Qualifying Results - Val di Sole DH World Cup 2017

Aug 25, 2017
by Pinkbike Staff  
Elite Women

Val di Sole World Cup DH 2017 - Qualification Results

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Elite Men

Val di Sole World Cup DH 2017 - Qualification Results

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Junior Men

Val di Sole World Cup DH 2017 - Qualification Results

Full results here.

Junior Women results here.

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203 Comments

  • + 141
 Wow... This is going to be one insane race! The difference between Minnaar and Gwin is nothing.... Gome on Gregg!!!
  • + 159
 GWIN!!
  • + 127
 GREG!!
  • + 25
 Apparently Minnaar had a huge crash in training and he's lucky to be even riding. So his time is even more amazing!
  • + 14
 Go Greg!
  • + 26
 GO GREG!!! YOU CAN DO IT!
  • + 55
 AND TROY! It's a friggin' incredible stack of riders this year.

Also... CECILE GETTING 9th!? First ever world cup dh. Jesus.
  • + 7
 This race will be epic! The Goat for the win!
  • + 12
 C'mon Greg!
  • + 2
 @bikekrieg: she's 25 seconds back. Wonder if she will be able to pull in more time, or will lose more for her race run.
  • + 29
 You're all forgetting about Danny! He was on pace in the first split but then he lost his chain, got a double puncture AND his brakes failed but he still managed an 8th place!!! COME ON DANNY! YOU CAN DO THIS!
  • + 6
 I'm as giddy as a little school girl, it's going to be tight!
  • - 6
flag cptmayhem (Aug 25, 2017 at 7:23) (Below Threshold)
 @scott-townes: No, he can't. He can take 1st place and all the others above him DNF, and he'll still be in 4th.

I do hope he takes the win if Greg doesn't!
  • + 12
 @cptmayhem: I think he just means the race results not the series.
  • + 1
 Go on Greg!
  • + 8
 @squarewheel: holy shit!!
  • + 6
 @scott-townes: and his wife left him?
  • + 1
 @scott-townes: really? holy shit
  • + 2
 I can't pick - I hope it is a 4 way tie.
  • + 2
 @scott-townes: Jeez....hang on to your bike Danny!
  • + 1
 Very much so
  • + 1
 @squarewheel: Thats a crazy break! Anyone have video?
  • + 5
 GWIN ALL THE WAY!!!!
  • + 15
 @squarewheel: It is Santa Cruz's new Impact Absorbing Carbon Layup that sacrifices the frame so the rider can still go on and qualify 2nd for World Cup races. Like MIPS but for frames.
  • + 3
 @scott-townes: DHart maybe have not the best star figure as some brands would like but he is a humble fighter and they have to count with him ..I like Gwin actitude but also Danny rises when the atten
tions are at elsewhere.
  • + 3
 @scott-townes: Is that true??? Source?


Also, its great to see more than just one American flag in the top spots!
  • + 2
 @squarewheel: Well well,well what hammer broke the frame ?Must be Thor because in lab a regular hammer dont do anything to the frame as we see in promo videos.The God Thor dont like Spec ?
  • + 8
 Just a heads up to say Ben Cathro is out in VDS and putting out some killer vids as usual. Also a great channel BTW.

m.youtube.com/watch?v=GYFn7yMEF6A
  • + 0
 @squarewheel: that's shocking,no frame should snap like that! Two places,completely in half. Wtf
  • + 3
 @scott-townes: I heard he had a saddle sore and someone stole his breakfast too.
  • + 1
 @enej46: yeah, he broke his bike in half, and was still able to qualify 2nd on a back up bike.
  • + 1
 @atrokz: either way it'll be fun to watch
  • + 1
 @enej46: Broke his bike in half.
  • + 2
 The ragged edge is getting a pounding this weekend. All of this is already hard to process and we haven't even started yet! Allez les frogs!
  • + 3
 I hope everyone is using this showdown to troll people on FB in making them think you are talking about mayweather vs mcgregor.
  • + 1
 @enej46: apparently I've seen picture taken trakside of his V10 29" litterally cutted in two pieces
  • - 3
 @mikelee: we can assume that it was the down tube that snapped first. The TT is much weaker, so if something finally destroyed the down tube, the top tube had no chance. One thing is sure, teams will start investing in laser and ultrasound scanners and check frames after and before every race. That failure was probably developing since some time. I know from my own first hand experience with santa cruz carbon frames that they don't snap just like that. I cased 7-8m road gap in Hafjell repeatedly on 2.2kg (!) Blur Trc, eventually landing flat. It didn't kill the frame which is only a notch stronger than a XC racing frame
  • - 2
 @WAKIdesigns: completely agree, that was a fracture from before this event. also proves how good carbon is at hiding iminant failure. looks like he was literally riding a normal part of the track too. imagine if it happened on a huge landing or really pinning it. got lucky for sure.
  • + 2
 @squarewheel: After they cover up the two pieces of frame with a jacket it becomes a 29" DH bike with the world's shortest wheelbase!
Is this how we'll reverse the "longer-slacker" trend? Minnaar is riding big wheels with the new Santa Cruz V2 frame: "tracks like this really favour a shorter-steeper setup, so I'm riding 32" wheels and a new frame sporting a 500mm wheelbase."

Now everyone will want one!
  • + 3
 @mikelee: after seeing the vid, even a fresh Karpiel Armaggedon would die
  • + 1
 @Sweatypants: HOLY CRAP. Looks like his wheel caught a bit of a hole and wanted to exit stage left.
  • + 1
 Trackside video of crash youtu.be/3dzEJH8H7BI
  • + 2
 On second viewing, front wheel lost traction and slipped right on that little rock at the bottom of the hill / g out section. Front grabbed super fast again and ejected him stage left. Nothing he could do.
  • + 5
 #cathrovision
  • + 4
 It was the frame impacting on the post side on that did the damage, the frame was in one piece until that point.
  • + 1
 @metaam: Exactly.
  • + 1
 @rockyflowtbay: GWIN!!!!!!!!! Got it??? GWIN!!!
  • + 1
 @metaam: just like with moon landing or with Kennedy's assasination(s), we will never know Wink even if Greg said his wheel just tucked out of his mistake and there was no way it was the breaking frame that caused the crash - People would speculate simply because the obvious answer is not the attractive one. I mean look at that mess with Sagan and Cavendish... there are people who still believe he elbowed him. Are we watching the same vid? Are you seeing the same thing I see?! Obviously not... one of us is dumber. Off course the fricking pole broke that frame. The layup is tailored to take foreaft forces and is shatter proofed from underside, not designed for side hits. And his frame is wrapping on that pole sideways. A dude landed with his ff helmet on my friends remedy 9.9 lying by the side of the trail. Top tube snapped. And someone thinks this won't happen while his bike is flying at high speed?
  • + 2
 @bikekrieg: This is just qualifiers so doesn't really count, but weren't there only 18 women competitors? So she is at the middle of all the competitors at 9th, but the real kicker is she was +25sec off of 1st, sorry but that's not that impressive, if there were 100 competitors then I would say WOW. Now Sam Hill moving from DH to Enduro and 1st race taking 10th out of 112 that's impressing. However, these are just qualifiers, lets see how she does in the race!
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: tbh a karpiel armaggedon would die from a kerb drop off (heat treatment is for pussies anyway)
  • + 3
 @WAKIdesigns: Reading that was like watching a snake eat itself tail first.
  • + 1
 Gwin
  • + 65
 Finn's time would've placed him in 13th elite mens...good job kid.
  • + 3
 Yeah. He's going to transition to elite really well. So is Walker. Koas will do pretty well in a couple years.
  • + 62
 Gwin beats Minnaar - Gwin wins. Minnaar beats Gwin - Minnaar wins. Last 2 men down the hill. Epic.
  • + 14
 Only if they finish 1-2. If they are outside the top 2, things will get interesting in the overall. 200 pts for first, 160 pts for second, 125 for third, 110 for fourth... 23 points separate them presently... I am hoping Troy puts down a sick run and puts pressure on the top 2!
  • + 5
 Only if their positions are 1-2. If Gwin gets 2nd and Minnaar 3rd (or any lower such scenario), Minnaar still wins. But pretty cool that if Gwin wins, he's unbeatable. Easy peasy, right? /s
  • + 1
 @bbroome: Woops. I missed some numbers in there. 140 3rd, 125 4th, 110 5th so yes you're right bbroome
  • - 1
 It's Val di Sole, lots of rocks and roots. Gwin often destroys a wheel when he pushes hard. Greg no so much. Just saying!
  • + 1
 Yes, this is going to be insane. Cannot wait. But I swear to heaven if Gwin has a mechanical at the bottom again...Oh boy.
  • + 5
 @joe-falconi: haha Greg just snapped a frame in two!
  • + 3
 Since Gwin qualified 1st he also gets 50pts for that.
  • + 2
 @joe-falconi: greg destroyed a frame in practice so
  • + 0
 @RatHunter83: how many points did Greg get?
  • + 1
 @MortifiedPenguin: 40. Hence Gwin gained 10 pts on him to 23 points now...
  • + 1
 @stylishskier: so you guys are wrong if everything you said is true..
There is a 23 point difference between 2nd and 3rd place, and between 3rd and 4th. So Gwinn would still win the overall
  • + 1
 Scratch that... Only 2nd and 3rd would work
  • + 27
 hmm, 9th for Cécile, not bad for a first one in DH WC. I hope to see her in the top 10 tomorrow.
  • + 4
 I bet she's got more on tap as well. I wouldn't be surprised to see her in the top 5.
  • + 1
 Bike speed is about adaptation and absolute feeling and trust with your bike... Just look at the difference of adaptation between Miller and Ravannel las EWS un a Raw video I think, but now opposite papers...
  • + 8
 "9th" sounds a lot better than "25 seconds off the leader's pace", which is the reality she has to grapple with. First World Cup and a Top 10 would be a super achievement (remember Gwin?) but to think that she would do any better at her first World Cup, on this track of all tracks, is just not very likely.
  • + 3
 @ka-brap: I'm not that impressed, there were only 18 women competitors in total. Top 10 achievement means a lot more when there are 100+ competitors like there are in the men's roster.
  • + 25
 So close. Glad to see Minnar keeping Gwin Honest. I think Gwin is the faster man all out, but Minnar almost as fast and more consistent. I'd like to see Minnar take it, as Gwin has many more years left to dominate
  • - 1
 Needles, is that you?....
  • + 22
 Greg snapped his frame in half at the end of practice, so not bad from him...
  • + 3
 pics?
  • + 2
 Damn! Back to the 90's! That is a scary looking failure. Did the bike collapse underneath him and send him cartwheeling?
  • + 1
 from Vital:
"minnaar crashed sending the bike flipping and wrapping it around a tree/post causing it to break. it didn't break while he was riding. he qualified in 2nd place (only .177 seconds back) just an hour later on a freshly-built bike. he's clearly not worried about the strength of the bike. i guess there will be footage of the incident soon."
  • + 21
 Entire syndicate qualified in top 10... Rain pretty much guaranteed for the top 20 tomorrow so
  • + 8
 Pretty much guaranteed? I am from here and i can assure you that it is probably not raining at all during the race. We will see. Hoping for a fair race
  • + 3
 MInnaar must be pissed off. If he would take the qualifying win today he can be a 2nd in a race day and grab the overall by 3 points. Cheering for Greg!
  • + 3
 @alexander80: Check your sarcasm meter...
  • + 1
 @AdamOdh: Ha! To lose out by such a minuscule margin! Thats racing.
  • + 20
 Let's not forget that we have a battle on the womens side too with both Tracey and Tahnee gaining valuable points today.
  • + 10
 Pink Bike fashionista's may have to fall on their swords lol, cause Tracey is killin it on the R3ACT Polygon prototype.
  • + 5
 @TPLRacing: Put Gwin on a toaster and he'll be in the top 3 overall. Tracey's result is not exactly hard science.
  • + 1
 What does Tracey need to win the overall? She deserves it the most IMO
  • + 19
 Top 20 Qualifiers

7 French
5 British
3 Americans
2 Aussies
1 South African
1 Kiwi
1 Canadian

The French are killing it (in mens)!
  • + 11
 They always have
  • + 3
 And Thirion is not there Smile
  • + 12
 4 Americans in the top 21 Smile ... this a huge step forward from years past. This is rad to see.
  • + 1
 ...and not one freakin German...embarrassing!!
  • + 1
 Yes they are! I wonder what it is. But yeah, the French seem to have incredible riders, in all disciplines. Is it something in the water over there!??
  • + 1
 They invented downhill biking.. it not fair
  • + 18
 Gwin for the win
  • + 13
 Calling it for Troy to spoil the party that many have been looking forward to
  • + 10
 I mean, I don't think anyone would be sad. Troy is probably the friendliest dude on the circuit. Hard not to like the little bloke!
  • + 1
 I think Troy has had a great season with the new team. The beginning of the season he looked a little hesitant but has really turned it around now. Can't wait to see what he can do next year.
  • + 2
 @RatHunter83: why are you talking about next year when he's on the contention for the overall title as we speak?
  • + 13
 Let's go Aaron!!!
  • + 10
 Can't wait to see Finn Iles move up to Elite next year. He needs a new challenge
  • + 2
 Oh yes!!! Would be awesome to have a Canadian at the top of the game again! It was so much fun cheering for Smith, I miss that!
  • + 1
 @t1000: Don't forget about Mark Wallace. Currently ranked 8th!!
  • + 1
 @dhpig: Absolutely! I was blown away by Wallace last year when I went to Mont-Sainte-Anne WC. His line in the rock garden was unreal! He deserves top support from the fans!

But I doubt he will ever reach Smith's level. I'd love him to prove me wrong though. Smith seriously steped up his game around 23-24yo. The year he won many WC, and the overall if I remember well. Maybe Wallace can do the same!
  • + 1
 @dhpig: Wallace ain't ever gonna be top 3... Finn will
  • + 12
 GWIN!!!!
  • + 9
 If Gwinn wins, he takes the overall, even if minnaar is second !
  • + 7
 Yea Mark Wallace! Git Sum buddy!
  • + 2
 Women's race is going to be a nail biter. Myriam Nicole was 15 seconds back with a full off-the-bike crash so it's certainly not in the bag for Tracy. I hope the commentators have their spread sheets set up to give us results as they come in otherwise there will be a lot of guessing and confusion.
  • + 6
 nice one Dak Norton! Killing it!
  • + 1
 Seriously, what a sick result! Let's hope he can bring a solid run in the finals!
  • + 1
 Agreed! Dakotah is shredding right now, love seeing him kill it. Go Dakotah! Luca doing well too.
  • + 1
 @rtjames: must be the session he's on Wink
  • + 1
 @striveCF15: definitely helps not being on a Morpheus
  • + 4
 Best last race in DH history... women's and mens. All 3 with a chance to win are all in the top 4. With the men the only 3 guys with a chance to win all had green splits.
  • + 6
 The drama is real!!!! This is why we need more races in a season
  • + 6
 OOOOOooo s@#t it's closeeee!
  • + 5
 Tracey's Polygon is totally fugly - fast and ugly!
  • + 5
 These guys are bringing epic to a whole new level !
  • + 1
 Minaar doesn't have to beat Gwin to get the overall. He can finish one position behind Gwin and still have enough points cushion to win the overall as long as Gwin doesn't win. If Gwin get's 2nd... Greg only needs 3rd. Gwin Gets 3rd... Greg only needs 4th.. etc... If Gwin wins... Greg is screwed. If I were Greg - i would share all my secrets with Brosnan, Moir, Hart etc.. . A win for anyone but Gwin would make the overall title easier for Minaar.
  • + 5
 Go Tracey
  • + 5
 Cecil in the top 10!
  • + 3
 Rooting for Bronson to pull the upset.....
  • + 1
 For some reason I think that Gwin will have a better chance at world champs if he loses the overall this year. And seeing Minnarr win the overall would be epic.
  • + 1
 Minnars bike from practice??!!!??!! How the hell did he manage to walk away from that??
www.mtb-mag.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/sc.jpg
  • + 1
 Not a good qualifying run for Siegenthaler... mechanical? Allez Emilie! Meanwhile Hrastnik is apparently switching on beast mode in Val di Sole :-)
  • + 1
 damn just started watching DH for the first time this year and this is better than any form of racing...gwin gwin gwin yeeeaaaa
  • + 1
 Watching this ultimate show down in the morn and then going to a soft opener to our freshly built local bike park in the afternoon. Cannot wait!
  • + 1
 GWINNER GWINNER GWINNER
any one see the pics of the V10 in two halves??? Glad it wasn't Greg's quali run RACE IS ON!!!
BEST SEASON EVER!!!
  • + 1
 I know that it's all exciting and stuff with the points so close and all... but the big question is...

Is there going to be a 'Predict Top 3' competition for this race??
  • + 3
 holy f that is close between the top two
  • + 1
 What happened to Pompon?!? Also, anyone know what happened to Payet? He's usually better than 44th.
  • + 2
 Didn't watch it, but she must have let off the gas a bit. She has a decent lead in the overall and I think she can afford a top 5 finish. (correct me if I'm wrong)
  • + 1
 @ryanlaf12: Correcting you without verifying, but she lost 10 sec in the first split. Pretty sure that means she washed out on the first turns. So she should be on pace come race time.

Doubt she let off the gas as her lead was not huge.
  • + 1
 @alfarac: That's what I kind of thought might have happened. Thanks for that!
  • + 2
 Let's shut this down Gwin
  • + 2
 No sick mick? Just getting ready for worlds?
  • + 2
 Finally a trail of authentic DH, finally a real war, so amazing
  • + 1
 who will win the overall if gwin win on this race and minnaar take a second place? xD
  • + 3
 Mr Minn for the win!
  • + 1
 how hard would it be to have the full results published or at the very least a link to the fully qualifying results?
  • + 3
 Done
  • + 1
 just ad the UCI Live Timing page to your reading marks during race season:
www.uci.ch/mountain-bike/ucievents/2017-mountain-bike-uci-mountain-bike-world-cup-presented-by-shimano/162153117/widgets/live-timing-results
pretty exciting watching the numbers alone
  • + 1
 @fraktiv: Thanks for adding them. I admit that I liked the old way with Scribd inline in the page. Always worked great for me! Only an extra couple of clicks now but such is the plight of our people.
  • + 2
 @fraktiv: thanks mate
  • + 1
 The usual suspects are all there! This race & season is definitely one we'll talk about for a long time! Wow!
  • + 1
 Rain again for tomorrow's race awww man the top 20 should go first and have the bottom guys try to catch them
  • + 1
 NOPE! DH is an alpine sport be prepared or GTFO
  • + 2
 I bet he's gwin'in from ear to ear
  • + 3
 lets GO GO GO GM !!!!!!!
  • + 2
 Dang! So close! Whats the points difference after the Quali..?
  • + 10
 Oh my, some slight pressure on the start hut for the last guys tomorrow:
Minnaar 972p
Gwin 949p (-23)
Brosnan 880p (-92)

Points from the race:
1. 200p
2. 160p
3. 140p
4. 125p
5. 110p
  • + 2
 Greg !! Go you good thing !!
  • + 3
 Great battle!!!
  • + 1
 Top 21 men tighter than the top 4 women. Wow.
  • + 1
 Hart is going to smoke everyone.
  • + 1
 Go Tracey ! Be nice to see her grin , if she can win Smile
  • + 1
 What a season! One of the greatests
  • + 1
 Minnaaaaaaar all the way! This track fits Minnaar's style very well.
  • + 1
 No fantasy contest for VDS?
  • + 1
 Tracey Hannah rank one on awesome proto bike, get rekt haters.
  • + 1
 battle of the "G". Gwinaar
  • + 1
 Hannah seems to like the new prototype with react..
  • + 2
 GWIN!!!
  • + 1
 In the Red corner, Winning on points ... !!! TBC
  • + 2
 Blenki's on fire lately
  • + 2
 GWIN!!
  • - 1
 Does anyhow know what happened to Minnaar?
There is a picture where the frame is broken in half, specialized style.

www.pinkbike.com/photo/15092326
  • + 1
 I just read official sc comment... compare that to specialized comment when bikes snap ( always mechanic or somebody fault) or when tdf 2014 contador frame snapped and the hid it .... so respect to sc...
  • + 1
 Gwinn for the Win !!!
  • + 1
 With you Aaron!!!
  • + 1
 GWIN gonna get some..
  • - 1
 Holy ballz Cecile killing it! I'm so torn one side of me is a Patriot and the other wants to see the GOAT get this.
  • - 1
 Not that I want it to happen... but the Eagle will lose its air again, unless he is on blacked out cortos.
  • - 2
 With Luca Shaw and Vergier performing as well on their 27.5 bikes and so few 29ers left it's time to ask... Is 29er dead?
  • - 3
 What size tire was minnarr are running this race
  • + 1
 The only person from the Syndicate running 27.5 is Loris so far it seems. So he was probably on 29.
  • - 1
 Yeah! #GwinMinn
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