Britain’s Steve Peat rode to victory at this year’s second UCI Mountain Bike World Cup downhill round in La Bresse, France today.
Peat (Santa Cruz Syndicate) scored his 16th World Cup victory with a time of 2:07.14, over a second faster than second-placed Sam Hill (Monster Energy/Specialized/Mad Cat), who finished in 2:08.41.
Third place went to fellow Aussie Mick Hannah (GT, 2:09.00), who has shown an astonishing return to form after taking a year off from competition in 2008.
The men’s podium was rounded off by Brits Brendan Fairclough (Monster Energy/Specialized/Mad Cat, 2:09.99) and Gee Atherton (Animal Commencal, 2:11.15), while world champion Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate), winner of this year’s first World Cup round in his home town of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, came sixth with 2:11.36.
In the women’s race it was France’s Sabrina Jonnier (Maxxis/Rocky Mountain Bicycles) who took top honours with a time of 2:28.57 and a five-second winning margin. Britain’s Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing) was second (2:33.59) and France’s Myriam Nicole third (2:34.78). Japan’s Mio Suemasa (2:35.36) and France’s Emmeline Ragot (Suspension Center, 2:35.89) rounded off the podium.
Full results and report to follow.