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Loic Bruni Takes the Lead

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The long awaited opening round of the 2015 UCI World Cup Downhill in Lourdes, France would arrive to the circuit as an unknown for many. Having never hosted a World Cup in the past, this seemingly innocent venue would eventually prove daunting and action packed with its steep, rough and unforgiving terrain. Eventually sending many of the world’s elite home with detailed injury reports and others away with the leaders jersey. - Photo by Sven Martin


Although a seemingly fresh face on the World Cup circuit, Lourdes, France has long hosted French National races, giving many of the French contingent a local expertise on the technical course. 2012 Jr. World Champion and World Cup Overall Champion, Loic Bruni was undoubtedly the homeland favorite for the win after qualifying in first place. Steadily climbing his way up the Elite ranks the past two seasons, Bruni would be the last man on the hill as the only one left that could possibly unseat Aaron Gwin who had sat in the lead for the entire race due to an early start time from a mishap in qualifying the day earlier. - Photo by Victor Lucas


Bruni attacked the course looking strong and confident following close behind at each split from Gwin’s time. Appearing to be on the very edge from the start, Bruni would blast into the finish arena roaring with an electric crowd nearly three seconds ahead of second place but still not enough to unseat Gwin for the win. - Photo by Sven Martin


Finishing in third with an outrageously impressive ride was Michael Jones, a young rider out of the UK riding for the Chain Reaction Cycles / PayPal Team. Just behind Jones would be Danny Hart, starting the season off strong after a long stint off of the podium. All top four riders used SRAM X01 DH drivetrains and top three used SRAM brakes. - Photo by Victor Lucas

Standout ride of the weekend would surely be SRAM | TLD Team rider Luca Shaw finishing 11th in his first ever Elite World Cup Downhill race. A new bike and new season for the youngest Shaw proves momentum is at his back and his confidence on high. - Photo by Victor Lucas

Another standout result from the action packed weekend would be from Andrew Crimmins taking the win for the Junior Men’s category. Andrew has been busy racing the Australian National series and seems to be well on pace for the season to get underway. Emmeline Ragot would take the win for the Women’s field using SRAM X01 DH drivetrain. - Photo by Sven Martin



Women -

1st - Emmeline Ragot (MS Mondraker): SRAM X01 DH

Men -

1st - Aaron Gwin (Specialized): SRAM X01 DH, SRAM Guide RSC

2nd - Loic Bruni (Lapierre Gravity Republic): SRAM X01 DH, SRAM Guide RSC, RockShox BoXXer WC, RockShox Vivid R2C

3rd - Michael Jones (Chain Reaction / PayPal): SRAM X01 DH, SRAM Guide RSC, RockShox BoXXer WC, RockShox Vivid R2C

4th - Danny Hart (MS Mondraker): SRAM X01 DH

Jr. Men -

1st - Andrew Crimmins (Kona Factory Racing): SRAM X01 DH, SRAM Guide RSC, RockShox BoXXer WC, RockShox Vivid R2C, TRUVATIV BSS



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