France’s Amaury Pierron and Briton Tahnée Seagrave held their nerve on 2018’s toughest downhill track to triumph on Saturday at Val di Sole in Italy.
The track itself is steeped in more prestige in downhill history thanks to amazing rides and brutal defeats. It’s famed roots, mud and that last left hander making it the true downhill track that all riders will be measured on. Add heavy rainfall in the Trentino region over the days leading up to the race and you have a course that’s even more unpredictable than usual. The sun thankfully came out on finals day to improve conditions. But never underestimate Val di Sole’s Black Snake course.
Pierron produced an extraordinary run to edge out an obviously shattered (after coming so close to his first win) Laurie Greenland for his third 2018 win in a row, while Seagrave pipped compatriot Rachel Atherton in the women’s race in the last sector by maybe half a bike length.
“With five seconds left I could hear I was close and I full on sprinted. I needed that DQ in Leogang to fuel my fire. I need something a little bit extra to make me work a lot harder. Monika sent it down. I was really worried, but I didn’t want to let the points go though.”
|1.||Tahnée Seagrave||4m 26.424s|
|2.||Rachel Atherton||4m 26.547s|
|3.||Monika Hrastnik||4m 28.029s|
|4.||Tracey Hannah||4m 29.718s|
|5.||Veronika Widmann||4m 35.824s|
Mens DH Finals
“The track is super demanding physically and technically. This one I wanted and I am so happy. It is going to be sick in Andorra. I can do four in a row.”Pierron
That’s now three out of three for Pierron and you wouldn’t bet against him making it four wins in a row in Vallnord in Andorra at the next stop of the Mercedes-Benz MTB World Cup….
|1.||Amaury Pierron||3m 36.778s|
|2.||Laurie Greenland||3m 37.312s|
|3.||Danny Hart||3m 37.448s|
|4.||Luca Shaw||3m 39.036s|
|5.||Thomas Estaque||3m 39.254s|
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup women’s downhill standings after four out of seven races
2. Tahnée Seagrave GBR 676
3. Myriam Nicole FRA 610
4. Tracey Hannah AUS 560
5. Monika Hrastnik SLO 496
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup men’s downhill standings after four out of seven races:
2. Laurie Greenland GBR 491
3. Troy Brosnan AUS 488
4. Aaron Gwin USA 481
5. Danny Hart GBR 451