Snowshoe XCO World Cup 2022: favorites, schedules and how to watch it
The Snowshoe 2022 World Cup, in West Virginia, moves one more year the best XCO in the world to the U.S. It will be held from July 29 to 31 and here we review who are the main favorites for the victory, schedules (taking into account the time change) and where to watch it live.
When and where to watch the Snowshoe MTB World Cup 2022
The Snowhoe World Cup 2022 can be watched live and free online from the RedBull TV website, both the Short Track on Friday and the XCO race on Sunday. Here is the schedule with the time for UK.
Friday - July 29, 2022
Saturday, July 30, 2022
- XCO UCI Junior Series - MEN
- 10:15 XCO UCI Junior Series - WOMEN
- 14:00 XCO U23 - MEN
- 15:30 XCO U23 - WOMEN
Sunday, July 31, 2022
Who won the last Snowshoe World Cup?
In 2021, Snowshoe was the last World Cup event and we witnessed one of the most exciting races of the season. In the men's race, American Christopher Blevins won in front of his home crowd after a heart-stopping last lap alongside Vlad Dascalu and Nino Schurter. In the women's race, the British Evie Richards, who had just won the World Championship, set a pace that was impossible for her rivals to follow. Richards thus signed a perfect weekend in which she won the Short Track and the XCO event.
Favorites to win the Snowshoe XCO World Cup 2022
In this second half of the season, the favorites to win a World Cup race seem to have multiplied after the great performance of some riders who started the year in a more discreet way. This is the case of the Swiss Alessandra Keller, who won the Vallnord Short Track and in the XCO races is becoming more and more constant in the top positions.
For her part, the young Austrian Mona Mitterwallner made one of her best races in Vallnord after an epic comeback that left her in second place on the podium. She comes after winning the Austrian XCO nationals last weekend and it would not be unusual for her to win her first Elite World Cup at Snowshoe.
Two of the strongest candidates for victory in Showshoe are Australian Bec McConnell and Swedish Jenny Rissveds. McConnell leads the overall standings and in Vallnord she shined again as she did at the beginning of the season, only two flats left her out of the fight for the victory. For her part, Jenny Rissveds has been in the Top 3 of all the World Cup races she has competed in, and in the USA she arrives with the motivation of competing in the country of origin of the main sponsor of her team, Ibis Cycles.
Another favorite, at least for the podium, will be the American Kate Courtney. The SCOTT SRAM rider is not at her best, but she is competing at home and skipped the Vallnord race to have time to prepare for the end of the season and this event in particular.
Still to be confirmed, Great Britain's Evie Richards and France's Loana Lecomte could be the most important casualties at Snowshoe. Richards is still recovering from her back injury and later Covid, while Loana Lecomte could continue her training block for the World Championship.
Podium favorites for the 2022 Snowshoe XCO World Cup
In the men's race, the number of favorites continues to be very high and, far from seeing any weakening, the only thing that appears are new riders capable of winning any World Cup race.
Nino Schurter continues his particular journey towards his 34th career World Cup victory, which would make him the cyclist with the highest number of victories in history. His performance does not decline and in Snowshoe last year only a flat tire in the last half lap deprived him of the victory. So he will start as the top favorite.
American Cris Blevins is not having very outstanding results this season, but he competes at home and last year he won here, so he will surely try to repeat a great performance.
Vlad Dascalu is still struggling to win in the World Cup. First it was a sprint with Pidcock, then a crash and the last one was a broken spoke in Vallnord when he was alone in first position. He should manage to win at any time and in 2021 he was second at Snowshoe.
The Spanish rider David Valero seems to have no limits this season and does not cease to surprise us in every race. In Vallnord he was second and it is already impossible not to put him as one of the favorites for the podium.
Switzerland's Mathias Fluckiger will be the most important absentee from the race, but will not start due to a recent Covid-19 infection.
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