Qualifying was a mixed up affair yesterday at the Mont Sainte Anne World Cup. A lot of riders suffered punctures on the rough, high speed track and that knocked a few racers out of the running. Tahnee Seagrave had a nightmare with a puncture before she rolled onto the course and we catch up with her about that experience. After spending a few hours in hospital Gee Atherton took himself up for qualifying with his injured wrist and still managed a decent result. The day was Josh’s though and he took the points from qualifying to close the gap on series leader Troy Brosnan. Danny Hart and team mate Andrew Neethling took 7th and 3rd respectively whilst two other team mates in the form of Aaron Gwin and Troy Brosnan took the spots either side of Needles. UK pinner and now a member of the 2014 Worlds Squad Matt Simmonds took 5th place and will be gunning to better that result today in racing.
In the Women’s race Manon Carpenter made it a UK double in qualifying, she was on a flyer and came across the line comfortably four seconds ahead of second placed Emmeline Ragot. Rachel Atherton was just behind Ragot 5.968 back but after Rach the gaps grew. Tracey Hannah finished in 4th but she was well off the top ladies pace 29.986 back on Manon. Micayla Gatto took her best qualifying result of the season in 5th.
Things were tighter in the Juniors with Luca Shaw taking the win with Pierron Amaury took another good result in second. A new name up on the list was Ferran Jorba Prats in 3rd with another rider coming into the mix of Juniors Alex Marin Trillo in 4th. The only UK rider to make the top five was the on form Neil Stewart, another rider to make the Worlds selection he will be hunting a podium out at the Mont Sainte Anne World Cup.
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