Pugin and Beer crowned European Downhill Champions

French racers have a good day

Switzerland's Nick Beer and France's Floriane Pugin put in the fastest runs to take the European Downhill Championship titles at the Kranjska Gora Bike Park in Slovenia on Sunday.

Beer won by almost five seconds in the elite men's race in front of top French riders Aurélien Giordanengo and Rémi Thirion. Beer has been fast all season and was also the top-ranked rider this weekend so he was among the favourites for the title.

"This is an amazing track, it suits me well," said Beer. "It has steep parts, some technical sections and fast, straight parts. I made a mistake on top, but I somehow pulled it off in the end," said the 21-year-old who finished third in European Championships last year.

This time he finished on top. "This race is not as important as the World Cup, but it feels great to beat some of Europe's best riders," said Beer, who will also aim for the top next weekend in Maribor.

In the women's race, it was an all-French affair on the 2,500m course with 450m of elevation drop. Surprisingly, World Cup leader Sabrina Jonnier failed to defend her title. Instead a younger trio of French riders occupied the podium. Pugin finished in front of Emmeline Ragot and Céline Gros.

Jonnier finished 10th after crashing during the first steep forest section. Her bike went flying off the course.

"I did well in last year's World Cup but winning this title is special. I like this course as well as Slovenia so I'm also looking forward to Maribor," said Pugin.

Frenchwoman Fanny Lombard won the junior women's title and Bernard Kerr from Great Britain took the junior men's with a time that would have put him in fifth in the elite category.

Next weekend, downhillers will again race in Slovenia - this time for the UCI World Cup in Maribor on June 20-21. The following weekend the European four cross championships will be held in Ajdovšcina on June 26-27.

Results

 

Elite women
1Floriane Pugin (Fra)0:04:12 
2Emmeline Ragot (Fra)0:00:01 
3Céline Gros (Fra)0:00:10 
4Myriam Nicole (Fra)0:00:14 
5Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi)0:00:16 
6Fionn Griffiths (GBr)0:00:17 
7Miriam Ruchti (Swi)0:00:19 
8Petra Bernhard (Aut)0:00:22 
9Victoria Hernandez (Spa)0:00:27 
10Sabrina Jonnier (Fra)0:00:41 
11Elisa Canepa (Ita)0:00:42 
12Elin Berglund (Swe)0:00:49 
13Katarina Tothova (Cze)0:00:54 
14Katarina Pialova (Svk)0:00:56 
15Rebeka Barlic (Slo)0:00:59 
16Radovana Slizikova (Svk)0:01:02 
17Helena Boskova (Svk)0:01:12 
18Dubravka Druzeta (Cro)0:01:14 
19Birgit Braumann (Aut)0:01:45 
Elite men
1Nick Beer (Swi)0:03:42 
2Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra)0:00:05 
3Rémi Thirion (Fra)0:00:05 
4Lorenzo Suding (Ita)0:00:07 
5Toni Berg (Fin)0:00:08 
6Bernat Guardia (Spa)0:00:09 
7Robin Wallner (Swe)0:00:10 
8Markus Klausmann (Ger)0:00:11 
9Matej Charvat (Cze)0:00:11 
10Dominik Gspan (Swi)0:00:11 
11Maciej Jodko (Pol)0:00:11 
12Elias Somvi (Ita)0:00:11 
13Herman Olund (Swe)0:00:12 
14Martin Frei (Swi)0:00:12 
15Joseph Smith (GBr)0:00:13 
16Lars Peyer (Swi)0:00:13 
17Nejc Rutar (Slo)0:00:13 
17Benny Strasser (Ger)  
19Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa)0:00:13 
20Matthieu Gallean (Fra)0:00:14 
21Dan Stanbridge (GBr)0:00:15 
22Alexander Kangas (Swe)0:00:15 
23Mario Sieder (Aut)0:00:15 
24Carlo Gambirasio (Ita)0:00:15 
25Niklas Wallner (Swe)0:00:16 
26Richard Thomas (GBr)0:00:16 
27Dennis Dertell (Swe)0:00:16 
28Tom Deacon (GBr)0:00:16 
29Gerard Wolfe (Irl)0:00:17 
30Jan Javornik (Svk)0:00:17 
31Boris Tetzlaff (Aut)0:00:17 
32Erik Irmisch (Ger)0:00:17 
33Vlastimil Hyncica (Cze)0:00:17 
34Emanuel Pombo (Por)0:00:18 
35Martin Mikulenka (Cze)0:00:18 
36Tim Hammar (Swe)0:00:18 
37Michal Sliwa (Pol)0:00:19 
38Roman Roschi (Swi)0:00:19 
39Claudio Loureiro (Por)0:00:19 
40Walter Martinschitz (Aut)0:00:19 
41Visa Linnala (Fin)0:00:19 
42Aki Färm (Fin)0:00:20 
43Ewan Doherty (Irl)0:00:20 
44Marco Milivinti (Ita)0:00:21 
45Matej Vitko (Svk)0:00:21 
46Billy Caroli (Swi)0:00:21 
47Patrik Kotrla (Cze)0:00:22 
48Janick Lieberherr (Swi)0:00:22 
49Pavel Cep (Cze)0:00:22 
50Matej Drnovsek (Slo)0:00:22 
51Patrick Meyer (Swi)0:00:22 
52Georg Sieder (Aut)0:00:23 
53Markus Olkkonen (Fin)0:00:23 
54Denis Paradiz (Slo)0:00:23 
55Marco Fidalgo (Por)0:00:24 
56Zan Jurca (Slo)0:00:24 
57Rajmund Lukacs (Hun)0:00:25 
58Scott Laughland (Irl)0:00:25 
59Joris Bigoni (Fra)0:00:25 
60Kristjan Vrecek (Slo)0:00:25 
61Renato Ventura (Por)0:00:25 
62Saša Merljak (Slo)0:00:26 
63Daniel Wolfe (Irl)0:00:26 
64Peter Novacik (Svk)0:00:27 
65Tom Braithwaite (GBr)0:00:27 
66Andraz Jersin (Slo)0:00:27 
67Jan Cestnik (Slo)0:00:27 
68Martin Votoupal (Cze)0:00:28 
69David Michelis (Ita)0:00:29 
70Andrej Turl (Slo)0:00:29 
71Grzegorz Wincenciak (Pol)0:00:29 
72Simon Charvat (Cze)0:00:29 
73Matus Korytko (Svk)0:00:30 
74Lukas Ucen (Svk)0:00:30 
75Primoz Ravnik (Slo)0:00:31 
76Tadej Humar (Slo)0:00:31 
77Matej Laktis (Svk)0:00:31 
78Miran Vauh (Slo)0:00:32 
79Ales Hrebik (Svk)0:00:33 
80Evgeny Shipilov (Rus)0:00:33 
81Matej Mackovic (Svk)0:00:33 
82Bostjan Volf (Slo)0:00:34 
83Albert Barilaro Caparros (And)0:00:36 
84Rossen Kovachev (Bul)0:00:37 
85Jure Kodric (Slo)0:00:38 
86Tomas Toth (Svk)0:00:38 
87Nicolas Gspan (Swi)0:00:39 
88Rick Balbierer (Ger)0:00:39 
89Davide Don (Ita)0:00:40 
90Miha Jakopic (Slo)0:00:40 
91Mario Hohnjec (Cro)0:00:40 
92Andras Szecskay (Hun)0:00:40 
93Luka Novak (Slo)0:00:41 
94Emanuel Humar (Slo)0:00:41 
95Marcis Skerbinins (Lat)0:00:42 
96Jan Savr (Cze)0:00:42 
97Jonasz Rozdzynski (Pol)0:00:43 
98Sergey Maltsev (Rus)0:00:44 
99Krisztian Halasz (Hun)0:00:45 
100Nikolay Pukhir (Rus)0:00:46 
101Santo Tessari (Cro)0:00:47 
102Edijs Pauls (Lat)0:00:47 
103Ivan Oulego (Spa)0:00:50 
104Gergely Veres (Hun)0:00:51 
105Andrej Domiv (Bul)0:00:52 
106Vedran Kaldi (Cro)0:00:52 
107Balazs Veres (Hun)0:00:54 
108Ricard Ferreira Campos (And)0:00:57 
109Fredrik Hansson (Swe)0:00:57 
110Alexandar Oresnik (Cro)0:00:57 
111Hasan Gusic (BiH)0:01:22 
112Markus Pekoll (Aut)0:01:27 
113Ben Reid (Irl)0:01:52 
114Adam Vagner (Cze)0:02:01 
115Richard Smolinsky (Cze)0:02:36 
DNSMarcel Beer (Swi)  
DNSMichal Wiesenganger (Svk)  
DNFMathias Haas (Aut)  
DNFVesa Virta (Fin)  
DNFAdmir Kapidzic (BiH)  
DNFDenan Karic (BiH)  
Junior women
1Fanny Lombard (Fra)0:04:48 
2Leoni Dickerhoff (Ger)0:00:02 
3Alia Marcellini (Ita)0:00:11 
4Tereza Horka (Cze)0:01:39 
Junior men
1Bernard Kerr (GBr)0:03:50 
2Iago Garay Tamayo (Spa)0:00:03 
3Ivan Oziol (Fra)0:00:05 
4Andrea Gamenara (Ita)0:00:05 
5Harry Molloy (GBr)0:00:06 
6Camille Blanchard (Fra)0:00:08 
7Javier Guijarro Villacie (Spa)0:00:10 
8Oliwer Kangas (Swe)0:00:10 
9Gareth Brewin (GBr)0:00:10 
10Robin Hagen (Swi)0:00:13 
10Pandur ;Iga (Slo)  
12Wolfgang Eysholdt (Ger)0:00:14 
13Lukas Meyer (Swi)0:00:14 
14Davy Graham (Irl)0:00:15 
15Kim Petersson (Swe)0:00:15 
16Greg Callaghan (Irl)0:00:15 
17Joel Moore (GBr)0:00:16 
18Urban Pogladi= (Slo)0:00:16 
19Greg Williamson (GBr)0:00:16 
20Miikka Lehtinen (Fin)0:00:17 
21Matija =Ema;Ar (Slo)0:00:17 
22Benjamin Oluoch (Ger)0:00:17 
23Brad Mather (GBr)0:00:17 
24Francisco Pardal (Por)0:00:19 
25Felix Beckeman (Swe)0:00:19 
26Fabian Fader (Ger)0:00:22 
27Jasper Jauch (Ger)0:00:22 
28Erik Kimmel (Cze)0:00:23 
29Tomas Liska (Svk)0:00:23 
30Michal Jankiv (Svk)0:00:23 
31Manuel Gruber (Aut)0:00:23 
32Pietro Caire (Ita)0:00:23 
33Alen Šumandl (Slo)0:00:25 
34Hubert Posmyk (Pol)0:00:25 
35Martin Hanák (Cze)0:00:26 
36Milos Turanovic (Svk)0:00:26 
37Tomáš Weiss (Cze)0:00:27 
38Jaka Štuflek (Slo)0:00:27 
39Aleš Virti= (Slo)0:00:27 
40Santtu Nyman (Fin)0:00:27 
41Janez Turk (Slo)0:00:29 
42Florian Wilhelm (Aut)0:00:29 
43Luka Ferli= (Slo)0:00:32 
44Fabio Gangi (Ger)0:00:33 
45Richard Novacik (Svk)0:00:33 
46Matic Murn (Slo)0:00:33 
47Petr Matyáš (Cze)0:00:33 
48Jakub Caha (Cze)0:00:34 
49Igor Štrbac (Srb)0:00:36 
50Nik Länsiö (Fin)0:00:37 
51Michal Mucha (Pol)0:00:37 
52Jurij Pe=Ari= (Slo)0:00:40 
53Nejc Koren (Slo)0:00:43 
54Tamas Tarr (Hun)0:00:46 
55Primoh Dernulovec (Slo)0:00:47 
56Marton Vitez Veres (Hun)0:00:51 
57Nikolai Stoianov (Bul)0:00:59 
58Berislav Topol (Cro)0:01:04 
DNSNikola Klacinski (Cro)  
DNFBlah Holcl (Slo)  
DNFAntti Lampen (Fin)  
Elite open men (non Europeans)
1Luke Strobel (USA)0:03:48 
2Joshua Button (Aus)0:00:06 
3Cameron Cole (NZl)0:00:09 
4Wyn Masters (NZl)0:00:20 
5Nathan Rankin (NZl)0:00:22 
6Will Rischbieth (Aus)0:00:26 
Junior men open (non Europeans)
1Shaun O'connor (Aus)0:03:51 
2Brook Macdonald (NZl)0:00:03 
3Tamryn Murrell (Aus)0:00:04 
4Rhys Willemse (Aus)0:00:06 
5Laurie Dinham (Aus)0:00:09 

 

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