Frenchman Jordan Sarrou destroyed his cross-country opponents on his way to winning the World Cup XC series in 2014 as a U23 competitor. With French racers on the rise in every mountain bike discipline, the BH Suntour KMC rider may be on his way back to the podium at the highest level of the sport. Sarrou will be racing his dual-suspension machine at Val di Sole, the BH Lynx Race, which is a new, 2018 model for the Spanish bike maker. The VDS cross-country circuit has been criticized by some as lacking the technically challenging features that have recently transformed the genre,so Sarrou may be taking a risk. The gravel-road climbs here favor the advantage that rigid frames offer when crushing tall gears out of the saddle. Conversely, however, the Frenchman's choice could turn the tide later in the race, using energy saved over Val di Sole's high-speed rock gardens to deliver the goods in the final laps. We shall see.