NewsRacing 08 July 2018

Northwave’s youngsters Fagerhaug and Frei shine in Val di Sole

The Norwegian rider took the success in the U23 race of UCI Mountain Bike World Cup’s stage 4 in Trentino (Northern Italy). The U23 World Champion Frei won the Women’s U23 race with Degn placed third. The Elite World Champion Neff third in the Women’s Elite category

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup’s rounds confirmed to be a breeding ground for Northwave youngsters, as Petter Fagerhaug and Sina Frei clinched victory in the U23 races of the stage 4 in Val di Sole (Trento, Northern Italy), strengthening their leadership in the overall standings. On Sunday July 8th, the Norwegian rider preceded Frenchman Joshua Dubau (+18”) and Rumanian Vlad Dascalu (+20”), claiming the second win in the 2018 UCI World Cup, after that in the opening round in Stellenbosch (South Africa). Fagerhaug leads the GC with 280 points ahead of Dubau (200) and Swiss Filippo Colombo (187).

In the Women’s U23 race, the category’s World Champion Sina Frei took the third seasonal win in World Cup. Behind the Swiss, second place for Brit Evie Richards (+26”) ahead of another Northwave’s rider, Dane Malene Degn (+1’47”). In the overall standings, Frei leads with 340 points, ahead of Degn (280) and Richards (200).

Northwave also claimed the day’s top-3 in the Women’s Elite category thanks to the World Champion Jolanda Neff, third on the finish line behind Pole Maja Wloszczowska and Canadian Emily Batty, whilst Swiss Alexandra Keller finished in sixth place. Neff leads the GC with 975 points ahead of Annika Langvad (923) and Pauline Ferrand Prevot (806).

Three athletes supplied by the Italian company entered the top-10 in the Men’s Elite category: Brazilian Henrique Avancini placed fourth, Swiss Florian Vogel, fifth, Italian Gioele Bertolini ninth. The World Champion Nino Schurter won the race preceding Italian Gerhard Kerschbaumer and Dutchman Mathieu Van der Poel.

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