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Semi-Final Results from the Leogang DH World Cup 2024

Jun 8, 2024
by Sarah Moore  
After qualifying earlier today, the Elite racers are back against the clock to decide who progresses to finals.


Results:


Elite Women


1st. Vali Holl 3:38.913
2nd. Anna Newkirk + 1.671
3rd. Tahnee Seagrave +3.304
4th. Jess Blewitt +6.462
5th. Eleonora Farina +6.793


Elite Men


1st. Loic Bruni 3:05.146
2nd. Luca Shaw +0.759
3rd. Troy Brosnan +0.986
4th. Oisin O Callaghan +1.351
5th. Amaury Pierron +3.281




Full Results:


Elite Women


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Elite Men


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Start Lists:


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140 Comments
  • 100 29
 Watching this blank page waiting for it to update is still more exciting than EDR.
  • 15 5
 I'm not sure, I like the race recaps that show that one pink haired French lady win nearly every race xD
  • 7 0
 I laughed not because I agree (I do) but because how sad the truth is.
  • 69 2
 Dang... an upvoted scotttownes post?! Crazy!
  • 23 1
 @nateb: account must be hacked
  • 15 2
 @You2: sorted out the right combination and dosage
  • 14 1
 @nateb: he stole the comment from the qualifying results page that’s why.
  • 3 24
flag scott-townes FL (Jun 8, 2024 at 13:30) (Below Threshold)
 @enduroNZ: Prove it.
  • 19 0
 ^ aaaaaand we're back.
  • 1 0
 Riding EDR is way more fun than watching this page!
  • 65 1
 Maybe ad a Quarter-Final after Qualifying before the Semi-Final and the Final
  • 28 0
 I'd also like to suggest an Ultra Final.
  • 8 0
 @tbubier: After the super final.
  • 2 1
 @xsixx: where does that leave the Giga Final?
  • 2 0
 Not to be out done by the super ultra pre-final semi-quarter round. Keep ‘em on their bikes, that’s why they are paid the big bucks.
  • 1 0
 @TheEradicator: Only if it's done round robin tournament style in a best of 3 bracket and only the 2 are qualified and the total field enters into 3 rounds of LCQ's to set up the top 30 that advance to the finals, that will be run after the 31-60 super, ultra, mega, giga, mini final that will advance the winner of that into super, ultra, giga, grand final.
  • 28 3
 So they not showing semis stilll? Can any of you media guys ask Discovery peeps the rationale behind not streaming semis? There's must be a reason but i cannot fathom one for the love of God. And its driving me mad...
  • 24 33
flag stefkrger (Jun 8, 2024 at 7:16) (Below Threshold)
 Is it really that hard to figure out? It’s on a different day now, so they would need to pay every single person involved in the broadcast twice. It’s amazing how everyone was whining about semis being too much of a good thing to watch last year, yet now it’s a drama it’s not being broadcast anymore
  • 30 0
 @stefkrger: I don't know if it's the case in Leogang, but they filmed and broadcast semis on the big screen in the finish area at Fort Bill and in Poland, so they're paying those people regardless.
  • 3 18
flag stefkrger (Jun 8, 2024 at 7:36) (Below Threshold)
 @commental: it’s always been like that for the qualies. But they don’t have nearly as many cameras in place, most of the track is not covered. Plus announcers in multiple languages, etc
  • 8 3
 @stefkrger: I'm talking about semis. You said they'd have to pay those people for an extra day. They're paying them anyway.
  • 5 13
flag stefkrger (Jun 8, 2024 at 7:42) (Below Threshold)
 @commental: that’s what I’m saying: the crew involved in putting some video up on screen the day before (qualies during rb times, and semis now) is not nearly as big as the broadcast crew
  • 13 1
 @stefkrger: Many people going to see the races live have said what commental already mentioned, that the crew is already on site shooting the race, it's just not broadcast. In Poland you could even see the official camera crew in some of the clips UCI MTB themselves posted about the semi finals. Also last year the junior finals were the day before the elite finals and they were still broadcast, so it's not really like switching the elite semis and junior finals around has lead to more work days for the crew compared to last season.

And yes, I agree we could gladly get rid of the semis. But as long as they play an important role in the sport, I'd love to be able to see them. Especially now they've been moved to the day before, meaning you wouldn't need to binge the whole semis and finals in one go for over six hours.
  • 16 1
 @stefkrger: i loved semis last year so i guess im allowed to whin. The cameras are in place, they are streaming it to the people in the bikepark. Im not asking for announcers or anything. Just give me the same stream as the big screens at the venue. It wont cost them nothing and they would be giving small teams some exposure. It really doesnt make sense. I want to watch the not so well known riders from 30 to 60 and i cant.

Also
  • 6 17
flag stefkrger (Jun 8, 2024 at 7:51) (Below Threshold)
 @donimo: you guys don’t have a clue. I’m a regular on site at European races, and the broadcast crew on race day is much different than the day before. The reason some operators are there early is because they are figuring out camera angles, getting drones ready and debugging issues.
  • 10 0
 @stefkrger: there is no way that they have not yet a clear idea about angles etc. they will not change anything for tomorrow, because it would be a logistic nightmare and potentially interfering with the track.
In my opinion the reason why they are not showing the semis is because it was cannabilising the finals, because too many people wouldn’t commit to watching both, the free and paid offerings.
  • 3 0
 @stefkrger: I‘m working in media too. Have been to some of the races as long as we had the rights
And yes, you’re absolutely right.
(It’s still a shame though…)
  • 6 0
 Rumours all point to a "last chance qualifier" format for next year (along the lines of top 20 from quali through to finals, then everyone else gets another try to make the top 10 of the LCQ and get through to finals), so I assume that they're thinking that if they're not going to be broadcasting anything on the quali day next year there's not much point doing it this year.

Hard to say though as they don't appear to want to comment on it.
  • 8 1
 @stefkrger: But the main point isn't the fact whether they now have a full crew on site on Saturday or not, BUT why don't they. Yes, it's of course cheaper to do one day broadcast, but the issue is they did a two day broadcast last season and instead of accepting the same costs for this season they've dropped showing the semis. People are not complaining because they want more for the same money than last year, but because we'd like the same amount of live broadcast - especially since pretty much everyone of us is now paying more for this with almost all the subscription options getting more expensive this season. Another main complaint being that even UCI/ WBD themselves stated before the season started that both the semis and finals would be available to watch again this year, then dropped the semis without any further communication. Based on all information available beforehand people expected to be able to see the semis live with the subscriptions they bought, so I think it's fair some are complaining now they aren't shown.
  • 1 3
 @donimo: Last year, semis where on the Sunday / same day as the final.
  • 3 2
 Yeah taking away the semis is taking away the sport!
  • 4 0
 @mi-bike: Yes, which I too I already pointed out in my first reply. Like the fact that the junior finals were on Saturday, and we're broadcast. So it was indeed a two day broadcast last season.
  • 3 1
 @mitochris: it's easy offer it on the pay per view too... But I am paying and I cant see 66*100 of the show.. lame lame lame... And then new generations NOTHING no new engagement anf losing it... you all know what I think at these stages... I am tired of repeating myself...
  • 5 1
 @stefkrger: The cameramen and drones are all on track and recording during semis. They show full broadcast on the mountain and at the finish.
  • 1 0
 @CleanZine: LCQ would be fun to watch though
  • 2 2
 @stefkrger: finally someone who knows what they’re talking about :-)
  • 6 1
 Probably because last year every one said semis are stupid and cant be bothered to watch that much downhill. So many comments of people saying they wont watch semis so why bother showing them I guess?
  • 1 0
 It seems like the teams(?) have access to this footage as well. There was just a short clip in Ronan's Instagram stories where they were watching his semi run from today - which definitely looked liked it would've been cool to see in its entirety. It had all the same timing visuals as on the live broadcast. It just seems really hard to believe they don't have the entire TV team working already on Saturday, but also incredibly stupid not to broadcast the race if they're shooting it already. Like others have said, just have it run without commentary, only as a YouTube live to justify the lower production value. I mean it would beat watching these number on screen instead.
  • 6 0
 @danielteleman: I emailed Discovery+ support in the week to ask whether they were showing the semis and if not, why not, this was their response:

“I am sorry to inform you that due to broadcasting rights the Semi-finals for the downhill mountain biking is unavailable in Austria.”

Which of course completely clears that up and makes complete sense, thanks WBD.
  • 2 3
 @OrangeBlood: I think that does indeed make it pretty clear. Quite obviously, they do not have the rights to broadcast semis. Which in turn means, they would have had to pay more, if they wanted said rights. Which translates to, how much more would you be willing to pay for a subscription, if it included broadcasts of the semi-finals?
  • 2 0
 @FuzzyL: They are the broadcast partners with the UCI for the whole series, but don't have the rights to broadcast something they created, in a series that they run, in a certain country where they obviously did have the rights last year? Personally I find that very hard to believe. It also doesn't explain why they haven't broadcast semis at either of the previous rounds.
  • 1 3
 @commental: I do not think the rights situation last year gives us much insight into what it is this year, I’d imagine the contract with Discovery might differ quite a bit from the one GCN had. I don’t know if Discovery has the rights to broadcast semis, so if they state they don’t I’d have to take their word for that, and from a business perspective it would definitely have made sense to give up the rights to broadcast semis, which were clearly unloved by fans last year, if that saved them any money.
  • 2 1
 @FuzzyL: The contract is with Discovery for 8 years from last year, it was never with GCN. It was Discovery that created the semis. You can take their word for it if you like, speaking for myself I'm a little less gullible.
  • 2 1
 @commental: Yeah to me that explanation sounds a bit like they'd say "Yeah we're showing Tour de France, but due to rights reasons we can't show the time trial stages. Not that anyone else is showing those either, as we have all the rights, but we just can't."

The reply given might just be poor wording/ understanding what they're talking about/ confusing communication also within the company (I'm saying this as someone who has worked in customer support functions), but no matter what, that absolutely isn't an answer making any kind of sense as is.
  • 1 1
 @donimo: if nobody is watching I wouldn’t film two days either. If you think it sucks now, wait a year or two.
  • 3 1
 @somebody-else: the semis are filmed. There's a screen showing the runs at the finish line. My guess is they just don't want to pay for commentary and wouldn't want to broadcast without. They are financially on the limit, which makes me wonder why they outbid RB in the first place (if that's what happened).
  • 1 0
 @BenPea: so practice for the camera and tech guys and gals? Lovely.
  • 28 1
 Wow Anna!
  • 3 0
 Chapeau, greetings run!
  • 7 0
 Yeah, awesome result for Anna (and Contra bikes), fingers crossed for finals. Good luck Anna
  • 1 0
 @eddlessride: steel is real and can win Wink
  • 19 0
 GO LUCA!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 16 1
 Luca and Troy have been consistent as f*ck this year. That must feel amazing having a teammate right there alongside you to work with and compete against.
  • 13 0
 What happened to finn?
  • 9 0
 Right!? Maybe if those cheap bastards would have televised/streamed qualifying and semis we would know.
  • 9 0
 The team just now mentioned on Instagram he had a big crash yesterday and was feeling a bit sore. So just started to get into finals, hopefully feeling better by then.
  • 33 0
 Hurt his thumb.... Physio and painkillers today and he try it tommorow...talked with him today in pits
  • 2 0
 @pistikmann: Thanks for the update
  • 1 0
 @donimo: Fingers crossed he's good to go
  • 6 1
 @pwn3dd1rt: hopefully he can cross his too
  • 1 8
flag enduroNZ (Jun 8, 2024 at 13:07) (Below Threshold)
 @pistikmann: when you say talked do you mean stalked?
  • 13 0
 @enduroNZ: Finn is nice dude, he will still talk to you in the pits even if he is having a bad day.

I talked to him last year after msa, which was a pretty heartbreaking race for him, and he still was chill and taking pics with fans etc.
  • 10 0
 Luca deserves to win one.
  • 7 0
 Damn that’s a rough start to the year for Norco - have they had a rider in the final yet?
  • 7 2
 Love to see the field get cut down even more than it already has been. Shouldn't the runs from this morning be called Semi-Qualifying?
  • 2 0
 Quarter Final
  • 7 0
 real bummer wb/discovery pulled out of broadcasting the semi finals
  • 8 0
 Well done, Henri Kiefer!
  • 7 0
 Anna Newkirk! Stepping it up!
  • 6 0
 Anyone know what happened to Cami?
  • 1 1
 She is a protected rider. Doesn't that imply that she will race the finals no matter what or does she still need to ride the semi-finals for points?
  • 5 0
 She crashed kind of hard, possibly she injured the same shoulder which she had problems with.
  • 2 0
 @vinay: I know she is, but you're assuming she's not injured. That's why I'm asking.
  • 5 1
 @reddev: Aw damn, she's my favorite rider! Hope she recovers properly and that it doesn't mess with her mental strength (which is the bit I admire most).

@commental: Yeah, I'm definitely not up to date.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: I think protected status for riders grant them a spot to the semi, whatever ther quali result, as long as they start a quali run.
But not for the finals.
  • 5 0
 @Mightyfirelord: I don't think I've felt as disconnected to WC DH competition as this year. I don't understand/know the rules (apparently), race reports aren't really there (for elements you can win points for), I chose to not invest in the streaming service (did so last year and I don't know where the money went but it didn't seem to have gone where it should have) and now my favorite rider is out as well... Regardless of who your favorite rider is, don't you feel a bit out off touch with WC DH racing recently or is it just me getting old?
  • 2 0
 Her Instagram has video of her crash. She says she's still planning on racing tomorrow.
  • 1 0
 @toast2266: Now I am confused. I understood from this discussion that her protected status only grants her a spot at the semi finals, not the finals. Now that she has a DNF at the semi finals, can she still race the finals?
  • 4 0
 @Mightyfirelord: the top eight are protected in qualis and the top four in semis, so Cami and Marine both go through to mains.
  • 3 0
 and Nina. Can’t forget Nina.
  • 6 0
 @vinay: little p indicates protection to semis, big P indicates protection to finals.

It even states this at the bottom of every race results sheet.

I hate to say it, but it really isn't that hard to understand....
  • 5 0
 LET'S GO PINKY!
  • 4 0
 Nina raced that means she is after those points!!
  • 3 0
 Finn DNF Q and SF, breaking the start beam on both but no run. Protected but has he had a huge off?
  • 2 0
 Yesterday he crashed hard. Hurt his thumb. He try Ride tommorow with some painkillers going after some points.
  • 3 2
 well, Bruni just put over 3 seconds into the competition, wasn't expecting that
  • 3 1
 0.759 seconds
  • 3 0
 YEEEEAAAAAHHH MUSH!
  • 3 3
 yes Tahnee, knew I made a good fantasy trade. Also Lachlan and Bodhi are doing pretty well too. Might have a winning week with my picks.
  • 2 0
 Is qualifying the new semi-final and semi-final the new seeding/qualiying?
  • 2 0
 Can protected DNFs still race the final? assuming they're healthy?
  • 2 0
 Yes
  • 2 0
 Yes. They just have to break the beam.
  • 2 1
 Been out of the loop for a while. Noticed Laurie Greenland's absence - Is he injured?
  • 1 0
 Yeah what the heck
  • 2 0
 crashed in quali - wasn't protected
  • 5 0
 Posted on Instagram he had a huge crash in qualifying. Is sore but okay.
  • 1 0
 @Alexcrow: how bitter for Laurie. kinda sad news.
  • 1 0
 Get on it Laurie!
  • 1 0
 This is his worst season on record. Greg put a curse on the team?
  • 1 0
 @yakimonti: might be, but norco has got cursed too it seems
  • 1 0
 @yakimonti: If Laurie doesn't improve his results he will find himself on the chopping board... special when they already have a good replacement on board.
  • 2 0
 Only went and picked the wrong Meir-Smith, didn't I. Doh!
  • 2 2
 Conveniently, no one saw my very own semi getting excited that our Greg willy skin erected himself into the final. All on his birthday too....
  • 2 0
 Oliver Davis!
  • 3 2
 Is Bruni riding a rocket?
  • 2 1
 Racing that’s tighter than a gnats snatch.
  • 3 0
 Till bruni came down
  • 1 0
 @You2: One of the best that’s ever done it.
  • 2 1
 Did any top names miss out on qualifying for the finals?
  • 5 0
 Minnaar
  • 2 0
 @sideshowmel: Is it his shoulder or the bike? both???
  • 3 1
 What happened to Finn?
  • 2 0
 He had a crash, and needed to chill before the finals. He's protected, to just needed to run through the start beam on both Quali's and Semi's. It sounds like he hopes to feel good enough for tomorrow, thumb injury I think.
  • 1 0
 What time does it all kick off tomorrow
  • 1 0
 1.15pm BST
  • 1 0
 what happened to Minnaar man???
  • 8 4
 Time to retire
  • 1 0
 @thewho07: nooo cmon now
  • 3 0
 Grade 3 AC Separation at first round, plus on a new bike. Worst case scenario, but should be a lot better after the mid summer break.
  • 1 0
 How many women in the final?
  • 1 0
 Why does that matter to you?
  • 2 1
 Why does it matter to you that it matters to him?
  • 1 0
 Damn stoked to see Luca in the mix!
  • 1 0
 kiefer out with a huge otb and what seems to be a broken arm
  • 1 0
 tiz-cycling stream gone down for elites.... anyone got another link? TIA
  • 1 2
 Hoping pb posts up E edr results
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