World Cup Five: MSA8th AUG 2017

Mont Sainte Anne - Round Five

After practice, timed training, and qualifications taking place under clear, sunny skies, the heavens opened over Mont-Sainte-Anne, and delivered one of the wildest World Cup races in memory. If you missed it, it's definitely worth watching the replay over on Redbull TV. Greg qualified third, but washed out of a berm and received a DSQ for his run, Luca qualified fifth, but ended up 53rd, and Loris qualified sixth and finished 57th. Santa Cruz Engineering tech and local fast guy, Kiran Mackinnon, qualified 56th but pulled out a 15th place finish, his best ever at a World Cup.

Aaron Gwin laid down an absolute scorcher of a run, taking the win on the day and narrowing the gap to Greg's overall lead to just 33 points. Three weeks to Val di Sole, and the final World Cup of the season!

The Santa Cruz Syndicate's Loris Vergier at Mont Sainte Anne

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Getting down the infamously rocky MSA course safely was the top priority.

Loris looking back while the Syndicate team walks the track at the Mont Sainte Anne World Cup downhill

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Sunnier days at trackwalk.

Luca turning down out of the berm during practice at the Mont Sainte Anne World Cup downhill

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Sunshine and turndowns for Luca in practice

The Syndicate's Greg Minnaar on course at the Mont Sainte Anne World Cup downhill race

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Airing over the slippery stuff.

Kiran Mackinnon flying over the final jump

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Santa Cruz Bicycles employee Kiran MacKinnon finishing his best-ever run at a World Cup—he'd end the day in 15th.

Luca Shaw on course at the Mont Sainte Anne world cup downhill race

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The rain was falling in waves at this point—Luca Shaw keeping it upright over the chunky part.

Minnaar's mud-covered kit at the Mont Sainte Anne World Cup downhill race

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Clean shoes + dirty pants = front wheel washout

Loris Vergier of the Santa Cruz Syndicate on the final jump at the Mont Sainte Anne World Cup downhill race

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Loris Vergier scrubs in for surgery

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