Sunday, June 4, was held in Fort William (Scotland), the second race for the Downhill World Cup 2017. The race, despite the favorable weather, was, however, hard and challenging due to a section of the track crossed by the water.
To win over the famous Scottish track was South African Greg Minnaar, who won his seventh success at Fort William (the third consecutive). Minnaar's victory is bound to remain in the history of the downhill, as it is the first win with a 29-inch bike, the Santa Cruz V10 Carbon 29.
Minnaar, after an unlucky race start, triumphed with 4'40''344, ahead of Jack Moir (+2''979) and Aaron Gwin (+3''799). Fourth place for Marcelo Gutierrez (+4''490), followed by Remi Thirion (+4''676).
The one obtained by Greg Minnaar is the 20th World Cup victory, a result that makes it one of the most successful riders ever in the world. Minnaar is now the new leader of the World Cup, with only 2 points ahead of Gutierrez. Moir is 3rd.
In the video here we can review the winning run of Minnaar at Fort William. To note how the South African recovered after an unsuccessful start and made the difference in the most difficult stretch, where athletes found difficulties.
The next appointment with the Downhill World Cup will be held in Leogang (Austria) from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 June 2017.