Canada’s cross country men have been working their way up the international rankings steadily all year, and that work paid off in Mont-Sainte-Anne on Sunday.
Raphaël Gagné was the best placed Canadian, moving up to 25th at his home province World Cup. The Rio Olympian started his year with the ABSA Cape Epic and a new team, the U.K. based Silverback OMX Pro Team, and his result at MSA is the team’s best Men’s World Cup result to date.
Canadian national champion Peter Disera (Norco Factory Team) was the next Canuck across the line in 36th, with Forward Racing-Norco’s Andrew L’Esperance close behind in 37th. Local Quebec rider Léandre Bouchard (KMC-Ekoi-SR Suntour) landed in 44th, while Alexandre Vialle finished 51st.
Mathias Flueckiger (Thomus-RN Racing) emerged the victor in a dramatic battle at the front of the race. Early leader Nino Schurter’s (Scott-SRAM) advantage evaporated when his chain snapped. Then Anton Cooper looked to be on his way to a potential World Cup win when he crashed hard on the notorious La Beatrice descent. Flueckiger managed his race the best, taking his first ever World Cup win and adding his name to the elite list of Mont-Saint-Anne winners.