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Rain man

Saintly riding in Quebec

Rip up the rulebook, ditch the calculations, leave common sense at the door – when Gwin turns it on there’s a touch of magic in the air, an unquantifiable dose of wizardry that means anything can happen.

The one and only

There’s nobody else in the downhill field that could win on a pedally track without a chain and there was nobody that could part the puddles like Gwin yesterday. While Gwin glided, others floundered. Minnaar was the biggest loser sliding his front wheel over the top of a berm on a supposedly safe run. He re-entered the tape wrong and was DQ’d as a result.

Minnaar went for safe and solid in finals, the result was the front end washing out over a berm and a DQ. No pressure Greg!

Minnaar now only has a 33 point buffer over the charging American setting us up for a straight knife fight in Trentino between the two greatest riders of the generation. If that doesn’t have you quivering with excitement for a month then nothing will.

Beyond the two headline acts, Hart, Brosnan and Bruni all also defied the weather to salvage impressive results from what could have been miserable afternoons. Gwin’s win takes nothing away from these incredible runs, given the conditions they were truly Titanic.

The man doesn’t need an umbrella, he’s clearly impervious to rain.

In the women’s race it was Tahnee’s turn to shine against grey Canadian skies. It was her second World Cup win and her first on a downhill track. Nicole must be starting to feel safer at the top of the standings with a 110 point buffer over Hannah heading to a track she loves but as we saw here, anything can happen.

Downhill fucking rules.

Fuck yeah Tahnee!
Joe Breeden is stepping it up at the sharp end of the season, he's climbed to third in the juniors' overall.
Kade Edwards just can't help himself. Bike wheels will be square before you see a dead sailor from this lad.
Sylvain Cougoureux is now the favourite for second place in the juniors as he slotted in behind Finn Iles on Saturday.
Lowest of anyone of the drop, Finn Iles could have posted his Demo through a letterbox.
Matt Walker went down hard early in his run and struggled to bring it back. On to Val di Sole and Worlds to prove his raw pace
A missed opportunity for Walker?
There's nobody going to be able to take this off young Finn now
Finn 'juniored' the entire field today. Sure, the conditions were on his side but it sends a scary signal to the top 10 next year.
Melanie Chappaz hasn’t finished outside the top two in the junior women’s field. She now has an unassailable lead in the series.
Tracey’s run was almost as miraculous as Gwin’s. She punctured high up and still managed to nurse it into third and keep her overall hopes alive.
Emilie Seigenthaler continues her strong season with another podium
Focussed and fast, Tahnee is delivering amazing raw pace and still only 22.
Rodeo-rider Atherton will be thankful her shoulder is still in one piece after riding the bull on the slick rocks after the Stevie Smith drop
Dabbing like a diabetic kid with a sherbert fountain, take nothing away from Dean Lucas, he was on a hot one
Brayton skimmed the top ten and sits just five points off a top 20 finish
We knew it wouldn't be long before we saw Mike Jones back on a podium. It's been a long two years for the Valleys kid
It was so wet that both of Mick Hannah's hands slipped off on the next jump...
You win some, you lose some. Fayolle was not quite as fortunate with the rain this time around.
A crash in the top woods for Atwill left him well back down the standings
Big man Payet tries to make himself as small as possible
For one reason or another, Brosnan really wasn't feeling it this weekend but he salvaged sixth place with an heroic run and made huge inroads into Minnar's lead.
With Brosnan finding some room on the hotseat, the nerves started to kick in
Hart thought he'd pulled out a worldy and to his credit he had, you just can't beat Gwin on a day like today.
Green, red, red, green... red. So close for Hart
It's so great to see Bruni charging again. He picks up a hard-won podium
Crashing through the rain like Moses through the Red Sea, Gwin performed miracles today.
This isn't how Dean Lucas will have wanted to grab his first podium but he's earned some luck over the years. What a year this team is having!
Gwin's roller system apparently caused him all sorts of issues in his race run, he even went blind into one of the rock sections. It didn't slow him down a jot though. Unreal!
Martin Whitely is the wisest sage of World Cup downhill, we wonder if even he predicted the result when the rains started to fall?
The dream team...
What a racer! The boy from California beats the Europeans in the rain. Who would have thought it?
Talk about a contrast, the state of the jerseys tells the whole story

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