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Mont Sainte Anne – overall standings

It all comes down to Val di Sole

The writing was on the wall from Lourdes. As the rain washed away the wheels of the title favourites we know we were in for a ding dong battle around the world for the World Cup overall title.

Sure there are a couple of stand out riders who look like strong favourites but anything can happen in downhill and a disastrous race run turns things completely on their heads.

Let’s take a look at where things stand and who needs what in Val di Sole.

Junior Men

Finn had already wrapped up the series in Lenzerheide, but now he’s just showing off. He currently sits on 340 points – more than double Sylvain Cougoureux’s total in second place.

The battle for second is now the most interesting with Sylvain Cougoureux just 15 points ahead of Walker in fourth. A late season surge has seen the Frenchie as the favourite but Joe Breeden has been deadly accurate and there’s no doubt that Walker has the raw pace to score big next week.

Kade Edwards holds steady in fifth – an amazing achievement for the first year junior.

Women

Myriam Nicole extends her lead at the top of the standings but a miraculous ride with a puncture from Hannah ensured it only grew by 30 points. Nicole now just needs to score 141 points in Val di Sole to secure her first ever overall title – a podium with a decent qualifier should do it.

The battle for second is now super interesting though with just 36 points separating Seagrave and Hannah. It really could go either way.

Fourth will be contested by Atherton and Siegenthaler again with just 20 points separating it’s going to be a case of winner takes all.

Men

Minnaar loses big time. With his disqualification, Minnaar takes just 30 points home this weekend that he earned in qualifying. The result is that Gwin now sits 33 points in arrears and Brosnan a further 44. It’s very much going to be a straight gunfight in Val di Sole, we’re drooling just at the prospect.

Further down, Danny Hart’s fantastic recovery continues as he climbs up into fourth, he deserves it after his heroics today. Jack Moir rounds out the top five.

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