FINAL RESULTS: Andorra World Cup Downhill

When World Cup downhill racers arrived in Vallnord, Andorra, earlier this week, all eyes were on the weather. Afternoon drenchings had become the norm and the forecast looked dismal for the days ahead. Thankfully the forecast was wrong and nothing but sunshine and fair conditions graced race day.

Finn Iles posted up a run that had him holding down the hot seat for quite some time. He was the first rider to beat the fastest qualifying time set by Luca Shaw yesterday. Loic Bruni and Eddie Masters (who finally had a legit, top-to-bottom run) pushed on Finn but could not overtake him. Then Loris Vergier came down the mountain. Vergier, faster at each split with the gap growing the entire way down the mountain, attacked every section and came across the line a whopping 4.5 seconds faster than Finn. Would the time hold? 7 of the fastest riders on the planet had a chance to beat the Frenchman.

Troy Brosnan, winner of last year's Andorra battle, couldn't get the job done despite a mistake-free effort.

Amaury Pierron, winner of the last 3 World Cup Downhill races was on deck. The French rider dropped into the course, familiar to him, nailing every line and section perfectly. His splits, however, showed that he was not on pace with Vergier. Pierron clawed back some lost time through the bottom of the course but could not make this his 4th win in a row. Vergier's time held.

Brook MacDonald, looking like man possessed, flung himself down the mountain in the exciting, loose fashion we love to watch. His run was incredibly fast, but still 1.6 seconds off Vergier's pace. Three riders remained.

Laurie Greenland, a fan favorite, was on his limit, with close calls and wild riding throughout his run. He survived the run, but crossed the line frustrated and off the winning mark.

Danny Hart lost time the entire way down the course, looking almost conservative compared to Brook or Laurie before him. His time kept him off the podium this weekend.

Luca Shaw, fastest qualifier, and teammate of Loris Vergier remained. The splits told the story as Luca lost time the entire way down the course, ultimately washing out near the bottom.

Loris Vergier took his first Elite World Cup Downhill victory. Emotional, Loris said, "I'm glad to do it once. I can die now," HAHA. Loris moves up into 2nd in the overall with his result. HECK YEAH!!!

The Elite Women's class has had no shortage of race drama all season and today's contest in Andorra continued the tradition. Tahnee Seagrave took her second win in a row over Rachel Atherton, backing up her Val di Sole victory from last week. Rachel, who qualified 13 seconds faster than Tahnee yesterday, was up at the first two splits by nearly 4 seconds. During her run, Rachel went off track and lost any advantage, costing her the race. Tahnee proved consistent and calculated, landing on the top of the podium once again.

Thibaut Daprela smacked up the Junior Men by over 6 seconds. First-place qualifier, Henry Kerr, hung tough with a 2nd place result and Kye A'hern returned to racing after missing Val di Sole, taking 3rd. Thibaut leads the Jr. overall with Kye behind by 60 points.

It was Groundhog Day in the Junior Women's class with Vali Holl and Anna Newkirk (#USDH) in 1st and 2nd. Vali took the win by 15 seconds, but Anna showed resolve by chipping away the margin considerably when compared to qualifying times. Mille Johnset was right behind Anna, but just half a second in third.

The World Cup Downhill series takes nearly a month off before returning to Mont-Sainte-Anne in August.

Elite Men's Results

Elite Women's Results

Junior Men's Results

Junior Women's Results


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