RACING FROM AROUND THE GLOBE: WORLD CUP RACING RETURNS

World Cup Racing Returns

The 2021 World Cup season started up in Europe this spring prior to the Olympics. So far, the sport’s top stars are facing some tough challenges by the racers who just moved up from the Under-23 age group and into the Elite ranks.

Thomas Pidcock, shown here at Albstadt, Germany, has turned into one of the best in the world, winning the second World Cup XCO race of 2021, beating Mathieu van der Poel by 60 seconds. Photo: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool

 

Mathieu van der Poel had looked like he might be the top men’s XC racer this year, but it won’t be easy. He won both XCC races at the first World Cups this year, then took seventh and second in the longer Cross-Country Olympic (XCO) races.
Photo: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool

 

France’s Loana Lecomte moved up from the U23 ranks and won the first two Elite Women’s XCO World Cup races this year.
Photo: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool

 

France’s Victor Koretzky won the XCO race at Albstadt, but he finished 24th in Nove Mesto’s XCO race a week later.
Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

 

Nino Schurter (3) and Mathias Flueckiger (5) battled hard but ended up second and third behind Koretzky in the final sprint. Nino was ranked number one in the UCI afterwards, though.Photo: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool

 

America’s Haley Batten placed third in the XCO race at Albstadt, then won the short track and placed second in the XCO race at Nove Mesto. This girl’s on fire! Photo: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool

 

Kate Courtney took fourth in both her events at Albstadt, then crashed and broke her arm a week later in Nove Mesto.
Photo: Michal Cerveny/Scott-SRAM

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