XCM World Championships 2022: favorites, schedules and how to watch it
With the XCO season practically finished, there are still many mountain bikers who will extend their year with major events. The most important will be the XCM World Championships to be held on September 15 and 17 in Haderslev, Denmark. Here we tell you where you can see it and who are the favorites.
Schedule and where to watch the XCM World Championships 2022 in Haderslev, Denmark
The event organizer has announced that the race can be followed live online from its Youtube channel. It seems that the streaming will start on Saturday at 08:30 and HERE YOU CAN WATCH IT.
Program and schedule of the 2022 XCM World Championships
Saturday September 17th
- 08:35 World Championship Elite Men
- 08:50 World Championship Elite Women
Favorites to win the XCM World Cup: Pauline Ferrand-Prevot goes for her third rainbow jersey of the year
The Marathon World Championships is one of the last opportunities of the year for the most versatile XCO riders to win one of the most desired rainbow jerseys, although it is not always easy to stand up to the specialists of the modality and it is enough to remember how in 2021 the entire SCOTT SRAM showed up at this World Championships in search of victory and became a victim of its own kamikaze strategy.
Among the top favorites to win the women's race is the current XCM World Champion, Austrian Mona Mitterwallner, who after her debut in the Elite category of the XCO World Cup will finish the season trying to retain the title.
The recent double World Champion in XCC and XCO, Pauline Ferrand Prevot, has also confirmed her presence. The Frenchwoman wants to extend her top form and just after finishing, with victory, the Val di Sole World Cup when she announced that she will be in Denmark to try to get her third rainbow jersey this year. We can't forget that Pauline was already XCM World Champion in 2019.
From the powerful Swiss team, there will be the current Olympic champion, Jolanda Neff and the former World Champion in this modality in 2019, Ramona Forchini.
Nor should we forget that some local riders, such as Caroline Bohe or Malene Degn, could be encouraged by their fans to try to compete for the top spots on the podium.
In the men's race, the victory also seems very open as the course could equalize the competition between XCO and XCM specialists. From the first group stand out the Frenchman Jordan Sarrou, the Romanian Vlad Dascalu, the Italian Luca Braidot from Italy or the locals, Simon Andreassen and Sebastian Fini. The recently proclaimed XCC World Champion, Sam Gaze, will also be there, although it will be his first competition after breaking his collarbone less than 20 days ago and his form is not expected to be the best.
Among the XCM experts, we find the defending champion, the German Andreas Seewald, but also the rest of last year's podium, the Colombian Diego Alfonso Arias Cuervo and the Portuguese José Dias. Also not to be missed is the two-time World Champion in this modality, the Colombian Leo Paez.