By VeloNews Interactive
GT’s Steve Peat and Volvo-Cannondale’s Anne-Caroline Chausson repeated their round one World Cup downhill victories with wins at Vars, France, Sunday. After Saturday’s dual round was cancelled due to weather, conditions were still challenging for round two of the eight-race downhill series on Sunday. Temperatures were near freezing, with occasional rain and even snow falling on the muddy course.
Peat’s win, which came on his birthday, gives the British rider the upper hand on defending World Cup champion Nicolas Vouilloz of France. Vouilloz crashed near the end of his run and ended up finishing fifth. Vouilloz is now third overall in the series.
Australian Chris Kovarik (Intense) finished second, 1.32 seconds off of Peat’s winning time of 3:14, and now sits fourth overall in the series.
Team GT’s Frenchman Fabien Barel finished third, followed by Be-One’s Dutch rider Bas DeBever in fourth.
The women’s race was business as usual, with the exception of the surprising second-place run of Brit Fionn Griffiths, riding for Ancilotti Zeal. Americans Missy Giove (Global Racing), Leigh Donovan (Schwinn) and Marla Streb (Foes-Azonic) finished third through fifth respectively.
TISSOT-UCI WORLD CUP DOWNHILL SERIES ROUND 2, Vars, France. June 16.
1. Steve Peat (GB), GT, 3:14; 2. Chris Kovarik (Aus), Intense, at 1.32 seconds; 3. Fabien Barel (F), GT, at 2.81; 4. Bas De Bever (Nl), Be-One, at 5.95; 5. Nicolas Vouilloz (F), Vouilloz Racing, at 7.28; 6. Oscar Saiz (Sp), Be-One, at 8.35; 7. Mick Hannah (Aus), Global Racing, at 10.16; 8. Greg Minnaar (SA), Global Racing, at 10.18; 9. Cyril Lagneau (F), Taillefer, at 10.97; 10. Mickael Pascal (F), Be-One, at 12.04.
1. Anne-Caroline Chausson (F), Volvo-Cannondale, 3:47; 2. Fionn Griffiths (GB), Ancillotti Zeal, at 3.94 seconds; 3. Missy Giove (USA), Global Racing, at 4.42; 4. Leigh Donovan (USA), Schwinn, at 4.66; 5. Marla Streb (USA), Foes-Azonic, at 5.21; 6. Tracy Moseley (GB), Kona-Ford Focus, at 8.62; 7. Katja Repo (F), GT, at 10.30; 8. Sabrina Jonnier (F), RSP Import-Intense, at 11.46; 9. Sandra Walker (Swi), at 12.6; 10. Anneke Beerten (Nl), Be-One, at 14.04.
1. Peat, 445 points; 2. Barel, 370; 3. Vouilloz, 360; 4. Kovarik, 320; 5.. Pascal, 245.
1. Chausson, 500; 2. Giove, 345; 3. Donovan, 340; 4. Griffiths, 296; 5. Streb, 288