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Fantasy Form Guide: Pinkbike's Predictions for the Leogang DH World Cup 2024

Jun 6, 2024
by Ed Spratt  
Jess Blewitt is a formidable force these days.

Fantasy Form Guide presented by Five Ten
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As riders are checking out the familiar course in Leogang for this weekend's racing, we have taken a look through the data to give our best guess as to who will be the ones to watch at the third round of the 2024 Downhill World Cup series. Before the riders practice the course, here are our thoughts on who could be in the running for a top result in finals.



Who Was Fast In Poland?


Hammering rain but always time to style for Dak Norton.

Following a short break after the intense opening round at Fort William, the 2024 series headed to Poland with a fresh track to challenge riders for round two.

In the elite women's category, Marine Cabirou came out fighting laying down a rapid finals fun that was unmatched by any other rider at the finish line. Camille Balanche continues to rise the results sheet after her injury last year, scoring second place in Poland. Nina Hoffmann wrapped up the top three, although she may not be starting in Leogang after dislocating her elbow after the second round of racing. Vali Höll pushed too hard in her run, crashing at the top of the course and ending the day in sixth.

After his win at Fort William, Loic Bruni came into Poland as the man to beat, but it was not to be for the Frenchman as Ronan Dunne took an incredible win by just 0.064 seconds against Bruni. Behind Bruni was a stacked French top five as Loris Vergier went third, Benoit Coulanges fourth and Amaury Pierron made it back on the podium in fifth place. Lachlan Stevens McNab was on a potentially winning run as he led the race after split three before sliding out and ending the week in 33rd place. The speed is clearly there and he could be a big threat this weekend.




Elite Women


1st. Marine Cabirou: 3:26.643
2nd. Camille Balanche: 3:27.831 / +1.188
3rd. Nina Hoffmann: 3:28.323 / +1.680
4th. Jess Blewitt: 3:29.068 / +2.425
5th. Tahnee Seagrave: 3:29.890 / +3.247



Elite Men


1st. Ronan Dunne: 2:55.766
2nd. Loic Bruni: 2:55.830 / +0.064
3rd. Loris Vergier: 2:56.963 / +1.197
4th. Benoit Coulanges: 2:57.326 / +1.560
5th. Amaury Pierron: 2:57.596 / +1.830


Full elite results, here.



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Proving their phenomenal form in 2024, Vali Höll and Loic Bruni still lead the sector wins after the opening two rounds of the 2024 season. After 30 track sectors, Vali Höll holds the fastest elite women's times through 10 while Loic Bruni was the top elite male in eight. After a strong weekend in Poland, Camille Balance now ties Tahnee Seagrave with six sector wins apiece. Nina Hoffmann is the only other rider to score more than three top times as she heads into Leogang as the fastest rider through four track splits so far in 2024.



Fantasy League Rider Spotlight


Ahead of this weekend's racing, we have looked through the points so far in the Fantasy League to highlight some of the lower-priced riders who picked up great results from the opening rounds of the 2024 season.

The multi discipline talent Gloria Scarsi is trying her hand at World Champs downhill this week.

Gloria Scarsi

The enduro specialist has made the switch to focus on downhill racing in 2024 and it is paying off so far as she placed fifth in Fort William and seventh in Poland. In Fantasy League points she currently has a total of 40 with an average score of 20 points per round. Scarsi is currently priced at $126,000 and as a protected rider for Qualifying, she will always have a spot in the semi-finals as long as she rolls out of the start gate.

Phoebe Gale dehumidifying the track for second.

Phoebe Gale

Phoebe Gale is another elite women's racer who has consistently scored points in finals this year after placing seventh in Fort William and eighth at the last round. Gale's average score per round sits at 17 with a current total of 34 after two rounds, her rider price is sitting at $196,000 for round three.

Bodhi Kuhn unfortunately was taken out the running by a huge practice crash.

Bodhi Kuhn

As a member of 33% of teams for round three, Bodhi Kuhn has been a popular choice in the Fantasy League during his first elite World Cup racers. Placing 23rd and 22nd he has been making it to finals at each time of asking and picking up 17 points from two rounds. With a current rider price of $34,216, Kuhn is an absolute steal for someone who has been in both finals this year.

The run of the day belonged to Lachlan Stevens-McNab. Up at the top two spits and on a possible winning run before crashing out in the bottom woods.

Lachlan Stevens-McNab

The last rider we will be highlighting for this round has actually not scored any points this season, but with an almost winning pace in Poland, Lachlan Stevens-McNab is on the cusp of World Cup greatness. Costing just $33,768 picking Lachlan Stevens-McNab could result in a huge payoff if he can put together a full run at the pace he was showing at the last round.



Elite Women's Picks


Vali Holl always strong especially over the bigger jumps.

Vali Höll

After a tough weekend in Poland for round two, Vali Höll was able to just hold onto the overall leader's jersey ahead of her home race in Austria. Leogang saw a huge winning run from Höll last year as she kicked off a winning streak that piloted her towards the overall World Cup title and another year with the rainbow jersey. Höll will want to be back on top of the box more than ever this weekend as she will be looking to bring back the near dominance she showed in Fort William and during the 2023 season.

Tahnee Seagrave would settle for 5th after a 2nd place finish in qualifying

Tahnee Seagrave

Tahnee Seagrave is having a great 2024 season so far, picking up some top times during qualifying or semifinals, although she has yet to put everything together in finals yet. With third and fifth-place finishes so far in 2024, Seagrave will be on the hunt for something more this weekend as she follows up a week of big sends at Hardline.

Balanche getting stuck in the first few turns.

Camille Balanche

Until Höll's victory last year, Camille Balanche was on a nearly unrivalled winning streak in Leogang, winning in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Only Aaron Gwin can match three wins in a row, with Rachel Atherton matching with three wins although not back-to-back. Balanche will want to reclaim her crown as one of, if not the, best performers at the Austrian venue to match Aaron Gwin's record of four race victories.



Elite Men's Picks


What to say about the boys in blue this week

Ronan Dunne

After winning the last World Cup round and going fastest at Hardline Ronan Dunne is full of confidence and looking unstoppable. With a brand new Red Bull helmet and we assume an unlimited supply of his favourite pre-race drink, Dunne could be a tough rider to beat this weekend in Leogang. Currently, Dunne's best result in Leogang was eighth last year and with his current pace, we think he will be setting a new personal best this weekend.

Andreas Kolbe would finish 8th

Andreas Kolb

Last year's Leogang winner Andreas Kolb has had a good start to the season but with an eighth and ninth-place finish at the opening two rounds, he will be looking for a lot more at home this weekend. After finding over half a second at last year's race against Loic Bruni, Kolb has proven form here and with a mostly unchanged course will be a rider to watch.

Loic Bruni was fast and smooth all weekend and was definitely looking like a favorite going into the finals

Loic Bruni

With a first-place finish at round one and falling just 0.064 seconds off the win at round two, no one can bet against Loic Bruni for the win in 2024. Bruni is on another level in 2024 as apart from a 38th place in semi-finals in Fort William has not dropped outside the top four riders.



Wildcard Picks


While we have made our main predictions for potential winners above, there were other riders we need to mention as potential top performers for the first round this weekend.

Steeze comes easy to Reece Wilson.

Reece Wilson

Currently, the weather is looking like it could make things spicy in Leogang with rain and thunderstorms predicted through the weekend. If there's one rider who knows better than anyone how to ride Leogang in the wet, it's Reece Wilson. Wilson's 2020 World Champs run saw him outclass the world's best in tricky conditions and with rain set to come this weekend, he could be in for a strong showing.

4th for Jess Blewit

Jess Blewitt

Jess Blewitt has had a tough few years of racing with multiple injuries, but after her fourth-place finish in Poland, she could finally be ready for a big World Cup result.



Who Do You Think Will Win?


We shared our thoughts and picks for this weekend, but who do you think will be going for the top of the podium?

Who Will Win the Elite Women's Race?



Who Will Win the Elite Men's Race?





Fantasy League Stats


After one round of racing and the first dynamic rider price change this season we have compiled some stats ahead of the team editing window closing before qualifying on Saturday.












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21 Comments
  • 26 1
 Asa will post a top 10 elite time and win juniors by more than 4 seconds
  • 9 1
 I'll say it again, if Lachlan can make it down the hill without crashing, he can win. He's as quick as any of the race favorites.
  • 15 0
 Dak asked gwin - "How did you win so many world cups?"

Gwin - "I went as fast as I could and didn't crash "
  • 2 0
 @CantClimb: I can't help but see Gwin cartwheeling off into the Scottish Highlands when he missed that corner at the top of ft. Bill a few years back. Mental.
  • 2 0
 I really don't understand why we don't have full size separate money piles for men and women's. Make the league based on combined points from men and women's, but why not let us speculate about the same number of top winners in both? The women's having a significantly smaller spread in their top riders means it's always better odds to spend your big bucks on that side. Why put the two against each other like that?
  • 4 0
 I have updated my team so everyone should avoid my picks like the plagues - first corner crashers the lot of them.
  • 5 0
 Oh, so you are here bragging that they are actually making the finals?
None of my fantasy league female riders have made it to finals this year.
  • 1 0
 @Prestige: Username checks out.
  • 6 0
 LEZZ GO DAK!!!
  • 5 0
 Ronan's on a heater, but rooting for a long overdue Dak win.
  • 1 0
 I can't update my team anymore, I get "error: invalid athlete data" every time I try to save my changes. Anyone else have this problem?
  • 1 0
 It was working for me an hour ago.
  • 2 0
 McLacaclan went to the moon !
  • 1 0
 Anyone else find the ride companion fantasy league an absolute mission to work out?
  • 1 0
 Nooo dont spill the beans, I already had Pheobe, Tahnee and Bodhi in my team....
  • 2 0
 How come fantasy first place has more than 500 points?
  • 1 0
 What?
  • 1 0
 Hmmm, but which popular rider pick isn't on the start list?
  • 2 0
 DAK attack!!
  • 1 0
 hope so!







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