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May 18, 2010
Greg Minnaar Wins His 12th World Cup in Slovenia

After a taking an impressive 3rd place on the rain-soaked streets of Lisbon last week, Santa Cruz Syndicate's Greg Minnaar is out to prove he can win on any terrain and in any conditions that the World Cup downhill circuit can throw at him. Not normally know for his ability on muddy, technical tracks, Greg was nonetheless fired up about his chances for a podium this past weekend on the flooded course in Maribor, Slovenia. And although Greg described the track as "The hardest course I've ever ridden because of the mud and rain," he rode like a man possessed and managed to pilot his all-new Santa Cruz carbon V 10 to victory, despite the slop.


"The win was really unexpected," Greg said. "I was hoping to leave Maribor with a top three to start the season in a solid position. Considering the course conditions, my past results here, and a 3rd in qualifying I would have been stoked with a top three. I felt after the qualifier that I could race for the win and not just for a podium. We've been on the road for two weeks now and I've been adjusting to the carbon bike and working with all the guys from Santa Cruz has been great. It's nice to be getting on a plane home with a win under my belt ending the trip on a high." Given that Greg sustained a serious leg injury just last November and is still on the recovery trail, it's tough to say how many World Cup wins he'll take this year. All of them? We'll find out if his winning ways will continue at Fort William, UK during the first weekend of June, where his toughest competition will likely be Englishman and teammate Steve Peat. Ahhh, the mysteries of the downhill circuit. Congrats to Greg and the entire Syndicate team! You guys rock.


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