Risk was rewarded at today’s UCI World Cup Downhill race in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. What looked to be another Gwin-dominated weekend took a turn when first-place qualifier Danny Hart laid down a wild lap in the final run of the day, taking his first-ever World Cup win by one tenth of a second.
It’s been a long time coming for the Redcar, England, native, who famously won the 2011 World Championships in Champéry by 11 seconds. Hart was slightly off Gwin’s pace up top and lost more time through the middle section of the course, but pulled back time at the bottom for an exhilarating conclusion to the day. Greg Minnaar took third, Remi Thirion finished fourth and Connor Fearon rounded out the podium in fifth.
Rachel Atherton continued her now-11-win streak, but second-place finisher Tahnee Seagrave pulled across the line less than a second behind, suggesting that perhaps the expiration date on Atherton’s dominance isn’t too far off. Myriam Nicole, Manon Carpenter and Emilie Siegenthaler rounded out the Elite Women’s podium. Finn Iles was fastest in the Junior class.
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