World Cup #8 Val Di Sole
What a final finale of the 2022 World Cup season! Just a week after the World Championships in Les Gets, COMMENCAL riders took their revenge! Camille Balanche and Amaury Pierron became Elite Women's and Elite Men's World Cup Champions! Myriam Nicole also grabbed her own very convincing win on the last day of the season!
This was the most savagely brutal track of the season, and everything was still to play for in the Elite Women’s race. Camille Balanche made a speedy and impressive comeback after her injury in Mont-Sainte-Anne. She was still not in fully fit in Val Di Sole by any means, but she was there to try to make it happen. Myriam Nicole and Valentina Höll were also still in contention for the overall coming into the final round.
In the end, even if the pain was too much for her to ride at 100%, Camille Balanche was able to manage her run and set a time that put her on the podium, finishing 5th! It was enough to get the points to win the 2022 World Cupoverall! She said afterwards,“It was unexpected after my injury. I still can’t believe it! After my crash I thought the season was over. Finally, my 4th place at the World Championships gave me confidence. My final run was on the limit, it was hanging by a thread. I cannot believe it!”What an achievement, congratulations to her!
The other superb performance of the weekend goes to Myriam Nicole! With a puncture in qualifying she came down early in the final, but with a super-controlled and intelligent run, she never left the hot seat! Pompon took her second World Cup win of the season.“This win is really sweet. It's the kind of run I'm capable of when I'm riding without feeling the pressure. I now know what I need to work on to achieve specific goals.”With this performance, she also finished 2nd overall, just behind Camille. Monika Hrastnik finished 6th, Siel Van Der Velden 12th and Mille Johnset 13th.