The mountain biker Valentina Roa Sánchez achieved her fifth podium of the season this Friday in the 2023 UCI MTB World Series, which competed in her seventh event of the year in Snowshoe, United States, in which the Colombian youth finished in third place in her category .
The Colombian cyclist, who had just achieved the first victory of a Latin runner in a valid DHI World Cup (downhill), at the stop held in Haute-Savoie, France, showed that she is at a high sporting level, by culminate again among the three best junior athletes in the competition.
Valentina, Transition Factory Racing rider, finished third in the United States, after completing the course in four minutes, nine seconds and 463 thousandths, just seven seconds behind the winner of the day, the New Zealander Erice Van Leuven, current world champion of the specialty, which won with a time of 4:02.208. The podium was completed by the American Taylor Ostgaard, who finished second, 5.946 behind the world champion (4:08.154).
In this way, the Colombian youth managed to add 45 points, which consolidated her in the leadership of the general classification of the season, in the absence of a valid one, with 330 points, followed by the French Lisa Bouladou, who accumulates 315 units, and who today finished in fourth place; and for Van Leuven, who is third, with 280 points (50 behind the Colombian).
Throughout the season, the Colombian has achieved a victory in Haute-Savoie, France (60); two second places at the stops in Lenzerheide, Switzerland (50), and Pal Arinsal, Andorra (50); two third places in Loudenvielle – Peyragudes, France (45) and Snowshoe, United States (45) and she finished fourth in Leogang-Salzburg, Austria (40), and in Val di Sole Trentino, Italy (40).
The Colombian’s next event will be in Mont-Sainte-Ann, Canada, from October 5 to 8, a competition in which the champions of the season will be crowned, and in which the Colombian will seek a historic title for our country.
Source: Fedeciclismo y Revista Mundo Ciclístico