World Cup #5 - Mont Saint Anne - Bruni was so close...

As every year, the month of August is marked by North American rounds of the World Cup. First stop last weekend in Mont Saint Ann, province of Quebec. 

 

Loic Bruni

For the 3ed time this season, Bruni gets the 2nd place on a World Cup - Photo credits: Dave Trumpore

 

After some strong results on the latest round in Lenzerheide (Switzerland), Loic Bruni and Loris Vergier were eagerly awaiting for this fifth round of the World Cup.

On a slightly modified track compared to last year, pilots attacked the qualifications under pouring rain. Very different conditions from the previous runs, which surprised a lot of riders who crashed. Loic Bruni is no exception and when hard on the ground. Despite this, he still carried the 16th time. Loris Vergier was not far behind and took a solid 19th place.

 

Loris Vergier

Loris Vergier

 

In the final, Loris achieved a run full of commitment on an extremely slippery terrain. On the finish line, he took temporarily the second place behind Aaron Gwin. He finally finished 14th, once again a great performance for his first year in the Elites category.

Then came the turn of Loic. At split 1, he smashed the time from Aaron Gwin by more than 4 seconds! Riding like a cannon ball, nothing could stop him. But at the end track, he was just in speed research position and did not give a single pedal stroke. We could see afterwards that his chain went off his chainring! Whatever, his was still ahead of Aaron Gwin by nearly 5 seconds and largely improved the fastest time of the qualifications. Everybody thought this might be enough to get his first World Cup victory.

But it didn’t happen. Josh Bryceland (Santa Cruz Syndicate), winner of the 2014 World Cup is back in business, and beat Loic’s time by two tenths of a second ... Troy Brosnan, best time in qualifying, finished close too, but came finally 3rd.

 

Podium

Another podium for Loic Bruni!

 

 

In the end, it's always a little frustration not to see Loic very top of the podium, but he is also showing an incredible consistency at top level this season. In the overall standings he’s still 2nd but coming now dangerously close to the leader, Aaron Gwin. He has 2 races to conclude the work and to complete an awesome 2015 season 2015!

Loris is slowly but surely moving to the top of the hierarchy, proving with this new top15 that he’s now part of the fastest riders of the planet.

Let’s go to Windham next week for the penultimate round of the 2015 World Cup. 

 

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