Shaw takes 3rd in juniors downhill at Val di Sole MTB World Cup

  
  


Luca Shaw took third in the junior men's race
Luca Shaw took third in the junior men's downhill Photo: Rob Jones

Val di Sole, Italy (June 16, 2013) — At the first UCI Mountain Bike World Cup of the season that featured competitions in all three disciplines at the same venue,  Luca Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C./Specialized Racing DH) was the highest-placing American after riding to third in the men’s juniors downhill race on Sunday. In all, American riders earned 11 top-20 finishes in Val di Sole, Italy.

Shaw, who won the juniors downhill races at the Gravity Open at Plattekill Mountain and the Sea Otter Classic earlier this year and then placed seventh last week at the first downhill world cup of the season, finished just .188 of a second behind the winner, Dean Lucas of Australia, and less than three one-hundredths of a second behind runner-up Phil Atwill (GBR/Madison Saracen Downhill Team).

Americans scored four other top-20 finishes in the elite downhill races. On the men’s side, 2011 and 2012 World Cup overall standings winner Aaron Gwin (Wildomar, Calif./Specialized Racing DH) took fifth, while Neko Mulally (Reading, Pa./Trek World Racing) came in at 15th. In the women’s race, Jill Kintner (Seattle, Wash./Team Norco International) finished 12th and Jacqueline Harmony (Tucson, Ariz./Team Harmony Pivot) crossed the line to place 18th.

Cross-Country Eliminator Starts Things Off

The cross-country eliminator kicked off competition in Val di Sole on Thursday. While no American men made it out of the qualifying round, Deidre York (Boulder, Colo./The Gear Movement Pro Cycling Team) led the way for the women with a 19th-place finish. Right behind her was Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif./Whole Athletes) in 20th.

Sepp Kuss
Sepp Kuss finished 25th in his first U23 world cup race. Photo: Rob Jones

Cross-Country Competitions

Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Specialized Factory Racing) landed in the top 10 of the elite women for her second consecutive world cup after a strong outing had her finishing eighth. Mary McConneloug (Chilmark, Mass./Kenda-Seven-Stan’s No Tubes) placed 20th as the next American to cross the line. Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif./Whole Athletes) also scored a top-20 result when she placed 14th in the juniors women’s race.

In the U23 men’s race, Kerry Werner (Banner Elk, N.C./BMC U23 Development Team) had a solid ride in an especially strong field to take 20th. He was followed shortly after by Sepp Kuss (Durango, Colo./Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Devo), who in his first year as a U23 rider battled back from a back row call-up to finish 25th.

The next world cup for all three disciplines — cross-country, eliminator and downhill — will be held in Vallnord, Andorra, on July 27 and 28.  

2013 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup
Val di Sole, Italy
June 13-16, 2013

FULL RESULTS | PHOTO GALLERY

Women’s Cross-Country Eliminator
1. Alexandra Engen (SWE/Ghost Factory Racing Team)
2. Kathrin Stirnemann (SUI/Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team)
3. Linda Indergand (SUI/Stubi MTB Kader)
19. Deidre York (Boulder, Colo./The Gear Movement Pro Cycling Team)
20. Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif./Whole Athletes)
25. Shayna Powless (Roseville, Calif./BMC Mountain Bike Development Team USA)

Women’s U23 Cross-Country
1. Yana Belomoyna (UKR/Superior Brentjens Mountain Bike Racing Team) 1:22:45
2. Rebecca Henderson (AUS/Trek Factory Racing) +0:35
3. Andrea Waldis (SUI/Team Colnago Sudtirol) +1.28
25. Deidre York (Boulder, Colo./The Gear Movement Pro Cycling Team) -1 lap
35. Shayna Powless (Roseville, Calif./BMC Mountain Bike Development Team USA) -1 lap

Women’s Juniors Cross-Country
1. Olga Terentyeva (RUS) 1:12:07
2. Emilie Collomb (ITA/Bi&esse Carrera) +0:33
3. Greta Weithaler (ITA) +0:33
14. Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif./Whole Athletes) +9:22

Women’s Elite Cross-Country
1. Tanja Zakelj (SLO/Unior Tools Team) 1:36:37
2. Katerina Nash (CZE/Luna Pro Team) +0:20
3. Emily Batty (CAN/Trek Factory Racing) +0:50
8. Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Specialized Factory Racing) +3:14
20. Mary McConneloug (Chilmark, Mass./Kenda-Seven-Stan’s No Tubes) +8:47
22. Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./Luna Pro Team) +9:45

Men’s Elite Cross-Country
1. Nino Schurter (SUI/Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team) 1:32:47
2. Julien Absalon (FRA/BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team) +0:03
3. Jaroslav Kulhavy (CZE/Specialized Racing XC) +1:57
73. Michael Broderick (Chilmark, Mass./ Kenda-Seven-Stan’s No Tubes) -3 laps

Men’s U23 Cross-Country
1. Markus Schulte-Luenzum (GER/Focus XC Team) 1:22:43
2. Daniele Braidot (ITA) +1:19
3. Nicholas Pettina (ITA) +2:04
20. Kerry Werner (Banner Elk, N.C./BMC U23 Development Team) +7:01
25. Sepp Kuss (Durango, Colo./Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Devo) +8:27
36. Keegan Swenson (Park City, Utah/Cannondale Factory Racing) +10:44
46. Russell Finsterwald (Colorado Springs, Colo./Trek Factory Racing) -1 lap
62. Casey Williams (Big Bear City, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized) -2 laps
83. Payson McElveen (Durango, Colo./Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Devo) -4 laps

Men’s Juniors Downhill
1. Dean Lucas (AUS) 3:24.630
2. Phil Atwill (GBR/Madison Saracen Downhill Team) +0.160
3. Luca Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C./Specialized Racing DH) +0.188
21. Luca Cometti (San Diego, Calif./Nema Nukeproof) +12.226
36. Walker Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C./Specialized Racing DH) +22.739
42. Jay Fesperman (Davidson, N.C./ Yeti-Fox Shox Factory Racing Team) +25.885
49. Kevin Littlefield (Auburn, Wash.) +31.602

Women’s Elite Downhill
1. Rachel Atherton (GBR/GT Factory Racing) 3:43.810
2. Emmeline Ragot (FRA/Lapierre Gravity Republic) +5.235
3. Floriane Pugin (FRA/Gstaad-Scott) +12.053
12. Jill Kintner (Seattle, Wash./Team Norco International) +28.856
18. Jacqueline Harmony (Tucson, Ariz./Team Harmony Pivot) +44.132

Men’s Elite Downhill
1. Gee Atherton (GBR/GT Factory Racing) 3:12.185
2. Steve Smith (CAN/DeVinci Global Racing) +1.001
3. Greg Minnaar (RSA/Santa Cruz Syndicate) +1.250
6. Aaron Gwin (Wildomar, Calif./Specialized Racing DH) +4.123
15. Neko Mulally (Reading, Pa./Trek World Racing) +9.826
29. Luke Strobel (Issaquah, Wash./Evil Vengeance Tour) +13.921
32. Austin Warren (Alpine, Calif./Pivot Cycles Factory DH Team) +14.600
68. Kevin Aiello (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./KHS Factory Racing) 26.479
69. Logan Binggeli (Saint George, Utah/KHS Bicycles) +27.979
76. Richard Rude Jr. (Redding, Conn./Yeti-Fox Shox Factory Race Team) +50.574



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