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World Cup 2018 - Loris Wins at Andorra

July 13 — 2018 | Vallnord, Andorra

Round 5 brings us to Vallnord, Andorra. It’s hard to believe after last week’s race in Val Di Sole but the track in Andorra is actually the steepest stop of the year. Full of deep ruts, roots, and big off-camber sections riders are forced to take chances and play their cards at keeping their speed in check and line choices dialed. This is a track that rewards those who can stay off the brakes and before it was all over, Loris would take the top step and add his career-first World Cup Elite DH win to his record. 

After taking time out from the past few rounds to heal up, Greg joined the boys on the track this weekend. Initially his plan was to race but after getting some practice runs in he would pass on qualifiers and finals and instead wait until he’s back up to 100%. Most importantly he's back on the bike and between the tape again—he'll be ready for Mont Sainte Anne.

Final Results  
Loris Vergier - 1stLuca Shaw - 31st (Crash)Greg Minnaar - DNS (Injury)

Elation. Loris takes his first World Cup Downhill Elite win.

1st time on the top step... on Bastille day... with dad in the crowd. Poppin' bottles!

Inconsistent weather early in the week made it difficult for riders to get into the groove, but qualis were met with sunny skies and dry conditions. Luca and Loris would once again have a chance to show off their speed. Loris was on pace and would qualify 11th even after taking a spill in his run and sustaining a hand injury that he would have to take into finals. Luca would step up for the third time this season and prove he was the man to watch by qualifying 1st, 2.5 seconds up on Danny Hart.

L to R: Hulking; Pre-race nutrition; and the get-down before the boys had to get down. // @scsyndicate on Instagram

L to R: So fresh, so clean; Roots roots or more roots; Not much more to say here. // @scsyndicate

The run-up to the fastest qualifying time of the week. Again.

The G.O.A.T couldn't resist some runs on the steep and nasty. He'll be back next round.

New kit, who dis?

On the morning of finals the track remained dry and we knew we were in for a showdown as the top men prepped for their race runs. The runs up until this point showed that the slightest mistakes could be costly. With eight riders to go, Loris was the first to drop for the Syndicate. It wasn't clear if his hand injury from qualis would play a factor but he was taped up, focused, and ready to roll.

The French love it steep and sketchy and Loris attacked the track from the start. He went up by two seconds at the early split and then continued to charge and see green as he rallied down the track! His line choice was excellent and he kept it smooth and clean before attacking the second half of the course to take the lead from Finn Iles, ultimately coming in nearly 4.5 seconds up! With just seven riders left, his run would be hard to beat, and with Luca still up top Syndicate clearly had its shot at the first win of the season.

A four minute track and Loris would be up almost five seconds when he took over the hot seat.

Steepest track of the year with an equalizer of a sprint to the finish.

One by one the remaining riders left the start house, but Loris remained in the hot seat. Luca would be the last to drop on the day. Race announcers were calling his win from the start of the day, but could Luca put on the same performance that he did in qualis? Could the Syndicate go 1st and 2nd? True to Luca’s style he looked calm and collected at the start of his run, but Loris’ splits were looking to be hard to beat. Luca would once again crash late in his run and finish 31st on the day. His big moment is coming soon—we know he'll climb to that top step.

Final stretch for the man who proves his speed in qualis week after week.

Much love from the fans.

And all the love for his teammate. 

The boys have been on pace all year and this weekend they proved it with a Santa Cruz Syndicate win and Loris’ first ever elite World Cup win on Bastille Day. The young guns are here to stay.  

Loris now takes over the number 2 spot in the World Cup overall standings as we head to Mont Sainte Anne.  

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