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Amaury Pierron wins in Lourdes

27 Mar 2022Jacopo V.

Amaury Pierron wins the UCI Downhill World Cup opener in Lourdes

An exciting race until the last moment, as had not been seen for some time. The opening race of the UCI Downhill World Cup was held today in Lourdes, France, and saw as the first winner of the season a superlative Amaury Pierron (Commencal Muc-Off by Riding).

Despite a small mistake at the top of the course, the French rode in attack-mode throughout the rest of the demanding DH of Lourdes, securing the victory over the young Canadian Finn Iles (Specialized Gravity) and his friend and rival Loïc Bruni (Specialized Gravity).

The French track was technical but at the same time very fast. At times, the speed reached by the top athletes was around 60km/h! At the same time, the Lourdes course was very deteriorated compared to the conditions of the qualification runs, presenting the competitors in the race with further difficulties in interpreting lines, holes, rocks, and roots in the best possible way. The very dry ground did the rest, making this very fast track definitely challenging. Several top athletes such as Daprela and Vergier have crashed without consequences while they were riding with remarkable split times.

But let's go back to the performance of Amaury Pierron of Team Commencal: the Frenchman completed a memorable run and not even the favourite Bruni could do anything against the speed shown by Pierron in the lower part of the course. Loïc Bruni, third on the day and clearly ahead of Pierron in the first split time, progressively lost tenths of a second in the subsequent split times, accumulating a final delay of 1.086 seconds. The runner-up, Finn Iles, crossed the line in just 847 thousandths more than Pierron.

Very small gaps which are what the very large audience on the sides of the track had been waiting for with enthusiasm since the qualifying runs. Next round of the UCI DH World Cup in Fort Williams is on May 21st and 22nd.

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