UCI Mountain Bike World Cup: Lecomte and Flückiger on fire amid rainy race in Les Gets

Loana Lecomte wins in Les Gets
Loana Lecomte wins in Les Gets (Image credit: UCI)

Loana Lecomte and Mathias Flückiger have once again proved they are the most dominant cross-country mountain bikers heading into the Tokyo Olympic Games later this month. Both riders repeated their performances in Leogang to take the win on a slippery World Cup XCO course in Les Gets. 

As the Tour de France finished in Tignes, the mountain bikers had their French day in the spotlight in the nearby Alps-town of Les Gets for the fourth XCO race of the World Cup calendar. In the women’s race, Lonana Lecomte took her fourth win in a row ahead of Jenny Rissveds and Evie Richards. 

The race started with Olympic Champion Rissveds, who also looked on pace in Friday’s short track, leading from the gun. However, after the first lap, Lecomte had already opened a gap of 12 seconds on Rissveds, who was followed by Pauline Ferrand-Prévot. 

The group clawed Lecomte back but the Frenchwomen got an even bigger advantage when Ferrand-Prévot slipped out on a grassy section. After that, the race was on between Ferrand-Prévot, Rissveds, Richards, and Rebecca McConnell for the remaining podium positions. 

Rissveds battled to come in 51 seconds behind Lecomte, and Richards took a career-best third-place finish. 

“It’s special to race a World Cup in France, and I’m very very very happy to win in front of my family and friends,” Lecomte said.

Flückiger, who won both the short track and XCO races in Leogang, has done the same thing in Les Gets. He took the victory in Friday’s short track, and the Swiss racer was leading Sunday’s race after the first lap. 

He was joined by Ondrej Cink, which was very reminiscent of how the race played out in Leogang. Cink, however, lost time on a downhill section, falling back to the chase group. 

Flückiger didn’t let up, maintaining his lead while Cink, Alan Hatherly, and Jordan Sarrou swapped positions as they chased. 

Flückiger proved that he’s the fastest man heading into Tokyo though with Cink crossing the line 25 seconds back and Sarrou coming into third, 35 seconds back. 

“I took a lot of confidence from the last World Cup and from this season, Flückiger said. “I’m really happy with my performance and how I could manage the gap I made on lap two. Everything came together again today.” 

Nino Schurter, the reigning Olympic Champion, finished in fifth. 

Many were wondering how Tom Pidcock would fare in his first race back from a broken collarbone. He looked on pace in the short track but crashed and lost places. On Sunday he DNF and said he struggled with the wet conditions and didn’t have great legs. 

“After the crash I was super motivated and positive I could get back, but after two laps I didn’t have the legs,” he said. “It was still raining hard and I thought there was a lot more to lose than there was to gain.”

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UCI MTB World Cup XCO Les Gets 2021: Full Results: Men
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mathias Flueckiger (Swi) 1:27:33
2Ondřej Cink (Cze) 0:00:25
3Jordan Sarrou (Fra) 0:00:35
4Alan Hatherly (RSA) 0:00:39
5Nino Schurter (Swi) 0:01:21
6Daniele Braidot (Ita) 0:01:24
7Simon Andreassen (Den) 0:01:32
8Luca Braidot (Ita) 0:01:44
9Lars Forster (Swi) 0:01:55
10Nadir Colledani (Ita) 0:01:58
11Milan Vader (Ned) 0:02:46
12Antoine Philipp (Fra) 0:02:49
13Thomas Griot (Fra) 0:02:55
14Vlad Dascalu (Rom) 0:03:08
15Jens Schuermans (Bel) 0:03:12
16Anton Cooper (NZl) 0:03:16
17Marcel Guerrini (Swi)
18Stephane Tempier (Fra) 0:03:18
19David Valero Serrano (Spa) 0:03:19
20Maxime Marotte (Fra) 0:03:40
21Andri Frischknecht (Swi) 0:04:03
22Victor Koretzky (Fra) 0:04:12
23Pierre De Froidmont (Bel) 0:04:13
24Luca Schwarzbauer (Ger)
25Joshua Dubau (Fra) 0:04:21
26Gioele Bertolini (Ita) 0:04:25
27Pablo Rodriguez Guede (Spa) 0:04:35
28Thomas Litscher (Swi) 0:04:53
29Martin Fanger (Swi) 0:05:31
30Christopher Blevins (USA) 0:05:41
31Samuel Gaze (NZl) 0:05:43
32Reto Indergand (Swi) 0:05:57
33Jofre Cullell Estape (Spa) 0:06:04
34Mário Costa (Por) 0:06:16
35Bartlomiej Wawak (Pol) 0:06:19
36Anton Sintsov (Rus) 0:06:27
37Maximilian Brandl (Ger) 0:06:30
38Jonas Lindberg (Den) 0:06:33
39Sebastian Fini Carstensen (Den) 0:06:48
40Emil Lindgren (Swe) 0:06:50
41Leandre Bouchard (Can) 0:07:01
42Emil Hasund Eid (Nor) 0:07:09
43Filippo Colombo (Swi) 0:07:19
44Ben Oliver (NZl) 0:07:20
45Peter Disera (Can) 0:07:22
46Simon Vitzthum (Swi) 0:07:36
47Martins Blums (Lat) 0:07:39
48Julian Schelb (Ger)
49Manuel Fumic (Ger) 0:07:41
50Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) 0:08:05
51Lukáš Kobes (Cze) 0:08:07
52Andrin Beeli (Swi) 0:08:17
53Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) 0:08:18
54Vital Albin (Swi) 0:08:24
55Niklas Schehl (Ger) 0:08:27
56Jan Vastl (Cze) 0:08:51
57Lukas Flückiger (Swi) 0:09:05
58Marc Andre Fortier (Can) 0:09:17
59Ismael Esteban Aguero (Spa) 0:09:23
60David Nordemann (Ned) 0:09:35
61Quinton Disera (Can)
62Erik Hægstad (Nor)
63Matej Ulik (Svk)
64Sven Olivetti (Swi)
65Jan Škarnitzl (Cze)
66Bruno Vitali (Swi)
67Daniel Mcconnell (Aus)
68Nicholas Pettina' (Ita)
69Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)
70András Parti (Hun)
71Axel Lindh (Swe)
72Andrew L'Esperance (Can)
73Remy Duquesne (Fra)
74Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra)
75Basile Allard (Fra)
76Maximilian Foidl (Aut)
77Silas Graf (Ger)
78Lucas Dubau (Fra)
79Zsombor Palumby (Hun)
80Alessio Agostinelli (Ita)
81Anthony Zaragoza (Fra)
82Ursin Spescha (Swi)
83Maxime Loret (Fra)
84Patricio Farias Diaz (Chi)
85Clément Auvin (Fra)
86Anthony Bergeron (Can)
87Raphael Auclair (Can)
88Nicolas Lüthi (Swi)
89Dario Thoma (Swi)
90Michael Olsson (Swe)
91Zdeněk Vobecký (Cze)
92Pau Romero Barcelo (Spa)
93Tumelo Makae (Les)
94Victor Selles Pardo (Spa)
95Fabian Giger (Swi)
96Mickael Brunello (Fra)
97Vincent Jonatan Beckmann (Ger)
DNFGerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita)
DNFThomas Pidcock (GBr)
DNFTitouan Carod (Fra)
DNFGeorg Egger (Ger)
DNFShlomi Haimy (Isr)
DNSIvan Filatov (Rus)
DNSTimofei Ivanov (Rus)
DNSFrazer Clacherty (GBr)
DNSGioele De Cosmo (Ita)
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UCI MTB World Cup XCO Les Gets 2021: Full Results: Women
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Loana Lecomte (Fra) 1:27:23
2Jenny Rissveds (Swe) 0:00:51
3Evie Richards (GBr) 0:01:10
4Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) 0:01:51
5Rebecca Mcconnell (Aus) 0:01:55
6Anne Tauber (Ned) 0:02:27
7Sina Frei (Swi) 0:03:12
8Yana Belomoina (Ukr) 0:03:46
9Ronja Eibl (Ger) 0:03:57
10Eva Lechner (Ita) 0:04:42
11Isla Short (GBr) 0:05:18
12Linda Indergand (Swi) 0:05:29
13Rocio Del Alba Garcia Martinez (Spa) 0:05:39
14Annie Last (GBr)
15Nina Benz (Ger) 0:06:23
16Lena Gerault (Fra) 0:07:04
17Janika Lõiv (Est) 0:07:09
18Kate Courtney (USA) 0:07:15
19Alessandra Keller (Swi)
20Haley Batten (USA) 0:07:22
21Catharine Pendrel (Can) 0:07:28
22Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) 0:07:46
23Martina Berta (Ita) 0:08:11
24Malene Degn (Den) 0:08:33
25Nicole Koller (Swi) 0:08:42
26Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) 0:08:57
27Mariske Strauss (RSA) 0:09:03
28Sandra Walter (Can) 0:09:20
29Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol) 0:09:21
30Hélène Clauzel (Fra) 0:09:57
31Perrine Clauzel (Fra)
32Tanja Žakelj (Slo) 0:10:21
33Emily Batty (Can) 0:10:32
34Laura Stigger (Aut) 0:11:19
35Jennifer Jackson (Can) 0:11:33
36Paula Gorycka (Pol) 0:11:50
37Julie Bresset (Fra) 0:12:05
38Lotte Koopmans (Ned) 0:12:07
39Chiara Teocchi (Ita) 0:12:22
40Andrea Waldis (Swi)
41Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)
42Tereza Tvarůžková (Cze)
43Laurie Arseneault (Can)
44Haley Smith (Can)
45Greta Seiwald (Ita)
46Sophie Von Berswordt (Ned)
47Jitka Čábelická (Cze)
48Elisabeth Osl (Aut)
49Chrystelle Baumann (Swi)
50Seraina Leugger (Swi)
51Lucie Urruty (Fra)
52Kelsey Urban (USA)
53Theresia Schwenk (Ger)
54Constance Valentin (Fra)
55Lea Davison (USA)
56Ramona Forchini (Swi)
57Linn Gustafzzon (Swe)
58Steffi Häberlin (Swi)
59Charline Fragnière (Swi)
60Amelie Laquebe (Fra)
61Barbara Benkó (Hun)
62Natalia Fischer Egusquiza (Spa)
63Gabriela Wojtyla (Pol)
64Joana Monteiro (Por)
65Naama Noyman (Isr)
66Josefina Casadey (Arg)
67Angela Campanari (Ita)
68Kim Ames (Ger)
69Margot Moschetti (Fra)
70Antonia Daubermann (Ger)
DNFAnne Terpstra (Ned)
DNFKarla Štěpánová (Cze)
DNFMichelle Vorster (Nam)
DNSViktoria Kirsanova (Rus)
DNSLia Schrievers (Ger)
Ryan Simonovich

Ryan Simonovich has been riding and racing for nearly a decade. He got his start as a cross-country mountain bike racer in California, where he cultivated his love for riding all types of bikes. Ryan eventually gravitated toward enduro and downhill racing but has also been found in the occasional road and cyclo-cross events. Today, he regularly rides the trails of Durango, Colorado, and is aiming to make a career out of chronicling the sport of cycling. 

Rides: Santa Cruz Hightower, Specialized Tarmac SL4