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The downhill season rounds off in style with a classic in La Bresse. Watch the highlights, winning runs and read the report from a rain-soaked final stop of the UCI DH World Cup in France right here.
All the points for this weekend’s racing came down to the final run. With no points up for grabs in qualification, there were an extra 50 points available in the final to make sure that the fight for the overall title came down to the wire.
There was very little in it between contenders Tahnée Seagrave and Rachel Atherton, with 110 points separating the two. The battle that had been raging all season long came down to the wet final World Cup run of 2018. After the huge amount of rain that had fallen in the previous 24 hours, the riders would need all the experience they could call upon to deal with the tricky course conditions.
Atherton blasted over the line with the fastest time, taking the World Cup overall title and making history as the first woman to win six titles in the process.
Rain was coming down hard as the Elite Men started to come down the hill. One rider who excelled in these conditions was one of the early starters, Bernard Kerr. The British rider sat in the hot seat early on, with a time of 2m 31.009s, which was already faster than Gee Atherton’s qualifying time the day before.
All eyes were on Gee Atherton to see what he could do given his qualifying win, and he didn’t disappoint. The Brit looked like he was going to overhaul Maes’s time after posting faster times in the first three splits, but he lost time in the bottom part of the course to finish outside the Belgian’s time by over a 1.3s. Atherton now sat second, with Thirion third.
Loïc Bruni, Brook Macdonald and Amaury Pierron. All three pushed hard, and at various points looked like challenging Maes’s leading time, before losing time and speed in that key middle sector.
Pierron came the closest, but slid out on a flat, high speed grassy turn within sight of the line. This end his hopes and confirmed a shock first World Cup win for Maes.
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