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Disera and Smith sixth at Les Gets World Cup XCO

Schurter flies while van der Poel falters, Courtney continues sparkling

Les Gets World Cup XCO 2019 Schurter

With Peter Disera and Haley Smith adding matching sixth place finishes on Sunday, it was an excellent weekend for Canada’s cross country athletes at Les Gets World Cup round.

Peter Disera (Norco Factory Team) has been quickly working his way further up the results sheet every race weekend this season. This weekend, the two time Canadian elite XCO national champion once again had a career best finish, just 1:08 behind race winner Nino Schurter.

Matching his result was fellow Norco Factory Team rider Haley Smith. After her breakout World Cup podium in Nove Mesto earlier this season, Smith worked back from an injury to finish sixth in Les Gets. Not far behind, Catharine Pendrel (Clif Pro Team) crossed the line 12th, making for two Canadians in the top 15 in France.

Smith and Disera matched in one other way. They both leave Les Gets ranked 10th overall in the World Cup standings.

Les Gets World Cup XCO 2019 Batty
Emily Batty performs at UCI XCO World Cup in Les Gets, France on July 14th, 2019 // Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool

Emily Batty Trek Factory Racing) moved up the ranks as well, finishing 23rd in France. After a sensational season in 2018, the Ontario rider has started slower this year but is showing signs that last years form might be returning. Sandra Walter (Liv International), 42nd in Les Gets, Jennifer Jackson (AWI Racing), 45th and Cindy Montambault 46th rounded out the Canadian women in France.


Behind Disera’s top-10, his Norco Factory Team teammate Andrew L’Esperance was the next fastest Canadian elite man, finishing 60th. Marc Andre Fortier (Pivot Cycles-OTE) battled through heavy dust to 77th, Raphaël Gagné 91st, and Léandre Bouchard 106th

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Elite Women’s World Cup XCO – Les Gets France

In the elite women’s race, Kate Courtney (Scott-SRAM) earned her second World Cup win of the weekend. After going solo with two laps to go in Friday’s XCC, the American world champion was alone across the line again in Sunday’s XCO. Courtney is proving hard to beat this year, and extends her lead in the series overall.

Behind Courtney was her closest rival in the World Cup standings, Jolanda Neff (Trek Factory Racing). Neff held off Elisabeth Brandau (Germany) and Sina Frei (Ghost Factory Racing) to take second. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, France’s multi-discipline world champion, was fifth in front of a loud and supportive crowd on home soil.

2016 Olympic champion Jenny Rissveds (Team 31) was ninth, continuing her successful return to international racing.

Elite Men’s World Cup XCO – Les Gets France

In the elite men’s race, all eyes were on Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus). The multi-talented Dutch rider returned from a brief break in his racing calendar to win Friday’s Short Track XC race in a wild finish against Henrique Avancini (Cannondale Factory Racing). Van der Poel had also won in his last XCO appearance, finally defeating Nino Schurter and claiming his first World Cup XCO win after two years of effort.

On Sunday, however, it was the rainbow stripes of the reigning world champion that were on the front once again. Nino Schurter battled with Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Torpado Ursus) and Henrique Avancini. What the French venue lacked in technical difficulty, it made up for in raw speed. Heavy dust added another tactical element, as anyone off the lead group was riding through a hanging cloud of fine dirt hanging in the air around the course.

Avancini held with the lead group for much of the race, but it was Kerschbaumer who was closest to Schurter on the line. The Italian was within four seconds, but couldn’t unseat Schurter.

Third went to Avancini. Racing at home in France, Stephane Tempier (Bianchi Countervail) was fourth with Ondrej Cink (Kross Racing) claiming the final podium spot.

Van der Poel faded off the pace, finishing 16th.

Schurter’s win pushes him further ahead in the World Cup overall standings. With two podium finishes in Les Gets, Avancini leaves France in second, while van der Poel is now third in points.