[Updated with Overall] Final Results from the Val di Sole XC World Cup 2022

Sep 4, 2022 at 1:35
by Ed Spratt  
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.



Results:

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 Women


Elite Men


U23 Women


U23 Men




Overall Standings:

Elite Women






Elite Men






U23 Women






U23 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)



Elite Women

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.



Course Preview:


The Pivot Cycles - OTE team takes a tour of the course.



Who do you think will win?:

Who Will Win the Elite Women's Race?

This poll is closed





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 4:52
2nd. Savilia Blunk: +1
3rd. Jolanda Neff: +1
4th. Gwendalyn Gibson: +5
5th. Linda Indergand: +5

3:28 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 19:43
2nd. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +0
3rd. Haley Batten: +31
4th. Savilia Blunk: +36
5th. 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 35:17
2nd. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +1
3rd. Haley Batten: +40
4th. Jolanda Neff: +42
5th. Martina Berta: +1:32

3:58 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: 49:54
2nd. Loana Lecomte +47
3rd. Jolanda Neff: +1:41
4th. Haley Batten: +1:44
5th. Martina Berta: +3:00

4:20 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: 1:05:03
2nd. Loana Lecomte +1:06
3rd. Jolanda Neff: +2:06
4th. Haley Batten: +2:50
5th. Alessandra Keller: +4:28

4:40 am PDT Pauline Ferrand Prevot wins the final race of the year and backs up her perfect World Champs with another perfect weekend.



Elite Men

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?



XCC Highlights:


Catch up on the flat-out action from Friday's XCC race.



Who do you think will win?:

Who Will Win the Elite Men's Race?

This poll is closed





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: 17:02
2nd. Alan Hatherly: +2
3rd. Jordan Sarrou: +3
4th. Victor Koretzky: +17
5th. Nino Schurter: +17

6:13 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: 29:54
2nd. Jordan Sarrou: +19
3rd. Nino Schurter: +20
4th. Alan Hatherly: +21
5th. 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: 42:48
2nd. Luca Braidot: +34
3rd. Nino Schurter: +34
4th. Jordan Sarrou: +34
5th. Alan Hatherly: +35

6:47 am PDT After lap four the top five are:

1st. Titouan Carod: 55:46
2nd. Luca Braidot: +45
3rd. Nino Schurter: +45
4th. Jordan Sarrou: +46
5th. 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: 1:08:53
2nd. Nino Schurter: +46
3rd. Jordan Sarrou: +47
4th. Luca Braidot: +1:11
5th. 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.




65 Comments

  • 86 0
 Nice little speech from rob and the crew. Pretty emotional, will definitely miss robs voice and personality. Cheers mate!
  • 10 0
 Yes, will miss him so much too !
  • 18 0
 Rob with the shades to hide the tears. They cut to the highlights just when his voice started cracking
  • 18 1
 @leopaul: yeah, watching him choke up like that have me all the feels. The man, the legend. Feel empty now. So sad that there’s still no news on what’s happening next year
  • 3 13
flag mi-bike (Sep 4, 2022 at 8:40) (Below Threshold)
 @manybrouce: No news? We know the organizer, the broadcaster, and the race calendar.
  • 12 0
 In case any of my DH brethren want to see the tearful signoff, scroll forward to 'Full Commentator Team' at the end of the men's XCO race: www.redbull.com/us-en/live/uci-mountain-bike-world-cup-2022-val-di-sole-xco-men
  • 2 0
 @mi-bike: Who is the commentator?
  • 3 0
 I have only been watching for 2 years, but it was really sad watching them sign of, feels like i have lost a big part of me
  • 8 1
 @suspended-flesh: Did they really have to pick "Sail" for the montage at the end?
  • 3 0
 @suspended-flesh: 2h:33minutes thanks mate
  • 5 1
 @pisgahgnar: that definitely put a smile on my face and hope playing "sail" for the end was a very conscious decision. no better track to pay homage to this decade of awesome mountain bike coverage by redbull.
  • 1 3
 @pisgahgnar: HAHA that was weak and I hope it was some kind of inside joke! Only Sail On by the Bad Brains would work there....
  • 51 0
 I’m not crying, you’re crying. Thanks for everything Rob, crew and Redbull TV. Miss you already Frown
  • 18 0
 I know right? I’ve got some red bull in my eye
  • 15 0
 We need a best of Rob Warner compilation. C’mon Pinkbike, make it happen.
  • 39 0
 There are some big names on the U23 Men's podium
  • 6 0
 I see what you did there. And I like it.
  • 32 0
 What an emotional final broadcast. Shed a few tears for Rob - this job was made for him and its a massive loss to the DH/XC community that his voice won't be on future coverage. However, all great things come to and end and we're lucky to have had the last awesome 11 years with Redbull TV.
  • 16 1
 According to psycology, one can not feel two emotions at the same time.
But in our language there is a single word that states happiness and sadness at the same time (charmolipi is how it is pronounced). that is the emotion that caused me Rob 's little speech. They were an amazing team.
  • 4 0
 How about Bittersweet according to feelings.
  • 14 0
 Big shout out to the whole Red Bull crew, especially Rob. I've been riding on and off for over 30 years, but I didn't pay much attention to racing after the late 90s. In the fall of 2011, I happened to see a YouTube clip of Danny's run at Champery. Danny's riding plus Rob's and Nigel's commentary brought me back in. It feels like the end of an era, sadly.
  • 7 0
 Same here. I followed DH religiously up to Nico’s last World Champs win in Kaprun 2002. It was the end of an era. Going off to uni, losing interest in DH - until I stumbled across Freecaster in 2010 and watched the last race in Windham. Rob’s commentary made the experience so good, it brought me back immediately. Not only to watching, to riding as well. Haven’t missed a race since. End of an era indeed.
  • 13 0
 Rebecca McConnell peaked about 5 races early. Keller was a model of consistency Friday through Sunday all season long. Huge congrats.
  • 6 1
 Huge bummer for McConnell. She was miss dependable for so many years being always in the top 5. But like you said she peaked way too early, similarly to how Loana did the previous year. Bec crumbled hard and fast under the pressure. Hopefully she'll get her mind strong for next year
  • 11 0
 I think you are both forgetting the race where Bec was strong but her sidewalls were weak. That may have cost her the title.
  • 5 0
 I'm just speculating here, no expertise, but couldn't it be a valid strategy to peak early in the season? She was able to win several races before some of her strongest competitors were in top form. She had never won an elite world cup race before this year, right?
  • 3 0
 @ABhardtail: Your strategy sounds good in hindsight - I'm not sure she knew that some of the women at the pointy end were going to miss races to prepare for World Champs or miss them because they were sick.
Note she had come second a few times in the preceding years, and 2 x bronze at Champs and I don't think anyone was surprised when she finally won a few.
  • 2 0
 @iamamodel: You're correct. She ended last season strong; two 2nd places (and one was puncture induced).
  • 14 0
 Feel sorry for Anne Terpstra, after a really good season illness ruined her worlds and overall world cup hopes.
  • 3 0
 As a fellow Dutchman, I feel more than sorry for her…
  • 13 0
 Wait. Did the french win every single elite races this week-end?
  • 2 0
 And junior women XC
  • 3 0
 Yup !
  • 17 0
 Yes ! David Douillet will say it's suspicious...
  • 13 0
 We'll miss you so much Rob!
  • 10 0
 Would love a bike check on those BMC's, they seem to be working pretty well!
  • 6 0
 That course is so badass! XC (World Cup) is not boring in anyway shape or form.
  • 5 0
 That one drop followed by the sharp turn in loose soil was no joke!
  • 7 2
 Dans le cul le gros Douillet !
  • 3 2
 Le gars a dit de la merde mais il s'est excusé. Et le fait qu'il soit gros ne change rien à l'affaire.
  • 1 3
 @Ricolaburle: si hitler s’était excusé, alors tout aurait été OK ?

Il est ministre, il devrait apprendre à controller ce qu’il dit…
  • 2 1
 @Altair74: Non mais sans rire la comparaison complètement what the f*ck ! On parle de vélo là, le mec s'est posé des questions, pourries certes mais juste des questions, aux dernières nouvelles il a déporté personne, il a toujours pas envahi l'Europe, franchement faut réfléchir des fois avant d'écrire n'importe quoi et de demander aux gens de se contrôler! Non mais vraiment... Et il n'est plus ministre non, depuis longtemps déjà.
  • 1 0
 Does anyone know what was wrong with Luca Braidot's drivetrain in the final lap? Rob and Bart said something about a jockey wheel and there was a shot of his chain bouncing a lot.
  • 3 0
 Vidaurre back on form, and blows them all away, again.
  • 3 0
 Does anybody know why RedBull TV no longer has the cast to TV function?
  • 2 0
 Exactly 55 minutes into the Redbull men's broadcast.... did that dropper go down by itself!?
  • 1 0
 Looks like it did. Good way to keep momentum.
  • 3 0
 I wonder if Nino could have attacked a lap earlier and perhaps catch Carod
  • 2 0
 No mona mitterwallner?
  • 1 0
 Still not fit after corona
  • 5 1
 @m4k1: it was completely irresponsible to let her start last week.
  • 4 0
 @mitochris: well, she decided herself and did not tell anyone.

Agree, that was a very risky decision.
  • 3 0
 @mitochris: She also started at the European Championships. Right after her Covid infection as far as I know.
  • 2 0
 Good job america...
  • 2 0
 America responds - Thank you, I haven't heard that for a while.
  • 2 1
 Let the games begin!
  • 1 0
 Did Kate crash?
  • 1 0
 She had a mechanical, probably a flat...
  • 1 0
 She was stuck in 1 gear
  • 12 1
 Cyber attack on her rear mech.
  • 7 0
 @laupe: It hasn't been her day, month, or year, friend.
  • 1 0
 Nice one @snook !!
  • 1 0
 Cheers Tim!
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