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Great Britain’s Steve Peat (Santa Cruz Syndicate) won his 16th World Cup race May 10 in La Bresse, France, tying Frenchman Nicolas Vouilloz’ record for wins in the series.
Vouilloz, mountain biking’s winningest male downhiller, collected 16 World Cup victories and seven world championships between 1993 and 2002.
Peat also took over the series lead from teammate Greg Minnaar, who won the opener in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
“I’m very happy to win after such a long time,” said Peat. “It’s good to keep the jersey in the team.”
Peat beat Australian Sam Hill (Monster-Specialized) by 1.27 seconds, with Mick Hannah (GT), Brendan Fairclough (Monster-Specialized) and Gee Atherton (Animal-Commençal) rounding out the podium.
In women’s racing, Frenchwoman Sabrina Jonnier (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) beat Brit Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing) by more than five seconds to win her first World Cup of the season.
“I’m super happy to give Maxxis-Rocky Mountain its first World Cup win,” Jonnier said. “I was very happy to win in France. It was a very important win because it was my first of the year, and I wanted to show that I am still one of the best downhillers.”