High drama at high altitude with the cross-country and downhill at the same venue for the first time this world cup season at Vallnord, Andorra.
In the elite downhill bronze medals for Australian’s Troy Brosnan (Canyon Factory Downhill Team) and Tracey Hannah (Polygon UR Team), who crashed down the bottom of her run but still podiumed, as world champions Loic Bruni (Specalized Gravity) and Rachel Atherton (Atherton Racing) took the win.
Victory for the Frenchman Bruni, sees him take the overall lead in the men, but Hannah has held onto the overall leaders jersey in the women by 60 points.
Jack Moir (Intense Factory Racing) produced his best result of the season so far with a 10th.
Four other Aussies featured in the top 60, with Sian A’Hern in 11th after having broken her wrist the two previous times she has raced at the venue.
Disappointment for Kye A’hern (Canyon Factory Downhill Team) after a crash saw him finish 21st and drop to fourth overall, while Luke Meier-Smith again found himself inside the top 10 with a ninth finish.
In the cross-country history was made with Anne Terpstra (Ghost Factory Racing) becoming the first rider from the Netherlands to win a world cup race.
Australia’s Rebecca McConnell who was third in the overall standings, would end up with a 20th place in a race which was held in very dry and dusty conditions.
McConnell now sits at sixth in the overall standings heading into Les Gets, France this weekend.
It wasn’t a happy return to the principality situated between France and Spain in the Pyrenees mountains for Daniel McConnell who did not finish in the elite men, leaving Seb Jayne the only Aussie to complete the race in 94th.
Cameron Wright (Giant Factory Off-Road) racing in the Under 23 would finish in 40th place.
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