Tracey Hannah (Polygon UR) has broken through for her first UCI MTB Mercedes Benz World Cup win in two years with victory at Leogang, Austria overnight.
The Cairns rider was more than two seconds ahead of Germany’s Nina Hoffman in silver and Kate Weatherly in the bronze.
The Aussie’s run was perfectly balanced amid the dusty conditions, which she admitted suited her, and she was duly rewarded with her first win of 2019.
“I’ve won three World Cups, but none of the World Cups I’ve won Rachel has started in. I’ve finally had the chance to be strong enough and fit enough to give her a run for her money. That means more to me than the World Cup win alone; racing against her and being able to win.”
Hannah was the last down the hill after she topped qualifying for the third straight world cup, and it paid off as the win handed her the overall lead heading into Vallnord, Andorra on July 5.
There was more Aussie flavour in the men with Troy Brosnan (Canyon Factory Downhill Team) once again featuring on the podium with a third place behind the flying Frenchman Loic Bruni (Specialized Gravity) and South African Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate).
Brosnan was only 0.746 behind the current world champion but will retain the overall leaders jersey.
Connor Fearon (Kona Factory Team) would record his best result this season inside the top 10, with Dean Lucas (Scott Downhill Factory) 18th and former teammate Jack Moir (Intense Factory Racing) 23rd.
Brosnan’s factory teammate Kye A’Hern (Canyon Factory Downhill Team) also featured on the podium with a second in the junior men while Luke Meier-Smith would improve his plate number by one spot to seventh and Cassie Voysey finished just shy of the podium in the junior women in fourth.
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