The UCI Mountain bike World Cup presented by Shimano Chronicle
– What happened? –
The 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano concluded on August 26-27 in Val di Sole, Italy, with Round 7 of the downhill (DHI) and Round 6 of the cross-country Olympic (XCO).
Competition began Saturday with the DHI. In Elite Women, Tahnée Seagrave (Transition Bikes/FMD Factory Racing) won her third race of the year ahead of UCI World Cup leader Myriam Nicole (Commencal/Vallnord). Nicole needed to finish in the top four to win the overall title and she did just that, finishing fourth. At this point, the title was settled, but the win for the day was still to be decided, and Seagrave, two riders after Nicole, blazed through three seconds faster to take the lead with only Tracey Hannah (Polygon UR) to ride. Hannah finished third, which is where she would end up in the standings behind Seagrave.
The Elite Men's competition going into Val di Sole was even tighter than the women's, with Aaron Gwin (The YT Mob) only 33 points behind leader Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate), and Australian Champion Troy Brosnan (Canyon Factory Racing DH) just 92 points back. Minnaar disappointingly flatted on his run and Gwin, the fastest qualifier, won, to jump over Minnaar in the standings and win his third straight UCI World Cup title and the fifth of his career. Gwin won with 1149 points, followed by Brosnan at 990 and Minnaar at 974.
Both the XCO titles had been decided prior to the final round, with Yana Belomoina (CST Sandd American Eagle MTB Racing Team) winning the Elite Women's title. She finished second in Val di Sole to Jolanda Neff (Kross Racing Team), who took the ninth UCI World Cup win of her career. Maja Wloszczowska (Kross Racing Team) finished third in Val di Sole and second overall.
In the Elite Men's competition, reigning Olympic and UCI World Champion Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team) finished an unprecedented perfect UCI World Cup season, when he completed his sweep of all six rounds. Schurter and Stéphane Tempier (Bianchi Countervail) broke away early in the race, with Schurter dropping Tempier on the final lap to win. In the overall standings, Schurter won the title with a perfect 1500 points. Tempier jumped ahead of fellow Frenchman Maxime Marotte (Cannondale Factory Racing XC) to take second in the final standings with 850 points, followed by Marotte at 772.
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– Focus on Stéphane Tempier –
Stéphane Tempier, who joined the Bianchi Countervail team last year, is having his best season ever, having just finished second overall in the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano. Tempier finished the 2017 series with second-place finishes in the each of the final two rounds. In 2016, he finished fifth overall. Tempier has won two French national titles as an Under-23 rider and a silver medal at the UCI World Championships as a Junior. He represented France at the London 2012 Olympics, where he was 11th.
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