The results are in from finals at Val Di Sole after a wild semi-finals
earlier in the day.
In the elite women's racing, we saw a repeat of the top two from Leogang as Vali Höll takes back-to-back World Cup wins ahead of 2022 World Cup overall winner Camille Balanche.
Vali Höll looked unmatched on the black snake as she took control of the wild course conditions to power her way to another victory in 2023. Camille Balanche has had to settle for her third 2nd place this season as she couldn't find an answer to the hard-charging Austrian. Jess Blewitt had a great performance in Val Di Sole as she managed to take third place and even managed to pull back some time against Vali's winning run in the final sector to the finish line.
Speaking about the tough challenge of Val Di Sole track, Vali Höll said in her post-race interview: "It's just so hard to keep the momentum and keep the strength up on this track. It's so physical and it's so rough, it's just hard to hold on."
Some last-minute rain caused an upset for the start of the elite men's race as the first riders had slightly better conditions than the mid-pack riders. By the time the race headed towards its conclusion the sun came out and baked the track allowing Jackson Goldstone to blow the race apart on his way to a first elite World Cup win.
Jackson Goldstone may have made a few mistakes at the top of the course but he quickly got back on pace to master the changing conditions and cross the line in the green. Finn Iles tried to best his fellow Canadian but he couldn't quite match the leading pace and would cross the line 2.224 seconds back. Thibaut Daprela had one of the wildest runs of the day but a big mistake in the lower woods lost him 1.8 seconds and the lead, the French racer ends his weekend in third.
After taking his first elite World Cup win Jackson Goldstone said: "I don't have many words to say I'm just so excited. The run was just on the edge the whole time right out the first corner I was already pushing really hard and yeah I just escaped with all those mistakes I made and somehow kept the flow going."
Check out the results below.
1st. Vali Höll: 4:07.440
2nd. Camille Balanche: 4:10.353
3rd. Jess Blewitt: 4:12.210
4th. Marine Cabirou: 4:12.445
5th. Nina Hoffmann: 4:12.689
1st. Jackson Goldstone: 3:34.926
2nd. Finn Iles: 3:37.150
3rd. Thibaut Daprela: 3:37.366
4th. Troy Brosnan: 3:38.797
5th. Loris Vergier: 3:39.121
The Elite Women's Race as it Happened
4:00 am PDT: The Elite Women's Race is Now Underway
After this morning's semi-finals it's Veronika Widmann who kicks off finals.
4:05 am PDT: Veronika Widmann Sets the First Finals Time of 4:24.109
As the first rider down Veronika Widmann takes the hot seat with a run sitting around 10 seconds back from Vali Höll's semi-final winning ride.
4:08 am PDT: Sian A'Hern Goes 3 Seconds Back
Sian A'Hern improves her semi-finals time by around four seconds but so far she sits in 2nd.
4:10 am PDT: A Huge Crash for Tahnee Seagrave
Tahnee Seagrave gets thrown off the bike as she goes over the rock drop into the woods. Tahnee is up and slowly making her way down the rest of the course.
4:16 am PDT: A Big Run for Lisa Baumann as She Goes Fastest
Lisa Baumann leads through every split on her way to take the hot seat by 2.644 seconds.
4:21 am PDT: Monika Hrastnik Flies into the Lead by Over 7 Seconds
Monika Hrastnik sets the fastest time so far and beats Vali Höll's winning time from the semi-finals. We could be in for some flat-out runs if we see the remaining six riders improve upon this run.
4:25 am PDT: Marine Cabirou Takes the Lead
Despite a mistake in one of the final corners Marine Cabirou goes into the hot seat by one and a half seconds.
4:26 am PDT: With 5 Riders Remaining the Top 5 are:
1st. Marine Cabirou: 4:12.445
2nd. Monika Hrastnik: 4:14.002
3rd. Lisa Baumann: 4:21.465
4th. Veronika Widmann: 4:21.465
5th. Sian A'Hern: 4:27.745
4:28 am PDT: Nina Hoffmann Crosses the Line 2nd
Nina Hoffmann started off strong but she couldn't keep up the high pace to the line as she ends her run 0.244 seconds back.
4:33 am PDT: Jess Blewitt Sets the New Fastest Time
Jess Blewitt crosses the line fastest as she makes the most of Marine Cabirou's mistake at the bottom to pull ahead by 0.235 seconds.
4:36 am PDT: Gracey Hemstreet Loses the Front End
Gracey Hemstreet was on a great run but gets caught out in the loose dust as she ends her run in 5th
4:40 am PDT: Camille Balanche Leads with One Rider Remaining
Camille Balanche has gone fastest by just under two seconds after losing nearly a second to Jess Blewitt in the final sector. Will the Swiss rider finally take a win in 2023?
4:44 am PDT: Vali Höll Gets Loose on her Way to her 2nd Win in 2023
Vali Höll looked unstoppable as she leads through every split to cross the line 2.9 seconds up.
The Elite Men's Race as it Happened
5:00 am PDT: The Elite Men's are on Course
Greg Williamson is first out of the start hut for what could be a wild finals as rain falls in Val Di Sole.
5:04 am PDT: Greg Williamson Crosses the Line with a 3:49.504 After a Crash
The first run of the day sits around 14 seconds back from the fastest semi-finals time although it will be interesting to see if the wet weather will affect the times in finals.
5:08 am PDT: Antoine Pierron Now Leads by 5.8 Seconds
Antoine Pierron quickly sets the new fastest time as he finds almost six seconds as the early riders make their way down the course.
5:10 am PDT: Bernard Kerr Takes the Hot Seat
Bernard Kerr is one of the first riders down in finals and sets a rapid time to become the new leader by 2.752 seconds.
5:15 am PDT: A Wild Wheel Explosion for Dante Silva
Dante Silva manages to come out relatively unscathed as he pops his tire and wheel through the rocks near the top of the course.
5:20 am PDT: Heavy Rain in Val Di Sole
The rain is really starting to come down now and will make an already tricky course even harder for the riders today.
5:36 am PDT: After 10 Riders the Top 5 are:
1st. Bernard Kerr: 3:40.945
2nd. Remy Meier-Smith: 3:42.984
3rd. Antoine Pierron: 3:43.697
4th. Rémi Thirion: 3:45.152
5th. Matteo Iniguez: 3:47.079
5:50 am PDT: The Weather is Improving for the Last 16 Riders
While the track is still looking slick the rain has stopped and the sun is out in Val Di Sole.
5:52 am PDT: Thomas Estaque Makes it into the Top Five
Thomas Estaque proves the race may not be over as he goes 4.791 seconds back and into fifth. Thomas is the first rider to get into the top five since Remy Meier-Smith's run.
5:56 am PDT: Laurie Greenland Breaks the Timing Feed
Laurie Greenland has broken the timing feed as currently he has completed a run in just 11 seconds.
5:59 am PDT: Loic Bruni is Up at Split 1
Loic Bruni is on a wild one as he is over a second up on Bernard Kerr at the first split. The splits on the live broadcast are wrong as currently, the timing system is comparing to Bernard Kerr's runs.
6:01 am PDT: Loic Bruni Goes 4th
Despite the broadcast saying Bruni was over three seconds up the World Champion was only in the green at split one before losing time at every other split. Loic ends his run in 4th. Lauria Greenland's time is also in with a run giving him 10th so far.
6:04 am PDT: Luca Shaw Crosses the Line 2.8 Seconds Back
Luca Shaw has a great run and manages to make it into fourth place with only 11 riders left at the top.
6:07 am PDT: Ronan Dunne Charges into 3rd
Ronan Dunne lays down a loose run to take 3rd place, 2.738 seconds back.
6:08 am PDT: With 10 Riders Remaining the Top 5 are:
1st. Bernard Kerr: 3:40.945
2nd. Remy Meier-Smith: 3:42.984
3rd. Ronan Dunne: 3:43.683
4th. Antoine Pierron: 3:43.697
5th. Luca Shaw: 3:43.809
6:17 am PDT: Benoit Coulanges is Only 1.3 Back at the Finish
Benoit Coulanges comes the closest to Bernard Kerr so far as he crosses the line only 1.392 seconds back. The race is definitely not over yet.
6:20 am PDT: Danny Hart Takes 3rd
Danny Hart was in the green for the first two splits but he can't keep it together in the lower steeps as he moves into 3rd.
6:23 am PDT: Troy Brosnan Goes Fastest!
Troy Brosnan has done what seemed impossible as he manages to beat the time of Bernard Kerr as he masters the tricky conditions to lead by over two seconds.
6:26 am PDT: A Huge Run from Thibaut Daprela
Thibaut Daprela has blown the race apart and goes fastest despite a big mistake in the lower woods.
6:28 am PDT: With 5 Riders Remaining the Top 5 are:
1st. Thibaut Daprela: 3:37.366
2nd. Troy Brosnan: 3:38.797
3rd. Bernard Kerr: 3:40.945
4th. Benoit Coulanges: 3:42.337
5th. Danny Hart: 3:42.685
6:31 am PDT: Andreas Kolb Slots into 3rd
Leogang winner Andreas Kolb is sitting in third place as we wait for the final four riders to take on their runs.
6:32 am PDT: Jackson Goldstone Pulls Back a Second at Split 2
Jackson Goldstone is on a great run as he has ridden back into the lead after a big mistake at the top of the course.
6:34 am PDT: Jackson Goldstone Is Fastest!
Jackson Goldstone smashes into the lead by 2.44 seconds as he might just be on his way to his first elite World Cup win.
6:37 am PDT: Finn Iles Gets Loose on his Way to 2nd
Finn Iles can't quite match the pace of Jackson Goldstone as he ends his run 2.224 seconds back.
6:41 am PDT: A Massive Crash for Jordan Williams
Jordan Williams has come off the track at the edge of the woods. It looks like Jordan is back up but this was a big one.
6:44 am PDT: Loris Vergier Goes 5th, Jackson Goldstone Wins in Val Di Sole
Loris Vergier makes some mistakes in his run and ends the day in 5th. With no riders left at the top, it is Jackson Goldstone who comes away with his first Elite World Cup win.