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BEC MCCONNELL
ONCE AGAIN WORLD CUP LEADER

The sixth round of the Vallnord XC World Cup saw Bec regain the lead in the overall XC standings. Meanwhile, the MS Mondraker team completed the fifth round and continues its progression.

The 2022 World Cup continues to move forward and has already overcome one of the most difficult races on the calendar. Vallnord, which was marked in red since the beginning of the season, had brand new circuits in both XCO and DH. The Andorran event is the one with the highest altitude of all the races to be held and although bad luck struck the Mondraker riders, they all came out stronger to face the final stretch of the season.


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After two races in which Bec McConnell was not able to display the excellent condition she proved to have at the beginning of the season, Vallnord served to confirm that the Australian is back in very good shape. It was already part of the season planning. This was clear on Friday, in the XCC Short Track race, where she was fighting for the victory until the end, crossing the finish line in third position. 


On Sunday she also showcased her outstanding performance, riding in the front positions until she suffered a puncture that prevented her from fighting for the victory. Bad luck struck again with a second puncture that relegated her to thirty-ninth place. Bec gave her all until the last moment and finished in 21st position, which not only allowed her to regain the leader's jersey in the discipline but also added a lead of 112 to the second classified, Anne Terpstra from the Netherlands.


"Bec was happy despite the bad luck of suffering two punctures: "It was a very, very hard day in Vallnord. I've been waiting for this good feeling on the bike to come back and I've finally found it again here. For a short period, I even led the race, showing that I was at my best. However, those two punctures were not part of the plan, but that's racing. I think I can take a lot of positives from this race, but now it's all fresh and I have mixed feelings. I want to thank everyone for their support. They have helped me a lot to complete the race in the best possible way".

PMG RACING TEAM

On the other hand, Jofre Cullell had a great performance, riding in the front positions with the best riders for almost the entire race. Again, the effort took its toll and with half a lap to go the cramps struck again, relegating him to an extremely respectable seventeenth position.


Another good result was that of Francesc Barber, who finished 17th, just like Jofre. The junior rider was riding in seventh position when he suffered a fall. Despite this, the Spaniard held the position since then, achieving a highly impressive result despite the high level of demand.

MS MONDRAKER

Saturday's DH final was an unknown for everyone. The demanding circuit, which had the start at an altitude of more than 2,300 metres, was completely new compared to previous races. This meant that the final results in the men's and women's categories were not what one might have expected. And it was no different for the MS Mondraker.


After being a regular on the podium in recent races, Eleonora Farina was unlucky this time by just over a second. Ele, who is having a remarkable season, finished sixth in the tough Andorran race and although she was not too happy, the friendly Italian is still scoring points for the overall standings in which she is in fourth position.


In the men's category, the young Irishman, Jacob Dickson, was the best performer with a respectable 35th place. The rest of the MS Mondraker riders were unlucky in the final. After a good qualifying and showing a spectacular consistency, Dave Trummer made some mistakes that relegated him to the 40th position, with a very similar time to Brook MacDonald who entered the finish line in 44th.


However, Tuhoto-Ariki, who wanted to continue the good momentum after the good result in Lenzerheide, suffered mechanical problems that made him cross the finish line in 53rd position.  


With hardly any time to rest for the teams, the World Cup travels to the United States. A long journey awaits them all as they head to Snowshoe, West Virginia. This is where the seventh XC and sixth DH race will be held in 11 days.