Ferrand-Prévot and Schurter Crowned World Champs

Pauline Ferrand-Prévot enjoyed a memorable cross-country victory in the UCI MTB World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada.

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Pauline Ferrand-Prévot.

 

The Frenchwoman has battled back to top form in 2019 after doctors performed surgeries on both her legs in January to correct iliac artery endofibrosis. Iliac artery endofibrosis is caused by damaged arteries and restricts the blood flow to the lower body.

 

Ferrand-Prévot had been struggling with extreme pain in her left leg for four years prior to the surgery. She missed the first four months of the season to recover fully and her victory in the UCI MTB World Cup in Val di Sole in August was her first since 2015.

 

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Jolanda Neff.

 

The race started badly with a crash on lap one leaving her in 15th place but she recovered to reach the contenders before passing them and speeding to the finish line. Jolanda Neff of Switzerland crossed the line second with Australian Rebecca McConnell completing the podium. American Kate Courtney finished fifth.

 

It is a fourth world title for the 27-year-old and her second UCI XCO world title after also winning in Andorra in 2015. In 2015 she became the first person in the history of cycling to hold the World Road Race title, World cyclo-cross title and World Mountain Bike title all at the same time.

 

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Rebecca McConnell.

 

Ferrand-Prévot said: “It is very emotional today as I had a bad start with a crash on the first lap and after that I was in 15th place. It was very far back but I gave everything I had and tried to come back step by step. I am super happy.”

 

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In the men’s event, Swiss legend Nino Schurter won the race for a record-breaking eighth time and fifth time in a row. He held off compatriot Mathias Flückiger and French rider Stephane Tempier.

 

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Nino Schurter

 

Schurter said: “I’ve been coming to race here for 10 years, and I knew one of the key factors would be to get through without any mechanicals. I think I was the only one without any mechanicals in the top four.”

 

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9 Comments

ABrooks, Sep 01 2019 10:32

Can someone help me with redbull tv? I was able to watch the womens race, but for the mens race it said that redbull tv was geolocked. Is there something I can do about it apart from using a vpn?

morneS555, Sep 02 2019 07:35

Can someone help me with redbull tv? I was able to watch the womens race, but for the mens race it said that redbull tv was geolocked. Is there something I can do about it apart from using a vpn?

 

its geolocked because it was aired on supersport, who have local broadcasting rights. the only way to see it without a vpn is to make friends with someone that has a premium DSTV account not using DSTV now (online streaming) feature. It's the same for all the other sports too. Suck

DogMTB, Sep 02 2019 08:42

How does Nino avoid mechanicals? I would love to know his secret recipe.

Long Wheel Base, Sep 02 2019 08:55

Well done to all the saffas. Wow Candice and Alan had good starts and really hung on against such strong competition. Was super proud to see them mixing it up with the best.

Robbie Stewart, Sep 02 2019 11:12

I watched the entire event, women and men's XCO and DH on my tv via the Redbull App? I was not geolocked?

Hilton., Sep 02 2019 01:09

I watched the entire event, women and men's XCO and DH on my tv via the Redbull App? I was not geolocked?

 

Well, this is good to know for next year :P  I'll try this when I get a smart TV.

Christian van Zyl, Sep 02 2019 03:13

Where was Van Der Poel...? Would have been an awesome new champ...

Plem-Plem, Sep 02 2019 04:35

Where was Van Der Poel...? Would have been an awesome new champ...

He decided to miss the MTB WC and will ride the Road WC instead.

Schnavel, Sep 03 2019 09:34

He decided to miss the MTB WC and will ride the Road WC instead.

 

Interesting decision - it would certainly have made the MTB champs more interesting. Without him, it was simply a formality that Shurter would win again!