Posted by Editoress on 10/7/23
The World Cup XCC series concluded on Thursday (Under-23) and Friday (Elite) with the eighth and final round taking place at Mont-Ste-Anne, Quebec. Carter Woods (Giant Factory) was the top Canadian, finishing second in Under-23 men, which moved him up to second from third in the final overall standings. In the Under-23 women, Emilly Johnston (Trek Future) was ninth on the day and maintained her ninth place overall for the season. Gunnar Holmgren (Pivot Cycles - OTE) was 14th in Elite men, to move him from 38th to 31st in the overall standings, while Jenn Jackson (Liv Factory) was 35th on the day and overall for Elite women.
"I've only raced in Mont Saint Anne once before so I was really excited to get rolling in the XCC," says Holmgren. "The crowd was amazing, the course was fun and the racing was hard. Happy to have delivered another good performance for the Canadian fans and to line up second row Sunday."
Dutch rider Puck Pieterse (Alpecin Deceuninck) and Germany's Luca Schwarzbauer (Canyon CLLCTV) were crowned overall Elite UCI World Cup Short-Track champions in Canada.
In her first year at the Elite level, Pieterse's fifth place ahead of Thömus Maxon's Alessandra Keller at the final round in Mont-Sainte-Anne was enough to seal the title on a day when Laura Stigger (Specialized Factory Racing) took the win. The Austrian overhauled France's Loana Lecomte (Canyon CLLCTV) with an explosive final-lap attack. Australian Rebecca Henderson (Primaflor Mondraker Genuins Racing Team) was third in the eighth round of the series in Quebec.
L to r: Loana Lecomte, Laura Stigger, Rebecca Ellen Henderson
Switzerland's Keller - who finished in 14th - ended up second behind Pieterse in the overall standings and Britain's Evie Richards (Trek Factory Racing XC) who finished fourth in the Mont-Sainte-Anne final - was third.
Luca Schwarzbauer crossed the line seventh in the men's final which saw him crowned overall short-track champion. Germany's Schwarzbauer fought for the lead throughout the 10-lap final race which was won by Victor Koretzky (Specialized Factory Racing), making it three short-track victories in a row for the Frenchman. Koretzky attacked on the final lap and managed to get a small gap to France's Jordan Sarrou (Team BMC) who crossed the finish line in second with Specialized Factory Racing's Christopher Blevins of the USA in third.
In the overall standings Sarrou ends the season behind Schwarzbauer in second place and his fellow Frenchman Joshua Dubau (Rockrider Ford Racing Team) is third.
In the Under-23 races on Thursday, Ronja Blöchlinger (Liv Factory Racing) and Adrien Boichis (Trinity Racing MTB) crowned overall UCI World Cup Short-Track champions.
Both racers underlined their claims to the titles by winning the final round at Mont-Sainte-Anne.
Blöchlinger's victory in the Finals means she has won an unprecedented eight out of eight rounds in the U23 short-track and becomes the only athlete in any format in the UCI Mountain Bike World Series to have gone unbeaten all season. The Swiss rider outsprinted Kiwi Samara Maxwell (Rockrider Ford) to take the win in Canada with Noëlle Buri (Bixs Performance Race Team) in third. Maxwell and Buri also finished the season second and third in the overall.
Other Canadian women results include Ella Myers in 22nd, Ella MacPhee 26th, Lea Bouchard 27th, Ophelie Grandmont 29th, Juliette Larose Gingras 30th, Marie Fay St Onge 31st, Lea Drouin 35th and Emilie Chloe McIntyre 36th.
In the men's race, Boichis managed to solo away from a group including Canada's Carter Woods and Trek Factory Racing XC's Riley Amos. Woods and Amos took second and third in the race as they did in the overall.
Boichis's victory in the short-track is enough to also secure him the overall title in the U23 UCI Cross-country Olympic World Cup series ahead of Sunday's final race.
Other Canadian results were Noah Ramsay in 24th and Owen Clark in 29th.
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