[Updated with Overall] Final Results from the Vallnord XC World Cup 2022

Jul 17, 2022 at 2:29
by Ed Spratt  
A career best seventh in the short track for Gwendalyn Gibson. That s front row for Sunday s race.

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 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 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)

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 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.

Course Preview:

The Pivot Cycles - OTE takes a tour of the new 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 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: 14:47
2nd. Rebecca McConnell: +1
3rd. Alessandra Keller: +6
4th. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +7
5th. Martina Berta: +8

3:37 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: 29:56
2nd. Laura Stigger: +30
3rd. Martina Berta +31
4th. Alessandra Keller: +31
5th. 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: 45:05
2nd. Laura Stigger: +1:08
3rd. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +1:09
4th. Mona Mitterwallner: +1:09
5th. 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: 1:00:19
2nd. Mona Mitterwallner: +55
3rd. Ramona Forchini: +1:30
4th. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +1:32
5th. Laura Stigger: +1:35

4:35 am PDT Anne Terpstra has a faultless ride to take the win.

Elite Men

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.

XCC Highlights:

While we wait for the men's racing to begin check out the highlights from Friday's 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 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: 12:01
2nd. Jordan Sarrou: +9
3rd. Vlad Dascalu: +9
4th. Luca Braidot: +13
5th. Thomas Litscher: +21

6:03 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: 24:52
2nd. Victor Koretzky: +0
3rd. Vlad Dascalu: +1
4th. Luca Braidot: +3
5th. David Valero Serrano: +13

6:16 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: 37:57
2nd. Jordan Sarrou: +1
3rd. Vlad Dascalu: +1
4th. Luca Braidot: +1
5th. David Valero Serrano: +3

6:29 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: 50:31
2nd. Vlad Dascalu: +0
3rd. Luca Braidot: +1
4th. 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: 1:03:03
2nd. Luca Braidot: +4
3rd. David Valero Serrano: +8
4th. Nino Schurter: +20
5th. 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.


  • 31 0
 emily batty was top 10...
  • 9 0
 After starting 50th!! Thats a giant jump.
  • 27 4
 A lot of mysterious colds. Almost as if there was something going round *cough*.
  • 7 6
  • 7 1
 It used to be protocol for racers after intensity training and especially after a race to abstain from close contact with anyone; because their immune systems would be compromised, due to over exertion. Mingling with others would be postponed until full recovery from the hard effort.
  • 1 0
 A lot of racers are just taking extra rest to build to worlds
  • 4 0
 @user178323: Some riders do, but there was also alot of riders who where out sick that had planned to race today
  • 1 0
 DNFs are crashes, mechanicals and general issues with altitude. DNSs are covid.
  • 17 0
 Still shocked they don't have at least co2 on the bike. Quick stop get some pressure. Maybe that it will be the fix, maybe not but even if it's enough to make it easier to tech zone riding that would help time wise.
  • 6 0
 YES. I've argued this over and over. Throw a stupid co2 in your back pocket. With the noodles in the tires, a 20 second stop and hit of air could keep the bike rolling fine for quite a while I bet. Especially the top 10 riders, who losing 20 places could really matter at the end of the year. Losing 2 or 3 places only might be worth carrying something for a flat.
  • 6 0
 I’m with you. A co2 and a dynaplug? Can plug and air up in about :10. A can of gup could do the trick too. If he made a smaller single shot can it could solve a lot of problems
  • 4 0
 In our Statewide XC Series shortest loop is 5 miles (8.05km). A little less than twice the length of Vallnord.
A couple of CO2's and a Dynaplug Race tool always go into my jersey pockets.
In the last three years I've never been left afoot.
A very small weight penalty for a whole lot of security against the dreaded Hike-A-Bike.
  • 20 1
 If Bec had a duck it would sink
  • 2 0
 What’s happened to her recently? I’ve been hoping she’d keep up on her winning streak. I hope she comes back to form as she was on it early on in the season.
  • 11 0
 @Nickybgoesdownhill: She was on her A game today, but suffered two unfortunate flats.
  • 2 0
 @MDW83: thanks mate. That sucks for her. Hopefully she can catch a break soon.
  • 9 0
 @Nickybgoesdownhill: She was the only one who was keeping up with Terpstra in the first lap but then had two flats almost as far from the tech/feed zone as possible. Still an incredible job finishing close to the top 20.
  • 3 2
 @MDW83: Seems like it was mechanics fault for not having the tire pressure high enough. She was the only top rider having flats.
  • 3 1
 @PapaStone: More likely a bad batch of tires. It wouldn't be the first time. I've had it happen to me and fortunately not in a race. I had two tires purchased at the same time fail at the sidewall. Never had the problem before that pair and haven't since.
  • 17 3
 I truly hope all the folks skipping races to peak for world champs get crushed at world champs
  • 5 4
 It's almost guaranteed to end this way. I've been following these races for 30 years, and I can't remember more than a few times someone focusing on one single day's race, whether Olympics or World Champs, actually pulled it off. Why put so much pressure on yourself? PFP looks bad, compared to her regular self. Skipping races, and supposedly riding into form just doesn't seem realistic. Loana will march in there and kill everyone at world champs. She's got the mojo going. From the couch, it just doesn't seem realistic you can just train yourself into world champ winning form. But once again, I'm probably talking out of my a** anyway.
  • 3 0
 @shorttravelmag: This sport needs to heap a lot more praise on world cup overall champs and less on the "world champ." No more getting to wear the rainbow jersey for the whole next season when you won one race. It's confusing and dumb. Overall champs are the real champs.
  • 9 0
 Really proud of Terpstra ! Leading from start to finish is a great performance.
  • 7 1
 Great race from Nino, despite the slow start! That he could come back like this, and come in third, was good to watch and should give him extra motivation for that elusive record-breaking win. Hope he can pull it off!
  • 10 10
 Adds weight to the argument that he really was robbed last weekend.
  • 7 0
 Carter Woods is battling back from his illness of early this year, great to see his form returning.
  • 5 0
 I’m surprised so many sick riders, both in DH and XC. Something is going through the entire field really messing with the GC.
  • 9 27
flag mm732 (Jul 17, 2022 at 8:24) (Below Threshold)
 probably a poorly calibrated batch of tests
  • 8 16
flag Mirko91 (Jul 17, 2022 at 14:05) (Below Threshold)
  • 19 5
 Almost like the most infectious disease in known human history is circulating around the planet. Weird?

BTW, yes I know that Covid now has a mortality rate similar or less than common flu's in the West. Doesn't mean people aren't getting sick.
  • 10 13
 @salespunk: That's what happens when you dont take your 5th booster
  • 9 26
flag PauRexs (Jul 17, 2022 at 15:43) (Below Threshold)
 Sure... experimental injected drugs/gene therapy aka vaccines are safe! Specially on Elite Athletes...
Sad! Sad!...
  • 4 0
 Aww mitterwallner so close to winning! How many days left does she have to beat the record of youngest WC winner?
  • 2 1
 Nico was 16 when he won his first WC. Also pretty sure Evans and Martinez won before they were 20.
  • 1 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: Evans and Martinez were both 20 (or in that year) for their 1st WC win..
  • 4 0
 Pauline Prevot is having an unusually irregular season.
  • 3 0
 Full focus on the world champs in Les Gets, that's the only thing that matters to her.
  • 1 0
 @oxentiel: she posted a now deleted ig stories stating that the team photographer wasn't taking pics of her anymore. Now she has posted a new one exposing sensorship.
  • 1 0
 @vaqui: What? I don't get it ? Not being a snark or a dick just trying to understand what you mean. The photographer isn't taking pix of her anymore? Censorship?
  • 2 0
 @Thirty3: in some earlier stories pfp posted that she was reposting followers pics of her during the race cuz her team's photographer wasn't allowed to take pictures of her. Some hours after that she deleted those stories and posted a new one claiming that she was obliged to do so since it had pissed smne. This last story is still on.
  • 5 0
 even tho they said the split was mutual there might be some resentment between pauline and julien
And since this season (or maybe 2021 too) she is not that much with the team, she has her own mecanic and physio and stay at separated place
Unfortunately the personal stuff affect her performance, I don't know how long is her contract with BMC but if it's up for sure she will go somewhere else
  • 1 0
 @BiLKiNiS: She always had her own mechanic, nothing new about that. I don't know for the physio though.
  • 1 3
 @oxentiel: oui mais au début elle était dans le même stand que toute l’équipe absolute absalon et niveau hébergement aussi elle a poster des stories de repas avec toute l’équipe.
Il y a clairement eu un changement au niveau de l'organisation a voir si ca impacte ses performance sur le long terme
  • 1 0
 Mona was the fastest woman for 4 of the 5 laps*. As soon as she gets her starts down she will be a force.

*caveat Terpstra maybe could have ridden even faster if she was under pressure
  • 2 0
 I love the mix of old and new faces at the top, you never know how the race will end this year. Lots of great competition.
  • 5 3
 Actually a bit sad seeing the low engagement comment-wise on PB for what is a mountain bike race.

; )
  • 4 1
 Sure wasn't a shortage of comments or engagement on the last XC race. With so many top riders out this one wasn't too interesting.
  • 2 3
 @tacopop: 17 (!) comments so far, hours after the race
  • 26 1
 Looks like a bunch of the top commenters pulled out of commenting
  • 1 0
 Anyone know what happened to Koretzky? Didn't seem like a flat, looked more like a faulty rear derailleur. Loosing a 25 second lead on the second last lap is awful luck.
  • 4 0
 @ratedgg13: Dascalu
  • 2 0
 I just started it. With how early the race is for Americans, I'd bet many are about to watch or currently watching then will comment. The dh race yesterday was sick.
  • 1 0
 @whiteboarder: yeah like I said, it was an uninteresting race. After the last race in Lenzerheide there were over 500 comments here on multiple articles about the XC race and it's mysterious finish.
  • 1 0
 @Muckal: Ah, derp. Thank you for the correction. Not sure How I slipped up on that one.
  • 3 0
 The race started SUPER early for americans. Sunday morning is riding time. Race catchup is after you get home and relax.
  • 4 1
 @tigerfish50: Full focus on the world champs in Les Gets, that's the only thing that matters to them. I truly hope all commenters skipping threads to peak at world champs get down-voted into oblivion at world champs.
  • 2 0
 Dang! What a shame for Vlad. Anyone have confirmation on what happened? Looked like a really soft rear tire.
  • 2 0
 Vlad's tire was fine. He damaged his rear derailleur on a rock and had his chain skipping all over the cassette.
  • 2 0
 Great to see Carter Woods back on top!
  • 2 1
 Would tire inserts have helped Bec today?
  • 19 1
 *cough* 170 TPI pro-only Maxxis Aspens *cough* don't like loose and rocky.. *cough*.. just ask Nino how much fun he had at the Cape Epic..
  • 4 2
 I want to know when they are going to start using cordless drivers on the axles. Bzzzt! Bzzzt!
  • 2 0
 @iamamodel: seen it done but more likely to cross thread and cause damage with a driver plus not all that much quicker than hand in this type of racing
  • 2 0
 It looked like she used Ardent Race tires.
  • 1 0
 @cypher74: I disagree on some points. Watch how long it takes him to unthread and rethread her TA. Also, use a driver with a clutch and set it to the correct Nm.

Cross threading? Maybe, but the threads are pretty course and the opposite dropout has already ensured that the TA is perpendicular to the 'nut' end's thread. Compare to BBs which easy to cross thread because they are a fine thread and it's hard to tell if the bearing is perfectly perpendicular to the shell.

In the stand sometimes I find it is hard to get the axle to sit in the dropouts perfectly, but on the ground, they should be perfect. I'll try it on my own bike and see it I can do it ten times in a row.
  • 1 0
 Or maybe the right pressure for the cornering on the slalom
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