Qualifying Results from the Lenzerheide World Cup DH 2021

Sep 3, 2021
by Ed Spratt  
No surprise that Vali Holl went fastest in timed. She s is hungrier than ever.


After a flat out practice and Timed Training session on the Lenzerheide track, riders are back between the tape to fight for the top qualifying spots ahead of tomorrows racing. Vali Höll and Loris Vergier went fastest in Timed Training, but qualifying is where we will really see how fast riders can hit the course.

In the Junior racing, Izabela Yankova and Pau Menoyo Busquets came out fastest. Izabela Yankova laid down an incredible run seeing her go fastest by over 18 seconds. Izabela's time would have been good enough for third place in yesterdays Elite Women's timed training.

Newly crowned World Champion Myriam Nicole is looking unstoppable this weekend, finishing qualifying with a huge 4.619 second gap to Tahnee Seagrave, with Vali Höll not far behind. Camille Balanche crossed the line just under seven seconds back and was the last Elite Women to come within ten seconds of Myriam Nicole.

Loris Vergier set the fastest time in the Elite Men as he bests Amaury Pierron by almost a second. Nearly a second back from Amaury is Danny Hart, the only rider not from France to make it into the top five. Loic Bruni finishes today just over two seconds back from Loris, with Thibaut Daprela very close behind.

Check out the full results below.




Results:


Elite Women


1st. Myriam Nicole: 3:18.839
2nd. Tahnee Seagrave: 3:23.458
3rd. Vali Höll: 3:23.496
4th. Camille Balanche: 3:25.595
5th. Monika Hrastnik: 3:30.866


Elite Men


1st. Loris Vergier: 2:49.693
2nd. Amaury Pierron: 2:50.690
3rd. Danny Hart: 2:51.544
4th. Loic Bruni: 2:51.835
5th. Thibaut Daprela: 2:51.861



Junior Women


1st. Izabela Yankova: 3:32.139
2nd. Kine Haugom: 3:50.616
3rd. Gracey Hemstreet: 3:51.710
4th. Leona Pierrini: 3:51.858
5th. Delia Da Mocogno: 3:55.677


Junior Men


1st. Pau Menoyo Busquets: 2:58.818
2nd. Jackson Goldstone: 2:59.047
3rd. Ethan Craik: 3:01.079
4th. Oisin O Callaghan: 3:02.196
5th. Tristan Lemire: 3:02.963




Full Results:

Elite Women
Riders ranked 1-15 and protected riders who started qualify for finals


Elite Men
Riders ranked 1-60 and protected riders who started qualify for finals


Junior Women
Riders who started qualify for finals


Junior Men
Riders ranked 1-25 and protected riders who started qualify for finals






150 Comments

  • 73 1
 Damn... 67th for Cathro. Less than a second away from qualifying. Hopefully he's racing at Snowshoe.
  • 14 0
 He is creeping up , you are gonna make it Line boy !!
  • 1 0
 What’s the cut off at the moment?
  • 9 0
 @thenotoriousmic: top 60. Absolutely crazy why they changed it from 80. A lot of these riders pay a fortune to travel the world to try and qualify and miss out by a matter of seconds. UCI really know how to run a bike race.
  • 2 0
 He's in good company though, faster than Blenki.
  • 2 0
 @thewho07: i wouldn't have minded the reduced numbers if they got a 2nd chance at qualies so could do another run if they got a mechanical or crash
  • 69 1
 Wow, Yankova's time! There hasn't been a junior woman this dominant since, umm, last year.
  • 6 0
 Yeah! Izabela for the win!!! I think she's starting to get a fan club, and I'm part of it!
  • 8 0
 that 20 second gap really yanked my attention over
  • 8 0
 What a run- Yankova's time puts her 7th in the Elite women's field!!!
  • 10 2
 Pretty sure you mean two years ago
  • 14 0
 @thelastrun: 2020 was deleted. not found
  • 5 0
 Dominant with the number 2 plate? Still fast mind...
  • 2 0
 Go Izi! Amazing results.
  • 1 0
 @NickMT: How can she be promoted to the Elite field? How does this work? Finish first in the end of the season?
  • 2 0
 @gonsaaa: I think she has to be 19
  • 2 0
 And She is a privateer!
  • 33 1
 results look like a French bread sandwich with Danny Hart as the meat
  • 47 0
 Some might call it a hearty sandwich
  • 16 0
 That's a pain
  • 13 0
 Hart dog
  • 41 0
 We'll probably see a Frenchie win tomorrow, but Danny might just baguette.
  • 2 0
 @mi-bike: that could have been a really harty sandwich that wasn't such au pain...
  • 2 0
 Roast Beef sandwich.
  • 5 0
 @BreakLikeTheWind: More like a meat BALLS sandwich
  • 1 0
 @Mugen: or a "ART SANDWICH" because they worth it !
  • 3 0
 Elite men place 111 and Junior men place 49 could whip up a mean dish in the kitchen together I reckon.
  • 2 0
 @chakaping: Unless a certain South African gets on a roll!
  • 1 0
 @trabri: a gregg roll i suppose?
  • 30 0
 Where is the denim destroyer. Miss him
  • 3 0
 He's probably too busy at his families' restaurant.
  • 8 0
 I asked Wyn (on Insta) about this yesterday and he said he had issues with injuries and didn't feel like racing this year.
  • 1 0
 he got a call...
  • 1 0
 @captbennett: gotta roll all those Knoedel (dumplings) in his restaurant
  • 1 0
 One of the few things bringing me hope on this doomed rock…
  • 23 0
 Is it the French championship ? :-)
  • 31 0
 No it's not, Coulanges did not win !
  • 7 5
 Est ce qu'on se la pête pas complétement franchement.... Et on a bien raison :-) (d'avance mes excuses aux cousins francophones pour cette vantardise abusive.)
  • 6 3
 Ouais on veut un podium de rêve nous ! Allez les gars !!!!!
  • 6 4
 Taking leadership at the qualification doesn't mean you'll get the final victory.. ask G Minnaar Wink
  • 3 2
 @fracasnoxteam: ouai mais si un français ne gagne pas on va avoir l'air con...
  • 6 0
 @granjak: Exactly right. Timed training is where it happens.
  • 1 0
 .69 is trending
  • 2 2
 @BenPea: On est bien d'accord,mais laisse nous rêver Pea Wink
  • 1 1
 @BenPea: yeah yeah, Jean Lefebvre for the win, bloody froggies.
  • 23 1
 WTF! Amaury! Not of this earth
  • 3 0
 UCI Mountainbike Universecup
  • 19 0
 Troy was fastest at the first two splits and then fell back a whole minute - must’ve had a crash or mechanical. Hope he’s okay to race tomorrow!
  • 16 0
 Just posted on FB. Flat tyre
  • 4 0
 It was a Flat tire
  • 2 0
 @Snapcatcher: Glad to hear, always worry about a crash when I see those numbers.
  • 1 0
 @Snapcatcher: badly inflated news
  • 16 0
 Bruni 4th, what a lunatic. Could barely walk a couple of days ago.
  • 1 0
 What happened to him?
  • 1 0
 @BenPea: massive crash at Worlds
  • 3 0
 @Trogdor636: but that was at practice and he was fine afterwards (finished 6th in the race too)
  • 6 0
 @BenPea: There were 2 massive crashes at VDS: the launch to the moon caught on tape during qualies, but another one sunday morning that hurt his leg. He spent monday in hospital and didn't do track walk to give himself the best chance at competing.

On the one hand it is badass and cool and shit... On the other hand, it seems to me like the rate of injuries and people riding with serious injuries is so high this year.
  • 2 0
 Let's also not forget, that he started the season with a broken heel. Which has definitely not fully healed by now...and can be a true pain in the ass, or foot in this case.
  • 1 0
 @Mugen: sheeeit... didn't know that. Cheers for the info.
  • 1 0
 @BenPea: He wasn't fine afterwards, he just pushed through it. Massive hematoma to be drained as well.
  • 1 0
 @xTwoSnakesx: Didn't know about the second slam, dude. He was ok after the first.
  • 13 0
 As someone who wants Vali to start winning in Elites, it's great to see her not win qualifying!
  • 3 0
 Blame it on the comment section. She clearly got the message that it is all about timed training so she smoked the field by nearly eight seconds.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: well, her timed training and her qualifying are nearly on par with 3:23 So not so sure about how much she‘s left in the tank…
  • 2 0
 I was just gonna say that: she might need to embrace the “go slow to race fast” idea
  • 12 0
 Nice to see Amaury back and in form!
  • 30 1
 All that sensitivity training is paying off
  • 11 1
 @skiwenric: apparently he didn't dread that training
  • 1 0
 Was he at World's?
  • 2 0
 @mybaben: yeah. But first race back so he didn't do much.
  • 1 0
 @PTyliszczak: Cool, thanks.
  • 8 0
 Men's qualifying times are crazy-tight. 1-60 separated by less than 11 seconds. Any errors during a race run will send a rider tumbling down the results list. While this may not be every riders favorite track, the racing should be epic to watch.
  • 6 0
 Any errors will send a rider tumbling down the mountain side too
  • 1 0
 1st, 2nd, 3rd separated by a second between each place though. Another level from the 4th-60th field.
  • 9 0
 Did I hear Cathro correctly, Phoebe Gale has a broken wrist? She quali’d 6th! Impressive.
  • 8 1
 its not even a flesh wound
  • 3 0
 Yes she has - strapped up and good to go
  • 2 17
flag zstover (Sep 3, 2021 at 6:50) (Below Threshold)
 Broken-ish. I know nothing of the true nature of it, but I'd wager it's definitely not a compound fracture (bones exiting skin), nor a displaced fracture. It's likely a hairline fracture?

If I'm wrong, post the response.
  • 11 0
 @zstover: it's "not a compound fracture" - lol, really?
  • 1 0
 @browner: “C’mon then! Have at you”
  • 9 0
 Izabela Yankova on fire! Go girl!!!
  • 9 0
 brendog DNS, what happend?
  • 9 43
flag slow-af-rider (Sep 3, 2021 at 6:45) (Below Threshold)
 to busy being a YouTuber... I dunno, he posted a video about his new bike build yesterday, maybe it fell apart as he did it himself LOL.
  • 7 0
 Heavy crash. Came off and landed on a rock with his leg, not broken but apparently a pretty nasty wound that needs fixing up
  • 5 0
 @TombPhoto: that sucks Frown
  • 7 2
 @TombPhoto: shiiiit. Heal up Brendog!
  • 3 0
 @TombPhoto: Vital are stating he was airlifted out with a suspected compound femur fracture?!
  • 5 0
 @Freakyjon: it sounds as though he got away with no breaks fortunately. From his mechanic - ‘as you may have seen, Brendog crashed in practice today landing on a rock with his leg. He was airlifted to hospital. He is ok and doing well, the leg isn’t broken but the wound is very deep. He will have an operation to repair the wound and investigate further damage.’
  • 3 0
 @TombPhoto: good to hear then. Hopefully it's a quick recovery.
  • 1 0
 @Freakyjon: For sure. Could screw up Rampage participation.
  • 8 0
 Brosnan was fastest until he had a puncture right after the 2nd split
  • 6 0
 Really happy for Izabela. At last we do have a good example of a committed sportsperson representing our Country - Bulgaria! Go Iziii!!!
  • 8 2
 Would be wild to see a 5 frenchman podium.
  • 3 1
 hell yeah Smile
  • 7 2
 Just so everyone is in the loop, Miriam Nicole's nickname is pompon, not pompom. Peace!
  • 1 0
 Does anyone know what it means though??
  • 1 0
 LOL. I know, my OCD has been wanting to correct everyone's posts. Wink
  • 3 0
 @Paco77: "When I was younger, I used to ride a horse named Pompon and everyone started calling me that. It started when I was five and it followed me until today."
crankybetty.co.uk/interviews/myriam-nicole-interview
  • 6 0
 @BenPea: what's the point of precising the Pompon's spelling when you can't write Myriam properly with a Y instead of a I?
  • 5 0
 Pom poms on a roll shl be hard to beat
  • 3 0
 I always look where the top elite woman would have finished / qualified in the elite men’s. Don’t know why.
But this week Pom Pom would have qualified 119th.
  • 2 0
 The gap is as usual, about 20-30 seconds, depending the track. It may have to do with this very track, disliked by almost every racer there this weekend...
  • 1 0
 This might seem a daft question but... if Troy Brosnan is a protected rider and will still race tomorrow, does that mean Lino Lehmann (who qualified in 60th place) will miss the cut?
  • 3 0
 I think Troy just slots at the begining of the live feed and lino gets pushed to 61 but still gets to race
  • 1 0
 @dRok1394: thanks for clearing that up. Be tough if you didn't qualify because you were pushed down the order, through no fault of your own!
  • 1 0
 I'd imagine that anyone who qualified 1-60 gets through, then any protected riders who weren't in the top 60 also get to race.

It would be interesting if all the protected riders rode it 5 minutes slower than everyone, just to see what would happen.
If there are 10 protected riders(don't know how many there actually is) would 70 race?
  • 3 0
 is it possible that Pau is a very popular name in Spain?
  • 4 1
 Yes in Catalonia
  • 3 1
 OMG full Pau's here...
  • 2 0
 I think yes,it is a very common name. We got 3 Pau on race and one of them is looking fast!!!
  • 8 0
 English equivalent is Paul, in Catalan is Pau, in Spanish is Pablo/Paula, is a very common name on lot of countries. It has its origin on Latin language. One of the main known historic personalities with the name was Saint Paul or Paul the Apostle, San Pablo in Spanish.
  • 1 0
 T'Pau!
  • 2 0
 @elyari: English equivalent is Carol Decker.
  • 3 0
 At least as common as Pierron surname in France ;P
  • 4 0
 @Fulgacian: Hahaha, no I would guess that half of the Pierrons from France are racing DH lol
  • 4 0
 Go danny go!
  • 2 0
 Is daprela gunna ride safe into top 5 to retain lead or go balls to the walls
  • 12 0
 He probably thinks about riding safe, but then, you know, he leaves the start line Big Grin
  • 1 0
 @Fulgacian: I bet he is doing better because he is being conservative... may be going balls out in the end its a gamble and it's reaaaly not that faster most times.. he is top 5 I bet you not being super crazy as he has been before being in this situation
  • 3 0
 Good to see Tahnee back up there again.
  • 3 0
 Hmmmm looks like the French are good at riding bikes!
  • 3 0
 Izi, chill Big Grin
  • 3 0
 attaboy Amaury!
  • 2 0
 Sik Mik racing? Is that him in 23rd?
  • 1 0
 Yes, right about where he has slotted for the past 5 years or so. Pretty sure he's hardly missed a WC race in the last 20 years...and throwing no-handers for the last 10 of those?
  • 3 1
 In only 11s 60 guys qualified... INSANE
  • 4 5
 I think it mostly shows how insanely bad the Lenzerheiden course is. There is no way those 60 are within 11 seconds of each other on a proper course. Send them down the road for a 3 minute run and I bet they'll be within 2 seconds of each other.
  • 2 2
 @mccarthyp: elite women you only get 3 in 11s... look at the gaps
  • 2 1
 @PauRexs: we are talking about the elite men and whether this track challenged them. The elite women, junior women and junior men are irrelevant to whether the track is a challenge for the elite men
  • 2 0
 @PauRexs: Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson would both knock a fly weight out in the first round. Would be irrelevant what a female or junior boxer would do in the same fight. Bottom line is the heavyweights didn't get challenged sufficiently to differentiate one from the other.
  • 2 0
 @mccarthyp: If you actually look at the gaps between, say, the 6th and 60th place riders in qualifying, you'll find that the percentage gaps in Lenzerheide are bigger than they were in Maribor, and about the same as in Les Gets. Are those courses also terrible?

(The gap back to the first rider is more random, because the top few riders are more like random outliers. They might also hold back in qualifying more or less.)
  • 1 0
 Anybody here know if Danny Hart switched back to a full 29’r setup for the finals last week?
  • 2 0
 Aw, I was hoping Ben would make the cut.
  • 1 0
 Holy smokes, the Jr. Men's division sure has a lot of Cdn prospects.
  • 1 0
 What happened to Christopher Grice over the last couple rounds?
  • 3 0
 broken hand in practice for worlds
  • 1 0
 Damn it, I shouldn't have started messing with my fantasy team!
  • 1 0
 Cathro did not make the cut?
  • 2 0
 No... less than a second away.
  • 1 0
 And where are the friday's fail ?
  • 1 0
 Is Gwin out for this year then?
  • 2 0
 Not sure about the rest of the season. Haven't seen him post anything yet.
  • 1 0
 Danny Im a French sandwich
  • 1 0
 What's up with Alex Marin? Why DNS?
  • 1 0
 The French Armada killing qualies
  • 1 0
 I think we need a cap on how many frenchies are allowed to enter Razz
  • 1 0
 Awwww no. The 26" guy DNF'd Frown
I was pulling for him
  • 2 2
 28 seconds...

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