Steve slams out of World Champs just before the lineSteve Peat came a cropper within 100m of the finish line while leading the Downhill World Champs in Les Gets over the weekend, leaving France's Fabien Barel to take the title ahead of Greg Minnaar (RSA) and Sam Hill (AUS).
Peat, who is just back from surgery after badly breaking his collar bone, seemingly had the title in the bag before he crashed. But after restarting he finished in 11th spot, 4.69 secs slower than Barel and just behind fellow Brits Marc Beamont (9th) and Gee Atherton (10th). Other Brit finishers wee Dan Atherton (20th), Neil Donoghue and MBUK's Will Longden (47th) who also remounted after a stack.
In the women's race Britain's Fionn Griffiths finished 12th after a big crash, the title going to Venessa Quin of New Zealand, while the best British result of the day went to Rachel Atherton who finished 2nd in the junior women's event. David Young was fifth junior man.
In the cross country races, Julien Absalon (Fra) and Gunn-Rita Dahle (Nor) both added the World Championship title to the Olympic golds that they won a couple of weeks ago. Oli Beckingsale was top Brit finisher in 37th place.
In his last year in the Under-23 category, Liam Killeen bagged the silver just 4secs behind Germany's Manuel Fumic.