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Another beautiful day in Leogang today for finals. Austria has stayed tame with the weather, much to the appreciation of riders.
It was an unlucky morning for top junior men's qualifier Thibaut Daprela who was up at all four splits but came in second behind Kye A’Hern by only 0.050 seconds. Vali Holl continued her domination of the junior women’s field, winning by a 15 second margin, tailed by Nastasia Gimenez and Ottilia Johansson Jones.
The women’s elite race welcomed Rachel Atherton back to the top of the podium, her first World Cup win so far this season. Myriam Nicole was on a killer race run, ahead of Rachel in the hot seat at the last split, but a mistake cost her the few tenths of a second that put her in 2nd when she crossed the line. Disaster struck for top qualifier Tahnee Seagrave, who had a run in with the tape mid race run, and appeared to have exited the course. While the final verdict was up in the air, she took third place on the podium, only to be disqualified seconds later by the UCI. With Tahnee out, Tracey Hannah moved up to take 3rd, just under 4 seconds off Rachel’s top time.
In men’s elite, Amaury Pierron took back to back World Cup wins with an incredible run and now leads in the overall. Luca Shaw gave him a run for his money. As the last man on the hill, he was up at the third split, but a crash in the woods took him out of the running. Aaron Gwin was going for the title of the first man to take the win at the same venue for four years in a row, but with a few mistakes at the bottom of the course, he took second instead. The top five was rounded out with Laurie Greenland in third, Troy Brosnan in fourth, and Loris Vergier in fifth.
On to Val Di Sole!
6:34am: Luca Shaw crashes. Amaury Pierron with the win for the second weekend in a row.
6:33am: Luca Shaw, last man on the hill, is outside of Pierron's time for the first two splits, but pulls it back 0.039 up at the third.
6:26am: Pierron takes Gwin's top spot away. Luca Shaw and Brook Macdonald left at the top.
6:26am: Amaury Pierron is 0.059 back from Gwin mid-way down the course.
5:57am: Aaron Gwin, on a mission to be the first man to win at the same venue four years in a row, has a few mistakes at the end but still pulls off a top spot finish with the top 10 left to go.
5:42am: A close call along the tape, before the wall rides, but Dakotah Norton takes the top spot so far by just under a second.
5:39am: Fastest to split one in qualifying, Reece Wilson is up by almost a second in his race run, but makes a mistake in the trees and loses time.
5:24am: Finn Iles washes out in the first off camber corner right out of the gate, losing too much time to crack the top spots.
5:22am: Dark clouds are rolling in at the top of the course.
5:20am: Men are on course, midway through the start list, Charlie Harrison is on the hot seat.
4:19am: Tahnee has officially been DQ'ed.
4:13am: Rachel takes her first World Cup win of 2018.
4:13am: Tahnee overshoots on the motorway and looks to have exited the course... She crosses the line in third.
4:10am: Last year's winner, Tahnee Seagrave is the last woman at the top.
4:09am: Guaranteed a top 4, Tracey Hannah sits in third.
3:57am: Myriam Nicole was up at the last split, but a mistake at the end cost her, and she takes the second spot.
3:50am: Rachel Atherton crosses the line with a 13-second lead, 6 seconds faster than Tahnee Seagrave's qualifying time.
(*All time is Pacific Time)
Elite WomenElite Men
1st. PIERRON Amaury 3:10.991
2nd. GWIN Aaron 3:11.499 +0.508
3rd. GREENLAND Laurie 3:12.146 +1.155
4th. BROSNAN Troy 3:12.305 +1.314
5th. VERGIER Loris 3:13.121 +2.130
1st. ATHERTON Rachel 3:41.141
2nd. NICOLE Myriam 3:41.779 +0.638
3rd. HANNAH Tracey 3:45.118 +3.977
4th. HRASTNIK Monika 3:49.597 +8.456
5th. SIEGENTHALER Emilie 3:52.780 +11.639
Junior WomenJunior Men
1st. A'HERN Kye 3:19.207
2nd. DAPRELA Thibaut 3:19.257 +0.050
3rd. KERR Henry 3:21.860 +2.653
4th. EDWARDS Kade 3:23.894 +4.687
5th. EDMONDSON Jamie 3:24.504 +5.297
1st. HOLL Valentina 3:56.112
2nd. GIMENEZ Nastasia 4:11.482 +15.360
3rd. JOHANSSON JONES Ottilia 4:31.140 +35.018
4th. NEWKIRK Anna 4:36.326 +40.204
5th. GOZZI Tina 4:40.377 +44.255