La Bresse World Cup 2011 - Minnaar and Moseley win!

Aug 7, 2011 at 8:25
Aug 7, 2011
by Ian Hylands  
 
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Greg Minnaar and Tracy Moseley have won the La Bresse World Cup, followed by Gee Atherton and Aaron Gwin in the men's, and Floriane Pugin and Sabrina Jonnier for the women. With his 3rd place finish at La Bresse Aaron Gwin has become the first American to ever win the overall World Cup Title, and the first person to secure the title before the last race since 2000.

Big Minnaar is the only man to have beaten Aaron Gwin this season doing it twice now. Greg was killing it all day absolutely pinned through the second steep section where many were struggling. Never bet against him...
Big Minnaar is the only man to have beaten Aaron Gwin this season, doing it twice now. Greg was killing it all day, absolutely pinned through the second steep section where many were struggling. Never bet against him...

Mens Top 5

1. Greg Minnaar
2. Gee Atherton
3. Aaron Gwin
4. Fabien Barel
5. Cameron Cole

Womens Top 5

1. Tracy Moseley
2. Floriane Pugin
3. Sabrina Jonnier
4. Rachel Atherton
5. Emmeline Ragot

Complete Results at bottom...

The predicted rains finally fell Saturday night and it was almost biblical in proportions at times. Sunday morning was a whole new ball game. Full spikes deep ruts and HUGE puddles. Troy Brosnan was one of the first down and got the full mud treatment.
The predicted rains finally fell Saturday night, and it was almost biblical in proportions at times. Sunday morning was a whole new ball game. Full spikes, deep ruts and HUGE puddles. Troy Brosnan was one of the first down and got the full mud treatment.
Tracy Moseley on her winning run. The gap now between her and Floriane is exactly 250 points. Pretty much Tracy just has to roll across the finish line at Val di Sole and the overall is hers. But if for some reason she was unable to either qualify or race the season could potentially be a tie.
With 150 points between Tracy Moseley and Floriane Pugin, Moseley does not have the title completely locked up. Yet. But the way she's been dominating of late, the World Cup overall DH title will most likely be hers at Val di Sole.
Cam Cole on his finals run.
Cam Cole on his finals run.
It s been a rough year for Minaar the win here in La Bresse was a welcome won and just offset the sting of Aaron Gwin sealing the deal on the World Cup over all win.
It's been a rough year for Minaar; the win here in La Bresse was a welcome won, and just offset the sting of Aaron Gwin sealing the deal on the World Cup over all win.
Moseley savored this win. For all of 60 seconds--the amount of time it took her to polish off the entire bottle of champagne.
Moseley savored this win. For all of 60 seconds - the amount of time it took her to polish off the entire bottle of champagne.
MS Evil s Brook Macdonald had a rough day before qualifying on Saturday. He took a tumble in one of the steepest section sof the track and cartwheeled his way down it.
MS Evil's Brook Macdonald had a rough day before qualifying on Saturday. He took a tumble in one of the steepest section sof the track and cartwheeled his way down it.
Josh Bryceland had a rough day. He had a blazing run going until the last 50m. he blew his feet off the pedals and sailed off the the finish line gap with no hands or feet on the bars. Luckily Josh was okay and smiling in the pits a few minutres ago pride hurt but body not damaged.
Josh Bryceland had a rough day. He had a blazing run going until the last 50m. he blew his feet off the pedals and sailed off the the finish line gap with no hands or feet on the bars. Luckily Josh was okay and smiling in the pits a few minutes ago, pride hurt, but body not damaged.


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125 Comments

  • + 90
 So Gwinn is human after all...
  • + 3
 NIce one dude!
  • + 2
 i swear peaty came 4th??? maybe its just me...
  • + 9
 looks like peaty was disqualified for going out of the tape
  • + 1
 Yeah he musta got dq'd because he was 5th
  • + 19
 Fuck Gwin notice Barel in 4th!
  • + 19
 yeah fabien!!!!!
  • + 3
 Peaty got a DSQ for going out the tape at the top
  • + 20
 Gwin only needed top 8 to take the overall. I'm sure he went a little easier than he had to. No doubt he wanted to win, but I think that wreck at ft. william is still on his mind, and didn't want to blow it by going loose.
  • + 13
 Martin Whiteley was saying (and Gwin has said it himself) in the Freecaster commentary that Gwin is just out to win and didn't even know about the points before the race. He looked like he was making a lot of mistakes, to be honest I think the track and conditions just didn't suit him. He's an amazing rider but he's been lucky this year with the tracks as they've all played to his strengths, I'll be interested to see how he does at Champery as that couldn't be more different to PMB/Fort Bill/Windham.
  • + 1
 i missed this one, was rob warner commentating? any good quotes?
  • + 8
 No Rob Warner today, we had Nigel Page and Martin Whitely for most of it. Not the usual banter but a good job and great to have someone with Martin's wealth of knowledge laying down some stats!
  • + 5
 Rob wasnt commentating. He missed out as he's at the X-fighters this weekend
  • + 6
 Gwin "who" was out of his comfort zone, Happy For Minaar never count him out. But happier for Fabien killer run.
  • + 12
 WHOA! Gwin didn't win?!!! THIS CALLS FOR APPROPRIATELY TIMED MUSIC!!!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7g9WjcGdxuM
  • + 2
 JamisJammer95 Hahahahahahahaa!!! nice one
  • + 2
 Blenki DNS, Steve Peat DSQ.... That's ratshit!
  • + 1
 "Big Minnaar is the only man to have beaten Aaron Gwin this season.." Minaar 1st, Atherton 2nd, Gwin 3rd?
  • + 2
 he means that if gwin hasn't won, minaar did..
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  • + 26
 why is it that at the end of world cups gee and them are given flowers on the podium? we r not F1 drivers. In my opinion we should be given bike parts and fireworks by naked girls! much more suited for us downhillers Smile
  • + 7
 i dont think the guys on the podium need anymore free parts
  • + 4
 Speaking of the podium, can they please make a podium for five or just get three up there - having two standing on the ground at the sides doesn't look very pro at all.
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  • + 27
 Shame to see Barel announce his retirement today, true legend
  • + 9
 Couldn't care less who won after hearing that news
  • + 8
 what! noooooooo!!!!!!! when is he retiring??? after this season? Frown
  • + 1
 val di sole his last wc
  • + 3
 Hum maybe after the world champs, champery will be his last race
  • + 3
 Good result for him to retire on.
  • + 2
 Im not sure if hes doing world champs because he said himself val di sole will be his last
  • + 1
 Bad luck...
  • + 1
 Thats not true he said is doing champery
  • + 3
 Exactly SMMScotland, in fact he said Val di sole will be his last world cup and Champery his last world champ... Take care Fabien !
  • + 5
 Gutted man , he's one of my fave riders of all time ,fast , humble and honest
  • + 1
 yeah he is retiring after champrey :/ i hope after a few years he comes back out of retirement for a season, great rider and true legend
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  • + 6
 "Big Minnaar is the only man to have beaten Aaron Gwin this season, doing it twice now"
if gwin was in third and gee was second then that means gee beat him as well. just pointing it out that its not only minnaar who can beat gwin.
  • + 3
 I think what it means is that hes the only man to have taken wins away from Gwin. If you go by your logic 3 more people have beaten him
  • + 1
 yeah but even so, if minnaar never even raced, gee was still a faster time thus the win would of still been taken away. however i do understand what you mean im just being picky today.
  • + 4
 You're being pedantic. You know what they meant.
  • + 1
 using "if" will makes an endless argument . . . Big Grin
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  • + 6
 Props to Greg and Gee! They both had incredible almost identical strong runs. Soooo stoked for Aaron! No matter where you're from, you have to agree no one deserves the WC tittle more. He worked his ass off this year, and showed some pretty good skills. Way to go Gwinn!!
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  • + 9
 damn, Greg and Gee were on another level. I'm glad to see Brendan have a decent result too.
  • + 2
 I swear they where split from birth, such similar riders.
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  • + 4
 I wish they wouldn't post these bloody spoilers on the front page of pinkbike, i haven't had a chance to actually watch the WC yet and i already know who came first... thanks pinkbike
  • + 9
 I know how annoying that can be, but to be fair you must have expected that when you clicked on Pinkbike. If I'm trying to avoid sports results, I don't go clicking on sports websites! Still worth watching, even if you do know the results. A lot of drama today. Good race.
  • + 1
 aye, true, i guess i kind of forgot, but they could at least put the names of the winners in the article rather than in the title! Or just in smaller print on the front page. Oh well, I'm still going to watch the race, i only know who came first Wink
  • + 1
 If I haven't watched a race or event, I won't even go NEAR a computer...
  • + 1
 Pinkbike's my home page. I had to type freecaster.tv with my eyes closed this morning.
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  • + 3
 Barel explained in a interview that since his last big injury, he had been thinking about quiting racing and, even though he felt he "could" still be riding for 1 or 2 years he wasn't feeling like it, and has new project that would require his full time attention..so it was time to stop.
  • + 1
 big props to his riding yesterday !!
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  • + 7
 I thought today was Steve Smith's day Frown
  • + 14
 it's pretty rad that Stevie's gotten to the point where he gets 7th and people are wondering what happened...pretty flippin good result and puts him in fourth in the overall, yeah Stevie!!
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  • + 6
 To bad for Gwin. But its great to see Minnaar and Atherton back at it.
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  • + 6
 watching freecaster with out rob= lame
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  • + 6
 Minnaar looked like a powerhouse in all the pedaling sections
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  • + 1
 but his kind of tracks, this and fort bill where rather technical, more so than MSA, gee owns the tech and so does minaar, plus there both rad at the wet stuff. and even so they have more experience in the wet, another contributing factor
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  • + 3
 Damn that sucks if Barel is retiring, another legend gone, damn i'm feeling my age now Smile
  • + 4
 For sure....

Peat, Pascal, Klausmann, CG...

There are less and less old riders....

It was tle golden 90's :o)
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  • + 3
 it was a big shit what happened to josh rat boy he was going for a very nice result!
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  • + 4
 man they must be feeding minaar something over there at SCS....
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  • + 4
 check out Al Bond in the top 20!!!!!!!!!! good job!
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  • + 5
 Greg WINnaar.
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  • + 3
 well done to wee lew buchanan.another good run.fastest junior.
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  • + 3
 I've always thought Minaar is a champ. Well done, dude.
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  • + 3
 Gwin with the overall already though if my maths is on form.
  • + 2
 gwin won the overall
  • + 2
 Not officially? Yet../
  • + 2
 nigel paige sayed it on free caster u cannot pull back 300 and odd points in 1 round lol
  • + 3
 yeah.. you absolutely right!! haha i'm just being nit-picky. Big Grin
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  • + 1
 Overall Gwin for an American on an American brand frame and suspension! Great guy, confidence and work ethic.
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  • + 1
 What happened to Blinky, I didnt see his name in qualifiers and he DNS. Is he injured?
  • + 2
 They said he injured his knee in practice or something like that. Congrats to Gwin for the overall and Minnaar for the win.
  • + 3
 said on freecaster hes pulled a tendon, gonna have a scan soon though so we'll find out the damage then
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  • + 2
 Nice to see someone else on the podium, but shame for Barel to go.
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  • + 2
 Brilliant result for Joe Smith in 15th!
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  • + 2
 everyones times were sooo close!!!! awesome race!
  • + 3
 of course there gonna be close when the tracks 2 minutes
  • + 1
 i noticed that... -___-
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  • + 2
 Tracey moseley is doing well, keep it up....
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  • + 1
 Fabien Barel Announced his Retirement!
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  • + 1
 I missed Gracia Frown hopefully he'll be able to show his style again soon!
  • + 1
 Gracia is injured and out for this year....
  • + 2
 yeah I know, but he'll be back Smile
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  • + 1
 dammit i wanted stevie to win he did so good for qualifying
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  • + 1
 where was hill this weekend?
  • + 1
 just found out. F'ed up his shoulder again=/
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  • + 1
 jesus the brits went for it there. nice one lew :0
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  • + 1
 Great job Minnaar!!
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  • + 1
 so whats CG's injury?
  • + 1
 He dislocated his knee and ruptured two ligaments while racing in France if I'm right
  • + 1
 Yes during our french national championship... Too bad...
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 Misplaced post.
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