Loris Vergier and Vali Höll were in top form, and the first World Cup is JUST around the corner
Downhill World Cup racing hasn’t taken place according to schedule, but riders are getting in competition wherever they can. Over the weekend, Trek Factory Racing and RockShox-Trek came away with a pair of victories at the 2021 Coppa Italia in Sestola.
Loris Vergier won his first race in a Trek kit, taking P1 in qualifying before beating Davide Palazzari by 2.665 seconds over a roughly two-and-a-half minute course. Not to be outdone, RockShox-Trek’s Vali Höll won by 6.486 seconds over Veronika Widmann.
Both riders look like they’re in strong form with the first World Cup race scheduled to take place in Leogang on June 12.
Here’s video footage confirming that Vergier is still fast as hell. Höll was stoked to finally race in a RockShox-Trek kit. The new team was announced in January, and the wait until her first race was longer than expected after schedule after a World Cup race in Fort William was postponed. But if she had any rust, it didn’t show.
“First race is in the books,” Höll said after the race. “Nerves were high but felt good between the tape today. Building confidence on this weekend and can’t wait to kick off the season in Leogang.”
Höll’s RockShox-Trek teammate Jamie Edmondson also had a strong race, finishing 19th in the men’s field.