Final Results: Nove Mesto World Cup XC 2019
Nove Mesto provided some of the most exciting racing in a long time with both Elite races coming down to the last lap. In the Elite Women, it looked like Anne Tauber would take the win until a mechanical caused her to drop a number of places leaving the top spot open to the current series leader and World Champion Kate Courtney. Second place would go to Rebecca McConnell who looked strong all race and would finish just 36 seconds behind Courtney. Haley Smith and Sina Frei would take third and fourth. First-year Elite rider Malene Degn would complete the podium in fifth.
In the Elite Men’s race, we would finally see Mathieu Van Der Poel show his dominance after he was able to put nearly 20 seconds in Nino Schurter on the second half of the last lap. Behind Schurter would be Mathias Flueckiger who would build on his first place from Albstadt and would cross the line 1:53 back from Van Der Poel. In fourth place would be Henrique Avancini and fifth would go to Czech rider Ondrej Cink who would hang on to third for most of the race but just couldn’t quite keep the pace in the latter half of the final lap.
1:20 am PDT The Elite Women are off.
1:21 am PDT Annie Last leads the pack.
1:22 am PDT Kate Courtney now leads.
1:29 am PDT Top five after the opening lap: Rebecca McConnell // Jolanda Neff: +3 // Kate Courtney: +3 // Anne Tauber: +4 // Sina Frei: +4
1:32 am PDT Neff is off the bike on the climb, she has lost quite a few places. Now sits in fifth.
1:36 am PDT Anne Tauber leads the race.
1:43 am PDT Top five after the first lap: Jolanda Neff // Anne Tauber: +0 // Kate Courtney: +9 // Sina Frei: +9 // Rebecca McConnell: +16
1:49 am PDT Anne Tauber has built a five-second lead ahead of Jolanda Neff.
1:52 am PDT Kate Courtney has lost a lot of time and falls back to fifth position.
1:56 am PDT Top five after the second lap: Anne Tauber // Jolanda Neff: +0 // Sina Frei: +22 // Rebecca McConnell: +34 // Kate Courtney: +34
1:58 am PDT Kate Courtney looks to be making her way up to the leaders, she is now third and only 21 seconds back.
2:08 am PDT Top five after the third lap: Anne Tauber // Jolanda Neff: +6 // Kate Courtney: +29 // Sina Frei: +31 // Rebecca McConnell: +31
2:10 am PDT Kate Courtney looks to be closing the gap to Jolanda Neff.
2:12 am PDT Neff and Courtney form a new chasing group, can they close the gap to Anne Tauber?
2:15 am PDT Kate Courtney has passed Neff and looks to be closing the gap to Anne Tauber.
2:18 am PDT The gap from Tauber to Courtney is down to 17 seconds. She has taken 12 seconds back since the start of the lap.
2:22 am PDT Top five after the fourth lap: Anne Tauber // Kate Courtney: +18 // Jolanda Neff: +34 // Rebecca McConnell: +34 // Sina Frei: +44
2:26 am PDT Anne Tauber had to walk through a technical climb section, can Kate Courtney close the gap further?
2:27 am PDT Kate Courtney is only seven seconds back, she has fought back 27 seconds from the end of the second lap.
2:33 am PDT Tauber is fighting back, the gap to Courtney has extended.
2:34 am PDT Top five after the fifth lap: Anne Tauber // Kate Courtney: +11 // Rebecca McConnell: +45 // Sina Fei: +56 // Jolanda Neff: +56
2:39 am PDT It looks like Kate Courtney is leading, what has happened to Anne Tauber?
2:41 am PDT Anne Tauber has fallen back to sixth place.
2:42 am PDT Flat rear tire for Jolanda Neff.
2:42 am PDT Kate Courtney now has a 52-second lead.
2:46 am PDT Another technical problem for Anne Tauber.
2:48 am PDT Kate Courtney takes her second World Cup win of the year!
2:50 am PDT Elite Women Top Five: Kate Courtney: 1:27:31 // Rebecca McConnell: +36 // Haley Smith: +42 // Sina Frei: +45 // Malene Degn: +1:33
2:51 am PDT Anne Tauber crosses the line 10th after a disastrous last lap.
4:35 am PDT The Elite Men are on track, who will take the win this week?
4:42 am PDT Top five after the opening lap: Mathieu Van Der Poel // Henrique Avancini: +0 // Nino Schurter: +0 // Reto Indergand: +2 // Jordan Sarrou: +4
4:47 am PDT Henrique Avancini leads a group of four riders going at a very fast pace on the first full lap.
4:54 am PDT Top five after the first lap: Nino Schurter // Mathieu Van Der Poel: +1 // Mathias Flueckiger: +5 // Henirque Avancini: +5 // Ondrej Cink: +7
4:56 am PDT Ondrej Cink is having a great race so far, currently sits in third, now only two seconds off the leaders.
5:00 am PDT Mathieu Van Der Poel and Nino Schurter are starting to build a significant lead.
5:05 am PDT Top five after the second lap: Nino Schurter // Mathieu Van Der Poel: +1 // Ondrej Cink: +16 // Henirque Avancini: +37 // Mathias Flueckiger: +38
5:15 am PDT Top five after the third lap: Mathieu Van Der Poel // Nino Schurter: +0 // Ondrej Cink: +24 // Mathias Flueckiger: +42 // Henirque Avancini: +42
5:21 am PDT It looks like Cink may by falling back to the chasing group.
5:24 am PDT The gap to Nino Schurter and Mathieu Van Der Poel is growing with 43 seconds back to Ondrej Cink.
5:25 am PDT Top five after the fourth lap: Mathieu Van Der Poel // Nino Schurter: +0 // Ondrej Cink: +44 // Maxime Marotte: +54 // Mathias Flueckiger: +55
5:31 am PDT Cink looks to be building a gap up again with the chasing group. now 15 seconds ahead of fourth place.
5:33 am PDT A two second gap has formed between Mathieu Van Der Poel and Nino Schurter.
5:37 am PDT Top five after the fifth lap: Mathieu Van Der Poel // Nino Schurter: +0 // Ondrej Cink: +1:20 // Mathias Flueckiger: +1:31 // Henrique Avancini: +1:31
5:42 am PDT Mathias Flueckiger passes Ondrej Cink and goes into third.
5:44 am PDT Henrique Avancini now moves into third.
5:47 am PDT Top five after the fifth lap: Mathieu Van Der Poel // Nino Schurter: +0 // Ondrej Cink: +1:36 // Mathias Flueckiger: +1:36 // Henrique Avancini: +1:36
5:54 am PDT Van Der Poel has sprinted off. It looks like Schurter can’t keep up.
5:55 am PDT He has already put 15 seconds into Nino Schurter.
5:57 am PDT Mathieu Van Der Poel has taken his first World Cup XC win!
6:00 am PDT Elite Men Top Five: Mathieu Van Der Poel: 1:21:54 // Nino Schurter: +19 // Mathias Flueckiger: +1:53 // Henrique Avancini: +2:01 // Ondrej Cink: +2:12