Cabirou Wins by 11 Seconds at World Cup Val di Sole DH

Just a week after winning the French National Championships by more than 10 seconds, Marine Cabirou turned in a spectacular performance at the World Cup Val di Sole, with a final run that was 11 seconds faster than her closest rival. Insync Racing’s Veronika Widmann and Pivot Factory Racing’s Emilie Siegenthaler joined her on the Women’s Elite podium in fourth and fifth places.

Marine Cabirou focuses forward as she takes aoo of a rock drop. Cabirou on one of the most exciting runs Val di Sole has witnessed. ?@maddogboris

Veronika Widmann splits a gap inbetween two rocks as she folats through a rock garden. Widmann hops over some square edges in one of many rock gardens. ?@maddogboris

Emilie Siegenthaler compresses her suspension into a deep rut. Suspension setup is crucial at Val di Sole. Siegenthaler pushes into the travel through the rough stuff. ?@maddogboris

 In the Elite Men’s race, Santa Cruz Syndicate’s Loris Vergier took third place, and Madison Saracen Factory Team’s Danny Hart took fifth, and David Trummer took sixth. Also riding for Santa Cruz, Greg Minnaar earned seventh place, and Canyon Factory Downhill Team’s Troy Brosnan rounded out the top ten.

Down toward the bottom to the track, Loris Vergier launches off of a drop. Vergier launches out to the moto section of the track. ?@maddogboris

Danny Hart emerges onto the motorway section of track through a fast left hand berm. Hart chose to run a Shorty up front for the final. ?@maddogboris

David Trummer stays tucked in the air coming down to the finish. Trummer has come alive this season. He may soon have a single digit on his number plate. ?@maddogboris

Greg Minnaar showcases his effortless style as he takes off a lip in the woods. Minnaar felt good all weekend, but Val di Sole is a diabolical track and a couple of mistakes put him back in seventh. ?@maddogboris

Troy Brosnan leans back into the bike to keep the front wheel elevated over some roots. Brosnan has been among the top three for 2019. He looked good, but found himself in tenth at the end of the day. ?@maddogboris

Cabirou’s triumph was made more notable by the harrowing Val di Sole downhill course, which Pinkbike called a “boa constrictor to the brain” and “savage,” with hours of rain beforehand only adding to the misery. SCOTT Downhill Factory Team’s Cabirou is now second in World Cup DH standings, Widmann is fifth and Siegenthaler is tenth.   

Brosnan, Vergier and Hart are third, fourth and fifth in Elite Men’s DH standings.

SRAM TLD Racing’s Vali Höll took second place in the Junior Women’s race, with SRAM Young Guns’ Anna Newkirk in third. Höll and Newkirk are first and second in standings for the category. 

It may have been muddy, but Vali Holl did a good job keeping her white kit clean. Holl missed out on the top step of the podium, but only by one second. ?@maddogboris

Anna Newkirk keeps it straight over a rocky rise in the woods. Newkirk fought hard and brought third place home in Junior Women’s. ?@maddogboris

Canyon Factory Downhill Team’s Kye A’Hern was third in Junior Men’s and is second in overall Junior Men’s standings.

Kye A'hern attacks the course regardless of the slick condition. A’Hern on the attack. Less than half a second seperated the top three in Junior Men’s. ?@maddogboris

Sidelined from racing by a minor hand fracture the previous week, Pivot’s Bernard Kerr teamed with Eliot Jackson to give a pro’s perspective to a pre-race track walk and analysis.  

 Bernard Kerr does some track analysis during his injury. Kerr stayed occupied during his injury and gave fans the inside scoop on the track features. ?@maddogboris

MArine Cabirou celebrates her first World Cup victory on the podium. The first World Cup victory for Cabirou, and what a win it was. ?@maddogboris

World Cup DH action picks up again in less than a week at Lenzerheide, Switzerland.