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RESULTS - 2021 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Downhill

After a longer than usual week of preparations, finals day dawned and it almost seemed a bit surreal that it was go time already. A bit of afternoon rain on the previous day helped keep the beat-up track relatively fresh, and the juniors took to the hill in good conditions. Bulgaria's Izabela Yankova made good on her excellent season, taking the Junior Women's win and the stripes with a comfortable margin (it would probably have been less comfortable had Phoebe Gale not been out with an injury). As for the Junior Men, Jackson Goldstone took another step on the journey he started so long ago now, having spent many years in the spotlight already despite his very young age. From going viral with a balance bike air at age 4 to Junior World Champ, it seems like it was always meant to be. Defending champ, Ireland's Oisin O'Callaghan, was leading after split 3, but eventually dropped back to 6th place at the finish.

When the Elite Women took to the track, the story was meant to be about Vali v. Myriam. Anti-climactically, Vali dropped in 10 riders from the end (as per her current World Cup ranking), and once again she would end up making a mistake that cost her any shot at the win. She appeared to go offline over a tricky stump section, and washed out her front wheel resulting in a pretty heavy slam. Vali clearly has the speed, but she still needs to figure out how to put it all together when it really matters. With a ton of experience to draw on, Myriam Nicole knows how to do just that, and she laid down an incredibly fast and smooth run to take 4 seconds off the fastest qualifying time and secure her second career World Champs title. Marine Cabirou had a clean run as well, giving France another 1-2 finish at Worlds, while reigning champ Camille Balanche came home in third.

Myriam Nicole Post-Race Interview

Myriam Nicole with Massive Champagne Bottle LOL

 

Greg Minnaar Post-Race Interview

Benoit Coulanges Interview

Elite Men's Highlights

  • Brook Macdonald had a mechanical issue. Gutted, but safe.
  • Amaury Pierron, DNF. Unsure at this time what happened.
  • Antione Vidal, third-place qualifier, dropped in early and held onto the hotseat for a while with a 3:34, just two seconds off Loris Vergier's first-place qualifier of 3:32. Rain started during Breeden's run (about 25 riders remaining), and while it wasn't a major downpour, Dean Lucas, who dropped in shortly after Breeden, communicated that the roots were slick. "If it stops, things should dry up quickly," said Lucas in a post-run interview. The rain let up and the sun came back out.
  • Laurie Greenland, a contender for a victory, kicked off the Top 20. He came into view with dirt on his leg indicating he had a mishap on the upper part of his run, dashing hopes for a good result.
  • Andreas Kolb had a fantastic run, looking calm, composed and smooth the entire way down. Down on the upper splits, he remained fluid and crossed the line .2 ahead of Vidal taking over the hotseat.
  • Dakotah Norton, #USDH destroyer, was up on splits and got off line near the bottom, going off track and crashing. Gutted for Dak, but glad he's ok. He was smashing the track!
  • Reece Wilson's runs need to be sponsored by a blood pressure medicine because he's so gnarly! Flawless, pushing, in the green. On the massive ski jump huck out of the woods, he front flatted. He would have likely been ahead, but nope. #mechanical. Heart-break for the 2020 World Champ.
  • Angel Suarez was WAY UP on splits and so smooth! An unfortunate wash-out on took him out of contention.
  • Finn Iles holds it together, is up through all splits, taking the technical inside line through the last piece of woods and takes the hotseat by .649.
  • Luca Shaw, #USDH frontman, clean, precise and effortless, just off Finn's pace into 2nd place by .545. 10 riders remain.
  • Danny Hart! He kept the air in his tires and ran a flawless run. He came to win and made it hard to challenge his effort, crossing the line with a 3:30, fastest time of the week so far and into the hotseat with 9 to go.
  • Remi Thirion, style for miles, but not the result he'd like today.
  • David Trummer kept progressing the entire way down, clawing back time with a very solid run, 1.5 off of Danny into second.
  • Benoit Coulanges, French National Champ, with the run of his life! Holding nothing back, using his long legs to absorb the gnar, remain precise and take the hotseat from Danny by 1.6 seconds with a 3:29.19. Insane.
  • Troy Brosnan, on it the whole way down, dancing over the roots and rocks, making up time the whole way, but it was not his day, just .214 off Coulanges' time.
  • Matt Walker, valiant, clean, smooth and into 4th place.
  • The GOAT doing GOAT things! Greg freaking Minnaar over a second down at the first split and just being a hunter the whole way down, stalking the clock and Coulanges' time. He had to have flown 400 feet off the ski jump, railed the Sam Hill corner and sprinted to the line in the green by .227.
  • Loic Bruni, a great run, but not on the pace today, and who fault him considering he fell out of the sky in qualifying two days ago. Two o of the gnarliest riders to go, Minnaar guaranteed a medal.
  • Shocker of the weekend? Loris Vergier, up by 1.7 seconds at the 2nd split and just constantly lost time the whole way down and ended up in 4th with a 3:30. Gutted. Thibaut Daprela remains, Minnaar and Coulanges guaranteed medals. Biting nails!
  • Daprela, down at first two splits, then washes out! Greg Minnaar takes ANOTHER World Championships victory. UNREAL. Greg's first World Champs win was in 2003, 18 years ago!
  • Top 3 separated by just .441 seconds with Greg in 1st, Coulanges in 2nd and Brosnan in 3rd.

The GOAT getting GOATier every single day!

What was Minnaar doing 20 years ago?

2021 UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Champion, Greg Minnaar

2021 World Championship Downhill Results - Elite Men

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2021 World Championship Downhill Results - Elite Women

2021 UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Champion, Myriam Nicole

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2021 World Championship Downhill Results - Junior Men

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2021 World Championship Downhill Results - Junior Women

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