Pinkbike Predictions - Val di Sole World Cup DH 2019

Aug 1, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  
With just three races left this season, we're getting used to some familiar faces at the top of the results sheets. Will they change around for Val di Sole? We've taken a look into our crystal ball to find out:

Men
Amaury Pierron

Only the last meters of track left for Pierron. It was green all the way with a few seconds to spare. Eruption in Les Gets is a go.

Pierron was on scintillating form in Les Gets and was able to put huge time gaps into the field in the open sections, ending up more than 2 seconds clear. Val di Sole may be the polar opposite to Les Gets but that probably won't slow him down. Pierron won here last year and he also won on the other long, rough track this year, Fort William. Pierron currently sits 110 points back on Bruni in his defence of the World Cup overall so he will be keen to chase down his fellow Frenchman and get himself closer to that leader's jersey.

Loic Bruni

Full gas and determination to the line for Loic Bruni but it was not enough to hold off Amaury Pierron

It has been a good few years since Bruni has been able to put together a full season to challenge for the title but he's taken that chance with both hands this year and is now the man with the target on his back for the rest of the year. That being said, Val di Sole hasn't always been the kindest track to Loic, in the last four years he has finished 2nd, 83rd, 3rd and 28th. He'll be hoping Saturday is one of his good days here and he can challenge for a win that sets him out as clear favourite for the overall title.

Laurie Greenland

Flying down the track for 3rd was Laurie Greenland

Laurie Greenland simply loves it here. His two best results racing at international level came here with a silver in World Champs in 2016 and a second place in the World Cup last year and he has never finished worse than sixth. We're expecting him to carry on his hot streak here this weekend with his second successive podium.

Women
Marine Cabirou

Marine Cabirou has been riding with aggression this year and it s great to watch.

Marine Cabirou hasn't been off the podium all year and has finished second at the past two rounds. What has been obvious all year is that she excels in the steep, techy terrain that Val di Sole offers by the bucketload. It's a matter of 'when' not 'if' with Marine and Val di Sole could be where she finally breaks her duck and picks up her first World Cup win.

Tracey Hannah

What a season it s been for Tracey Hannah. Well deserved win here in France.

With a lead of 200 points in the overall, Tracey can start to think about being solid and consistent over the remaining few races to ensure she secures her first overall title. If she gets second place in qualifying and finals at the remaining races this season she'll guarantee the top spot at the end of the year with points to spare. That being said, the physicality of Val di Sole will suit her well and even with a conservative run she could be in with a shot at the win.

Mariana Salazar

Mariana Salazar into third showing a strong pace and even a little style of the massive step down by the finish.

Mariana Salazar had a real break out ride in Les Gets and announced herself as a contender for the rest of the year with a best-ever third place. Even more impressive than that is the fact that she was the fastest woman from the second split down, winning every sector on the bottom half of the track. With the wind in her sails, she'll have her eye on another high podium finish in Val di Sole.

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41 Comments

  • + 43
 My predictions:

Brosnan finishes 2nd
Brendog locks in another top 10
Gwin never wins a race on 29 inch wheels

You heard it here first.
  • - 2
 He won in Lošinj with a 29 or am i wrong
  • + 9
 @Leodt: wrong. he didn't get a 29er till la bresse
  • + 17
 I called it months ago, year of the dog. Brendog and the Bulldog are gonna stand on a podium together.
  • + 9
 @chriskneeland : maybe Gwin needs to try the mullet bike? or just go back to 27.5 all together.
  • + 5
 @rockchomper: YT Tues is just better bike, or at least better suits him - first win at first race on new bike
  • + 2
 @speedshifter: He did pretty alright on the Spec Demo too
  • + 25
 PB Predictions: pick the top 3 from the last race, and maaaaaaybe switch one of them around.
  • + 6
 Even though Brosnan rarely ever finishes outside the top 3! Putting Brosnan in 2nd or 3rd for every prediction is like the most guaranteed thing you can do.
  • + 1
 @Rubberelli: It seems pundits like to exclude TB from most predictions because it's too predicable?
  • + 1
 @hifiandmtb: was it last world champs or what where there was an article or video on the top contenders and it had like 10 riders who could win, and excluded Brosnan. He had fun with that. While he may never become GOAT, at some point he may very well take the most podium finishes and even lifetime points from Minnaar.
  • + 22
 We need another Danny Hart wild ride for the win!
  • + 3
 Amaury rides full tilt like Danny. Crazy fun to watch.
  • + 1
 @neimbc: Amaury is more grounded... Danny is a yoyo!
  • + 7
 I wouldn't count Brosnan out by the way! I'd say he will podium this race if his past results are any reminder. hope he takes first he needs it!
  • + 4
 1st Hannah 2 Nina 3 Salazar ////1st Borsnan 2nd Pierron 3 Bruni Ladies First...
  • - 2
 Nina healthy? With a time over 2 minutes behind the leaders she either chose not to link a complete run or crashed.

I don't seen Cabirou not in a top 3 slot until Atherton and Tahnee are both back. She's fast.
  • + 2
 @onemanarmy: Nina has never put winning times on timed training. However, she flies on race days.
  • + 2
 @onemanarmy: It's just timed training. +1 on Cabirou.
  • + 1
 @onemanarmy: Gwin is also usually way back on timed training
  • + 4
 Loic has been on fire ever since going to Maxxis rubber, thanks to running a Mullet bike.. #fact
  • + 4
 Pierron, for two in a row..
  • + 2
 I want to say Minnaar FTW - he's so darn controlled and smooth - others in comparison at his speed look recklessly fast.
  • + 2
 I am a long time Minnaar fan and I feel like he has one more world cup win in him. He has stood on the other steps of the podium at Val di Sole maybe this is the year for him to be on top.
  • + 1
 Minnaar is my pick for sure. He still looks soooo smooth at Mach Chicken pace
  • + 3
 Denim destroyer for a top ten I hope
  • + 1
 Bruni deserves the overall! And for sure Brosnan on the podium, as always!
  • + 3
 Don’t sleep on Danny.
  • + 2
 Especially if it gets wet.
  • + 2
 'cuz he likes to be on top.
  • + 1
 @kjjohnson: that's true true !! at least I hope so hahaha!!!
  • + 1
 @kjjohnson: especially when it’s wet ... don’t forget the wetness
  • + 1
 Rojcek in top 25
  • + 0
 Slugger will win it.
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