The fifth round of the 2022 downhill World Cup provided incredible racing on the absolutely flat out course. In the Junior Racing, Phoebe Gale had a rapid run to take the win by almost six seconds. Phoebe's race run was also good enough for sixth in the Elites. Gracey Hemstreet crossed the line in second with Jenna Hastings wrapping up the top three. Kicking off the day for Pinkbike Racing Aimi Kenyon ends the day with ninth place. For the Junior Men, it was Jackson Goldstone who came out on top again and went just over one and a half seconds faster than Jordan Williams. Jackson managed to find over three seconds on Loris Vergier's fastest qualifier. Canada definitely came out on top today with four racers in the top five Junior Men.
Vali Höll finally got a clean run and with a ride that looked aggressive, she took the win by a huge three and a half second margin. Nina Hoffmann crossed the line in second place and third went to Camille Balanche who looked off her usual form today. Pinkbike Racing's Léona Pierrini finished the day in 13th place. The Elite Men's race had a thrilling conclusion as we saw the times tumble with crazy runs from Finn Iles and Loic Bruni but in the end, Loris Vergier surfed the dust fastest and went into the lead by 1.4 seconds. The fastest time of the week does still go to Junior racer Jackson Goldstone who went almost a second faster than Loris. Pinkbike Racing ended the day with Thibault Laly in 46th position.
Check out the results below.
1st. Vali Höll: 3:09.803
2nd. Nina Hoffmann: 3:13.341
3rd. Camille Balanche: 3:13.487
4th. Jess Blewitt: 3:15.002
5th. Mille Johnset: 3:15.922
1st. Loris Vergier: 2:44.500
2nd. Loic Bruni: 2:45.918
3rd. Finn Iles: 2:46.197
4th. Aaron Gwin: 2:46.913
5th. Andreas Kolb: 2:47.519
1st. Phoebe Gale: 3:16.852
2nd. Gracey Hemstreet: 3:22.845
3rd. Jenna Hastings: 3:24.301
4th. Lisa Bouladou: 3:25.234
5th. Izabela Yankova: 3:25.239
1st. Jackson Goldstone: 2:43.420
2nd. Jordan Williams: 2:45.106
3rd. Tegan Cruz: 2:48.190
4th. Bodhi Kuhn: 2:48.843
5th. Tristan Lemire: 2:49.487
Full Results:Elite WomenElite MenJunior WomenJunior Men
Live Race Updates:
Stay tuned for live updates and results from the Vallnord DH World Cup
The Elite Women's racing kicks off at: PDT 03:25 / EDT 6:25 / BST 11:25 / CEST 12:25
The Elite Men will start at: PDT 6:45 / EDT 7:45 / BST 12:45 / CEST 13:45
First up in the Elite racing is the Women and we could be in for some wild racing with the Junior Women already pushing into the top five from yesterday. Camille Balanche is the clear favorite going off her incredible results this season but with tight racing expected on this flat out track anything could happen.
Vali Höll's Qualifying POV:
Top Five from Qualifying:1st.
Camille Balanche: 3:13.6332nd.
Nina Hoffmann: 3:15.2553rd.
Myriam Nicole: 3:15.5344th.
Vali Höll: 3:17.0545th.
Eleonora Farina: 3:18.150
Who do you think will win?:
Who do you think will win today's racing? Will we see someone new take the top step of the podium?
Race Updates:3:33 am PDT
Pinkbike Racing's Léona Pierrini is up first and sets a time of 3:28.771.3:35 am PDT
Siel Van Der Velden sets a new fastest time going over four seconds into the lead. After the first five riders the top five are:1st.
Siel Van Der Velden: 3:24.3422nd.
Stacey Fisher: 3:25.6733rd.
Louise Ferguson: 3:25.9764th.
Léona Pierrini: 3:28.7715th.
Ellie Smith: 3:31.4943:44 am PDT
A massive crash for Veronika Widmann as she comes up short on a jump. Veronika is on the bike again and heading down the track.3:47 am PDT
Anna Newkirk has a rapid run to go into the lead by 4.3 seconds. 3:49 am PDT
There must have been a crash for Monika Hrastnik as she loses 10 seconds in the 2nd split. Monika crosses the line just under seven seconds behind Anna Newkirk.3:52 am PDT
Mille Joihnset puts down a solid run to go fastest so far by four seconds. The times are starting to get close to yesterday's fastest qualifier with six riders left. 3:55 am PDT
After injuries at the start of the season Jess Blewitt is back at full speed and takes the lead by just under a second. Only Camille Balanche's qualifying run remains unbeaten now. With five riders left the fastest riders are:1st.
Jess Blewitt: 3:15.0022nd.
Mille Johnset: 3:15.9223rd.
Anna Newkirk: 3:19.9544th.
Siel Van Der Velden: 3:24.3425th.
Stacey Fisher: 3:25.6733:59 am PDT
Eleonora Farina can't match the speed of the top two riders and goes into third, 2.6 off the pace. 4:00 am PDT
Vali Höll is a huge 3.9 seconds up at split two, can she stay on her bike to the line? 4:03 am PDT
The top times are destroyed as Vali Höll goes fastest by over five seconds! Vali finally gets a clean run and shows she has some incredible speed when it all comes together. Vali's run is almost four seconds up on yesterday's fastest qualifier, will it be enough? 4:05 am PDT
Vali Höll looked incredibly fast but Myriam Nicole finds almost a second by split two. 4:06 am PDT
Myriam Nicole crashes in the steep key section. Myriam was still leading when she went down. 4:10 am PDT
Nina Hoffmann has a safe and clean run to cross the line in second place, 3.5 back. 4:14 am PDT
A lot of mistakes for Camille Balanche pushes her back to third meaning Vali Höll takes the win.
Closing out the racing is the Men and we are in for a massive fight as yesterday's qualifying. The course is looking very dusty and could take out some of the top riders with very little grip in places. Vali Höll's aggressive ride looked to tame the tough course so riders will want to try and fully attack the course today, although this could be costly if things go wrong.
Inside the Tape:
Before we get to the last riders check the lines Ben Cathro has found out on the course.
Top Five from Qualifying:1st.
Loris Vergier: 2:46.9262nd.
Amaury Pierron: 2:47.2653rd.
Loic Bruni: 2:47.8584th.
Finn Iles: 2:48.3185th.
Aaron Gwin: 2:48.648
Who do you think will win?:
Who do you think will win today's racing? Will we see Amaury take a back-to-back win? Could we even see a shock performance from someone outside of the top 30 starting riders?
Race Updates:With 30 riders left the top five are:1st.
Oliver Zwar: 2:48.3442nd.
Max Hartenstern: 2:49.0193rd.
Thomas Estaque: 2:49.0394th.
George Brannigan: 2:50.3625th.
Dean Lucas: 2:50.9625:22 am PDT
A wild one for Ed Masters as he almost loses control on the big gap riders have been sending on course. 5:28 am PDT
The top times are looking strong at the moment as we see Thibaut Daprela only manage fourth place so far. 5:33 am PDT
Angel Suarez flies into the lead with a 0.3-second advantage on Oliver Zwar. Angel lost a lot of time in the last turns after sitting almost two seconds up after the big gap in the key section. 5:39 am PDT
Luke Meier-Smith was red all the way down but somehow makes up around two seconds in the last split. 5:44 am PDT
A horrible crash for Matt Walker, he completely washes out in one of the high-speed turns at the top of the course. We are so glad to see him back on the bike. With 15 riders left the top five are:1st.
Luke Meier-Smith: 2:47.8232nd.
Angel Suarez: 2:47.9823rd.
Oliver Zwar: 2:48.3444th.
Max Hartenstern: 2:49.0195th.
Thomas Estaque: 2:49.0395:52 am PDT
Riders seem to be really struggling to beat the top times today. It is going to take a really committed run to win today. 5:57 am PDT
Greg Minnaar has a great run but can't equal the top times and goes into fourth. 6:06 am PDT
Andreas Kolb takes the lead by 0.3 seconds! 6:13 am PDT
After going green all the way down Laurie Greenland loses a ton of time at the bottom and goes into sixth. With five riders left the top five are:1st.
Andreas Kolb: 2:47.5192nd.
Luke Meier-Smith: 2:47.8233rd.
Angel Suarez: 2:47.9824th.
Oliver Zwar: 2:48.3445th.
Greg Minnaar: 2:48.4086:21 am PDT
Andreas Kolb still leads as we go into the top five riders. It's looking like a great run even though it is still behind the fastest qualifier from yesterday. If no one beats Andreas then Jackson Goldstone will have set the fastest time of the day. 6:23 am PDT
Aaron Gwin is back! Aaron takes the lead by 0.6 seconds and passes yesterday's top qualifying time. 6:26 am PDT
Finn Iles is wild! Finn has a huge mistake but somehow manages to hold on and take the lead by a massive 0.7 seconds. 6:27 am PDT
No matter what we see now it will be hard to beat the craziness of Finn's run. 6:30 am PDT
Loic Bruni lays down a clean run and betters Finn by 0.279 seconds! What an end to a race and we still have two more riders. 6:33 am PDT
Coming off a big crash this morning Amaury Pierron manages to complete his finals run and crosses the line in 12th. 6:37 am PDT
What a run from Loris Vergier! Loris takes the win by over 1.4 seconds!