Mont-Sainte-Anne DH World Champs Race Recap | Presented by SHIMANO

50 000 spectators turned out to watch Super Bruni make history by winning his fourth world title in five years at the UCI World Championships. In the women’s race, Myriam Nicole stunned her rivals by winning the rainbow jersey to cap a dominant weekend for French riders in Canada.

Riders performs at the UCI MTB World Championships 2019 in Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada.
South Africa’s Greg Minnaar times his lunge for the line with precision and technique that would impress Italian sprint extraordinaire Elia Viviani. Minn would end the day just outside of the medals but in our minds took gold in the style & speed category. Remarkably, this was Greg’s 21st World Championship… Just think about that…


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ELITE WOMEN’S RACE

Myriam Nicole had not raced in any UCI World Cup events this season after badly breaking her foot in April. With a low UCI ranking her race run was scheduled a little earlier on than usual. Despite her lack of competition in 2019, she sent down in a blistering time of 4:53.226 to put herself into the hot seat. Britain’s Tahnee Seagrave, herself returning in her first race back after shoulder surgery in June, also showed no signs of rustiness and pushed Nicole’s time all the way to the line to finish just one second behind in the silver medal position. Young Frenchwoman Marine Cabirou rounded out the podium for 3rd.

TAHNEE SEAGRAVE “I started the season super strong and I thought I was getting stronger, so I’m happy in a way that the injury happened when it did because I was able to cope with it very well. This race is 12 weeks on the mark from my injury and I’m back racing where I should be so I’m more than happy.”

 MYRIAM NICOLE “I still can’t believe I won. That wasn’t the plan after these last six months of bad, bad, bad times. With the team, with the coach, everyone made it a good comeback. We didn’t have pressure, I just wanted to be back on my bike and feel good.”

Riders performs at the UCI MTB World Championships 2019 in Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada.
European Champ Camille Balanche had a nightmare run overshooting a drop and going off course on the high speed section which effectively ruined any chance of a medal.
Riders performs at the UCI MTB World Championships 2019 in Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada.
The weekend never went Hannah’s way but she most certainly has her eyes set on the World Cup overall.
Riders performs at the UCI MTB World Championships 2019 in Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada.
Hannah was only a second down at the halfway point but continued to lose time on the medalists to end the day just over 4 seconds back, in 4th.
Riders performs at the UCI MTB World Championships 2019 in Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada.
The wildest French Pinner of them all, Cabirou is undoubtedly a star-to-be and was most certainly a favorite heading into this weekend.
Riders performs at the UCI MTB World Championships 2019 in Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada.
At times sketchy, at times so very fast, Cabirou put in enough for a bronze medal.
Riders performs at the UCI MTB World Championships 2019 in Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada.
Comeback kid Tahnee Seagrave was 4 seconds down at halfway but absolutely nailed the bottom section to claw back time and secure a silver medal.
Riders performs at the UCI MTB World Championships 2019 in Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada.
Seagrave is skilled and not scared; it’s impressive to see her boosting a lot of big lines so soon after a separated shoulder.
Riders performs at the UCI MTB World Championships 2019 in Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada.
With less than a month back on the DH bike after a horrid injury which resulted in 6 broken bones on her foot, Myriam Nicole was not the favorite.
Riders performs at the UCI MTB World Championships 2019 in Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada.
Nicole was exceptional on the track. In true French World Champs style she executed everything at her maximum and it was enough for the gold medal. An incredible comeback.
The women’s podium from left: Tahnee Seagrave, Myriam Nicole and Marine Cabirou.
Happy days!

RACE RESULTS

  1. Myriam NICOLE (FRA) 4:53:226
  2. Tahnee SEAGRAVE (GBR) +1.204
  3. Marine CABIROU (FRA) +1.694
  4. Tracey HANNAH (AUS) +4.121
  5. Emile SIEGENTHALER (SUI) +5.391


ELITE MEN’S RACE

Bruni has now won the world title four times in five years and is only the second rider ever to win three in a row. The Frenchman, 25, was the last man out the starting gate and attacked from the off in a bid to beat the time of Australian rider Troy Brosnan. Bruni is the man for the big occasion and crossed the line with the fastest time of 4:05:455 which sparked wild celebrations. Brosnan took second in front of Pierron.

LOIC: “It is so hard to explain. I just crossed the line totally exhausted. It is insane. I didn’t really know what to do so I just attacked, which I don’t do so often. It was a bit of a struggle, but we put it together today. It was crazy. I didn’t have much pressure, I have done it before and it is only a bonus if I did it again. I was nervous but just went for it. Last year, I missed the first race of the year and so I focused more on the World Champs. I didn’t want to lose my stripes, while this year I felt like I had nothing to lose with the season I’ve done. Even if I lost the jersey, I would still be proud of this season.”

Riders performs at the UCI MTB World Championships 2019 in Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada.
One of the most talented riders on the planet, Martin Maes, could not repeat his podium performance from a year ago. 21st and 10.7 seconds off of the gold medal is still an exceptional ride for the Belgian mountain bike wonder kid.
Riders performs at the UCI MTB World Championships 2019 in Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada.
Word on the hill was Minn had all the moves to deliver this weekend. South Africa’s big hope of a medal in the DH put in an incredible run which looked as close to perfect as could be.
Riders performs at the UCI MTB World Championships 2019 in Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada.
Riders performs at the UCI MTB World Championships 2019 in Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada.
Amaury Pierron started cautiously and clawed back time as his run went on. He clocked 70.6kph through the high speed section and crossed the line to move into the hot seat.
Riders performs at the UCI MTB World Championships 2019 in Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada.
Danny Hart – 2.805 seconds off the win and less than 0.3 off of a medal. An incredible run from Danny which gave him 4th.
Riders performs at the UCI MTB World Championships 2019 in Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada.
“2nd place at World Champs!! That run was absolutely everything I had and maybe some more I didn’t know I had.” – Troy
Riders performs at the UCI MTB World Championships 2019 in Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada.
The Canyon Factory racer, Brosnan, ended just 0.581 off of the gold medal. That is so very close.
Riders performs at the UCI MTB World Championships 2019 in Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada.
Tucking for the win! Bruni was up at the first split, up at the next split and so on and so on. Super Bruni even clocked the fastest time at the speed trap with a 71.9kph!
Riders performs at the UCI MTB World Championships 2019 in Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada.
Bruni, C’est la classe!
Riders performs at the UCI MTB World Championships 2019 in Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada.
Riders performs at the UCI MTB World Championships 2019 in Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada.
Riders performs at the UCI MTB World Championships 2019 in Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada.
Gold medal winner, Loic Bruni, receives a champagne shower from Brosnan and Pierron.
Riders performs at the UCI MTB World Championships 2019 in Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada.
Bruni, racking and stacking them.

RACE RESULTS

  1. Loic BRUNI (FRA) 4:05.544
  2. TROY BROSNAN (AUS) +0.581
  3. Amaury PIERRON (FRA) +2.549
  4. Danny HART (GBR) +2.805
  5. Greg MINNAAR (RSA) +3.187


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