Photo Epic: Val di Sole XC World Cup 2022

Sep 4, 2022 at 16:32
by Ross Bell  




With the final spay of champagne the 2022 World Cup race season has come to a close in a hot and dusty Val di Sole. The action kicked off bright and early with the U23 women and there was only ever going to be one conclusion with Line Burquier taking the win and the overall to boot. It was one hell of a season for the French youngster, she took the win today in front of Ronja Blochlinger and Noemie Garnier. In the U23 men Martin Vidaurre Kossmann got back to winning ways and was rewarded with the season overall, David Domingo Campos Motos crossed the line 45 seconds back with Gustavo Xavier De Oliveira Pereira in third.

The elite women's overall was the tastiest prospect of all and that's just how it played out with the title changing hands through the race. Ultimately Alessandra Keller's 6th place finish was enough to leapfrog past Anne Terpstra and Rebecca McConnell. Overalls aside, the day belonged to one woman with Pauline Ferrand Prevot continuing her late-season domination notching up yet another win. Loana Lecomte held onto her for as long as she could but her compatriot proved too strong, Loana stayed second with Jolanda Neff third, Haley Batten fourth and Sina Frei fifth. In the elite men Titouan Carod showed his cards early but just like in Mont Sainte Anne he went early and managed to build a comfortable buffer that proved to be unbridgeable, another fantastic win for the Frenchman. Nino Schurter was the next best - confirming his overall title - before Jordan Sarrou, Victor Koretzky and Luca Braidot.

Thanks for a great year of racing - see you in Valkenburg, Netherlands next May.


The Valley of the Sun ready for a big day of racing.
The Valley of the Sun ready for a big day of racing.

Line Burquier looking to close out her season in the best possible fashion.
Line Burquier looking to close out her season in the best possible fashion.

Giada Specia and Sofie Pedersen lead the back into the first turn.
Giada Specia and Sofie Pedersen lead the pack into the first turn.

Ronja Bl chlinger took off at a furious pace but would eventually be realed in by Line Burquier.
Ronja Blochlinger took off at a furious pace but would eventually be reeled in by Line Burquier.

Noemie Garnier with a great ride into third in the U23 women.
Noemie Garnier with a great ride into third in the U23 women.

Line Burquier adds another win to her collection in 2022.
Line Burquier adds another win to her collection in 2022.

What can Line Burquier achieve in the coming years
What can Line Burquier achieve in the coming years?

Line Burquier takes the win in front of Ronja Bl chlinger and Noemie Garnier.
Line Burquier takes the win in front of Ronja Blochlinger and Noemie Garnier.

One hell of a season for the French youngster.
One hell of a season for the French youngster.

Line Burquier also wrapped up the U23 Women overall. She was joined in the top 3 by Noelle Buri and Sara Cortinovis.
Line Burquier also wrapped up the U23 Women overall. She was joined in the top 3 by Noelle Buri and Sara Cortinovis.

Martin Vidaurre has had an amazing run as a U23 athlete as he gets ready for his last race of 22.
Martin Vidaurre has had an amazing run as a U23 athlete as he gets ready for his last race of '22.

The U23 men are off in the morning sun.
The U23 men are off in the morning sun.

David Domingo Campos Motos throught the dust and into second.
David Domingo Campos Motos through the dust and into second.

A solid race into third for Gustavo Xavier De Oliveira Pereira.
A solid race into third for Gustavo Xavier De Oliveira Pereira.

Vidaurre on a heater leaving the rest behind as of lap two.
Vidaurre on a heater, leaving the rest behind as of lap two.

Martin Vidaure wins his last ever U23 race in spectacular fashion.
Martin Vidaure wins his last ever U23 race in spectacular fashion.

Your U23 men s podium - Martin Vidaurre David Domingo Campos Motos and Gustavo Xavier De Oliveira Pereira.
Your U23 men's podium - Martin Vidaurre, David Domingo Campos Motos, and Gustavo Xavier De Oliveira Pereira.

Vidaurre making sure he s got every last drop.
Vidaurre making sure he's got every last drop.

Loana Lecomte was hungry for the victory today.
Loana Lecomte was hungry for the victory today.

Martina Berta set to go on home soil.
Martina Berta set to go on home soil.

Jolanda Neff keeping it cool before the going gets hot.
Jolanda Neff keeping it cool before the going gets hot.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot fresh off acquiring the rainbow jersey is set for another big day on course.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot fresh off acquiring the rainbow jersey is set for another big day on course.

Jolanda Neff and Martina Berta set the pace off the line.
Jolanda Neff and Martina Berta set the pace off the line.

7th place is a good reward for Evie Richards after a challenging year of setbacks.
7th place is a good reward for Evie Richards after a challenging year of setbacks.

Jolanda Neff continued her super strong end to the season with a third place finish.
Jolanda Neff continued her super strong end to the season with a third-place finish.

Alessandra Keller s 6th place was enough for her to clinch the overall.
Alessandra Keller's 6th place was enough for her to clinch the overall.

Loana Lecomte chasing hard after Pauline Ferrand Prevot.
Loana Lecomte chasing hard after Pauline Ferrand Prevot.

Sina Frei digging deep on her way to the podium.
Sina Frei digging deep on her way to the podium.

PFP took to the lead after the first full lap and put the hurt in to the rest of the field.
PFP took to the lead after the first full lap and put the hurt into the rest of the field.

Berta put in the work and finished eighth.
Berta put in the work and finished eighth.

Haley Batten coming in to another strong showing. Fourth for her to close out the season.
Haley Batten coming in to another strong showing. Fourth for her to close out the season.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot s race was somewhat lonely given her dominance.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot's race was somewhat lonely given her dominance.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot was simply unbeatable at the end of this 2022 season.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot was simply unbeatable at the end of this 2022 season.

The two compatriots meet at the finish. Gassed but what a day out for these two.
The two compatriots meet at the finish. Gassed but what a day out for these two.

Jolanda Neff happy with her day s work.
Jolanda Neff happy with her day's work.

Haley Batten was another rider who really came on strong at the end of the season. 4th place for her today.
Haley Batten was another rider who really came on strong at the end of the season. 4th place for her today.

Youe elite women top 5. 1st Pauline Ferrand Prevot 2nd Loana Lecomte 3rd Jolanda Neff 4th Haley Batten 5th Sina Frei.
Youe elite women top 5. 1st Pauline Ferrand Prevot 2nd Loana Lecomte 3rd Jolanda Neff 4th Haley Batten 5th Sina Frei.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot makes it four wins in as many races between the XCC and XCO disciplines.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot makes it four wins in as many races between the XCC and XCO disciplines.

Alessandra Keller proved to be the most consistent racer across the season taking both the XCC and the XCO overalls.
Alessandra Keller proved to be the most consistent racer across the season taking both the XCC and the XCO overalls.

Titouan Carod with the look of steely determination.
Titouan Carod with the look of steely determination.

Nino Schurter gets suited and booted.
Nino Schurter gets suited and booted.

Luca Braidot has been a threat especially as of late. Today would be no different.
Luca Braidot has been a threat, especially as of late. Today would be no different.

Titouan Carod made his intentions very clear from the get go.
Titouan Carod made his intentions very clear from the get-go.

Jordan Sarrou through the dust storm finding his way to a podium finish.
Jordan Sarrou through the dust storm, finding his way to a podium finish.

David Valero just missing the podium into sixth.
David Valero just missing the podium into sixth.

Titouan Carod backs up his win from Mont Sainte Anne with a win of a similar fashion.
Titouan Carod backs up his win from Mont Sainte Anne with a win of a similar fashion.

Master of road mountain and style - Victor Koretzky sends it into fourth.
Master of road, mountain, and style - Victor Koretzky sends it into fourth.

Nino Schurter chasing hard through the deep dust.
Nino Schurter chasing hard through the deep dust.

The Italian fans were enjoying the racing and weren t shy when showing who they were cheering for.
The Italian fans were enjoying the racing and weren't shy when showing who they were cheering for.

Braidot climbing through a sea of roaring Italian fans.
Braidot climbing through a sea of roaring Italian fans.

Titouan Carod had his sights set on the top step from the get-go and basically left everyone in the dust. He led just about every lap unchallenged.
Titouan Carod had his sights set on the top step from the get-go and basically left everyone in the dust. He led just about every lap unchallenged.

The fight for the top 10 and podium postions was frantic.
The fight for the top 10 and podium positions was frantic.

One of three legends retiring from the sport today was Stephane Tempier. Merci Stephane et bonne chance
One of three legends retiring from the sport today was Stephane Tempier. Merci Stephane et bonne chance!

It s great to see Jose Gerardo Ulloa Arevalo s efforts rewarded with 7th.
It's great to see Jose Gerardo Ulloa Arevalo's efforts rewarded with 7th.

Marcel Guerrini with another strong showing in 8th.
Marcel Guerrini with another strong showing in 8th.

This afternoon was all about Titouan Carod.
This afternoon was all about Titouan Carod.

The wait for that record breaking win goes onto 2023 for Nino Schurter.
The wait for that record-breaking win goes onto 2023 for Nino Schurter.

Crowd favourite Braidot corsses the line met with cheers.
Crowd favourite, Braidot crosses the line met with cheers.

Vlad Dascalu was one of the revelations of 2022. That first win is coming very very soon.
Vlad Dascalu was one of the revelations of 2022. That first win is coming very, very soon.

What a year for Titouan Carod.
What a year for Titouan Carod.

Your Elite Men s podium - Titouan Carod Nino Schurter Jordan Sarrou Victor Koretzky and Luca Braidot
Your Elite Men's podium - Titouan Carod, Nino Schurter, Jordan Sarrou, Victor Koretzky, and Luca Braidot

it may not be no. 35 but the overall will have to do for now.
it may not be no. 35 but the overall will have to do for now.

Nino Schurter takes the overall over Titouan Carod Luca Braidot David Valero and Alan Hatherly
Nino Schurter takes the overall over Titouan Carod, Luca Braidot, David Valero, and Alan Hatherly

See you in 2023.
See you in 2023.



28 Comments

  • 48 0
 huge XCO/XCC fan. feeling melancholy.

Red Bull Media House was superb. they took these disciplines (and I'm sure the others) to the proverbial next level. free and on-demand! I'd love to be wrong, but anything else is gonna feel like a downgrade.

Rob and Bart were excellent. both authentic, humble, amusing, colorful, engaging. loved the combination of Rob's outgoingness and excitement with Bart's reservedness, background, detailed observations.

very well done. vaarwel.
  • 6 0
 Like you, I'm not getting that Warm & Fuzzy feeling about next year. I saw enough of the other guy's presentations at the World Championships this year to see if they don't improve drastically it's going to be a let down. As a case point, the only riders they really knew anything about were those that also raced on the road. Now I'm all for All Around Cyclist but these people knew next to nothing about the core MTB riders. No real knowledge base, no sense of history, even recent history in the MTB disciplines. I'm sure if you would have asked any of them "Who's "Gunn-Rita Dahle?" you would have gotten the blank stare of ignorance.

I hope to be pleasantly surprised but right now I have little optimism on the issue.
  • 21 7
 So much respect for Terpstra, Becca, Keller and the couple other female riders that raced every single race that was scheduled (Jolanda tried but got sick twice) instead of quitting on the World Cup to peak for one single race. As a fan who spent $7k dollars last year to go to the finale in Snowshoe only to have multiple women riders not show up or quit was super frustrating. PFP missed damn near a whole season for the rainbows.... big F'n deal. Nino wins the rainbows and the World Cup and makes every race and PFP will never win the World Cup because she can't go a full season, as apparently it's too hard. Kudos for all of those riders who did what they were paid to do.
  • 4 2
 In fairness PFP is probably paid to be a world champion year in-year out. So she's doing exactly what she's paid to do, regardless of your having had bad luck gambling on the wrong race. I'd imagine if the team wanted her to see out a whole season, rather than continue to represent her sponsors in rainbow stripes, she'd do it. You could make the same argument about MVDP going in and out of XC for a while (full season is too hard for him...) but that would be silly, right?
  • 5 1
 How do you spend $7k on a trip within your own country?
  • 5 1
 @iamamodel: My wife and I saved since 2018. We live in SoCal and flew to DC. Then DC to Lewisburg. Rental car to Snowshoe. Fuel. $600 per night condo on the top of the mountain for 7 nights. Event tickets. Food. Drinks. Merch. Tips. Airport parking..... $3500 each, I think we did really well.
  • 4 0
 @DBone95: And I thought / liked XC racing.
  • 3 0
 @iamamodel: Remember, it was a double DH event with a round on Wednesday and Saturday, plus XC. But yes, my wife and I both love us some women's XC racing.
  • 2 0
 @DBone95: I think it's rad that both of you love it enough to save for a couple of years and make a memorable trip out of it, and you get to share that enjoyment of something together.
  • 2 0
 @cmrn: Thanks for that! Even though my wife doesn't ride in any way, she loves women's XCO, and both men's and women's DH. I of course love it all. We had such a great time in Snowshoe that we are currently saving for a MSA's trip in 2024 to tide us over until the Olympics come to our neck of the woods.
  • 12 0
 A super season of great photos. Thank you PB Photographers.
  • 6 0
 As always, great photos!
  • 4 0
 Seems like error with "it may not be no. 35 but the overall will have to do for now", this should be 34?
  • 5 0
 Wow Pauline’s leg muscle in that left hander turn!
  • 1 0
 that jumped out at me as well. I'm no physio, and had to look it up: that is the duo of Vastus Lateralis and Rectus Femoris
  • 3 0
 That black and white photo of Line Burquier - thats quite a pic. Or perhaps 'pick' is more appropriate?
  • 1 0
 That was the fist thing that I noticed as well.
  • 2 0
 that photo of Evie Richards coming through that turn in the dust is FIRE!!!
  • 2 0
 Vidaure is gonna be a big problem for the elites next year.
  • 1 0
 Yes, i am looking forward to seeing his results in the elites
  • 2 0
 The one of Evie Richards coming through the dust!
  • 1 0
 why do so many of the riders have tape on their noses?
  • 2 0
 I think it's to help with brathing, but i have no idea how it works
  • 5 0
 They are nasal dilator strips, supposed to help you breath better. A little bit of reading shows that they are ineffective once you open your mouth. And yeah, I haven't won any World Cup XC races but these guys could be paid to use them, like those hologram stickers that for some reason no-one has on their bikes anymore.
  • 2 0
 it's like a breath-right strip, keeps the nasal passages more open. A lot of endurance athletes train to breath through their noses as much as possible as it's a more efficient way of breathing—adds moisture to inhaled air for smoother entry to the lungs and it can allow for more oxygen to get to muscles. That said I've never been able to breath through my nose under exertion.
  • 2 0
 @iamamodel: who knows about athletic performance, but I use them to help me sleep during allergy season. Big time improvement.
  • 1 0
 Thanks guys
  • 1 2
 Thanks 3





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