Steve Peat and Tracy Moseley qualify fastest at Windham. Minaar qualifies ahead of Atherton, but not enough to take the overall lead, it's all up to Sunday's race.Photos and info inside...
Steve Peat qualified first today at the Windham Mountain World Cup Finals, finishing almost a second and half ahead of second place qualifier Aaron Gwin. Sam Blenkinsop qualified 3rd, followed by Greg Minaar and then Gee Atherton. Greg partially dislocated his elbow during a crash in practice yesterday and as of last night it was unsure whether or not he would even compete today. After finishing one place ahead of Gee in qualifying today he is now only 4 points behind for the World Cup overall title, and Gee and Greg are guaranteed first and second place now. Only Greg can take the title away from Gee at this point, so tomorrow's race will be battle between the two for the title.
Unfortunately Mick Hannah broke his collarbone in practice today and won't be racing again this season...
In the womens qualifying Tracy Moseley put in a blazing run to qualify first a full 4.5 seconds ahead of Emmeline Ragot and over 10 seconds ahead of Myriam Nicole in 3rd. Jill Kintner qualified 7th in her first ever World Cup Downhill race.
Steve Peat on his way to qualifying first
and Peaty through the rock garden in practice
Aaron Gwin qualifying 2nd
Sam Blenkinsop qualifying 3rd
Greg beat Gee in qualifying but not by enough. Gee still retains the overall lead by 4 points going into Sunday's race.
Gee Atherton, only Minaar can beat him now for the overall, it all comes down to Sunday. Gee or Greg, winner take all...
Gee in practice this morning
Tracy Moseley qualified first by 4.5 seconds
More photos from Ian Hylands here
and Jake Hamm here