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Cernilogar and Vauh win European Downhill Cup overall titles

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Both riders also win final round of the series in Maribor

Zarja Cernilogar racing to the win in Maribor

Zarja Cernilogar racing to the win in Maribor

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Zarja Cernilogar and Miran Vauh are the 2013 champions of the iXS European Downhill Cup after this weekend's final round of racing. Maribor, Slovenia's finale is in the books and this year's course met the high expectations of the riders and the crowd. Even if the weather was not exactly as its best behavior, it was a perfect last weekend of the season.

The Maribor track offered 2.6 kilometers in length and 450 vertical meters and therefore belonged to the most popular and challenging ones in the world. Especially among the pros, it has always been one of their favorite tracks. The course slightly changed since the World Cup's last visit in 2010 and presented itself in optimal condition this year.

A first highlight of the weekend was the track walk on Friday morning which caused some first smiles and even higher expectations for the weekend. The weather, however, was not exactly ideal for the race and, thus, made the stage far from easy for the 200 participants from 28 different nations. But once the riders adjusted to the situation, the training sessions on Friday and Saturday took a rather relaxed course.

In Saturday's seeding run, the first riders took the opportunity to collect some more points for the overall rankings. In the elite women's category, Zarja Cernilogar (Blackthorn GT) was already in the books as the champion of the EDC 2013. But nevertheless, she did not reduce her speed and took the first place in the seeding run. She was followed by Manon Carpenter (Madison Saracen DH Team).

The elite men's category was dominated by Ruaridh Cunningham (Unior/Trek), who already won in Châtel, but did not play a significant role in the standings. Joe Connell (SC-Intense) lost ground and ended up in 19th place, whereas his competitors Miran Vauh (Blackthorn GT) and Ziga Pandur (Unior Tools Team) finished in 6th and 4th in qualifying.

On Sunday for finals, the weather conditions did not change very much, apart from the additional constant rain throughout the finals - but at least the choice of tires was clear. And also Rostislav Stencel (Bikeplac Racing) left no space for discussion: he dominated the Masters category in both, the seeding run and the final run, and sits atop the overall standings in 2013. Second place went to Vlastimil Hyncica (Specialized CZ), followed by Will Londgen (Madison Saracen) in third.

In the U17 male category, Loris Revelli (Argentina Bike) and Silas Grandy (Moto Club Faro/Xdream) went head-to-head while fighting for the title. Grandy already had some troubles in qualifying, and had to give up on this year's title due to a mistake in the finals. In the end, Revelli succeeded and won the overall rankings of the EDC 2013 in his category. Bryn Pfeiffer (Valloire Galibier Vtt), however, provided the best time of the day with 4:00.325 minutes and won this weekend's race ahead of Revelli and Mark Jacob Dickson (Giant UK Cyclezone).

Cernilogar started her race already as the EDC champion 2013, but nevertheless still had a strong competitor with Carpenter in the finals. But at the end of the day, Cernilogar even managed to edge out Carpenter, after she had failed to do so in the World Cup and made the victory complete. With a time of 4:20.392 minutes and an incredible 15-second gap to second place Carpenter, she deserved to be rewarded with the title, a good deal of price money and an expensive TAG Heuer Formula 1 watch. The third place in Maribor went to Italian Champion Alia Marcellini (Turpado Surfing Shop). Jáná Bartova (Bikeplac Racing) secured her runner's up spot with a healthy fourth place in Maribor, while Carina Cappellari (Suspension Center) rounded out the podium in the overall rankings.

At the end of the day, all eyes were on the elite men's category. Despite the unfortunate weather conditions, the crowd was huge and everyone was more than just excited. It was quite hard, however, to keep track of the riders, as every single one of them was covered in mud. But at least they all had to face the same conditions: darkness in the woods, mud all over the track, but still a perfect course for an EDC final. The best time of 3:34.033 minutes in the seeding run seemed totally impossible to reach in the finals. The first rider, who came down the hill in less than 4 minutes was Christian Textor (Team Bulls), who already took a podium at a German iXS race twice this year.

After that, the rankings started to change towards their final version: Boris Tetzlaff (Alpine Commencal) set a new best time of 3:47.762 minutes. Whereas Robin Wallner (Team W-Racing) could not match this time, Miran Vauh went even faster with 3:43.424 min and put himself in the right position to collect some last points for the standings. Even if he already had edged out Joe Connell with this time, there were other competitors waiting to take over the lead. But they all failed: Ziga Pandur seemed to succeed at the split, but ended up four seconds slower than Vauh. David Trummer (RRP Ghost), who already went second place in qualifying, was able to defend this position. Last man down the hill was Ruaridh Cunningham, who ended up in third place and rounded out the podium.

With these results, also the final decisions in the overall standings were made. With a total of 498 points, Vauh is the champion of the iXS European Downhill Cup 2013, followed by Ziga Pandur (464 points) in second and a disappointed Joe Connell (419 points) in third place.

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Miran Vauh (Slo) 0:03:43.424  
2 David Trummer (Aut) 0:00:02.528  
3 Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) 0:00:03.902  
4 Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) 0:00:04.338  
5 Ziga Pandur (Slo) 0:00:04.356  
6 Robin Wallner (Swe) 0:00:04.554  
7 Jure Zabjek (Slo) 0:00:07.590  
8 Stanislav Sehnal (Cze) 0:00:08.941  
9 Benny Strasser (Ger) 0:00:09.821  
10 Lars Peyer (Swi) 0:00:10.633  
11 Miha Ivancic (Slo) 0:00:11.329  
12 Oliwer Kangas (Swe) 0:00:11.357  
13 Jan Cimperman (Slo) 0:00:11.928  
14 Sam Dale (GBr) 0:00:12.157  
15 Matej Charvat (Cze) 0:00:12.785  
16 Johann Potgieter (RSA) 0:00:12.883  
17 Harry Molloy (GBr) 0:00:13.940  
18 Marco Milivinti (Ita) 0:00:14.202  
19 Christian Textor (Ger) 0:00:14.213  
20 Dominik Gspan (Swi) 0:00:14.439  
21 Billy Caroli (Swi) 0:00:14.769  
22 Joe Connell (GBr) 0:00:15.141  
23 Martin Knapec (Svk) 0:00:15.671  
24 Ewan Doherty (Irl) 0:00:16.112  
25 Marcus Klausmann (Ger) 0:00:16.606  
26 Wyn Masters (NZl) 0:00:18.331  
27 Felix Klee (Swi) 0:00:18.621  
28 Julien Rossé (Swi) 0:00:19.476  
29 Sebastian Jensen (Den) 0:00:19.694  
30 Tim Kaelin (Swi) 0:00:20.155  
31 Ianosiu-Hangan Radu (Rom) 0:00:22.094  
32 Philipp Bünnemann (Ger) 0:00:22.282  
33 Jernej Cokan (Slo) 0:00:22.475  
34 Marcell Frey (Ger) 0:00:23.294  
35 Manuel Gruber (Aut) 0:00:23.772  
36 Christian Schlothauer (Ger) 0:00:24.011  
37 Vit Kucian (Cze) 0:00:24.447  
38 Philipp Podbrecnik (Aut) 0:00:24.690  
39 Peter Mlinar (Slo) 0:00:24.705  
40 Iegor Pryimachek (Ukr) 0:00:24.958  
41 Stefan Garlicki (RSA) 0:00:25.136  
42 Matej Mackovic (Svk) 0:00:25.984  
43 Konstantinos Andriotis (Gre) 0:00:26.312  
44 Mads Weidemann (Den) 0:00:26.631  
45 Quentin Deschamps (Fra) 0:00:26.637  
46 Nicolo Hofer (Swi) 0:00:26.986  
47 Theo Ferrand (Fra) 0:00:27.794  
48 Simon Charvat (Cze) 0:00:27.886  
49 Nikolay Pukhir (Rus) 0:00:30.556  
50 Pascal Tinner (Swi) 0:00:30.669  
51 Josh Lowe (GBr) 0:00:31.338  
52 Rastislav Baranek (Svk) 0:00:31.770  
53 Jack Chapman (GBr) 0:00:32.731  
54 Oleksiy Priymachek (Ukr) 0:00:32.786  
55 Alen Šumandl (Slo) 0:00:33.052  
56 Ales Virtic (Slo) 0:00:33.875  
57 Lukas Ucen (Svk) 0:00:33.909  
58 Alexander Kangas (Swe) 0:00:34.057  
59 Camilo Andres Sanchez Paez (Col) 0:00:34.115  
60 Vito Tschenett (Swi) 0:00:35.865  
61 Joachim Krug (Ger) 0:00:36.131  
62 Santo Tessari (Cro) 0:00:36.726  
63 Kristjan Vrecek (Slo) 0:00:37.258  
64 Jordi Bago (Spa) 0:00:37.536  
65 Nikita Voynolovich (Rus) 0:00:37.715  
66 Alojz Kaššák (Svk) 0:00:38.038  
67 Jonathan Debus (Ger) 0:00:38.754  
68 Martin Kägi (Swi) 0:00:39.354  
69 Manuel Marty (Swi) 0:00:39.490  
70 Samuel Bull (RSA) 0:00:40.047  
71 Assen Stratiev (Bul) 0:00:41.104  
72 Mihael Pandžic (Cro) 0:00:41.210  
73 Daniil Semenov (Rus) 0:00:42.597  
74 Pascal Engel (Aut) 0:00:43.416  
75 Pavel Betko (Svk) 0:00:43.694  
76 Florian Kulike (Ger) 0:00:44.101  
77 Andreas Vidovic (Slo) 0:00:44.509  
78 Florian Wilhelm (Aut) 0:00:45.172  
79 Nico Koelbl (Ger) 0:00:45.602  
80 Iakov Auster (Rus) 0:00:45.930  
81 Beda Berchtold (Swi) 0:00:46.414  
82 Quentin Deloye (Fra) 0:00:46.952  
83 Thomas Klingenberg (Nor) 0:00:47.282  
84 Fabio Jungen (Swi) 0:00:48.411  
85 Siegfried Zellner (Ger) 0:00:48.903  
86 Jure Cindro (Slo) 0:00:49.292  
87 Luca Beckmann (Swi) 0:00:50.633  
88 Dominic Tinner (Swi) 0:00:51.976  
89 Tomislav Loncar (Cro) 0:00:52.614  
90 Armin Weber (Aut) 0:00:52.717  
91 Michael Pfaff (Ger) 0:00:53.415  
92 Daniel Jahn (Ger) 0:00:53.771  
93 Radek Matejik (Cze) 0:00:54.866  
94 Enrico Zamboni (Swi) 0:00:54.899  
95 Timotheus Adler (Aut) 0:00:54.973  
96 James Fröhlich (Ger) 0:00:56.220  
97 Christoph Mutlitz (Ger) 0:00:56.961  
98 Lukas Pfiffner (Swi) 0:00:58.276  
99 Peter Marcina (Svk) 0:00:59.725  
100 Marco Schlegel (Swi) 0:01:00.638  
101 Alex Lovett (GBr) 0:01:00.995  
102 Manuel Hodl (Ger) 0:01:02.288  
103 Benoit Lasson Sancesari (Fra) 0:01:04.156  
104 Csaba Gyulai (Hun) 0:01:05.323  
105 Harry Bowman (GBr) 0:01:06.020  
106 Sergio Tschenett (Swi) 0:01:06.319  
107 Roland Dorn (Aut) 0:01:08.074  
108 Lukas Mihalkovits (Aut) 0:01:09.781  
109 Valentyn Popov (Ukr) 0:01:10.571  
110 Jan-Phillip Strehl (Ger) 0:01:10.632  
111 Erich Wieland (Aut) 0:01:14.339  
112 Samuel Lantschner (Ita) 0:01:16.340  
113 Ramun Tschenett (Swi) 0:01:18.203  
114 Georg Aumüllner (Aut) 0:01:18.333  
115 Philipp Gerlach (Bel) 0:01:21.251  
116 Leopold Köllner (Aut) 0:01:25.576  
117 Daniel Godard (USA) 0:01:29.355  
118 Benjamin Meier (Aut) 0:01:30.672  
119 Mathias Reisenhofer (Aut) 0:01:40.308  
120 Paul Mitterhauser (Aut) 0:01:40.370  
121 Felix Baumgartner (Ger) 0:01:43.627  
122 Stefan Mutlitz (Ger) 0:02:01.252  
123 Stefan Szigetti (Aut) 0:02:33.505  
124 Berislav Topol (Cro) 0:03:23.531  
125 Erik Zwartek (Ger) 0:03:28.927  
126 Jan Cestnik (Slo) 0:05:29.439  
127 Andrea Giovannacci (Swi) 0:06:50.157  
Elite women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Zarja Cernilogar (Slo) 0:02:20.380  
2 Manon Carpenter (GBr) 0:00:07.950  
3 Alia Marcellini (Ita) 0:00:17.610  
4 Jana Bartova (Cze) 0:00:14.250  
5 Jessica Stone (GBr) 0:00:16.330  
6 Carina Cappellari (Swi) 0:00:19.400  
7 Elke Rabeder (Aut) 0:00:26.880  
8 Josefine Björkman (Swe) 0:00:25.590  
9 Alexandra Zhirnova (Rus) 0:00:28.620  
10 Minna Riihimaki (Fin) 0:00:36.210  
11 Michala Lípová (Cze) 0:00:39.920  
12 Spela Horvat (Slo) 0:00:39.070