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
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.
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: