Hannah and Hart cruise to easy Crankworx Innsbruck downhill wins

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Blenkinsop and Kintner in King and Queen leads heading into Les Gets.

Tracey Hannah and Danny Hart showed their affinity for the Crankworx Innsbruck downhill track again as they cruised to victory on Sunday in Austria.

The Australian rider was a class above in the women’s race first to win from Jill Kintner and Emilie Siegenthaler, while Briton Hart stormed to an easy win over Samuel Blenkinsop and Charles Harrison. Here is all you need to know:

– Hannah finished third at the last UCI Mountain Bike World Cup downhill race in Leogang and followed up with a comprehensive 5.57-second win from American Kintner.

– The result leaves Kintner top of the Queen of Crankworx standings by a large margin after the first two rounds with Les Gets next week and then Whistler to come.

– Hannah, 30, said: “One of my favourite tracks so far this year and I won with a dream run. The track was a bit beaten up. Trying to hold your line was pretty hard.”

– Kintner, 36, added: “This is the only race where I get to race the World Cup girls. I felt like I had good speed, but it is hard to put it all together.”

– Canadian Kirk McDowell started way down in 19th but had the lead for ages until American Harrison pipped him for the lead by just one thousandth of a second.

– Kiwi Blenkinsop, though, started out fast and finished strong to take the lead by 0.44 seconds before Hart blew all the competition away to win by 1.5 seconds.

– Hart, who defended his Crankworx Innsbruck title, added: “The track is like what I ride at home. It has a good mix of everything and I am quite versatile. Tough start to the season with the World Cup so to come here and get the win – I am happy with that.”

– Blenkinsop revealed: “The team didn’t really want me to race these races, so I came here alone and had some fun. We have Les Gets now – the sickest downhill track in the world. Whistler is the most fun event all year, so I am always going there and can’t wait for that.”

Queen of Crankworx after two out of four events

1. Jill Kintner USA 815 points
2. Casey Brown CAN 575
3. Vaea Verbeeck 505
4. Kialani Hines USA 300
5. Tahnee Seagrave GBR 225

King of Crankworx after two out of four events

1. Samuel Blenkinsop NZL 600 points
2. Tomas Lemoine FRA 400
3. Mick Hannah AUS 325
4. Matt Walker NZL 305
5. Tomas Slavik CZE 280

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