Final Results: French Downhill National Championships [Update: Amaury Pierron Injured]

Aug 23, 2020
by Ed Spratt  

This weekend was the turn of the French National Championships to fill the racing void and with a stacked field of riders and a rowdy course to test out the riders it provided plenty of great racing action. In the Women's racing, it was the current World Champion Myriam Nicole who came back from her second place in seeding to take the win by a huge 3.64 seconds ahead of Marine Cabirou who had been looking fast all weekend.

The men's racing saw another change in results from seeding with the fastest rider from Saturday, Loris Vergier, falling back to third place on race day. Dorval AM rider Benoit Coulanges laid down an incredible run to beat World Champion Loic Bruni to the line by just 0.72 seconds. An amazing win for Coulanges which should give him a lot of confidence heading into the first World Cup of the year.


Results:


Men:

1st. Benoit Coulanges: 3:11.68
2nd. Loic Bruni: +0.72
3rd. Loris Vergier: +0.86
4th. Baptiste Pierron: +2.83
5th. Thibaut Daprela: +3.96


Women:

1st. Myriam Nicole: 3:37.20
2nd. Marine Cabirou: +3.64
3rd. Agnes Delest: +16.58
4th. Mélanie Chappaz: +17.68
5th. Léona Pierrini: +20.61




Women:

Top 35 Men:

Find the full results here.




Amaury Pierron Injured

Amaury Pierron was only just returning to racing this weekend after his crash at the French Cup race at Alpe d'Huez earlier this month, but he suffered a major crash during his race run and was reportedly airlifted to hospital. The [unconfirmed] word is a shoulder/arm/hand injury. His team has announced on social media that it's "Apparently nothing too serious but we hope we can post some better news soon."

We wish Amaury all the best, and we'll update this when we get more information.


43 Comments

  • 42 2
 Coulanges is on an absolute tear right now. I’m excited to see how he does once the WC starts up he’s been beating the tops dogs all season. Updating my fantasy team when they get back to it.
  • 44 1
 Great result for the French!
  • 77 17
 It might as well be the world cup podium. If the French were as arrogant as the yanks they could call their national series the 'world series'.
  • 7 5
 @ctd07: as in baseball World Series?
  • 2 0
 @ctd07: Canada is in Major League Baseball and they are part of the World, OK
  • 5 1
 @ctd07: if the French were arrogant? Isn't arrogance considered a defining trait of the French?

www.bbc.com/travel/story/20130516-are-the-french-really-rude
  • 1 0
 @ctd07: don’t tell that to Brosnan, Hart, Greenland, or the GOAT
  • 27 0
 I hope Amaury is ok. WC needs him!
  • 25 0
 How many Pierrons are there???
  • 38 0
 Hard to tell. It's just a blur in photos Razz
  • 7 0
 They are three. Fastest dh family right now?
  • 1 1
 As much as Cabirous!
  • 2 0
 Antoine (the oldest), Amaury and Baptiste! Hell of a fast family!
  • 3 0
 It’s the same guy , he just wears different wigs !
  • 15 1
 Bravo à Benoit, Loris et Loic a moins d'1 sec s'était serré.
  • 13 1
 Signing in for the first time this year to say that this course is awesome. Wide grass sweepers with plenty of line choice over bike park berms any day of the week for me.
  • 9 0
 Oh geez, not another podium filled with Frenchies. I hope Amaury is ok!
  • 4 0
 they could probably turn the world cups into french cups and the top 3 wouldn't change...
  • 4 0
 Hopefully AP is ok . Airlift is kinda serious so hopefully noting is being down played
  • 4 0
 Coulanges is crushing. All the best to Amaury, hope its nothing serious.
  • 2 2
 Does anybody know why the differences between the women's times are so much bigger than between the men? Is it because the sport is less popular amongst women (getting on average less support and training and therefore only a few are reaching their full potential)? Or is there another reason?
  • 1 0
 To be clear: I'm not talking about men's times vs women's times, but about the difference between women's times themselves. The men's top 5 shows a gap of 4 seconds. The women's top 4 shows a gap of 21 seconds. Is there a reason for women showing more difference between each other?
  • 3 0
 Dorvel AM Team killing it right now.
  • 2 0
 Commencal bikes won both categories?
  • 1 0
 I dont think getting air lifted and not serious are two things that go together.
  • 1 0
 Depends the notion or "serious". You can be airlifted for a bad twisted ankle if you are in a remote place in the mountain. It's not something very very bad, not life threatening but for sure you won't be able to be back on a bike in less than 10 days.
  • 2 0
 Take an Uber to the hospital cuz a proper evac is too expensive like we do in Murica ya wuss!
  • 1 0
 "Apparently nothing too serious..." ?
What do they consider serious then?
Is seriousness measured in recovery time?
  • 3 2
 Congrats Benoit! excited to see our TLD D4 Helmet on top.
  • 1 0
 Big gap from 17th to 18th.
  • 1 0
 Can't imagine a season without Amaury...
  • 1 1
 French smashing the French nationals ????
  • 3 4
 What happened to Amaury? Top 3 in the same second. Wild.
  • 1 2
 Wrist injured from a recent crash, I think.
  • 3 0
 Big crash on a jump, first rumors say shoulder, fingers and maybe pelvis injured.
  • 4 5
 Bring Scribd back my eyes can't cope with the results... Frenchies on fire
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