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Where are we left after today's 29er show of force?

Will today be remembered as a significant day in the history of downhill? Three 29ers claiming the top spots is a statement in anyone’s book.

Photos: Seb Schieck

Smooth on the rocks, calculated in the woods and so strong on the motorway, Greg Minnaar is the master on this track.

But then, there was more too it than that. The woods were a battlefield today, a sudden downpour just before qualies left the roots slick and turned the mud to a sticky, gloopy toffee. Top riders, including Loic Bruni, were unseated completely and there’s very few that made it through totally clean.

Bruni rolled into the finish area with mud on his back but he sits 12th, we can’t wait to see what he brings tomorrow

Plus, You would expect both Minnaar and Vergier to be near the top anyway, even Jack Moir has been promising great things for a while now. So, in the words of Marshy (Minnaar’s mechanic): “Sunday, wait until Sunday.”

Check out all the action from qualies here:

Marcelo backed up his strong performance in Lourdes with a fourth place here and won the 27.5 race in the process
Imperious. As reliable as the Scottish rain, Rachel Atherton delivers another stunner
A puncture here last year scuppered Matt Walker's chances. He's set himself up to avoid the rear end of the field this year with a second place in qualies.
Flat and low is fast for Danny Hart
Keeping her head as all around her struggled, Emilie Siegenthaler qualified fifth.
So great to see Blenki back in the mix. Sixth place for the gloveless pinner.
With her legs caked in mud, Manon struggled out there. She still managed to haul herself up to fourth though.
He made it! Sam Hill squeaked into finals tomorrow. It will be so great to see him light up Fort Bill again
Remi Thirion put in a solid eighth place finish.
Danny Hart rode the horse into seventh, he'll want more tomorrow
The one rider on course the rocks are probably scared of. With gritted teeth, Brook slotted himself inside the top 20.
Syndicate domination was assured with Loris Vergier's wild ride to second
Series leader Fayolle had to settle for 34th, he'll have to work hard to keep that plate tomorrow.
Second place is a reason to be happy for Tracey but there's still 12 seconds to make up on a charging Atherton
What a run from this boy. He kept his heels clean and finished eight seconds up on the rest of the juniors
Two crashes but no damage for Finn, let's see what tomorrow brings for last year's junior winner
The Giant team had a great time of it. Jacob Dickson's eleventh place is one of the results of the day. Great work!
Fifth place but five seconds down for Gwin, are those wheels holding him back?
Not Brosnan's best day, but a strong first split shows the pace is still there
Bernard Kerr made the best of a soft front tyre to finish 22nd.
Mark Wallace sneaked into the top ten and ended up the highest placed Canyon rider
Bit of a mare for Tahnee today, after a scorching top section. A few crashes left her a fair way back. Expect a decent stay in the hotseat for her tomorrow though.
After a tough first day, Pompon's third will give her plenty of confidence for tomorrow
Young Kade Edwards continues to impress. Fourth fastest junior today

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