Results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup

Thibault Daprela and Tahnee Seagrave return to form and take the wins at the second round of the 2021 Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup in Les Gets, France.

Results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup
It didn’t take long for the fresh track to cut up and form moto-sized ruts.

After glorious sunshine on Friday, the clouds rolled in on Saturday morning as riders faced a brand new track with multiple lines. Littered with roots, peppered with jumps and physically demanding, there was plenty of action as fans returned to a World Cup event for the first time since 2019.


Elite Women

In the elite women’s race, Mille Johnset lay down an early marker on a greasy track. Her time was quickly overhauled when Seagrave, who despite recovering from a host of injuries put together an exceptionally smooth race run. Reigning world champion Camille Balanche was the first to challenge Seagrave but a big mistake at the top of her run and a superhuman save halfway down meant she failed to threaten the leader. Valentina Höll looked uncharacteristically uncomfortable as she crashed on the final corner, while French rider Myriam Nicole produced an impressive recovery to give herself a chance of victory. However, she finished 0.252 seconds shy of her first World Cup win on home soil.

Results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup
From P2 in quali’s to another last turn race run crash for Austrian flyer Valentina Holl.
Results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup
Israel’s Noga Korem tucked straight into the final at her World Cup debut and ended P13.
Results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup
It was a DNS for Nina Hoffman who, after P4 in quali’s, had a huge crash – “the worst I have ever had” – on the road gap. Nina is out with a broken collarbone.
Results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup
A strong run and P4 for Norway’s Mille Johnset.
Results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup
P1 for Tahnee Seagrave: “It was a clean run, but I don’t feel like I have the fitness at the moment so I was so, so surprised. But I guess on a track like this, in conditions like that, it paid to be clean and smooth and safe.”
Results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup
Myriam Nicole came down in very slick conditions and with a crash was a mere 0.252sec back.
Results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup
The Top 5 Elite Women sharing the Champagne.
Results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup
Skinsuits, cowbells and chainsaws – the French fans bring it all.
Final results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup
Winning bike: Tahnee’s Canyon Sender MX.

Results: Elite Women

Final results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup

Elite Men

The rain kept coming and the elite men had to deal with a track that was unrelenting in its unpredictability. Max Hartenstern took full advantage of the early favourable conditions, laying down a time that looked more and more impressive as the weather and track began to deteriorate. Following a serious crash last week when he bit through most of his tongue, France’s Daprela had been on a liquid diet for much of the week and his participation in the race hung in the balance. However, showing plenty of grit, determination and no small amount of skill, the two-time Junior World Champion took the lead with a sensational run. Even the clean run of Finn Iles, the experience of Greg Minnaar, the superb straight lines of Brook MacDonald and the style of Benoît Coulanges couldn’t get close to Daprela’s time. Reigning World Champion Reece Wilson looked like he might tame the track with the wildest of runs before a huge crash sent him into the crowd and out of the running. As the pre-race favourites struggled, it became clear that no one would beat Daprela’s time. The Frenchman ultimately winning his first Elite race ahead of Hartenstern who hung on for second and became the first German man to make a DH World Cup podium since 1999.

Results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup
P25 in quali’s and P23 in finals for Cape Town’s KOM machine, Theo Erlangsen.
Results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup
Kade Edwards straight legs it as he lines up the road gap landing. P9 for Kade today.
Results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup
P39 for Brook MacDonald who had a wet but clean run this time.
Results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup
P19 in quali’s and then a very wet final saw Giant Factory Racing’s Remi Thirion drop down to P40.
Results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup
Fastest in qualifying and last down the mountain Bruni kept it upright for P50.
Results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup
P7 for Greg Minnaar who rode with calculated risk in conditions that were worsening by the minute. Greg now sits 5th in the overall with 3 rounds to go.
Results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup
P36 in quali’s gave Max Hartenstern an earlier start which he capitalized on and secured a career best P2.
Results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup
Connor Fearon puts flat pedals back onto the podium with a P4 in finals.
Results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup
Reece Wilson: “I didn’t brake going into the sketchiest jump on the track.” | Reece was on target for a podium place before the crash.

The Reece Wilson crash.

Results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup
P1 and a home World Cup win for Thibault Daprela. “It’s amazing. Last week I crashed really hard and this week I win. Only yesterday I almost couldn’t ride, but today I just sent it!”
Results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup
Men’s podium from L to R: Fearon, Hartenstern, Daprela, Pierron and Wallace.
Results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup
Send it Frenchy!

Results: Elite Men

Final results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup
Final results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup
Final results and photo recap of the Les Gets DH World Cup

Round 3 is scheduled for Maribor Slovenia in five weeks time.

| Credits: Sven Martin & Ryan Franklin & Red Bull & Facebook |



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