Results: XCC Short Track - Petropolis World Cup 2022

Apr 8, 2022 at 12:22
by Sarah Moore  
Two flat out races to kick off the World Cup XC season. In the women's race, a strategic Pauline Ferrand-Prevot would never take the lead until a sprint to the win ahead of Laura Stigger and Evie Richards after a strong pull from Rebecca McConnell saw her fading to fourth in the final lap. Newcomer to the Elite category, Mona Mitterwallner would finish an impressive sixth in her first ever Short Track event.

In the men's race, Vlad Dascalu's race was over before it truly began, with a broken chain off the start line. Henrique Avancini was the crowd favourite and took the lead for much of the first half of the race, but in the end it was a strong surge from Alan Hatherly to take the first win of the season and the overall lead heading into Sunday's XCO. Thomas Litscher and Maxime Marotte were hot on his heels, while Avancini settled for fourth and a strong front-row start position on Sunday.

This year there will be an overall World Cup XCC champion in addition to the World Cup XCO champion. The results from the XCC will continue to determine the front three rows of the XCO and contribute to the XCO overall, although a win will now be worth 80 points in those standings instead of the previous 250.


Elite Women (6 Laps):

1st. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot 19:55
2nd. Laura Stigger +0:01
3rd. Evie Richards +0:01
4th. Rebecca McConnell +0:07
5th. Loana Lecomte +0:11

Elite Men:

1st. Alan Hatherly 19:55
2nd. Thomas Litscher +0:01
3rd. Maxime Marotte +0:02
4th. Henrique Avancini +0:02
5th. Nino Schurter +0:05

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Full results
Elite Women

Elite Men


  • 54 2
 * Purchased by Outside..."this will allow us to pursue bigger projects and improve on our already class leading mountain bike coverage and content!!".....XC fantasy disappears. Good work guys, you're confirming exactly what all the naysayers said you would do.
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 There's the chance that not enough people played to justify the cost/effort. Pure speculation though
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 @Jamminator: Pinkbike does not have a paywall
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flag no1000 (Apr 8, 2022 at 17:21) (Below Threshold)
 welcome to the great reset
  • 2 1
 the Photo of the Year (POTY) didn't appear this year either. Next year the Enduro Academy and the Field Test Huck to Flat will be cut. And everything will be behind the BETA paywall where there is no Comments feature (so we have to get all our snarky comments in while we can)
  • 4 0
 Don't pay for paywall, don't vote with your dollars
  • 2 0
 The racing coverage could be so much better. They should see how Cycling News covers road racing, Cycling News is definitely the bench mark. It would be great to have MTB coverage at that depth.
  • 1 0
 dunno why this sent twice
  • 2 0
Unfortunately most of Cycling News is now a pay only site.
  • 1 0
 Replaced with gravel bike fantasy this fall!
  • 34 2
 Yes! My fantasy team is off to a hot start this year. So unreal.
  • 17 2
 Terrible camera handling, terrible directing. Maybe not the usual Red Bull team?
  • 8 0
 Agree. The RB team know better than to set up cams without knowing where the crowds will be. Rob & Bart not there is the giveaway I guess.

So many head-on angles where it was impossible to see who was in front. But the drone shot of Mathias' burst was cool.
  • 10 0
 Next year you will miss all those "problems".
  • 2 0
 I didn't notice. People complain literally every race though so I'll take your comment with a grain of salt
  • 5 0
 Why they placed the camera to look at them coming under the pedestrian bridge in single file rather than down the big hill with the now rollable drop, into the tabletop, and the berm right before it baffles me.
  • 6 0
 Good to see Stigger back in form. She had a good start last year too but her lungs where problematic in the mid & late season. I was hoping Haley would finish better but after Cape Epic didn't expect it. Sina seemed a bit off today.

Good racing, cool little XCC Track. Coverage could have been better. Not quite up to the usual RB standards.
I wonder if it's because of the location or because this is their last year and they're phoning it in so to speak. ???
  • 5 0
 Haley is still young and building deep form, next step is snap. PFP was a beast and looked unrecognizable on the final descent, sending it with clearly much more speed than either Evie or Laura. Full marks to Ravanel for that.
  • 9 0
 @Willikers: Yeah, Pauline was different. Also that smirk on the finishing straight was a next level boss move.
  • 1 0
 How come Cape Epic didn't take the snap out of Pauline's legs?
  • 4 0
 @PapaStone: just a guess - she has a lot more miles in her legs and a kind of deep reserve some younger riders don't have yet.
From what I can tell she has a pretty dialed recovery team / program as well.
All comes from lots of experience.
What I like is she's still getting better.
  • 11 2
 You should see my BMX fantasy team results!
  • 7 0
 If you're doing well in fantasy BMX it's probably because you have strong knowledge of the field and current and forecastable athlete performance. That almost certainly means you have a BMX background.
  • 2 0
 @The-Foiling-Optimist: I think our community is at the stage we can have an all inclusive acronym, how about BMXDHXCSSFRE or bimdicksfree phonetically!
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 Y lst m wth th vwl t th nd, nc tr.
  • 8 1
 Not one loss on my fantasy team, lets gooo!
  • 1 0
 Let's goo! Is the new Yeew
  • 5 0
 Evie burned a huge match chasing down McConnell, just came up a few feet short. Great race!
  • 3 0
 Just found out she is sick as well - amazing result
  • 2 0
 Her bike was all over the place at the end of the race. She didn't look to be able to hook up all that power she has. Tyres looked alright. Maybe some other issue?
  • 5 0
 @SteveMcDonald2: see above - she has a stomach bug and was seeing cross-eyed at her absolute limit.
  • 4 0
 Pretty interesting Avancini's Dad designed this weekend's course. Should be close race Sunday if he has same fitness level as today.
  • 5 0
 Loving the in-depth coverage of this WC event so far.
  • 3 0
 Yeah Blevins, rolling strong and making Durango proud!
  • 2 0
 What happened to Neff?
  • 3 0
 Covid negative, but cold like symptoms.
  • 3 0
 In other words a cold or flue @Jamminator:
  • 2 0
 the speeeeeeeeed
  • 1 0
 Hatherly on the Lefty
  • 5 8
 Awful headset cable routing on so many bikes... Unwatchable!

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