South African rider Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) won today's World Cup downhill round in Fort William, Scotland, in a nailbiting final.
When sixth-from-last man down Sam Hill (Monster Energy/Specialized/Mad Catz) put in a storming run that gave him a five-second-plus lead (4:40.43), it looked like he might have the win sewn up.
Minnaar then pulled it out of the bag with a flawless run combining technical skill and raw power, eventually finishing over a second up (4:38.98) - a time which even Atherton was unable to beat. Third went to Blenkinsop, fourth to Atherton and fifth to Hannah.
In the women's race it was France's Sabrina Jonnier (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) who took the win, with her countrywomen Emmeline Ragot (Suspension Center), Celine Gros (Morzine-Avoriaz 74), Floriane Pugin (Iron Horse-Kenda-Playbiker) and Myriam Nicole filling the other four spots on the podium after Britain's Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing) crashed.
Victories in the 4X went to Australia's Jared Graves (Yeti-Fox Shox) and America's Jill Kintner (Red Bull/Intense/Crank Brothers).
Full report and results to follow.