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By Jason Sumner, VeloNews Associate Editor
Steve Peat’s dream season has been put on the shelf for awhile. According to Peat’s GT team manager Dean Golich, the British downhill star will miss 3-4 weeks after suffering a third-degree shoulder separation in a training-run crash at the World Cup stop in Grouse Mountain outside Vancouver, British Columbia last Thursday.
That means Peat will definitely miss the next World Cup race, stop No. 4 July 14-15 in Durango, Colorado, and is questionable for race No. 5 at Arai, Japan, July 28-29.
Prior to the injury, Peat had been having the best season of career. He’d won five straight races — Sea Otter, Maribor, Vars, Snowshoe and Deer Valley –- and had taken over the No. 1 spot in the UCI downhill rankings.
Peat crashed on the short course at Grouse when one of his hands came off his bars and he was pitched off his bike into a tree. Two days later he left Canada and headed home to England, where his personal doctors could evaluate him.
With Peat out of action, teammate Fabien Barel stepped up and won the downhill at Grouse. Barel’s win also moved him into first place in the overall World Cup standings. Peat fell to fourth, behind Chris Kovarik, who was second at Grouse, and Nicolas Vouilloz.