America’s Brian Lopes Third At World Cup Eliminator

La Bresse, France (May 18, 2012)
After a disappointing result in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Rep. Brian set out with new determination to get redemption. Thankfully the course in La Bresse was better suited for his technical skills and explosive start making him a favorite.

Below is the excerpt from Mountain Bike Actions write-up of the race:

“Round one winner Brian Lopes was one of the strong favorites for the men’s race, since the tight, technical course suited the skills of the former 4-cross world champion. Lopes qualified second, behind Miha Halzer, with Lüthi qualifying fourth. They were joined in the final by Stefan Peter.

Peter got the holeshot at the first corner, when Lopes and Halzer both had poor starts. The American moved up to third, behind Lüthi, but was thwarted in his attempt to move up to second in the corner following the stair descent. However, Lüthi was successful in overtaking Peter just before the ramp descent and held on for the win ahead of Peter, with Lopes rolling in third.”

Men’s Final Results
1 Patrick Lüthi (Sui)
2 Stefan Peter (Sui) MTB Kader Zentralschweiz
3 Brian Lopes (USA) IBIS
4 Miha Halzer (Slo)

To read the full article and see more action photos go to Mountain Bike Actions