For the eighth time this season Sunday, the top downhill riders in the world went for the sausage. But in Mont-Sainte-Anne it was not about another World Cup victory – it should be awarded to the prestige unequaled World Cup jersey. In the best conditions and cheered by throngs of enthusiastic fans, the pros went to the absolute limit – and often over it. Have fun with our extensive photo story!
The World Cup is the highest series in downhill sports and is run with the same ambition – only a few are ever allowed to be at the top of the podium. But who wants to register forever in the downhill history books, who has to reap the only once a year newly assigned rainbow jersey. While you have to give 100% for a World Cup victory due to the currently extreme power density, it means at the World Cup, another percentile out of itself, squeeze out his implement and the track! The best thing on Sunday was once again Loïc Bruni. The young Frenchman drove something under the radar all week, but showed once again impressively that he can be in top shape when it comes down to it. Shortly behind him Troy Brosnan landed with a more than strong run, which initially seemed almost unbeatable. Bronze was secured by the French high-flyer Amaury Pierron, who for many had probably entered the race as one of the big favorites and was in the finish according to subdued mood. Loïc Bruni, however, was able to secure the world title for the third time in a row. This hat-trick was previously achieved with Nico Vouilloz only a giant of downhill sport.
The women's race was as exciting as never before! With Rachel Atherton and Nina Hoffmann, two of the top riders lost due to injury – but Myriam Nicole and Tahnée Seagrave were back after a long break at the start. In the end, the very early started French Nicole closed the bag and burned a run in the Canadian forest, where the remaining competitors broke their teeth. Next came her Tahnée Seagrave, who was as happy about her silver medal as the Commençal rider for the title. Although Marine Cabirou was able to win the last two World Cup races, but had to bow in Mont-Sainte-Anne her recovered rivals and satisfied with bronze. Although Tracey Hannah was one of the favorites to win, she just did not qualify for her run and finished fourth.
For Thibaut Daprela it went on Sunday a lot: The Frenchman dominated the junior class for two years and would be already in the elite far ahead, but could not secure a world title. But also his last chance before the change to the men he left unused, was visibly frustrated at the finish and let his anger run wild. Things went a lot better for Kye A'Hern, who had a great run after a rather mixed season and is already allowed to start in the World Championship jersey next week at the last World Cup of the season. Close behind it landed with Antoine Vidal an enduro expert, followed by the New Zealander Tuhoto Ariki Pene. Vali Höll did better than Daprela, whose junior career has been almost perfect so far and which secured her second World Championship title relatively safe on Sunday. Silver went to Mille Johnset, who was the only driver of the otherwise so large Atherton team on the ground, third was Anna Newkirk of the SRAM Young Guns.
After the big World Cup showdown in Mont-Sainte-Anne, the World Cup circus is now heading to the USA. The final race of the year is scheduled for next weekend – an unusual constellation, because normally the World Cup is also the end of the season. Before the World Cup final, the race for the overall title is still quite open: Tracey Hannah is the favorite among women, and Loïc Bruni and Amaury Pierron are likely to fight for the top spot in the men's category. In Snowshoe, Loïc Bruni, Myriam Nicole, Kye A'Hearn and Vali Höll will start their freshly won white jerseys with the legendary rainbow stripes – the World Cup final promises a lot of excitement!
1 – Vali Höll – 5: 01.033 min
2 – Mille Johnset – 5: 13.961 min
3 – Anna Newkirk – 5: 22.263 min
1 – Kye A'Hern – 4: 17.776 min
2 – Antoine Vidal – 4: 18.920 min
3 – Tuhoto-Ariki Pene – 4: 19.070 min
1 – Myriam Nicole – 4: 53.226 min
2 – Tahnée Seagrave – 4: 54.430 min
3 – Marine Cabirou – 4: 54.920 min
1 – Loïc Bruni – 4: 05.544 min
2 – Troy Brosnan – 4: 06.125 min
3 – Amaury Pierron – 4: 08.093 min
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