Frenchman Pierron marks Bastille Day weekend with Les Gets win

Amaury Pierron produced a ferocious run down the Les Gets course to hand France a famous men's UCI MTB World Cup downhill win on Bastille Day weekend as Australian Tracey Hannah boosted her women's overall lead with victory.

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Amaury Pierron


Briton Laurie Greenland had threatened to spoil the French Alps party mood with a great run to set a time that most of the leading qualifiers failed to beat.


After Troy Brosnan and Loris Vergier fell just short, world champion Loic Bruni stormed down the dusty course to bring the crowd to their feet at the finish.


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Loris Vergier


Reigning World Cup champion Pierron, though, was a man possessed with his phenomenal sliding speed at the top setting up the chance of victory which he duly delivered on by an amazing 2.352 seconds.


It was Pierron's second 2019 win after Fort William with Bruni's overall lead now cut to just 110 points heading into the Val di Sole stop in Italy.


Pierron said: "It was just so good. The crowd in France was just mental all the way along. I knew I was good at the top, then I was on the edge and nearly crashed. I was sliding everywhere. That was my limit. The level this year is so high. I am going to fight for it."


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Bruni explained: "Amaury was on fire all weekend. I was a little bit too conservative. Maybe I was thinking too much of the overall to win this one. The crowd was insane. It was so loud the whole way down. Amaury is a big threat now and it will be a good end of season."


In the women's race, Hannah took advantage of Rachel Atherton's injury to win from France's Marine Cabirou with El Salvador's Mariana Salazar a popular third.


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Tracey Hannah


Hannah, who also won the Leogang stop, revealed: "I haven't had two wins in one year before. To back it up after quali, I am proving something to myself and my team. To take the win is pretty mind blowing."


Cabirou, 22, said: "Race after race I am more confident and I am really happy. I am sad for Rachel, but it is more open for the other girls and good for the next race."


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