Find out who has taken top qualifying spots in Val di Sole
Downhill qualifying opened the seventh and final round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano on Friday, in Val di Sole, Italy.
Rachel Atherton (GT Factory) was the top qualifier for the women, continuing to dominate the series that has seen her win five consecutive rounds and lock up the title at Round 6. Atherton's time of 4:14.283 was over two seconds faster then world champion Manon Carpenter (Madison Saracen), who sits second to Atherton in the standings. Myriam Nicole (Commencal/Vallnord) finished third, a further three-tenths of a second in arrears. Tahnee Seagrave (FMD Racing), third in the overall standings, was fourth at 14.045 seconds and Tracey Hannah (Polygon UR) qualified fifth.
In men's qualifying, World Cup leader Aaron Gwin (Specialized) was just beaten by two-tenths of a second, with his team mate Troy Brosnan coming out on top. The Specialized pair were well ahead of the rest of the field, with Loic Bruni (Lapierre Gravity Republic) in third at 1.336 seconds, and number two overall Greg Minnaar of South Africa fourth at 4.016 seconds. World champion Gee Atherton (GT Racing) rounded out the top five.
In the Junior men's category, Alex Marin Trillo (Giant Factory Off-road) was the top qualifier, followed by Andrew Crimmins (Kona Factory) and Jacob Dickson (Orange Dirt World, XFusion). World Cup leader Laurie Greenland (Trek World Racing) was fourth.
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