World Cup #7 Mont-Sainte-Anne
Some race weekends are just simply better than others, and this last one in Mont-Sainte-Anne will not be remembered in the best way…
This difficult week began on Friday, when Camille Balanche broke her collarbone, crashing during practice. It was a bad crash for Cami who was dominating the 2022 World Cup overall series. She still has the hope of being able to compete in the 8th and last round in 4 weeks’ time in Val di Sole. She said,“I am already so proud of what I've been able to achieve so far this season, I was so close to achieving my dream, but that's part racing. I don't know if I will be able to participate in the last round, but I will do everything to try!”Despite this non-scoring rounds, she still left Mont-Sainte-Anne as the World Cup overall leader with a 119-point lead over second place.
With Cami out, it was all to play for in the final for Myriam Nicole. The COMMENCAL Muc-Off Team rider was clearly one of the fastest at the first splits but a puncture through the fastest part of the track dashed all her hopes. Even if she managed to finish her run, she ended her weekend in 13thplace. Afterwards she said,“Sometimes things don't go as planned, especially in DH. But I felt really good on the bike, I have a lot of confidence from all that. There is still so much to do this season, we will fight for it!”After this round, she moves down to 3rd in the overall and will have to achieve an incredible performance in Val di Sole to hope to win.
There are still positives to take away from this Elite Women’s final. Monika Hrastnik once again climbed onto the podium after finishing 5th! Behind her, a great performance from Mille Johnset (8th) who was not even sure she would take part because of a shoulder injury. It was also a great result for Siel Van Der Velden in 11th.