Pair of podiums in WC Vallnord

Emily Batty and Evie Richards take top-3s in Andorran World Cup

The nation of Andorra is known for its high altitude views, and that was on full display at the World Cup Vallnord. Thin air and big climbs were on the menu this weekend, with both Emily Batty and Evie Richards delivering solid podium finishes.

First up was Evie Richards, who scored hard fought second place finish.

Evie is in the midst of a strong season, and the podium is always in sight for her. This weekend was again, an on target race.

"Racing at altitude is always so tough no matter what preparation you have done!" said Evie Richards. "I was super happy to take second place here in Andorra, after a few weeks at altitude it felt like the hard work paid off! I decided to run my top fuel which gave me so much confidence on the downhills and is where we managed to get the gap from the rest of the field on the second descent. I was lucky enough to have my dad and uncle cheering super loud, along with all the other Trek staff which helped me out so much! I'm excited for the next few races coming up and I feel like I am in full swing of the season now."

Emily Batty is coming into form, and third place was her reward this weekend.

"Europe has served me well these past few weeks. An 18-day altitude training camp, 2nd at the Italian World Cup just 9 seconds off the win and 3rd place this past weekend in Andorra. I had winning legs in Andorra, but an unfortunate mishap when Jolanda and I were off the front left me chasing to get back on the podium. My fitness is the best it's ever been, and I was able to stay calm, find my rhythm and fight my way back to finish top 3 and conclude a massive block of racing finishing on the podium at all three of the last World Cups. I'm elated to be riding as strong as I am right now with some big races on the horizon."