No time to rest for our riders from Team Lapierre Gravity Republic, one week after Fort William, they were in Leogang, Austria for the 3rd round of the DH World Cup.
For Loic Bruni, the goal was to maintain his position on a track he loves (world junior champion in 2012, 2nd in Elite in 2013, 1st in qualifications in 2014). During the qualifications, he proved once again that he was very fast, passing in 1st and 2nd at the 2 first splits. Unfortunately, a mistake at the end of track and he crashed. He finished beyond 60th Place. Everything rested on the final.
With an early start and a great time, he stayed a long time on the hot seat. However, he admitted that his run was not perfect and that he would certainly get beaten. When the speed picked up with the last 10 riders, he was passed and finally finished in 8th place. Another top 10 allowing him to hold his second place overall.
Loris Vergier really wanted to perform in Austria after a complicated 2 rounds. In the qualifications, he made a mistake and only just made it into the final. He was then one of the first riders to start, and stayed a moment on the hot seat with a good time. In the end, he took 19th place! His first top 20 in Elite. A relief and a strong motivation for him for the coming races.
Finally, Finn Iles was also there in Austria as race opener. But the least we can say is that the rookie made a strong impression. Fast and always stylish, he realized a time that would have placed him in 4th place in the Juniors and 45th place with Elite riders! While he’s not even Junior yet ... We’re already looking forward to seeing him at work in 2016. In the meantime, the young Canadian prodigy continues to gain experience alongside his elders.
And how not to talk about Aaron Gwin, the US rider won this 3rd round after breaking his chain in the first few meters . An unreal and already legendary run.
For the 4th round, don’t miss the 4th and 5th July in Lenzherheide Switzerland.