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Val di Sole World Champs – seeding

All of yesterday's action

Catch up with all the action and news from yesterdays seeding runs

Junior Men

The stars of the future, the juniors get a lot of attention when it comes to World Champs. Some of the field will be moving up to elite next year and will be looking to leave the category on the high. No one did that more yesterday than Andrea Bianciotto, the Italian came from no where to put two seconds into the rest of the field and put down a time good enough for top 20 elite.

Behind him, Nikolas Nesteroff grabbed a lot of attention with a storming final section that leap frogged him into second. Following them were the usual suspects – Iles, Vige, Walker. Were they putting down a cruiser or are the rainbow stripes going to end up in unlikely hands?

Light, dust, fatigue, it all makes for a beastly track
Gaetan Vige will have high hopes for race day after winning in Vallnord
Jackson Frew grabbed a bronze medal at the 2015 champs, can he go better here?


It was no great surprise to see Rachel at the top of the timing sheet, but she was hard pressed here today – a charging Tracy Hannah was hanging on to her shadow and finished only half a second back.

These two were the class of the field with another clump of three riders, Pompon, Carpenter and Seagrave, ten seconds off the pace.

Hannah spying lines through the haze
Tahnee's glittery Transition capturing the dawn rays
Manon charging hard through the roughage
Pompon is always a threat when it turns techy and steep

Men Elite

Danny Hart delivered on his favourite status by firing himself two and a half seconds clear in seeding – a warning shot across the bow of the rest of the competition for the Redcar Rocket.

The rest of the top five was dominated by the UK and France. Payet, Kerr and Thirion were all within a second of each other and will be jostling for podium spots tomorrow.

Full results here


Any guesses who this is for?
Thirion looks so composed through the holes
Could Bruni retain the stripes he won a year ago?
Hart is the man on everyone's lips in the pits. Going on recent form you'd be a fool to bet against him
World Champs have never been kind to Gwin... but Val di Sole has. Which way will his coin fall?
Stormtrooper Brosnan flashed through the dust
Kerr flew into fourth despite having one less day of training than the rest of the field
Laurie Greenland racing in his first elite World Champs is certainly not out of his depth
Never count him out. Minnaar has been fettling all weekend to find that perfect set up
Fearon had a quiet day yesterday and cruised down 17th. He'll definitely be looking to improve on that for race day
Guierrez's brutish style suits this burly course


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