Never has timed training attracted so much attention. On the face of it, a Brit 1-2-3 from three very talented riders is nothing special. The real story is what happened to mr 14th place - Greg Minnaar.

Photos: Seb Shieck

An unremarkable first run was followed by a disastrous second. An early puncture led to Steve Peat having to cut off the South African's tyre and left Greg tip-toeing down in 14 minutes. The internet exploded.

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How significant is this? Who can tell? Timed training only ever offers clues, not answers. It's certainly not the death of 29 inch downhill bikes (just wait until you see what's coming at Fort William) but it maybe does expose one of their weaknesses, are the parts ready for the rigours of a World Cup yet?

Enjoy the gallery from yesterday's race:

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Timed training matters for Danny Hart
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Brosnan has been looking super good on track
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Mike Jones podiumed here in Lourdes a couple of years ago. More of the same this weekend.
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This  man is totally on a run. Bernard Kerr third in timed training.
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From Lakes to Lourdes. Brayton knows all about rocks
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Phil Atwill on the other hand doesn't have a huge amount of this territory to practice on
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Fourth for Aaron Gwin. In striking range for the reigning champ
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Fayolle on the Wall
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Sunny skies meant for high speed timed training
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