The Elite Women’s and Men’s Short Track Cross-Country races took place today at the World Cup race in Les Gets, France. The racing was spectacular with plenty of passing and changes in the lead positions in both groups.
- Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, France
- Sina Frei, Switzerland
- Jenny Rissveds, Sweden
- Linda Indergand, Switzerland
- Alessandra Keller, Switzerland
- Laura Stigger, Austria
- Greta Seiwald, Italy
- Kate Courtney, USA
- Anne Tauber, Netherlands
- Jitka Cabelicka, Czech Republic
America’s Haley Batten placed 23rd, a major surprise following her outstanding showing in the previous World Cup races held this year. Batten left the race ranked third in the updated elite women’s cross-country standings, with Loana Lecomte holding the lead and Ferrand-Prevot in second. America’s Lea Davison placed 26th in today’s race.
- Mathias Flueckiger, Switzerland
- Jordan Sarrou, France
- Ondrej Cink, Czech Rep.
- Luca Braidot, Italy
- Alan Hatherly, RSA
- Maximilian Brandl, Germany
- Victor Koretzky, France
- Maxime Marote, France
- Nino Schurter, Switzerland
- Daniele Braidot, Italy
In the Elite Men’s race, Nino Schurter led during the early laps but later faded and ended up in ninth at the end.
Mathias Flueckiger continued his extremely impressive year, taking the win of today’s event and coming away from the race ranked first in the elite men’s cross-country standings.
England’s Thomas Pidcock, who has looked like one of the best riders in the world this year, his debut appearance in the Elite Men’s ranks, and possibly one of mountain biking’s best bets for Olympic gold, fell during his race when his front wheel washed out in the dirt, causing him to be stuck way back around 30th place for most of the race. However, he worked his way back up to the top 16 in the final minutes of the race, insuring himself a second-row start in Sunday’s cross-country race, the more important contest of the weekend.
Pidcock was still recovering from a broken collarbone suffered a few weeks ago when he was struck by a car while training on the road in the French Pyrenees. He had needed surgery to pin the bones back together to repair the collarbone, so he appears to be fortunate that he wasn’t hurt any worse in today’s mishap.