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Vallnord World Cup 2016: Qualifying Photo Blow-out

Dust to dust

Hot and dusty qualifying photo gallery from the final round of this year’s Downhill World Cup from Vallnord, Andorra.

Photos: Seb Schieck

The story of the day had to be Troy Brosnan (main image top of page) edging out Aaron Gwin (here) by the very small margin of 0.018sec. Series title sorted.

You can find the senior men’s results here, the women’s here and the juniors here.

We’d love to see Troy Brosnan take the win. There are plenty of worthy riders, but it feels like Troy’s time.
Propain Dirt Zelvy team rider Phil Atwill banging it in to 35th. He'll be wanting a bit more on race day.
Connor Fearon has had a great year. Twelfth in quali, but he will be looking to better that.
You can bet that Mr. Gas to Flat (Adam Brayton) will want to improve on his 32nd place.
This is Steve Peat’s last ever World Cup race! Hard to believe. Forty fifth in qualifying… it’s going to be emotional.
Luca Shaw was in third at the third split but dropped back into 6th at the finish. The future is bright for this one.
Classic race shot. Remi Thirion was on it but was around 4.5 seconds back from Brosnan and Gwin in third.
Love it. Spanish rider Ferran Jorba Prats came out of nowhere to get the fifth fastest time in seniors.
Amoury Pierron smashing it with an amazing run in 4th. After his first podium in Lourdes earlier in the year he broke both his wrists in Cairns and was out! It now looks like he is in better form than ever. 
By our calculations Danny Hart has pretty much lost any chance of taking the overall series title from Aaron Gwin after his seventh place in qualifying. Hart needs to win and Gwin needs to score zero points for the Redcar Rocket’s dreams to come true.
Greg Minnar is looking good for the overall series podium. Tenth in quali.
Loic Bruni could be the real danger man today. If you were a betting man/woman and fancied a bit of a gamble, we’d stick your money on him.
Will we see Rachel or Gee Atherton on a 29" wheel DH bike this year?
Just 0.8 of a second separated Tracey Hannah (here), Myriam Nicole and Rachel Atherton. Bring it on.
Myriam Nicole was surprised to take the win. Race day is going to be really close, she is just one of a handful of women that could take the win.
Errrr... 40th for Brage Vestavik!
Fourth place for jackson Frew.
Gaetan Vige in third after a little crash.
Finn Iles took the win by almost 9 seconds, showing us why he is so comfortable leading the Junior series.
A cracker of a result for Elliot Heap in second place.

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