DH History in the Making | UCI MTB World Championship Winning Runs 2019 7

The flying French are back! What an incredible day in Mont-Saint-Anne for the 2019 UCI DH World Championships.

Loic Bruni made history by winning his fourth world title in five years at the UCI World Championships in Mont-Saint-Anne while Myriam Nicole stunned her rivals by winning the rainbow jersey to cap a dominant weekend for French riders in Canada. Here is all you need to know:

- Bruni has now won the world title four times in five years and is only the second rider ever to win three in a row.

- The Frenchman, 25, was the last man out the starting gate and attacked from the off in a bid to beat the time of Australian rider Troy Brosnan.

- Bruni proved he is the man for the big occasion and crossed the line first with a time of 4:05:455 to spark wild celebrations. Brosnan took second in front of Amaury Pierron.

- He said: “It is so hard to explain. I just crossed the line totally exhausted. It is insane. I didn’t really know what to do so I just attacked, which I don’t do so often. It was a bit of a struggle, but we put it together today. It was crazy. I didn’t have much pressure, I have done it before and it is only a bonus if I did it again. I was nervous, but just went for it.”

- 2016 Junior World Champion and home favourite Finn Iles, 20, was leading the race for a long period before settling for seventh.

- Nicole had not raced in any UCI World Cup events this season after badly breaking her foot in April and having surgery to repair the damage.

- Despite her lack of competition in 2019, she sent down a blistering time of 4:53.226 early on in the final to put herself firmly in the hot seat.

- Britain’s Tahnee Seagrave, herself returning in her first race back after shoulder surgery in June, also showed no signs of rustiness and pushed Nicole the closest to claim silver, just one second behind. - Frenchwoman Marine Cabirou completed the podium in third.

- It was a case of fourth time lucky for Nicole having been on the podium at the last three UCI World Championships. She won silver in 2016 and 2017 and bronze in 2018.

- The 2017 UCI MTB World Cup overall champion said: “Honestly I can’t talk. It was a tough comeback, many months struggling with my foot where I couldn’t even walk. I did a few mistakes but it was impossible to do a perfect run, it was so gnarly. It is really crazy. I had four months of rehab, so just did what I could and it worked.”

- Seagrave added: “I am stoked, it was unbelievable I was even in the start gate today. The fact I came down a close second, I can’t believe it.”

- On Saturday Pauline Ferrand-Prévot started the magical weekend for French riders by winning the XCO world title just months after having surgery on both legs.

Credit: Red Bull
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