One point of note that seems continually recurring at Lourdes World Cup is the confidence emanating from a certain Frenchman. Loic Bruni has an air to him as we begin the 2016 season – the stride of a man who knows in no uncertain terms where his abilities lie.
Words: James McKnight Photos: Seb Schieck and Ben Winder
While Bruni’s modest character would never allow ego, from run one on this oh-so-unnerving of downhill tracks the man’s sturdy poise and pinpoint accuracy on the most treacherous of surfaces alluded to a rider on top of his game. There is simply no one who has come close to looking as calm yet flat-out fast as Loic Bruni this week.
His sheer dominance of qualifying – a win of over five seconds – confirming visual speed. I have a funny feeling those World Champion’s stripes and the singular win they signify may just have marked a turning point for the previously unfortunate Frenchman…