. Either lacking racecraft, or lacking the raw power to match the other top women.
  • 7 1
 Pretty hard to predict after a month, since form is extremely transient (for everyone except Nino, apparently) and it's hard to tell who was on the up after the last two and who will come down from the peak. If you review most of the previous seasons, the early stars often fade late in the summer, while other riders race into shape.

That said, here are some guesses:

Since Bec came into the season extremely hot, I'd expect her to fade a bit from here on out, although if she times it perfectly, she might nail the elusive "double peak" and contend for the late-season races.

Look for Jolanda to be on fire. She came in with incredible form this season per the Petropolis test event, but had forced time off due to illness. Bodes well for the later season.

Loana is also likely to be racing into form, so also dangerous.

Kate is the ultimate wildcard here. To me, it seems really likely that she has been struggling from overtraining for the last couple of years. But there's a chance she intentionally came into this season better-rested and is training into shape. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see a late-season resurgence from her. If not, she's gotta go back to the drawing board.
  • 2 0
 @CantClimb: she is 4th in the overall in her first year in elites. Maybe there is a reason for that attention
  • 7 0
 Is Pidcock racing? Want to see Nino get that world cup record.
  • 11 0
 yeah, it would be fitting if he beat Pidcock to get it too. Nino definitely looked like he had winning form in Nove Mesto.
  • 8 0
 I hope he has to race against Pidcock to break that record. It would taste much sweeter.
  • 3 0
 His Strava today looked like an MTB ride on the Andorra/spanish border.
  • 7 2
  • 4 0
 Go Luca!
  • 4 1
 Go Rudolf!
  • 9 0
 I couldn't remember the names of any of the other reindeer either.
  • 12 0
 @masacrejoe: his name is Olive. Olive the other reindeer.
  • 2 0
 @jgoldfield: Found the Dad making jokes.....
  • 1 1
 William Dowling is a huge favorite for the Elite Men's race
  • 1 3

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