The first shall be last and the last shall be first.With all respect to Stuart Thompson, when you see his name at number 5 in the World Cup you get this eerie feeling that something has gone badly awry. Then you see that the winner was Gary Houseman and you put up the umbrella to guard against the dungpour from flying pigs. Gary is a good 4X rider, he does not win World Cup downhills just yet.
So what the hell was going on?
Despite the fact that the downhill had been sadly shortened, MBUK's Will Longden seemed happy enough. Practise was going well, he said, and the weather was on their side, not too hot but dry. Will qualified 13th in the downhill and was amongst a great set of names, the final race was sure to be exciting....
UNTIL, 20 minutes before the top 20 set off, the sky opened and it pissed down. Visibility was about 20 feet, the cloud had dropped in and the conditions were far from what they were during practise or when the early riders came down the mountain. Will said he used seven tear offs on a 2 minute course - that's how bad it was!
NO RIDER in the top 20 qualifiers got within the top 30 - which meant none of them scored any points. Will finished out of the 40's and has now been pushed down to 12th overall which hacks him off.
Peaty is being philosophical but he's gutted. Steve has no chance of keeping his World Cup Championship now. It's all down to The World Championships for him.
FFIONN WINS AGAIN
No natural forces played havoc with the women's race, unless you include Missy Giove in that category, as well you might. Missy came 5th, pushing Tracy Moseley into 6th place.
Ffionn is definitely an elemental force, winning her second DH back to back and doing OK in the 4X too, which is more than can be said for most British riders. We started off with high hopes at this discipline, but it's fast turning into a specialist branch much favoured by (and favouring) BMX riders who are masters of the gate and the first turn.
1 HOUSEMAN Gary USA
2 OULEGO MORENO Ivan ESP
3 VOREIS Kirt USA
5 THOMSON Stuart GBR
13 BEAUMONT Mark GBR
14 ATHERTON Daniel GBR
1 GRIFFITHS Ffionn GBR
2 JONNIER Sabrina FRA
3 PRUITT Kathy USA
6 MOSELEY Tracy GBR
14 GASKELL Helen GBR
Main pics: The whole Downhill race was turned upside down
Pic 1: Ffionn - Brill-yant! And time for a new pic of her.
Pic 2: Steve: The odds are against him now...
Pic 3: Will and Bullhead. Will suffered and is now outside the top 10 overall. Not happy.