Qualifying has gone down on Track One in Lousa, Portugal for the penultimate round of the 2020 UCI Downhill World Cup.
With Track One delivering just over four minutes of every track feature and gradient a rider could wish for, Lousa definitely pulled out the stops. The rain stayed away and qualifying is done and dusted.
Lauryne Chappaz skipped Maribor but came back swinging in her fresh Rainbow Stripes jersey to take a commanding win in Portugal over her fellow French rider, Leona Pierrini.
Oisin O’Callaghan would have to settle for second in Lousa behind flying Portuguese National Champion Goncalo Bandeira. Can he take the win on home soil or will the Irishman continue his winning streak?
Myriam Nicole definitely had her Weetabix this morning… Almost five seconds separated her from second place Tracey Hannah, who had Tahnee Seagrave breathing down her neck.
Matt Walker looked a shoe-in to take the top spot in qualifying with the lights going green all the way down the hill, until Split 4 and the finish line happened. The man of the moment, Loris Vergier sneaked in by 0.108 of a second, to take yet another victory.
If Vergier wins tomorrow then he’s pretty much wrapped up the overall with a round to spare. He currently sits on 500 points, with a total of 450 points remaining on offer. Matt Walker sits in second overall in the series with a total of 342 points.
Full results can be found on the UCI website here.