XC Highlights – Les Gets World Cup 2021

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The XC in Les Gets was another intense event. Riders battled it out in short track for their starting place in finals. The conditions were pretty grim, with slippery sections, roots and rocks to contend with, riders did their best to take on the conditions and each other. France’s Loana Lecomte is a force to be reckoned with, taking her fourth win. In the men’s race, Swiss rider Mathias Flückiger came out on top.

It was fantastic to see Evie Richards get third ahead of Tokyo, her best elite world cup finish to date. Following the Olympics, the next round of the XC World Cup is in Lenzerheide on 3-5 September.

evie Richards
Evie Richards in Les Gets. Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

Full Highlights

The rain, the mud, the struggle, the crowds, their energy, Les Gets had it all. Sunday’s UCI Mountain Bike XCO World Cup race delivered a slippery spectacle full of falls, comebacks and other exciting moments inside and outside the race tape.

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Women’s Highlights

Results:

  1. Loana Lecomte FRA – 1hr27m23s
  2. Jenny Rissveds SWE – +0.51s
  3. Evie Richards GBR – +1.10
  4. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot FRA – + 1.51s
  5. Rebecca McConnell AUS – + 1.55s
Women's Podium Xc Les Gets
Elite women’s podium Les Gets

Standings:

  1. Loana Lecomte FRA – 1330 points
  2. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot FRA – 955
  3. Jenny Rissveds SWE – 780
  4. Haley Batten USA – 755
  5. Rebecca McConnell AUS – 710

Men’s Highlights

Results:

  1. Mathias Fluckiger SUI – 1hr27m33s
  2. Ondrej Cink CZE – +0.25s
  3. Jordan Sarrou FRA – +0.35s
  4. Alan Hatherly RSA – +0.39s
  5. Nino Schurter SUI – +1.21s
Men's Podium
Elite Men’s XC Podium, Les Gets. Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

Standings:

1. Mathias Flueckiger SUI – 1169 points
2. Ondrej Cink CZE – 934
3. Jordan Sarrou – FRA 790
4. Victor Koretzky – FRA 745
5. Nino Schurter – SUI 734

Jordan Sarrou
Jordan Sarrou rolling over the line in third place.

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Comments (5)

    Wow, that looked very slippy!

    Great result for Evie Richards!

    Why do none of them run any kind of front mud guard?

    If it is muddy then it will cause a built up a mud that then needs carried about with them as the gap between tyre and arch is smaller with a mudguard attached…
    Perhaps no-one has sponsored them so they don’t need to use them…
    They don’t mind the mud as it leaves their skin nice and smooth…
    They all agree they look ridiculous and don’t want to use them…
    There is an underground, secretive secondary race running at the same time and it is all about seeing who can break the washing machine first just with their race clothing…

    @wzzzz
    Mudguards may stop spray, but anything remotely effective will reduce mud clearance and introduce additional places for mud to build up – and stopping mid-race to clear a build up of mud is lost time

    I’ve never had a front mudhugger or crud XL clog up

    I run them to stop mud going in my eyes or glasses and mouth

    Surely not being able to see where you are going is more of an issue

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