Steve Smith may not have a chance at the overall, but he has been ramping up his speed through the season and could be one to watch here.
This will be Sabrina Jonnier's last World Cup, before she retires from WC downhill. Who's going to throw a party hey?
Its fairly clear that the french riders are very familiar with this course. Damien Spagnolo was fastest in timed training.
General opinion is that this is Sam Hill's chance for some glory this year. A fast and sketchy course with very little pedalling, rewards for risk taking and the clever lines that shave a few hundreths off a time.
Can Aaron Gwin's domination continue? He is 295 points ahead of Greg Minnaar with 2 races to go, so nothing is decided yet, but this fast rough course could suit him.
Gee Atherton is 354 points off Gwin, so he's still a contender and hungry for a good race. Contrary to previous rumours, his knee is fine.
Greg Minnaar may not be a huge fan of this course, and when you look around at the amazing mountains along this valley, you'd have to see his point. But you can be sure he wont be holding back on Sunday afternoon.
Well it certainly has been an exciting first day here in Val d’Isere…I don’t think I’ve been shouted at by so many people in one day ever before. I felt like a stray dog that had wandered into the chicken coop. Lets just say the course marshalls had a nasty surprise for us all with some unusual rules to enforce and by golly they were determined to do it…there was no such thing as how or why, just ‘Non! Not Possible!’ But we battle on to bring you the shots, even if we can’t show the middle part of the track at all.
A peace agreement has been discussed and hopefully tomorrow will be a little easier!