The seventh round of the 2022 Downhill World Cup saw legendary racing at Mont-Sainte-Anne. In Junior Men’s Racing, Jackson Goldstone took home victory and we believe he also took the 2022 overall title. Jordan Williams came back just under four seconds, while Bodhi Kuhn rounded out the top three. Phoebe Gale took the Junior Women’s race victory with a dominant run and a nearly seven second lead over Izabela Yankova. Gracey Hemstreet finished the weekend in third and will still be chasing the overall on the final lap.
Vali Höll takes another win this year when she was three seconds ahead of a hard-charging Nina Hoffmann. Eleonora Farina was the only other rider to beat the fastest qualifying run and cross the line in third. Myriam Nicole even led against Vali by more than two seconds after split two, but a puncture took away her chance of victory.
What a final sprint! Finn Iles went beyond incredible pressure to take his first World Cup win in Canada. Finn becomes the first Canadian to win at home since Stevie Smith in 2013, and he didn’t have a chain at the end of his run. Laurie Greenland put in a wild run that seemed unbeatable until the end.
View the results below.
1st. Vali Hall: 4:56.012
2nd. Nina Hoffmann: 4:59.159
3rd. Eleanor Farina: 5:00.522
4th. Jess Blewitt: 5:11.908
5th. Monika 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 Hem Street: 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 race updates:
The Elite Women’s Racing starts at: PDT 10:25 / EDT 12:25 / BST 17:25 / CEST 18:25
The Elite Men start at: PDT 11:45 / EDT 13:45 / BST 18:45 / CEST 19:45
First up in the Elite races are the women and we can have some fast times ahead as the track is drying up. Now that Camille Balanche is injured, the overalls are open for the taking.
Top five of the qualification:
1st. Vali hall: 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 race? Will we see someone new take the top step of the podium?
9:30 a.m. PDT The Elite Women are now on track as Caitlyn Farmer kicks off the race.
9:41 am 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 am PDT Mikayla Parton is the first of the top ten riders to enter the course and she is leading by just 0.002 seconds!
9:48 a.m. PDT After failing to complete a full qualifying run, Mille Johnset flies into first place by nine seconds so far.
9:51 a.m. PDT It is now Anna Newkirk who goes fastest with a lead of 2.5 seconds back to Mille Johnset.
9:53 a.m. PDT Veronika Widmann takes the lead for more than five seconds. Veronika is ten seconds away from Vali Höll’s qualifying run.
9:56 a.m. PDT Eleonora Farina flew only a few stalls in the rock garden lost quite a bit of time. Eleonora still crosses the line with a huge lead of 13.6 seconds. Vali’s qualifying run has now improved by four seconds.
9:57 a.m. PDT With five riders to go, the top five are:
1st. Eleanor Farina: 5:00.522
2nd. Veronica Widman: 5:14.216
3rd. Anna Newkirk: 5:19,425
4th. Mille Johnset: 5:21.932
5th. Mikayla Parton: 5:30.932
10:00 a.m. 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 looks good at the top of the course as she is almost six seconds ahead of second place.
10:02 a.m. PDT A flat rear tire for Myriam Nicole! This will really ruin the overall standings.
10:07 a.m. PDT Nina Hoffmann takes the lead with 1.3 seconds! We have two riders left, so it will definitely be a top three finish for Nina.
10:11 a.m. PDT Big effort for Monika Hrastnik through the rocks when she comes to a complete stop. Monika is still fourth at the next fork.
10:11 a.m. PDT Monika Hrastnik crosses the line in fourth with only Vali Höll left.
10:13 a.m. PDT Vali Höll leads by 1.6 in split two, this is close.
10:15 a.m. PDT Vali Höll wins the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup!
The men finish the race and after the Elite Women’s race the course looks very fast. We are sure we will get some wild runs from the top Elite Men today.
Inside the band:
Before we get to the final riders, check the lines Ben Cathro discovered on the trail.
Top five of the qualification:
1st. Finn Iles: 4:17,842
2nd. Greg Lover: 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 to go, 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 p.m. PDT Oliver Zwar takes the lead by just 0.5 seconds.
11:18 a.m. PDT Kye A’Hern already beats Zwar and takes the lead for well over a second.
11:25 am PDT Ethan Craik had a fast run to be fastest by over two seconds! Ethan is less than two seconds away from Finn Iles’ best qualifying run.
11:29 AM PDT With 20 riders to go, the top five are:
1st. Ethan Craik: 4:19.172
2nd. Kye A’Hern: 4:21.260
3rd. Oliver Black: 4:22.293
4th. Dante Silva: 4:22,725
5th. Ronan Dunne: 4:22.834
11:41 am PDT A huge run from Laurie Greenland puts him more than seven seconds ahead. This is now almost six seconds faster than top qualifying.
11:44 a.m. PDT Hugo Frixtalon crashes just before that where Camille Balanche crashed in training.
11:50 am PDT David Trummer has been on track for a podium finish so far, but a flat tire pushes him back to 22nd place.
11:52 a.m. PDT Charlie Hatton goes back 10 seconds and into fourth place.
11:56 am PDT A third place for Sam Blenkinsop, 8.2 back from Laurie Groenland.
12:03 PDT With 10 riders to go, the top five are:
1st. Laurie Greenland: 4:11,955
2nd. Ethan Craik: 4:19.172
3rd. Sam Blenkinsop: 4:20.227
4th. Dylan Levesque: 4:20.325
5th. Luhoto-Ariki Pene: 4:21.026
12:11 PDT Aaron Gwin crosses the line in 2nd and despite being the closest to Laurie so far, he is still over five and a half seconds back.
12:14 p.m. PDT Loris Revelli backs up his great qualifying run with a third place, 7.1 back.
12:18 p.m. PDT A flat tire for Andreas Kolb puts him all the way back in 39th place.
12:20 p.m. 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 PDT With five riders to go, the top five are:
1st. 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 bolsters his second place from Snowshoe with a third as he crosses the line.
12:28 PDT Troy Brosnan comes closest to Laurie Greenland so far, sitting in 2nd place with a lead of 3.2 seconds.
12:31 PDT Amaury Pierron is going down! He could have thrown away the chance to take the overalls today.
12:32 PDT Amaury enters the finish line in 25th, this may not be enough.
12:34 p.m. PDT Greg Minnaar is only 1.6 back in split three, can he pull it back through the rocks?
12:35 PM PDT Greg goes offline and straight into a tree. He is quickly back on top and finishes 14 seconds back.
12:36 PDT What did Finn Iles do at the top of the course? He is more than a second ahead in split one!
12:37 PDT Finn is still 0.2 in the green at split two.
12:38 p.m. PDT At the third split, he extends the lead to half a second. This is game from Finn Iles.
12:39 PM PDT One second ahead of split four, can he keep this up?
12:39 PM PDT Finn Iles wins his first World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne!