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Jackson Goldstone rides to second straight World Cup fourth, Finn Iles ninth

Dane Jewett, Dylan Marino finish eighth and 15th in the junior event at Les Gets
Jackson Goldstone in action during the UCI World Cup's 2023 stop in Les Gets, France.

It's another fourth-place finish for Jackson Goldstone. 

The Squamish native clocked in at three minutes, 19.983 seconds on September 9 in Les Gets, France, missing out on hardware by the narrowest of margins as French bronze medallist Loris Vergier edged him out (3:19.936). Things went down to the wire as another Frenchman, Benoit Coulanges, took the win by just 0.16 seconds (3:19.573) over runner-up Andreas Kolb from Austria (3:19.733). 

Having won both the qualifying and semi-finals in Les Gets, it was the 28-year-old Coulanges' first elite World Cup win, which prompted home fans to storm the finish area in celebration. 

Loic Bruni ended up fifth (3:20.228) but continues to lead the UCI overall rankings. Finn Iles rebounded from a disappointing disqualification last week to place ninth (3:23.315).

Goldstone can at least be proud of getting into the saddle after being waylaid by illness earlier in the week. "This week's been a battle," he revealed on his Instagram account. "The sickness floating around got to me and hit me hard yesterday. Thankfully got some good rest and good meds and I’m feeling much better for race day." 

Results roundup

Huge, vocal crowds lined a dry and dusty track to watch the world’s best downhill riders deliver a masterclass on the formidable deep dirt and polished roots of Mont Chéry.

Dane Jewett, just over a month removed from his Crankworx Whistler fairy tale, broke the line in eighth during the men's junior downhill (3:34.100). Meanwhile, fellow Sea to Sky biker Dylan Marino continues his inaugural World Cup season with a 15th-place outing (3:36.182). 

America's Ryan Pinkerton made it two weekends in a row on the top of the box by following up his Loudenvielle victory with another decisive win (3:25.358). In second was top Canadian Jon Mozell from North Vancouver (3:29.085), while Pinkerton’s compatriot Evan Medcalf claimed third (3:29.136).

Marine Cabirou fired up the home audience with her victory in the women's elite event (3:47.390), a faultless final run in the steep and testing conditions. 

Slovenia’s Monika Hrastnik wound up second, just under four seconds back with a precise and aggressive run (3:51.369). Nina Hoffman of Germany earned bronze (3:51.907).

Valentina Höll continues to lead the series with two rounds to come, but a rare error saw her careen off the track in Corner No. 3 and finish 10th (4:15.158). 

Full results are available online.

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