Loana Lecomte survives slick Mont-Sainte-Anne MTB World Cup

A win for the Frenchwoman in tricky conditions in Canada.

Ryan Simonovich
by Ryan Simonovich 08.10.2023 Photography by
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The final UCI Mountain Bike World Cup XCO race of the season brought the muddiest and most technical track of the year in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada. Loana Lecomte (Canyon CLLCTV) brought the best combination of technical riding skills and fitness to ride away from Jenny Rissveds (Team 31) and Puck Pieterse (Alpecin-Deceuninck). 

Lecomte makes her move.

Brief analysis 

Loana Lecomte showed the most technical proficiency both on the uphills and downhills. While the Canyon rider still had to dismount and run sections, she took the most masterful and daring lines throughout the nightmarishly slick rock slabs and roots. The win is a boon for the Frenchwoman heading into the off-season as she prepares for a home Olympic Games in Paris next year (after she also won the Paris 2024 test event last month). 

Experience played a role when looking at the top-five results. Rissveds and Neff – Olympic gold medalists in ‘16 and ‘21, respectively – have not always been at the front of races this season, but both women used their knowledge of racing in varying conditions to make it through the melee and onto the podium.

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