Courtney Retains World Cup Lead With Second Place at Vallnord


Kate Courtney (l) finished second in the Vallnord cross country race
Kate Courtney (l) finished second in the Vallnord cross country race to maintain her World Cup lead (photo by Rob Jones/Canadian Cyclist).
(July 2, 2017) – Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif./Specialized Factory Racing) raced to another World Cup podium finish on Sunday, taking silver at Vallnord, Andorra, in the women’s U23 event and maintaining her overall lead in the World Cup rankings.

Courtney posted a time of 1:17:55, finishing 1:08 behind winner Sina Frei (SUI), who finished in 1:16:47. Evie Richards (GBR) was third in 1:18:39. Haley Batten (Park City, Utah/Clif Pro Team) gave Team USA two top-10 finishes as she crossed the line in seventh place with a time of 1:23:34.

Later in the day, Erin Huck (Boulder, Colo./Cannondale-3Rox Racing) was the top American rider in the elite women’s race with an 18th-place 1:32:23 effort. Yana Belomoina (UKR) took the win in 1:26:04, followed by Annika Langvad (DEN) in 1:27:41 and Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (NOR) in 1:28:00. Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Clif Pro Team) was 26th in 1:36:23.

In the elite men’s cross country race, Howard Grotts (Durango, Colo.) finished 13th in 1:25:47. Nino Schurter (SUI) posted the winning time of 1:23:28, followed by Mathias Flueckiger (SUI) in 1:23:46 and Jordan Sarrou (FRA) in 1:23:47.


On Saturday, the downhill event took center stage in Vallnord with American Aaron Gwin (Wildomar, Calif./The YT Mob) placing fifth in 4:08.796. Troy Brosnan (AUS) was fastest down the course in 4:06.236, followed by Greg Minnaar (RSA) in 4:06.456 and Danny Hart (GBR) in 4:08.642.

Gwin now sits fourth in the UCI World Cup rankings with 986 points, trailing Hart (1,374), Brosnan (1,121) and Minnaar (1,097).
Cross country and downhill action resumes next weekend in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, at the next stop of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano.

Full Vallnord World Cup results.

Vallnord Photo Gallery.


Elite men
1. Nino Schurter (SUI) 1:23:28
2. Mathias Flueckiger (SUI) 1:23:46
3. Jordan Sarrou (FRA) 1:23:47
13. Howard Grotts (Durango, Colo.) 1:25:47

Elite women
1. Yana Belomoina (UKR) 1:26:04
2. Annika Langvad (DEN) 1:27:41
3. Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (NOR) 1:28:00
18. Erin Huck (Boulder, Colo./Cannondale-3Rox Racing) 1:32:23
26. Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Clif Pro Team) 1:36:23

U23 women
1. Sina Frei (SUI) 1:16:47
2. Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif./Specialized Factory Racing) 1:17:55
3. Evie Richards (GBR) 1:18:39
7. Haley Batten (Park City, Utah/Clif Pro Team) 1:23:34
26. Hannah Finchamp (Kennewick, Wash./Clif Pro Team) 1:30:04
41. Ellen Campbell (Durango, Colo./Summit-Competitive Cyclist)

U23 men
1. Simon Andreassen (DEN) 1:17:14
2. Alan Hatherly (RSA) 1:17:15
3. Martins Blums (LAT) 1:17:25
65. Cole Paton (Cashmere, Wash.) 1:27:07
79. Jacob Sacket (Troy, Texas) LAP
88. Carson Beckett (Benton, Ky./Bear Development Team) LAP
92. Sandy Floren (Berkeley, Calif./Bear Development Team) LAP


Elite men
1. Troy Brosnan (AUS) 4:06.236
2. Greg Minnaar (RSA) 4:06.456
3. Danny Hart (GBR) 4:08.642
5. Aaron Gwin (Wildomar, Calif./The YT Mob) 4:08.796
32. Shane Leslie (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Defiant Racing) 4:20.655
38. Charlie Harrison (Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Intense Factory Racing) 4:21.943
41. Dakotah Norton (Atlas, Mich.) 4:22.669
60. Neko Mulallly (Pisgah Forest, N.C./The YT Mob) 4:26.975
75. Bruce Klein (Altadena, Calif.) 4:37.627
77. Luca Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C./Santa Cruz Syndicate) 5:49.179
78. Eliot Jackson (Westlake Village, Calif./Giant Factory Off-Road Team) 6:12.192

Junior men
1. Finn Iles (CAN) 4:12.847
2. Matt Walker (GBR) 4:17.820
3. Kade Edwards (GBR) 4:21.646
8. Nikolas Nestoroff (San Marcos, Calif./Intense Factory Racing) 4:33.202

Junior women
1. Megan James (GBR) 5:43.852
2. Melanie Chappaz (FRA) 5:59.826
3. Beatrice Migliorini (ITA) 6:14.520
4. Samantha Kingshill (Sacramento, Calif.) 6:18.187

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