Posted by Editoress on 07/29/22
Gibson Takes First Her First WOrld Cup Win, on Home Soil
Gwendolyn Gibson (Norco Factory) took Round 7 of the women's XCC (short track) World Cup series on Friday evening at Snowshoe, West Virginia, with a last lap surge past Anne Terpstra (Ghost Factory). Alessandra Keller's (Thomus Maxon) fourth place, combined with a crash by World Cup leader Rebecca McConnell (Primaflora Mondraker Genuins), puts the Swiss rider into the leader's jersey for the XCC.
The race only had 31 entries (out of a possible 40), with top contenders Loana Lecomte (Canyon CLLCTV), Pauline Ferrand Prevot (BMC) and Linda Indergand (Liv Factory Racing) all electing to skip the race. The six lap race was very muddy and slippery after rain in the week leading up to racing.
Jenny Rissveds (Team 31 Ibis) got the holeshot, with McConnell and Terpstra right behind her. By the end of the first lap, the race was down to five - Rissveds, McConnell, Terpstra, Jolanda Neff (Trek Factory) and Keller. McConnell crashed hard on Lap 2, putting her out of contention (eventually finishing 18th), while Rissveds kept the pace high at the front, discouraging breakaways.
By the start of the fifth lap, Rissveds had a gap, with Terpstra and Keller chasing. Terpstra began steadily reeling her in on the last lap, catching her, but Gibson was having an incredible second half to her race, catching both Rissveds and Terpstra in the final 500 metres to take her first World Cup win.
"It hasn't even sunk in yet," said Gibson, "even as i was crossing the finish line, I was thinking, 'is this really happening?'. It's something I have pictured in my head hundreds of times. I didn't think it would happen in my first year of Elite, and definitely not this weekend, but you always think, 'maybe'. I just can't believe it."
Keller moves 80 points ahead of McConnell in the XCC standings, while McConnell continues to lead the XCO standings, with a 72 point lead over Terpstra.
Canadians had a strong showing, National XCC Champion Laurie Arseneault (Canyon MTB Racing) finished 14th. Jenn Jackson (Canyon MTB Racing) 16th, Sandra Walter (LIV Collective) 20th. Haley Smith (Maxxis Factory Racing) 21st, Emily Batty (Canyon MTB Racing) 22nd, Cindy Montambault 27th, Dana Gilligan 28th.
World Champion Blevins Takes Win on Home Soil
Men's XCC world champion Chris Blevins (Specialized Factory) made Friday an all U.S. day on home soil, at Round 7 of the XCC at Snowshoe, West Virginia, following the women's win by compatriot Gwendolyn Gibson (Norco Factory) earlier in the evening. With World Cup series leader Mathis Flueckiger (Thomus Maxon) not competing, this moved Alan Hatherly (Cannondale Factory) into the leader's jersey.
Rain through the week leading up to the race made for a muddy and slippery course. Despite a fast pace set by Vlad Dascalu (Trek Factory), there was still a sizeable group at the front of the race by Lap 3 (of seven). Blevins tested the waters at the front on Lap 4, but dropped back as others pushed the pace and began to crash in the slippery conditions. By the start of the final lap, the lead group was down to four - Blevins, Dascalu, Luca Braidot (Santa Cruz FSA) and Sebastian Carstensen (KMC-Orbea). Dascalu attacked on the first climb, opening a small gap, while Blevins started to pick off the riders in front of him, catching and passing a slowing Dascalu in the final 100 metres. Hatherly finished sixth, enough to put him in the leader's jersey.
"I thought it couldn't get better [than winning the rainbow jersey]," said Blevins, "but it's just amazing to be here with all these people. This is special. It was kind of like Worlds, where I hung back with a bit of a gap and kept patient; I knew that you could gain a lot of ground on the last climb and get up to his [Dascalu] wheel and draft him into the sprint. I don't get to hang out with the U.S. mountain bike scene too much because we are always in Europe, so that's what makes this so special."
Hatherly now leads Flueckiger by 14 points in the XCC standings. There was no change to the XCO standings, with world champion Nino Schurter (Scott SRAM) still leading Dascalu by 195 points.
Three Canadians entries finished 32nd, Leandre Bouchard (Foresco Holding Proco Rl Pro Team), 34th Quinton Disera (Canyon Devo Racing) and 36th Tyler Orschel (Canyon Devo Racing).
|Women, 6 laps|
|1 Gwendalyn Gibson (USA) Norco Factory Team||0:21:40|
|2 Anne Terpstra (Ned) Ghost Factory Racing||at 0:02|
|3 Jenny Rissveds (Swe) Team 31 Ibis Cycles||0:04|
|4 Alessandra Keller (Sui) Thömus Maxon||0:07|
|5 Jolanda Neff (Sui) Trek Factory Racing XC||0:09|
|6 Caroline Bohé (Den) Ghost Factory Racing||0:11|
|7 Mona Mitterwallner (Aut) Cannondale Factory Racing||0:12|
|8 Kate Courtney (USA) Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team||0:16|
|9 Savilia Blunk (USA)||0:20|
|10 Janika Lõiv (Est) KMC - Orbea||0:25|
|11 Steffi Häberlin (Sui) Bixs Performance Racing||0:30|
|12 Kelsey Urban (USA) Team 31 Ibis Cycles||0:31|
|13 Haley Batten (USA) Specialized Factory Racing||0:31|
|14 Laurie Arseneault (Can) Canyon MTB Racing||0:42|
|15 Malene Degn (Den) KMC - Orbea||0:45|
|16 Jennifer Jackson (Can) Canyon MTB Racing||0:50|
|17 Greta Seiwald (Ita) Santa Cruz FSAMTB Pro Team||1:01|
|18 Rebecca McConnell (Aus) Primaflor Mondraker Genuins||1:02|
|19 Hannah Otto (USA)||1:20|
|20 Sandra Walter (Can) LIV Collective||1:24|
|21 Haley Smith (Can) Maxxis Factory Racing||1:32|
|22 Emily Batty (Can) Canyon MTB Racing||1:35|
|23 Rocio Del Alba Garcia Martinez (Esp) BH Templo Cafés Ucc||1:42|
|24 Linn Gustafzzon (Swe) Team 31 Ibis Cycles||1:51|
|25 Yana Belomoina (Ukr) CST Postnl Bafang MTB Racing Team||2:11|
|26 Léna Gerault (Fra) KTM Vittoria Team||2:13|
|27 Cindy Montambault (Can)||3:07|
|28 Dana Gilligan (Can)||3:21|
|29 Maria Castro Gonzalez (Chi)||-1 LAP|
|30 Hercilia Najara Ferreira De Souza (Bra)||-1 LAP|
|31 Sydney Wenger (USA)||-2 LAP|
|Elite Men, 7 laps|
|1 Christopher Blevins (USA) Specialized Factory Racing||0:21:53|
|2 Vlad Dascalu (Rou) Trek Factory Racing XC||at 0:02|
|3 Luca Braidot (Ita) Santa Cruz FSAMTB Pro Team||0:04|
|4 Sebastian Fini Carstensen (Den) KMC - Orbea||0:11|
|5 Titouan Carod (Fra) BMC MTB Racing||0:12|
|6 Alan Hatherly (RSA) Cannondale Factory Racing||0:18|
|7 Maximilian Brandl (Ger) Lexware Mountainbike Team||0:22|
|8 Filippo Colombo (Sui) BMC MTB Racing||0:22|
|9 Pierre De Froidmont (Bel) KMC - Orbea||0:23|
|10 David Valero Serrano (Esp) BH Templo Cafés Ucc||0:24|
|11 Maxime Marotte (Fra) Santa Cruz FSAMTB Pro Team||0:24|
|12 Ondrej Cink (Cze) Kross Orlen Cycling Team||0:25|
|13 Thomas Litscher (Sui) Kross Orlen Cycling Team||0:25|
|14 Marcel Guerrini (Sui) Bixs Performance Racing||0:26|
|15 Nadir Colledani (Ita) Mmr Factory Racing Team||0:29|
|16 Luca Schwarzbauer (Ger) Canyon Cllctv||0:31|
|17 Lars Forster (Sui) Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team||0:31|
|18 Erik Hægstad (Nor) KMC - Orbea||0:32|
|19 Antoine Philipp (Fra) Giant Factory Off - Road Team||0:33|
|20 Bartlomiej Wawak (Pol) Kross Orlen Cycling Team||0:33|
|21 David List (Ger) Lexware Mountainbike Team||0:34|
|22 Henrique Avancini (Bra) Cannondale Factory Racing||0:36|
|23 Juri Zanotti (Ita) BMC MTB Racing||0:39|
|24 Joshua Dubau (Fra) Rockrider Racing Team||0:45|
|25 Jens Schuermans (Bel) Scott Creuse Oxygene Gueret||0:48|
|26 Thomas Griot (Fra) Canyon Cllctv||0:51|
|27 David Nordemann (Ned) CST Postnl Bafang MTB Racing Team||0:53|
|28 Martins Blums (Lat) CST Postnl Bafang MTB Racing Team||0:55|
|29 Andri Frischknecht (Sui) Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team||0:59|
|30 Joel Roth (Sui) Bixs Performance Racing||1:02|
|31 Reto Indergand (Sui) Giant Factory Off - Road Team||1:06|
|32 Leandre Bouchard (Can) Foresco Holding Proco Rl Pro Team||1:08|
|33 Pablo Rodriguez Guede (Esp) BH Templo Cafés UCC||1:14|
|34 Quinton Disera (Can) Canyon Devo Racing||1:22|
|35 Niklas Schehl (Ger) Stop&Go Marderabwehr MTB Team||1:28|
|36 Tyler Orschel (Can) Canyon Devo Racing||2:06|
|37 Gregor Raggl (Aut) Jb Brunex Superior Factory Racing||2:08|
|DNF Jose Gerardo Ulloa Arevalo (Mex) Massi-Beaumes De Venise|
|DNF Luiz Henrique Cocuzzi (Bra) Sense Factory Racing|
|DNF Nino Schurter (Sui) Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team|
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