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Greg Minnaar Crowned 2021 Downhill MTB World Champion

The 2021 UCI Downhill MTB World Championships took place in Val di Sole, Italy over the weekend. South Africa’s Greg Minnaar claimed his fourth World Championship title, while Myriam Nicole won the Women’s title.

In the Men’s race Danny Hart went fastest at every split to take the hotseat. Remi Thirion and David Trummer, the silver and bronze medallists from Leogang last year, failed to go faster. Benoit Coulanges then claimed the lead after nailing his run and nervously watched on as Troy Brosnan came within 0.214 seconds of his lead.
Troy Brosnan competing at the 2021 UCI Downhill MTB World Championships Troy Brosnan – 3rd Place

Next up was Greg Minnaar and things got tense. The South African was up at split one but red at two and three. Minnaar began to claw back time further down the track, as he flew through the final berms to snatch the lead and send the crowd wild.
Benoit Coulanges competing at the 2021 UCI Downhill MTB World Championships Benoit Coulanges – 2nd Place

Loïc Bruni failed to threaten the leaders, as did World Cup leader Thibaut Daprela when a crash ended his chances. Loris Vergier was fastest through the first two splits but dropped back to 4th, leading to huge celebrations as Minnaar realised he had become a four-time champion.
Greg Minnaar competing at the 2021 UCI Downhill MTB World Championships and winning his fourth title.Greg Minnaar performs at UCI DH World Championships in Val di SoleGreg Minnaar – 1st Place

In the Women’s race, the first of the big names to tackle the course was the fastest qualifier, Vali Holl. The Austrian once again fell foul to race day demons with a crash ending her bid for glory. Despite putting together a smooth run Tahnée Seagrave sensed others would go faster. Eleanora Farina was pushing hard and on pace but just missed out on the hot seat, finishing 0.188 down on Seagrave’s time.
Camille Balanche competing at the 2021 UCI Downhill MTB World Championships Camille Balanche – 3rd Place

Marine Cabirou was 1.179 down at the first split but her aggressive style saw her throw everything at the course and she crossed the line a staggering 5.454 seconds ahead of Seagrave. Defending World Champion Camille Balanche was quick all the way down and absolutely sent the final jump to finish just 1.272 seconds off the pace in second place.
Marine Cabirou competing at the 2021 UCI Downhill MTB World Championships Marine Cabirou – 2nd Place

Myriam Nicole was the final competitor to tackle the course. Dropping into the final turn Nicole was absolutely flying as she crossed the line a huge 4.827 seconds ahead of Cabirou to claim the rainbow jersey.
Myriam Nicole competing at the 2021 UCI Downhill MTB World Championships Myriam Nicole – 1st Place

Men’s Results
1st Greg Minnaar 3:28.963
2nd Benoit Coulanges 3:29.190
3rd Troy Brosnan 3:29.404
4th Loris Vergier 3:30.129
5th Danny Hart 3:30.813
6th Loic Bruni 3:31.934
7th Matt Walker 3:32.122
8th David Trummer 3:32.123
9th Finn Iles 3:33.352
10th Luca Shaw 3:33.897
36th Theo Erlangsen 3:42.131
61st Johann Potgieter 3:56.496

Women’s Results
1st Myriam Nicole 4:06.243
2nd Marine Cabirou 4:11.070
3rd Camille Balanche 4:12.342
4th Monika Hrastnik 4:15.328
5th Tahnee Seagrave 4:16.024
6th Eleonora Farina 4:16.212
7th Mille Johnset 4:16.307
8th Jessica Blewitt 4:17.916
9th Veronika Widmann 4:19.693
10th Emilie Siegenthaler 4:25.714
26th Beani Thies 5:16.237

Greg Minnaar and Myriam Nicole celebrates at UCI DH World Championships in Val di SoleGreg Minnaar and Myriam Nicole

Photos by Bartek Wolinski / Red Bull Content Pool.

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