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UCI MTB DH#2 La Bresse – Women\’s and Men\’s Final Report, Results, Photos – Jonnier and Peat Win

by Fraser Britton

May 10, 2009 (La Bresse, France) – The rain started to fall halfway through the men here in France, but didn’t keep the best of the best from ending up on the podium. Steve Peat (GBR) Santa Cruz Syndicate took home the win with a 2:07.14 in front of a massive crowd – not one of whom left when the skies opened up. Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy/Specialized/Mad Cat was close on his heels, but just couldn’t touch the master who once again proved he still has it one week after becoming a father for the second time to a baby boy named George. Mick Hannah (AUS) GT was third, adding to his success in Africa.

Peat was mobbed in the finish area by hundreds of French fans and barely made it to the podium. “I just tried to hold my lines up top and be smooth. It feels great to get one for George!”

Steve Smith (MS Evil Racing) was the top Canadian male in 15th place, only six seconds back. “I went safe up top because I thought it would be wet. Somehow the woods were super grippy and dry and by the time I let go of the brakes, I’d lost too much time. Besides that it was a really good run. I love this track!”

For the women it was Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain winning for her home crowd with plenty of family and friends in attendance. Jonnier sprinted to the line to stop the clock at 2:28.57 putting a huge 5-second margin on second place. Tracy Moseley (Gbr) Trek World Racing brought home second place while France’s man Myriam Nicole was third.

“I was super upset when I left Africa,”Jonnier said. “I needed to go home. I went and spent three weeks with my family it was just awesome to win today in France. I lost my grandad last month, so i wanted to put a smile on my mom’s face. Last year was pretty crap for me, I’m back!”

Top Canadian finisher for the women was Micayla Gatto (Can) Commencal in 19th place after a huge crash in the first corner. “I had to hike back up and get my bike in the fastest section, it wasn’t great. I was conservative after that and just had fun.” Claire Buchar (Chain Reactions/Intense) was suffering from a bout of the flu and Danice Uyesegi managed to snap both her frame and fork in half during her race run, but came away unscathed.



1. Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 2:28.57
2. Tracy Moseley (Gbr) Trek World Racing 2:33.59
3. Myriam Nicole (Fra) 2:34.78
4. Mio Suemasa (Jpn) 2:35.36
5. Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center 2:35.89
6. Céline Gros (Fra) Morzine-Avoriaz 74 2:37.50
7. Fionn Griffiths (Gbr) Norco World Team 2:38.12
8. Melissa Buhl (USA) 2:38.54
9. Floriane Pugin (Fra) Iron Horse-Kenda-Playbiker 2:38.58
10. Emilie Siegenthaler (Sui) STT 2:41.29
11. Petra Bernhard (Aut) Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team 2:42.06
12. Miriam Ruchti (Sui) Team Vario Racing 2:42.08
13. Joanna Petterson (RSA) 2:44.51
14. Diana Marggraff (Ecu) 2:45.98
15. Helen Gaskell (Gbr) 2:46.67
16. Anita Molcik (Aut) 2:47.54
17. Jessica Stone (Gbr) 2stage Factory 2:51.21
18. Antje Kramer (Ger) 2:51.26
19. Micayla Gatto (Can) Commencal 2:51.66
20. Caroline Sax (Fra) 2:57.09

DNF Danice Uyesugi (Can)

Men (brief)

1. Steve Peat (Gbr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 2:07.14
2. Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy/Specialized/Mad Cat 2:08.41
3. Michael Hannah (Aus) GT Bicycles 2:09.00
4. Brendan Fairclough (Gbr) 2:09.99
5. Gee Atherton (Gbr) Animal Commencal 2:11.15
6. Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 2:11.36
7. Mickael Pascal (Fra) MSC Bikes 2:11.70
8. Andrew Neethling (RSA) Trek World Racing 2:11.98
9. Samuel Blenkinsop (Nzl) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 2:12.15
10. Justin Leov (Nzl) Trek World Racing 2:12.28

15. Steve Smith (Can) MS Evil Racing 2:13.20

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