UCI DH Leogang qualifying results

We're all set for an incredible day of racing come Sunday...
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By Ric McLaughlin

The sun is shining and after last night's rain, the Austrian track is drying quickly. Some riders were caught out by just how dry it was up top.

In the Junior's race, the winner of the Fort William World Cup, Noel Niederberger went quickest by 1.3secs from Mark Wallace. Australian, Dean Lucas, was in third. Series leader, Michael Jones, came in fifth so is still right in the mix too.

The Women's race had a familiar feel as Rachel Atherton went into pole position. Where her brother Gee has had to battle towards the end of the year, Rach has kept her choke hold over the girl's field tight. She was 1.5secs quicker than Emmeline Ragot with Jill Kintner taking an impressive third.

You could feel the tension in the finish area as Gee Atherton landed the Hollywood Drop. Who would blink first, Gee or Stevie? Atherton was quick but Smith went 1.2secs faster again. Almost clipping the finish line gate on the way in, Stevie looked on it and knew that he'd nailed the run. Mick Hannah compounded the issue by splitting the pair pushing Gee back to third. Loic Bruni was fourth.

Theorectically, the Canadian now leads the World Cup by a meagre handful of points but what could be more important is the psychological march he may have stolen. 

You can watch all the action from Leogang LIVE here tomorrow from 15:15 (CET).

UCI World Cup DH Women's qualifying
World Cup DH Leogang Men's qualfying
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