Unfavourable weather conditions took its toll on the midfield at the UCI Downhill World Cup that was held at Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada on Sunday 11 August 2013.
South African Andrew Neethling riding for Giant Factory Off-Road Team, posted a slower time in his qualifying run on Saturday, which placed him in 76th place and resulted in an early start in the race on Sunday.
After a 15th place at the first timed split, the reigning World Downhill Champion, Greg Minnaar managed to obtain fifth fastest time in qualifying, a time of 4:08.340.
Neethling’s final run on Sunday was a huge improvement on his qualifying time and he claimed the hot seat for a large portion of the race, posting a final time of 4:02.984, unfortunately Gee Atherton managed to knock Neethling off when he posted 3:59.389.
Sam Hill then descended the treacherous course, finishing 1.2 seconds behind Atherton. Minnaar was next to descend, and managed to hold it together but also finished behind Atherton, placing him 3rd.
Despite the soggy conditions, local Canadian, Steve Smith, impressed the fans as he put together a solid run and managed grabbed the victory in great style.
Greg Minnaar said: “With nine podiums here: six 2nds, one win, one 3rd and now a 4th, I know I’m good at Mont Sainte Anne, but to win you need to be great. I made the mistake of switching to mud tyres after the rain started. What brought me happiness was watching Stevie winning on home turf! Big thanks to the Syndicate, I’m just disappointed that I couldn’t justify all their efforts with a better result.”
In the womans event, Ragot took the win after a ballsy but smooth run and was joined on the podium by Manon Carpenter in second and Floriane Pugin in third.
Summary of Results – UCI World Cup – Downhill – Mt Sainte Anne
Women’s DH results
1 Emmeline Ragot (FRA, Lapierre Garvity Republic)
2 Manon Carpenter (GBR, Madison Saracen)
3 Floriane Pugin (FRA, Gstaadt-Scott)
4 Emelie Siegenthaler (SUI, Gstaadt-Scott)
5 Myriam Nicole (FRA, Commencal/Riding Addiction)
Men’s DH results
1 Stevie Smith (CAN, Devinci Global Racing)
2 Gee Atherton (GBR, GT Factory Racing)
3 Sam Hill (AUS, CRC/Nukeproof)
4 Greg Minnaar (RSA, Santa Cruz Syndicate)
5 Aaron Gwin (USA, Specialized Racing)