Fort William – Men’s World Cup Downhill Results

The dreich failed to dampen spirits in Fort William, as the packed track and spectator stands saw a race fought down to just tenths of a second.

After a British 1-2-3 in qualifying, home crowd expectations were high, but American Aaron Gwin showed once again why he’s the man of the moment. There were no repeats of his Val Di Sole walkover though, Danny Hart crossing the line just 0.8s behind, despite putting in a massive effort in the driving rain to a home crowd that gave him every last ounce of encouragement.

Fort William Winners

With Danny’s run out of the way, the home crowd’s expectations were pinned on GT Factory Racing riders Gee Atherton and Marc Beaumont, the fastest men in qualifying. Gee’s run was close, but only enough for third place, while Marc Beaumont suffered a nightmare that left him trailing 32s off the pace.

Sam Hill put in a performance that left him with fourth place and Josh Bryceland had an excellent day, taking fifth place.

Steve Peat could file his race under nightmare as well; an injury leaving him out of contention.

Results

Rank Name Nat. Age* Result
1 Aaron GWIN USA 25 4:48.21
2 Danny HART GBR 21 4:49.04
3 Gee ATHERTON GBR 27 4:50.72
4 Samuel HILL AUS 27 4:51.74
5 Josh BRYCELAND GBR 22 4:53.26
6 Greg MINNAAR RSA 31 4:53.33
7 Joseph SMITH GBR 22 4:55.14
8 Sam DALE GBR 22 4:55.35
9 Matthew SIMMONDS GBR 25 4:55.59
10 Cameron COLE NZL 24 4:55.77
11 RĂ©mi THIRION FRA 22 4:55.92
12 Samuel BLENKINSOP NZL 24 4:56.24
13 Andrew NEETHLING RSA 28 4:56.33
14 Luke STROBEL USA 26 4:57.16
15 Michael HANNAH AUS 29 4:57.48
16 Loic BRUNI FRA 18 4:57.82
17 Greg WILLIAMSON GBR 20 4:57.86
18 Nick BEER SUI 25 4:59.35
19 Steve SMITH CAN 23 4:59.39
20 Bryn ATKINSON AUS 30 5:02.04
21 George BRANNIGAN NZL 20 5:02.34
22 Patrick THOME FRA 21 5:02.40
23 Lewis BUCHANAN GBR 19 5:03.07
24 Mitchell DELFS AUS 23 5:03.20
25 Richard THOMAS GBR 24 5:03.33
26 Filip POLC SVK 30 5:03.49
27 Ben REID IRL 26 5:03.57
28 Pierre Charles GEORGES FRA 26 5:03.96
29 Brendan FAIRCLOUGH GBR 24 5:04.20
30 Johannes FISCHBACH GER 24 5:04.36

Full results are on the UCI Website here.

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