Brit boy lead the Worlds qualifications
Steve Peat has qualified fastest for the downhill 2004 UCI World Championships at Les Gets this weekend, despite badly breaking his collar bone just a few weeks ago.
And that’s not all: Gee Atherton – Junior World silver medallist from last year – has qualified second fastest ahead of home crowd favourite Cedric Gracia. Defending senior World Champion Greg Minaar and his junior counterpart Sam Hill both put in slow runs in qualifying to get early runs in the final in case of late rain setting in and slowing the course down. Gee’s brother Dan has qualified in tenth.
In the women’s event, Anne Caroline-Chausson has qualified fastest ahead of Vanessa Quin of New Zealand, whilst Marielle Saner of Switzerland has qualified in third spot. Ffion Griffiths seems to be having a torrid time of it so far as she’s been crashing, but as yet, there’s been no news of where any of the British women have qualified (our roving reporter has been updating us by text message).
Unfortunately our best hope, Tracy Moseley has been forced to sit this Worlds out due to tearing her rotator cuff muscles in her shoulder at the final of the Maxxis Cup last weekend.
Friday sees Liam Killeen looking to consolidate his fifth place in the Olympic cross country race, and his Under 23 World Cup Champion status with the under 23 World Champion title. His closest rival, Lado Fumic, failed to finish the Olympic race at Mount Parnitha but will push Liam to the wire on this as defending champion.
The men’s and women’s downhill finals take place on Saturday, with the men’s and women’s elite cross country race on Sunday. For more information log onto http://www.lesgets2004.com>