XCO ends successfully and leaves space to DHI at UCI MTB Masters World Championships 2017

Competitions in the cross-country discipline ended on Wednesday, June 21st, after an uninterrupted day where the women’s races of the UCI MTB Masters World Championships 2017 were held in parallel with the men’s veteran races. A total of eight finals, with more than 200 participants, concluded the XCO until the next edition. Starting tomorrow, 300 athletes will train on the Vallnord Bike Park La Massana DH World Cup course to participate in the grand final which will take place on Saturday 24th of June.

The first to pass under the start arch of the XC Vallnord – Pal Arinsal World Cup facilities circuit were the 40-44-year-old racers who could not compete because of the weather yesterday. The first to complete his laps was Jens G. Hansen with a time of 1h01:54. The Danish went to the podium shortly after finishing his race as part of the medal ceremony which had also been postponned due to adverse weather conditions.

From 11 am onwards, the program has resumed normally with the events of the veteran riders. After the men 60 to 64, arrived in this order, Francesco Ferrari (36:02) Gary Moller (36:37) and Peter Harris (37:01), those of 65-69 and Masters +70 have made their first appearance on the track. In these races, respectively, the best were the Spanish Robert Baserba (41:01) and Christian Jupillat (41:42). For the latter, it can be noted that the Masters World Championships in Vallnord were his 17th participation in a competition of the kind, with gold medals included.

The last finals of the day were dedicated to the Masters 30-34 and 35-39. The first race of the afternoon was run by the youngest Masters. Best time for Manel Sánchez. The Spanish is followed by André Filipe, from Portugal, and the also Spanish rider José Miguel Suárez. For the last of the categories, the Top 3 is led by a Spanish followed by two French riders: José M. Guerrero wins ahead of Laurent Spiesser for 27 seconds and Thibaut Vassal for 41:35 seconds.

The Italian flag was the most honored during the XCO women’s competitions of these 2017 Masters World Championships. Two gold, one silver and two bronze medals were passed around the neck of Valentini Garattini and Monica Maltese, second and third category 30 -34, the winner being the French Laure Vauchelles. For competitors 35 – 39, we saw on the podium Chiara Selva, Eva Garrido and Neus Parcerisas. Finally, among the three dozen entrants who participated in the Masters +40 categories, the names are Lorena Zocca (ITA), Margarita Fullana (ESP), Maria Sedemark (SWE) and Pflike Lillian (USA).

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