Mont Ste Anne World Cup 2017 - Final Results
Once again, unfortunately, weather played a part in the results of the men's World Cup Final. Rain moved in on Saturday afternoon and coated the rough course at Mont-Ste-Anne with a thick layer of water and mud.
In the end, it would be Aaron Gwin that emerged victorious, storming the slippery track in a time of 4:18:426 (16 seconds slower than his qualifying time, to give an idea of how much slower the wet track was running). Following in 2nd place was Dean Lucas with a 4:19:484, after a long time on the hot seat while the fastest qualifiers struggled with the rain-soaked track and were unable to overcome the terrible visibility. Danny Hart finished 3rd, showing once again that he is one of the best in muddy, slippery conditions, just 1.42 seconds off the winning time. Loic Bruni finished fourth after a valiant effort that looked like it might be successful, before fading in the last 30 seconds of his run.
1. Aaron Gwin 4:18.426
2. Dean Lucas 4:19.484
3. Danny Hart 4:19.846
4. Loic Bruni 4:21.684
5. Mike Jones 4:21.858
World Cup points leader Greg Minnaar crashed off course in the early part of his run (we didn't see it in the broadcast) and it was announced shortly after final results were tallied that he had been disqualified - likely because he didn't re-enter the racetrack at his exact point of departure. In any case, his time was well off the pace and he had finished 75th or so. Tough day for the G.O.A.T.
Catch the replay of the men's race here.
The Elite Women's field proved just as riveting, with Tahnee Seagrave taking the top spot with a blistering run of 4:46.723 on the brand new Transition TR 11. Myriam Nicole would follow with a time of 4:52.460, while Tracey Hannah nursed a flat tire home to 3rd place with a 04:58.779, which possibly could have been one step higher had she kept the air in, although she was certainly running a tire insert which kept her tire on the rim and allowed her to continue to ride fairly aggressively. Emilie Siegenthaler and Rachel Atherton rounded out 4th and 5th, separated by a tenth of a second with times of 4:59.476 and 4:59.549 respectively. Just under 8 tenths separated 3rd through 5th, and it's worth going back to watch Rachel Atherton's run just to see her amazing recovery off of the Stevie Smith rock drop. Warner called it "the recovery of the century" and many feel like that wasn't an overstatement.
Get the complete results below, and stay tuned for the final round of the season at Val di Sole on August 26th.