Courtney Lands On Lenzerheide Top Step

  
  


Kate Courtney receives encouragement as she races to victory at the World Cup in Lenzerheide
Kate Courtney receives encouragement as she races to victory at the World Cup in Lenzerheide (photo by Rob Jones/Canadian Cyclist).
(July 9, 2017) – Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif./Specialized Factory Racing) won her second UCI Mountain Bike World Cup event of the season in Sunday’s women’s U23 race in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. The victory keeps Courtney at the top of the U23 World Cup rankings.

After finishing runner-up to Sina Frei (SUI) a week ago at the World Cup race in Vallnord, Andorra, Courtney defeated the Swiss rider on her home turf by 21 seconds on Sunday. Courtney stopped the clock at 1 hour, 14 minutes and 12 seconds, while Frei came in second at 1:14:33. Evie Richards (GBR) captured her second straight bronze medal with a time of 1:15:12.

Haley Batten (Park City, Utah/Clif Pro Team) finished a strong fourth in 1:17:03, a week after placing seventh.

  Later in the day, Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Clif Pro Team) was the top American rider in the elite women’s race with a 16th-place time of 1:33:16. Annie Last (GBR) took the win in 1:29.10, followed by Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (NOR) in 1:29:23, and Yana Belomoina (UKR) in 1:29:37. Erin Huck (Boulder, Colo./Cannondale-3Rox Racing) was 24th in 1:35:54.

In the elite men’s cross country race, Howard Grotts (Durango, Colo.) finished 26th in 1:25:47. Nino Schurter (SUI) won for the second consecutive week in 1:29:48, followed by Jaroslav Kulhavy (CZE) in 1:29:51 and Anton Sintsov (RUS) in 1:30:03.

DOWNHILL

Saturday’s downhill events saw Luca Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C./Santa Cruz Syndicate) race to a top-10 finish in the elite men’s race, placing sixth in 3:00.921. Greg Minnaar (RSA) clocked the fastest time of 2:57.042, followed by Troy Brosnan (AUS) in 2:57.204 and Danny Hart (GBR) in 2:58.868.

Defending World Cup champion Aaron Gwin (Wildomar, Calif./The YT Mob) suffered a flat and rode on his rim to finish the race in 51st place. Despite the mishap, Gwin maintained his fourth place in the UCI World Cup rankings with 1,011 points, trailing only Hart (1,534), Brosnan (1,371) and Minnaar (1,297).

Cross country and downhill action will resume Aug. 5-6 in Mont-Saint-Anne, Canada, at the next stop of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano.

Full Lenzerheide World Cup results.

Lenzerheide World Cup Photo Gallery.

CROSS COUNTRY

Elite men
1. Nino Schurter (SUI) 1:29:48
2. Jaroslav Kulhavy (CZE) 1:29:51
3. Anton Sintsov (RUS) 1:30:03
26. Howard Grotts (Durango, Colo.) 1:33:54

Elite women
1. Annie Last (GBR) 1:29:10
2. Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (NOR) 1:29:23
3. Yana Belomoina (UKR) 1:29:37
16. Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Clif Pro Team) 1:33:16
24. Erin Huck (Boulder, Colo./Cannondale-3Rox Racing) 1:35:54

U23 women
1. Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif./Specialized Factory Racing) 1:14:12
2. Sina Frei (SUI) 1:14:33
3. Evie Richards (GBR) 1:15:12
4. Haley Batten (Park City, Utah/Clif Pro Team) 1:17:03
27. Hannah Finchamp (Kennewick, Wash./Clif Pro Team) 1:25:17

U23 men
1. Martins Blums (LAT) 1:28:48
2. Maximilian Brandl (GER) 1:29:02
3. Nadir Colledani (ITA) 1:29:25
76. Sandy Floren (Berkeley, Calif./Bear Development Team) 1:40.28
86. Carson Beckett (Benton, Ky./Bear Development Team) LAP
95. Cole Paton (Cashmere, Wash.) LAP
116. Jacob Sacket (Troy, Texas) LAP


DOWNHILL

Elite men
1. Greg Minnaar (RSA) 2:57.042
2. Troy Brosnan (AUS) 2:57.204
3. Danny Hart (GBR) 2:58.868
6. Luca Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C./Santa Cruz Syndicate) 3:00.921
14. Charlie Harrison (Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Intense Factory Racing) 3:04.027
29. Dakotah Norton (Atlas, Mich.) 3:06.188
35. Eliot Jackson (Westlake Village, Calif./Giant Factory Off-Road Team) 3:06.856
51. Aaron Gwin (Wildomar, Calif./The YT Mob) 3:10.930
76. Shane Leslie (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Defiant Racing) 3:40.520

Junior men
1. Finn Iles (CAN) 3:09.743
2. Joe Breeden (GBR) 3:10.877
3. Sylvain Cougoureux (FRA) 3:13.806
5. Nikolas Nestoroff (San Marcos, Calif./Intense Factory Racing) 3:16.465
16. Armen Davis (Longmont, Colo.) 3:24.722

Junior women
1. Paula Zibasa (LAT) 4:11.176
2. Melanie Chappaz (FRA) 4:11.564
3. Shania Rawson (NZL) 4:31.945
6. Samantha Kingshill (Sacramento, Calif.) 5:14.234

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