Semi-Final Results from the Loudenvielle DH World Cup 2023

Sep 3, 2023 at 1:41
by Ed Spratt  
The results are in from the DH World Cup semi-finals in Loudenvielle.

Vali Höll returns to form in Loudenvielle as she dominates on the greasy steeps to take the semi-final win. After the Junior race cancellation, it's great to see the Elites on course and with it the Women's semi-finals brought some wild racing as they battled the tough conditions on the lower part of the course. Vali Höll was strong throughout to take the lead at split one and never let go across the whole course. Nina Hoffmann ended her run six seconds back and will be left questioning where she can pull back time on the Austrian rider in the short gap before finals. Tahnee Seagrave was an early rider down the hill and set a great time good enough for third, although this was still around 12 seconds back from Vali.

Benoit Coulanges joins Vali Höll is having a perfect weekend so far as he takes the semi-finals victory. With conditions still looking loose in the steeps it is a French domination of the top six with three of the riders performing well at their home race. Benoit Coulange backed up his top qualifying run with a 0.060-second margin against a hard-charging Laurie Greenland. Thibaut Daprela had a tripod moment mid-run but he was still able to pilot his Commencal to third place, 1.442 back.

Check out the results below.


Elite Women

1st. Vali Höll: 4:02.226
2nd. Nina Hoffmann: 4:08.527
3rd. Tahnee Seagrave: 4:14.273
4th. Monika Hrastnik: 4:16.347
5th. Phoebe Gale: 4:21.488

Elite Men

1st. Benoit Coulanges: 3:35.577
2nd. Laurie Greenland: 3:35.637
3rd. Thibaut Daprela: 3:37.019
4th. Loic Bruni: 3:37.266
5th. Jackson Goldstone: 3:38.097

The Elite Women's Semi-Finals as it Happened

1:46 am PDT: The Elite Women's Race is Now Underway
The Elite Women's semi-finals kick off with Veronika Widmann starting proceedings after Izabela Yankova has a DNS.

1:51 am PDT: Veronika Widmann Sets a Time of 4:39.930
Veronika Widmann is the first down the greasy course and goes 19 seconds back on her dry qualifying time.

1:52 am PDT: Phoebe Gale Flies into the Lead by 18 Seconds
The tough conditions aren't affecting the UK rider as she is only two seconds off her qualifying time in the dry.

1:53 am PDT: Jenna Hastings Goes 0.223 Back in 2nd
Jenna Hastings takes 2nd place so far as she was green through the first splits.

1:57 am PDT: Tahnee Seagrave Dominates with a 7.2 Second Lead
Tahnee Seagrave looks unbeatable in the greasy conditions as she takes the hot seat by a huge margin of over seven seconds. Tahnee's run was so good she actually improved her qualifying run by just over six seconds.

1:59 am PDT: Eleonora Farina Crashes Just Before the Finish
Eleonora Farina goes down on the final jump before the finish. This jump also caught out Nina Hoffmann during qualifying.

2:02 am PDT: Monika Hrastnik Loses Time at the Bottom to Go 2nd
Monika Hrastnik was quick through the top splits but the tough lower part of the course drops her two seconds back by the finish.

2:09 am PDT: Marine Cabirou Goes 5th, 8.9 Back
Marine Cabirou crosses the line off the pace leaving just Nina Hoffmann and Vali Höll left to challenge Tahnee Seagrave's time.

2:10 am PDT: Nina Hoffmann Takes the Lead
Nina Hoffmann sets a rapid time going 5.7 seconds up on Tahnee Seagrave's run. Only Vali Höll remains at the top.

2:12 am PDT: Vali Höll Wins Semi-Finals in Loudenvielle
Vali Höll wins the first "race" of the day as she ends her run with a huge gap of 6.3 seconds to Nina Hoffmann.

The Elite Men's Semi-Finals as it Happened

2:20 am PDT: Loïc Martin Starts the Men's Semi-Finals
Loïc Martin is first up in the fight for a place in today's finals.

2:24 am PDT: Loïc Martin Sets a 3:51.558
Loïc Martin finishes his run around 12 seconds off his qualifying run.

2:25 am PDT: Onni Rainio Takes the Lead
Onni Rainio is quick to take the lead as he ups the first run by 3.8 seconds.

2:27 am PDT: Greg Williamson Goes Fastest So Far
Greg Williamson is quick through the lower parts of the course and pulls back enough time to take the hot seat by 0.621 seconds.

2:29 am PDT: Simon Chapelet Leads by 2.8 Seconds
Simon Chapelet is looking quick on home soil as he speeds into the top spot so far this session.

2:36 am PDT: Davide Palazzari Takes the Hot Seat by 2.3 Seconds
The Italian champ goes quickest after 12 riders with a gap of 2.3 seconds back to Simon Chapelet.

2:45 am PDT: Dakotah Norton Goes 1.4 Up
Dakotah Norton sets the new fastest time after 21 riders. Dakotah heads into the hot seat with a 1.402-second advantage on Davide Palazzari.

2:48 am PDT: Dylan Levesque Knocks Dakotah Norton Off the Hot Seat
Dylan Levesque goes quickest in the greasy conditions as he makes another decent gap at the front with just over two seconds back to Dakotah Norton.

2:55 am PDT: Oisin O Callaghan Goes 2nd
Oisin O Callaghan shows his prowess in the mud as he goes just one second back and into 2nd.

2:56 am PDT: Crash for Loris Revelli
Loris Revelli has a big crash in the loose conditions.

3:05 am PDT: Jackson Goldstone Leads
Jackson Goldstone was very quick through the bottom splits and pulls back enough time to grab the hot seat by only 0.297 seconds.

3:06 am PDT: Top 5 After 40 Riders
1st. Jackson Goldstone: 3:38.097
2nd. Dylan Levesque: 3:38.394
3rd. Oisin O Callaghan: 3:39.484
4th. Dakotah Norton: 3:40.578
5th. Davide Palazzari: 3:41.980

3:05 am PDT: Jackson Goldstone Leads
Jackson Goldstone was very quick through the bottom splits and pulls back enough time to grab the hot seat by only 0.297 seconds.

3:09 am PDT: Danny Hart Takes 3rd
Wet weather expert Danny Hart goes into the finish area just one second off the top pace of Jackson Goldstone.

3:10 am PDT: Antoine Vidal Hits a Tree Pad
Antoine Vidal gets a bit too loose on his run and hits a tree pad. Somehow despite the incident, Vidal still goes into 13th.

3:21 am PDT: Laurie Greenland Dominates
Laurie Greenland is looking very strong today as he manages to find 2.46 seconds on Jackson Goldstone's run to take over the hot seat.

3:28 am PDT: Top 5 with 5 Riders Left
1st. Laurie Greenland: 3:35.637
2nd. Jackson Goldstone: 3:38.097
3rd. Dylan Levesque: 3:38.394
4th. Danny Hart: 3:39.098
5th. Oisin O Callaghan: 3:39.484

3:33 am PDT: Andreas Kolb Slides Out
Andreas Kolb loses grip through a berm in the lower part of the course. Luckily Kolb is protected so will be in finals but this will play on his mind later today.

3:36 am PDT: Thibaut Daprela has a Big Slide
Thibaut Daprela stays on his bike but he has a big tripod moment as he loses grip in the steeps. Daprela still takes 2nd.

3:39 am PDT: Loic Bruni Goes 3rd
Loic Bruni lays down a smooth and controlled run to slot into third place with only one rider remaining.

3:42 am PDT: Benoit Coulanges Wins Semi-Finals
Benoit Coulanges is unstoppable here in Loudenveille as he wins semi-finals by just 0.060 seconds.

Full Results:

Elite Women


Elite Men


Finals Start List:

Elite Women


Elite Men


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  • 44 0
 Having pom pon and gwin in the box makes this broadcast so much more enjoyable!
  • 26 0
 Just tuned in. Gwins input is so good. really valuable input, relaxed, and taking some pressure off the other two mods.
  • 10 0
 Articulate, thoughtful, insightful and informed. Everything the booth has lacked this season so far.
  • 18 0
 Really good. For a top ranked rider,Gwin pays much attention to what others do,the injuries,the riding style...impressive.
  • 6 2
 @nozes: Yep. And that's why Rick and Cedric are so unimpressive.
  • 5 0
 Indeed, best commentary since the beginning of the season. Especially Gwin!
  • 41 6
 Yeah look, Bernard Kerr's run was cut as short as they could have cut it. While the others around him have been shown for a longer length. Absolutely disgusting behavior, as he has been one of the most vocal today about the canceled race. Yep, UCI are really like this.
  • 7 5
 Absolutely this. Disgusting pieces of shit
  • 3 1
 @silvanoe: I want to be wrong and just a loony making conspiracy's, because that's just petty if its real. Finals will tell.
  • 25 2
 Fortunately for BK he’ll probably pull more views from his YouTube than these semi finals do
  • 6 0
 Conspiracy imo
  • 8 0
 I hope that's just a conspiracy. During Kolb's run they switched to scenery drone shots for a minute, i think they are just incompetent
  • 10 2
 Come on now, this is getting ridiculous. 100% sure the production company does not care what any of the riders say pre race
  • 3 0
 @stefkrger: Yeah man I need to calm down.
  • 1 0
 @bikes-arent-real: Unfortunately it really stuck out. Independently from your comment, I thought the same while watching. I agree, it would be petty.
  • 30 0
 The addition of Gwin in the commentary box for the men is a welcome one
  • 22 0
 Myriam has changed the dynamic of the comm box. Much better!
  • 16 0
 Nice to have Aaron in the box providing some context and background. Maybe the other two will take some notes.
  • 14 0
 Some improvement finally! Good to have Pom-pom and Gwin in the commentary booth. I hope they will do the finals as well.
  • 10 0
 After seeing the addition of Gwin on commentary I’ve switched it on and yes… great decision.. he’s brought a calmness to it and the Irish guy suits him better even the screaming Frenchman relaxed and made some good comments
  • 12 0
 Not the best camera angles there is some much better spots to film, at least prune the shrubbery out of the way.
  • 7 2
 The stream cutting in on the straight AFTER the scrub roller and not before it sums the whole thing up really. It's like the camera crew and who ever is producing it have no interest in showing off riding. Vital Raw, Ed Ball TV, Cathro, Moi Moi TV all manage to get better shots than any of the stream shots. That is embarrassing.
  • 9 0
 Semis are just pointless.
  • 9 3
 Pretty bad that Garcia didn’t even know about Jackson’s crash when he spoke about his abilities to win. He really is a bad replacement for Rob.
  • 3 1
 That's embarassing. He's there, on site, all weekend. It's his f*cking job to know these things and deliver the info to the viewers.
  • 3 1
 When trying to make a point about how someone's lack of due diligence, at least try and get his name right. It's Gracia.
  • 7 3
 I'm liking the coverage & commentary on the whole.
Additions like Gwin are great though as it's another point of view with lots of current info on the riders and bikes.

Camera angles are.mostly.good.and last week at least, way more of the track be covered than most Red Bull races.

I think there are a lot of rose tinted glasses. Every week was full of complaints about their coverage, stream issues etc.
I do miss Rob's style though.
  • 2 0
 I feel like the issue for many (myself included) isn't so much that the Discovery/GCN service is worse than what Red Bull had - from my personal point of view some things are working better now, while some are worse. While some people may just be complaining for the sake of it and indeed looking back through those rose tinted glasses, for many the issue is everything was advertised to be so much better this season, making the pay wall thing a reasonable change. Now we are paying for this, but getting largely the same level product in a slightly different package.

I'm hoping Discovery manages to fine tune their production (and GCN+ their technical side) for future seasons, but with the hype and promises before the start of the season I don't think it was unreasonable for the viewers to expect a finished, high quality product from a broadcaster with this much experience in different sports.
  • 5 2
 Ahhhh… it’s on GREAT! And the ‘No commentary’ option on GCN+ for the double win miss the Irish guy but don’t need the screaming Frenchman in my ears who still can’t speak English.
  • 5 0
 Wish Rick what stop saying they're X seconds back when they're X seconds up.
  • 5 1
 I'm so tired of looking at that whoop sign at the top. They're gonna do that all race lmao
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 In the finals I wonder if they'll focus more on the track between splits 2 and 3, seems to be where most time is lost/gained. Or will they just keep showing the same bits of track for anyone outside the top 10?
  • 1 0
 They add more camera angles for finals, with way more added for the top 10 or 15.
  • 4 0
 Where’s Gwin gone… nooooo.. come back man , the screaming Frenchman is back.. get the paracetamols
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 Kade edwards to the final show!!!
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 So this is the qualifying run and the final race run is later?
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 @commental: what are semis? (Yes, I don't watch downhill racing.)
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 @alexisfire: Semi finals, 60 riders. Top 30 go through to the final.
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 I love the drone camera at the top here in finals. Really shows the technique and timing required.
  • 2 1
 Maaaan....uci can’t be docking points from Finn Illes for that!!! ??? It was a hell of a save more than anything!
  • 1 0
 Gwin needs to be on commentary for the rest of the season for Dakatoh Norton ... good luck charm now
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 Daprela on fire !
  • 1 0
 So where is the full set of men's results?
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 They haven't been published yet.

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