Loic Bruni fastest in Mont Sainte Anne timed training
SuperBruni smashes it
Newly crowned French champion, Loic Bruni, has gone fastest in timed training at the Mont Sainte Anne World Cup. Marine Cabirou went fastest in the women's field and Finn Iles in the juniors on home soil.
Mont Sainte Anne was Bruni's first World Cup back after injury last year and he finished third so it's no surprise he's got plenty of pace in the bag. Just over a second behind him was Danny Hart, who led for much of the session until Bruni snatched it away.
The Syndicate then come in at three, four and five (Minnaar, Vergier and Shaw respectively), ensuring there's still a strong 29er presence in the top five.
Further down the results, Gwin was bang on pace at splits one and two but took it easy from there on down. Title challenger Brosnan was cruising and finished over four minutes back, not putting down a hot run.
- Loic Bruni - 4:08.007
- Danny Hart - 4:09.259
- Greg Minnaar - 4:12.634
- Loris Vergier - 4:13.426
- Luca Shaw - 4:13.754
A surpise at the top of the women's field as Marine Cabirou took top honours in timed training. She's been smashing this season with two podiums already and must be carrying huge confidence. We can't wait to see what she brings to the table tomorrow.
Rachel Atherton was ahead of her until split three when she took her foot off the gas. Local favourite Vaea Verbeeck was leading for most of the session but ended up third.
Series leader Myriam Nicole was looking fastest by some distance as she thundered into the final sector but must have pulled off before the finish to stop the clock two minutes back. Tahnee Seagrave rounded out the top 5.
- Marine Cabirou - 5:05.136
- Rachel Atherton - 5:10.334
- Vaea Verbeeck - 5:13.857
- Myriam Nicole - 7:12.246
- Tahnee Seagrave - 8:44.494
Finn Iles may have already wrapped up his series title, but that doesn't seem to be slowing him down. He put two seconds into the rest of the field and will be confident of picking up a home win.
The usual Brit suspects are chasing him down with Matt Walker ahead of him at the second split. Joe Breeden and Kaos Seagrave are a little way back but will both be charging hard for that second spot in the overall all weekend.