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Competition at the Fort William World Cup downhill race heated up today as qualifying took place under warm, dry conditions.

In Junior Women's class (who were seeding only, not qualifying) Vali Holl has proven she's on an elite level with a time 20 seconds faster than 2nd place. Her 5:18 would have ranked her 5th in the Elite Women's class.

The Junior Men are battling with only 3.4 seconds separating the top 4 qualifiers. Australian, Kye A'hearn was just faster than Kade Edwards today.

Rachel Atherton returned to the top of the Elite Women's class in qualifying today, but by the slimmest of margins (1.9 seconds) ahead of Croatia winner, Myriam Nicole. Tahnee Seagrave finished third, but off the pace, some 9 seconds back. EWS superstar, Cecile Ravanel, came in 5th place but with some time to make up to break the medal positions.

Luca Shaw is out front, ahead of Danny Hart by just .088! Loris Vergier sits in 3rd just another 1.1 off the lead pace, and Troy Brosnan just .1 behind Loris, so it's really close! Race day should be bonkers. Aaron Gwin is down in 16th but had the fastest first split by .7 seconds. We're hearing he had a cut tire and finished his run with 8psi. It looks like Dean Lucas made the smart move and did not start after a big crash in practice yesterday knocking him out briefly. Martin Maes, 9th place. POW!

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Elite Men's Qualifying Results

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Elite Women's Qualifying Results

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Junior Men's Qualifying Results

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Junior Women's Seeding Results

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Post-Qualifying Interviews with Luca and Loris

 

sspomer sspomer 6/2/2018 7:17 AM

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added interviews with luca and loris at the bottom of the story above or you can get it here - https://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/Post-Qualifying-Interviews-Luca-Shaw-and-Loris-Vergier-in-Fort-William,11777/Slideshow,0/sspomer,2?

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Maes though! We already knew he's got the speed here, but still...it takes some doing to just pop in from your busy EWS schedule, jump on your big bike and pull out a top 10 qualifying spot against the very best riders in the world who all happen to also know this track by heart.

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Look at that lack of a US presence at a World Cup for women. That's free money left on the table for some ladies out there. Lots of sponsors would gladly pay a decent US female racer to get in the mix.

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touched on that here yesterday - https://www.vitalmtb.com/news/news/RESULTS-Timed-Training-from-Fort-William-World-Cup-DH,1162 - junior women are coming up though. 2 out of 6 competitors.

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He crashed, was 2 minutes off the time, maybe he entered in the wrong possition

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Sounds like a crash and he didn’t re-enter in the right spot.
How about Sam Dale showing up and laying one down!

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