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Subaru Team excels at European Championship

By:
Dave McElwaine in Windham, New York
Published:
July 18, 2008, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 21:40 BST
Edition:
MTB news & racing round-up for July 18, 2008

The Subaru Team stood on the top two steps of the podium at the European Downhill Championships last...

The Subaru Team stood on the top two steps of the podium at the European Downhill Championships last weekend in Caspoggio in Valmalenco, Italy. Florent Payet was crowned European downhill champion and his team-mate Damien Spagnolo took second place. Nick Beer finished third.

Two days of torrential rain prior to the race and the morning of the final made conditions difficult. The track length was reduced the morning of the final due to the risk of lightning on the top of the mountain.

Payet put in a strong run to put himself firmly in the hotseat. Spagnolo started his run with an aggressive start and unclipped both pedals losing some time, but he managed to recover well and put in a smooth fast run for second.

Frenchwoman Sabrina Jonnier won the women's race ahead of Petra Bernhard (Austria) and Floriane Pugin (France).

See full results from the European Downhill Championships.

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