Greg Minnaar wins in La Bresse

Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) won the sixth round of the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup  in La Bresse, France. With a final run of  2min 09.611  sec Greg beat Gee Atherton into second by 0.5sec and Aaron Gwin into third by 2.5sec . Gwin’s third place secures him the 2011 overall World Cup title and makes him the first American to win the overall.

After a dry run during qualifying a day earlier, the rain moved in and soaked the course all night and the morning of the final, changing lines and sending riders scrambling for spiked tires. After numerous changes in the Hot Seat during the men’s final, the two-time World Champion and French favourite Fabien Barel (Mondraker) managed to recover from a near crash at the top of the course to take the lead, which he held until Minnaar came down the track.

Minnaar had qualified a relatively slow fifth, but was on fire for his final run. The South African was near flawless, avoiding the slide-outs that cost others time, while still managing to throw in pedal strokes where others were coasting. He came flying across the line nearly 3.5 seconds faster than Barel, setting the first sub-2:10 time of the day.

This marks 52 career World Cup podiums for Minnaar, and his first win on French soil.

Top 15:

1 MINNAAR Greg   RSA  2:09.611
2 ATHERTON Gee   GBR   +00.459
3 GWIN Aaron   USA +02.429
4 BAREL Fabien FRA +03.473
5 COLE Cameron NZL +03.979
6 BEAUMONT Marc GBR  +04.148
7 SMITH Steve CAN +04.390
8 SPAGNOLO Damien FRA +05.003
9 LEOV Justin NZL +05.196
10 CATHRO Ben GBR19880420 +05.610
11 MACDONALD Brook NZL +05.694
12 FAIRCLOUGH Brendan GBR +05.862
13 HART Danny GBR +06.020
14 PASCAL Mickael FRA +06.182
15 SMITH Joseph GBR  +06.223