[Racing] Aaron Gwin, Rachel Atherton & Finn Iles win Lourdes

[Racing] Aaron Gwin, Rachel Atherton & Finn Iles win Lourdes

10/04/2016
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10/04/2016

[ad3] With a rapidly drying track, it was no surprise that the tides began to shift in favor of Aaron Gwin.  Times were all over the board today, but for quite some time, local French rider Amaury Pierron held the hot seat down and was looking unstoppable.  Legends like Greg Minnaar, Brook Macdonald and more couldn’t touch him.  Eventually he was upset by Danny Hart.  The rest of the top ten looked good, but no one could touch Aaron Gwin.  His poise and raw speed seemed untouchable.  The last rider, Loic Bruni came oh so close.  He was up by nearly two seconds and after a bobble in the woods he dialed it back in and stayed composed for a few more seconds until he threw it away in a turn close to the bottom of the track.  Gwin is still seemingly untouchable.

In the Women’s category, they dealt with a bit more moisture earlier in the day. Rachel Atherton proved she still had the mettle after a shaky quailfier yesterday.  Tahnee Seagrave, Manon Carpenter and the other usual suspects were all still up there, but at least four and a half seconds back.  Rachel is all but unstoppable.

In juniors, style king Finn Iles made an incredible debut by winning the first World Cup that he ever competed in.  Will he be the future?

Today was Gwin's day but the world champ did his stripes proud. So close...

Today was Gwin’s day but the world champ did his stripes proud. So close…

It was also a huge day for Finn Iles. His first World Cup race was a victory. Amazing

It was also a huge day for Finn Iles. His first World Cup race was a victory. Amazing

You will see big things from this kid...

You will see big things from this kid…

Ratboy ALWAYS has time for style

Ratboy ALWAYS has time for style

Troy Brosnan is hungry for another win. Could Cairns be his race?

Troy Brosnan is hungry for another win. Could Cairns be his race?

So good to see Stevie up there on the first round. This will serve as excellent motivation for him.

So good to see Stevie up there on the first round. This will serve as excellent motivation for him.

Amaury Pierron held it down on the hot seat for what seemed like ages.

Amaury Pierron held it down on the hot seat for what seemed like ages.

 

Home stretch...what could've been

Home stretch…what could’ve been

Sam Hill. Although this wasn't his weekend, he is still a threat.

Sam Hill. Although this wasn’t his weekend, he is still a threat.

Rachel just won't slow down.

Rachel just won’t slow down.

Tahnee Seagrave is consistently giving Rachel something to be worried about. She has time left.

Tahnee Seagrave is consistently giving Rachel something to be worried about. She has time left.

Shit happens!

Shit happens!

Aaron Gwin on the way to upset Danny Hart but a good margin.

Aaron Gwin on the way to upset Danny Hart but a good margin.

Loic has a huge fanbase for such a young racer.

Loic has a huge fanbase for such a young racer.

Raboy looked both wild and reserved at times in his run.

Raboy looked both wild and reserved at times in his run.

Life in the booth.

 

Loic Bruni

Loic Bruni

Aaron Gwin

Aaron Gwin

 

Gee looked strong in practice and qualies. 7th place is solid but surely he's looking for improvement.

Gee looked strong in practice and qualies. 7th place is solid but surely he’s looking for improvement.

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Endlich!

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Yet another amazing race. Thanks for tuning in.

Yet another amazing race. Thanks for tuning in.

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