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Lecomte repeats at Leogang World Cup

For the first time this season, World Cup leader Rebecca McConnell (Primaflora Mondraker Genuins) was beaten in a World Cup XCO, with Loana Lecomte (Canyon CLLCTV) repeating as winner in the fourth round at Leogang, Austria. 

Jenny Rissveds (Team 31 Ibis) was unable to stay with Lecomte, but did hold on for second ahead of Laura Stigger (Specialized Factory). McConnell continues to hold onto the leader's jersey despite finishing seventh.

After rain and mud all week, race day was sunny and hot, with the track drying out almost completely. The Leogang circuit is all about climbing, with two major ascents per lap, and Lecomte is acknowledged as one of the best climbers on the World Cup circuit. 

She showed this to the rest of the field on Friday when she rode away on a shorter version of the first climb in the Short Track to win. Even more climbing for the XCO was definitely in her favour.

The women raced a start loop plus five laps, and by the end of the start loop four riders were clear: Lecomte, Rissveds, McConnell and Olympic Champion Jolanda Neff (Trek Factory). 

However, once they started the first big climb, Lecomte went to the front and that was it. Neff was distanced almost immediately, with McConnell gone not too much later. Rissveds - who finished second to Lecomte last year - managed to follow the French champion for the first lap, but was dropped early in the second. 

From that point on, it was just a matter of determining how much Lecomte would win by.

In the end, Lecomte's gap to Rissveds was 1:13, with local favourite Stigger taking third just ahead of Specialized Factory team mate Sina Frei. Anne Terpstra (Ghost Factory) rounded out the podium in fifth place.

"I'm just very happy for this weekend," commented Lecomte. "I wanted to win one World Cup this season, and I can't imagine a better weekend than this one. 

"The overall World Cup title is not my goal this year, it is the European and world championships in France, so I will skip some of the upcoming World Cups. So I am happy to reach my goal of a World Cup win."

One other ride of note was by another Austrian favourite, Mona Mitterwallner (Cannondale Factory). The 2021 Under-23 World Cup champion - riding up a category - is a very strong climber and was expected to challenge Lecomte. But she was taken down in a crash in the first 200 metres of the race. 

Mitterwallner had to run to the tech zone and get her bike fixed, entering the first lap in last place by a two minute margin from the leaders. She roared up through the field to eventually finish 15th, leading to 'what might have been' speculation.

Despite finishing seventh, McConnell continues to hold a healthy lead in the overall standings with 1093 points, 177 ahead of Lecomte, who moved into second after winning the Short Track. Terpstra remains in third, a further 203 points back.

Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Loana Lecomte (Fra) 1:15:42
2Jenny Rissveds (Swe) 0:01:13
3Laura Stigger (Aut) 0:01:28
4Sina Frei (Swi) 0:01:41
5Anne Terpstra (Ned) 0:02:10
6Caroline Bohé (Den) 0:02:29
7Rebecca Mcconnell (Aus) 0:03:12
8Jolanda Neff (Swi) 0:03:52
9Léna Gerault (Fra) 0:03:58
10Alessandra Keller (Swi) 0:04:19
11Linda Indergand (Swi) 0:04:31
12Haley Batten (USA) 0:04:36
13Leonie Daubermann (Ger) 0:04:52
14Kate Courtney (USA) 0:05:26
15Mona Mitterwallner (Aut) 0:05:28
16Steffi Häberlin (Swi) 0:06:01
17Eva Lechner (Ita) 0:06:11
18Lotte Koopmans (Ned) 0:06:27
19Tanja Žakelj (Slo) 0:06:37
20Greta Seiwald (Ita) 0:06:43
21Giorgia Marchet (Ita) 0:06:50
22Lia Schrievers (Ger) 0:07:18
23Malene Degn (Den)
24Nicole Koller (Swi) 0:07:42
25Emily Batty (Can) 0:08:03
26Seraina Leugger (Swi) 0:08:32
27Candice Lill (RSA) 0:08:46
28Lucie Urruty (Fra) 0:09:11
29Sandra Walter (Can) 0:09:48
30Nadine Rieder (Ger) 0:10:12
31Emeline Detilleux (Bel) 0:10:25
32Rocio Del Alba Garcia Martinez (Spa) 0:10:47
33Chiara Teocchi (Ita) 0:11:12
34Ramona Forchini (Swi) 0:11:21
35Gabriela Wojtyla (Pol) 0:11:31
36Hélène Clauzel (Fra) 0:11:48
37Annie Last (GBr) 0:11:49
38Jana Czeczinkarová (Cze) 0:12:29
39Theresia Schwenk (Ger) 0:12:43
40Paula Gorycka (Pol)
41Linn Gustafzzon (Swe)
42Kim Ames (Ger)
43Corina Druml (Aut)
44Aleksandra Podgorska (Pol)
45Josie Wilcox (NZl)
46Naama Noyman (Isr)
47Chrystelle Baumann (Swi)
48Faranak Partoazar (IRI)
49Aline Simões De Almeida (Bra)
50Klaudia Czabok (Pol)
51Natalia Fischer Egusquiza (Spa)
52Jessica Manchester (NZl)
DNFAnne Tauber (Ned)
DNFJitka Čábelická (Cze)
DNFYana Belomoina (Ukr)
DNSJennifer Jackson (Can)

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