The sixth XC World Cup of the year offered great races in Vallnord.
The U23s kicked off the race, with Line Burquier taking a solid win with a 36 second lead over Ronja Blöchlinger. Third place went to Puck Pieterse, 52 seconds back. It was a new winner in the U23 men, with Carter Woods back in the lead and 19 seconds behind Luca Martin. Riley Amos completed the top three, just over a minute behind.
Anne Terpstra has back-to-back wins in Vallnord having won here on our last visit in 2019. Anne drove a perfect race and was leading from lap one and managed to get almost a minute behind Mona Mitterwallner. Another 30 seconds behind was Ramona Forchini.
It was another close race in the elite men with many riders battling for victory but by the finish line there would be two World Cup wins in two weeks for Luca Braidot. David Valero Serrano drove a great race to move into second place while a strong Nino Schurter saved a slow start to the race with third place.
Check out the results below.
1. Anne Terpstra: 1:15:21
2. Mona Mitterwallner: 1:16:18
3. Ramona Forchini: 1:16:55
4. Laura Stigger: 1:17:04
5.. Caroline Bohe: 1:17:10
1. Luca Braidot: 1:15:31
2. David Valero Serrano: 1:15:41
3. Nino Schürter: 1:15:58
4. Vlad Dascalu: 1:16:09
5.. Jordan Sarrou: 1:16:21
1. Burquier line: 1:01:14
2. Ronja Bloechlinger: 1:01:50
3. Puck Pieterse: 1:02:06
4. Noëlle Buri: 1:02:55
5.. Giada Specia: 1:03:35
1. Carter Woods: 1:04:14
2. Luca Martin: 1:04:33
3. Riley Amos: 1:05:15
4. Charlie Aldridge: 1:05:29
5.. Dario Lillo: 1:05:37
Live Race Updates:
The women’s race begins on Red Bull TV at: 12:00pm CEST (3:00pm PST, 6:00am EST, 11:00am BST)
The men begin on Red Bull TV at: 2:30pm CEST (5:30am PST, 8:30am EST, 1:30pm BST)
First place in the elite race is the women and after Friday’s incredible short track race we could be in for some dusty laps. We’re missing riders like Loana Lecomte and Kate Courtney this weekend preparing for future rounds and with a new course we could see 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?:
3:20 p.m. PDT The Elite Women are in the lead with Laura Stigger as they face a hot and dusty race.
3:25 a.m. PDT Anne Terpstra already had a five second lead when they got the first split on lap one.
3:27 a.m. PDT Alessandra Keller and Rebecca McConnell caught up with Anne Terpstra to form a lead group of three riders.
Top 5 after round one:
1. Anne Terpstra: 14:47
2. Rebekah McConnell: +1
3. Alexandra Keller: +6
4. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +7
5.. Martina Berta: +8
3:37 a.m. PDT A flat rear tire for Rebecca McConnell, she’s pretty far from the nearest tech zone.
3:38 a.m. PDT With Rebecca McConnell falling back through the ranks, Anne Terpstra now leads alone by 14 seconds over Pauline Ferrand Prevot.
Top 5 after round two:
1. Anne Terpstra: 29:56
2. Laura Tiger: +30
3. Martina Berta +31
4. Alexandra Keller: +31
5.. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +32
3:55 a.m. PDT For Rebecca McConnell, it’s another puncture in the same spot as on the last lap.
4:00 a.m. PDT A fall for Rebecca McConnell in the rocks as she tries to continue with the flat rear wheel.
4:02 a.m. PDT Mona Mitterwallner is on the move and is now fourth as she rides at the pace of the current leaders.
Top 5 after round three:
1. Anne Terpstra: 45:05
2. Laura Tiger: +1:08
3. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +1:09
4. Mona Mitterwallner: +1:09
5.. Martina Berta +1:10
4:07 a.m. PDT Already in the first climb of the fourth round, Mona Mitterwallner took second place.
4:09 a.m. PDT There is now a chasing group consisting only of Mona Mitterwallner and Pauline Ferrand Prevot. The pair are pushing hard but pushing back Anne Terpstra will be difficult.
4:16 a.m. PDT Mona Mitterwallner doesn’t gain much time on Anne Terpstra, but Mona is now 16 seconds behind Pauline Ferrand Prevot.
Top 5 before the last round:
1. Anne Terpstra: 1:00:19
2. Mona Mitterwallner: +55
3. Ramona Forchini: +1:30
4. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +1:32
5.. Laura Tiger: +1:35
4:35 a.m. PDT Anne Terpstra has a flawless ride to claim victory.
Next up are the elite men’s races where new records could be broken if Nino Schurter can claim victory. Last week’s race brought the drama between Nino Schurter and Mathias Flückiger. We just heard that Mathias is out of races today after being unwell overnight.
As we wait for the men’s race to begin, check out the highlights from Friday’s race.
Who do you think will win?:
5:50 a.m. PDT The elite men are off the line while Jordan Sarrou and Victor Koretzky lead.
5:56 a.m. PDT Victor Koretzky flies at the front of the race, having built up a decent lead by the middle of the first lap.
Top 5 after the first round:
1. Viktor Koretzky: 12:01
2. Jordan Sarrou: +9
3. Vlad Dascalu: +9
4. Luca Braidot: +13
5.. Thomas Litscher: +21
6:03 a.m. PDT Nino Schurter is struggling to find speed today as he is 31 seconds back in 11th place.
6:06 a.m. PDT Victor Koretzky has lost his lead when the chasing group catches up with him.
6:10 a.m. PDT Jordan Sarrou has now taken the lead in the group of four at the top.
Top 5 after the second round:
1. Jordan Sarrou: 24:52
2. Viktor Koretzky: +0
3. Vlad Dascalu: +1
4. Luca Braidot: +3
5.. David Valero Serrano: +13
6:16 a.m. PDT The front four riders continue at a fast pace, beginning the climb in the first half of lap three.
6:18 am PDT Nino Schurter made up a few places in the race, but he is in 8th place, 28 seconds behind the leader.
6:22 a.m. PDT David Valero Serrano pulled back 13 seconds in the first half of this lap, he’s got a great ride today.
6:26 a.m. PDT The race appears to be slowing as riders begin to gather. Nino Schurter is still in 8th place, but the gap has shrunk to 21 seconds.
Top 5 after round three:
1. Viktor Koretzky: 37:57
2. Jordan Sarrou: +1
3. Vlad Dascalu: +1
4. Luca Braidot: +1
5.. David Valero Serrano: +3
6:29 a.m. PDT Nino Schurter took 16 seconds off Victor Koretzky on the last lap. If he can do that again, he’ll be right up there again. It’s going to be tough but we wouldn’t rule him out from a podium just yet.
6:31 a.m. PDT Sam Gaze passes Nino Schurter in 7th place, if this chasing group can work together they might be able to close the gap faster.
6:31 a.m. PDT David Valero Serrano leads the group of five at the front of the race with Vlad Dascalu in second place.
6:35 a.m. PDT Titouan Carod, Sam Gaze and Nino Schurter formed a chasing group 10 seconds behind fifth placed Jordan Sarrou, who fell slightly away from the leading riders.
6:36 a.m. PDT It looks like David Valero Serrano is really picking up speed as the riders at the front of the race are starting to fall behind. Only Vlad Dascalu stayed in touch.
6:39 a.m. PDT Victor Koretzky was pushed off the front of the race and is now eight seconds behind.
Top five after round four:
1. David Valero Serrano: 50:31
2. Vlad Dascalu: +0
3. Luca Braidot: +1
4. Jordan Sarrou: +13
5.. Viktor Koretzky: +13
6:42 a.m. PDT Nino Schurter attacks the first climb on lap five, he’s just five seconds off the podium and six off 4th.
6:45 a.m. PDT Nino Schurter made it to fourth place, that’s a great run after a slow start. It’s not impossible for him to close in on the front with more than a lap and a half to go.
6:47 a.m. PDT As far as we know, Schurter could have gone back about 10 seconds on this lap so far. With just 16 seconds remaining, this could be another amazing comeback for the Swiss.
6:48 a.m. PDT The timing has just shown that Nino is only six seconds behind. The front drivers seem to be slowing down, but it’s always dangerous to let Nino catch you.
6:49 a.m. PDT Not wanting Nino Schurter to ride up front, Vlad Dascalu launches an attack as they head into the second part of the lap.
The top 5 go into the final round:
1. Vlad Dascalu: 1:03:03
2. Luca Braidot: +4
3. David Valero Serrano: +8
4. Nino Schürter: +20
5.. Jordan Sarrou: +23
6:55 a.m. PDT Vlad Dascalu doesn’t slow down for the final lap and builds a 12 second lead over the pursuers. Interestingly, Nino Schurter doesn’t seem to be wasting any time so he could still climb the results higher, although winning now is unlikely to be an option.
6:56 a.m. PDT Vlad Dascalu fell back into chasing two riders, what happened? Luca Braidot now takes the lead.
6:57 a.m. PDT Disaster for Vlad Dascalu It looks like something is wrong with his bike.
6:58 a.m. PDT Nino Schurter is now just 18 seconds off the lead and eight seconds off Dascalu who is really struggling.
6:59 a.m. PDT Third place now goes to Nino Schurter, that’s a great comeback.
7:06 a.m. PDT Luca Braidot wins his second World Cup in two weeks.