Gwin Wins Fifth World Cup Downhill Title; Courtney Wraps up U23 XC Crown
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).
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.
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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
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
1. Nino Schurter (SUI) 1:24:30
2. Stephane Tempier (FRA) 1:24:34
3. Julien Absalon (FRA) 1:25:17
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
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
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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