Qualifying on a Tuesday? Well, we’re back to double-header World Cup downhill races, this time in Snowshoe, West Virgina, ahead of tomorrow’s race.
The first scalps have been claimed as a Tuesday qualifier awaits the first World Cup finals of the US double-header in Snowshoe. Find out who cut the mustard today.
Isabela Yankova widened her gap at the front of the overall by taking yet another impressive win in Snowshoe. She’d be almost seven seconds clear of Siel Van der Velden. Her title rival and British pinner Phoebe Gale would have to settle for third, some eleven seconds back.
Yet again, World Champ and overall series leader Jackson Goldstone would put the hurt on the rest of the field with a three second win on Oisin O’Callaghan, who seems to be finding his pace again as the season draws to a close. Ethan Craik would edge out fellow Brit and overall title rival to Goldstone, Jordan Williams by half a second. Alix Francoz would round out the top 5.
Myriam Nicole is on a roll. A full seven and a half seconds clear of her title rival Camille Balanche. Only Tahnee Seagrave could take a fastest sector off the World Champion, but was off the pace elsewhere. Vali Höll was a second back on Balanche in third, with Nina Hoffman and Marine Cabirou in fourth and fifth respectively.
Finn Iles was on pace for a top ten qualifier then put in a screamer of a bottom split, to go claw back two seconds on the second fastest rider in that sector, Benoit Coulanges. He’d finish 0.725 clear of the flying Frenchman. Luca Shaw shrugged off a cracked bone in his wrist to finish 0.013 off Coulanges’ time, with fellow countryman Dakotah Norton in fourth. Pierron would slot into fifth, some 1.159 back on Iles.
The top 10 would be separated by three seconds…
Greg Minnaar would DNF. It’s unknown if he broke the beam and got back on the lift to give himself a break for tomorrow. UPDATE: Minnaar hit a tree. Hard. Initial reports are of an AC joint separation.
Thibaut Daprela would make full use of his protected status with a shocker of a run.
Full qualifying results can be found on the UCI website here.