First elite UCI MTB World Cup win for Seagrave

First elite UCI MTB World Cup win for Seagrave

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Tahnee Seagrave won her first ever UCI MTB World Cup round with a stunning ride in Leogang.

The British rider, representing Transition Bikes / FMD Factory Racing, already had a second place under her belt in this season's competition, but found her way to the top of the podium in perfect conditions in Austria.

The 21-year-old qualified second fastest, behind series leader Tracey Hannah (Polygon UR) which meant she was the penultimate rider to set a time over the fast, dry course.

She produced a near faultless run, over half a second faster than her then nearest rival, Miriam Nicole (Commercial / Vallnord), a lead that she stretched out to over two and a half seconds by the time she crossed the line.

That left just Hannah, winner at Fort William last week to ride - but the Australian couldn't match the blistering pace set by Seagrave, crossing the line over half a second behind.

Fellow Brit Manon Carpenter (Radon Factory Downhill Team) just missed out on the podium, finishing fourth.

Tahnee Seagrave tops the podium at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Leogang

That result - and first ever elite world cup win - puts Seagrave second in the overall world cup standings on 504 points, 131 behind Hannah who still leads.

Carpenter is now fourth on 445 points while Rachel Atherton, who was forced to miss this weekend's racing after dislocating her shoulder in last weekend's round in Scotland, is sixth on 290.

Elite men

In the elite men's competition, Bernard Kerr (Pivot Factory Racing) was unfortunate to miss out on a podium place, finishing fifth behind eventual winner Aaron Gwin (The YT Mob), just over four seconds off the top spot.

Bernard Kerr finished fifth at the UCI MTB World Cup in Leogang

Kerr pipped countryman Laurie Greenland into fifth place, beating him by less than two-tenths of a second, while world champion Danny Hart had his best world cup result of the season so far by finishing 11th.

There was further success for British riders in the junior men's competition, with four young Brits finishing in the top ten.

Matt Walker (Madison Saracen Factory Team) finished second behind race winner Finley Iles (Specialized Gravity) of Canada.

 

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Kade Edwards (Trek Factory Racing DH) finished third, with Kaos Seagrave (Transition Bikes / FMD Factory Racing) fourth and Joe Breeden (Intense Racing UK) in sixth.

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