Round seven of the 2022 Downhill World Cup provided legendary racing at Mont-Sainte-Anne. In the junior men’s races, Jackson Goldstone secured victory at home and we believe he also took the 2022 overall title. Jordan Williams crossed the line just under four seconds behind with Bodhi Kuhn rounding out the top three. Phoebe Gale took victory in the junior women’s race with a dominant run and a gap of almost seven seconds to Izabela Yankova. Gracey Hemstreet finished the weekend in third place and will continue to chase the overall at the final round.
Vali Höll gets another win this year when she stopped three seconds ahead of Nina Hoffmann. Eleonora Farina was the only other rider to get through the qualifying race fastest, crossing the finish line in third place. Myriam Nicole was leading even against Vali by more than two seconds after the second half, but a puncture took away her chance to win.
What a final race! Finn Iles overcame incredible pressure to earn his first World Cup win in Canada. Finn becomes the first Canadian to win at home since Stevie Smith in 2013 and was chainless at the end of his career. Laurie Greenland had a wild ride that seemed unbeatable until the very end.
Take a look at the following results.
1st. Vali Höll: 4:56.012
2nd. Nina Hoffman: 4:59,159
3rd. Eleonora Fariña: 5:00.522
4th. Jess Blewitt: 5:11,908
5th. Monica Hrastnik: 5:12.210
1st. Finn Iles: 4:11,717
2nd. Laurie Greenland: 4:11,955
3rd. Troy Brosnan: 4:15.221
4th. Aaron Gwin: 4:17,531
5th. Bernard Kerr: 4:18.100
1st. Phoebe Gale: 5:09.223
2nd. Izabela Yankova: 5:16.084
3rd. Gracey Hemstreet: 5:16.805
4th. Valentina Roa Sanchez: 5:27.466
5th. Aimi Kenyon: 5:28,439
1st. Jackson Goldstone: 4:13,766
2nd. Jordan Williams: 4:17.566
3rd. Bodhi Kuhn: 4:20.302
4th. Lachlan Stevens-McNab: 4:26,463
5th. Ryan Pinkerton: 4:26,966
Live Racing Updates:
The Women’s Elite race starts in: PDT 10:25 / EDT 12:25 / BST 17:25 / CEST 18:25
The men’s elite will start in: PDT 11:45 / EDT 13:45 / BST 18:45 / CEST 19:45
The first in the elite races are the women and we could have some fast times as the course is drying out. With Camille Balanche out with injury, the big picture is wide open.
The top five in the standings:
1st. Vali Höll: 5:04.032
2nd. Monica Hrastnik: 5:17,998
3rd. Nina Hoffman: 5:19,624
4th. Myriam Nicole: 5:22,463
5th. Jess Blewitt: 5:23,439
Who do you think they can win?:
Who do you think will win today’s race? Will we see someone new climb to the top step of the podium?
9:30 a.m. PDT The Elite Women are now on their way as Caitlyn Farmer kicks off the race.
9:41 a.m. PDT After the first six riders, the top five are:
1st. Melanie Chappaz: 5:30,934
2nd. Siel Van Der Velden: 5:31.224
3rd. Abigail Hogie: 5:47,688
4th. Cassie Voysey: 6:07.257
5th. Ella Erickson: 6:16.143
9:46 a.m. PDT Mikayla Parton is the first of the top ten cyclists to make it to the race, taking the lead by just 0.002 seconds!
9:48 a.m. PDT After failing to complete a full qualifying run, Mille Johnset flies to first place by nine seconds so far.
9:51 a.m. PDT Now it is Anna Newkirk who goes faster with a difference of 2.5 seconds with respect to Mille Johnset.
9:53 a.m. PDT Veronika Widmann takes the lead by more than five seconds. Veronika is still ten seconds from Vali Höll’s qualifying race.
9:56 a.m. PDT Eleonora Farina was flying, but some stalls in the rock garden lost quite a bit of time. Eleonora still crosses the line 13.6 seconds ahead. Vali’s qualifying run has now been beaten by four seconds.
9:57 a.m. PDT With five riders remaining, the top five are:
1st. Eleonora Fariña: 5:00.522
2nd. Veronica Widmann: 5:14.216
3rd. Anna Newkirk: 5:19,425
4th. Mille Johnson: 5:21,932
5th. Mikayla Parton: 5:30,932
10:00 a.m. PST Jess Blewitt is over 11 seconds behind, but still good enough for second place so far.
10:01 a.m. PDT Myriam Nicole looks good at the top of the course as she sits almost six seconds up in split two.
10:02 a.m. PDT A flat rear tire for Myriam Nicole! This will really mess up the overall ranking.
10:07 a.m. PDT Nina Hoffmann takes the lead by 1.3 seconds! We still have two riders left, so it will definitely be a top three finish for Nina.
10:11 a.m. PDT Big trouble for Monika Hrastnik through the rocks when she comes to a complete stop. Monika is still fourth in the next split.
10:11 a.m. PDT Monika Hrastnik crosses the finish line in fourth position and only Vali Höll remains.
10:13 a.m. PDT Vali Höll is up 1.6 in division two, this is going to be close.
10:15 a.m. PDT Vali Höll wins the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup!
Closing out the race are the men and after the elite women’s race the course looks very fast. We are sure that today we will have some wild races of the best Elite Men.
Inside the tape:
Before reaching the last riders, check out the lines that Ben Cathro has encountered on the course.
The top five in the standings:
1st. Finn Iles: 4:17,842
2nd. Greg Minnaar: 4:21,082
3rd. Amaury Pierron: 4:22,571
4th. Troy Brosnan: 4:22,910
5th. Bernard Kerr: 4:24.102
11:03 a.m. PDT With 30 riders remaining, the top five are:
1st. Ronan Dunne: 4:22,834
2nd. Mark Wallace: 4:23,459
3rd. Phil Atwill: 4:23,877
4th. Austin Dooley: 4:24,139
5th. Kirk McDowall: 4:24,964
11:16 a.m. PDT Oliver Zwar takes the lead by just 0.5 seconds.
11:18 a.m. PDT Kye A’Hern already beats Zwar to move more than a second into the lead.
11:25 a.m. PDT Ethan Craik had a quick run to go faster by over two seconds! Ethan is less than two seconds shy of Finn Iles’ highest qualifying race.
11:29 a.m. PDT With 20 riders remaining, the top five are:
1st. Ethan Craig: 4:19,172
2nd. Kye A’Hern: 4:21,260
3rd. Oliver Zwar: 4:22,293
4th. Dante Silva: 4:22,725
5th. Ronan Dunne: 4:22,834
11:41 a.m. PDT A massive run from Laurie Greenland puts him over seven seconds behind. He is now almost six seconds faster than the top qualifier.
11:44 a.m. PDT Hugo Frixtalon has a big accident just before Camille Balanche crashes at practice.
11:50 a.m. PDT David Trummer was on course for a podium finish so far, but a flat tire pushes him back down to 22nd place.
11:52 a.m. PDT Charlie Hatton falls back 10 seconds and takes fourth place.
11:56 a.m. PDT A third place for Sam Blenkinsop, 8.2 behind Laurie Greenland.
12:03 p.m. PDT With 10 riders remaining, the top five are:
1st. Laurie Greenland: 4:11,955
2nd. Ethan Craig: 4:19,172
3rd. Sam Blenkinsop: 4:20,227
4th. Dylan Levesque: 4:20,325
5th. Tuhoto-Ariki Penis: 4:21.026
12:11 p.m. PDT Aaron Gwin crosses the line in second place and despite being the closest to Laurie so far, he is still more than five and a half seconds behind.
12:14 p.m. PDT Loris Revelli backs up his great qualifying streak with a third place finish, 7.1 behind.
12:18 PDT A flat tire for Andreas Kolb puts him back in 39th place.
12:20 PDT Benoit Coulanges goes flying off the track when his tire comes off the rim. Benoit walks away unscathed, but this one was wild.
12:22 PDT With five riders remaining, the top five are:
1st. Laurie Greenland: 4:11,955
2nd. Aaron Gwin: 4:17,531
3rd. Loris Revelli: 4:19,133
4th. Ethan Craig: 4:19,172
5th. Sam Blenkinsop: 4:20,227
12:25 PDT Bernard Kerr backs up his Snowshoe second place with a third as he crosses the line.
12:28 PDT Being the closest to Laurie Greenland so far, Troy Brosnan is in second place with a gap of 3.2 seconds.
12:31 p.m. PDT Amaury Pierron falls! He could have wasted the chance to take the overall today.
12:32 p.m. PDT Amaury reaches the finish line in 25th place, this may not be enough.
12:34 p.m. PDT Greg Minnaar is only 1.6 behind in division three, can he get him back through the rocks?
12:35 p.m. PDT Greg goes out of line and crashes into a tree. He quickly returns and finishes 14 seconds behind.
12:36 p.m. PDT What has Finn Iles done at the end of the course? He is more than a second up in division one!
12:37 p.m. PDT Finn is still 0.2 on the green in division two.
12:38 p.m. PDT Extend the advantage to half a second in the third division. This is wild from Finn Iles.
12:39 p.m. PDT A second up in division four, can he keep it up?
12:39 p.m. PDT Finn Iles wins his first World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne!
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