This year’s event in Italy should be epic too and, perhaps once again, the French are the favourites. We’ll just have to wait and see how that all pans out.
It’s now only 10 days away until the 2016 edition of the great event at Maggiora, just north-west of Milan.
The Kiwi trio – Cody Cooper, Hamish Harwood and Josiah Natzke – are ready to go, with the rest of the world’s elite also preparing for this ultimate clash of nations.
The final nations classification in 2015:
1st France (Romain Febvre, Marvin Musquin, Gautier Paulin) 14 points;
2nd USA (Justin Barcia, Cooper Webb, Jeremy Martin) 16 points;
3rd Belgium (Jeremy Van Horebeek, Ken De Dycker, Julien Lieber) 56 points;
4th Estonia (Tanel Leok, Harris Kullas, Priit Ratsep) 66 points;
5th Switzerland (Valentin Guillod, Jeremy Seewer, Andy Baumgartner) 67 points;
6th The Netherlands (Glenn Coldenhoff, Nick Kouwenberg, Brian Bogers) 72 points;
7th Australia (Todd Waters, Luke Clout, Dean Ferris) 77 points;
8th New Zealand (Ben Townley, Cody Cooper, Kayne Lamont) 92 points;
9th Germany (Max Nagl, Dennis Ullrich, Henry Jacobi) 97 points;
10th Austria (Pascal Rauchenecker, Gunter Schmidinger, Lukas Neurauter) 103 points.
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