The opening round of the 2022 downhill World Cup is underway in Lourdes with the Junior racers taking to the steep and wild track for some flat out racing. In the Junior Women's race Gracey Hemstreet secures a huge win crossing the line over six seconds ahead of Phoebe Gale that would have been good enough for seventh in yesterday's Elite Women's qualifying. Phoebe Gale ends today in second with 2021 World Champion Izabela Yankova completing the top three, 8.585
seconds back. Backing up his incredible 2021 season Jackson Goldstone pilots his new Santa Cruz to the top of the podium with a nearly three-second gap to Remy Meier-Smith in second place. Jordan Williams was the only other rider to come within five seconds of Jackson and end the day in third position.
An incredible race from the Elite Women saw plenty of wild moments and some tight times as Camille Balanche opens the 2022 World Cup season with a big win. Myriam Nicole started race day with a big crash and she almost lost control again during her run but held it together and took second place by 0.624
. Completing the top three was Tahnee Seagrave who went green at every split until the last part of the course and looked to be a threat for the win before losing a second to the finish line.
Racing doesn't get more exciting than the Elite Men's race with some incredible runs and creative lines it was impossible to guess who was going to win. Amaury Pierron bested the conditions and laid down a ride putting him 0.847
seconds ahead of a charging Finn Iles. Loic Bruni didn't manage the French win he wanted but his flat out run was good enough for third place. We now have an almost two-month break for the riders and team to get prepared for the return of the classic Fort William.
Check out the full results below.
1st. Camille Balanche: 3:19.983
2nd. Myriam Nicole: 3:20.607
3rd. Tahnee Seagrave: 3:20.980
4th. Vali Höll: 3:21.657
5th. Marine Cabirou: 3:25.620
1st. Amaury Pierron: 2:47.711
2nd. Finn Iles: 2:48.558
3rd. Loic Bruni: 2:48.797
4th. Benoit Coulanges: 2:49.177
5th. Luca Shaw: 2:50.142
1st. Gracey Hemstreet: 3:30.852
2nd. Phoebe Gale: 3:37.159
3rd. Izabela Yankova: 3:39.437
4th. Vanesa Petrovská: 3:42.678
5th. Alizes Lassus: 3:46.956
1st. Jackson Goldstone: 2:52.584
2nd. Remy Meier-Smith: 2:55.388
3rd. Jordan Williams: 2:56.028
4th. Lachlan Stevens-Mcnab: 2:57.961
5th. Henri Kiefer: 2:58.828
Full Results:Elite WomenElite MenJunior WomenJunior Men
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The Elite Women's racing kicks off at: PDT 03:30 / EDT 6:30 / BST 11:30 / CEST 12:30
The Elite Men will start at: PDT 4:45 / EDT 7:45 / BST 12:45 / CEST 13:45
3:30 am PDT
The Elite Women are now on course with Lauryne Chappaz heading out first.
3:37 am PDT
Lauryne Chappaz's time managed to hold for a few riders but Mélanie Chappaz manages to find over two and a half seconds to take an early lead.
3:40 am PDT
Nina Hoffmann sets a blistering time to knock 8.592 seconds off the previous fastest time.
3:42 am PDT
With 10 riders to go the current top five are:
1st. Nina Hoffmann: 3:33.799
2nd. Mikayla Parton: 3:42.391
3rd. Mélanie Chappaz: 3:43.689
4th. Frida Ronning: 3:44.896
5th. Lauryne Chappaz: 3:46.207
3:46 am PDT
Monika Hrastnik can't quite match Nina Hoffmann and goes across the line over three seconds back.
3:48 am PDT
Another rider to fall just short of Nina's current fastest time is Veronika Widmann who goes into third place so far with a time of 3:38.255. We are still quite a way off the fastest qualifier from yesterday.
3:49 am PDT
Mille Johnset crashes at the top of the course, it is looking very loose and tricky at the moment for riders. Mille makes her way to the bottom of the course but it is a sixth place as she goes into the finish area.
3:52 am PDT
Mathilde Bernard goes fastest by nearly one and a half seconds! Mathilde has been looking fast all weekend and she has put down an amazing run when it mattered most.
3:55 am PDT
After a tricky time with injuries Marine Cabirou looks to be back on good form as she pulls a huge gap of over six seconds and takes the top time so far today.
3:58 am PDT
Eleonora Farina looks to of had some issues as she is over nine seconds back at split two.
4:02 am PDT
Camille Balanche lays down a wild run and takes the lead by a massive 5.637 seconds!
4:04 am PDT
With three riders to go the current top five are:
1st. Camille Balanche: 3:19.983
2nd. Marine Cabirou: 3:25.620
3rd. Mathilde Bernard: 3:32.340
4th. Nina Hoffmann: 3:33.799
5th. Eleonora Farina: 3:34.527
4:04 am PDT
Tahnee Seagrave is over a second up at split two, this could be the fastest Women's run we have seen so far this weekend!
4:06 am PDT
Tahnee loses quite a bit of time on the second half of the track and falls behind Camille to take second by 0.997.
4:08 am PDT
After a crash earlier today Myriam Nicole doesn't seem to have slowed down for finals as she pulls out a huge 1.833 second advantage at split two.
4:10 am PDT
Myriam Nicole has a loose run with some scary moments but it isn't quick as she goes into 2nd place behind Camille by just over half a second.
4:12 am PDT
It's only Vali Höll who can beat Camille now and she is already half a second up at split one.
4:15 am PDT
Vali Höll goes over one and a half seconds back and into fourth place. Camille Balanche wins the Lourdes DH World Cup!
4:15 am PDT
Camille Balanche wins the Lourdes DH World Cup!
4:33 am PDT
The Elite Men are now on course with Mael Gironde setting the first time of the day.
4:43 am PDT
After the first ten riders the current top five are:
1st. Jacob Dickson: 2:57.133
2nd. Roger Vieira: 2:58.671
3rd. Oisin O'Callaghan: 2:59.968
4th. Austin Dooley: 2:59.993
5th. Antoine Rogge: 3:00.100
4:51 am PDT
After 20 riders the current top five are:
1st. Taylor Vernon: 2:55.721
2nd. Dean Lucas: 2:57.058
3rd. Jacob Dickson: 2:57.133
4th. Dennis Luffman: 2:57.652
5th. Adrien Dailly: 2:57.701
5:03 am PDT
After 30 riders the current top five are:
1st. Kade Edwards: 2:54.073
2nd. Hugo Frixtalon: 2:55.376
3rd. Taylor Vernon: 2:55.721
4th. Bernard Kerr: 2:55.870
5th. Dean Lucas: 2:57.058
Aaron Gwin definitely hasn't had the start to the season he would have hoped for with an 11th place so far. Aaron is over three and a half seconds off the current fastest time. Another rider looking off the pace today is Brook MacDonald who is sitting in 16th place.
5:11 am PDT
A big crash for Charlie Harrison just before the second split. He loses almost 30 seconds but it's great to see that he looks uninjured.
5:17 am PDT
Kade Edwards' time continues to hold as it looks like he has put down an amazing bottom section of the course.
5:23 am PDT
Greg Minnaar has a flat out run with some crazy inside lines but he still goes into 2nd place by just over a second.
5:25 am PDT
Angel Suarez comes the closest so far to Kade but he is still 0.199 seconds off the pace.
5:28 am PDT
With 20 riders remaining the current top five are:
1st. Kade Edwards: 2:54.073
2nd. Angel Suarez: 2:54.272
3rd. Max Hartenstern: 2:54.562
4th. Greg Minnaar: 2:55.167
5th. Hugo Frixtalon: 2:55.376
5:37 am PDT
A big crash for Davide Palazzari at the top of the course. Davide is back up and making his way down the course.
5:40 am PDT
Martin Maes is bounced off the course through the top rocks and loses over 17 seconds by the first split.
5:54 am PDT
The new Intense bike is looking fast already as Dakotah Norton lays down an amazing run to smash past Kade Edwards' time by over a second.
5:57 am PDT
The times keep on tumbling as Matt Walker goes fastest by 0.756 seconds!
6:00 am PDT
Laurie Greenland now goes into the lead after a wild run.
6:01 am PDT
With 10 riders remaining the current top five are:
1st. Laurie Greenland: 2:51.567
2nd. Matt Walker: 2:52.174
3rd. Dakotah Norton: 2:52.930
4th. Kade Edwards: 2:54.073
5th. Angel Suarez: 2:54.272
6:05 am PDT
Luca Shaw is putting down an amazing run with a nearly one and a half second advantage at the fourth split.
6:06 am PDT
Luca Shaw goes fastest by 1.425 seconds!
6:09 am PDT
After being very close to Luca Shaw's time for most of the track, Reece Wilson goes across the line in second, 0.942 back.
6:16 am PDT
Danny Hart pulls back an incredible amount of time at the bottom of the course and finishes just 0.264 seconds back from Luca Shaw.
6:20 am PDT
Disaster for Loris Vergier as he slides out in one of the berms before the road gap. Loris pulls back some time before the finish line and sits in eighth place.
6:21 am PDT
With 5 riders remaining the current top five are:
1st. Luca Shaw: 2:50.142
2nd. Danny Hart: 2:50.406
3rd. Reece Wilson: 2:51.084
4th. Laurie Greenland: 2:51.567
5th. Antoine Vidal: 2:51.871
6:23 am PDT
Benoit Coulanges did something incredible at the bottom of the track and finds almost a second on Luca Shaw to take the lead.
6:26 am PDT
A horrible crash for Thibaut Daprela just before split three. Thibaut is up on his feet and slowly makes his way down the course.
6:30 am PDT
Amaury Pierron is destroying the fastest time so far with a one second advantage at split four.
6:31 am PDT
Amaury goes fastest by 1.466 seconds, this is going to be very hard for Finn Iles and Loic Bruni to beat.
6:32 am PDT
Finn Iles is nearly one second up at split two.
6:33 am PDT
Finn has dropped back at the fourth split but he could still go fastest.
6:34 am PDT
Finn goes into second place by almost a second, Amaury has done something special at the bottom of the course. Can Loic Bruni beat him?
6:36 am PDT
Loic Bruni is fastest at split two!
6:37 am PDT
Loic can't match Amaury at the bottom of the track and crosses the line in third place.
6:37 am PDT
Amaury Pierron wins the Lourdes DH World Cup!