Results: Qualifying - Maribor DH World Cup 2019

Apr 27, 2019 at 0:27
by Ed Spratt  
Danny Hart and his thousand yard stare down the track

With qualifying in Maribor complete let's see where everyone finished after the rain fell on an already gnarly track. In the Elite Men Mark Wallace was able to battle the wet conditions and come down the hill with a time of 3:17.756. Aaron Gwin would pilot his new Intense M29 down in second just 1.8 seconds off the pace, what can he do on race day tomorrow? Finn Iles looked to be flying through the slippery rock garden and would cross the line third. Laurie Greenland and Loris Vergier would complete the top five.

The rain started to fall as the Elite women were on track so it is hard to know just how much this affected the times. But despite this Tracey Hannah goes fastest in Maribor, taking almost two and a half seconds off Rachel Atherton in second place. Coming almost another two seconds back from Rachel is Tahnee Seagrave who crossed the line with a time of 3:34.378. Nina Hoffmann is continuing to look very fast this weekend as she secured fourth position and Monika Hrastnik completes the top five women.

In the Juniors, it is no surprise to see Thibaut Daprela and Vali Holl top the charts once again. What is unbelievable is that Vali Holl set a time that would have placed her second in the Elite Women beating even Rachel Atherton, leaving Tracey Hannah the only woman unbeaten by the Junior rider. Thibaut Daprela would take the fastest time of the day at 3:04.941.


Elite Men:

1st. Mark Wallace: 3:17.756
2nd. Aaron Gwin: +1.852
3rd. Finn Iles: +2.201
4th. Laurie Greenland: +3.124
5th. Loris Vergier: +4.404


Elite Women:

1st. Tracey Hannah: 3:30.206
2nd. Rachel Atherton: +2.482
3rd. Tahnee Seagrave: +4.172
4th. Nina Hoffmann: +5.932
5th Monika Hrastnik: +7.146



Junior Men:

1st. Thibaut Daprela: 3:04.941
2nd. Ethan Shandro: +2.831
3rd. Kye A'Hern: +4.821
4th. Emile Rilat: +8.014
5th. Yannick Baechler: +8.281


Junior Women:

1st. Vali Holl: 3:32.652
2nd. Anna Newkirk: +9.423
3rd. Mille Johnset: +12.353
4th. Lauryne Chappaz: +28.597
5th. Leane Chardonnieras: +41.728




Full Results:

Elite Men



Elite Women



Junior Men



Junior Women






153 Comments

  • + 92
 Damn Mark Wallace, good job!
  • + 3
 Who missed finals?
  • + 10
 @Lagr1980: Looks like Minnaar and Blenki will not be in the finals
  • + 6
 @Lagr1980: Minnaar by one place.
  • + 6
 @bashhard: i think Blienki is protected?
  • + 2
 @Lagr1980: Danny Hart was 74th.
  • + 3
 He is protected @Adamrideshisbike:
  • + 1
 Is Minnar not protected? How many points do you need or what qualifies a protected rider?
  • + 1
 @lognar: It isn't points, it's top 20(?) from last season
  • + 3
 @lognar: He was injured last season so he was not good enough in the overall points to be protected. Sad storyFrown
  • + 6
 @bashhard: Ha, the top qualifier has stood in my garage! Great job Mark!
  • + 1
 @Jack20: Oh good. Thanks.
  • + 1
 @bashhard: and Danny Hart
  • + 10
 Canucks from west coast can ride in the rain!
  • + 1
 Ignore that. Just remembered he will be protected
  • + 1
 @BetterRide: wait what? I thought top 80 is qualified
  • + 2
 @spaced: top 60 as of 2 years ago
  • + 1
 @lognar: last year top 10
  • + 1
 @bashhard: Blenki has P next to his name, so he is protected too - just Minaar is out
  • + 7
 @bashhard: Per Minnaar's Instagram ~ "There’s a first time for everything and unfortunately today was mine, missing out on finals tomorrow for the first time in 20 years! Hectic weather before quali’s made things interesting, but I had a good run going until I pushed the front somewhere in the middle woods. Trying to push on with muddy hands, grips and a twisted front end afterwards was tricky and we ended up just missing the cut. What a week for the syndicate, but that’s racing!!"
  • + 1
 aaaand... those kendas are working good then !!!!! Jahahaha. Sorry, had to Kenda..
  • + 1
 @dobermon: can or can't ride in the rain? If you meant can't, don't forget about MSA two years ago
  • + 1
 @src248: I think it is top 10 from previous year, plus top 10 (excluding last year's top 10) in the season. For round 1, I guess it is top 20 from previous year.
  • + 78
 It should be illegal for Greg not to be able to race.
  • + 23
 Agree! Especially because I had him picked on my fantasy team.
  • + 1
 G.O.A.T.S should have lifetime protection...what are we...ANIMALS!? goddamitt man.
  • + 65
 Scribd... come on pinkbike. Find a different solution please.
  • + 17
 Yes. Scribd is straight out of 1998 tech... embarrassing
  • + 23
 I have a feeling that Scribd, like most bad things in MTB, comes from the UCI. Might be wrong.
  • + 5
 Couldn’t agree more, it’s appalling.
  • + 11
 Haha its like looking at a micro fish on pink bike hahaha
  • + 14
 @mxwhitey: microfiche? bone apple tea!
  • + 6
 @WhiteroomGuardian: It s a fish so small you can't even read the results on it.
  • + 43
 Sribd is BEASTMODE!!!! I LOVE YOU SCRIBD NEVER LET THE HATERS KEEP YOU DOWN!!!!!!
  • + 4
 Made me laugh, but you're not getting my props in case Scripd thinks it's for them - sorry!
  • + 26
 hopefully this is Marks season to win one. go Mark Wallace!
  • + 20
 Pinkbike Photo Report: "Unfortunately hometown hero Jure Zabjek is racing with an injured shoulder this weekend"

Me: Switches him off my Fantasy Team

Jure Zabjek: Qualifies top 10
  • + 2
 Yeah me too !
  • + 1
 Yep...
  • + 18
 Marine Cabirou splits... Just saying...
  • + 1
 where do you see her time?
  • + 1
 Yeah, what happened there?
  • + 4
 Maybe she will colect the points i‘ll not get with Greg.
  • + 1
 She is flying!!! Definitely one to watch tomorrow if she can put it all together. Could be sat in that seat for a while...
  • + 1
 @squarewheel: YEAH.....
I am rock bottom aswell, missed Greg and Magnus Manson.
How many women is in the final?
  • + 1
 @squarewheel: Damn my last female rider also did not make it....
  • + 13
 Waiting for the Vali is faster than Rachel comments
  • + 51
 Vali was faster than Rachel.
  • + 23
 @LDM81: Valinter is coming
  • + 22
 It did start raining for the seniors.
  • + 9
 Rachel was slower than Vali
  • + 1
 @edhayetc: judging by the men’s times it looks that way. Juniors were way faster.
  • + 1
 She’s one hell of a rider, a long career in the pipe line for vali
  • - 7
flag robito (Apr 27, 2019 at 7:40) (Below Threshold)
 Can we just break a rule or something and put Vali in with the big girls already? That would add some spice to the women's races for sure.
  • + 3
 Daprela was faster than all the elite men
  • + 1
 @robito: Is she not allowed to? In other UCI disciplines a rider can ride up if they choose to. Happens in CX and XC
  • + 5
 @robito: It's because she doesn't want to- yet. She's still in high school and wants to finish without the distraction that training for Elites would require.
  • + 2
 Pretty simple.... jrs dry. Elite wet.
  • + 11
 Looks like the YT "Mob" won't have a horse in the race.
  • + 5
 Antoine beat Amaury. There should be some good shit talking in that Pierron house tonight.
  • + 6
 Let the weather lottery commence.
  • + 4
 Does anyone know why there are only 7 junior women? Is it a lack of UCI points to qualify for WCs or there aren't that many junior women interested in DH/racing?
  • - 92
flag yzedf (Apr 27, 2019 at 6:21) (Below Threshold)
 Ask the bitch that runs Santa Cruz...
  • + 5
 @yzedf: whybis she a bitch? Do you know her personally. Lack of girls interested in the sport I'd imagine is the main reason. Most countries national series seem to have 200-300 men compete and about 5 girls if they are lucky.
  • - 24
flag km79 (Apr 27, 2019 at 6:26) (Below Threshold)
 There were 28 but 21 of them are still at the top taking selfies and missed their slot.
  • + 8
 @humoroususername: she's the one that pursued the policy that teams aren't required to have a pro woman rider.
  • + 14
 @yzedf:

So genitialia alone should dictate whether an individual deserves to be on a pro team? Not their riding, personality, and involvement in the sport?

IIRC she has said that they're willing to consider bringing a female on to the team, if she meets their criteria.
  • - 15
flag yzedf (Apr 27, 2019 at 7:37) (Below Threshold)
 @turco999: think of this, where is Vali going next season? If Santa Cruz gave a shit, she'd be signed already. She'll be an immediate podium regular, possibly multiple race winner in her first season. Still on a deal for a frame here, SRAM/Rockshox there, Red Bull and whatever other random stuff. It's absolutely ridiculous. If she was a he, all the big teams would've signed her up last year. Finn wasn't nearly as consistent in comparison to her, and Specialized signed him and tested him as the second coming...
  • + 7
 @yzedf: what you are saying makes no sense at all. She will be signed anyway because she is class. She is far and away better than any other girl and will be signed because of that. What on Earth makes you think teams being forced to sign some other less talented girls would give Holi a better deal?

Explain your reasoning please.
  • - 13
flag yzedf (Apr 27, 2019 at 7:56) (Below Threshold)
 @humoroususername: she's a woman so she hadn't been signed (or maybe her management people suck?). All the guys get signed as Juniors. What's not to get?
  • + 6
 @yzedf: @yzedf: I remember hearing that Vali is on something like an 8-year deal with YT for frames when she first arrived on the scene. That is probably why she isn't on a factory team. She also seems to have pretty good support from SRAM/TLD and YT. For example, Monika Hrastnik rode one of Vali's practice bikes for a good chunk of last season when she was still a privateer.
  • + 6
 @yzedf: Is your armchair sponsored by Redbull? That's what I want to know.
  • + 4
 @yzedf:

I think Vali is already taken care of well in terms of sponsors (as others have mentioned). From my point of view, she seems to be doing fine with what help she has now, and can grow her capital once she starts podiuming of elite too.

Comparing her consistency to Finn is a bit skewed, since there is undoubtably a deeper competition pool in the men's field than the women's (20 potential podium riders in WC men vs maybe 6-7 in women's?) Finn was also marketed well, since he rode in a mtb mecca.
  • + 12
 @yzedf: it's good to be reminded every so often that some people don't seem to have even a remote understanding of economics.

First of all, Holi stands out because she is so far ahead of the other girls. The boys who are just as talented (relative to the senior men) don't stand out because the field of talent is far deeper. There have been dozens of first year juniors in the boys category who are within the same percentage of the male winner and they don't get a fraction of the attention Valentina does. Can you name a single 16 year old male who is getting the same attention as Valentina?

"All of the guys get signed as juniors" - eh no they don't. A handful do but the majority of junior riders don't have to pay their own way.

Second of all, I'm pretty sure she is sponsored by Red Bull, SRAM and TLD...isn't that kind of a big deal in itself? I'm pretty sure her being a woman has had nothing but positive results for her in this sport. If she was a boy she would probably be just another talented young fella.
  • + 5
 Canadians are starting strong
  • + 2
 So did serious rain happen between junior men and elite men? did junior men start lower? Daprela is a full 10 seconds faster that Mark Wallace, with some other fast juniors hot on his heels.

I'm missing something
  • + 11
 Growth hormones in the milk.
  • + 36
 @shimyshalka: You mean Giants milk?
  • + 1
 Rain started during elite women
  • + 1
 Apparently you missed the last sentence of the 3rd paragraph.
  • + 3
 @Clarkeh: fight milk
  • + 5
 Come on Wallace put it on the top step!
  • + 5
 Did Minnaar just miss qualifying by one place?!
  • + 1
 Yes.
  • + 2
 for the first time, I'm super stoked about the juniors, men&women, and their progress. new breed comin on strong
and by 2021 there will be a major change of the guard.
  • + 2
 Is it top 60, plus any protected riders who are outside the top 60? Minnaar in 61st as I type this.

Lots of big bib numbers in the top 25.
  • + 1
 Track conditions must be improving late in the men's, lots of late starters qualifying for tomorrow and lots of top riders whose times don't look like they crashed, getting sidelined.
  • + 2
 Yeah they improved just after the top men, then by the last men it was bad again.
  • + 1
 So here's a question. The top 60 qualify, but say if two protected riders finish outside the top 60, are there 62 riders in the finals or in reality would it be the top 58 as the two protected riders take the last two spots?
  • + 1
 Nevermind, I just checked the start list and answered my own question. There are 62 riders starting in the final.
  • + 3
 So that stendec data acquisition thing worked with Wallace! Awesome qualification.
  • + 0
 Ha! was just thinking that.... he’s around 2 seconds faster than Gwin so there you go, computers ftw
  • + 4
 what a bunch of nerdy boys...
  • + 4
 Joe Breeden! Get in there!!!
  • + 1
 Kudos to Rachel Pageau for qualifying 22nd! Nice job representing the East Coast ???? Hope you can pay down a killer run tomorrow!!!
  • + 1
 Next time Greg ,don’t be so pick about your set up cause you have nothing to proff and I mean nothing,just ride like you are in heaven,but without wings-Smile ))
  • + 1
 is the junior men and elite men racing down the identical course. Just curious because Daprela was over 10 seconds ahead of Mark Wallace
  • + 3
 yep, rain. reading, its an amazing thing.
  • + 1
 Interesting to look at the speed trap rankings and how there is zero correlation to the result of the rider.
  • + 2
 Finn Iles is for real. Gwin holding on to his might. Bring on raceday!! Smile
  • + 1
 Remember how well Gwin did at MSA in the rain...mind blowing speed through the mud.
  • + 2
 Gee was the o ly guy on my team to qualify. Nice.
  • + 2
 Nice to see the gap from the Elite men to Elite women has narrowed a lot.
  • + 1
 Ouch, a lot of top riders didn't qualify. That's nice to see some fresh names
  • + 1
 When's the last time 3 north americans took the top three spots in quali or finals
  • + 2
 Yes Mark Wallace! A good result here will change is season!
  • + 2
 The look on Greg's face when Rob broke the news on the live feed.... Frown
  • + 2
 Woh- storm hannah! ... one for the UK
  • + 3
 Raining
  • + 1
 Bóra lá Pardal ,isto é que vai ser ,força (let’s go sparrow,f*ck then all ,just ride ) :-))
  • + 2
 Wallace laid down a burner.......
  • + 1
 Welp.. seems like I chose all the wrong rider for that fantasy contest
  • + 2
 Same but I don't feel as bad as Greg probably does. It's probably the first time he's missed the cut
  • + 0
 What about Martin Maes, wasn't he racing downhill this season as well as enduro?
  • + 1
 Vergier vs Brosnan splits vs rank??
  • + 1
 What happened to Greg Minnaar? Did he crash or s something?
  • + 1
 well that's my fantasy team done for in this round! 3 non qualifiers!!
  • + 1
 ????????????????????????????????
  • + 1
 somebody know why junior men time faster then elite? rain?
  • + 1
 Yeahh Pardal! Top 20! Portugal represent! Ahhahah
  • + 1
 nice! my fantasy team is in the top 40!
  • + 1
 Live timing link for qualies anyone?
  • + 1
 @enzu: Cheers, crazy results....love the first round each year
  • + 2
 what happened to danny?
  • + 2
 Did he not stay on his bike?
  • + 1
 I hope Gwin and Tracy have some more in the tank for tomorrow
  • + 0
 were is martin maes? is he even racing?
  • + 10
 He is in Belgium.
  • + 1
 Vall flying.
  • - 1
 I think the road surface is not good. The record is slower than in time training.
  • + 1
 Hell yea go Canada!
  • + 0
 The real race is tomorrow
  • + 0
 Rachel just beat Minaar's time
  • + 0
 Go USA
  • + 0
 Vali Holl nice one
  • + 0
 WHAT TIRES WAS GWIN ON??
  • - 3
 13 seconds between fastest men and women? Really?
  • - 2
 Vali Holl comments in 3,2,1....
  • - 2
 LETS GET IT GWINNY! and Co.
  • - 3
 Welcome to the Republic of Gwinland Smile
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