With the men’s overall XCO World Cup title still to be decided, there was an interesting side story to the last round of the UCI MTB XCO World Cup in Val d'Isère.
Switzerland’s Nino Schurter went into the race as leader in the overall World Cup standings and just had to finish ahead of South Africa’s Burry Stander to take the title. He duly did and did it in style by winning the race. Burry could only come in 7th.
Nino’s Swiss compatriot Lukas Fluckiger made it a Swiss one-two in Val d'Isère with his second place. He was just 13 seconds behind his countryman by the end of the race.
Italy’s Marco Fontana came in third, 33 seconds behind Nino. Germany’s Manuel Fumic and Spain’s Jose Antonio Hermida took the remaining places in the top 5.
In the women’s race, Norway’s Gunn- Rita Dahle Flesjaa took the win with a commanding ride that saw her finish 46 seconds ahead of France’s Julie Bresset. Gunn-Rita took the lead on the first lap and never looked back. Britain’s Annie Last had her best finish in a World Cup race with her third place.
Unlike the men’s race, the overall XCO World Cup title for the women was decided last time out in Windham. The winner Catherine Pendrel finished 9th here at Val d'Isère.
With her win at Val d'Isère, Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa took the second place in the overall World Cup standings.
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If you want to relive the action from the men's race, watch again in Video on Demand on the redbull.com/bike player above.