Round 4 of the World Cup downhill is now in the rearview mirror after another exceptional showing by the Commencal/Vallnord team in the Pyreneen resort of Vallnord, Andorra. Vallnord isn’t just one of the team’s main partners, it’s also the location where so much of the team’s early successes were made.
Back in 2013, Remi Thirion won the first elite men World Cup for the team at Vallnord, and it’s the same place where Myriam Nicole won her second-ever World Cup two years ago. This year, Amaury Pierron’s fourth place, the top 10 for Rémi Thirion, and an almost incredible run for Thibaut Daprela in the Juniors Category gave rise to an extremely electric atmosphere.
Even more important than the individual results from the day is that Commencal/Vallnord continues to lead the overall team standings, even with Myriam Nicole out due to injury. The consistency throughout each of the four rounds shows a high level the entire team is at and the dependability of their Commencal Supreme DH bikes with ENVE M930 wheels and M9 handlebar.
Amaury Pierron – 4th (+2.948)
“I made a big mistake on the top part of the track and it cost me a lot of time! The level is so high right now, the other French riders are really killing it and this is rad! I’m so sad I didn’t finish 3rd because it would have been so good to finish 1-2-3 with Loïc (Bruni) and Loris (Vergier)! So I’m sorry for the French fans and I’ll do my best next week in Les Gets!”
Rémi Thirion – 8th (+7.989)
“I wasn’t happy with my qualifying run at all and I’m glad I corrected it for finals! I had a really good bottom part which helped me to finish in the top 10. It feels really good to finish there and to know I am riding at the right pace. Riding the Vallnord track for the whole week was really fun, I enjoyed it”
Thibaut Daprela – 18th Junior (+24.711)
“I was obviously stoked with my qualifying (he would have been 7th with the Elites Men) and I wasn’t really pushing that much more for finals but after a natural double just after the second split, I went too much to the left and hurt a tree. It was on a fast section, I got ejected, crashed on my neck and it was pretty painful afterwards. But you know, I have to remember I was riding well and it’s a good sign for the coming races!”
In the overall ranking, our team is still leading which is really satisfying and gives us some extra motivation for the next round at home (again), or almost, in Les Gets!
Round 5 will be held in Les Gets, France on July 13th.