It's all a bit tense out here.

Photos: Seb Schieck

McGregor vs Mayweather may have all the tabloids wagging this weekend but there's only one fight that matters. The rumble in the rubble, the duel in the dust, toe-to-toe in Trentino.

Full focus from the master of calm
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The World Cup year started with swirling mistrust, the Syndicate brought the new wheels to the table and blew the 29er doors off the World Cup. Now, four months on, the pits are once again a whirlpool of suspicion. Deals are being done, product is being obscured from view and everyone knows that one mistake on the track could blow a season.

Gloves on for Blenkinsop - coming out fighting
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Of course, everyone is focussing on Gwin and Minnaar but all down across the track mini battles are being fought - none more so than rider vs track. Thankfully, it look like riders won't be battling the weather. The skies are blistering blue and there's not a whiff of moisture in the air, it's going to be a fair fight for the top.

Relentlessly consistent, whatever happens this weekend you can't help but admire this man
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Minnaar, Nicole and Walker were fastest yesterday but today is where the business really begins. Touch gloves, Come out swinging.

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Not many freeride opportunities for Edwards here in Val di Sole, low and planted through the ruffage seems to be the answer
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Sylvain Cougoureux has greatly impressed in both his junior years, expect a big team for him next year
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Rach was rapid through the bike parky top turns
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Seagrave will be aiming for two on the trot in Val di Sole, you'd be brave to bet against her too.
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Nicole has been keeping her head down all weekend, she knows a decent qualifier and a podium will be enough to secure the overall. Can she hold it together?
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Fastest on day one and looking to defend from the high ground for Mr Minnaar
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Troy is calling himself the underdog this weekend. He can still win it but he's cleverly managed to avoid the pressure being squeezed on the other two
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