Finals Photo Epic: Lenzerheide World Cup DH 2021

Sep 4, 2021
by Nathan Hughes  




Marchons, marchons! The French once again proved to be the dominant force in World Cup downhill with both Elite races ending with La Marseillaise ringing out across the Swiss mountains. Rain falling halfway through the final, messed up an unlucky few, but thankfully didn't seem to affect the top qualifiers with Myriam Nicole and Loris Vergier both converting their fastest qualifier status into race victory under the ultimate pressure of being the last rider down the hill. The pressure was certainly real with times super-tight on this short, but especially fierce Swiss track.

Nicole's victory didn't ever look in any doubt as she went deeper and deeper into the green as she advanced down the track, stopping the clock 2.5 seconds up on Tahnee Seagrave who had Vali Höll, Nina Hoffmann, and Camille Balanche behind her. The men's race was much harder to call with everything hanging in the balance by the finest of margins right up until the very end. Vergier managed to scrape together enough tenths in the bottom portion of the track to pip Loic Bruni, Thibaut Daprela, and Amaury Pierron for his second win of the season. Four flying Frenchmen would be separated by an utterly mad and minuscule half a second, to form a team of athletes that really each look quite impossible to beat on their day. The last step on the box went to defiant Brit, Laurie Greenland, while Izabela Yankova and Jackson Goldstone took top honours earlier in the day with impressive junior performances.


The sun creeps over the Lenzerheide skyline this morning.
The sun creeps over the Lenzerheide skyline this morning.

Jackson Goldstone continues to impress as the Junior now gets to show off his stripes.
Jackson Goldstone continues to impress as the Junior now gets to show off his stripes.

Big smiles as the circuit gets closer to home next week for Jackson Goldstone.
Big smiles as the circuit gets closer to home next week for Jackson Goldstone.

James MacDermid of New Zealand rode to his first junior WC podium.
James MacDermid of New Zealand rode to his first junior WC podium.

Kine Haugom followed up her Worlds silver with another podium.
Kine Haugom followed up her Worlds silver with another podium.

Pau Menoyo Busquets was a little off Goldstone s pace today but still took a strong second place.
Pau Menoyo Busquets was a little off Goldstone's pace today but still took a strong second place.

Gracey Hemstreet once again hustling her way into second place.
Gracey Hemstreet once again hustling her way into second place.

Izabela Yankova off the final drop and into another commanding victory.
Izabela Yankova off the final drop and into another commanding victory.

Izabela Yankova showered by her fans. What a season she s having thus far.
Yankova showered by her fans. What a season she's having thus far.

Yankova Hemstreet and Haugom your junior women at the top.
Yankova, Hemstreet and Haugom, your junior women at the top.

Goldstone Busquets and MacDermid rule the roost.
Goldstone, Busquets and MacDermid rule the roost.

Camille Balanche closed out the women s podium after some tight racing.
Camille Balanche closed out the women's podium after some tight racing.

Nina Hoffmann back on the podium in 4th.
Nina Hoffmann back on the podium in 4th.

Third for Vali Holl as she chips away at the top. The hunt continues in Snowshoe.
Third for Vali Höll on a crash-free finals as she chips away at the top. The hunt continues in Snowshoe.

First top ten finish for Anna Newkirk.
First top ten finish for Anna Newkirk.

Marine Cabirou missed the podium by a second today.
Marine Cabirou missed the podium by a second today.

Tahnee Seagrave carving around the ski poles into the second spot of the podium.
Tahnee Seagrave carving around the ski poles into the second spot of the podium.

Tahnee is back folks. 2nd place and threatening the wins again from here out.
Seagrave is back folks, most likely threatening the wins again from here out.

Tahnee Seagrave gathers hers breath and thoughts after her race run which seen her go briefly into the hot seat.
Tahnee gathers her breath and thoughts after her race run which saw her go briefly into the hot seat.

Tahnee would have loved this one back. Two rounds left to try for another top step.
Tahnee would have loved this one back. Two rounds left to try for another top step.

Myriam Nicole roaring to victory off the finish jump.
Nicole roaring to victory off the finish jump.

What a win for Myriam Nicole. Untouchable.
What a win for Myriam Nicole. Untouchable.

Myriam Nicole seems unstoppable at the moment.
Myriam Nicole seems unstoppable at the moment.

The World Champ living up to her name. Pompon seems unstoppable now.
The World Champ living up to her name. Pompon seems unstoppable now.

Number one team rider and the World Champion not a bad haul.
Number one team, rider and the World Champion; not a bad haul.

An emotional send off for Emilie Siegenthaler after her last time racing the World Cup in Lenzerheide.
An emotional send off for Emilie Siegenthaler after her last time racing the World Cup in Lenzerheide.

Sad to see her go but what an amazing career she s had. Emilie Siegenthaler calls it in front of the home crowd. Congrats and thank you
Sad to see her go, but what an amazing career she's had. Emilie Siegenthaler calls it in front of the home crowd. Congrats and thank you!

Champagne duel at dawn.
A champagne duel at dusk we might also see repeating in Snowshoe.

That jersey is going to see a lot of champagne.
That jersey is going to see a lot of champagne.

Myriam has a grip on the series headed to the final two races in West Virgnia
Myriam has a grip on the series headed to the final two races in West Virgnia

A race run crash for Kade Edwards meant no handers off the finish line drop.
A race run crash for Kade Edwards meant no handers off the finish line drop.

Matt Walker keeping consistency levels up hig with a 12th.
Matt Walker keeping consistency levels up with a 12th.

Andreas Kolb into 15th. He had the hot seat for a while too.
Andreas Kolb into 15th. He had the hot seat for a while, too.

Dakotah Norton well inside the top 10 in 7th.
Dakotah Norton well inside the top 10 in 7th.

Dakotah Norton looked steezy and speedy all weekend goes into seventh.
Looking steezy and speedy all weekend.

Troy Brosnan really hardly ever crashes. The fact that he did today probably shows how sketchy the mid-pack qualifiers had it after the short down-pour.
Troy Brosnan really hardly ever crashes. The fact that he did today probably shows how sketchy the mid-pack qualifiers had it after the short downpour.

Finn Iles pushing hard into another top 10.
Finn Iles pushing hard into another top 10.

It was tight racing out there today. Just a few tenths would ve been enough to shove Remi Thirion up the order by a couple of spots.
It was tight racing out there today. Just a few tenths would've been enough to shove Remi Thirion up the order by a couple of spots.

Angel Suarez is having a super solid season. 13th for finals.
Angel Suarez is having a super solid season. 13th for finals.

Greg Minnaar gives those fresh rainbow stripes a race run unfortunately it wasn t Greg s day and he ended up 19th.
Greg Minnaar gives those fresh rainbow stripes a race run, unfortunately, it wasn't Greg's day and he ended up 19th.

Greg Minnaar couldn t piece this one together but rest assured he ll want to finish on a high out in Snowshoe.
Minnaar couldn't piece this one together, but rest assured he'll want to finish on a high out in Snowshoe.

Laurie Greenland floating into the finish arena up at the splits.
Laurie Greenland floating into the finish arena, up at all the splits.

Laurie Greenland through the thick crowds onto the podium. What a ride for him this afternoon.
Greenland through the thick crowds onto the podium. What a ride for him this afternoon.

Laurie Greenland best of the rest behind the French contingent.
The best of the rest behind the French contingent.

Thibaut Daprela s consistently fast season continues with a third place today which helps him keep ahold of the leader s jersey.
Thibaut Daprela's consistently fast season continues with a third-place today which helps him keep ahold of the leaders jersey.

Thibaut Daprela continues to prove himself as cream of the crop.
Daprela continues to prove himself as cream of the crop.

0.37 off the win here today and is rewarded getting to keep the leaders jersey for the penultimate round in Snowshoe.
0.37 off the win here today and is rewarded getting to keep the leaders jersey for the penultimate round in Snowshoe.

Close but not quite for Loic Bruni today. Just 2 tenths off the win.
Close but not quite for Loic Bruni today. Just 2 tenths off the win.

If Loic Bruni was going to lose out to anyone by such a small margin then Loris Vergier would probably be his top pick.
If Loic Bruni was going to lose out to anyone by such a small margin then Loris Vergier would probably be his top pick.

Loic Bruni bouncing back from his leg injury so fast with one heck of a run.
Quite the recovery, bouncing back from his leg injury so fast with one heck of a run.

Super Bruni incoming.
Super Bruni incoming.

Danny Hart fought the good fight and missed out on the podium by just half a second.
Danny Hart fought the good fight and missed out on the podium by just half a second.

Back in this Amaury Pierron was less than a second off the win today after a couple of disastrous seasons of injury.
Back in this: Amaury Pierron was less than a second off the win today after a couple of disastrous seasons of injury.

Thibaut Daprela checks in with team mate Amaury Pierron after his run.
Daprela checks in with teammate Amaury Pierron after his run.

Emotional end to the day for Amaury. The fire is burning inside to be back on top.
Emotional end to the day for Amaury. The fire is burning inside to be back on top.

Loris Vergier dropping into the arena. He traded every second split until the final green one was secured across the line.
Loris Vergier dropping into the arena. He traded every second split until the final green one was secured across the line.

Loris Vergier hauling over the final drop and well into the green.
Hauling over the final drop and well into the green.

Second World Cup win in a row for Loris Vergier.
Second World Cup win in a row for Loris Vergier.

Victory for Vergier his second of the season after taking Maribor.
Victory for Vergier, his second of the season after taking Maribor.

The French wolfpack reunited at last.

Your top 5 elite men 1st Loris Vergier 2nd Loic Bruni 3rd Thibaut Daprela 4th Amaury Pierron 5th Laurie Greenland.
Your top 5 elite men: 1st Loris Vergier 2nd Loic Bruni 3rd Thibaut Daprela 4th Amaury Pierron 5th Laurie Greenland.

Welcome back to the champagne Mr P.
Welcome back to the champagne Mr P.

Next stop country roads.
Next stop, country roads.



17 Comments

  • 20 1
 Some of those pants are getting pretty tight.
  • 2 0
 Skin suits are still banned though.
  • 4 1
 Clown pants are gone, luckly.
  • 17 0
 Yankova and vergier the same person? Has anyone seem them in the same place at the same time?
  • 14 0
 MFing Snowshoe baby!!!!! The stoke is high!!
  • 5 0
 I'll be there! Flying in from SoCal on Tuesday and won't miss a lap.
  • 11 1
 Why are there no blurry zoomed in shots of riders’ bottom brackets? Assumed after watching the camera work on the Red bull live feed this was the direction Mtb media was heading.
  • 7 0
 Hats off to the French contingent. You have raised DH racing to a whole new level. Amazing!!!
  • 4 0
 The French are so strong, we'll be seeing all French podiums soon. Watching it live it looked like Greenland had a winning run as he was the first to look pinned and on the edge but with no visible mistakes. EJ was saying in the commentary box that Laurie seemed on the edge of traction. So for him to be pushed into 5th is insane I wonder how Finn Iles would've placed but for the chicane mistake at the very end
  • 5 0
 I knew Vergier was gonna win when he was riding behind mid way. He looked super relaxed you could tell he was saving it for the bottom.
  • 6 0
 So would you take a baguette or a traditional baguette or a country baguette or a whole wheat baguette or a rye baguette ?
  • 2 0
 Yes.
  • 4 0
 That close up photo of Bruni death gripping around the pole is incredible Nathan Hughes!
  • 4 0
 Amazing photos as always!
  • 3 0
 Kade 4 Rampage
  • 1 0
 Is Goldstone riding for Trek now?
Or is it still “they lost it at the airport”?
  • 1 0
 Kade needs to get stricter with those suicide no handers.

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