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Lightning fast laps go down a storm in the Lenzerheide XCC races

Watch the full replay and get the results from the XCC short track races at Round 6 of the Mercedes-Benz UCI MTB XCO World Cup in Switzerland.
Written by Faye Brozek and Rajiv Desai
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Pauline Ferrand-Prévot

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Kate Courtney

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The cross-country elite may be very familiar with Lenzerheide as a race location, but this 2019 experience offered something new. The Swiss venue for Rd 6 of the 2019 World Cup series was hosting its very first XCC short track race. The World Championships took place in Lenzerheide last year, so the XCC course here was very much an unknown quantity, but a long climb and a technical descent would give the riders much to think about. Scroll down for the replay of the racing action.
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XC short track – Lenzerheide

Women's XCC

The fans had come out in their droves for the evening XCC racing in Lenzerheide, with fan favourite Jolanda Neff getting a big cheer as she approached the start, now wearing the series leader's jersey. This race would be important for the overall World Cup standings, with Neff sitting just 33 points ahead of Kate Courtney.
Jolanda Neff and Kate Courtney on the start line during the XCC race at Rd 6 of the UCI MTB World Cup 2019 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
Neff and Courtney will be battling for points all weekend
With the short track racing being so fast and furious, positions were important from the start and Neff showed her intentions by speeding away from the field.
Jolanda Neff bolts off the start during the XCC race at Rd 6 of the UCI MTB World Cup 2019 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
Neff was off like a rocket
Coming into the climb, a group of five formed at the front, led by Rebecca Mcconnell and featuring Neff, Linda Indergand, Kathrin Stirnemann and Courtney. The frontrunners were soon joined by Jenny Rissveds,who made her way through from the back to a prime position. This was the first time she'd qualified to take part in an XCC race, but the Swede took her only World Cup win at Lenzerheide back in 2016, so the course holds good memories and suits her riding well.
Rebecca Mcconnell leads a bunch of riders up climb during the XCC race at Rd 6 of the UCI MTB World Cup 2019 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
The leading pack
The loose gravel corner right after the start caught out Courtney on Lap 3, as she washed out her front wheel and lost places.
Kate Courtney rides uphill during the XCC race at Rd 6 of the UCI MTB World Cup 2019 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
Courtney battled to make up time after washing out in a loose corner
She recovered before the lap was over, joining the leading group of seven riders that had added Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, Anne Terpstra, Anne Tauber and Alessandra Keller into the mix, as Stirenman and Indergand dropped back.
Rebecca Mcconnell and Alessandra Keller lead climb during the XCC race at Rd 6 of the UCI MTB World Cup 2019 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
Mcconnell and Keller put in a lot of the work at the front
Positions changed quickly at the front, with a number of riders all vying to take the lead. Mcconnell and Keller did a lot of work driving the pace, while further back Neff and Courtney seemed content to sit in the pack.
Anne Tauber leads a bunch of riders during the XCC race at Rd 6 of the UCI MTB World Cup 2019 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
Anne Tauber leads the charge, as fans cheer on
The leading group gained two new additions who would shake up the standings, as Chloe Woodruff and Elisabeth Brandau made their way forward. Brandau then used the climb on Lap 7 to make an attack, passing Tauber, who'd been briefly leading, to get herself in prime position for the short downhill.
Elisabeth Brandau leads riders up climb during the XCC race at Rd 6 of the UCI MTB World Cup 2019 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
Elisabeth Brandau turns up the pace
Upping the pace, Brandau began to stretch out the group of 10 and only Ferrand-Prévot, Keller and Neff were able to keep up with her. At the back of the leading group sat Courtney, who looked to be struggling.
Kate Courtney rides through the woods during the XCC race at Rd 6 of the UCI MTB World Cup 2019 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
Courtney fell to the back of the leading group
Brandau kept the high speed going into Lap 8, with Ferrand-Prévot, Neff, Rissveds and Mcconnell managing to stick with the German's high pace. Brandau began sprinting and as she hit the asphalt towards the finish line she punched the air in jubilation, only for the rest of the field to ride on by. Collapsing next to her bike in exhaustion, she looked both devastated and frustrated as she realised there was still one more lap of the race to go.
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot leads during the XCC race at Rd 6 of the UCI MTB World Cup 2019 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
The final push up the climb led by Ferrand-Prévot
Brandau's error handed Ferrand-Prévot the lead of the pack of four into the climb. Side-by-side with Neff, the two battled to be the first to the top, but Neff couldn't match the Frenchwoman's pace. Behind them, Rissveds and Tauber followed closely and even further back an exhausted Brandau climbed back on her bike to finish the race.
Elisabeth Brandau looks tired as she competes during the XCC race at Rd 6 of the UCI MTB World Cup 2019 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
An exhausted Brandau rejoins the race after thinking it had finished
Approaching the final straight, Ferrand-Prévot initiated the sprint. Neff responded, but once again the Frenchwoman's power would be too much to match. Neff came home in second, with Rissveds third and Tauber fourth. Exhausted, they collapsed to the floor, trying to recover from such an intense race.
Jenny Rissveds and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot lay on the floor after the XCC race at Rd 6 of the UCI MTB World Cup 2019 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
Jenny Rissveds and winner Pauline Ferrand-Prévot gave it their all
Speaking to the camera after the race, Ferrand-Prévot explained how a crash in the first lap had left her back in the pack and that she'd had to fight really hard to get back to the front of the race.
Jolanda Neff, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and Jenny Rissveds during the XCC race at Rd 6 of the UCI MTB World Cup 2019 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
Ferrand-Prévot was happy with her first XCC win
Courtney crossed the line in ninth place, while Brandau reappeared in 21st. The second place finish for Neff now puts her 83 points ahead of Courtney in the fight for the overall World Cup title, leaving everything to play for as we wait for the finals on Sunday. Ferrand-Prévot's win puts her into third place in the overall.

UCI XCO World Cup Rd 6 Women's XCC results

RANKINGNAMETIME
1.Pauline Ferrand-Prévot21m 38s
2.Jolanda Neff21m 38s
3.Jenny Rissveds21m 39s
4.Anne Tauber21m 40s
5.Chloe Woodruff21m 47s
6.Rebecca McConnell21m 48s
7.Anne Terpstra21m 49s
8.Alessandra Keller21m 50s

Men's XCC

When Mathieu Van der Poel is on the start of a short track race, he usually wins them. The Dutchman has won every XCC race he's competed in this year and was overwhelming favourite on this fresh, new course.
Mathieu Van der Poel as seen before the start of the XCC race at the UCI XCO World Cup at Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on August9, 2019.
Van der Poel, the master of all things short track
After an opening start loop that saw Jordan Sarrou making the running, what would be a 10-lap race started in earnest.
Start of the XCC race at the UCI XCO World Cup at Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on August9, 2019.
Jordan Sarrou leads around the first corner
Nino Schurter had intimated pre-race that he would take it easy in the short track in order to concentrate on the main race on Sunday, but tested his legs on Lap 2 with an attack on the main field. It was nothing substantial enough to get away completely, though.
Nino Schurter rides during the XCC race at the UCI XCO World Cup at Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on August9, 2019.
Nino Schurter never plays to the script
The field regrouped by the start of Lap 3, but Schurter, Van der Poel and Henrique Avancini upped the pace on the long climb to create a leading group. Again, though, the gap to those behind them wasn't great. By Lap 5, the pace at the front had slowed and a big group of riders formed.
The men's leading group race during the XCC race at the UCI XCO World Cup at Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on August9, 2019.
Bunching up on the climb
Midway on this course there's part of the track that's quite wide and in previous laps it was a place where riders could get past others to gain position. Avancini attacked in this area on Lap 6, with Schurter and Van der Poel going with him. The attack was enough to whittle down the field and Sarrou and Maxime Marotte did their best to try and stay in contact with those three.
Nino Schurter leads a group of three during the XCC race at the UCI XCO World Cup at Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on August9, 2019.
Schurter, Van der Poel and Avancini were in a league of their own
Schurter used the same area of the course to attack the next lap, but couldn't shake Van der Poel and Avancini. Behind this trio, Marrote had managed to distance Sarrou. Van Der Poel now took to the front of the race, but the pace slowed enough to allow Marotte to join them on Lap 8. An attack by Schurter on the same lap came to nothing, but the continual attacks meant the rest of the field were nowhere to be seen.
The lead riders enter the finishing straight during a lap of the XCC race at the UCI XCO World Cup at Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on August9, 2019.
The pace of the front three was relentless
The explosive power that Van der Poel possesses was clearly playing on Avancini and Schurter's minds. On Lap 9, the Dutchman put in attack that seemed a mere leg loosener, which had clearly hurt both rivals, but not enough to break them.
Race leaders take on a climb during the XCC race at the UCI XCO World Cup at Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on August9, 2019.
A brief moment of calm on the last lap
Avancini was determined to make sure that he was the first to attack on the last lap, but Van der Poel had the measure of him, countered and rode away. Schurter couldn't respond to the upping of the pace of either man.
Henrique Avancini leads Mathieu Van der Poel on the last lap of the XCC race at the UCI XCO World Cup at Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on August9, 2019.
Avancini and Van der Poel attack on the last lap
Van der Poel knew he had a big enough gap over Avancini behind and rolled across the line to take the win. Schurter took third place, with Marotte coming in fourth and Luca Braidot of Italy in fifth.
Men's podium at the XCC race at the UCI XCO World Cup at Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on August9, 2019.
This has been a familiar podium this season

UCI XCO World Cup Rd 6 Men's XCC results

RANKINGNAMETIME
1.Mathieu Van der Poel20m 7s
2.Henrique Avancini20m 8s
3.Nino Schurter20m 12s
4.Maxime Marotte20m 15s
5.Luca Braidot20m 16s
6.Manuel Fumic20m 17s
7.Victor Koretsky20m 21s
8.Titouan Carod20m 22s
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Pauline Ferrand-Prévot

FranceFrance

Kate Courtney

United StatesUnited States

Emily Batty

CanadaCanada

Lars Forster

SwitzerlandSwitzerland

Henrique Avancini

BrazilBrazil

Yana Belomoina

UkraineUkraine