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MTB World Cup Cross Country #4, Downhill #4 & Four Cross #4 2011

Date range:
July 1- 3, 2011

July 03, Elite men downhill:

Gwin tops the podium again at Mont-Sainte-Anne downhill

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
July 03, 2011, 21:04 BST,
Updated:
July 04, 2011, 3:19 BST

Bryceland, MacDonald all within about half a second

World Cup leaders: Brosnan and Gwinn

World Cup leaders: Brosnan and Gwinn

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The men's downhill at the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup was expected to be a battle between current leader Aaron Gwin (Trek World Racing) and second-placed Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate), who was only 36 points back. Minnaar had qualified first and Gwin second, and the rider who won the final would don the leader's jersey. Unfortunately, Minnaar's crash derailed his attempt to take the jersey, while Gwin padded his lead with his third win of the season.

Czech national champion Matej Charvat set the early standard of 4:47, but riders following him steadily chipped away at it. Justin Leov (Trek World Racing) was the first to go under 4:40, and his time would be good enough for 10th at the end of the day.

Andrew Neethling (Giant) knocked a few tenths off Leov's time, but junior World Cup leader Troy Brosnan (Monster Energy/Specialized/Mad Catz) then took a significant 1.2 seconds off the lead. Brook MacDonald (MS Evil), one of the revelations of the season, then took a massive five and a half seconds off the leading time two riders later.

MacDonald's time held up through pre-race and local favourite Steve Smith (Devinci), Sam Blenkinsop (Lapierre International), Gee Atherton (Commencal) - who flatted - and Danny Hart (Giant) and Cameron Cole (Lapierre International). It took Josh Bryceland (Santa Cruz Syndicate), the third fastest qualifier, to finally remove MacDonald from the top spot, by five-hundredths of a second.

All that were left were Gwin and Minnaar. Gwin had a good, solid run, but less than half a second faster than Bryceland; not the spectacular gaps we have seen earlier in the season. Minnaar started strongly, setting the highest speed through the speed trap - the only rider to crack 60 kilometres an hour. At the first split he was less than a tenth of a second behind Gwin, but then disaster struck for the South African, when he hit a rock and crashed. While he was back on his bike quickly, the damage was done, and Minnaar would finish 18th, seceding an additional 137 points to Gwin in the World Cup race.

"I was on a good one, having a smooth fast top," said Minnaar, "so I backed off a bit at the bottom to continue the flow through, and somehow I got too close to a tree, got hooked on a rock and went over the bars. I'm pretty banged up right now, but hopefully I'll be back next week to keep the challenge going.

Gwin tried to put the pressure of the World Cup lead out of his mind for the final. "My qualifying run didn't go as well as I hoped it would, so I was focussed on not making any mistakes and riding like I knew I could. I know at this point that if I put a good one together I should be right up there, so I just focussed on doing that. Minus one massive mistake at the top, I think I did that, so it was good."

Gwin now has 868 points, followed by Minnaar with 695, and then Gee Atherton at 547. Brosnan leads the junior World Cup standings with 314 points.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Aaron Gwin (USA) Trek World Racing 0:04:31.771  
2 Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:00.465  
3 Brook Macdonald (NZl) MS Evil Racing 0:00:00.515  
4 Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:02.679  
5 Cameron Cole (NZl) Lapierre International 0:00:03.726  
6 Troy Brosnan° (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 0:00:06.126  
7 Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing 0:00:06.807  
8 Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre International 0:00:07.156  
9 Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:07.327  
10 Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing 0:00:07.711  
11 Fabien Barel (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team 0:00:08.624  
12 Marc Beaumont (GBr) 0:00:08.647  
13 Matti Lehikoinen (Fin) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 0:00:08.836  
14 Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team 0:00:09.053  
15 Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:09.487  
16 Shaun O'connor (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 0:00:10.450  
17 Michael Hannah (Aus) 0:00:10.572  
18 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:10.651  
19 Matthew Scoles (NZl) Team Cingolani Trek 0:00:11.023  
20 Romain Paulhan (Fra) 0:00:11.149  
21 Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 0:00:11.179  
22 Neko Mulally° (USA) Trek World Racing 0:00:12.706  
23 Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team 0:00:12.840  
24 Robin Wallner (Swe) Team Are Bikepark Powered By W - Racing 0:00:13.377  
25 George Brannigan (NZl) Devinci Global Racing 0:00:13.467  
26 Sam Dale (GBr) Team Sunn Montgenevre 0:00:14.090  
27 Harry Heath (GBr) Unior Tools Team 0:00:14.510  
28 Luke Strobel (USA) MS Evil Racing 0:00:14.599  
29 Nick Beer (Swi) Scott 11 0:00:14.817  
30 Ben Cathro (GBr) 0:00:15.523  
31 Loic Bruni° (Fra) Lapierre International 0:00:15.645  
32 Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Massif Des Vosges 0:00:15.846  
33 Matej Charvat (Cze) 0:00:16.006  
34 Cédric Gracia (Fra) CG Racing Brigade 0:00:16.224  
35 Mickael Pascal (Fra) Morewood Unitedride 0:00:16.228  
36 Lewis Buchanan° (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 0:00:16.828  
37 Duncan Riffle (USA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:16.831  
38 Florent Payet (Fra) SC - Intense 0:00:16.855  
39 Julien Camellini (Fra) Team Sunn Montgenevre 0:00:16.898  
40 Markus Pekoll (Aut) MS Evil Racing 0:00:17.241  
41 Dan Stanbridge (GBr) Dirt Norco Race Team 0:00:17.782  
42 Kyle Sangers° (Can) 0:00:18.197  
43 Nico Vink (Bel) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Massif Des Vosges 0:00:18.483  
44 Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 0:00:18.951  
45 Dan Atherton (GBr) Commencal 0:00:19.008  
46 Patrick Thome (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team 0:00:19.328  
47 Nejc Rutar (Slo) Unior Tools Team 0:00:19.454  
48 Florian Arthus (Fra) 0:00:19.722  
49 Fergus Lamb (GBr) 0:00:19.872  
50 Connor Fearon° (Aus) Kona 0:00:20.003  
51 Adam Brayton (GBr) 0:00:20.567  
52 Chris Del Bosco (Can) 0:00:20.897  
53 Filip Polc (Svk) MS Evil Racing 0:00:22.709  
54 Dean Tennant (Can) 0:00:22.714  
55 Harry Molloy (GBr) Madison Saracen 0:00:23.259  
56 Yann Gauvin (Can) 0:00:23.349  
57 Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 0:00:23.583  
58 Gareth Brewin (GBr) 0:00:24.973  
59 Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) 0:00:25.235  
60 Thomas Braithwaite (GBr) 0:00:25.326  
61 Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal 0:00:25.968  
62 Dominik Gspan (Swi) 0:00:26.017  
63 Remi Gauvin (Can) 0:00:27.697  
64 Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Morewood Unitedride 0:00:27.844  
65 Greg Williamson (GBr) 0:00:28.236  
66 Oliver Burton (GBr) 0:00:29.943  
67 Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 0:00:30.357  
68 Scott Mears (GBr) 0:00:30.544  
69 Gaetan Ruffin (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal 0:00:32.145  
70 Hajime Imoto (Jpn) 0:00:33.788  
71 Logan Binggeli (USA) 0:00:34.380  
72 Fabien Pedemanaud (Fra) Scott 11 0:00:35.092  
73 Yuuki Kushima° (Jpn) 0:00:35.690  
74 Mark Scott° (GBr) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 0:00:37.322  
75 Daniel Sims (NZl) 0:00:40.255  
76 Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) CG Racing Brigade 0:00:45.667  
77 Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 0:00:47.554  
78 Niklas Wallner (Swe) Team Are Bikepark Powered By W - Racing 0:00:48.667  
DNF Gee Atherton (GBr) Commencal    
DNF Martin Frei (Swi)    
DNS Joshua Button (Aus) SC - Intense    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Trek World Racing 101  pts
2 Santa Cruz Syndicate 64  
3 Scott 11 57  
4 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 52  
5 Lapierre International 51  
6 Mondraker Factory Team 37  
7 Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 36  
8 MS Evil Racing 35  
9 Commencal 30  
10 Devinci Global Racing 30  
11 Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 26  
12 Riding Addiction Commencal 22  
13 Alpine Commencal Austria 18  
14 Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 18  
15 Team GR 17  
16 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 15  
17 Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie 14  
Elite men downhill World Cup standings after four rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Aaron Gwin (USA) Trek World Racing 868  pts
2 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 695  
3 Gee Atherton (GBr) Commencal 547  
4 Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 506  
5 Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing 459  
6 Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 431  
7 Brook Macdonald (NZl) MS Evil Racing 430  
8 Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre International 371  
9 Cameron Cole (NZl) Lapierre International 356  
10 Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 347  
11 Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing 344  
12 Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 315  
13 Troy Brosnan° (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 314  
14 Marc Beaumont (GBr) 309  
15 Fabien Barel (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team 304  
16 Cédric Gracia (Fra) CG Racing Brigade 304  
17 Matthew Scoles (NZl) Team Cingolani Trek 243  
18 Luke Strobel (USA) MS Evil Racing 241  
19 Romain Paulhan (Fra) 226  
20 Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team 221  
21 Matti Lehikoinen (Fin) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 216  
22 Julien Camellini (Fra) Team Sunn Montgenevre 210  
23 Michael Hannah (Aus) 207  
24 Duncan Riffle (USA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 207  
25 Mickael Pascal (Fra) Morewood Unitedride 207  
26 Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 204  
27 Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Massif Des Vosges 202  
28 Markus Pekoll (Aut) MS Evil Racing 198  
29 Robin Wallner (Swe) Team Are Bikepark Powered By W - Racing 196  
30 Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Morewood Unitedride 188  
31 Florent Payet (Fra) SC - Intense 185  
32 Filip Polc (Svk) MS Evil Racing 172  
33 Shaun O'connor (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 171  
34 Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 170  
35 Neko Mulally° (USA) Trek World Racing 170  
36 Fabien Pedemanaud (Fra) Scott 11 160  
37 Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Kona 155  
38 Ben Cathro (GBr) 153  
39 Nick Beer (Swi) Scott 11 146  
40 Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team 141  
41 Nico Vink (Bel) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Massif Des Vosges 135  
42 Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal 131  
43 Sam Dale (GBr) Team Sunn Montgenevre 130  
44 Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 130  
45 Harry Heath (GBr) Unior Tools Team 129  
46 Dan Stanbridge (GBr) Dirt Norco Race Team 129  
47 Rémi Thirion (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 127  
48 Patrick Thome (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team 126  
49 Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 118  
50 Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) CG Racing Brigade 118  
51 Guardia Pascual Bernat (Spa) 113  
52 Button Joshua (Aus) SC - Intense 109  
53 Braithwaite Thomas (GBr) 100  
54 Ropelato Mitch (USA) 99  
55 Simmonds Matthew (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 98  
56 Buchanan Lewis° (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 94  
57 Bruni Loic° (Fra) Lapierre International 91  
58 Tetzlaff Boris (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 90  
59 Brannigan George (NZl) Devinci Global Racing 85  
60 Scott Mark° (GBr) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 85  
61 Suding Lorenzo (Ita) 82  
62 Atkinson Bryn (Aus) 80  
63 Pombo Emanuel (Por) 72  
64 Giordanengo Aurélien (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team 70  
65 Atherton Dan (GBr) Commencal 69  
66 Graves Jared (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 68  
67 Bond Alex (GBr) 68  
68 Lamb Fergus (GBr) 68  
69 Ferreiro Pajuelo Antonio (Spa) 67  
70 Bentley Timothy (RSA) Morewood Unitedride 67  
71 Keene Curtis (USA) 66  
72 Rutar Nejc (Slo) Unior Tools Team 64  
73 Brayton Adam (GBr) 63  
74 Thomas Richard (GBr) 57  
75 Williamson Greg (GBr) 56  
76 Mears Scott (GBr) 55  
77 Potgieter Johann (RSA) 53  
78 Charvat Matej (Cze) 48  
79 Arthus Florian (Fra) 48  
80 Klausmann Marcus (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team 47  
81 Masters Wyn (NZl) MS Evil Racing 47  
82 Kerr Bernard (GBr) 46  
83 Tennant Dean (Can) 45  
84 Sangers Kyle° (Can) 39  
85 Strasser Benny (Ger) 39  
86 Jeandin Thomas (Swi) 36  
87 Rischbieth Will (Aus) 35  
88 Reading Jack (GBr) 32  
89 Fearon Connor° (Aus) Kona 31  
90 Beer Marcel (Swi) 31  
91 Harnstrom Oscar (Swe) 31  
92 Del Bosco Chris (Can) 29  
93 Neethling Jonty (RSA) 27  
94 Molloy Harry (GBr) Madison Saracen 26  
95 Kangas Alexander (Swe) 26  
96 Gauvin Yann (Can) 25  
97 Gspan Dominik (Swi) 25  
98 Brewin Gareth (GBr) 23  
99 Brown Hayden (RSA) 23  
100 Cardon Simon (Fra) Xcytt Racing 22  
101 Gauvin Remi (Can) 22  
102 Peyer Lars (Swi) SC - Intense 18  
103 Mcglone Fraser° (GBr) 17  
104 Pombo Daniel (Por) 16  
105 Burton Oliver (GBr) 15  
106 Purchase Kelvin (RSA) 15  
107 Pandur Ziga (Slo) Unior Tools Team 14  
108 Hutchens Chris (GBr) 14  
109 Odendaal Tiaan° (RSA) 13  
110 Di Pasquale Charly (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 13  
111 Smith Robert (GBr) 12  
112 Ruffin Gaetan (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal 12  
113 Barnes Joe (GBr) 11  
114 O'riordan Seanan (Irl) 11  
115 Petrucci Francesco Danilo (Ita) Team Cingolani Trek 11  
116 Imoto Hajime (Jpn) 11  
117 Roschi Roman (Swi) 10  
118 Binggeli Logan (USA) 10  
119 Oulego Moreno Ivan (Spa) 9  
120 Milivinti Marco (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop 8  
121 Parret Arthur° (Fra) Passion Velo Thiers Stemtee 8  
122 Kushima Yuuki° (Jpn) 8  
123 Mcglinchey Christopher° (Irl) 8  
124 Bigoni Joris (Fra) 8  
125 Payet Jérôme (Fra) 7  
126 Sims Daniel (NZl) 6  
127 Haas Mathias (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 5  
128 Gallean Mathieu (Fra) Ryde - Racing 5  
129 Critchlow Daniel (GBr) 4  
130 Vagner Adam (Cze) 3  
131 Wallner Niklas (Swe) Team Are Bikepark Powered By W - Racing 3  
132 Browning Travis (RSA) 3