Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team
Nail-biting finish for the Australian and Frenchman in West Virginia.
Australia’s Tracey Hannah and France’s Loïc Bruni
took wins in their respective elite class overall title races at a
dramatic final round of the Mercedes-Benz UCI World Cup in Snowshoe,
West Virginia. Here’s all you need to know:
– In the women’s downhill, Hannah entered West Virginia with a narrow lead over Marine Cabirou and needed a sixth-place finish to secure the overall title.
Seagrave had crashed in the previous days qualifying session and
started further down the order only to ride herself straight into the
Cabirou in a flawless run, rode gaps and lines which none of the other
riders even attempted, taking the lead with a time of 03:43:032.
– Hannah comfortably slotted into fifth place, and after years of battling taking her overall crown by one position.
Cabirou secured a third straight UCI World Cup win to end a season
which has seen her establish herself right at the forefront of
international downhill racing.
– In the men’s downhill, Loic Bruni, the newly-crowned World Champ, faced the defending overall titleholder, Amaury Pierron.
– In a race which had previously been about tenths of a second, Pierron crossed the line with a clear five-second lead.
Bruni played it safe slotting him third place, the minimum requirement
for him to take the overall, unless Pierron scored maximum points.
– Danny Hart
took to the track with blistering fast run crossing the line with a
time 0.656 seconds faster than Pierron’s with a time of 3:03:627,
denying the Frenchman of maximum points handing the title to the now
fourth-placed Bruni, with the American Charlie Harrison, third.
super hard having someone has fast as Marine being able to have a
little less pressure than me. I have to hold back from what I want to
ride knowing that I have to think about the bigger picture. I know if I
was in her position I would have a lot of fun racing and going for it. I
just learned so much about mental and preparing for races and accepting
not being able to win every race you go in. It’s been pretty hard. No
wonder not many people win the overall because it’s pretty hard.”
here is I think the last thing, the only thing I wanted so bad after
the World’s, it was like a life goal, it’s so good and I can’t believe
Results and Standings
Women’s UCI MTB World Cup downhill at Snowshoe:
1. Marine Cabirou FRA 03:43.032
2. Nicole Myriam FRA 03:45.027
3. Veronica Windmann ITA 03:46.514
Men’s UCI MTB World Cup downhill standings: