Final Results from the Leogang XC World Cup 2022

Jun 12, 2022 at 1:27
by Ed Spratt  
The men turn the first corner packed like sardines.


The fourth XC World Cup of the year provided some incredible racing in Leogang. Kicking off a packed day of racing was the U23s with Puck Pieterse just pulling ahead of Line Burquier by only two seconds. For the U23 Men, Martin Vidaurre Kossmann secured another win with a nearly twenty-second advantage over Simone Avondetto.

In a repeat of the 2021 results, Loana Lecomte took the win in the Elite Women's race with Jenny Rissveds and Laura Stigger once again taking 2nd and 3rd respectively. Loana looks to be back on her unstoppable 2021 form with a commanding win with control of the race from the very start. Series leader Rebecca McConnell didn't have the race she would have wanted crossing the line over three minutes back in 7th. Massive respect goes out to Mona Mitterwallner who was involved in a crash right out of the start and went from dead last to an impressive 15th place finish.

For the Elite Men we saw Mathias Flückiger join Loana Lecomte with a perfect weekend in Austria. Nino Schurter tried his best to stick with Mathias on the last lap but an attack up the second big climb was just too much for the World Champion and a small gap formed that couldn't be closed before the finish line. Alan Hatherly ran an amazing race to hold onto third and stuck within touching distance of the top two for nearly all of the six laps.

Check out the results below.



Results:

Elite Women (5 Laps)

1st. Loana Lecomte: 1:15:42
2nd. Jenny Rissveds: +1:13
3rd. Laura Stiger: +1:28
4th. Sina Frei: +1:41
5th. Anne Terpstra: +2:10

Elite Men (6 Laps)

1st. Mathias Flückiger: 1:15:31
2nd. Nino Schurter: +6
3rd. Alan Hatherly: +39
4th. Vlad Dascalu: +45
5th. Maxime Marotte: +1:09


U23 Women (4 Laps)

1st. Puck Pieterse: 1:04:41
2nd. Line Burquier: 1:04:43
3rd. Olivia Onesti: 1:06:11
4th. Sofie Pedersen: 1:06:39
5th. Luisa Daubermann: 1:07:31

U23 Men (5 Laps)

1st. Martin Vidaurre Kossmann: 1:06:54
2nd. Simone Avondetto: 1:07:13
3rd. Filippo Fontana: 1:07:28
4th. Luca Schätti: 1:08:23
5th. Janis Baumann: 1:08:42




Full Results:

Elite Women


Elite Men


U23 Women


U23 Men




Live Race Updates:


The 2022 World Cup XC racing continues with the fourth round in Leogang.

The Women's racing kicks off on Red Bull TV at: 12:00pm CEST (3:00am PST, 6:00am EST, 11:00am BST)

The Men will start on Red Bull TV at: 14:30pm CEST (5:30am PST, 8:30am EST, 13:30pm BST)



3:20 am PDT

The Elite Women are off but there is a huge crash out of the start that has taken out Mona Mitterwallner.



3:22 am PDT

Jenny Rissveds is leading the race so far on the shorter start lap.



3:24 am PDT

Jolanda Neff now sprints into the lead up the first big climb, she is closely followed by Loana Lecomte.



3:29 am PDT

After the start lap the top five riders are:

1st. Jolanda Neff: 7:45
2nd. Loana Lecomte: +0
3rd. Jenny Rissveds: +2
4th. Rebecca McConnell: +5
5th. Laura Stiger: +5



3:31 am PDT

Loana Lecomte and Jenny Rissveds are already building a decent gap up the first climb of lap one.



3:33 am PDT

The gap from the two leaders to the chasing group has grown to almost thirty seconds up the long first climb.



3:42 am PDT

After the first of five laps the top five riders are:

1st. Loana Lecomte: 21:02
2nd. Jenny Rissveds: +1
3rd. Laura Stiger: +37
4th. Sina Frei: +41
5th. Rebecca McConnell: +42



3:44 am PDT

Loana Lecomte is putting the power down on the tough climb at the start of lap two as she pulls ahead of Jenny Rissveds by 10 seconds.



3:46 am PDT

After a crash at the start of the race, Mona Mitterwallner has made her way from last place to 34th.



3:47 am PDT

At split one near the top of the first big climb, Loana Lecomte is 20 seconds ahead.



3:56 am PDT

After lap two the top five riders are:

1st. Loana Lecomte: 34:31
2nd. Jenny Rissveds: +29
3rd. Laura Stiger: +1:04
4th. Sina Frei: +1:04
5th. Rebecca McConnell: +1:24



4:03 am PDT

The gap from Loana to Jenny seems to be holding at around 40 seconds.



4:10 am PDT

After lap three the top five riders are:

1st. Loana Lecomte: 48:11
2nd. Jenny Rissveds: +47
3rd. Laura Stiger: +1:24
4th. Sina Frei: +1:24
5th. Anne Terpstra: +1:50



4:14 am PDT

Rebecca McConnell is struggling to find speed today as she is sitting back in 7th place.



4:15 am PDT

Mona Mitterwallner has had an impressive ride so far to have ridden back to 19th after being last following a crash at the start of the race.



4:24 am PDT

Going into the last lap the top five riders are:

1st. Loana Lecomte: 1:01:59
2nd. Jenny Rissveds: +52
3rd. Laura Stiger: +1:35
4th. Sina Frei: +1:35
5th. Anne Terpstra: +2:00



4:29 am PDT

At split one on the final lap the gap between Loana Lecomte and Jenny Rissveds has grown to 1:08. It will be very hard to close this without a mistake from Loana.



4:34 am PDT

Laura Stigger has launched an attack on the second big climb to try and build a gap ahead of Sina Frei in the battle for third place.



4:35 am PDT

Loana Lecomte makes it a perfect weekend and secures her second in a row Elite World Cup win in Leogang.



4:38 am PDT

The top five Elite Women are:

1st. Loana Lecomte: 1:15:42
2nd. Jenny Rissveds: +1:13
3rd. Laura Stiger: +1:28
4th. Sina Frei: +1:41
5th. Anne Terpstra: +2:10



5:50 am PDT

Henrique Avancini is the fastest off the line and leads the riders into the shorter start loop.



5:52 am PDT

Vlad Dascalu is now upping the pace at the front as the riders head to the top of the start loop.



5:58 am PDT

After the start loop the top five riders are:

1st. Vlad Dascalu: 6:34
2nd. Alan Hatherly: +1
3rd. Anton Cooper: +1
4th. Henrique Avancini: +1
5th. Jordan Sarrou: +1



5:59 am PDT

Nino Schurter pushes through to the front to lead up the massive first climb on lap one.



6:04 am PDT

A small gap is starting to form between Nino Schurter and the chasing riders. It's only three seconds but he is pushing hard and any gap requires the chasing riders to go harder to catch up.



6:05 am PDT

Alan Hatherly and Mathias Flückiger have put the power down as they realise the gap needs to be closed to Nino.



6:06 am PDT

Alan Hatherly, Vlad Dascalu, Mathias Flückiger and Anton Cooper have closed the gap but it took a decent effort to close in on Nino.



6:09 am PDT

After the first lap the top five riders are:

1st. Nino Schurter: 18:09
2nd. Alan Hatherly: +1
3rd. Vlad Dascalu: +1
4th. Mathias Flückiger: +2
5th. Anton Cooper: +4



6:17 am PDT

Nino Schurter is sprinting up the second big climb, this is a very early point in the race to be launching an attack. The top four stick with him but it will have taken a lot of energy.



6:20 am PDT

After the second lap the top five riders are:

1st. Nino Schurter: 29:43
2nd. Vlad Dascalu: +1
3rd. Alan Hatherly: +2
4th. Mathias Flückiger: +2
5th. Maxime Marotte: +10



6:21 am PDT

Maxime Marotte has fought hard to close in on the leading group, we now have five riders at the front with Anton Cooper not far behind.



6:23 am PDT

Mathias Flückiger launches a massive attack up the first climb. Nino Schurter smashes his pedals to keep up but this is a ridiculous pace up such a long and steep climb.



6:24 am PDT

Mathias Flückiger has opened a small gap to Nino Schurter but the chasing group is now around 10 seconds back.



6:32 am PDT

After the third lap the top five riders are:

1st. Mathias Flückiger: 41:16
2nd. Nino Schurter: +1
3rd. Alan Hatherly: +2
4th. Maxime Marotte: +16
5th. Vlad Dascalu: +16



6:43 am PDT

After the fourth lap the top five riders are:

1st. Nino Schurter: 52:49
2nd. Mathias Flückiger: +0
3rd. Alan Hatherly: +8
4th. Maxime Marotte: +30
5th. Vlad Dascalu: +31



6:55 am PDT

Going into the final lap the top five riders are:

1st. Mathias Flückiger: 1:04:34
2nd. Nino Schurter: +0
3rd. Alan Hatherly: +7
4th. Maxime Marotte: +25
5th. Vlad Dascalu: +28



6:56 am PDT

The top five riders have come closer together over the past laps suggesting Nino and Mathias have slowed down. How much power do they have left for a big attack on the last lap?



6:58 am PDT

Mathias Flückiger and Nino Schurter have definitely picked up the pace as the gap to Alan Hatherly in third grows from seven to 23 seconds up the first climb.



7:02 am PDT

Mathias Flückiger is attacking up the second climb but Nino Schurter goes with him.



7:03 am PDT

A gap is forming between the top two now with Mathias having a four-second advantage. This isn't the end of Nino's chance but he will need to close this before it gets any bigger.



7:05 am PDT

Mathias Flückiger takes the win in Leogang and has a perfect weekend!



7:07 am PDT

The top five Elite Men are:

1st. Mathias Flückiger: 1:15:31
2nd. Nino Schurter: +6
3rd. Alan Hatherly: +39
4th. Vlad Dascalu: +45
5th. Maxime Marotte: +1:09






61 Comments

  • 31 2
 Womens xc is my new favorite, you have some idea of who will do well but no idea who’s going to have that dominant race. I’m upset Bec McConnells off the pace it’s still great to watch.
  • 37 1
 It's currently the most exciting racing in mountain biking.
  • 1 0
 True that
  • 5 14
flag vegankidd (Jun 12, 2022 at 8:40) (Below Threshold)
 No way. Men's XC has giga-chads like William Dowling in it.
  • 18 1
 If anything, women's XC is a bit more predictable now than it was a few seasons ago, with big runs of dominance from Loana, Evie, and Bec recently, and lots of big-gap solo victories. The men conversely have gotten much more competitive as the Nino/Absalon/Kulhavy era sunsets. Crazy, but there was a stretch from 2013 to 2018 where only those three won, finally broken by Sam Gaze in Stellenbosch 2018.

The women had an incredible era of parity from 2016-2020 where any of a dozen great riders could win, and there were lots of battles late into races.

As far as Bec being off the pace—it's almost impossible to peak that high for more than a couple months. It looks like she's coming down from her peak and Loana is on the way up. That's just how it goes. Hopefully Bec can recover a bit and then make another run late in the year.
  • 7 0
 @nattyd: eh, 0.06. The Nino era ain’t sunsetting! Still #1 overall too
  • 7 0
 @nsteele: Nino is still very, very good, but there's no comparison between 2022 Nino getting ridden off of Fluekiger's wheel on a climb after a tactically perfect race, vs. 2017 Nino bullying everyone on the way to winning all 6 World Cups, World Champs, and Cape Epic in the same season while holding the Olympic crown.
  • 24 2
 Why is the age cutoff for the category below elite under 23? is it based on an understanding of the age of physical development, or something like many racers are in some kind of college or university until around that age, and don't have the time to train full time? I apologize that this is a real, actual question and not a witty comment. Feel free to downvote me into oblivion.
  • 10 7
 its crazy that you have to apologize for asking a legitimate question on the internet in order to not get downvoted into the depths of hell
  • 4 0
 Yes, development is the main reason. It's the whole package to develop, from lifestyle commitment to mental fortitude, it's not necessarily just physiological. There needs to be something to bridge the gap between Juniors and the world's very best. So many young careers would be ruined if there is no U23 to showcase and develop talent...having 19 year olds thrown into the gauntlet won't fly. The UCI exception rule allows the Neff's and Mitterwallner's of U23 to bump up early rather than dominating U23 and slowing their progress.
  • 2 0
 @Jamminator: why does this only apply to XC and not DH?
  • 8 1
 As much as I love Gravity biking, this is so good to watch. Warner and ... the other guy... are a perfact match as well and add to the show.
  • 12 1
 Mass start racing >> time trials for any spectator sport. No shade on the DH riders, they're gods. But elbow-to-elbow for 90 minutes beats watching 30 consecutive runs with tiny variations of the same lines over and over again.

Looking forward to the future when the DH coverage integrates better run-to-run comparisons like overlaying riders in the same shots.
  • 9 0
 Other guy aka Bart Brentjens, first ever mtb olympic gold winner!
  • 4 0
 @winko: Also just a world-class commentator. Knows everything about the races, knows many of the riders personally. You can tell that he has way more inside info than he even shares on the broadcasts.
  • 6 1
 I don't want to argue but UCI messed up with the course length. Both Elite women and men races lasted 1:15 which is 5 min less than the minimum time (1:20 according to UCI rules ). 1 more lap would feat perfectly the average time (1:30).
  • 9 0
 Perhaps they were planning for slower lap times with the rain and mud earlier in the week.
  • 3 0
 That's about the best race we've seen out of Gerhard Kersbaumer in a very long time.
He finish 12th just 17 seconds out of the Top 10.
When was the last time he was even close to the Top 10?

Prediction for Lenzerheide. Nino, he's fit, he's hungry for #34 and it's his home crowd.
  • 4 0
 Well I didn't think Puck would beat Line on this course with all the climbing; but now a U23 World Cup winner in two disciplines. Great stuff!!
  • 5 0
 Twisting the bars in the first corner is a nightmare when riding without tools Frown
  • 9 0
 Wasn't possible for her to put it back just by blocking the front wheel between her knees and twisting the bar? At least just to reach the tech zone on her bike. I never owned a lefty, that's why I'm asking.
  • 5 0
 @eekamouse: should be, yeah. Current lefty Ocho just uses a normal steerer tube.
  • 9 2
 Her brake caliper was dangling off
  • 4 0
 @down0050: poor Mona. How could the brake caliber fell off the fork after a crash? I’m wondering if it’s because of the quick release feature of the Lefty Ocho fork

“The new Lefty Ocho features the all-new Stop Lock brake mount, a funky new quick release system that releases the caliper and mount by holding down a button and turning the 5mm-head bolt 180-degrees.”

I ran the older Lefty 2.0 before and now SID. There’s no way the brake caliber could loose because of the two Allen bolts. Am I missing something here?

Had the brake caliber stayed on, she only need to twist the handlebar and get back chasing Frown
  • 1 0
 I found Levy’s review of the quick release. So it’s a proven solution for what it’s worth.

www.pinkbike.com/news/cannondale-lefty-ocho-review-2018.html
  • 2 0
 @down0050: are you sure that was the brake caliper? Looked to me like it was just her timing chip
  • 2 0
 @eekamouse: should be fairly straight forward to just twist them back, but given how long she spent in the tech/feed zone while her mechanics sorted things out, presumably there was a bigger problem?
  • 1 0
 @AndrewHardtail: I thought it was the caliper for sure, might have to go back to the live feed to double check. Saw it instantly when Warner was wondering aloud why she didn't just straighten the bar.
  • 5 0
 Batty went from first corner carnage to 25th, good race!
  • 1 0
 Do you think Mona gave her a few words when she caught her???
  • 6 3
 I double dare Pinkbike to list the men's results before the woman's next time.
  • 2 0
 Puck! Finally the top step on the podium!
  • 2 2
 Alright, here’s my prediction for the elite womens…

Lecomte
Terpstra
McConnell
Risveds
Mitterwallner
Batten
Keller
Neff

  • 4 0
 2 of 8. Lucky there isn’t…
  • 5 3
 Dude. My fantasy team is doing so good.
  • 1 1
 Lecomte Tepstra Stiger Frie
  • 6 5
 Ominous from Lecomte
  • 19 30
flag aaronjb (Jun 12, 2022 at 4:59) (Below Threshold)
 She would be the least surprising doping positive in the sport.
  • 3 1
 Ominous how?

Genuinely curious—I missed the race and haven’t watched the replay yet
  • 2 1
 @icthus13: curious as well
  • 11 0
 @shortcuttomoncton: @icthus13: OP is from the land of Bec and Loana's win is signalling bad prospects for his compatriot winning the WC overall. Well, that's my take at least Smile
  • 6 0
 Im thinking that her training program has her peaking for the latter half of the race season. Totally an assumption based on how she dominated early on and burned out in the last half of the season last year. Girl could be moving to her peak right now.
  • 4 0
 @aaronjb: Honestly this is dumb. Why watch the sport if great performance=doping? It's a lose-lose proposition. Either the sport is boring, or you're suspicious.
  • 3 4
 Mittellwarner got Robbed
  • 5 0
 But Rob still got in his mentions
  • 3 0
 @NorthShore111: from the wreckage at the start to P15, her ride must have been one of the best of the day and worthy of the mentions, no?
  • 3 0
 @MDW83: definitely. The winky emoji didn't work and I didn't think to just make the Wink . Also, a play on words from the post I was responding to
  • 2 0
 @MDW83: According to lap times, despite her great come back, Mona has never been in the pace for a podium. But I agree things could have been different without this incident.
  • 1 0
 @MDW83: she was very downbeat in her post race interview, but honestly it was a hell of a recovery ride.

Sure, unfortunate result but it's how you do on your bad days that makes your championship.
  • 1 0
 @NorthShore111: with Brentjens' mentions of Bohé a close runner-up
  • 2 0
 @Ktron: Mitterwallner will NEVER be an Elite champion until she fills that massive gap in her skillset, starts. Like insanely bad starts. Like seriously how are you at this level bad starts.
  • 1 0
 @OnTheRivet: I've heard a podcast say that she's the XC version of Clara Honsiger; who always loses loads of positions at the start of a CX race; just doesn't have any explosivity.
  • 5 8
 Who was that Alpha Chad in 84th place in the Elite Men's race?
  • 5 0
 Some obnoxious kid from Durango
  • 2 0
 Fort Lewis student had a rough day. But at least he showed up.
  • 4 3
 That ni️️a made Nino look like an lb. such an alpha chad. I heard he’s the only natty in the field
  • 16 0
 I need Google Translate to understand what you are all talking about. Maybe I am too old.
  • 7 1
 @dcaf: Tide pod generation.
  • 3 0
 What's the joke here?





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