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Light the Fire - Mont-Sainte-Anne XC World Cup 2017

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As the end of the season looms, the elite field prepares for the penultimate World Cup of the 2017 season. In the women's, Yana Belemoina is leading the series to many's surprise. With two World Cup wins under her belt, another victory could be enough to secure the overall win. In the men's, Nino Schurter seemed to be challenged on a couple of occasions, but has so far come out on top. Will today prove different?A cooled down Mont-Sainte-Anne saw the daylight as the women's U23 field woke up for the penultimate World Cup of 2017.
After a day of downpours and no time for the course to dry the ladies faced the most challenging conditions of the day.
After a day of downpours and no time for the course to dry, the ladies faced the most challenging conditions of the day.
Simon Andreassen rode towards the front of the field and adds another podium to his palmares with a third place.
Simon Andreassen rode towards the front of the field and adds another podium to his palmares with a third place.
Martins Blums performance was second to none as he raced away from his competition towards victory.
Martins Blums' performance was second to none as he raced away from his competition towards victory.
Haley Batten had an off on Beatrice on the first lap but held on to finish fourth.
Haley Batten had an off on Beatrice on the first lap, but held on to finish fourth.
Kate Courtney continues to be dominant. Another win by a mile for the young American.
Kate Courtney continues to be dominant. Another win by a mile for the young American.
Sina Frey took second today in the u23 women.
Sina Frey took second today in the u23 women.
Italian Nadir Calledani lived up to his number plate and rode a strong race finishing second.
Italian Nadir Calledani, lived up to his number plate and rode a strong race, finishing second.
Peter Disera gave the home crowd what they wanted as he battled up front in the first laps. Disera eventually finished in 15th.
Peter Disera gave the home crowd what they wanted as he battled up front during the first laps. Disera eventually finished in 15th.
One mistake and this is the result. Find yourself stuck behind and you will loose valuable time.
One mistake and this is the result. Find yourself stuck behind and you will loose valuable time.
Felix Belhumeur making his way up the course.
Felix Belhumeur making his way up the course.
Sina Frei rode a solid race finishing in second.
Sina Frei rode a solid race finishing in second.
Martins Blums pulls off another win in the U23 men and retains the overall.
Martins Blums pulls off another win in the U23 men and retains the overall.
Simon Andreassen took third for the U23 men.
Simon Andreassen took third for the U23 men.
Simon Vitzthum took fifth in Junior Men.
Simon Vitzthum took fifth in Junior Men.
Kate Courtney left no doubt as to what her plans were. Taking the lead racing down Beatrice.
Kate Courtney left no doubt as to what her plans were. Taking the lead, racing down Beatrice.
No one came close today. Courtney making her way through the woods.
No one came close today. Courtney making her way through the woods.
The U23 women had the day s toughest conditiions with a slick and greasy course. Haley batten crashed in the first lap but continued her race.
The U23 women had the day's toughest conditions with a slick and greasy course. Haley batten crashed in the first lap, but continued her race.
Blood was shed on the course today.
Blood was shed on the course today.
The top 8 gets to choose their start position on the grid.
The top eight get to choose their start position on the grid.
Pendrel started a row back but would finish third.
Pendrel started a row back but would finish third.
Annie Last came out swinging on the start but faded by lap two.
Annie Last came out swinging on the start but faded by lap two.
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot shocked most when she finished second today.
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot shocked most when she finished second today.
Back luck on the start for Jenny Rissveds meant staying about mid pack for her first race back.
Bad luck on the start for Jenny Rissveds meant staying about mid pack for her first race back.
Ukrainian Yana Belemoina has propelled herself to the top of the women s elite field this year.
Ukrainian Yana Belemoina has propelled herself to the top of the women's elite field this year.
As the clock ticks photographers and videographers flock to the start line.
As the clock ticks, photographers and videographers flock to the start line.
Catharine Pendrel in the lead followed by Yana Belemoina and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot.
Catharine Pendrel in the lead, followed by Yana Belemoina and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot.
Jenny Rissveds made her reappearance but a crash after the start made her ride tough. She finished in 30th. Good to see you back Jenny
Jenny Rissveds made her reappearance, but a crash after the start made her ride tough. She finished in 30th. Good to see you back Jenny!
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot is back with a vengeance. The French biker who has won world titles in road cyclocross and mountainbiking challenged Yana Belemoina and Catherine Pendrel.
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot is back with a vengeance. The French rider who has won world titles in road, cyclocross and mountain biking challenged Yana Belemoina and Catherine Pendrel.
Once she got away this was the only view of Yana the rest of the field would see for the remainder of the race.
Once she got away, this was the only view of Yana the rest of the field would see for the remainder of the race.
Catharine Pendrel was on the gas today and had her best result of the season.
Catharine Pendrel was on the gas today, and had her best result of the season.
While Prevot loooked pensive on the slick rocks in practice she nailed it today.
While Prevot looked pensive on the slick rocks in practice, she nailed it today.
Batty cuts her way through the crowd to the podium.
Batty cuts her way through the crowd to the podium.
Gunn-Rita Dahle-Flesjaa crashed hard in training breaking a rib. She raced nonetheless and finished in 20th.
Gunn-Rita Dahle-Flesjaa crashed hard in training, breaking a rib. She raced nonetheless and finished in 20th.
Emily Batty took fourth today on home soil.
Emily Batty took fourth today on home soil.
Yana Belomaina didn t look back after she took the lead.
Yana Belomaina didn't look back after she took the lead.
The day didn t go as planned for Annie Last but we likely haven t seen the last of her winning ways.
The day didn't go as planned for Annie Last, but we likely haven't seen the last of her winning ways.
Erin Huck spent after a long battle.
Erin Huck spent after a long battle.
Time for reflection.
Time for reflection.
Three elite World Cup wins in a young career.
Three elite World Cup wins in a young career.
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and Yana Belemoina hug.
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and Yana Belemoina hug.
Catharine Pendrel takes third as Belemoina watches.
Catharine Pendrel takes third as Belemoina watches.
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot.
Preparations for medal ceremonies.
Preparations for medal ceremonies.
Emily Batty Pauline Ferrand-Prevot Yana Belemoina Catharine Pendrel and Irina Kalentieva.
Emily Batty, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, Yana Belemoina, Catharine Pendrel and Irina Kalentieva.
Florian Vogel your new European Champ was charged up at the start.
Florian Vogel your new European Champ was charged up at the start.
Jordan Sarrou rode strong today. He stayed out of trouble near the front only slipped back to 9th on the final lap.
Jordan Sarrou rode strong today. He stayed out of trouble near the front only slipped back to 9th on the final lap.
With competition heating up in the last few rounds would anyone finalluy be able to break Nino Schurter s supremacy
With competition heating up in the last few rounds, would anyone finally be able to break Nino Schurter's supremacy?
The men are off
The men are off!
Nino came out swinging before settling in for the long haul.
Nino came out swinging before settling in for the long haul.
Gerhard Kerschbaumer rode to third place today in the men elite.
Gerhard Kerschbaumer rode to third place today in the men elite.
Nino Schurter is a strong starter and flew to the front. Titouan Carod followed closeby and would continue to push.
Nino Schurter is a strong starter and flew to the front. Titouan Carod followed close by and would continue to push.
Stephane Tempier rode to second place.
Stephane Tempier rode to second place.
Nino sits back on Manny s wheel before turning on the after burners on the last two laps.
Nino sits back on Manny's wheel before turning on the after-burners on the last two laps.
Gerhard Kerschbaumer rode to third place today in the men elite.
Gerhard Kerschbaumer rode to third place today in the men elite.
That s one more. Nino is like a runaway train.
That's one more. Nino is like a runaway train.
Sam Gaze s freewheel caused a huge loss in places. Gaze had to settle for 39th but expect to see fireworks from this rider in the near future.
Sam Gaze's freewheel caused a huge loss in places. Gaze had to settle for 39th, but expect to see fireworks from this rider in the near future.
Stephane Tempier is in the form of his life. Although Schurter remained out of reach Tempier took second.
Stephane Tempier is in the form of his life. Although Schurter remained out of reach, Tempier took second.
Manuel Fumic took the gamble and overtook Nino Schurter. Flat out. Schurter overtook him shortly after. Fumic finished in 6th.
Manuel Fumic took the gamble and overtook Nino Schurter. Flat out. Schurter overtook him shortly after. Fumic finished in 6th.
Carlos Coloma going low.
Carlos Coloma going low.
Ahead on all levels.
Ahead on all levels.
Consistent skilled and by far the strongest. Schurter takes another win.
Consistent, skilled and by far the strongest. Schurter takes another win.
Schurter and Tempier look back to see how far back third place is.
Schurter and Tempier look back to see how far back third place is.
Mathias takes his traditional post race seat.
Mathias takes his traditional post race seat.
Some had ha harder day than others.
Some had a harder day than others.
Maxime and Manny congratulate each other after coming in fifth and sixth.
Maxime and Manny congratulate each other after coming in fifth and sixth.
It s a wrap
It's a wrap!