The Italian rider with the Santa Cruz – FSA team managed to secure a spot on the podium in the last round of the World Cup in Val di Sole, finishing third in the overall standings for the season.
The Val di Sole ski resort in Italy hosted the last date of the 2022 MTB World Cup with favourable conditions for the sport and where Galfer Bike representatives rounded off the international season.
In the Cross-Country discipline, in the Men Elite category, Luca Braidot (Santa Cruz – FSA) once again put in a great performance, taking 3rd place in Friday’s Short Track and 5th place in Sunday’s race following stiff competition from his rivals. This is Luca’s fifth consecutive podium and he ends the season in an excellent third place in the final standings. Braidot races with a Santa Cruz Blur CC bike equipped with Galfer brake components, specifically the 160 mm (98 g) DB102WCL discs together with the semi-metallic Advanced G1851 pads in red.
In the same category, Frenchman Victor Koretzky (KTM Factory MTB Team) took his first podium of the season, finishing 4th in XCO and 8th in XCC.
In the Women Elite category, Martina Berta (Santa Cruz – FSA) ended the season on a high note, with a double Top Ten in Val di Sole: 6th in the Short Track and 8th in Sunday’s race. Among the other Galfer Bike representatives, Danish rider Malene Degn (KMC-Orbea) demonstrated remarkable regularity, coming in 13th and 14th positions, respectively.
In the Women Under 23 category, Italy’s Sara Cortinovis (Santa Cruz – FSA) achieved a well-deserved 6th position in the last race of the World Cup, allowing her to finish the season in third place in the overall standings. Meanwhile, Portugal’s Raquel Queirós (MMR Factory Team) finished 11th.
The Downhill discipline featured excellent performances by Colombia’s Sebastián Holguin (IJ Racing), 8th in Men Junior; Belgium’s Siel Van der Velden (Commencal Vee), 12th in Women Elite; and Matteo Iniguez (Commencal Vee), 14th in Men Elite, all of them using the “Disc Shark®” brake discs launched by Galfer in 2022.