It’s the finale to the UCI Downhill World cup Season, an event that historically has been every bit as exciting as World Championships. Val Di Sole plays host to the last round of the season and there’s no doubt it will be action packed event that has the riders battling to get the last points for the overall. Here’s the live broadcast times….
By Mike Branch
Mont-Sainte Anne delivered another memorable round of downhill racing in Canada with the Finn Isles becoming the first Canadian to win a World Cup since the late Stevie Smith. After a crash at Worlds on the weekend, Finn looks like he may not start this weekend only time will tell. Super Bruni is back in form and dominated the field in Les Gets last weekend and the all French top three proved that France is the dominant force in downhill at the moment.
Amaury Pierron has all but wrapped up the overall, needing to finish in 53rd place or better to take the win and that’s if Finn Isles was to win. If Finn doesn’t start then the overall is Amaury’s, something he has fought hard for this year with outstanding results. Never fear, Val Di Sole will always deliver surprises and the gnarly course will still see the world’s best battle hard for the win.
The women’s race will see Vali Holl battle to try and take the overall from the grasp of Camille Balanche, a task she may well achieve. Historically we have seen racers that hold the overall lead ride a little more conservatively in a fight to win the season overall title. If Camille plays it safe, she may well lose the overall title.
Val Di Sole is set to be a fitting end to what can only be descirbed as a historic season of World Cup Downhill racing and one that has set the standard for the years to come. It’s the last year of Rob Warner and Red Bull delivering the broadcast and something that will seem amiss in the years to come. Will World Cup Downhill be the same without rob Warner?
Let’s savor the last Red Bull broadcast and lap up every minute of Rob Warner’s melodic commentary, he’s an icon of downhill racing on a global scale and someone we hope to see back in the box soon.
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