MTB World Cup: Alvarez de Lara Lu wins men’s 4X final

World Champion nose-wheelies to victory

Under threatening skies that didn't deliver any more rain on an already saturated course, World Champion Rafael Alvarez de Lara Lu made it look easy. Clad in his rainbow striped jersey, he won every round on his way to victory in the big final, and celebrated many of them by crossing the line doing a nose-wheelie. Romain Saladini (Team Sunn), Guido Tschugg and Cedric Gracia rounded out the top four.

"It was an easy race as I was first through each round," said Saladini through a translator after his final run. Saladini was all smiles after his race and he said he was not nervous for his first World Cup appearance since winning the World Championships just over one month ago. "I tried to race as if it was the same as any other race. It wasn't any different."

Behind Alvarez de Lara Lu was a chasing Romain Saladini (Team Sunn). The Frenchman was content after his race, his first back after breaking a finger at the FortWilliam round of the World Cup in early June. "It was smooth for me," said Frenchman Saladini. "I didn't see the crash."

Despite plenty of rain in the days before, which postponed the qualifications until Saturday, the same day as the final, the course was riding well thanks to an army of people deployed by organisers to repair the course Saturday morning.

"The track in the days before was challenging due to the rain, but today it was perfect," said Alvarez de Lara Lu.

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