2021 Leogang XCO World Cup: favourites, schedules and where to watch
After a short break of 3 weeks, the XCO World Cup returns to Leogang, Austria. In this same circuit was held the World Championship in 2020 and this season will be the first to recover some normality with the presence of public after more than a year without fans in the competitions. In addition, it will be the first double event of DH and XCO. Here we tell you all about the 2021 Leogang XCO World Cup.
Schedule and where to watch the 2021 Leogang MTB World Cup
The Leogang World Cup can be watched live and free online on the RedBull TV website, both the Short Track on Friday and the XCO race on Sunday. The broadcast, which was already available in English, Portuguese and German, can now also be heard in Spanish. And RedBull TV will reportedly offer for the first time a MultiCam option so that anyone can choose which area of the circuit to watch in the middle of the race.
Friday 11 June 2021 XCC
- 17:30 Short Track Elite Women (WATCH IT HERE FROM 17:20)
- 18:15 Short Track Elite Men (WATCH IT HERE FROM 17:20)
Saturday 12 June 2021 (DH)
- 09:45 DH World Cup Men
- 10:30 DH World Cup Women
- 12:30 DH World Cup Elite Women (WATCH IT HERE FROM 12:30)
- 13:30 DH World Cup Elite Men (WATCH IT HERE FROM 13:15)
Sunda 13 Jun 2021 XCO
- 08:30 U23 Women's XCO World Cup Final
- 10:15 U23 Men's XCO World Cup Final
- 12:20 XCO Elite Women's World Cup (WATCH IT HERE FROM 12:00)
- 14:30 XCO Elite Men's World Cup (WATCH IT HERE FROM 15:00)
Favourites for victory at the 2021 Leogang XCO World Cup
We could say that after the three-week break and some important changes in terms of the riders who will start in Leogang, the competition will start on Friday almost as if it were a new beginning of the season.
Elite women favourites to win in Leogang
After winning the first two World Cup races, French rider Loana Lecomte is still the favourite to win on the Leogang circuit. Moreover, here she also won the U23 World Champion in 2020. Pauline Ferrand Prevot won the Elite World Championship in Leogang last year and after her second and fourth places in Albstadt and Nove Mesto, this could be the first race in which we can see her in the best shape to face Lecomte.
American Kate Courtney will almost certainly be absent in Leogang after her injury in Nove Mesto. But in addition to the two French riders, we could add names like the Australian Rebecca McConnell, third here last year, or the American Haley Batten or the Swiss Linda Indergand, both are showing a great level this season and it would not be surprising to see them on the podium.
Elite men favourites to win at Leogang World Cup
The season has left Mathieu van der Poel and Tom Pidcock as two of the favourites to win any race they start, but unfortunately neither will be in Leogang. Pidcock is recovering from a broken collarbone suffered in training and Van der Poel has switched to the road to prepare for the Tour de France in Switzerland.
But even with the absence of these two riders, victory this season is still very expensive. Jordan Sarrou was World Champion in Leogang last year and that should be enough for him to be among the favourites in Leogang, moreover his progress has been increasing since the beginning of the season and in Leogang we could see him in the top three.
If we were forced to pick just one favourite, then we would have to pick the Swiss Mathias Fluckiger. The Swiss has proven to be the most consistent rider at the front and it's only a matter of time before he starts winning this year. He has everything in his favour in Leogang.
To dismiss Henrique Avancini or Nino Schurter from the favourites would be a direct mistake. The Swiss is chasing at least one World Cup victory that will allow him to catch Absalon's record and many of us are sure that this year he will get it sooner or later.
We cannot forget the KMC Orbea riders either, Victor Koretzky won the first race of the year and this circuit could favour him to try to do it again. For his part, Dutchman Milan Vader was leading the race here last year with a good lead until he suffered a couple of crashes, so he could surprise again and fight for the podium.