Fast, dusty and loose conditions greeted racers on the first day of practice at the final round of this year's World Cup in Vallnord, Andorra.

Photos: Seb Schieck

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WC_Andorra_2016_82A6591_Charre

The track was running way faster compared to the wet conditions of last year.

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WC_Andorra_2016_82A6622_Atherton

Racers were riding a thin line. Morgane Charre cased the first big jump on the jump section and is out. Probably a broken scaphoid.

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WC_Andorra_2016_14_2461_Wyn

There were a lot of crashes and sketchy moves when it all went wrong! There were a lot of breaks and red flags during the day.

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WC_Andorra_2016_82A6714_Maltman

One rider (James Maltman) had to be airlifted out of the woods after breaking his pelvis. Get well soon James, we're thinking of you.

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WC_Andorra_2016_82A6720

With it all still being up for grabs in the senior men's category it was Danny Hart who looking very fast and comfortable... but he is the one who really has to lay it all on the line if he wants to take the overall from Aaron Gwin.

Eyes on the prize. As mentioned Rachel Atherton will want to win here in Vallnord, but with the series wrapped up she must have her sights set on the World Championships in Val di Sole, which are just one week away?
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WC_Andorra_2016_14_2506_Carpenter
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WC_Andorra_2016_14_0072_Nicole
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WC_Andorra_2016_14_0361_Hannah
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WC_Andorra_2016_14_2353_Fairclough
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WC_Andorra_2016_14_2846_Guitierrez
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WC_Andorra_2016_14_2305_Atwill
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WC_Andorra_2016_14_1855_Brosnan
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WC_Andorra_2016_14_1647_Jones
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WC_Andorra_2016_14_1386_Shaw
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WC_Andorra_2016_14_1256_Bruni
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WC_Andorra_2016_14_2158_Hart
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WC_Andorra_2016_14_1921_Minnaar
Of course Danny Hart would like to take the overall series win here, but an awful lot of things need to go his way to make that happen... but stranger things have happened. We'll know more after qualifying, but until then...
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One cool customer. You could say that Aaron Gwin has the series in the bag, but in racing, especially downhill racing, anything can really happen. As they say, it is his to lose.
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