Greg Minnaar wins season opener DH WC

South African Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) broke a streak of bad luck in Maribor, becoming the first World Cup Downhill leader in the 2010 series.

Video highlights of the qualifying session at the first round of the UCI World Cup DH in Maribor, Slovenia

“I have always liked Maribor, but I’ve always done bad on the track. So that has changed now,” said Minnaar. “I knew it was going to be a tough race, but decided to take it a bit safe and easy at the top, and ride a bit smoother; but it is so hard out there.

“I had a few mistakes myself, but I guess a lot less than the other guys. I am overwhelmed; I came here wanting to do well and for me, on this course, in these conditions, I felt a top three would be good, but a win was out of the question. But I pulled it off”


Elite Men
1. Greg Minnaar (RSA) 3:23.42
2. Gee Atherton (GBR) +0:00.25
3. Brendan Fairclough (GBR) +0:01.82
4. Fabien Pedemanaud (FRA) +0:02.42
5. Sam Hill (AUS) +0:04.68

Elite Women
1. Rachel Atherton (GBR) 4:03.42
2. Sabrina Jonnier (FRA) +0:09.73
3. Floriane Pugin (FRA) +0:12.91
4. Myriam Nicole (FRA) +0:15.50
5. Petra Bernhard (AUT) +0:18.97