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Jun. 13, 2011
Santa Cruz Syndicate’s Greg Minnaar Makes His Move
Slicing and dicing along the journey to the top of the podium; Team Clif Bar sponsored Santa Cruz Syndicate’s very own Greg Minnaar has positioned himself nicely into the leader’s jersey. Check out the blow by blow (and some sweet pics from the adventures of late) from team manager extraordinaire Kathy Sessler!

Santa Cruz Syndicate’s Greg Minnaar (SRAM/RockShox), moves into the leader’s jersey with his big win at the UCI Downhill World Cup in Fort William, Scotland.

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This was his fourth win at Fort William at the 10th running of the downhill classic on in the Nevis Range, and it was his 50th career World Cup downhill podium appearance.

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Steve Peat (above) and Josh Bryceland (below) both had solid performances as well, which netted them 11th and 14th position respectively.

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Hands down this race was one of the most exciting World Cups of recent memory the way the momentum built as the race progressed. As the race unfolded, young New Zealander Brook MacDonald took the hotseat. His fellow countrymen quickly joined him as Cameron Cole, Justin Leov and Sam Blenkinsop flew into the finish corral trying to unseat him. On the leader board was New Zealand 1,2,3,4! Josh and Steve came down with “mint” and “smashing” runs, and their times shuffled the hotseat around. With four riders to go, Greg brought his precision and that special magic he has on the last section of track with a stellar run unseating Brook.

With 15 Downhill World Cup wins (9 on Santa Cruz), and 50 World Cup podiums, Greg has his sights to surpass Steve’s career record of 17 wins and 51 podiums, but Steve will be charging hard to keep this from happening anytime soon. World Cup #3 is this weekend in Leogang, Austria and Greg will take a shot at those records.

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MEN’S OVERALL STANDINGS:

1ST: GREG MINNAAR (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 425
2ND: Aaron Gwin 378
3rd: Gee Atherton 327
4th: Danny Hart 249
5th: Brook MacDonald 199
6th: Steve Smith 197
7th: Sam Hill 195
8th: STEVE PEAT (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 190
9TH: Sam Blenkinsop 172
10th: Justin Leov 164
14th: JOSH BRYCELAND (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 153
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B Cole
Category:
Events, Team Clif Bar
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