The sixth XC World Cup of the year provided amazing racing in Vallnord.
Kicking off the racing was the U23s where Line Burquier took a solid win pulling ahead of Ronja Blöchlinger by 36 seconds. Third place went to Puck Pieterse 52 seconds off the pace. It was a new winner in the U23 Men with Carter Woods back at the top finding 19 seconds on Luca Martin. Riley Amos completed the fastest three, just over a minute behind.
Anne Terpstra made it back-to-back wins in Vallnord after winning here when we last visited in 2019. Anne ran a perfect race leading from lap one and managed to find almost a minute on Mona Mitterwallner. Another 30 seconds back was Ramona Forchini.
It was another close race in the Elite Men with plenty of riders trying for the win but by the finish line it would be two World Cup wins in two weeks for Luca Braidot. David Valero Serrano ran a great race and slotted into second with a hard-charging Nino Schurter saving a slow start to the race with third place.
Check out the results below.
Elite Women (5 Laps)
1st. Anne Terpstra: 1:15:21
2nd. Mona Mitterwallner: 1:16:18
3rd. Ramona Forchini: 1:16:55
4th. Laura Stigger: 1:17:04
5th. Caroline Bohé: 1:17:10
Elite Men (6 Laps)
1st. Luca Braidot: 1:15:31
2nd. David Valero Serrano: 1:15:41
3rd. Nino Schurter: 1:15:58
4th. Vlad Dascalu: 1:16:09
5th. Jordan Sarrou: 1:16:21
U23 Women (4 Laps)
1st. Line Burquier: 1:01:14
2nd. Ronja Blöchlinger: 1:01:50
3rd. Puck Pieterse: 1:02:06
4th. Noëlle Buri: 1:02:55
5th. Giada Specia: 1:03:35
U23 Men (5 Laps)
1st. Carter Woods: 1:04:14
2nd. Luca Martin: 1:04:33
3rd. Riley Amos: 1:05:15
4th. Charlie Aldridge: 1:05:29
5th. Dario Lillo: 1:05:37
Full Results:Elite WomenElite MenU23 WomenU23 Men
Live Race Updates:
The 2022 World Cup XC racing continues with the sixth round in Vallnord.
The Women's racing kicks off on Red Bull TV at: 12:00pm CEST (3:00am PST, 6:00am EST, 11:00am BST)
The Men will start on Red Bull TV at: 14:30pm CEST (5:30am PST, 8:30am EST, 13:30pm BST)
First up in the Elite racing is the Women and after the incredible short track race on Friday we could be in for some dusty laps. We are missing the likes of Loana Lecomte and Kate Courtney this weekend as they prepare for future rounds and with a new course we could be in for some surprises at the front of the race.
The Pivot Cycles - OTE takes a tour of the new course.
Who do you think will win?:
Race Updates:3:20 am PDT
The Elite Women are off with Laura Stigger leading as they face a hot and dusty race. 3:25 am PDT
Anne Terpstra has already built a five-second lead as they hit the first split on lap one. 3:27 am PDT
Alessandra Keller and Rebecca McConnell have caught Anne Terpstra to form a leading group of three riders. Top five after lap one:1st.
Anne Terpstra: 14:472nd.
Rebecca McConnell: +13rd.
Alessandra Keller: +64th.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +75th.
Martina Berta: +83:37 am PDT
A flat rear tire for Rebecca McConnell, she is quite a way from the next tech zone. 3:38 am PDT
As Rebecca McConnell falls back through the ranks Anne Terpstra now leads by herself with a 14-second gap to Pauline Ferrand Prevot. Top five after lap two:1st.
Anne Terpstra: 29:562nd.
Laura Stigger: +303rd.
Martina Berta +314th.
Alessandra Keller: +315th.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +32 3:55 am PDT
It's another rear flat for Rebecca McConnell in the same place as the last lap. 4:00 am PDT
A crash for Rebecca McConnell in the rocks as she tries to keep on riding with the rear flat. 4:02 am PDT
Mona Mitterwallner is on the move and is now sitting in fourth place as she is riding at the pace of the current leader.Top five after lap three:1st.
Anne Terpstra: 45:052nd.
Laura Stigger: +1:083rd.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +1:09 4th.
Mona Mitterwallner: +1:095th.
Martina Berta +1:10 4:07 am PDT
Already on the first climb of lap four Mona Mitterwallner has taken second place. 4:09 am PDT
There is now a chasing group of just Mona Mitterwallner and Pauline Ferrand Prevot. The pair are pushing hard but it will be tough to pull back Anne Terpstra. 4:16 am PDT
Mona Mitterwallner isn't gaining much time on Anne Terpstra but there is now a 16-second gap from Mona to Pauline Ferrand Prevot. Top five ahead of the last lap:1st.
Anne Terpstra: 1:00:192nd.
Mona Mitterwallner: +553rd.
Ramona Forchini: +1:304th.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +1:32 5th.
Laura Stigger: +1:35 4:35 am PDT
Anne Terpstra has a faultless ride to take the win.
Next up is the Elite Men's racing where we could see new records broken if Nino Schurter can take the win. Last week's racing brought the drama between Nino Schurter and Mathias Flückiger. We have just heard that Mathias is missing racing today after feeling unwell overnight.
While we wait for the men's racing to begin check out the highlights from Friday's race.
Who do you think will win?:
Race Updates:5:50 am PDT
The Elite Men are off the line as Jordan Sarrou and Victor Koretzky lead. 5:56 am PDT
Victor Koretzky is flying at the front of the race he has already built a decent lead at the midpoint of lap one. Top five after the first lap:1st.
Victor Koretzky: 12:012nd.
Jordan Sarrou: +93rd.
Vlad Dascalu: +94th.
Luca Braidot: +135th.
Thomas Litscher: +216:03 am PDT
Nino Schurter is struggling to find speed today as he sits back in 11th, 31 seconds back. 6:06 am PDT
Victor Koretzky has lost his lead as the chasing group catches him up. 6:10 am PDT
Jordan Sarrou has now taken the lead in the group of four at the front. Top five after the second lap:1st.
Jordan Sarrou: 24:522nd.
Victor Koretzky: +03rd.
Vlad Dascalu: +14th.
Luca Braidot: +35th.
David Valero Serrano: +136:16 am PDT
The front four riders are continuing at a high pace as they start climbing on the first half of lap three. 6:18 am PDT
Nino Schurter has been making back some places in the race but he is sitting in 8th, 28 seconds behind the leader. 6:22 am PDT
David Valero Serrano has pulled back 13 seconds in the first half of this lap, he is having a great ride today. 6:26 am PDT
The race seems to be slowing down as the riders start to bunch up. Nino Schurter is still in 8th but the gap is down to 21 seconds. Top five after lap three:1st.
Victor Koretzky: 37:572nd.
Jordan Sarrou: +13rd.
Vlad Dascalu: +14th.
Luca Braidot: +15th.
David Valero Serrano: +36:29 am PDT
Nino Schurter took 16 seconds out of Victor Koretzky on the last lap. If he can do this again then he will be back at the front of the race. It will be tough but we wouldn't rule him out of a podium finish yet. 6:31 am PDT
Sam Gaze is passing Nino Schurter to take 7th if this chasing group can work together they might be able to close the gap faster. 6:31 am PDT
David Valero Serrano is leading the group of five at the front of the race with Vlad Dascalu in second place. 6:35 am PDT
Titouan Carod, Sam Gaze and Nino Schurter have formed a chasing group with a 10-second gap to fifth-placed Jordan Sarrou who has fallen slightly off the leading riders. 6:36 am PDT
It looks like David Valero Serrano is really picking up the speed as riders are starting to fall away at the front of the race. Only Vlad Dascalu has stayed in touch. 6:39 am PDT
Victor Koretzky has been dropped from the front of the race, he is now eight seconds back. Top five after lap four:1st.
David Valero Serrano: 50:312nd.
Vlad Dascalu: +03rd.
Luca Braidot: +14th.
Jordan Sarrou: +13 5th.
Victor Koretzky: +13 6:42 am PDT
Nino Schurter is attacking up the first climb on lap five, he is only five seconds off the podium and six seconds back from 4th.6:45 am PDT
Nino Schurter has made it to fourth place, this is an amazing ride after a slow start. It's not impossible for him to join the leader with over one and a half laps left. 6:47 am PDT
From what we can tell Schurter could have pulled back around 10 seconds so far this lap. With just a 16-second gap remaining this could be another amazing comeback from the Swiss rider. 6:48 am PDT
The timing has just shown that Nino is only six seconds back. The front riders do seem to be slowing down but it's always dangerous to let Nino catch you up. 6:49 am PDT
Vlad Dascalu doesn't want Nino Schurter to join the front and launches an attack as they head into the second part of the lap. Top five going into the final lap:1st.
Vlad Dascalu: 1:03:032nd.
Luca Braidot: +43rd.
David Valero Serrano: +84th.
Nino Schurter: +205th.
Jordan Sarrou: +23 6:55 am PDT
Vlad Dascalu isn't slowing down for the final lap building a 12-second gap to the chasing riders. Interestingly Nino Schurter doesn't seem to be losing time so he could still climb the results higher although a win is probably off the cards now. 6:56 am PDT
Vlad Dascalu has dropped back into the chasing two riders, what has happened? Luca Braidot now takes the lead. 6:57 am PDT
Disaster for Vlad Dascalu it looks like there may be something wrong with his bike. 6:58 am PDT
Nino Schurter is now only 18 seconds off the lead and eight back from Dascalu who is really struggling. 6:59 am PDT
Third place now goes to Nino Schurter, this has been an amazing comeback. 7:06 am PDT
Luca Braidot wins his second World Cup in two weeks.