Junior World Cup leader Vali Holl will be off the bike for at least three weeks after suffering a torn AC joint at Crankworx Innsbruck.
Bad news for Austrian pinner Vali Holl as she takes a digger at Crankworx Innsbruck, resulting in a torn AC joint. The prognosis is good though, and Vali reckons she’ll be back for the fourth round of the UCI Downhill World Cup in Andorra.
We’d like to wish Vali a smooth and speedy recovery.
Vali Hoell’s rise to World Cup stardom has been nothing if not meteoric. The young Austrian whose parents own the bike park at Saalbach has taken the Junior Women’s World Cup by storm. Not entirely surprising when you have facilities like that at home and a free lift pass.
A cursory glance at her Roots & Rain page shows that she’s raced 48 races at 23 venues. Not all that impressive until you see that only two of those races have seen her not on the top step despite some increasingly stiff competition.
Take a closer look at the individual results and the domination of the Junior field marks her as the next Rachel Atherton. She has consistently posted times close to her Elite counterparts, and regularly puts margins well into double figures into Anna Newkirk and Mille Johnset. A minor blip seeing her take silver to Newkirk in Fort William this year.
She’d make good that second place by putting eighteen seconds into Anna Newkirk, finishing only being seven seconds adrift of Tracey Hannah, a time that would have put her third in Elite Women.