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.
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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
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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:

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Remi Thirion put in a solid eighth place finish.
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The one rider on course the rocks are probably scared of. With gritted teeth, Brook slotted himself inside the top 20.
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The Giant team had a great time of it. Jacob Dickson's eleventh place is one of the results of the day. Great work!
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Bernard Kerr made the best of a soft front tyre to finish 22nd.
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