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Fast Fionn wins again

Britain’s Fionn Griffiths has moved up to second in the overall UCI World Cup DH rankings, just 14 points behind the leader. And who’s the leader? Britain’s Tracy Moseley. Yay for Britain! Fionn won this weekend’s World Cup DH at Grouse Mountain, Canada, following on from her win at Mont Ste Anne the other week. The course was short but fast, with Griffiths’s winning time of 2:17.29 being just 0.63 seconds ahead of second placed Sabrina Jonnier. Kathy Pruitt and Marla Streb filled third and fourth spots, while Missy Giove just edged Tracy Moseley out of the final podium spot. Tracy’s sixth place was enough to maintain her overall series lead, though, and with Brits in first and second spot things are looking good for the title…

It’s not so rosy in the men’s event, though. Defending champ Steve Peat placed a lowly 46th. The men’s race saw many of the big names down the tubes – Cedric Gracia was 48th, Chris Kovarik 45th, Greg Minnaar 51st… A downpour late in the day meant that fast qualifiers got a tricky deal, while slower qualifiers had the advantage of a drier course, putting plenty of less often seen faces up the front. The winner was Gary Houseman with 2:06.26 (brother Rich was 7th), with Ivan Oulego Moreno and Kurt Voreis both within a second of him. Fourth was Colin Bailey, and rounding out the podium was up-and-coming Brit Stuart Thomson with what we’re pretty sure is his best World Cup result to date. Good work, fella…

Gracia retains his series lead, though, just four points ahead of Nathan Rennie. Steve Peat’s hopes of a successful title defence have evaporated, though – he’s in seventh place, 255 points down with just one round to go. The final round is at Kaprun, Austria on 13/14 September.


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