Vergier wins junior world downhill title in Hafjell

Greenland and Dickson round out podium

Loris Vergier won the gold medal for France in the junior men's downhill race at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Hafjell, Norway on Sunday morning. Laurie Greenland (Great Britain) celebrated a silver medal while Jacob Dickson (Ireland) took home the bronze medal.

"I can't really believe it yet," said the new world champion Vergier, "but it was a good day for me."

Carlos Alfaro Peralta (Peru), the 16th man down the mountain, had time to get quite toasty in the hot seat after he clocked a 3:40.322.

"It was my best run today. I felt good after I had problems in the timed run," said Alfaro Peralta. Today the track was fast and dry."

Several riders commented that the track was so fast that it was scary to race.

It wasn't until New Zealand's Connor Hamilton came down as the 47th rider of the day that anyone was faster. Hamilton finished the 2.2km course in 3:38.736.

Australia's Max Warshawsky was the next man in the hot seat with a 3:37.721, but he wasn't fast enough for a medal.

"I'm pretty exhausted, but my run was good. It was pretty loose, but I got down in the end," said Warshawsky.

However, Dickson was quick enough to medal, thanks to a time of 3:36.384, which was within 7.294 seconds of Vergier. After his run, the Irishman took over the hot seat.

"I can't believe it. I had a few mistakes, but it's just the nature of the track, and I'm so happy to be in the top three," said Dickson.

Just three riders later, Greenland bumped him out of it with a 3:34.080, a time that would net him the silver medal.

"I had a good run. I slid out in the open turns, but pushed as hard as I could," said Greenland.

Pre-race favorite Luca Shaw (United States) crashed during his run, knocking himself out of medal contention. Other favorites, including Martin Maes (Belgium) and Taylor Vernon (Great Britain) had problems during their runs.

Vergier, the World Cup champion and top favorite for the day, was the last man down the mountain. His graceful, fluid run netted him the gold medal with a time of 3:29.100. He was the only man to go sub-3:30.

"The top of the course is so hard and I made some mistakes. It's so fast and so easy to crash, but it was a good day for me," said Vergier. After the top part, I applied some gas in the lower parts."

Full Results

Junior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Loris Vergier (France)0:03:29.100 
2Laurie Greenland (Great Britain)0:00:04.990 
3Jacob Dickson (Ireland)0:00:07.294 
4Max Warshawsky (Australia)0:00:08.631 
5Connor Hamilton (New Zealand)0:00:09.646 
6Carlos Alfaro Peralta (Peru)0:00:11.232 
7Aiden Varley (Australia)0:00:12.251 
8Loris Revelli (Italy)0:00:12.781 
9Keegan Wright (New Zealand)0:00:12.941 
10Andreas Kolb (Austria)0:00:13.116 
11Thomas Estaque (France)0:00:13.324 
12Daniel Olarra Lopez (Spain)0:00:13.344 
13Nal Otonicar (Slovenia)0:00:13.693 
14Jack Iles (Canada)0:00:13.836 
15Drew Carters (Great Britain)0:00:15.144 
16Maxime Ciriego (France)0:00:15.555 
17Andrew Crimmins (Australia)0:00:16.385 
18Shane Leslie (United States Of America)0:00:16.484 
19Benjamin Dengate (Australia)0:00:18.705 
20Chase Nelson (United States Of America)0:00:20.232 
21Jackson Davis (Australia)0:00:20.660 
22Silvio Cesar Felix Junior (Brazil)0:00:20.750 
23Miha Ivancic (Slovenia)0:00:21.051 
24Connor Sandri (New Zealand)0:00:21.175 
25Peter Bethell (New Zealand)0:00:22.498 
26Pascal Engel (Austria)0:00:22.640 
27Francisco Matias (Chile)0:00:22.722 
28Andrew Martin (South Africa)0:00:22.809 
29Jozef Ondic (Slovakia)0:00:23.324 
30Johan Geschwind (Sweden)0:00:23.510 
31Mike Schaer (Switzerland)0:00:23.529 
32Kamil Gladysz (Poland)0:00:24.066 
33Petteri Leivo (Finland)0:00:24.223 
34Myles Weber (Switzerland)0:00:24.585 
35Artur Hryszko (Poland)0:00:25.938 
36Per Henrik Thorp (Norway)0:00:25.999 
37Henrik Myhrvold (Norway)0:00:26.077 
38Max Scharf (Canada)0:00:28.064 
39Masaki Kato (Japan)0:00:28.208 
40Taylor Vernon (Great Britain)0:00:28.592 
41Ben Hill (Australia)0:00:29.864 
42Tomas Navratil (Czech Republic)0:00:30.153 
43Carl Goodwin (New Zealand)0:00:30.664 
44Juraj Straka (Slovakia)0:00:30.832 
45Luciano Jose De Neufville (Ecuador)0:00:30.981 
46Amaury Pierron (France)0:00:32.289 
47Samuel Jakobsson (Sweden)0:00:34.281 
48Grunde Kvalseth (Norway)0:00:34.655 
49Gregg Brown (South Africa)0:00:34.749 
50Martin Klette (Norway)0:00:35.028 
51Neil Stewart (Great Britain)0:00:37.301 
52Charlie Harrison (United States Of America)0:00:37.669 
53Vitaly Khripunov (Russian Federation)0:00:38.247 
54Sondre Furuheim (Norway)0:00:39.517 
55Tomas Uruba (Czech Republic)0:00:39.776 
56Luca Shaw (United States Of America)0:00:42.374 
57Robin Andre Ryste Skjeret (Norway)0:00:55.217 
58Marton Nagy (Hungary)0:00:59.018 
59Martin Maes (Belgium)0:01:15.657 
60Erik Toth (Hungary)0:01:35.770 
DNFArmin Kiraly (Hungary)  
DNFJoshua Mccombie (New Zealand)  
DNFSeverin Poppe Midteide (Norway)  
DNFSilas Grandy (Germany)  
DNFMartin Lebl (Czech Republic)  
DNSFerran Jorba Prats (Spain)  
DNSMarcus Hansson (Sweden)  
DNSMatthew Mccorkell (Australia)  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1France170 pts
4Great Britain141 
5United States Of America108 
16South Africa55 
21Czech Republic35 
26Russian Federation13 


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