RESULTS ๐Ÿ Qualifying, 2019 Les Gets World Cup Downhill

This World Cup week seems to have gone flying by at the same speed as the riders down the fast, open track here in Les Gets, France, and it's already time for qualifying. With points, glory, and a place in tomorrow's finals on the line, it was with equal amounts of anticipation and dread that we looked forward to finding out just how pinned the racers have to be on this old school race track to make the cut or challenge for the win. The morning sessions revealed no upsets as both Vali Holl and Thibaut Daprela stomped their usual authority on the rest of the field, even if Anna Newkirk did once again manage to creep a little closer to Vali's time. Ultimately, Thibaut would have been Top 10 in Elite Men and Vali 3rd place in Elite Women.

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In the Elite Women's, with most of the heavy hitters now sidelined by injury, it was equally unsurprising to find Tracey Hannah atop the time sheets, albeit by a very slim margin. The spat of misfortune that has hit the women's field this season has left the door open for a new group of contenders to emerge, and it will be interesting to find out if any of them can cause Tracey any problems as she cruises on with one hand on the overall title already. Shoutout to Carolin Gehrig who's representing the spirit of enduro this week and who snuck her steed into finals with a 14th place qualifier.

In the Elite Men's, things got real hot real quick. We knew the times would be tight, and just a few seconds would probably separate those who would go home feeling like a million dollars and those who would be looking to spend 2 bucks at the no-quali party. That was before Amaury Pierron broke the 3-minute barrier and possibly the speed of sound as well, putting himself back on top and last to drop on race day Current World cup overall leader, Loic Bruni turned on the afterburners to make it a French 1-2, but still came up 1.5 seconds short, a significant gap on such a short track devoid of options in terms of line choice. We can't wait to watch it all play out tomorrow, stay tuned as we continue bringing you right into the heart of the action here on Vital!

Amaury Pierron seems to like the track and is looking forward to race in front of his home crowd. First place in qualifying today.

Qualifying Results, Elite Men, Les Gets 2019

Tracey Hannah, fastest in qualifying and looking confident on the Les Gets slopes.

Qualifying Results, Elite Women, Les Gets 2019

Thibaut Daprela testing out the limits in practice. He found the perfect pace in qualifying by going fastest in the Juniors with a time that would have him in 10th in the Elite Men's class.

Qualifying Results, Junior Men, Les Gets 2019

Vali Hรถll isn't actually full recovered from a recent crash, but her speed doesn't show that at all. Fastest Junior Women's qualifier and a time that would have been 3rd in Elite Women.

Qualifying Results, Junior Women, Les Gets 2019

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