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Avancini wins men's short track in Lenzerheide

Henrique Avancini (Brazil) leading at start
Henrique Avancini (Brazil) leading at start (Image credit: Rob Jones)

Henrique Avancini (Cannondale Factory) showed that last week's silver medal at the World Championships in the Short Track was no fluke, winning the fourth World Cup XCC of his career on Friday in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. 

Avancini held off World Cup leader Mathias Flueckiger (Thomus RN Swiss Bike) for the win, with Victor Koretzky (KMC - Orbea) taking third. 

The circuit was physically demanding, opening with a long gravel climb. From the top of the climb, it was an undulating grass descent back to the final short asphalt climb to the finish line. The men did 10 laps plus a start loop. 

Avancini has struggled all season, skipping some of the early rounds of the World Cup to go back home to Brazil and train. At this short track, he showed a return to confidence, either leading or in the top three for most of the race.

"This is not my first win, but this one has a very deep meaning for me," admitted Avancini. "I'm more than happy; more than winning, just standing on the [start] line and feeling ready to fight ... I'm so happy to do what I love and enjoy it. I needed to find the comfort in the pain, and I guess I got there."

Missing from the field were three of the favourites - new short track world champion Christopher Blevins (Trinity Racing) is doing the Tour of Britain, Olympic champion Thomas Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) is at the Vuelta, and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), who is still dealing with back issues that kept him out of the world championships. 

After van der Poel's 10 XCC wins, Avancini was next on the list for wins in this discipline, with three coming into this race. Avancini took an early lead in the race, but Flueckiger and new world champion Nino Schurter (Scott SRAM) were always hovering near the front. On Lap 4, Olympic silver medalist Flueckiger put in a hard attack, with only Avancini, Koretzky and Schurter able to bridge across. However, they soon backed off, allowing much of the field to come back up to them. 

It wasn't until the ninth lap that a serious attack finally separated the field, and again it was Flueckiger doing the damage. Only Avancini could follow the Swiss rider this time and coming into the final lap they were clear of Koretzky, chasing solo in third. 

Flueckiger looked to be in control going up the climb, but just before the top, Avancini surged and Flueckiger could not respond, with the Brazilian maintaining his lead on the final descent to finish one second in front. Flueckiger continues to lead the overall World Cup standings, with 1269, 290 ahead of Ondrej Cink (Kross Orlen), with Jordan Sarrou (Specialized) remaining in third, a further 124 points back.

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Henrique Avancini (Bra) 0:19:58
2Mathias Flückiger (Swi) 0:00:01
3Victor Koretzky (Fra)
4Alan Hatherly (RSA) 0:00:02
5Nino Schurter (Swi) 0:00:06
6Jordan Sarrou (Fra) 0:00:09
7Maximilian Brandl (Ger) 0:00:10
8Milan Vader (Ned) 0:00:13
9Daniele Braidot (Ita) 0:00:16
10Ondřej Cink (Cze) 0:00:17
11Maxime Marotte (Fra)
12Thomas Griot (Fra)
13David Valero Serrano (Spa)
14Luca Braidot (Ita) 0:00:18
15Antoine Philipp (Fra) 0:00:23
16Titouan Carod (Fra) 0:00:25
17Thomas Litscher (Swi) 0:00:26
18Anton Cooper (NZl)
19Simon Andreassen (Den)
20Gregor Raggl (Aut) 0:00:27
21Leandre Bouchard (Can) 0:00:28
22Bartlomiej Wawak (Pol)
23Luca Schwarzbauer (Ger) 0:00:31
24Peter Disera (Can) 0:00:34
25Lars Forster (Swi) 0:00:36
26Erik Hægstad (Nor) 0:00:37
27Andri Frischknecht (Swi)
28Jens Schuermans (Bel) 0:00:44
29Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) 0:00:46
30Jan Škarnitzl (Cze)
31Filippo Colombo (Swi) 0:00:48
32Georg Egger (Ger) 0:00:53
33Karl Markt (Aut) 0:00:57
34Nadir Colledani (Ita) 0:01:07
35Stephane Tempier (Fra) 0:01:11
36Reto Indergand (Swi) 0:01:13
37Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) 0:01:16
38Jofre Cullell Estape (Spa) 0:01:18
39Sebastian Fini Carstensen (Den)
DNFDaniel Mcconnell (Aus)

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