Seeding has just finished in Leogang for the World Champs, with this run meaning far more should the snow come down on Sunday.
With the UCI planning to default to using seeding runs as the final results should weather cause the cancellation of race runs on Sunday, the seeding results in Leogang as a little spice to the usual formalities.
If the white stuff comes down in droves on Sunday, your fastest seeded riders will be your 2020 World Champions.
You can check out the full results on the UCI website here.
The Elite Men’s race was very much a two-horse race. Two French friends who have been racking up the silverware of late were head and shoulders ahead of the rest of the field. Loris had a slightly off second split but built his speed towards the end. Bruni was consistent throughout and only lost ground to Loris late in the run, having been out front until he approached Split 3.
Laurie Greenland registered an 88th second split after a fast opening stint, then DNF’d. Brook MacDonald would also DNF. Mick Hannah was on a flyer until his run came unstuck in the final sector.
Take a look at the stats graph on the UCI website and you’ll see what looks nothing short of carnage on track, with little consistency down the hill other than from maybe Dan Slack. Ireland’s Chris Cumming would build impressively into his run, but Matthew Sterling would make the most of the chaos to have a comfy lead to help the confidence come Sunday. Four seconds separate second to tenth though, so a lot could change on finals day.
France’s Leona Pierrini took a comfortable win in seeding and the chart shows she was only bothered by second place Siel van der Velden in the third split, otherwise taking all the other sectors, and coming across the line with a 3.5 second advantage. The rest of the field have their work cut out for them to change the medal positions as it stands.
Last year’s medal winners were way off the pace in Austria as Vali Hoell and Tracey Hannah were streets ahead of the rest of the pack. The young Austrian would lay down the gauntlet and come home 2.6 seconds up on last year’s World Cup winner, who had a twelve second buffer on the reigning World Champion Myriam Nicole.