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​After a few days of mainly dry weather, the rain turned up just in time for the qualifying round at Mont-Sainte-Anne, and it was to invite itself to race day too. The juniors set off mainly in the dry although the course was still slick, and on the day, Laurie Greenland proved to be the strongest. He took the win by a massive margin and with it, the overall leader's jersey. First place qualifier Jacob Dickson wasn't able to hold it together on race day and ended up 5th, some 3 seconds off his qualifying time.

The big story of the women's race was the DNS of Emmeline Ragot following an injury late in practice on the day, which left Rachel in full control of her own destiny, even though the rain came in again just as the last girls set off. The course was still running slick at this point, so it didn't seem to cause Rachel an undue disadvantage - and when the clock stopped, she was still in the green by a large margin, and leaves MSA the runaway leader in the overall World Cup standings.

Time for big boys to take to the track, and the H2O was a factor early on with what looked like treacherous conditions - which would not deter Aaron Gwin however, as he laid down an early fast run to take place on the hotseat. Full commitment and a couple of hot doubles on the way too. Vergier would throw down a wild ride to mount an early challenge, but would ultimately fall short, and Gee Atherton would better his time to get within 2.7 seconds of Gwin. How good would Gwin's time prove to be?

Bruni would answer that question in the most emphatic of fashion just a couple of riders later, with a near flawless run seeing him into the hotseat by a massive 4.7 seconds - and incredibly, he was chainless at the end! Would we see a second chainless win in 2015? Bruni's 4:22 was 3 seconds faster than Troy Brosnan's fastest qualifier, and with a slick course, the rest of the field knew they were up against it now.

Minnaar got it to within 2.7 seconds, and Mark Wallace took some creative options through the rock garden to claim third at the finish, en route to 6th place and a career-first top-10. And, into the top-10 qualifiers, Brannigan into 5th at the line. After looking awesome in practice all week, Brendan Fairclough fell a bit short of our expectations, although a top-10 is nothing to sneer at - he was 5th at the line too, on his way to 9th on the day.

RATBOY! What a run! 4th fastest qualifier, he threw down a smooth and fast run to take the hotseat by 0.200. Would this be the Return of the Rat? Marcelo Gutierrez would come down in 4th, and only Hart and Brosnan remained at the top of the course. Hart looked smooth but had nothing for Bryceland, coming down into a disappointing 8th with a wild moment across the last 2 jumps. Only Brosnan to deny the Rat's comeback - but NO! The Rat takes it, just ahead of Bruni with Troy in 3rd.

In terms of the overall World Cup standings, Gwin remains top dog with Bruni and Minnaar hot on his heels. The gaps are closing however and only 25 points separate Gwin from Bruni, which will make for an incredible end to the season. Buckle up and stay tuned - YEOW!

2015 Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup DH Elite Men Results (full results)


Josh Bryceland in qualification - photo Sven Martin

2015 Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup DH Elite Women Results (full results)


Rachel Atherton on qualification day - photo Duncan Philpott

2015 Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup DH Junior Men Results (full results)


Laurie Greenland on qualification day - photo Duncan Philpott

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