In the second round of the 2013 World Cup Downhill series,  Gee and Rachel Atherton (GT Atherton Racing) proved they were the fastest on the mountain during qualifying at Val di Sole, Italy.

Gwin was less than two seconds off Gee's pace. Can he reel him in on Sunday? - Photo by Sven Martin

In the Elite Men's class, Gee beat out Aaron Gwin (Specialized Racing) by just 1.36 seconds. Gwin had the fastest top two splits, losing time to Gee only on the last minute of the course. Steve Smith, Brook Macdonald and Sam Hill rounded out the Top Five.

Riders hit over 46kph in the speed trap on the steep Val di Sole course with Mick Hannah earning the fastest speed of the day at 46.2kph. Gee Atherton came through the speed trap with the second fastest speed of 44.5kph.

All of Rachel's hard work during the off season is showing, with another solid first place qualifier. - Photo by Sven Martin

Rachel Atherton put a solid dent in the women's field, over 6-seconds ahead of 2nd place, Emmeline Ragot (Lapierre Gravity Republic).

Phil Atwill charging to a top spot in the Junior Men's category. - Photo by Duncan Philpott

In the Junior Men's category, Phil Atwill (Madison Saracen) put up a time that would have positioned him in the low 30's in the Elite Men's qualifying field.

Even though rain was predicted, the weather held out and conditions are still bright and sunny leading into the final day of practice. Racing kicks off on Sunday afternoon, where we'll see if the top qualifiers can defend their

A few notes...

  • Cam Cole didn't make top 80, but with the number 16 plate, he should be protected and racing finals. He crashed between the first and second split, and finished 112th overall.
  • Mitch Ropelato was on pace to be in the top 50, but two big mistakes near the finish put him off the back. He'll miss the big show after qualifying 122nd.
  • Bryn Atkinson didn't start following a few hard falls yesterday and today. Matthew Beer and Filip Polc also DNS'ed.

Elite Men's Top 80 Qualifying Times at Val di Sole - FULL RESULTS

Elite Women's Top 20 Qualifying Times - FULL RESULTS

Junior Men's Top 20 Seeding Run Times - FULL RESULTS

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  • peterjamo4

    6/14/2013 1:18 PM

    looks like the large frame worked for gwin

  • Adam_Schaeffer

    6/14/2013 12:25 PM

    I was hoping Ft Bill was just a fluke for Gwinn. You need someone like him that everyone is gunning for. I guess the large Demo frame felt better? Sunday is gonna be so rowdy......LETS GO SAMMY!!!! YEEOOOOOWWW!!!!

  • Pininator

    6/14/2013 5:03 PM

    Less than 7sec between 1st and 11th...this could be the race where Rob Warner loses it altogether!!

  • David_Johnson

    6/14/2013 12:04 PM

    Apparently that second block of 20 is the place to be if you're a Brit.

  • alloutprodux

    6/14/2013 10:46 AM

    yeeeeah bubba's gonna kill it this year!!

  • Scrub

    6/14/2013 10:33 AM

    I didn't see Cedric Gracia on the results sheet, did he get lost in Amsterdam?

  • tabletop84

    6/14/2013 10:44 AM

    Looks like he skipped his nemesis. Val di sole isn't on his tour-shedule on his website.

  • sspomer

    6/14/2013 10:09 AM

    speed typos fixed. long days and long nights haha. how sick is the racing going to be?!

  • loco.ola

    6/14/2013 10:13 AM

    If it's half as good as last weekend it was be epic. Shame I can't get to this one too!!

  • loco.ola

    6/14/2013 10:05 AM

    Typo, not sure Mick Hannah can be the fastest with a slower speed of 42.2kph, I know he's sick. But even he's not that sick. It should be 46.2

  • Pininator

    6/14/2013 9:50 AM

    Not as surprising as last weekend - even Minnaar slotted in at 7th. Sunday is going to be a hay-maker!!!

    I am shocked Delfs didn't qualify and hope Bryn is shows him as DNS.

  • scriz

    6/14/2013 9:18 AM

    Super stacked field... Warren and Rude in the mix, way to represent!

  • sideshow

    6/14/2013 9:07 AM

    That top 5...that top 10...yeah, that's like the ultimate set of concert headliners.

  • t.martin

    6/14/2013 8:46 AM

    I'm not positive the science behind kilometers per hour but your math seems a bit off in the second paragraph...

  • sspomer

    6/14/2013 8:46 AM

    now this is news to wake up to! rad

  • Hansolo

    6/14/2013 8:44 AM

    Hope it rains for the finals! Bummer Mitch didn't make it to the show...go Gwin!

  • Mr. P

    6/14/2013 8:28 AM

    I guess we can all stop debating the size of Aaron's...


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