After an incredible World Cup season, the DH season came to its end in Hafjell, Norway, with the 2014 World Championships.
A good occasion for our riders from Team Lapierre Gravity Republic to conclude on a high note an already outstanding season! Best team in the UCI Gravity Team rankings, our riders had big ambitions for these championships.
Emmeline Rago, forced to withdraw for these 2014 World Championships... Get well quickly Emmeline!
Unfortunately, things did not go as planned for Emmeline Ragot. She crashed hard in her timed sessions and could not complete her run. After some X-rays at the hospital the verdict was clear: metacarp fracture, season over. Disappointment for our Lapierre rider, but we will still remember an incredible season with two World Cup victories.
In the Elite Men’s category, Loic Bruni and Sam Blenkinsop were both able to go for a podium. Blenky, 4th last year on that same track, always seemed comfortable during the trainings. Loic wanted to confirm his results and good form from Meribel (4th) to get a medal. But at the World Champs, the top10 places are highly sought after, and each rider plays his last card of the season. Ask Greg Minaar, Sam Hill, Danny Hart, all of these experienced riders went over the limit and crashed. Our two riders were in good form, and confirm their consistency of this season by taking the 7th (Blenkinsop) and 8th (Bruni) places. We obviously hoped for a medal, but both of them confirmed once again that they are now the pillars of the global top10. Gee Atherton claimed victory and won his second Elite world title (after 2008).
Loic Bruni in one the tight lines of Hafjell
Blenky, full gas, under the eyes of the photographers
Last but not least, Loris Vergier, just crowned in Meribel with the Juniors overall World Cup, arrived at the Worlds with the status of favorite. The least we can say is that the young LP rider held it well! Riding his new Lapierre DH, Loris won the qualification with more than 3 seconds ahead of the 2nd rider, and then the final with about 5 seconds ahead of the silver medal. Loris flew down the World Champs course. By winning this final race of the season in Juniors, he demonstrated that he is ready to fight in the Elite category in 2015! Like his older mentor Loic Bruni, he took it all in his second year in the Juniors: French champion, World Cup Champion and World Champion! Congratulation Loris!
Loris Vergier on his way to the gold!
A season of dream for Loris Vergier: French Champion, World Cup Winner and World Champion!
Congratulations to the whole Team Lapierre Gravity Republic, who finished this season at the same place than they began 2014…. The 1st!