Snowshoe made its debut in the World Cup MTB circuit hosting the final race of the exciting and hard-fought 2019 season, full of spectacles and twists. The stars and stripes layout offered two sections, the first one fast and full of jumps and berms, broken up by a natural section that were rough and rocky everywhere. These sections’ flatter nature posed a challenge as riders couldn’t easily pedal though them, so carrying speed naturally was key. A track far from trivial put the world’s top riders to the test, closing out the season in the best possible way, with a razor-sharp finish in the challenge between Loïc Bruni and Amaury Pierron. It was Danny Hart, incredibly fast and precise in his run that led him to his first victory of 2019… In fact, before his descent Pierron was in the lead, while Bruni was in third place. If Hart had landed between Pierron and Bruni, as the split times were indicating, the new world champion would not have had the necessary points to win the overall. But in the end, Hart in an incredible progression displaced everyone by winning the race and stomping out the advantage held by Pierron … Serving the overall victory of the UCI DH World Cup 2019 circuit to Loïc Bruni, the first of his brilliant career. Pierron had to therefore settle with second place both in the race and in the overall, despite an impressive run where he literally flew over the rocks and straight lined impossible trajectories with incredible riding that showed his willingness to lay it all out on the line to win the overall. Third place in front of the home crowd for an Charlie Harrison, who threw down an incredble run on the Snowshoe track backing up yesterday’s third place in qualifying. Fourth place for Loïc Bruni, who was shook with nerves because of the stakes, making some mistakes that cost him about 2 and a half seconds on Danny Hart. Closing the podium was Greg Minnaar in excellent shape, probably the best in the race on the initial part of the track, putting his unparalleled precision and flowy skills to good use. In the women’s race it is still France that dominates with the growing talent Marine Cabirou who is acquiring more and more awareness of her abilities, landing an impeccable run that brought her back to the top step of the podium, in front of her compatriot, newly crowned world champion, Myriam Nicole. Excellent performance by Veronika Widmann who earned the third place spot less than 3 and a half seconds behind Cabirou, also climbing to a prestigious third place in the overall standings. Fourth place for Tahnée Seagrave who evidently has not yet fully recovered her physical form after an injury while Tracey Hannah, fifth at the finish line, ran a tactical race, riding in a rather conservative way to avoid taking risks and obtaining the necessary points to keep the lead in the overall standings on her closest pursuer, Cabirou. The French champion in fact, despite the stage victory, ended the overall with 30 points less than the Australian who can thus raise the trophy of the UCI DH World Cup 2019 overall. In the Junior categories Snowshoe confirmed the results of the season, with the two rulers of thire respective categories, the Frenchman Thibaut Daprela and the Austrian Valentina Höll who set the fastest times by winning the final race and winning the overall for the circuit. Complete Snowshoe Final Classifications Elite Men Elite Women Junior Men Junior Women World Cup overall Elite Men Elite Women Junior Men Junior Women
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Mont-Sainte-Anne hosted the UCI DH World Championships for the third time out of a total of four World Championship events held in Canada in MTB history. The long and technical track of the Québec resort has completely dried up from the rain that poured during qualifying on Friday becoming completely dry and dusty, therefore particularly challenging considering the high speeds that are reached in many stretches of rough terrain. And it was speed that was the factor in Mont-Sainte-Anne, with the top riders who had to raise their limit really giving 110% in order to be competitive in this incredibly tight race. In this growing spectacle of technique and speed, it was Loïc Bruni with the fastest run, winning his fourth world title, his third consecutive since 2017. The French rider reconfirms himself as world champion thanks to an impeccable, aggressive run and clean, the result of a truly admirable technical ability and fitness. Silver medal for Troy Brosnan who, has had a heck of a season occupying the lower steps of the podium, and bordered so close to victory in the most important event of the year. The Australian was so close to victory with an aggressive and spectacular run that he built section by section, with a style and a stubbornness reminiscent of his mentor Sam Hill in the golden years of downhill. Amaury Pierron couldn’t hide his disappointment for third place but the young Frenchman can be happy with the bronze medal for which he gave it his best, in a truly epic challenge. Danny Hart has shown that when he is really fit, he is able to amaze the crowd even on dust and not just mud. Fifth place went to Greg Minnaar who was the first to significantly raise the level of the race, at the age of 37, he is still incredibly competitive in search of his fourth title. The fastest American was Dakotah Norton, coming into a very impressive 8th place, followed by Luca Shaw in 10th and Aaron Gwin in 12th. Myriam Nicole donned the rainbow jersey after her return to the brutal MSA track after having been absent all season due to a serious injury. The long wait has rewarded “Pompon” with the victory of the title thanks to a run with clear, constant progression where the French athlete managed playing her cards with constancy and determination, and without making mistakes. Silver medal for another athlete who returned to racing here in Mont-Sainte-Anne after a long absence due to injury, the British Tahnée Seagrave, put down a solid run, yet far from the performances she put in during the season, before her injury. The bronze medal went to Marine Cabirou, confirming her growth this season, finishing 1 second and 7 tenths behind Tahnee. Tracey Hannah started well but suffered a drop in the second half of the long Canadian track, closing out in fourth position, visibly disappointed. The 2019 junior world champion is Australian Kye A’Hern who won the rainbow jersey with over a second of time ahead of Friday’s qualifying winner, Frenchman Antoine Vidal. Bronze medal for the Tuhoto-Ariki Pene kiwi. The Frenchman Thibaut Daprela, ruler of the World Cup season and favorite for the title, failed to do better than the fifth position on the long, demanding track in Mont-Sainte-Anne. Few surprises in the Junior women’s category where the favorite Valentina Höll has not disappointed the expectations by winning the rainbow jersey almost 13 seconds ahead of the Norwegian Mille Johnset. Third place for Anna Newkirk. Standings: Elite Men Elite Women Junior Men Junior Women Good luck to Brook Macdonald we we’re wishing for a quick and complete recovery. Stay strong Bulldog!
The UCI MTB World Championships 2019 came alive today at Mont-Sainte-Anne with the qualifying round for downhill. The Canadian town hosts World Champs for the third time in history, providing a track that is now renowned for its variety of features with fast stretches interspersed with very technical and demanding sections. The results of today’s qualifying heat only tell so much about how things will go during finals, but rather serve only to determine the starting order for Sunday’s race. The fastest time was from Danny Hart who got down the hill almost 3 and a half seconds ahead of Loris Vergier. Third position for Brook Macdonald while the defender of the title Loïc Bruni is in fourth place, ahead of Amaury Pierron by less than two hundredths, with whom he is in contention with for the overall of the World Cup season. In the women’s field Myriam Nicole, in her first competition of the season after the long absence due to injury, immediately re-established the hierarchies taking the top ranking. In her pursuit, she finished more than two seconds ahead of Australian Tracey Hannah, followed in third position by Marine Cabirou. The young French outsider Antoine Vidal dominated the Junior male category with almost 4 seconds on Canadian Lucas Cruz, followed in third position by compatriot Elliot Jamieson. The favorite to the title Thibaut Daprela closed out in fifth place almost 10 seconds behind Vidal. No surprise, however, in the women’s junior category where Valentina Höll is still the one to beat the time, with almost 15 seconds ahead of Mille Johnset. Third position for Anna Newkirk. Standings: Elite Men Elite Women Junior Men Junior Women Here is the information and the complete program for the MTB 2019 World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne .
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The seventh round of the UCI DH World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, saw the continuing battle between the two top French riders Amaury Pierron and Loïc Bruni for the leadership of the overall standings in this exciting 2019 season. The sun came out to dry the ground after a morning of rain and fog, making the Swiss track fast and spectacular but still extremely challenging with some areas still running very slippery. Amaury Pierron with a devastatingly aggressive and incredibly fast run, won the race with his fellow countryman Bruni in third, garnering important points for the overall. An incredible second place for Greg Minnaar who had worried Pierron with a spectacular descent – clean and fast as only the South African can do. Loïc Bruni must therefore settle for third place despite a solid and precise run, apart from a small slip in a corner. The world champ puts his leadership in the circuit back into play thus diminishing his advantage to just 90 points. Troy Brosnan, definitely the most consistent rider on the circuit, finished in fourth place, remaining in third place overall. Danny Hart, after scoring the best time in yesterday’s qualifier, landed in fifth place. Sixth place for the winner of the last round in Val di Sole, Laurie Greenland. Despite having some decent results in qualifying, unfortunately no Americans landed in the top 10 this round… On a still very wet ground, with a lot of fog that limited visibility, the women’s race took place with the challenge between Marine Cabirou and Tracey Hannah, both still in the running for the overall circuit victory. Marine made some mistakes but maintained a higher average speed, thus landing her second career victory following success in Val di Sole. Tracey chased her down at just 26 hundredths behind but still remains at the top of the overall gaining 150 points. Third position for Emilie Siegenthaler in her home race. In the Junior categories, the season leader Thibaut Daprela finished in 16th place while retaining his first place position in the overall. Seth Sherlock won, followed by Janosch Klaus and Tuhoto-Ariki Pene. After the second place in Val di Sole, Valentina Höll returned to the top step of the podium with a clear advantage over pursuers Nastasia Gimenez and Anna Newkirk. Complete Lenzerheide final rankings: • Elite Men • Elite Women • Junior Men • Junior Women Overall World Cup: • Elite Men • Elite Women • Junior Men • Junior Women The UCI DH World Cup will be back on track on September 7th and 8th in the new location of Snowshoe, West Virginia in the United States, for the final round of this exciting 2019 season.
One week after the spectacular Val di Sole event, the UCI DH World Cup circuit moves to the Swiss town of Lenzerheide, for the 6th round of this 2019 season which has mainly been dominated by the top French riders. Danny Hart puts the unfortunate puncture of Val di Sole behind him, winning today’s qualifying round. Only 1 tenth of a second back for circuit leader Loic Buni, who placed second, ahead of Troy Brosnan and Greg Minnaar. Amaury Pierron with his fifth place nibbles a few points for the overall still to be played out between him, Bruni and Brosnan. An excellent 8th place for American Dakotah Norton, with Luca Shaw in 12th and Neko Mullaly in 14th. In the female category, Tracey Hannah returned to the first place position, staying out front of Nina Hoffmann by about 2 seconds. Third position went to Val di Sole winner Marine Cabirou. Veronika Widmann earned the fourth position followed in fifth place by the local Emilie Siegenthaler. After the unlucky race in Val di Sole, Thibaut Daprela returned to the position that this season has shown to be the most familiar to him, first place in the Junior classification. In the women’s field, Valentina Höll won with over 8 seconds to spare on Anne Newkirk while the winner of Val di Sole, Mille Johnset, didn’t start in the qualifier. Complete Lenzerheide qualification rankings: • Elite Men • Elite Women • Junior Men • Junior Women Tomorrow the finals will be played on the live stream on Red Bull TV.
A hot summer sun accompanied the finals of the sixth UCI DH World Cup race in Val di Sole, completely changing the picture compared to yesterday’s qualifications that was rainy madness. A race full of twists with different top riders who have continuously raised the pace of the competition until the descent of Laurie Greenland who dropped to a level so superior to others it was reminiscent of Sam Hill right here in Val di Sole at Worlds of 2008. Greenland takes home his first ever World Cup victory crowning his excellent growth over these last two seasons and breaking the French domination. Second place for Loïc Bruni, fit and focused, he faced the Black Snake with speed, clean riding and a constant pace. The world champion therefore remains at the top of the overall ranking. Loris Vergier sent his wheels down some truly aggressive lines and showed all his determination with a spectacular run, closing out in third place. Amaury Pierron lacked all of the aggressiveness which he has accustomed us in these last two seasons and finished in fourth position. A puncture in the final part of the track slowed Danny Hart where he was ahead of Bruni, making him finish in fifth place. An excellent performance by David Trummer, sixth, the first to really raise the level. Greg Minnaar also remained off the podium finishing in seventh place due to a crash while he was ahead of Vergier. Davide Palazzari has brought the Italian flag to the highest position for many years, taking 12th place in front of the home crowd. Behind him in 13th position was his fellow countryman Johannes Von Klebelsberg , again in the top 15 after the WC # 5 of Vallnord. Strong showing for the home team! Nice to see a great result for two Italians in the top 15 in an Italian race, on one of the most physical and complex tracks of the season. Congratulations to both of them and congratulations also to Simone Medici, who closed it out 60th on the track that a few years ago saw him as the victim of a heavy injury. In the women’s field, Marine Cabirou, who has improved exponentially since last season, scored an incredible run that took her to the top of the podium with the remarkable advantage of over 11 seconds, thus winning her first World Cup. Tracey Hannah, visibly tense before leaving, rode in a rather conservative way, hardly getting to second position. European champion Camille Balanche, with a good run but above all not falling, landed in third place. Fourth place for Veronika Widmann who, violently hit her stomach against the saddle while she was ahead at the halfway point, concluded the race anyway and recovering a great deal of the time lost in the fall. Emilie Siegenthaler made no mistakes and landed herself in fifth place. Women’s podium is looking quite a bit different these days…. The cards were also shuffled in the Junior male category where the ruler of the 2019 season, Frenchman Thibaut Daprela, failed to do better than 12th place, but still retains his leadership of the overall standings. The victory goes to the kiwi Tuhoto-Ariki Pene, followed by the Slovenian Zak Gomilscek and Kye A’Hern, the only rider belonging to a factory team in the first 8 places of the ranking. In the Junior female category the growth of the Norwegian Mille Johnset has finally paid off and after having reduced the enormous gap that the leader of the points race Valentina Höll set at the beginning of the season to a few seconds. Here in Val di Sole she has overcome the Austrian, winning with over one second advantage. Third place was almost 30 seconds back for Anna Newkirk. Complete results Val di Sole Finals – Elite Men Complete results Val di Sole Finals – Elite Women Complete results Val di Sole Finals – Junior Men Complete results Finale Val di Sole – Junior Women World Cup Overall – Elite Men World Cup Overall – Elite Women World Cup Overall – Junior Men World Cup Overall – Junior Women The UCI DH World Cup will be back on track on 10 and 11 August in Lenzerheide for the seventh round of this unpredictable 2019 season.
The qualifying round of the sixth stop of the UCI DH World Cup in Val di Sole just ended, an event that’s always among the most interesting and attractive of the season. In tackling the already feared Black Snake track, the athletes also had to deal with wet ground from the copious rain that fell on the Trentino location during the men’s qualifying heats. Numerous interruptions caused by the athletes crashing took a heavy toll on the race on terrain that is often at the limit even for the top riders. Visualizza questo post su Instagram Un post condiviso da Dave Ayling (@welookedlikegiants) in data: 2 Ago 2019 alle ore 6:05 PDT The first athletes took advantage of it, starting in reverse order, where we find Brit Joe Breeden in the first position, followed by the Italian Davide Palazzari who is definitely in excellent form and in third position by Faustin Figaret. Amaury Pierron still managed to get an excellent sixth place despite the adverse conditions while the current circuit leader Loic Bruni didn’t go beyond 18th place. Excellent result for Johannes Von Klebelsberg in ninth. Essentially, the results are a bit all over the board. In the women’s category, the best time was from Tracey Hannah who, with her main rivals outside the tape due to injury, still had to deal with a particularly fit Marine Cabirou who with a gap of less than a second is breathing down her neck. Veronika Widmann was followed shortly after by Eleonora Farina in third and fourth respectively – good results from the Italians. New names lead the Junior Men qualifying round, with Canadian Elliot Jamieson in first place followed by fellow Canadian Seth Sherlock and Slovenian Zak Gomilscek, while season leader Thibaut Daprela finished in 38th place. Among the Junior Women, as nearly always Valentina Höll marks the fastest time, pressed by Mille Johnset, this time just 2 and a half seconds away. Complete results Qualifications Val di Sole – Elite Men Complete results Qualifications Val di Sole – Elite Women Complete results Qualifications Val di Sole – Junior Men Complete results Qualifications Val di Sole – Junior Women Tomorrow the final round will be played live streaming on Red Bull TV .
After 23 days, 21 stages and more than 3,000km of racing, there could only be one winner of the 2019 Tour de France — but what were the key numbers behind Egan Bernal’s maiden Tour triumph? The Colombian took the title in Paris, but an extraordinary three weeks saw Julian Alaphilippe light up the race throughout. Throw in elbow-to-elbow bunch sprints, hair-raising descents and brutally high climbs, and the 2019 race produced the kind of spectacle that only the Tour de France can. The Tour’s official technology partner, NTT, has crunched the numbers from the 106th edition of cycling’s greatest race. Read on for some of the key facts and figures. The Tour tech of tomorrow | 3 predictions for the road bikes of the future Oliver Naesen rides final stage of Tour de France on steel Eddy Merckx bike Top recorded speed: 101.5kph (63.1mph) The fastest recorded speed at the 2019 Tour de France came on a white-knuckle descent of the Col de Vars by one of the peloton’s hard men. Katusha-Alpecin’s Nils Politt – a top-five finisher at Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders this year – became the first rider to break the 100kph barrier according to the Tour’s official data feed, hitting 101.5kph on a section of the descent with a negative 7 percent gradient. Winner’s average speed: 40.58kph (25.2mph) Egan Bernal conquered the Tour in a cumulative time of exactly 82 hours and 57 minutes. That gives him an average speed a shade above 40km/h for the 3,365.8km race. For the numbers nerds, that’s 0.35kph faster than Geraint Thomas’s average speed at last year’s Tour. Egan Bernal is the first Colombian to win the Tour de France. Alex Broadway/ASO Speed difference between first and last place: 2.11kph (1.3mph) At the other end of the scale, EF Education First’s Dutchman, Sebastian Langeveld, was this year’s Lanterne Rouge – the last rider on the general classification. Langeveld’s cumulative time was four hours, 34 minutes and 23 seconds slower than Bernal’s – making his average speed 2.11kph slower. Average climbing speed: 20.6kph (12.8mph) Of course, the real difference in the 2019 Tour was made when the road pointed skywards – not least in the Pyrenees and the Alps. Bernal was in imperious form in the mountains, following in the footsteps of many of his Colombian countrymen — a nation that has produced many fine climbers — and proving he has a head for heights. Over climbs including the Col du Galibier, Col du Tourmalet and, most tellingly, the Col de l’Iseran, Bernal recorded an average climbing speed of 20.6kph. Fastest Col du Galibier ascent: 22:28 minutes Talking of Colombian climbers, while Bernal claimed the yellow jersey, there was also success for his countryman Nairo Quintana. The Movistar rider ultimately finished eighth overall, failing to make a challenge on the podium, but he did claim a stage win in Valloire – and broke a long-standing Tour record in the process. En-route to the finish, Quintana climbed the iconic Col du Galibier in 22 minutes and 28 seconds (measured over the final 8.5km from the Col du Lautaret). That’s a whole minute faster than the mark Frank Schleck set in 2011. Mike Teunissen was one of 15 stage winners and wore the yellow jersey after victory on the opening day. Alex Broadway/ASO Number of different individual stage winners: 15 Quintana was one of 15 riders to claim a stage win in this year’s Tour de France – two more than there were in last year’s race. Caleb Ewan led the way – his victory on the Champs-Elysees was his third of the race – while Great Britain’s Simon Yates won twice in the mountains. From Mike Teunissen’s opening stage win in Brussels to Ewan’s final triumph, nine different nationalities stood on the podium as individual stage winners in this year’s race. Number of stages won by overall winner: 0 Despite winning the race overall, Bernal wasn’t among those 15 riders. The Colombian earned his maiden Tour de France triumph without winning a stage. Chris Froome was the last rider to do that (in 2017), though the four-time champion does have seven stage wins to his name in total. Number of riders who wore the yellow jersey: 4 Bernal was one of four riders to wear the yellow jersey in all, having claimed the race lead after the shortened stage 19 on the Col de l’Iseran. Bernal took over from Julian Alaphilippe, who claimed 14 yellow jerseys across two spells as race leader. In between, Italian Giulio Ciccone led the race for two stages while the only other rider to pull on the maillot jaune was stage one winner Mike Teunissen. Julian Alaphilippe ignited the race, taking the yellow jersey for the first time after victory on stage three. Alex Broadway/ASO Age of winner: 22y, 196d Bernal’s triumph not only made him the first Colombian to win the Tour de France, but he is also the youngest winner for 110 years. Francois Faber was 22 years and 187 days old when he won the Tour in 1909 – just nine days younger than Bernal – while the youngest champion remains 19-year-old Henri Cornet in 1904. Number of classifications won by Egan Bernal: 2 Bernal’s age means he not only won the yellow jersey but the white jersey for best young rider, too — only the fifth time since the youth classification was introduced in 1975 that has happened. Bernal joins Laurent Fignon (1983), Jan Ullrich (1997), Alberto Contador (2007) and Andy Schleck (2010) in the record books. Number of finishers: 155 Some 176 riders set out from Brussels for the 106th Tour de France on Saturday 6 July, with 155 making it all the way to the Paris finish line. Thibaut Pinot, who had to climb off the bike during stage 19 having been in overall contention, was the last of 19 riders to abandon this year’s race. A further two – Tony Martin and Luke Rowe – were disqualified after an altercation on the way to the stage 17 finish line.