Gwin Wins Fifth World Cup Downhill Title; Courtney Wraps up U23 XC Crown

  
  


Aaron Gwin celebrates his fifth World Cup title
Aaron Gwin celebrates his fifth World Cup title (photo by Rob Jones).
(August 27, 2017) – Aaron Gwin (Wildomar, Calif./The YT Mob) won the final World Cup race of 2017 on Saturday at Val di Sole, Italy. With the victory, Gwin also won the overall title, his fifth World Cup downhill title of his career. With his fifth title in the last seven years, Gwin has now tied Nicolas Vouilloz of France for the all-time record number of men’s UCI downhill titles. His 19 World Cup downhill wins puts him second on the all-time win list behind South Africa’s Greg Minnaar who has 21.

Entering this weekend’s event, three riders were in contention for the World Cup title. Minnaar was the points leader with Gwin and Australia’s Troy Brosnan sitting in second and third, respectively.

After Minnaar’s bike broke down on his run, forcing him to run to the finish, Gwin needed only to stay on his bike to claim the overall title. However, being the champion that he is, Gwin held nothing back in storming down the course with the winning time of 3 minutes, 32.709 seconds. France’s Amaury Pierron (3:34.312) was second with teammate Loic Bruni placing third (3:34.957).

Luca Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C./Santa Cruz Syndicate) gave Team USA two top-10 finishes as he placed eighth in 3:39.930.
Gwin won the World Cup title with 1,149 points with Brosnan moving up to second (990) and Minnaar placing third (974).
 
CROSS COUNTRY
Kate Courtney celebrates her 2017 World Cup title
Kate Courtney celebrates her 2017 World Cup title (photo by Rob Jones).

It was a familiar scene in Sunday’s women’s U23 cross-country race as Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif./Specialized Factory Racing) put a bow on the 2017 World Cup title with her fourth victory of the season. Courtney covered the Val di Sole course in 1 hour, 14 minutes and 30 seconds, 32 seconds ahead of runner-up Sina Frei (SUI). Evie Richards (GBR) was third, 1:02 back.

Courtney finishes the six-race season with four first-place finishes and two second-place finishes, giving her 500 points. Frei (420) placed second in the final World Cup standings, while Richards (340) was third.

In the elite women’s race held later in the day, Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Clif Pro Team) was the top American rider in seventh place with a time of 1:29:48. Jolanda Neff (SUI) took the win in 1:26:58, followed by Yana Belomoina (UKR) in 1:27:19, and Maja Wloszczowska (POL) in 1:28:07. Chloe Woodruff (Prescott, Ariz./Stan’s-Pivot Pro Team) was 14th in 1:31:09.

Full Val di Sole World Cup results.

Val di Sole World Cup Photo Gallery.

DOWNHILL

Elite men
1. Aaron Gwin (Wildomar, Calif./The YT Mob) 3:32.905
2. Amaury Pierron (FRA) 3:34.312
3. Loic Bruni (FRA) 3:34.957
8. Luca Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C./Santa Cruz Syndicate) 3:39.930
14. Dakotah Norton (Atlas, Mich.) 3:42.223
17. Charlie Harrison (Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Intense Factory Racing) 3:43.700
70. Bruce Klein (Altadena, Calif.) 4:04.186

Junior men
1. Finnley Iles (CAN) 3:40.536
2. Matt Walker (GBR) 3:42.740
3. Sylvain Cougoureux (FRA) 3:48.789
13. Nikolas Nestoroff (San Marcos, Calif./Intense Factory Racing) 4:03.291


CROSS COUNTRY

Elite men
1. Nino Schurter (SUI) 1:24:30
2. Stephane Tempier (FRA) 1:24:34
3. Julien Absalon (FRA) 1:25:17

Elite women
1. Jolanda Neff (SUI) 1:26:58
2. Yana Belomoina (UKR) 1:27:19
3. Maja Wloszczowska (POL) 1:28:07
7. Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Clif Pro Team) 1:29:48
14. Chloe Woodruff (Prescott, Ariz./Stan’s-Pivot Pro Team) 1:31:09

U23 women
1. Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif./Specialized Factory Racing) 1:14:30
2. Sina Frei (SUI) 1:15:02
3. Evie Richards (GBR) 1:15:32

U23 men
1. Nadir Colledani (ITA) 1:14:34
2. Martins Blums (LAT) 1:15:38
3. Petter Fagerhaug (NOR) 1:16:24
80. Peter Karinen (Calumet, Mich.) -1 LAP

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