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FINAL RESULTS: 2022 Leogang World Cup Downhill

What a difference a day makes. The sun finally made its long-awaited appearance in Leogang, just in time for finals day. However, the amount of moisture still left in the ground made conditions extremely tricky, with the track running dry and fast up top but slow and slippery through the steep woods. Tire choice would be important as would line choice, with extreme precision required to make sense of it all. In the Junior Men's category, the see-saw battle between Jordan Williams and Jackson Goldstone continued with the former having the better day and ending up in top spot. In the Junior Women's, Phoebe Gale made up for a lackluster qualifier with a solid, 14-second win on race day.

As the Elite Women took to the track, it soon became obvious that keeping your feet on your pedals and carrying smooth speed wherever possible would be the recipe for success here today, as one women after the other got it wrong through the tricky wood section. Eleonora Farina was the first rider to lay down a clean run, which would land her in 3rd spot for the day. Marine Cabirou was on a flyer when she hit the ground hard at the start of the technical section - we were happy to see her get to her feet and roll away from that one. Myriam Nicole showed why she is such a force in the women's field, attacking the track at another level and committing to her lines - she took a commanding lead as she crossed the line even though a mistake up top seemed to have cost her quite a lot of time. Vali Höll came out swinging and built up a 7-second lead through the top sections before a series of mistakes and two crashes saw her once again fail to challenge for a home soil victory here in Austria. That left only the winner of qualifying, Camille Balanche, sitting in the start gate at the top of the mountain. Attacking with precision down every inch of the track, Camille proved that she is indeed the woman to beat right now. She was visibly smoother than any other rider through the very difficult wood section, carrying great speed but without ever looking ragged, and that translated to an 11-second winning margin at the finish line. Very impressive performance by a rider who is only getting faster and more confident with time.

Elite Men's Race Notes:

  • Jacob Dickson with the early lead
  • Brendan Fairclough opened the live broadcast after a nice qualifier, but he was a bit off the pace for his race run. Still nice to see him back at the races!
  • Dak Norton up by 3 seconds after 3 splits! Full attack through the woods, Dak got a bit sketchy but held on to take over the hot seat at the line.
  • Loris on track early after a somewhat mediocre qualifier, up by 2 seconds at the top splits! Loosing some time through the woods but he had enough left in the tank to go into the lead by 1.6 seconds.
  • GOAT on track! Minnaar dug himself a hole up top as he went 2.5 seconds back at the first splits, and then nearly slid off the famous Leogang wall ride which saw leave the track and having to backtrack and rejoin above a course marker.
  • Amaury next! 1.3 seconds down after 7 splits, but full attack through the woods saw him go 1.3 up at the line! Would it be enough for his third win in as many races this season?
  • Angel Suarez on a flyer, the Spaniard hanging it all out and in touch at the splits! Green at the line, 0.16 up!!
  • Andreas Kolb slotted into 3rd at the line, 0.8 back after a clean run.
  • Gwin with a steady run saw him crossing the line in 6th place, 4 seconds back at the time but a few fast splits showing promise of pace. Gwin would go on to finish 11th, 1 better than his 12th place qualifier.
  • Thibaut Daprela went all in through the woods, it’s always checkers or wreckers with this Frenchie, and today it would be wreckers - again! We’re looking forward to the day Thibaut starts figuring out how to stay on his bike as the pace is clearly there.
  • Brosnan on track, coming straight back from a lengthy injury break with a great qualifier, unfortunately it was not to be for the Australian as he lost time throughout the run to finish well off his usual pace.
  • Laurie Greenland up by 3 seconds at the first split, but a mistake off camera cost him time and he’d be 6 seconds off at the next split. Rain check for the speedy Brit.
  • Hart up by 1.2 at the top split! Only 0.4 left after the motorway though! 0.9 up after the woods, and he held it to the line!
  • Matt Walker right there at the splits, but there’s nothing in it! 0.3 up at the line! It’s a British 1-2 as it stands!!!
  • Finn Iles, maximum attack! Small mistakes up top set him back at the first splits, but back in touch as he entered the woods. Finn laid it all on the line but the small mistakes continued to add up and he pushed past the point of balance between rowdy and fast. 6th place at the line.
  • Top qualifier Benoit Coulanges in the gate, could he pull through for France after the usual suspects faltered? 0.4 up at the second split! 1.4 up after the motorway and everything looks on point, but Coulanges goes down in the woods!!! Matt Walker has won his first ever World Cup, what an amazing day for the man who took home the 2020 World Cup overall title without winning a single race.

 

2022 Leogang Downhill World Cup Results - Elite Men Final

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Matt Walker during Friday practice.

2022 Leogang Downhill World Cup Results - Elite Women Final

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Camille Balanche from Friday practice.

2022 Leogang Downhill World Cup Results - Junior Men Final

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2022 Leogang Downhill World Cup Results - Junior Women Final

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