Mille Johnset will be missing the rest of the racing in Maribor after a nasty crash during yesterdays round 1 finals.( Photos: 1 )
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!
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.
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 .
Mille Johnset has the future at her feet and is feeling ready to take on her first world-level downhill race under the careful guidance of the Atherton Academy.( Photos: 11 )