Accessibility Widget: On | Off
FINAL RESULTS: Vallnord World Cup Downhill

Early reports of a "boring, one-line" track turned out to be completely unfounded as the new World Cup track in Andorra delivered tight, exciting racing. Flat-out, high-speed sections asked anyone with serious aspirations to commit to staying off the brakes, while a few nasty doubles and tech sections claimed their fair share of victims as the pace increased throughout the week. In the junior men's category, Jackson Goldstone looked on the money from the start, delivering an entertaining course preview POV edit earlier in the week before carrying that momentum through to wins in both qualifying and the main race. Impressively, he took 9 seconds off his winning qualifying time today and came down 3 seconds faster than Loris Vergier's winning qualifying time in the elite category, a sure indication that the track was bedding in for finals but also testament to Jackson's speed (at the end of the day, his time would actually stand up to...EVERYONE. The juniors probably had a less blown out track to deal with and possibly also no wind, but that is still a VERY impressive performance). Phoebe Gale did exactly the same thing in the junior women's category, minus the POV run.

Elite Women Race Notes:

  • Veronica Widman came up short on a gap and took a nasty slam - thankfully she was able to get back up and finish her run.
  • Anna Newkirk flirted with the barriers on the last turn and took over the hotseat by over 4 seconds at the time.
  • Clean run by Mille Johnset, 4 seconds up at the line and only 2 seconds off the fastest qualifying time set by Camille Balanche.
  • Jess Blewitt, at ease on the big jumps up top, flirting with the barrier on the very last bridge, into the hotseat by 0.9!
  • Höll on a mission, attacking from the start and letting it roll through the rough stuff - 5 seconds up at the line and 4 seconds faster than Balanche’s qualifier! 3 riders left, will Höll’s time stand?
  • Myriam Nicole, up at the splits by 0.6, before going down in the woods! More heartbreak for Myriam who has already had a few crashes in final runs this season.
  • Hoffmann off pace, losing time all the way down to finish 3.5 back - still good enough to hold 2nd place at that point.
  • Balanche or Höll? Camille back at the top splits, riding a little bit tentatively and this track will not stand for that. Höll wins her first World Cup of 2022 as Camille slots into third.

Elite Men Race Notes:

  • Oliver Zwar with the early heater and the long term hotseat lease.
  • Flo Payet took his 99th start in a World Cup final - will he make it 100 before retiring at the end of the season? He had a flat here but it counts!
  • To hit The Gap(tm) or not to hit it? At 2:10 or so, those looking to gamble it all can pull up and hope for the best - our palms were getting sweaty just watching the brave ones go for it.
  • Ed Masters hucks The Gap and nearly goes down! Bucking bronco for a bit, nearly hitting a couple of trees but ultimately riding out of it.
  • Angel Suarez green at the splits! Scrubbing and tucking, he sends The Gap and rides out clean! 1.9 up at that point, and that huck is clearly worth it if you can pull it clean. A mistake at the end of the run cost him some time, but a great effort by the speedy Spaniard and his ticket to the hotseat well and truly punched.
  • Luke Meier-Smith, down at the splits but a super clean final section sees him into the hotseat!
  • Hart nails The Gap, but is still 2 seconds back.
  • Huge crash for Matt Walker as he got it wrong through a tech section. We were happy to see him brush off the dust and finish his run.
  • GOAT on track! Minnaar carrying good speed in spots, but eventually falling just short at the line.
  • Kolb! Conservative up top but building speed all the way to the bottom, into the hotseat by 0.3 seconds!
  • Greenland up by 1.2 at split 1! A rowdy last section saw him lose it all to cross the line in 6th, but the writing was on the wall - there was more time to be had out there.
  • Frixtalon looking to put it together. 6th in qualifying, up at the top splits, clean lines - but fades to 20th place at the line.
  • Gwin on track, after signing his best qualifier in a long time, and he’s up by 2 seconds at the top splits after some very creative lines! He makes a mistake at the end of the track but he takes the lead at the line!!! 
  • Finn Iles on rails through the fast turns up top, finding lots of time early on. A huge mistake almost saw him throw it all away, only hours of gym time stood between the always exciting Canadian and a seemingly inevitable OTB. 0.7 up at the line!!!
  • Bruni up at the splits, and he sends The Gap!! Into the lead by 0.2!!! How do you come back from injury to put up this kind of performance??
  • Pierron off pace, paying the price for a massive crash in morning practice. 12th place at the line and some valuable points in the bag.
  • Fastest qualifier Loris Vergier on track - green at the first split! Extending the lead all the way down, 1.4 up at the line! Brilliant from Loris, and a French 1-2 yet again.

2022 Vallnord World Cup Downhill Final Results - Elite Men

Photo

Photo

Photo

Photo

Photo

Photo

Photo

2022 Vallnord World Cup Downhill Final Results - Elite Women

Photo

Photo

2022 Vallnord World Cup Downhill Final Results - Junior Men

Photo

Photo

Photo

2022 Vallnord World Cup Downhill Final Results - Junior Women

Photo

Photo


Create New Tag
6 comments
Show More Comment(s) / Leave a Comment