Months of preparation and waiting finally paid off, as the 2022 WES UCI E-Mountain Bike World Cup season debut was successfully held in Monaco-Peille, where riders Justine Tonso and Jérôme Gilloux, both from the Lapierre Overlot team, triumphed after a challenging course in terms of weather and terrain.
The circuit designed for the first race of the championship was expected to be complicated and very technical in some parts, and so it was. In addition, the riders had to battle against a light rain, precise enough to make the road slippery and tricky.
The race saw some of them hit the ground, muddy and with willpower they continued. However, at the head of the competition, Gilloux brought out the champion’s caste and absolute dominator of Monaco to add another win at the venue, in fact, the Frenchman is who has taken all the victories since the championship’s inauguration in 2019.
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Tonso scored the first victory of the WES UCI E-Mountain Bike World Cup 2022, 1.22 minutes ahead of her closest pursuer, Germany’s Sofia Wiedenroth, and 3.08 minutes ahead of Switzerland’s Nathalie Schneitter, who closed out the podium at the official debut of the 100% electrified category of bike racing.
Finally, the action does not stop, as the second race of the season will be held on Sunday, April 24, in the same place but under a different race layout, where Gilloux will try to remain dominant on the territory of ‘The Principality’, while Tonso will seek to consolidate his good start of the campaign.
WES World E-Bike Series was born in 2019 in Monaco, to organize and promote the first international competition of exclusively electric bicycles. By 2020, the category took the step to the next level by receiving the title of the first and sole UCI E-Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Cup.
WES aims to go beyond the sport, to offer the cycling industry an exciting new sustainable-mobility format. WES promotes E-MTB as a fun and challenging choice for athletes and amateurs, and mountain bike tourism as a driver for hosting venues’ visibility.
Written by | Ronald Ortega