The mud had caused chaos on Friday during qualifying, and even if 24 hours later the track was much less greasy, the scenario repeated itself this Saturday during this 6th World Cup final of the season with a multitude of drivers starting to the fault and the near impossibility of getting out a clean and fast run at the same time… Here is who managed to limit the damage on the terrifying Snowshoe track:
A well-flow bikepark-type start to the track, followed by a new rather interesting but flat intermediate section made very physical by the mud, then a long section made up of a multitude of ultra-delicate scree slopes to negotiate, and finally a final to new and fast flow: everything came together at Snowshoe (USA) for us to experience a spectacular (and stressful) final. We were not disappointed…
The recipe was therefore “simple”: make no mistake. After a small slip at the very beginning of the descent, Camille Balanche was the only one not to make a mistake in her run. Cleanliness pays off, the Swiss winning with more than 4 seconds in advance!
She finally transforms the test once again since it is only the 2nd time that she has won the race after being the fastest during the last five (!) qualifying sessions of the season… This is her 3rd victory this season, after Lourdes – the opening round -, and Leogang.
We really believed that Myriam Nicole was going to win despite a fall and then a big mistake a little later!
On arrival, the Frenchwoman couldn’t believe her eyes to have set the best time. Unfortunately for her, there was still one driver above the pack at the start… Despite everything, it was a fine 2nd place for Pompon.
In 3rd place, we find Nina Hoffmanauthor of a fast and overall very clean descent, but also punctuated by two big mistakes.
Vali Hollwho seemed to be running at 120% without paying for it, completes the podium in the company of Monika Hrastnik, 5th. They are both more than 15 seconds behind Balanche’s time!
No real surprises in the rest of the top 10 where we find, in order, Eleonora Farina (6th), Thousand Johnset (7th), Veronika Widman (8th), Anna Newkirk (9th) and finally Jessica Blewitt (10th).
The Belgian Siel van der Velden took 13th place and the French Melanie Chappaz the 14th.
What a race, what suspense! Imagine: whileAmaury-Pierron is the last to start, at the very bottom of the track it is an improbable hot seat which was formed at the end of the final with Bernard Kerr in 1st place, surrounded byAndreas Kolb and surprising Ronan Dunne !
We admit it, we don’t believe in the victory of the Frenchman seeing that he is almost 2 seconds behind Kerr in the 2nd intermediate… especially since he seems a little restrained. And yet! Amaury Pierron reduced his delay, came back in front at the last split and managed to keep his lead until the finish line!
Pierron goes down in history by being the 4th downhiller to win 4 rounds of the World Cup in the same season.
0.414 seconds behind the winner of the day, Bernard Kerr signs the best result of his career in 15 seasons, just like Andreas Kolb3rd, and of course Ronan Dunne, 4th after having already surprised in qualifying with a 5th place. Impressive !
To complete the podium, we find the indestructible Greg Minnaar.
Snowshoe’s unexpected podium.
Danny Hart has lost none of its science of sliding and takes 6th place, ahead of Laurie Greenland (7th), Loris Vergier (8th), Finn Islands (9th) and David Trummer (10th).
Outside the top 10, we note the 11th place of Dylan Levesquethe 13th of an ultra-spectacular Matteo Iniguezthe 14th ofAaron Gwinthe 15th of Troy Brosnanthe 16th of Benoit Coulangesor the 18th of Thibaut Daprelano doubt disappointed when he had set the second fastest time in qualifying.
Left for a very good run, Loic Bruni was forced to retire after breaking his brake lever following a minor fall.
Untouchable yesterday in qualifying, Jackson Goldstone continued its momentum and won easily in the final. He relegates his compatriot Tegan Cruz more than 5 seconds while Sebastian Holguin Villa3rd, is more than 9 seconds away.
Bad operation on the other hand for Jordan WilliamsGoldstone’s great rival this season, who only finished 13th while still well ahead in 3rd intermediate.
Alix Francoz6th, is the highest ranked Frenchman while Leo Abella8th, also enters the top 10.
In the Junior girls, however, the hierarchy established in qualifications was shattered in the final. The fastest yesterday, Phoebe Gale only takes 7th place, and that’s Gracey Hemstreet4th in qualifying, who won with a lead of more than 3 seconds.
Aimi Kenyon and Izabela Yankova complete the podium.
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