After two days of the debut race of the UCI DH World Cup 2020 and a week after the UCI DH World Championships, this short, bizarre and ultra-compressed racing season is back in full swing with event #2 in Maribor. Compared to race #1, the weather conditions have improved and the ground has dried considerably from the mud two days ago, just enough to significantly increase grip and speed, but it still remained slippery in many sections of the track.
After Friday’s victory, Loris Vergier once again won with the best time, blazing an incredible run with a composed and precise riding, which is getting more and more mature, which reveals the teachings of his current mentor Greg Minnaar. Vergier, after two races, now leads the overall with an abundant advantage.
Loïc Bruni rode flawlessly, setting clean and razor sharp trajectories, but it just wasn’t enough to beat Vergier’s time and he finished just 57 thousandths back in second position.
Third position for an unstoppable Matt Walker who has been improving and rising up the ranks during this season. The run was constantly in attack mode for the Brit who closed just 4 tenths from the best time of the day.
Fourth place for Finn Iles who wowed the public with his super aggressive and dynamic poise.
Troy Brosnan landed in fifth position thus sealing a podium of truly amazing athletes who all fought in the space of just one second behind first.
It was an incredible performance from Nina Hoffman who with an aggressive run and consistent pacer won her first World Cup, interrupting Marine Cabirou’s series of victories that continued from last season.
The Frenchwoman, still leader of the overall, led a run devoid of obvious errors but was not aggressive enough, giving Hoffmann an advantage of almost 2 seconds.
Eleonora Farina brings the Italian flag back to the podium with a well deserved third place thanks to a truly convincing run.
Fourth position for Myriam Nicole, slowed down by a crash but in general not yet in her best form.
Ditto for Thanée Seagrave who finished in eighth place. Tracey Hannah rounded out the podium with the fifth position.
Among the Juniors it was Oisin O’Callaghan again to get on the first step of the podium. Thanks to this series of victories in both heats of both races here in Maribor, the Junior World Champion is also dominating the overall of the World Cup. Among the Junior girls it is again Leona Pierrini to establish herself with a clear advantage over her opponents.
Complete rankings Maribor # 2 final
World Cup overall
The DH is back on track in two weeks with the double appointment in Lousa, Portugal, for the third and fourth stages that will conclude the 2020 UCI DH World Cup season.