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Turtur congratulates Canberra organisers on success

By:
Cycling News
Published:
September 07, 2009, 9:07 BST,
Updated:
September 07, 2009, 6:09 BST
Edition:
MTB News & Racing Round-up, September 8, 2009
Race:
UCI Mountain Bike World Championships
Race director Mike Turtur.

Race director Mike Turtur.

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UCI representative hails worlds a success

International Cycling Union (UCI) Board of Management member Mike Turtur has dubbed this year’s Mountain Bike World Championships a success. The Oceania Confederation congratulated those involved with the project including the local government.

"On behalf of the UCI I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to the ACT Government, organising committee and volunteers for the outstanding job they have done over the past week," said Turtur. "This World Championships has been an unqualified success for the sport and we congratulate everyone involved.”

An estimated 40 thousand fans turned out over the six days of racing. After massive crowds attended Friday evening’s four cross event even more people turned out to line Sunday’s 2.4km course to witness British veteran Steve Peat beat his second placed hoodoo in the elite men's downhill.

"Stromlo Forest Park is a magnificent venue and we have witnessed some thrilling battles this week on the mountain," said Turtur. "The organising committee has ensured a first class experience for everyone from the teams to the UCI officials and, of course, for the thousands of spectators who have come out to support the event."

After six days of competition France topped the medal table with three gold, five silver and three bronze medals ahead of Spain with three gold, two silver and two bronze. Australia finished third on the medal table with two gold, one silver and two bronze medals.

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