2022 Vallnord XCO World Cup: favorites, schedules and how to watch
The 2022 Vallnord XCO World Cup will take place from July 15 to 17 with the excitement in full swing after the eventful competition in Lenzerheide, and it comes after two blank years for one of the favorite circuits of amateurs and professionals. Here we leave you all the information so as not to miss the race and to know how the favorites arrive.
Who won the last Vallnord World Cup ?
A lot has happened since the last World Cup held in Vallnord in 2019, but as soon as we remind you some moments of that race you will see that in the competitive aspect there may not be so many changes.
In the women's race, Anne Terpstra from the Netherlands was the winner of the XCO race while Jolanda Neff won the Short Track. In addition, this race will be remembered as the reappearance of Jenny Rissveds on the podium after being practically retired from the sport.
In the men's race, Nino Schurter was living a very complicated season in which it seemed that his dominance was coming to an end. Even so, Schurter won in Vallnord after an intense end of the race together with his compatriot Mathias Fluckiger (you know him from somewhere). Henrique Avancini took the victory in the Short Track.
As you can see, although it has been two years since these results were produced, it would not be unusual for them to be repeated in 2022.
Favorites for the victory in the 2022 Vallnord XCO World Cup
After the drama lived in Lenzerheide, the Vallnord XCO World Cup will be a hot pot in which we will see how it turns out for the two top favorites for the victory: Mathias Flueckiger and Nino Schurter.
Schurter is about to get the 34th victory that will leave him in the history books as the maximum winner of World Cup races, and Vallnord is a circuit that a priori benefits him. But we will have to see how the competition with Mathias Flueckiger goes, the level of the two Swiss will allow them to fight again for the victory and we will see if the tension this time does not end in the same way as in Lenzerheide.
Throughout the season we have already seen that the number of favorites grows with each race, but for Vallnord we believe that there are two riders who have many options to be on the podium again, the Spanish David Valero and the Romanian Vlad Dascalu. Valero won the Catalan Cup of Vallnord in this new circuit a few weeks ago and Vlad already knows what it is to win here in U-23 and comes with a lot of desire after a crash in Lenzerheide left him without options to contest the victory.
Another rider who has not been off the podium in recent races is Alan Hatherly, the Cannodale Factory Racing rider has become a safe value and we will not be surprised to see him at the front in Vallnord.
Favorites to win in Vallnord
The women's competition is as close and exciting as usual. There is no such thing as a boring race and Vallnord is sure to be no exception.
The French rider Loana Lecomte seems to be in excellent form with two consecutive victories, in Leogang and Lenzerheide, but the Swedish Jenny Rissveds is getting closer and closer to victory and this circuit is very special for her. No doubt these are our two big favorites to win.
Dutch Anne Terpstra already proved in 2019 that this circuit is good for her by getting her first World Cup victory here, which makes her one of the favorites for the podium on Sunday. For her part, Kate Courtney seems to be regaining sensations in competition and is getting closer and closer to enter the Top 5 again, will it be in Vallnord?
Although Pauline Ferrand Prevot is not having a very consistent season, her big goal of the year is the World Cup in Les Gets, and her performance seems to be improving as we get closer to the date. The Vallnord World Cup could be a good event to see her reappear again in her fight for victory.
Where and when to watch of the 2022 Vallnord XCO and XCC World Cup
The Vallnord 2022 World Cup can be watched live and free online from the RedBull TVm website for both the Short Track on Friday (women and men) and the XCO race on Sunday.
Schedule to watch the 2022 Vallnord XCO World Cup
Friday, July 15, 2022
- 17:30 Short Track Women Elite - WATCH HERE
- 18:15 Short Track Men Elite - WATCH HERE
Sunday, July 17, 2022
- 08:30 World Cup XCO – Women Under 23
- 10:15 World Cup XCO – Men Under 23
- 12:20 World Cup XCO – Women Elite - WATCH HERE
- 14:50 World Cup XCO – Men Elite - WATCH HERE