Minaar Closes Downhill Lead By Peat To 4 Points
Greg Minaar (RSA) has for the second year in a row taken 1st place in the downhill world cup at Fort William, with Sabrina Jonnier (FRA) achieving 1st place in the women's round.
Greg Minaar styling it up for the crowd, as he enters the final section of the course to take 1st.
With crowds of around 9000 present last Sunday, June 7th, this round of the World Cup always provides an intense atmosphere. The noise of horns and hooters were second only to the cheers of thousands of spectators. South African Minaar rode to victory 1.45 seconds ahead of Aussie favourite Sam Hill. The deciding section of the course was found in its lower reaches, where fitness was the major factor. Minaar clocked up an incredible 69.498 kmph (41.19 mph) going through the speed trap on the lower downhill section, staying low on the jumps to increase pedalling time.
Gee Atherton entering the bottom section of the course.
Sam Bleckinsop in the woods.
Placed 1st in the qualifying round, Gee Atherton finished 4th overall as the highest placed Brit, after what he described as ‘a sluggish start' to his final run: at the first split time he was only 100th of a second behind Minaar, but he lost valuable time in the lower sections.
Steve Peat in the qualification rounds.
A rider falls foul of one of the steep technical rock gardens found at the top of the course.
Seeking a new World Record for the most wins of any world cup rider Steve Peat only managed to finish 6th, and is now only 4 points ahead of Minaar in the World Cup rankings.
Sabrina Jonnier riding through the tight lower course to take 1st position.
Sabrina Jonnier took her third consecutive world cup win in the women's round and lead a clean sweep of the podium by French riders, with Emmeline Ragot placing 2nd, Celine Gros 3rd, Floriane Pugin 4th and Myriam Nicole 5th. In the final stages of the race, Ragot managed to take 4 seconds off Gros's time, with Jonnier then decimating this with a lead of over 9 seconds. Last year's winner, Tracy Moseley (GBR) qualified 7 seconds slower than Jonnier. But after putting in the fastest time at the intermediate time check, she crashed in the technical wooded section of the course, meaning her chances of a podium finish were over. Jonnier currently leads the women's World cup with a 142 point margin over Moseley.
Tracy Moseley in the technical wooded section during qualifying.
The men's downhill podium.
1. Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 4.38.98
2. Sam Hill (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 0.01.45
3. Samuel Blenkinsop (NZ) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 0.02.87
4. Gee Atherton (GBR) Animal Commencal 0.02.99
5. Michael Hannah (AUS) GT Bicycles 0.04.15
6. Steve Peat (GBR) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0.05.63
7. Josh Bryceland (GBR) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0.07.17
8. Matti Lehikoinen (FIN) MS Evil Racing 0.07.46
9. Aaron Gwin (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 0.07.74
10. Marc Beaumont (GBR) GT Bicycles 0.08.36
11. Justin Leov (NZ) Trek World Racing 0.09.35
12. Steve Smith (CAN) MS Evil Racing 0.09.39
13. Bernat Guardia Pascual (SPA) Massi 0.09.41
14. Chris Kovarik (AUS) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 0.09.98
15. Fabien Barel (FRA) Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team 0.10.91
16. Fabien Pedemanaud (FRA) Scott 11 0.11.43
17. Robin Wallner (SWE) 0.11.54
18. Nick Beer (SUI) Scott 11 0.12.07
19. Duncan Riffle (USA) Duncan Riffle Racing 0.12.18
20. Danny Hart (GBR) Lapierre Powered By Saab Salomon 0.12.45
Sam Hill negotiating the tight, steep trail through the wood.
World Cup Standings
1. Steve Peat (GBR) Santa Cruz Syndicate 762 pts
2. Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 758
3. Gee Atherton (GBR) Animal Commencal 657
4. Michael Hannah (AUS) GT Bicycles 652
5. Sam Hill (AUS) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 607
6. Samuel Blenkinsop (NZ) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 406
7. Justin Leov (NZ) Trek World Racing 386
8. Brendan Fairclough (GBR) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 354
9. Marc Beaumont (GBR) GT Bicycles 329
10. Steve Smith (CAN) MS Evil Racing 301
The women's downhill podium.
1. Sabrina Jonnier (FRA) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles 5.17.65
2. Emmeline Ragot (FRA) Suspension Center 0.09.02
3. Céline Gros (FRA) Morzine-Avoriaz 74 0.12.95
4. Floriane Pugin (FRA) Iron Horse-Kenda-Playbiker 0.13.70
5. Myriam Nicole (FRA) 0.14.10
6. Mio Suemasa (JPN) 0.15.19
7. Tracy Moseley (GBR) Trek World Racing 0.15.51
8. Claire Buchar (CAN) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 0.25.04
9. Micayla Gatto (CAN) 0.25.07
10. Emilie Siegenthaler (SUI) Scott 11 0.25.37
11. Melissa Buhl (USA) 0.27.54
12. Fionn Griffiths (GBR) Norco World Team 0.31.63
13. Anita Molcik (AUT) 0.32.88
14. Katy Curd (GBR) 0.33.93
15. Miriam Ruchti (SUI) Team Vario Racing 0.38.04
16. Joanna Petterson (RSA) 0.39.35
17. Harriet Rucknagel (GER) 0.45.94
18. Sarah Newman (GBR) 0.48.18
19. Sophie Borderes (FRA) 0.48.27
20. Jessica Stone (GBR) 2Stagefactory 0.52.16
World Cup Standings
1. Sabrina Jonnier (FRA) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles 892 pts
2. Tracy Moseley (GBR) Trek World Racing 750
3. Emmeline Ragot (FRA) Suspension Center 725
4. Myriam Nicole (FRA) 496
5. Floriane Pugin (FRA) Iron Horse-Kenda-Playbiker 439
6. Celine Gros (FRA) Morzine-Avoriaz 74 421
7. Mio Suemasa (JPN) 375
8. Fionn Griffiths (GBR) Norco World Team 355
9. Melissa Buhl (USA) 284
10. Emilie Siegenthaler (SUI) Scott 11 242
Jared Graves (AUS) the Fort William defending champion, took first place in the men's final, now extending his lead in the world cup standings to 210 points over Romain Saladini (FRA). Whilst Jill Kintner (USA) has taken the jersey from Anneke Beerten (NED) who went out in the women's semi-final, meaning this is the only final she has missed out on all season. Fionn Griffiths excited a home crowd as the only Brit to take a podium finish in the competition placing 3rd in the women's round. One of the competition favourites Dan Atherton finished a disappointing 14th after getting knocked out in the quarter finals.
4-Cross qualifying sprint for the finish.
1. Jared Graves (AUS) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team
2. Romain Saladini (FRA) Team Sunn
3. Lukas Mechura (CZE) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense
4. Jurg Meijer (NED)
5. Michal Prokop (CZE)
6. Roger Rinderknecht (SUI) GT Bicycles
7. Pascal Seydoux (SUI)
8. Rafael Alvarez De Lara Lucas (SPA) Specialized Factory Racing
9. Guido Tschugg (GER) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team
10. Scott Beaumont (GBR) Rocky Mountain UK
11. William Evans (GBR)
12. Lewis Lacey (GBR) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense
13. Joost Wichman (NED)
14. Dan Atherton (GBR) Animal Commencal
15. Johannes Fischbach (GER) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team
16. Will Longden (GBR)
Champagne flows on the podium of the men's 4-Cross
World Cup Standings
1. Jared Graves (AUS) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 450 pts
2. Romain Saladini (FRA) Team Sunn 240
3. Roger Rinderknecht (SUI) GT Bicycles 235
4. Joost Wichman (NED) 201
5. Michal Prokop (CZE) 175
6. Dan Atherton (GBR) Animal Commencal 126
7. Luke Madill (AUS) GT Bicycles 100
8. Rafael Alvarez De Lara Lucas (SPA) Specialized Factory Racing 100
9. Lukas Mechura (CZE) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 94
10. Jurg Meijer (NED) 91
1. ill Kintner (USA)
2.Caroline Buchanan (AUS)
3. Fionn Griffiths (GBR) Norco World Team
4. Melissa Buhl (USA)
5. Anneke Beerten (NED) Suspension Center
6. Jana Horakova (CZE)
7. Anita Molcik (AUT)
8. Mio Suemasa (JPN)
9. Rachel Seydoux (SUI)
10. Lucia Oetjen (SUI)
11. Katy Curd (GBR)
12. Steffi Marth (GER)
13. Emmeline Ragot (FRA) Suspension Center
14. Joanna Petterson (RSA)
15. Charlie Phillips (GBR)
16. Helene Valerie Fruhwirth (AUT)
The women's 4-Cross final podium
World Cup Standings
1. Jill Kintner (USA) 270 pts
2. Anneke Beerten (NED) Suspension Center 255
3. Fionn Griffiths (GBR) Norco World Team 225
4. Jana Horakova (CZE) 185
5. Melissa Buhl (USA) 100
6. Romana Labounkova (CZE) 90
7. Caroline Buchanan (AUS) 85
8. Emmeline Ragot (FRA) Suspension Center 60
9. Anita Molcik (AUT) 30
10. Mio Suemasa (JPN) 5
Images - Dave MacFarlane / planetFear.
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