The seventh round of the 2022 downhill World Cup is underway at Mont-Sainte-Anne. In the Junior Men’s race, Jackson Goldstone secured the win on home soil and we believe he also took the 2022 overall title. Jordan Williams crossed the line just under four seconds back with Bodhi Kuhn completing the top three. Phoebe Gale took the win in the Junior Women’s race with a dominant run and a gap of almost seven seconds to Izabela Yankova. Gracey Hemstreet ended the weekend in third and will still be chasing the overall at the final round.
Vali Höll takes another win this year as she pulled over three seconds ahead of a hard-charging Nina Hoffmann. Eleonora Farina was the only other rider to beat the fastest qualifying run and crossed the line in third. Myriam Nicole was leading even against Vali by over two seconds after split two but a flat tire took away her chance of a win.
Stay tuned for live results and updates.
Live timing is available here.
1 st. Vali Höll: 4:56.012
2nd. Nina Hoffmann: 4:59.159
3rd. Eleonora Farina: 5:00.522
4th. Jess Blewitt: 5:11.908
5th. Monika Hrastnik: 5:12.210
1 st. 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. Aimee Kenyon: 5:28.439
1 st. 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 Race Updates:
The Elite Women’s racing kicks off at: 10:25 a.m. PDT / 12:25 p.m. EDT / 5:25 p.m. BST / 6:25 p.m. CEST
The Elite Men will start at: 11:45 a.m. PDT / 1:45 p.m. EDT / 6:45 p.m. BST / 7:45 p.m. CEST
First up in the Elite racing is the Women and we could be in for some fast times as the course is drying out. With Camille Balanche out with an injury the overall is wide open for the taking.
Top Five from Qualifying:
1 st. Vali Höll: 5:04.032
2nd. Monika Hrastnik: 5:17.998
3rd. Nina Hoffmann: 5:19.624
4th. Myriam Nicole: 5:22.463
5th. Jess Blewitt: 5:23.439
Who do you think will win?:
Who do you think will win today’s racing? Will we see someone new take the top step of the podium?
9:30 am PDT The Elite Women are now on the course as Caitlyn Farmer kicks off the race.
9:41 am PDT After the first six riders the top five are:
1 st. Mélanie Chappaz: 5:30.934
2nd. Ciel Van Der Velden: 5:31.224
3rd. Abigail Hoagie: 5:47.688
4th. Cassie Voysey: 6:07.257
5th. Ella Erickson: 6:16.143
9:46 am PDT Mikayla Parton is the first of the top ten riders to hit the course and she goes into the lead by just 0.002 seconds!
9:48 am PDT After not completing a full qualifying run Mille Johnset flies into the top spot so far by nine seconds.
9:51 am PDT It’s now Anna Newkirk who goes fastest with a gap of 2.5 seconds back to Mille Johnset.
9:53 am PDT Veronika Widmann takes the lead by over five seconds. Veronika is still ten seconds off Vali Höll’s qualifying run.
9:56 am PDT Eleonora Farina was flying but a few stalls in the rock garden did lose quite a bit of time. Eleonora still crosses the line a massive 13.6 seconds up. Vali’s qualifying run has now been beaten by four seconds.
9:57 am PDT With five riders left the top five are:
1 st. Eleonora Farina: 5:00.522
2nd. Veronica Widmann: 5:14.216
3rd. Anna Newkirk: 5:19.425
4th. Mille Johnset: 5:21.932
5th. Mikayla Parton: 5:30.932
10:00 am PDT Jess Blewitt is over 11 seconds back but this is still good enough for 2nd place so far.
10:01 am PDT Myriam Nicole is looking good at the top of the course as she sits almost six seconds up at split two.
10:02 am PDT A flat rear tire for Myriam Nicole! This will really mess up the overall standings.
10:07 am 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 am PDT Big trouble for Monika Hrastnik through the rocks as she comes to a complete stop. Monika is still fourth at the next split.
10:11 am PDT Monika Hrastnik crosses the line in fourth place with only Vali Höll left.
10:13 am PDT Vali Höll is 1.6 up at split two, this is going to be close.
10:15 am PDT Vali Höll wins the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup!
Closing out the race is the Men and after the Elite Women’s race the course is looking very fast. We are sure to get some wild runs today from the top Elite Men.
Inside the Tape:
Before we get to the last riders check the lines Ben Cathro has found out on the course.
Top Five from Qualifying:
1 st. Finn Isles: 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 am PDT With 30 riders left the top five are:
1 st. 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 am PDT Oliver Zwar takes the lead by just 0.5 seconds.
11:18 am PDT Kye A’Hern already beats Zwar to go over a second into the lead.
11:25 am PDT Ethan Craik had a rapid run to go fastest by over two seconds! Ethan is less than two seconds off Finn Iles’ top qualifying run.
11:29 am PDT With 20 riders left the top five are:
1 st. Ethan Craik: 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 am PDT A massive run from Laurie Greenland puts him over seven seconds up. This is now nearly six seconds faster than the top qualifier.
11:44 am PDT Hugo Frixtalon has a big crash just before where Camille Balanche crashed out in practice.
11:50 am PDT David Trummer was on track for a podium finish so far but a flat tire pushed him back to 22nd.
11:52 am PDT Charlie Hatton goes 10 seconds back and into fourth place.
11:56 am PDT A third place for Sam Blenkinsop, 8.2 back from Laurie Greenland.
12:03 pm PDT With 10 riders left the top five are:
1 st. Laurie Greenland: 4:11.955
2nd. Ethan Craik: 4:19.172
3rd. Sam Blenkinsop: 4:20.227
4th. Dylan Levesque: 4:20.325
5th. Tuhoto-Ariki Pene: 4:21.026
12:11 pm PDT Aaron Gwin crosses the line in 2nd place and despite coming the closest to Laurie so far he is still over five and a half seconds back.
12:14 pm PDT Loris Revelli backs up his great qualifying run with a third place, 7.1 back.
12:18 pm PDT A flat tire for Andreas Kolb puts him all the way back in 39th place.
12:20 pm PDT Benoit Coulanges flies off the track as his tire comes off the rim. Benoit walks away unharmed but this was a wild one.
12:22 pm PDT With five riders left the top five are:
1 st. Laurie Greenland: 4:11.955
2nd. Aaron Gwin: 4:17.531
3rd. Loris Revelli: 4:19.133
4th. Ethan Craik: 4:19.172
5th. Sam Blenkinsop: 4:20.227
12:25 pm PDT Bernard Kerr backs up his second place from Snowshoe with a third as he crosses the line