Emmeline Ragot & Lapierre’s new DH on top!

1st World Cup, first victory! Our new DH could not have a better start. Three weeks after winning the British Downhill Series on the same track, Emmeline Ragot repeated her performance this week-end, taking at the same time her first World Cup victory this season, and offering a stunning launch for the new Lapierre DH!

 

Podium Emmeline

Champagne for Emmeline and our new DH in Fort William!

Photo credits: Lapierre / Dave Trumpore

 

1st World Cup, first victory! Our new DH could not have a better start. Three weeks after winning the British Downhill Series on the same track, Emmeline Ragot repeated her performance this week-end, taking at the same time her first World Cup victory this season, and offering a stunning launch for the new Lapierre DH!

At ease on the Scottish track, the Lapierre rider performed a storming final full run to win more than 8 seconds ahead of another French rider Myriam Nicole (Commencal).

With this result, Emmeline pulls back her position in the overall World Cup classification; she is now 2nd only 5 points behind Manon Carpenter (Madison Saracen).

 

The men of the team each had different highs and lows over the weekend.

In the Juniors, carrying the World Cup jersey, Loris Vergier was the favorite. He crashed in the qualifications and took 6th place, determined to do better in the final. Unfortunately, he fell again at the top of the track and was almost 5 seconds behind at split 1. But Loris pushed hard and was fastest at split 2! Unfortunately, the young Belgian Enduro specialist Martin Maes used his power to take the lead and the final victory. Loris took a nice 2nd place and preserved the most important: his leader’s jersey.

In the Elite Men, Loic Bruni followed the same way as his friend Loris and crashed during qualifications, he finished far behind (40th) but hoped to be back at the top for the final. Despite a mistake on the end of the track that nearly cost him a lot, Loic recovered well and finished 12th in the final, just 1/10th of a second off 9th place. An honorable result even if he has accustomised us to such great performances, that we expect more!

Last but not least, much was expected of our flying Kiwi Sam Blenkinsop, always comfortable on the Scottish track: following his 4th place in the World Cup 2013 and again 4th in the qualifications this year, Blenky seemed ready for a big performance and clearly targeted the podium. Unfortunately he suffered from a puncture and could not defend his chances. Frustrating, but no doubt Blenky will bounce back.

The young Australian Troy Brosnan (Specialized) claimed his 1st World Cup victory. Sam Hill and Danny Hart finished 2nd and 3rd.

 

There’s no time to hang out and relax for the riders who are going to Leogang (Austria) this week-end for the 4th round of the World Cup. A place full of good memories for Team LP from 2013 when they finished 1st in the Team classification. 

 

Back on the Team's week-end in Leogang!

 

 

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