French and Austrian riders take home the elite gold medals from Les Gets

Loic Bruni celebrates his win of the Elite Men’s Downhill race at the UCI DH World Championships in Les Gets, France on August 27, 2022. It was his fifth time winning the title.  Photo by Bartek Wolinski / Red Bull Content Pool

Loic Bruni and Vali Höll took the big wins in the Elte Men’s and Elite Women’s classes. It was Bruni’s fifth elite downhill world championship victory and Höll’s first. The French riders took the top three places in the Elite Men’s event, showing how dominant they are in downhill racing today. Impressively, the United States was the second most successful country in the Elite Men’s category in the National Team standings, thanks to the efforts of Dakotah Norton (7th), Aaron Gwin (8th) and Luca Shaw (12th).



Valentina Holl won the Elite Women’s Downhill title in the UCI World Championships in Les Gets, France on Saturday, Photo by Bartek Wolinski / Red Bull Content Pool 


The Junior Men’s race was a thriller. Defending world champion Jackson Goldstone went down in a crash while trying to go faster than England’s Jordan Williams, who had been the fastest in their class in the timed qualifiers. Williams got the win, and Goldstone finished outside the top ten. Goldstone recently locked up the Junior Men’s World Cup Series title. We can expect him to be a top contender in the Elite Men’s ranks next year, as his race times in some of his Junior Men’s races have actually been faster than all of the pros’ times at a couple of races. Goldstone’s winning time in the Junior Men’s category at Mont-Sainte-Anne would have put him in third place among the Elite Men in their finals. Jordan Williams’s time at Les Gets would have put him in 19th place in the Elite Men’s final.


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