Results: Qualifying - Val di Sole World Cup DH 2019

Aug 2, 2019
by Ed Spratt  
Vali Holl starting the day off right with a cup of style.

The results are in from a tricky qualifying session. A massive thunderstorm rolled in just as the Elite Men's qualifying was starting. The top 60 all came down the course as the rain kept falling and the gondola was shut down due to the lightning putting a hold on riders starting their runs. Everything was quickly back up and running so the final riders could complete their runs.



Results:


Elite Men

1st. Joe Breeden: 4:07.982
2nd. Davide Palazzari: +1.083
3rd. Faustin Figaret: +1.983
4th. Forrest Riesco: +2.277
5th. Brook Macdonald: +6.453
6th. Amaury Pierron: +7.314
7th. Jack Reading: +8.076
8th. Francisco Pardal: +8.951
9th. Johannes Von Klebelsberg: +9.995
10th. Laurie Greenland: +10.589


Elite Women

1st. Tracey Hannah: 4:32.976
2nd. Marine Cabirou: 1.456
3rd. Veronika Widmann: +5.345
4th. Eleonora Farina: +16.504
5th. Camille Balanche: +18.364
6th. Emilie Siegenthaler: +18.881
7th. Nina Hoffmann: +20.155
8th. Kate Weatherly: +20.866
9th. Monika Hrastnik: +25.245
10th. Sandra Rubesam: +25.304



Junior Men

1st. Elliot Jamieson: 3:59.611
2nd. Seth Sherlock: +0.261
3rd. Zak Gomilscek: +3.604
4th. Lucas Cruz: +3.680
5th. Ariki Pene Tuhoto: +5.008


Junior Women

1st. Vali Höll: 5:04.532
2nd. Mille Johnset: +2.579
3rd. Anna Newkirk: +24.971
4th. Lauryne Chappaz: 47.692
5th. Leane Chardonnieras: +48.558


Full Results:
Elite Men


Elite Women


Junior Men


Junior Women




171 Comments

  • + 47
 Wet denim: more aero, more flexible, more fast, more style.
  • + 9
 Weighs 3 times as much so carries momentum better.
  • + 4
 They chafe so bad you can't wait to get to the bottom and take them off.
  • + 27
 Pinkbike: "The results are in from a tricky qualifying session. The rain started falling as the elite men took to the track and it was truly sodden by the time the top guys took to the course"
People: "Does it rain over there?"
  • + 7
 So it is dry out there?
  • + 5
 @Zack38: looks like hard conditions, our boy Max actually 53rd with 38seconds back..
great runs from Bulldog, Amaury and Laurie under these circumstances!
  • + 4
 Can't find the replay on RedBull TV for the timed trainings, does anyone have a link ?
  • + 10
 @Clemounet: haha good one Smile
  • + 0
 @likehell: ????????????????????????
  • + 6
 Vali di Hoell
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flag Isey (Aug 2, 2019 at 14:42) (Below Threshold)
 @endlessblockades: Vali Di Hole
  • + 25
 So will this be 2019's first real test of the revised protected rider qualifying and start order system. Seems most of the fast guys qualified but there are some unknown names in the top 20. Hope they get their chance to race live on TV rather than get bumped off it by a household name on a factory team.
  • + 21
 Yes, and Joe Breeden better be last man down. Rain or not, that's racing and he'd be robbed of it if they change the start order, make the broadcast longer if they need to.
  • + 4
 In a nutshell, what is the protected qualifying / start order system? Or should I say, how does it work?
  • + 11
 I long for the old days of Freecaster showing quali, all the field and Warner getting on it.
  • + 3
 @GrandMasterOrge: the rule clearly states top 5 qualifiers go last, from 5th to 1st, regardless of the effect of protected riders. There's no reason to think breeden wouldn't go last.
  • + 3
 @tobiusmaximum: Protected riders are top 10 from 2018 standings and top 10 riders from the current year standings not already protected from 2018 overall standings. Start order is reverse qualifying results; fastest qualifier goes last.

Only the last 20 riders are shown on the live feed, which this week excludes a lot of big names.
  • + 1
 @JoshParsons87: They usually show many more than 20?
  • + 1
 @JoshParsons87: so forgive me for being dim.. but does it mean the protected riders are automatically qualified? I’m guessing not. So my next thought would be that they are automatically racing in the top spots. At which point that would mean there are between 10 and 20 riders already on tv and between 0 and 10 riders that can muscle in on that?

Sounds like madness to me. Break the pool cue and see what happens, a la ‘Batman returns’ tryouts.
  • + 1
 @tobiusmaximum: Yes protected riders automatically qualify for the finals. And they usually show 30 riders on the feed I believe. The way I understand the rules now is that you take the top 5 fastest qualifiers plus all the protected riders and create one pool. This pool of riders are last down, in reverse order of qualification finish. Then the remaining qualifiers fall in line next, also in reverse order of how they qualified.

So at worst, the top 5 fastest qualifiers are guaranteed to be the last 5 down the hill. In this case it looks like guys like Reading, Pardal, etc are going to get pushed back at start around 25th-30th.
  • + 1
 @jay-me: I absolutly agree!
  • + 1
 @thesharkman: I haven't actually read the current rules so thanks for that, I was referencing Losinj 2018 when the fastest qualifier was bumped down due to the change of rules to fit in with the broadcssy/narrative.
  • + 1
 @jay-me: supporting the grass roots racers.
  • + 1
 @sino428: don't you have to at least roll out of the gate in qualies to race in the final, protected or not?
  • + 2
 @BenPea: yes, protected riders just need to go by the gate.
  • + 1
 @BenPea: yes. They are automatically in the final regardless of what place they finish in qualification. But they do have to at least start a qualification run.
  • + 1
 Will it be Masters, Shaw, Fearon as the first 3 out of the gate?
  • + 15
 Joe Breeden gone from not qualifying in Les Gets to qualifying 1st in VDS, regardless of weather that's quality
  • + 10
 At least Intense will have someone riding in the live feed.
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 @chriskneeland: hopefully he'll be last to go too
  • - 3
 @mtbcyclist: quality? he literally needs an act of god to even qualify lol all this shows is that is must have rained REALLY hard after his run lol
  • + 1
 @nismo325: haha I know that he isn't normally top 10 or even top 30, but that doesn't take away from the fact that he's P1
  • + 3
 @nismo325: That just dumb. This is a super tech track (finally) that plays to a different skill set. It is not one of these super wide and boring courses. He apparently showed up with the right set of skills to handle what was there. I, for one, am happy to see new names up there. Bummed Mulally could not carry some momentum in. This seemed like it was his sort of track.
  • + 2
 @jmhills: He’s in the final. Just not the live feed. I am correct, right?
  • + 14
 JVK!!!
  • + 2
 why's everyone calling him JVK? did he mention not liking Denim Destroyer or something?
Cause I think is the better nick name in the circuit...
  • + 2
 @ismasan: because brevity
  • + 1
 @ismasan: Because PB
  • + 2
 @ismasan: abbrv
  • + 12
 Where the hell is Sam Hill this could be something for him!!!
  • + 10
 And i want matti lehiokonen to comment on hills run ????
  • + 4
 @small-m: You just slaughtered that name.
  • + 14
 @colincolin: No, that's the correct spelling of Sam Hill
  • - 1
 when are we going to stop pretending sam can still win WC races? I mean he is one of my favourite riders of all time but after watching the last 10 years of WC DH racing i know he has no chance anymore.
  • + 5
 @nismo325: you shut your dirty whore mouth right meow.
  • + 1
 @freestyIAM:
Princess Caroline... Is that you?
Dead Horse
  • + 11
 Canadian U21's Lets go !! Send it boys
  • + 6
 It’s U 19.
  • + 2
 @hprimrose: Ha Thanks U19
  • + 9
 Denim destroyer made it to 9th, even in the rain!
  • + 7
 Looked at the radar.. It was raining like a pissing cow out there.. hope Mark Wallace is alright.. see was a DNF during the downpour
  • - 1
 protected
  • + 2
 @bikesandbeers: sadly, it seems he is injured according to pinkbike
  • + 2
 @maroski: sad to hear!
  • + 1
 He skipped his qualy run in light of his protected status after a crash in practice. He will be racing tomorrow
  • + 9
 Yah Elliott!!
  • + 8
 Was that the first intense that qualied first this year ?
  • + 6
 Will brands like fox, tld start making denims for mtb? Seems to work even in the rain, and it has decent pockets and is kind of strong for crashes. What else do you need?
  • + 1
 Hard to justify $200+ for some riding jeans if they look the same as the one I buy from Old Navy. Have to somehow Enduro-ize them
  • + 3
 @plyawn: motorcycle industry has all kinds of fancy denim they charge hundreds for, I’m sure they could do it. I never ride in cotton.
  • + 1
 Denim in the rain sticks like a bee atch, too absorbent. In the dry, sure.
  • + 4
 Regardless of the rains - those guys who are never up top, are in a place they've been dreaming of! This mix up should make for some interesting runs.
  • + 1
 Anyone know what’s going on? Looks like they stopped qualies after the top 60 or so. Living timing feed stopped at rider 63 and no one has gone for about 15 minutes. In next to start it looks like they are rerunning riders 35-41 and then going back to 63, but it’s been on delay for a while now. Injured rider on track?
  • + 5
 Adam Rodjek (rider no 42) was a DNF so maybe; hope he's OK...
  • + 9
 @Longroadtonowhere We're hearing it has been red flagged, some riders are prepping to head back up for re-runs

Edit: Riders back on track now, looks like six re-runs then riders 60+
  • + 11
 There’s been a heavy thunderstorm and the gondola got struck by lightning, so they’ll be sending the people down now, who are already up now & and might continue sending people up as soon as the gondola is working again...
  • + 7
 Sounds like a complete shit show!
  • + 3
 @orientdave: damn, he had pretty good split times Frown
  • + 1
 @bikesandbeers: hashtag weather
  • + 3
 Why is Neko's first split empty? I looked at the live timing earlier and he was the fastest through the first split by 2 seconds?
error or what?
  • + 4
 Going to be time to shine for some of these new guys in the top 20. Stoked!
  • + 1
 Just here to register my outrage that the UCI result sheets are not searchable text, even if you download the PDF. I actually had to carefully look to see that Loic Bruni was 18th. How am I supposed to procrastinate efficiently like this?
  • + 1
 Thanks, you saved me a lot of time.
  • + 3
 BRAYTON fastest through the speed trap, 66 kph through the speed trap! yeah boi
  • + 4
 The denim destroyer strikes back again.
  • + 2
 Good to see Brook on the pace considering he took a bit of a flyer in practice. Keen to see him wrestle the snake and uh... win
  • + 1
 Damn I have the worst comment du to my phone's shitty touchscreen somewhere in the comment... T. Daprela first split is the fastest of the day, that's it. Can't wet (lol) for tomorrow, go everybody!
  • + 3
 Still excited to see some many random names it’ll be interesting to watch
  • + 4
 Good for them, but I hope the fastest guy wins, not the luckiest. That being said, tomorrow is another day, and most of the quick dudes made it through to finals.. I hope for some constant conditions for tomorrow! But it will be exciting for sure!
  • + 3
 @likehell: the fastest guy always wins
  • + 1
 unfortunately it will be a low qualified fast racer taking fist spot then we will have to watch a bunch of riders finishing like 5 seconds behind.....
  • + 1
 @mkotowski1: oh, that's some news! Wink
  • + 3
 Veronika Widmann looks like she's feeling comfortable at home. Would be cool to see a tight race at the top
  • + 3
 "home".... Ja, cg fühle mich so wohl hier in Italien....
  • + 2
 *ich
  • + 1
 @jay-me: it's all Europe innit.
  • + 2
 @jay-me: she’s Italian you bollard
  • + 2
 Surely I am not the only person who sees the white pants and inevitable mud splatter as a questionable choice of kit?!?
  • + 3
 For those who geek out on this stuff, Francisco Pardal is on flat pedals
  • + 2
 Is Charlie Harrison protected being at #19 entering into the qualifying? I don't see a P next to his name.
  • + 1
 Nope, he's out sadly. Was looking promising this weekend too.
  • + 2
 I dont know who those riders are.
  • + 2
 Reading and Breeden! Go on!!!
  • + 1
 Does the P next to their number mean they qualify no matter their place in quails?
  • + 2
 Yes it does
  • + 2
 @Davichin: thanks. I’d be pretty sad if Ed and Luca didn’t qualify.
  • + 1
 The Junior Men times are way faster than the Elite Men. They must of beat the weather.
  • + 3
 Rain...?
  • + 17
 reign
  • - 9
flag splsce (Aug 2, 2019 at 5:46) (Below Threshold)
 really though, did a storm rip through at the end?
  • + 47
 C'moooooon, it says it rained in the first paragraph
  • + 1
 @BenTravis: same thought, 10th word!
  • + 4
 @BenTravis: those are sum bunch of big words, and couple of dem is long words two! Can't ya just tell folks if a big blow did swing thru and upset dem boys in the cycle race?
  • - 3
 @splsce: why the negatives?
  • + 1
 Anyone know what happened to David Horvath? Injury?
  • + 2
 I just missed it this morning when I arrived up at the start hut but saw him taken away by chopper, he apparently went wide at the first road gap. Saw an online article translated from Italian saying that there was "nothing serious" and he's just been monitored but I'm not sure exactly what the injuries are, it looked serious?
  • + 1
 anyone know why greg williamson / taylor vernon didnt start?
  • + 1
 Williamson wasn't feeling good and found out he had suffered from a concussion sime time before. Per his instagram.
  • + 1
 So good. That start list is going to be great to watch
  • + 1
 Nathan Paillard 62! Bon entraînement à Artouste,!!
  • + 1
 If Saturday is like today maybe Alex Fayolle can do it again.
  • + 2
 A lot of rain...
  • + 0
 Why don't they reschedule when its like that? Thunderstorms and lightning for some doesn't sound in the least bit fair
  • + 6
 Reschedule a DH race because of weather? Is that actually a thing?
  • + 1
 well I think they did stop it at one point, so ya..
  • + 4
 Why not just show the whole field of riders? Make Warner and Claudio earn their bread....
  • + 1
 Is there decent live timing the uci site is shit
  • + 1
 Hell ya Forest!
  • + 1
 First split Daprela
  • - 1
 What does the forecast look like for raceday?
  • + 23
 Google search "Val di Sol weather"
  • + 3
 @Mntneer: i like you
  • + 1
 @Mntneer: Could have just said sunny.
  • + 15
 @chriskneeland: teach a man to fish, feed him for life
  • + 4
 @Mntneer: teach a man to fish and he will sit in the boat all day and drink beer.
  • + 1
 @Mntneer: Ask a man for some fish and you'll be free to watch more race coverage!
  • + 0
 Mostly Sunny
86°f - 65°f
  • - 3
 @snomaster: You sir are a gentleman and a scholar.
  • - 1
 Why does it take so long to get full results?!
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