Maxxis’ sponsored riders triumphed over difficult XC and DH courses to take victories and multiple podium spots at the World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. SCOTT Downhill Factory’s Marine Cabirou and Corendon Circus’ Mathieu Van der Poel each followed wins last week in Val di Sole with a second straight World Cup win, and were joined on their respective podiums by fellow Maxxis-sponsored riders, including Santa Cruz Syndicate’s Greg Minnaar, who rode his signature Assegai tires to second place in DH.
Cabirou sails into the finish corral. 📸@svenmartinphoto
Van der Poel with enough time to give the thumbs up crossing the finish line. 📸@svenmartinphoto
SCOTT-SRAM’s Nino Schurter and Van der Poel were out front by the end of the first two laps in the XC race. Schurter, who holds the lead in points, also held the lead for much of the race, until Van der Poel’s attack in the last lap led to a 25-second margin of victory. "This means a lot because I think it is one of the most difficult ones to win," Van der Poel told cyclingnews.com. "Nino is always super motivated to win here in front of his home crowd, so I knew it was going to be a tough one. I was just thinking to get on his wheel and stay there. He was really strong and made a lot of long efforts on the road climb, and I had to dig really deep to stay with him." Also on the podium for Maxxis was Torpado Ursus’ Gerhard Kerschbaumer, who took fifth place.
Nino insists on speed and style. 📸@svenmartinphoto
For Van der Poel, his third World Cup win of the year in Lenzerheide meant finishing the 2019 series on a high note. He isn’t competing in the final World Cup of the Year next month in West Virginia, so Schurter has almost certainly clinched the title.
Cabirou took her second-ever World Cup DH win by a margin of around three tenths of a second. Pivot Factory Racing’s Emilie Siegenthaler took third place, with fellow Maxxis-sponsored rider Kate Weatherly in fourth. Also in the top ten for Maxxis were Raphaela Richter in eighth place, Insync Racing’s Veronika Widmann in ninth, and Sian A’Hern in tenth.
Siegenthaler sending it, there was no easy way to the podium. 📸@svenmartinphoto
In Elite Men’s DH, Minnaar was joined on the podium by Canyon Factory Downhill Team’s Troy Brosnan in fourth place and Madison Saracen Factory Team’s Danny Hart in fifth. SCOTT Downhill Factory Team’s Dean Lucas was seventh, Santa Cruz Syndicate’s Loris Vergier was eighth, with SCOTT Downhill Factory’s Florent Payet rounding out the top ten and Vergier’s teammate Luca Shaw just outside the top ten in 11th place. In Elite Women’s XC, Ghost Factory Racing’s Anne Terpstra was second, Canyon Factory Downhill Team’s Pauline Ferrand Prevot was third, Ghost Factory Racing’s Sina Frei was fourth, and Clif Pro Team’s Catharine Pendrel was on the podium in fifth place.
Minnaar laser focused.📸@svenmartinphoto
Brosnan has a peek at the clock. 📸@svenmartinphoto
Hart, tucked in and trucking. 📸@svenmartinphoto
SCOTT – SRAM MTB Racing’s Kate Courtney took seventh place, and Chloe Woodruff was ninth. SRAM TLD Racing’s Vali Höll was back on top of the Junior Women’s podium at Lenzerheide, posting the fastest time of any woman racing for the day.
Holl making it look effortless. 📸@svenmartinphoto
Nastasia Gimenez was second, and SRAM Young Guns’ Anna Newkirk took third place. In Junior Men’s, Canyon Factory Downhill Team’s Kye A’Hern landed on the podium in fifth place, with Zak Gomilscek in ninth and Ian Guionnet rounding out the top ten.
A’Hern threading the needle and letting it roll. 📸@svenmartinphoto
The DH series heads to Mont Saint Anne on August 23'rd, and the World Cup season ends September 8 in Snowshoe, West Virginia.