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Images from the 2019 Andorra World Cup

Vergier Takes Second Place at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Downhill in Andorra

Jul 082019

Monster Energy congratulates Loris Vergier (FRA) on taking second place with less than a half second from the win (.423 back) at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Downhill this weekend in Vallnord, Andorra. Right behind him were three more Monster Energy athletes, Australia’s Troy Brosnan 3rd place. Amaury Pierron (FRA) took 4th and Danny Hart (GBR) capped off the green wave in 5th place.

One of the steepest and roughest tracks on the circuit, this year’s race was made especially tough given the bone dry conditions that have caused the course to come apart at the seams.  Huge holes and talc-like dust six inches deep covered most of the track, making traction a precious commodity in the corners.  No one had a crash free weekend and plenty of riders were hurting come time to drop in for their race runs down the four minutes and 11 seconds of throat scorching dust.

Vergier was stoked on his return to the podium.  “It felt like a really poor run," said Vergier. “It was really loose and I was trying to attack and was super tired. I didn’t expect at all to be this fast, so when I saw the time I was like, YEAH!” The Frenchman laughed when asked about the track. “It was the same as Friday, dead. We just had to go in knowing the track was blown out.”


Brosnan had a rough day, having a huge crash during the morning practice session that totaled the front of his bike (bent front wheel, fork and bars) and left him pretty banged up heading into the finals. 


“I've been better," said Brosnan! “I had a massive crash this morning and it rattled me hard.  I put all of my energy into that run and since the finish I haven’t been able to catch my breath. I feel light headed and ready to collapse so I think I worked pretty hard for that one. That crash hurt me!”


A local favorite, Pierron wasn’t thrilled with how his afternoon went. “I feel dead," said Pierron! “The track was very demanding, super long and technical at the same time.  It took a lot of energy, mentally and physically. I’m not happy with my run, I did a really bad mistake at the top before a long flat and I wasn’t able to pedal so I lost a lot of time. I am sad, but the guys out front were just faster, that’s it.”


Next up the riders will make the long trek to eastern France starting in the morning for the next round of the World Cup.  With practice starting in just a few days time, riders won’t have long to lick their wounds before another screamingly fast track from MTB history makes a comeback on the slopes of Mont Chery, in Les Gets.


Now at the halfway mark with four rounds to go, Monster Energy athletes currently sit 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8 overall in the World Cup Series standings with Troy Brosnan in second, Amaury Pierron in third, Danny Hart in fourth, Loris Vergier in fifth and Mark Wallace in eighth.