Perfect start of the season! Camille Balanche (Elite Women) and Amaury Pierron (Elite Men) took the victory in the 2022 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup season opener in Lourdes, France, this weekend.
In the first race of the 2022 World Cup season, 32-year-old Balanche from La Chaux-de-Fond, Switzerland, finished the challenging course in 3:19.983 for first place in the Elite Women division. In the Elite Men division, 26-year-old Pierron from Brioude, France, took the win with a 2:47.111 final time. In the Junior Women’s division, 17-year-old Monster Energy rider Izabela Yankova from Bulgaria finished in third place.