The final XC World Cup of the year provided more incredible racing at Val di Sole. In the U23 racing there were big wins for Line Burquier and Martin Vidaurre Kossmann as they also take home the overall titles.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot dominated the Elite Women's racing with five minutes separating the top five riders. Pauline backed up a perfect World Champs with both the XCC and XC wins in Val di Sole. Loana Lecomte tried to stay on the wheel of Pauline but would drop back and settle for a solid 2nd place to end the season. Jolanda Neff continues her strong form and finishes the day in third. Alessandra Keller crossed the line in sixth and takes home the overall title after also winning the XCC overall.
The Elite Men's race saw another perfect weekend in Italy as Titouan Carod led from the start to take the win by over thirty seconds. Nino Schurter fought back hard on the last lap but he would have to settle for second place. It wasn't too bad for Nino as he secured his eighth World Cup overall just a week after his tenth World Champs win. Nino is now also the only Elite Male rider to win eight MTB World Cup overalls.
Check out the results below.
Elite Women (5 Laps)
1st. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: 1:20:23
2nd. Loana Lecomte: 1:21:50
3rd. Jolanda Neff: 1:22:52
4th. Haley Batten: 1:23:41
5th. Sina Frei: 1:25:34
Elite Men (6 Laps)
1st. Titouan Carod: 1:22:02
2nd. Nino Schurter: +35
3rd. Jordan Sarrou: +1:08
4th. Victor Koretzky: +1:27
5th. Luca Braidot: +1:36
U23 Women (4 Laps)
1st. Line Burquier: 1:08:36
2nd. Ronja Blöchlinger: 1:09:20
3rd. Noemie Garnier: 1:10:05
4th. Giada Specia: 1:10:29
5th. Noëlle Buri: 1:10:55
U23 Men (5 Laps)
1st. Martin Vidaurre Kossmann: 1:10:29
2nd. David Domingo Campos Motos: 1:11:14
3rd. Gustavo Xavier De Oliveira Pereira: 1:11:19
4th. Mario Bair: 1:11:29
5th. Simone Avondetto: 1:12:27
Full Results:Elite WomenElite MenU23 WomenU23 Men
Live Race Updates:
The 2022 World Cup XC racing concludes at Val di Sole.
The Women's racing kicks off on Red Bull TV at: 12:00pm CEST (3:00am PDT, 11:00am BST, 6:00am EDT)
The Men will start on Red Bull TV at: 14:30pm EDT (5:30am PDT, 13:30pm BST, 8:30am EDT)
First up in the Elite racing is the Women and after the incredible short track race on Friday we could be in for some exciting racing. Riders are said to be loving the updated course this week.
The Pivot Cycles - OTE team takes a tour of the course.
Who do you think will win?:
Race Updates:3:20 am PDT
The Elite Women are off with a short start loop to start the race. 3:22 am PDT
Gwendalyn Gibson leads the race on the short start loop. 3:23 am PDT
Loana Lecomte now takes the lead with a high pace at the front. 3:25 am PDT
After the start loop the top five are:1st.
Loana Lecomte 4:522nd.
Savilia Blunk: +13rd.
Jolanda Neff: +14th.
Gwendalyn Gibson: +55th.
Linda Indergand: +53:28 am PDT
Loana Lecomte and Pauline Ferrand Prevot are starting to build a gap back to the rest of the race. 3:32 am PDT
The leading French riders now have a 20 seconds gap back to 3rd-placed Savilia Blunk. 3:40 am PDT
After lap one the top five are:1st.
Loana Lecomte 19:432nd.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +03rd.
Haley Batten: +314th.
Savilia Blunk: +365th.
Jolanda Neff: +53 3:43 am PDT
Three small mistakes for Loana Lecomte puts Pauline Ferrand Prevot in the front spot with a six-second advantage. 3:46 am PDT
We are not sure what has happened but Loana Lecomte has pulled back over ten seconds to go into the lead. 3:47 am PDT
It looks like Pauline Ferrand Prevot has crashed. Pauline is back on the rear wheel of Loana Lecomte and the fight for the win continues. 3:57 am PDT
After lap two the top five are:1st.
Loana Lecomte 35:172nd.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +13rd.
Haley Batten: +404th.
Jolanda Neff: +42 5th.
Martina Berta: +1:323:58 am PDT
Pauline Ferrand Prevot is putting the power down on the first climb of lap three to pull away from Loana Lecomte. 4:00 am PDT
In such a short amount of time Pauline Ferrand Prevot has built a gap of 23 seconds. The pace is very high as the chasing group led by Halen Batten is now over a minute back. 4:13 am PDT
After lap three the top five are:1st.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot: 49:542nd.
Loana Lecomte +473rd.
Jolanda Neff: +1:41 4th.
Haley Batten: +1:44 5th.
Martina Berta: +3:004:20 am PDT
The gap has now passed the one-minute mark between Pauline Ferrand Prevot and Loana Lecomte. 4:29 am PDT
Going into the final lap the top five are:1st.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot: 1:05:032nd.
Loana Lecomte +1:063rd.
Jolanda Neff: +2:06 4th.
Haley Batten: +2:50 5th.
Alessandra Keller: +4:284:40 am PDT
Pauline Ferrand Prevot wins the final race of the year and backs up her perfect World Champs with another perfect weekend.
Next up is the final World Cup race of the year with the Elite Men's race. Will we see the conclusion of Red Bull's coverage end with a record-breaking win from Nino Schurter?
Catch up on the flat-out action from Friday's XCC race.
Who do you think will win?:
Race Updates:5:50 am PDT
The Elite Men are off with Titouan Carod leading into the start loop. 5:53 am PDT
Alan Hatherly now takes the lead on the shortened start lap. 5:54 am PDT
After the start lap Alan Hatherly leads with Titouan Carod in 2nd and Jordan Sarrou in 3rd. 6:00 am PDT
At the first split on lap one Titouan Carod has built a five-second lead. Nino Schurter is sitting 22 seconds back in ninth. 6:03 am PDT
Heading into the second half of the lap Titouan Carod still leads with a small gap back to Alan Hatherly and Jordan Sarrou. Nino Schurter has ridden his way into fourth, 17 seconds back. 6:04 am PDT
The gap has been closed at the front of the race. Nino Schurter leads a group of four hunting down the front three riders. 6:08 am PDT
After the first lap the top five are:1st.
Titouan Carod: 17:022nd.
Alan Hatherly: +23rd.
Jordan Sarrou: +34th.
Victor Koretzky: +175th.
Nino Schurter: +176:13 am PDT
Titouan Carod once again attacks on the short sharp climbs and descents in the first half of the lap. 6:15 am PDT
Nino Schurter is making moves as he takes three seconds out of Carod over the whole of the first climb. 6:16 am PDT
Nino has caught Alan Hatherly and Jordan Sarrou. Already he is pushing on to close the gap to the leader. 6:17 am PDT
Luca Braidot has joined the chasing group, if these four riders can work together they might be able to close the 15-second gap. 6:21 am PDT
After the second lap the top five are:1st.
Titouan Carod: 29:542nd.
Jordan Sarrou: +193rd.
Nino Schurter: +204th.
Alan Hatherly: +215th.
Luca Braidot: +22 6:24 am PDT
A big mistake for Nino Schurter as he walks his bike over a small technical section. Nino still sits in third place. 6:24 am PDT
It will be interesting to see if Nino Schurter decides to switch from aiming for the win today to trying to hold onto the overall title. 6:34 am PDT
After the third lap the top five are:1st.
Titouan Carod: 42:482nd.
Luca Braidot: +343rd.
Nino Schurter: +344th.
Jordan Sarrou: +345th.
Alan Hatherly: +35 6:47 am PDT
After lap four the top five are:1st.
Titouan Carod: 55:462nd.
Luca Braidot: +453rd.
Nino Schurter: +454th.
Jordan Sarrou: +465th.
Alan Hatherly: +1:10 6:52 am PDT
A mistake for Luca Braidot on one of the short steep climbs sees Nino Schurter and Jordan Sarrou go past. 7:00 am PDT
Going into the final lap the top five are:1st.
Titouan Carod: 1:08:532nd.
Nino Schurter: +46 3rd.
Jordan Sarrou: +47 4th.
Luca Braidot: +1:115th.
David Valero Serrano: +1:42 7:03 am PDT
Nino Schurter has dropped Jordan Sarrou and has found six seconds on Titouan Carod. The gap most likely won't be closed, but a second place is more than good enough for Nino Schurter to take his eighth overall title. 7:04 am PDT
Nino has now pulled back 11 seconds on Titouan Carod, there is still a gap of 35 seconds but we are not even at the midpoint of the lap. It could be a closer finish than we thought. 7:07 am PDT
The gap is now only 28 seconds, if only Nino could have found this speed slightly earlier and we may have seen a sprint finish. 7:12 am PDT
Titouan Carod makes it a perfect weekend as he wins in Val di Sole.