Marine Cabirou produced a dominant performance at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Lousã on Sunday which secured the overall title. Great Britain’s Matt Walker took the overall title in the men’s race and Minnaar was within 0.170 seconds of another race win.
In a late and short season with four World Cups taking place across three weeks, fatigue was expected to play a part in Lousã. However, there were no signs of exhaustion during a thrilling day of racing.
British rider Tahnée Seagrave, who finished in third place on Friday and was showing signs of getting back to her best, was up at the first split but eventually had to settle for third place, with Cabirou taking the win and snatching the overall lead from Nicole. Cabirou, 23, said: “I knew I needed to win today to take the overall so I gave it everything I had. I was a bit aggressive and I made some mistakes but it was a good run, I had fun and it’s just amazing to win.”
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup women’s Lousã result
1. Marine Cabirou (FRA)
2. Nina Hoffmann (GER) +1.702
3. Tahnée Seagrave (GBR) +2.409
4. Myriam Nicole (FRA) +4.982
5. Monika Hrastnik (SLO) +5.684
1. Marine Cabirou (FRA)
2. Myriam Nicole (FRA)
3. Tahnée Seagrave (GBR)
4. Tracey Hannah (AUS)
5. Nina Hoffmann (GER)
The Men’s Race
In the men’s race, it looked as though the rain and wind would play havoc with the final riders. Instead, the big guns delivered in thrilling fashion. First to lay down a serious marker was British rider Philip Atwill who, after a couple of barren years, showed that he was back to being a serious contender for titles. Jamie Edmondson was next up and he sliced two tenths off the time of Atwill. With the rain now arriving it seemed as though the Brit could be heading for victory. Neither David Trummer or Finn Iles could get close to Edmondson’s time and suddenly there were just three riders remaining.
A fitting finale to a sensational season, Bruni returned to winning ways, but it was not enough to deny Walker being crowned the overall 2020 World Cup champion.
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup men’s Lousã result
1. Loic Bruni (FRA)
2. Greg Minnaar (RSA) +0.170
3. Matt Walker (GBR) +1.415
4. Jamie Edmonson (GBR) +2.044
5. Phillip Atwill (GBR) +2.065
1. Matt Walker (GBR)
2. Loic Bruni (FRA)
3. Greg Minnaar (RSA)
4. Loris Vergier (FRA)
5. Thibaut Depréla (FRA)
The Winning Runs
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