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The rain held off, but Fort William still had plenty of variables to offer.
Unsurprisingly, Valentina Holl left the Junior Women’s field in the dust with almost a 30 second lead. But the battle for second came within 0.027 seconds, with Paula Zibasa just barely earning her spot on the second step over third place Anna Newkirk. On the Junior Men’s side, Kye A’Hern took the win with just under a second on Thibaut Daprela, and Kade Edwards rounded out the top three coming in with a 2.69 second gap behind first.
Tahnee Seagrave came away with her first Fort William win, crushing the competition, gaining time at every split. She got the win ahead of Myriam Nicole by 8 seconds. The most impressive run of the day so far might have been Rachel Atherton, who snapped her chain only a few pedal strokes out of the gate. Not surprisingly, she still pulled off an impressive finish, coming in 3rd, and less than a second off 2nd place. Not to mention she crashed mid-run too.
Amaury got his first ever World Cup win, taking the top step by 0.27 seconds. Loris Vergier and Troy Brosnan round out the top three, with Reece Wilson coming in 4th after holding the top spot for much of the day. Aaron Gwin and Luca Shaw both suffered mechanicals. Snapped chains seemed to be a theme of the day. On to Leogang next weekend….
7:36am: Pierron takes his first ever World Cup win!
7:34am: Luca Shaw finishing with a flat rear tire, securing a win for Pierron.
7:33am: Luca Shaw up by more than a second at split 1.
7:32am: Danny taking different lines, but they don't seem to help, as he crosses the line 3 seconds back in 6th place.
7:28am: Danny Hart and Luca Shaw left at the top.
7:28am: Loris pulling back some time and sneaking into 2nd by 0.1 seconds.
7:20am: Troy Brosnan in second, 0.3 seconds behind Amaury.
7:16am: Dakotah Norton snapping his chain right out the start gate.
7:14am: Pierron, unseating Reece Wilson for the top spot.
7:13am: Amaury Pierron on course and up by almost 2 seconds.
7:06am: Gwin crashes! Takes a massive digger, diving into the rocks. He's 3 seconds back after the 2nd split.
6:58am: Reece Wilson holding on to the top spot with 10 men left at the top.
6:46am: Bruni crosses the line in second, Reece Wilson still sitting in first.
6:43am: World Champ Loic Bruni is on course, and within a second of the lead at the splits.
6:26am: Finn Iles barely keeping it upright before the road gap.
6:21am: Gee starts off strong, up at the first split, but loses time and crosses the line in 5th.
5:13am: Tahnee gets her first Fort William win!
5:12am: Rachel takes a digger, but is seven seconds back chain-less at split 3.
5:11am: Rachel Atherton, the last woman on course loses her chain right out the start gate.
5:08am: Myriam Nicole goes down! Sliding out on a corner mid-way down the track.
5:05am: Guaranteeing her spot in the top 3, Tahnee finishes with a nearly 11 second advantage to take the top spot.
5:04am: Tahnee with a comfortable lead after the first three splits.
5:02am: Last year's winner Tracey Hannah comes in just under a second from Curd's time.
4:55am: Marine Cabirou with a consistent 3 second lead on Curd through all the splits, is now the time to beat.
4:47am: Katy Curd crosses the line with the fastest time of the day so far with a 6 second lead.
4:30am: Women are on course.
(*All time is Pacific Standard Time)
Elite WomenElite Men
1st. PIERRON Amaury 4:34.452
2nd. VERGIER Loris 4:34.722 +0.27
3rd. BROSNAN Troy 4:34.763 +0.311
4th. WILSON Reece 4:35.775 +1.323
5th. BRUNI Loic 4:37.039 +1.323
1st. SEAGRAVE Tahnee 5:10.960
2nd. NICOLE Myriam 5:19.211 +8.251
3rd. ATHERTON Rachel 5:20.016 +9.056
4th. CABIROU Marine 5:21.782 +10.822
5th. HANNAH Tracey 5:22.744 +13.408
Junior WomenJunior Men
1st. A’HERN Kye 4:42.414
2nd. DAPRELA Thibaut 4:43.179 +0.765
3rd. EDWARDS Kade 4:45.073 +2.69
4th. EDMONDSON Jamie 4:48.037 +5.623
5th. MASIERO Giacomo 4:54.396 +11.982
1st. HOLL Valentina 5:21.694
2nd. ZIBASA Paula 5:50.896 +29.202
3rd. NEWKIRK Anna 5:50.923 +29.229
4th. MELVIN Kaytlin 6:41.041 +1:19.347
5th. JOHNSET Mille 7:02.893 +1:41.199