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Minnaar closes in on Gwin

2015-08-03 10:47
Greg Minnaar

Cape Town - South Africa's Greg Minnaar has narrowed the gap on Aaron Gwin at the top of the UCI MTB Downhill World Cup standings. 

Minnaar raced to fourth place over the weekend in the fifth leg of the World Cup season at Mont-Saint-Anne, Canada. It wasn't the best result for the 33-year-old Pietermaritzburger who had won two of the previous four meets, but Gwin finished seventh and Minnaar is now in with a sniff just 70 points behind the American with two rounds to go.

But then there is also the small matter of 21-year-old Frenchman Loic Bruni, who finished second on Saturday. Bruni is ahead of Minnaar in the standings and now moves to within 25 points of Gwin. 

It is all making for a nail-biting finish, and if Minnaar keeps up his good form with a strong display this weekend in the United States then he could close the gap even further. 

There are certainly enough points left on the table. The winning rider scores 200 points while the rider who finishes 10th gets 75 and there are also points awarded for qualification.

A full wrap-up of Saturday's action can be found on the official UCI website

UCI MTB World Cup standings:

1. Aaron Gwin (USA) - 839

2. Loic Bruni (FRA) - 814

3. Greg Minnaar (RSA) - 769

4. Troy Brosnan (AUS) - 698

5. Josh Bryceland (GBR) - 599

Remaining rounds:

August 8-9 - Windham, USA

August 22,23 - Val Di Sole, Italy

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