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The moments from the XCO World Cup at Lenzerheide that got everyone talking

The fifth round of the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Cup in Switzerland is a wrap. Watch the replays to catch up on the key moments.
By Faye Brozek and Rajiv Desai
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The Swiss alpine resort of Lenzerheide hosts the …

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Pauline Ferrand-Prévot

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World Cup-winning Brazilian cross-country rider …

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The penultimate stop of this year's Mercedes-Benz UCI MTB World Cup was held in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, a venue famed for its relentless track and its incredible fanbase. Crowds lined the track, all out to watch the action and cheer on home Swiss riders, Jolanda Neff and Nino Schurter.
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Replay the XCO action from Lenzerheide

Get the results from the cross-country race in Les Gets and the overall standings for the World Cup here.
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Evie Richards secures her first Elite World Cup win

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Women's XCO finish – Lenzerheide
She may be wearing the rainbow stripes of the XCO World Champion, but young Brit Evie Richards still hadn’t won an Elite World Cup race. This weekend her luck changed, and she was able to add another gold to her trophy cabinet when she sprinted away with the win at Lenzerheide.
Richards' winning move was made with two laps to go as she attacked on the climb, passing Sina Frei and Rebecca McConnell. McConnell fought hard to close the gap but didn’t manage to get close to Richards, who crossed the line and collapsed on the ground in shock and joy a full 19 seconds ahead of second-placed McConnell.
Evie Richards celebrates her win at Lenzerheide.
Disbelief for Richards in her first Elite World Cup win
Evie Richards has her hands on her face in joy after winning Lenzerhiede.
Soaking in the win
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Henrique Avancini got a boost from his short track win

By his own admission, this has been a poor season for the Brazilian, but there were signs from this weekend that Henrique Avancini was feeling more like his old self. On Friday, he took the short track (XCC) win, managing to find the legs to outsprint Mathias Flückiger.
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Men's XCC finish – Lenzerheide
A win can do wonders for confidence, and Avancini looked revitalised in the main race. He was able to stay with a group of riders at the front of the six-lap race, only fading in the last lap as the pace picked up at the front. He finished sixth in the end and can now look forward to Snowshoe with renewed optimism in a couple of weeks.
Men's XCO racers in action at the 2021 XCC race at the Lenzerheide UCI MTB World Cup.
Avancini and Flückiger were the main protagonists of the men's XCC race
Henrique Avancini in action at the 2021 XCC race at the Lenzerheide UCI MTB World Cup.
Avancini has that winning feeling again
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Rissveds and Richards were the woman to watch in the XCC

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Lenzerheide XC short track recap
Coming into the short track racing (XCC), all eyes were on Sina Frei, the newly crowned XCC short-track World Champion, but her ambitions in the race were cut short when she got tangled with another rider in the opening lap. Jenny Rissveds and Loana Lecomte were the main riders for the majority of the race, joined by Jolanda Neff, Anne Tauber and Evie Richards.
With one lap to go, Rissveds, Neff and Richards emerged as frontrunners, but Neff couldn’t keep the pace as Richards attacked up the hill. Rissveds dug deep and advanced away from Richards, sending her across the line mere seconds ahead of the Brit and securing her second XCC win.
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Victor Koretzky showed his earlier World Cup win at Albstadt was no fluke

Outside of World Cup overall leader Mathias Flückiger, no one’s had a more consistent season than Frenchman Victor Koretzky. Koretzky started the season with his first World Cup win at Albstadt, in Germany, and has since managed to place well in some of the short track races. In the two big one-off races of the year, Koretzky excelled. A fifth place in Tokyo was followed by a bronze medal at the World Championships.
Victor Koretzky races at the 2021 Lenzerheide MTB XCO World Cup.
When he has good legs Koretzky has the measure of anyone
Coming into Lenzerheide, he knew his legs were super strong to do something at this race. A third at the XCC race proved a great confidence boost, and in the main race, he showed he was the strongest rider out there, making a decisive winning move as he, Flückiger and Nino Schurter all battled for the win on the last lap. Now, as a two-time World Cup winner, it’s time we talked about Koretzky as one of the sport’s leading riders.
Victor Koretzky heads towards the finish line at the 2021 Lenzerheide XCO MTB World Cup.
With the win in the bag Koretzky laps up the crowd's adulation
Victor Koretzky as seen at the end of the 2021 Lenzerheide XCO MTB World Cup
Koretzky was oh so pleased with the win
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The battle to be the men's top Swiss rider lived up to its billing

Mathias Flückiger has been having the World Cup season of his life (with wins in Leogang and Les Gets) so far and had, until the World Championships, probably been the number one Swiss rider ahead of Nino Schurter. Schurter, of course, won the Worlds with Flückiger finishing second in a battle between the two that went down to the last moments of the race.
Mathias Flückiger as seen before the start of the 2021 Lenzerheide XCO MTB World Cup.
Flückiger knew he could win the World Cup overall if results went his way
Nino Schurter as seen at the start of the 2021 Lenzerheide XCO MTB World Cup.
Schurter was all smiles before the start of the race
Post-Worlds, there was some fallout from the race. Flückiger expressed unhappiness on his Instagram account at Schurter’s takeover manoeuvre in Val di Sole. As a result, Sunday’s main race in Lenzerheide had some extra spice added to it, with the two expected to battle it out for the win. It wasn’t to be for both of them, with Koretzky taking victory. Still, another race-changing moment was when the two were chasing the Frenchman and saw a takeover manoeuvre from Schurter on Flückiger that had everyone holding their breath.
Schurter managed to nip past Flückiger on an inside move at a corner with Flückiger nearly hitting a tree – it was that tight at the corner [watch that moment from 2:37 in the video below]. Schurter finished second with that move, and thankfully there were no issues between the two riders at the end of the race.
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Men's XCO finish – Lenzerheide
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Lecomte takes the Overall Title

Loana Lecomte rides over a rock at Lenzerheide XCO finals.
Loana Lecomte had won every XCO race in 2021 until now
France’s Loana Lecomte has taken the Overall Title for the cross-country women with still one race to go this season. A well-deserved title to hold for a rider that had won every single XCO race this year up until the Lenzerheide race, where she placed fourth.
Loana Lecomte rides in the woods at Lenzerheide.
She takes the 2021 Women's XCO Overall Title
Loana Lecomte lays on floor and grabs side after race.
Lecomte appeared to be in pain after finishing the Lenzerheide race
At the end of the race, the 22-year-old seemed to be in discomfort and was clutching her side. This came after having had to cancel her involvement in the World Champs due to gastro sickness. But the fourth place was enough to secure her the points to walk away with the women’s field’s overall title, such a great achievement for the Frenchwoman who only entered the elite field in 2020.
Loana Lecomte and Rebecca McConnell at Lenzerheide 2021.
A well-deserved title for the Frenchwoman
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Pauline Ferrand-Prevot finishes her season early

Having raced the XCC on Friday, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot announced on her social media that she was starting her off-season early and wouldn’t be racing.
Portrait of Pauline Ferrand-Prevot in Lenzerheide 2021.
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot ahead of Friday's XCC race
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot rides during the XCC at Lenzerheide 2021.
She decided to finish her season early
Writing that she felt deeply tired both mentally and physically, she said that her body wasn’t recovering from training and decided to stop her season before doing damage to her body. Sending support to the rest of the field, she enjoyed chips and a spritz while the others did race recon, proving that even the biggest XCO stars know that listening to your body is the best result in the long run.
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Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

The Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup …

Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

The Swiss alpine resort of Lenzerheide hosts the …

Evie Richards

A star of both cross-country and cyclo-cross …

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

Pauline Ferrand-Prévot

The only rider to hold cross-country, cyclocross …

FranceFrance

Henrique Avancini

World Cup-winning Brazilian cross-country rider …

BrazilBrazil