The 2022 XC World Championships in Les Gets offered incredible races with historic victories in the Elite race. Pauline Ferrand Prevot won her fourth title in the women’s Elite race and became the most successful woman at the world championships. Jolanda Neff battled back throughout the race to claim silver with Haley Batten taking bronze.
Nino Schurter continues to be the one to beat as he wins back-to-back World Championship titles and his 10th win. Nino also won another world championship title in Les Gets after winning the junior race in 2004. David Valero Serrano looked like he could take the win for all seven laps, but he was beaten on the final descent to the line, David still took a well-deserved silver medal. Luca Braidot concluded his race with a bronze medal against an unlucky Thomas Pidcock.
Check out the results below.
1st. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: 1:22:08
2nd. Jolanda Neff: +1:35
3rd. Haley Batten: +2:13
4th. Loana Lecomte: +3:27
5th. Alessandra Keller: +3:46
1st. Nino Schurter: 1:21:13
2nd. David Valero Serrano: +9
3rd. Luca Braidot: +29
4th. Thomas Pidcock: +1:29
5th. Marcel Guerrini: +1:40
1st. Burquier Line: 1:11:09
2nd. Puck Pieterse: +0:43
3rd. Sofie Pederson: +0:59
4th. Giada Specia: +1:51
5th. Ronja Blochlinger: +1:51
1st. Simone Avondetto: 1:10:35
2nd. Mathis Azaro: +28
3rd. Luc Schatti: +57
4th. Martin Vidaure Kossmann: +1:13
5th. Bjorn Riley: +1:36
4:00 a.m. PDT The elite women have left for the 2022 world championships.
4:03 a.m. PDT Pauline Ferrand Prévot leads the first climb of the first lap.
4:06 a.m. PDT Jolanda Neff caught up with Pauline Ferrand Prévot with Loana Lecomte not far behind.
4:08 a.m. PDT In the second intermediate time of the first lap, Pauline Ferrand Prévot leads by 21 seconds.
4:14 a.m. PDT After the first round, the top five are:
1st. Pauline Ferrand Provost: 1:00 p.m.
2nd. Loana Lecomte: +22
3rd. Alessandra Keller: +31
4th. Martine Berta: +31
5th. Haley Batten: +32
4:17 a.m. PDT On the first climb of the second lap, Pauline Ferrand Prévot extended her lead to 46 seconds with Haley Batten now 2nd.
4:23 a.m. PDT On the second climb the lead widened again with 56 seconds between Pauline Ferrand Prevot and Haley Batten.
4:28 a.m. PDT After the second round, the top five are:
1st. Pauline Ferrand Provost: 26:28
2nd. Haley Batten: +1:01
3rd. Alessandra Keller: +1:02
4th. Martine Berta: +1:09
5th. Loana Lecomte: +1:14
4:32 a.m. PDT Pauline Ferrand Prevot looks so strong today and just on the first climb of lap three she builds her 16 second lead.
4:38 a.m. PDT In the second half of the lap, the gap between first and second increases slightly. Loana Lecomte closes in on third place Alessandra Keller.
4:42 a.m. PDT After the third round, the top five are:
1st. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: 40:11
2nd. Haley Batten: +1:22
3rd. Alessandra Keller: +1:23
4th. Loana Lecomte: +1:38
5th. Jolanda Neff: +1:46
4:46 a.m. PDT The first climb remains the best part of the lap for Pauline Ferrand Prévot who widens her lead once again.
4:47 a.m. PDT Loana Lecomte has now dropped to fifth place with Jolanda Neff returning to the medals.
4:48 a.m. PDT Githa Michiels seems to be having some trouble but Sina Frei stops by to help.
4:51 a.m. PDT Alessandra Keller is back at 1:45 in the second split of round four. Pauline Ferrand Prevot seems unstoppable at this point.
4:52 a.m. PDT A mistake by Alessandra Keller in the woods puts Haley Batten back in second place.
4:56 a.m. PDT After the fourth round, the top five are:
1st. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: 54:04
2nd. Jolanda Neff: +1:43
3rd. Alessandra Keller: +1:47
4th. Haley Batten: +1:47
5th. Loana Lecomte: +2:18
4:59 a.m. PDT A shoe problem for Evie Richards, she quickly changes her shoes and is back in the running.
5:01 a.m. PDT The gap is almost two minutes between Pauline Ferrand Prévot and Jolanda Neff who leads the chasing group.
5:05 a.m. PDT Jolanda Neff clawed back four seconds on Pauline Ferrand Prevot in the second half of lap five, but with one lap to go it will be nearly impossible to close that gap.
5:11 a.m. PDT As the final lap approaches, the top five are:
1st. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: 1:08:10
2nd. Jolanda Neff: +1:33
3rd. Haley Batten: +1:51
4th. Alessandra Keller: +2:34
5th. Loana Lecomte: +2:58
5:19 a.m. PDT Loana Lecomte took fourth place but it doesn’t look like she can get a medal today.
5:22 a.m. PDT Pauline Ferrand Prevot wins the 2022 XC World Championships! Pauline becomes the first rider to win both the XCC and XC World Championships and does so at the same event.
6:15 a.m. PDT The elite men are off to the 2022 world championships.
6:16 a.m. PDT Henrique Avancini leads the first climb, with Vlad Dascalu just behind.
6:17 a.m. PDT Titouan Carod leads on the first gap, followed by Henrique Avancini and Nino Schurter.
6:18 a.m. PDT An error by Titouan Carod blocks Henrique Avancini with Nino Schurter in the lead.
6:19 a.m. PDT Thomas Pidcock is 24 seconds from 36th. Pidcock has gained a few places since the start but will want to clear the crowded midfield to get ahead of the leaders.
6:20 a.m. PDT Nino Schurter now makes a small mistake but retains the lead.
6:22 a.m. PDT On lap two, Nino Schurter leads with Titouan Carod on his rear wheel.
6:23 a.m. PDT Thomas Pidcock is one of the biggest threats today but with a poor starting position the current race leaders will want to build a big lead before catching them.
6:27 a.m. PDT After the first round, the top five are:
1st. Nino Schürter: 11:20 a.m.
2nd. Titouan Carod: +0
3rd. Philip Colombo: +0
4th. Jordan Sarrou: +1
5th. Vlad Dascalu: +1
Thomas Pidcock has dropped from 53rd to 16th so far.
6:31 a.m. PDT Nino Schurter regains the lead after an error by Jordan Sarrou.
6:34 a.m. PDT Thomas Pidcock is now in the top 10, just 12 seconds behind.
6:39 a.m. PDT After the second round, the top five are:
1st. Nino Schürter: 23:07
2nd. Jordan Sarrou: +0
3rd. David Valero Serrano: +2
4th. Luca Braidot: +2
5th. Alan Hatherly: +8
Thomas Pidcock is 7th, 10 seconds behind.
6:39 a.m. PDT Sam Gaze is out, looks like he had a big crash.
6:45 a.m. PDT Jordan Sarrou regained the lead on the second gap on lap three.
6:46 a.m. PDT Just after the separation, Thomas Pidcock takes the lead.
6:49 a.m. PDT A crash for Nino Schurter in one of the loose grass corners. Nino is back on the bike but with Thomas Pidcock in the lead, every second counts.
6:50 a.m. PDT After the third round, the top five are:
1st. Thomas Pidcock: 34:42
2nd. Luca Braidot: +0
3rd. David Valero Serrano: +3
4th. Jordan Sarrou: +4
5th. Nino Schuerter: +5
6:53 a.m. PDT David Valero Serrano takes the lead at the top of the first climb with Thomas Pidcock close behind.
6:56 a.m. PDT Nino Schurter crushes Thomas Pidcock and Luca Braidot to lead the chase party.
6:57 a.m. PDT At the top of the second climb, David Valero Serrano leads, it looks like Thomas Pidcock is falling back.
7:02 a.m. PDT After the fourth round, the top five are:
1st. David Valero Serrano: 46:17
2nd. Nino Schuerter: +1
3rd. Luca Braidot: +1
4th. Thomas Pidcock: +8
5th. Jordan Sarrou: +20
7:04 a.m. PDT Nino Schurter is back in the lead, the race lead remains at four.
7:04 a.m. PDT At the first intermediate time on lap five, the top four are separated by three seconds.
7:14 a.m. PDT After the fifth round, the top five are:
1st. David Valero Serrano: 58:13
2nd. Nino Schuerter: +1
3rd. Luca Braidot: +1
4th. Thomas Pidcock: +2
5th. Jordan Sarrou: +38
7:14 a.m. PDT Nino Schurter launched a massive attack on the first climb, only David Valero Serrano tries to accompany him.
7:17 a.m. PDT Only David Valero Serrano can follow Nino Schurter. Luca Braidot is eight seconds behind and Thomas Pidock at 17 seconds.
7:18 a.m. PDT Crash for Thomas Pidcock in one of the tight corners.
7:19 a.m. PDT It looks like a puncture for Thomas Pidcock, he has his rear wheel swapped.
7:20 a.m. PDT David Valero Serrano is back in the lead on the second big climb.
7:21 a.m. PDT With a new rear wheel, Thomas Pidcock flies. Given his speed at the start of the race, we wouldn’t rule him out of the race just yet. Although winning is almost impossible.
7:23 a.m. PDT Already Thomas Pidcock has fallen 10 seconds.
7:25 a.m. PDT As the final lap approaches, the top five are:
1st. David Valero Serrano: 1:09:48
2nd. Nino Schuerter: +0
3rd. Luca Braidot: +7
4th. Thomas Pidcock: +32
5th. Marcel Guerrini: +56
7:26 a.m. PDT Thomas Pidcock is on his feet and sprinting the first climb, he could close the gap.
7:28 a.m. PDT Nino Schurter will not let David Valero Serrano lead the first run.
7:29 a.m. PDT Despite a full sprint on the first climb, Thomas Pidock did not save time. The speed at the front of the race is very high in the last lap.
7:30 a.m. PDT Another mistake in the same corner in the woods for Thomas Pidcock, he is definitely out of the race now.
7:30 a.m. PDT Nino Schurter has a small gap before the second climb.
7:33 a.m. PDT David Valero Serrano is really pushing to overtake Nino Schurter but he hasn’t succeeded yet.
7:34 a.m. PDT Nino Schurter created a big gap on the last descent.
7:35 a.m. PDT It’s over for Nino Schurter, despite a gap that forms him, he is not big enough to rest.
7:37 a.m. PDT Nino Schurter wins his tenth world championship title! These are consecutive titles for Nino.