XC World Champs Leogang – French Domination

XC World Champs Leogang – French Domination

Ian Collins, 11/10/2020
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Ian Collins, 11/10/2020

It was truly “cyclocross conditions” in Leogang, where usually at this time of the year you stand in front of the fireplace waiting for the winter season. Mud, wind, and plummeting temperatures due to weather arriving in the evening which should bring around a half meter of snow. The track is simple, with many steep climbs, which is why so many athletes have opted for hardtails.

The Frenchman Sarrou immediately put his cards on the table, leaving in a breakaway and collecting an advantage of over 1 minute by the end of the third lap. The pursuer, one who goes fast in the mud, was Flueckinger, hunted however by a small group which also included Luca Braidot and Carod.

Nino Schurter did not seem to be in his usual form, exiting a possibility for the podium almost immediately.

Sarrou was almost threw everything away 2 km from the finish …

The finale therefore confirmed the great status of the French rider, with the rainbow jersey going to Sarrou’s shoulders, while in the battle between Flückiger and Carod for second place went to the Swiss racer, with his second consecutive silver. In the end it was a fourth place for Braidot and Schurter in ninth. 

 

Complete rankings men.

Women

There was no story in the women’s race other than absolute domination by Ferrand Prevot, claiming her third world title after those of 2015 and 2019.

A great second place for the revived Eva Lechner, who beat the New Zealander McConnell in the sprint.

Complete women results.

Cross country returns next weekend with the Europeans at Monte Tamaro…