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Monster Energy’s Amaury Pierron and Loris Vergier Win Silver and Bronze on the Mountain Bike Downhill World Championships in Les Gets, France


Monster Energy’s Amaury Pierron and Loris Vergier Win Silver and Bronze on the Mountain Bike Downhill World Championships in Les Gets, France

“It was so sick to journey in entrance of the French crowd.” – Amaury Pierron

Amidst an enormous chaotic French crowd, native heroes Amaury Pierron and Loris Vergier took dwelling the silver and bronze medals, respectively, on the 2022 Mountain Bike Downhill World Championships in Les Gets, France, in a historic French sweep of the rostrum. Pierron got here in because the standout Frenchman given his domination of the 2022 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, and the truth that he received in Les Gets in 2019, however he must accept silver shedding to now five-time World Champion Loïc Bruni. Teammates Troy Brosnan and Camille Balanche missed the rostrum taking fourth place.

As the second time Les Gets hosted the World Championships, with the primary being in 2004 and taking part in host to the World Cup in 2019 and 2021, French followers had been rabid for podiums, and their French squad countrymen didn’t disappoint. On what’s broadly thought to be a racer favourite, this 12 months’s model of the racetrack nestled on the historic Mont Chery aspect made a celebratory return to the valley of Les Gets, France.

Dropping 571 meters, the racecourse in France is Tour de Force in path constructing. Featuring the proper combination of high-speed grass and wild French woods, Les Gets options just a little little bit of all the pieces, but it surely does it in a rush. With speeds in extra of 55km/h, preserving your bars between the tape turns into a problem as riders switch from sketchy roots to deep moon mud as they navigate the two.4 km from the highest right down to the MTB historic village on the backside of the valley. While the climate was a fear for race day, Mother Nature gave everybody a break and determined to let the solar beam by means of, and the mud fly because the Mountain Bike world topped their heroes.

Pierron was disillusioned with the day however appeared to the long run, which may come as early as subsequent week with a possible World Cup total win on the horizon in Italy subsequent weekend.

“It was so sick to journey in entrance of the French crowd,” mentioned Pierron. Today’s run wasn’t a profitable one. I didn’t take any dangers and stayed in my traces; it was too simple. I don’t know why I wasn’t in a position to push extra. Maybe behind my thoughts, I nonetheless have the [World Cup] total to play, so possibly that was it. For positive, Bruni was on it and had nothing to lose, so he got here for it and received that recreation. I’ll be chasing this dream for one more 12 months, however I’ll by no means stop earlier than I get these rainbows.”

Close behind the World Cup chief was pal and shut competitor Vergier in third place.

“Third isn’t what I needed this week, however I’m joyful to take dwelling a podium at World Championships at dwelling in France,” mentioned Vergier. After injuring my shoulder In Canada earlier this season, it’s higher than I anticipated. I’m tremendous joyful to see Loci take dwelling his fifth title!”

It was a historic day for downhill racing in Les Gets, with over 150,000 spectators and next-level driving.

Just off the rostrum, was two-time World Junior Champion Troy Brosnan (AUS). Also recovering from a devastating leg harm earlier this season, Brosnan was joyful to see himself again to kind with one race to go this season.

“Since I damage my leg earlier this season, I’ve solely been specializing in this race. The buildup coming right here was disturbing, however all the pieces got here collectively, and at present I put the perfect run I might down, and 4th is all I might get. I’m pleased with the run I put collectively right here at present. It simply wasn’t sufficient to finish up on the rostrum and decide up a medal. I couldn’t have completed any extra, and I’m simply joyful to be on the pointy finish and be doing effectively.” On racing in France, Brosnan (and everybody else) had nothing however good phrases to say in regards to the large crowds on the day. “I’ve by no means seen crowds like this,” Brosnan continued. There was noise and flares going off. Les Gets would possibly probably burn down tonight!”

Camille Balanche additionally got here inside one second of a podium end simply three weeks after breaking her collarbone on the final World Cup spherical. Albeit, nonetheless not driving at 100% energy, Balanche is worked up that she may have a possibility to seize the World Cup total subsequent week in Italy.

The mountain bike downhill season winds down with one final race in Val Di Sole, Italy this coming weekend on what’s thought to be one of the vital troublesome tracks to piece collectively a whole race run on. With each Pierron and Balanche battling for the general titles, it will come right down to the wire to see who can carry dwelling the crystal globes.

For extra on Pierron, Vergier, Brosnan, Balanche and the remainder of the Monster Energy Mountain Bike group go to monsterenergy.com. Follow Monster Energy on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok for unique updates from the 2022 MTB season.

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