The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano Chronicle
– What Happened? –
The downhill season of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano opened in Lourdes, France, for the third consecutive year. After sun throughout the week and during most of the final competition on Sunday, a storm moved in to dash the hopes of the final riders in the Elite Men's race.
In the Elite Women's category, UCI World Champion and 2016 overall UCI World Cup winner Rachel Atherton (Trek Factory Racing) took a convincing win, followed by Australian Champion Tracey Hannah (Polygon UR) and top qualifier Tahnee Seagrave (Transition Bikes/FMD Factory). Atherton now has an incredible 14 straight UCI World Cup victories, plus two world titles, since 2015.
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The men's race saw a storm blow in at the top of the course for the final ten riders - the top qualifiers - bringing blinding fog, heavy winds and rain, and making the course slippery and treacherous. Alexandre Fayolle (Polygon UR), the 28th rider to start, was in the Hot Seat at that point, followed by Mark Wallace (Canyon Factory Racing DH) and Marcel Gutierrez (Giant Factory Off-road). None of the top contenders could beat the conditions, with most finishing in the 60s and 70s, leaving Fayolle to claim the title followed by Wallace and Gutierrez. Fayolle became the first French man to win a World Cup downhill event on home soil since 1998.
In the Junior Men's category, UCI World Champion Finnley Iles (Specialized Gravity) was the winner, followed by Kaos Seagrave (Transition Bikes/FMD Factory) and Sylvain Cougoureux (Les Gets Intense). In the Junior Women’s category, Mélanie Chappaz (Dorval AM Nicolai) clocked the fasted time followed by Flora Lesoin and GT Factory Racing’s Alessia Missiaggia.
– What's Next? –
Nove Mesto na Morave (CZE) XCO #1, May 20-21
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Focus On Jenny Rissveds
In 2016, Sweden's Jenny Rissveds went from being a future star to Olympic Champion. The 23-year-old rider is trained by and races for the Scott-Odlo team of legendary champion Thomas Frischknecht. Rissveds will leave the Under-23 ranks for the Elite category this season, having won the Under-23 world title in 2016.
1st Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro (2016)
1st Under-23 UCI World Championships (2016)
1st Lenzerheide round of UCI World Cup (2016)
1st U23 UCI World Cup Overall (2015)
1st U23 UCI World Cups #1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (2015)
1st U23 UCI World Cup #1 (2014)
1st Junior European Championships (2012)
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