Loic Bruni showed just why he is in the rainbow stripes today. While most others fought hard to navigate this track, the Frenchman seemed to hover and skip across the muck and the rocks with such grace that one could think that he was indeed divine. Loic qualified almost six seconds up on the rest of the field. With the field so shuffled this year there is sure to be some catching up and adjusting, but Bruni has already arrived. Aaron Gwin, the man who dominated Lourdes last year found himself in tenth after a crash. Josh Bryceland was second followed by Gee Atherton around a second back. Today also saw Steve Smith looking back to brilliance, and Brendan Fairclough continuing the fine form he concluded last year with. Loris Vergier had an incredible ride today even with a tumble. Most riders didn't make it down without incident. All seemed to come across the line with a smear of Lourdes wet soil on them somewhere.
Tahnee Seagrave came out swinging like an angry nun with a finish at the top spot after suffering a quick off. World Champ Rachel Atherton came in second three seconds back and Manon Carpenter took third. The Junior men's top spot was taken by privateer Frenchman, Kevin Marry. British lads, Matt Walker and Charlie Hatton took second and third. Top junior, Jackson Frew, took fifth today. Weather looks like it might be stabilizing tomorrow, so riders might be able to put more on the line rather than trying to just make it down safe. For now, we will have to speculate and wait for the final judgment.