Finals Photo Epic: Les Gets DH World Cup 2021

Jul 3, 2021
by Dave Trumpore  




Once again Les Gets over delivered on already high expectations. A venue that has seen some of the most historic races over the past few decades once again came through with all the drama and excitement we've come to expect from this small corner of the French Alps. Just when you thought Les Gets couldn't outdo itself, it raised the bar once again. One of the best tracks we have seen in years, a massive French crowd that we've oh so missed over the past year, and a twist of fate from mother nature just to make things a little spicier all added up to keep everyone on the edge of their seats all afternoon long.

First up would be the Junior race where we would see two first time winners in the likes of Phoebe Gale and Jackson Goldstone. Behind them a mix of fresh and familiar faces rounded out the remaining podium spots, proving once again that the next generation is deep in talent and hungry to leave their mark on the world stage in the years to come.

The Elite Women's race would get the drama started and set the stage for what would be an afternoon of unpredictable highs and lows. With near misses, gutsy race runs, close calls and crashes throughout, it would be Tahnee Seagrave who would reclaim her spot on the top step of the podium. Finding speed and confidence that's been missing recently, Tahnee dug deep to raise her game when it counted and proved to the world she is still very much one of the women to beat this season. Myriam Nicole for the second race in a row crashed in her run and still almost managed to set the fastest time, showing that if she can stay on her bike she may just be in a league of her own later this season. Camille Balanche would keep it consistent for third, while another pre-race favorite, Vali Höll crashed in the final corner while on a fast run.

In came the rain for the Men's race to turn everything on its head a bit. Steady at first it would affect nearly everyone's runs in some way, but the real fun was dished out on the top 10-15 riders who would progressively see things deteriorate as a drizzle became a downpour. Reece Wilson just about had the ride of the day, on a podium pace in the worst conditions, followed by the most epic of crashes moments from the finish. A gutsy run to be proud of for sure, and lucky to walk away uninjured. French favorites Loic Bruni and Loris Vergier still pinned it for the home crowd even in the worst conditions possible and would receive some of the loudest cheers of the day, with Bruni being mobbed in the finish as the last rider down. Truly the people's champion of France. But in the end, it would be another Frenchman, Thibaut Daprela, giving the people what they were after as he would take advantage of a slick but less treacherous track to set what would be the fastest time of the day, and his first Elite World Cup win. Rounding out the top three would be Max Hartenstern and Baptiste Pierron.

While the party in Les Gets will continue long into the night and the early morning, the World Cup takes a month off before picking up again mid-August in Maribor, Slovenia.

Not Sunny

Finals day alreaduy upon us and in case you didn t hear the much-feared weather came and wreaked some havok.
Finals day already upon us and in case you didn't hear, the much-feared weather came and wreaked some havoc.

Slippery when dry treacherous when wet
Slippery when dry, treacherous when wet

Ross Bell doing a good dead for his photo karma. Yes the cows had plenty of grass already maybe explains why it didn t yield desired results.
Ross Bell doing a good deed for his photo karma. Yes, the cows had plenty of grass already, which maybe explains why it didn't yield desired results.

No one parties in the woods like the French at a mountain bike race
Les Gets this party started

Chainsaws are so 2020. It s Citroen s from now on.
Chainsaws are so 2020. It's Citroen's from now on.

Huge roots everywhere you look for almost the entire track. Les Gets was a gnarly one
Huge roots everywhere you look for almost the entire track. Les Gets was a gnarly one

The crowds were sunstantial despite Covid and the atmosphere strong despite the rain.
The crowds were substantial despite Covid and the atmosphere strong despite the rain.

The final leap of faith that would soon take down Reece Wilson.
The final leap of faith that would soon take down Reece Wilson.

Out of the woods and into the light.
Out of the woods and into the light.

Jackson Goldstone on his way to winning the junior men s race
Jackson Goldstone on his way to winning the Junior Men's race

Top qualifier Jordan Williams almost held it down for the win but would have to settle for 2nd.
Top qualifier Jordan Williams almost held it down for the win but would have to settle for 2nd.

Lachlan Stevens-McNab took third from Oliver Davis by two tenths.
Lachlan Stevens-McNab took third from Oliver Davis by two tenths.

Anything but easy out there today
Anything but easy out there today

Izabela Yankova rolling into second place.
Izabela Yankova rolling into second place.

Junior Women s winner Phoebe Gale
Junior Women's winner Phoebe Gale

Anastasia Thiele taking the final spot on the junior women podium.
Anastasia Thiele taking the final spot on the Junior Women podium.

Phoebe Gale lead out Izabela Yankova and Anastasia Thiele in the junior women s race
Phoebe Gale lead out Izabela Yankova and Anastasia Thiele in the Junior Women's race

Your top 3 junior men 1st Jackson Goldstone 2nd Jordan Williams 3rd Lachlan Stevens-McNab
Your top 3 Junior Men: 1st Jackson Goldstone 2nd Jordan Williams 3rd Lachlan Stevens-McNab

The track was rough and rutted already this morning and it was about to get a whole lot worse...
The track was rough and rutted already this morning and it was about to get a whole lot worse...

Camille Balanche is looking really consistent so far this season. Third place for the World Champ.
Camille Balanche is looking really consistent so far this season. Third place for the World Champ.

What a ride by Millie Johnset to her first elite podium.
What a ride by Mille Johnset to her first Elite podium.

Tahnee Seagrave on a burner to take the win in the elite women s race
Tahnee Seagrave on a burner to take the win in the Elite Women's race

Monika Hrastnik keeping the Dorval standards at the top of the game with another podium.
Monika Hrastnik keeping the Dorval standards at the top of the game with another podium.

Vali Holl cannot catch a break it seems. The last berm was a hard packed sheet of ice with all the rain that fell.
Vali Höll cannot catch a break it seems. The last berm was a hard-packed sheet of ice with all the rain that fell.

Vali Holl lost it in the last turn and was left to run over the line. She s on the pace and just needs to be patient. Her time is coming.
Vali Höll lost it in the last turn and was left to run over the line. She's on the pace and just needs to be patient. Her time is coming.

Fastest qualifier and last woman down the hill, Myriam Nicole

Myriam Nicole tucking towards the line but out by a small margin. Rest assured the French crowd was there to welcome her regardless.
Myriam Nicole tucking towards the line but out by a small margin. Rest assured, the French crowd was there to welcome her regardless.

Myriam Nicole inspects the damage whilst Johnset and Balanche congratulate Tahnee.
Myriam Nicole inspects the damage whilst Johnset and Balanche congratulate Tahnee.

An emotional end to a crazy day for Tahnee Seagrave and Myriam Nicole.
An emotional end to a crazy day for Tahnee Seagrave and Myriam Nicole.

A first top 10 for Kade Edwards.
A first top 10 for Kade Edwards.

Laurie Greenland gets to grips with the final steep chute in the lower woods.
Laurie Greenland gets to grips with the final steep chute in the lower woods.

Top ten for Joe Breeden on the rutted track.
Top ten for Joe Breeden on the rutted track.

Luca Shaw pushing in the final woods
Luca Shaw pushing in the final woods

Max Hartenstern with is best ever world cup finish in 2nd
Max Hartenstern with his best-ever world cup finish in 2nd

A great finish for George Brannigan in 8th place.
A great finish for George Brannigan in 8th place.

Connor Fearon also came down early before it really started to pour rain and ended up on the podium
Connor Fearon also came down early before it really started to rain and ended up on the podium

Dean Lucas back racing World Cups and back in the top 10.
Dean Lucas back racing World Cups and back in the top 10.

Baptiste Pierron has been knocking on the door of the podium for a while and things fell into place for him today.
Baptiste Pierron has been knocking on the door of the podium for a while and things fell into place for him today.

When it starts to rains the fist thing to get sketchy are the hard packed berms as many a rider found out n the final corner
When it starts to rain the first thing to get sketchy are the hard-packed berms as many a rider found out in the final corner

Troy Brosnan was one of many heavy hitters that would have been able to flirt with Daprela s time but the weather had other plans for him.
Troy Brosnan was one of many heavy hitters that would have been able to flirt with Daprela's time but the weather had other plans for him.

A crash in qualifying and a crash in the finals left Troy Brosnan out of the point and out of the leaders jersey
A crash in qualifying and a crash in the finals left Troy Brosnan out of the big points and out of the leaders' jersey

Thibaut Daprela full tuck on the final off-camber grass. It would take more than a broken nose and lacerated tongue to stop him.
Thibaut Daprela's full tuck on the final off-camber grass. It would take more than a broken nose and lacerated tongue to stop him.

Thibaut Daprella come down in the rain but escaped the worst of the conditions. An aggressive run that would turn out the be the best of the day
Thibaut Daprela came down in the rain but escaped the worst of the conditions. An aggressive run that would turn out to be the best of the day

Greg Minnaar blurring his way onto the finish area
Greg Minnaar blurring his way into the finish area

Fifth and final podium spot for Mark Wallace after a clean run.
Fifth and final podium spot for Mark Wallace after a clean run.

Daveboy Trummer holding on for dear life in the super-slick final turn.
Daveboy Trummer holding on for dear life in the super-slick final turn.

Dakotah Norton tried his best to do damage control in the rain
Dakotah Norton tried his best to do damage control in the rain

Reece Wilson may have used one of his 9 lives today
Reece Wilson may have used one of his 9 lives today

Reece Wilson was on a podium run in the worst conditions until a huge crash on one of the big jumps near the bottom. All in all he s lucky to be walking away uninjured today
Reece Wilson was on a podium run in the worst conditions until a huge crash on one of the big jumps near the bottom. All in all, he's lucky to be walking away uninjured today

One valiant effort from Scotland s finest.
One valiant effort from Scotland's finest.

On paper a 25th placed finish for Loris Vergier isn t a great result but given the conditions he faced that was one hell of a ride.
On paper, a 25th placed finish for Loris Vergier isn't a great result but given the conditions he faced that was one hell of a ride.

A rough day for many and a lot of points tossed away for the overall.
A rough day for many and a lot of points tossed away for the overall.

Last man down and the skies had opened up on Loic Bruni
Last man down and the skies had opened up on Loic Bruni

The mad mob arrives to party like it s 2099.
The mad mob arrives to party like it's 2099.

Win or lose the French crowd came to celebrate Loic Bruni the people s champion of France.
Win or lose, the French crowd came to celebrate Loic Bruni, the people's champion of France.

Euro 2020 DH edition.
Euro 2020 DH edition.

The French crowd was treated to a home winner once again in Les Gets. Thibaut Daprela does the business in elites for the first time.
The French crowd was treated to a home winner once again in Les Gets. Thibaut Daprela does the business in Elites for the first time.

Happy and humble. Today s elite women s winner Tahnee Seagrave
Happy and humble. Today's Elite Women's winner Tahnee Seagrave

Tahnee Seagrave struggled all week with pace and confidence on track but dug deep when it mattered most and true dan and incredible run
Tahnee Seagrave struggled all week with pace and confidence on track but dug deep when it mattered most and threw down an incredible run

The fastest lady and her bike in Les Gets Tahnee Seagrave
The fastest lady and her bike in Les Gets, Tahnee Seagrave

World Champ Camille Balanche leaves Les Gets in the World Cup leaders jersey
World Champ, Camille Balanche, leaves Les Gets in the World Cup leaders jersey

Camille Balanche happy finish on the podium and retain her lead in the overall
Camille Balanche happy to finish on the podium and retain her lead in the overall

Reflecting on one mad day on the mountain.
Reflecting on one mad day on the mountain.

It was a mess out there and one quite a few riders would happily forget
It was a mess out there and one quite a few riders would happily forget, and others will celebrate on into the night



49 Comments

  • 92 0
 And Minaar did one hell of a run settling in 7th position in finals with this conditions
  • 30 0
 Glad someone mentioned it. I think he was by far the fastest in the conditions he came down in. No disrespect to earlier riders - that’s racing. Just the most under the radar impressive run.
  • 12 0
 and he pulled back almost 1.5 at the bottom...
  • 50 0
 Minnaar's jumped over the pole mid track was like a magic trick!
  • 9 0
 @danielfox: such a GOAT line
  • 8 0
 Minnaar's and kerr's runs. Both runs totally different, but just awesome to watch.
  • 3 15
flag tremeer023 (Jul 4, 2021 at 0:53) (Below Threshold)
 That's years of experience paying off. I reckon he has raced this track more times than anyone else.
  • 16 0
 @tremeer023: it was a brand new track, never ridden before actually. The previous tracks in Les Gets descended a very different aspect of the mountain. Great to see a clean slate for everyone
  • 2 1
 @davetrumpore: ah, fair enough. I thought some sections looked familiar though.
  • 77 1
 Reece went down in massive ball of flames but still won in my heart
  • 10 0
 Have seen that on live stream! Man I am so glad he could roll the rest of the course in one piece
  • 7 0
 Was expecting a photo of that bail. Would be the highlight shot.
  • 30 3
 "Troy Brosnan was one of many heavy hitters that would have been able to flirt with Daprela's time but the weather had other plans for him".

Ah yes? Wasn't Brosman's ride far before Daprela's... and before the massive rain?
  • 18 0
 I was hoping for at least one photo of the John Cena Road gap
  • 4 0
 Yeah! Bummer☹️
  • 2 3
 Unfortunately that section was cancelled from the entire race for no good reason.
  • 14 0
 Daprela, Wilson, Kerr.. some great runs out there, immense talent.
  • 13 0
 If Citroens are the new chainsaws, are Alpha Romeos the new road gaps?
  • 7 0
 The men's race was one of those races / sporting events in which final position was significantly affected by position one ran. The track clearly got slower / slushier and I'm sure much more slippery and sketchy. Shame on Redbull TV for not having cams set up in that first 1:30, except for the initial pitch... Both men and ladies were sending hard! Sets up a great points race.
  • 5 1
 To the photographers who caught these fantastic images, congratulations on an amazing job well done in what were obviously trying conditions. Thank you! To pinkbike, thank you for bringing us this primo content for free. To the guys in the Citroen, that's fcukn' awesome! To you I say Vive Le France! Merci.
  • 6 1
 No champagne for 4th and 5th ? Poor form they’re on the podium they should be involved in the antics
  • 1 0
 Its only Nicolas Feuillatte this year, so better to stick with beer
  • 5 0
 Reece Wilson is a f#cking legend. His and Bernard Kerr's runs were outstanding. On the edge the whole way down. Insanity
  • 6 1
 I'm going to assume they removed the road gap from the race.
  • 26 0
 nope. it's worse than that, they didn't have a single camera setup for the road gap.
  • 17 2
 The road gap every rider and fan was talking about all week? The critical feature that could determine the outcome of the race? That road gap? Redbull doesn't know what you're talking about...
My grandma's been dead for more than a decade and she could have picked better camera positions.
  • 7 0
 @ddd: particularly as it was absolutely the critical factor for the women's race, its exclusion from camera range was just shocking.
  • 7 8
 @ddd: Why was it critical? Most riders were hitting it and there’s no different line choice or time to be lost/gained. Better to focus on the tech parts.
  • 4 0
 @ddd: the commentary was so awkward too, ah yes another rider 7 seconds back after split 1.... I wonder where they lost the time. Hmmmmmm, so anyway...

Warner mentions only once I think during the women's final right at the end, I think.
  • 8 0
 @dirtyburger: I thought the commentary was great. Much prefer Tracey and Eliot with Rob to be honest.
  • 1 0
 @dirtyburger:
And then instead mention 500 times that the conditions were so slippery. As if the viewers couldn't tell.
  • 2 0
 @Aptlynamed: To be fair, I think there's a limited number of different ways to talk about a track that's getting worse and times that are getting slower.

I really enjoyed the commentary - I think it's a really good balance with Hype Man Warner (who is very professional too these days) and a more analytical racer's view alongside.
  • 2 0
 Fantastic set of photos! Great to see some shots that show exactly how steep it is in those muddy, wet, rooty chutes. Really superhuman effort for all of these people to ride those at the speeds they do.
  • 1 0
 Not the race the course deserved. Daprela, full credit it to him, did what he needed to and put down a heater of a run, beating some top guys in the process. But the last 10 or so riders were under different conditions so the race finished a bit flat. In fact, the only thing I wanted from the last few riders, was for them to get down in one piece. That camber to cambered kicker was horrendous! Wilson's run was the wildest of the lot. Minaar still has it, obivously.
  • 2 0
 Agree that the race wasn't the same for everyone but don't agree that the race finished flat. You're never sure that a Danny Hart, Reece or Remi Thirion (or Sam Hill in older times) won't put a miracle run in these conditions. And Thibault hadn't the best conditions if you compare everyone...That's racing and that keeps suspense : I love it. Sorry for my english
  • 1 1
 Maybe it would be time to think about adapting start time when the weather forecast is like this ?
Rain was announced , why not make the race in the morning so ?
Completely pointless to watch this race at the end of the day , and riders get massive crashes trying hard to save only a few points
  • 4 0
 If only that was an easy option it would certainly be ideal. Unfortunately the times are locked in due to TV times with various broadcasters and obviously the live feed on Red Bull. Once that time is established it is locked and loaded. The end result does fall a bit flat, but the other option is no coverage available and the high dollar tv contracts that keep money in the sport fling off.
  • 4 1
 That was the best event I’ve seen in so long. Amazing.
  • 1 0
 Exceptional track. Great to see the best in the world display the limits of technical bike skills. This is what DH is about.
  • 2 0
 Reece & Daprela = BEASTS!! \m/
  • 3 0
 BULLDOG
  • 2 0
 Anyone think the finish from the woods was abit shit
  • 2 0
 prime example of sportsmanship: myriam and tahnee.
  • 1 0
 Who leads the men's overall now?
  • 2 0
 Thibaut Daprela
  • 1 0
 Rest was incredible
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