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MTB World Cup Cross Country #5 & Downhill #5 2011

Date range:
July 8-10, 2011

July 10, Elite men downhill:

Gwin wins home World Cup

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
July 10, 2011, 21:42 BST,
Updated:
July 11, 2011, 15:48 BST

Peat puts in impressive second fastest ride ahead of Neethling

Aaron Gwin (Trek World Racing) capped a strong weekend of racing at the World Cup in Windham, New York, with the first American World Cup victory on home soil in over a decade when he won the men's downhill. Gwin finished over two seconds ahead of Steve Peat (Santa Cruz Syndicate), with Andrew Neethling (Giant) taking third. Gwin's fourth win of the season gives him an almost insurmountable lead in the overall World Cup standings.

Josh Bryceland (Santa Cruz Syndicate) set the first sub-2:30 time, despite having to do a re-run when Romain Paulhan (Giant Planete 2 Roues) crashed hard ahead of him, requiring a race delay while he was removed from the mountain. Fabien Barel (Mondraker) immediately bumped Bryceland out of the hot seat, but the time gaps were marginal, as riders chipped away at the lead. Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) continued to struggle with this course, and eventually finished 12th. Neethling, at 10 riders to go, recorded the next big drop in the leading time, only to be immediately topped by Peat, who recorded 2:26.376 .

This is where it stood, as the final rider, Gwin, was about to start. Expectations among the spectators were high, after Gwin qualified first, and the partisan nature of the crowd was clear, with American flags everywhere. The Trek rider was fastest through every part of the course, finishing 2.339 seconds ahead of Peat.

He was mobbed by adoring fans and patiently signed autographs and posed for photos. "It was awesome today, all week actually. It was so great to race in front of the hometown crowd. They were all so cool to me. It's been a fun weekend. I'm very happy."

Peat was also having a great time with the whole scene. This was an astounding 52nd World Cup podium appearance for the legendary Brit. "I was very confident and I felt good in practice. I had some problems in qualifying but it came together well today. I've had a bit of problem being consistent recently, and I'm stoked to be able to have it come all together to claim second place."

Behind Neethling, in fourth place, was Steve Smith (Devinci Global Racing) at 3.476. "I'm really pumped to be on the podium. I had a massive, massive mistake at the top of the course that cost me some time. I thought it put me out of the race but I was able to make some time on the bottom of the course. I'm happy to have the fourth."

With his fourth win of the five races so far in the World Cup, Gwin has a total of 1,110 points. Greg Minnaar sits in second with 776 points. Gee Atherton (Commencaly) is in third with 657 points after finishing 11th today. Troy Brosnan (Monster Energy/Specialized/Mad Catz) continues to lead the junior standings after finishing eighth in Windham.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Aaron Gwin (USA) Trek World Racing 0:02:24.037  
2 Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:02.339  
3 Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:03.207  
4 Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing 0:00:03.476  
5 Brook Macdonald (NZl) MS Evil Racing 0:00:03.545  
6 Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing 0:00:03.683  
7 Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre International 0:00:04.597  
8 Troy Brosnan° (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 0:00:04.811  
9 Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:04.914  
10 Fabien Barel (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team 0:00:05.251  
11 Gee Atherton (GBr) Commencal 0:00:05.763  
12 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:05.810  
13 Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:05.874  
14 Loic Bruni° (Fra) Lapierre International 0:00:05.993  
15 Luke Strobel (USA) MS Evil Racing 0:00:06.146  
16 Marc Beaumont (GBr) 0:00:06.388  
17 Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 0:00:06.487  
18 Lewis Buchanan° (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 0:00:07.079  
19 Cédric Gracia (Fra) CG Racing Brigade 0:00:07.152  
20 Florent Payet (Fra) SC - Intense 0:00:07.347  
21 Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 0:00:07.360  
22 Julien Camellini (Fra) Team Sunn Montgenevre 0:00:07.372  
23 Austin Warren° (USA) 0:00:07.376  
24 Rémi Thirion (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 0:00:07.777  
25 Matti Lehikoinen (Fin) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 0:00:08.003  
26 Joshua Button (Aus) SC - Intense 0:00:08.036  
27 Neko Mulally° (USA) Trek World Racing 0:00:08.050  
28 Cameron Cole (NZl) Lapierre International 0:00:08.128  
29 Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 0:00:08.154  
30 Matthew Scoles (NZl) Team Cingolani Trek 0:00:08.392  
31 Markus Pekoll (Aut) MS Evil Racing 0:00:08.395  
32 Matej Charvat (Cze) 0:00:08.407  
33 Nick Beer (Swi) Scott 11 0:00:08.502  
34 Mickael Pascal (Fra) Morewood Unitedride 0:00:08.696  
35 Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal 0:00:08.712  
36 Filip Polc (Svk) MS Evil Racing 0:00:08.929  
37 Shaun O'connor (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 0:00:09.110  
38 Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Massif Des Vosges 0:00:09.127  
39 Sam Dale (GBr) Team Sunn Montgenevre 0:00:09.195  
40 Kyle Sangers° (Can) 0:00:09.606  
41 Mitch Ropelato (USA) 0:00:09.823  
42 Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team 0:00:09.943  
43 Lorenzo Suding (Ita) 0:00:10.049  
44 Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) CG Racing Brigade 0:00:10.096  
45 Ben Cathro (GBr) 0:00:10.111  
46 Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team 0:00:10.159  
47 Fabien Pedemanaud (Fra) Scott 11 0:00:10.389  
48 Michael Hannah (Aus) 0:00:10.510  
49 Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 0:00:11.012  
50 Harry Heath (GBr) Unior Tools Team 0:00:11.037  
51 Ralph Jones (GBr) 0:00:11.161  
52 Cody Warren (USA) 0:00:11.346  
53 Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) 0:00:11.709  
54 Gavin Vaughan (USA) 0:00:11.842  
55 Connor Fearon° (Aus) Kona 0:00:12.073  
56 Mark Scott° (GBr) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 0:00:12.452  
57 Greg Williamson (GBr) 0:00:12.728  
58 Dean Tennant (Can) 0:00:12.757  
59 Lars Peyer (Swi) SC - Intense 0:00:13.217  
60 Dan Stanbridge (GBr) Dirt Norco Race Team 0:00:13.490  
61 Adam Brayton (GBr) 0:00:13.563  
62 Fergus Lamb (GBr) 0:00:13.635  
63 Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 0:00:13.936  
64 Robin Wallner (Swe) Team Are Bikepark Powered By W - Racing 0:00:13.966  
65 George Brannigan (NZl) Devinci Global Racing 0:00:14.054  
66 Hans Lambert (Can) 0:00:14.308  
67 Curtis Keene (USA) 0:00:14.817  
68 Oliver Burton (GBr) 0:00:15.062  
69 Matt Zdriluk (Can) 0:00:15.243  
70 Gaetan Ruffin (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal 0:00:15.538  
71 Dan Atherton (GBr) Commencal 0:00:16.131  
72 Harry Molloy (GBr) Madison Saracen 0:00:18.576  
73 Alex Bond (GBr) 0:00:18.761  
74 Timothy Bentley (RSA) Morewood Unitedride 0:00:22.266  
75 Rob Fraser (Can) 0:00:23.723  
76 Duncan Riffle (USA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:26.442  
77 Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) CK Racing Santacruz 0:00:59.969  
78 Eliot Jackson (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 0:01:28.448  
79 Charly Di Pasquale (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 0:08:01.228  
DNF Romain Paulhan (Fra)    
DNF Matthew Beer (Can)    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Trek World Racing 96  pts
2 Santa Cruz Syndicate 72  
3 Commencal 60  
4 Scott 11 57  
5 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 54  
6 MS Evil Racing 44  
7 Lapierre International 44  
8 Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 33  
9 Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 32  
10 Devinci Global Racing 30  
11 Riding Addiction Commencal 26  
12 Mondraker Factory Team 21  
13 Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 21  
14 Alpine Commencal Austria 20  
15 Team GR 18  
16 SC - Intense 16  
17 CG Racing Brigade 12  
18 Team Sunn Montgenevre 9  
19 Madison Saracen 7  
20 Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 7  
21 Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie 5  
22 Team Cingolani Trek 1  
Elite men World Cup standings after five rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Aaron Gwin (USA) Trek World Racing 1118  pts
2 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 776  
3 Gee Atherton (GBr) Commencal 657  
4 Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 606  
5 Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing 602  
6 Brook Macdonald (NZl) MS Evil Racing 570  
7 Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 523  
8 Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 499  
9 Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre International 478  
10 Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing 461  
11 Troy Brosnan° (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 424  
12 Cameron Cole (NZl) Lapierre International 422  
13 Marc Beaumont (GBr) 385  
14 Fabien Barel (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team 384  
15 Cédric Gracia (Fra) CG Racing Brigade 366  
16 Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 325  
17 Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 315  
18 Luke Strobel (USA) MS Evil Racing 307  
19 Matthew Scoles (NZl) Team Cingolani Trek 302  
20 Matti Lehikoinen (Fin) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 279  
21 Julien Camellini (Fra) Team Sunn Montgenevre 278  
22 Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 268  
23 Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team 260  
24 Markus Pekoll (Aut) MS Evil Racing 258  
25 Mickael Pascal (Fra) Morewood Unitedride 254  
26 Florent Payet (Fra) SC - Intense 246  
27 Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Massif Des Vosges 245  
28 Michael Hannah (Aus) 240  
29 Romain Paulhan (Fra) 226  
30 Neko Mulally° (USA) Trek World Racing 224  
31 Filip Polc (Svk) MS Evil Racing 217  
32 Shaun O'connor (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 215  
33 Robin Wallner (Swe) Team Are Bikepark Powered By W - Racing 213  
34 Duncan Riffle (USA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 212  
35 Nick Beer (Swi) Scott 11 194  
36 Fabien Pedemanaud (Fra) Scott 11 194  
37 Ben Cathro (GBr) 189  
38 Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Morewood Unitedride 188  
39 Rémi Thirion (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 184  
40 Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 182  
41 Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 178  
42 Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal 177  
43 Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team 176  
44 Sam Dale (GBr) Team Sunn Montgenevre 172  
45 Joshua Button (Aus) SC - Intense 164  
46 Lewis Buchanan° (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 163  
47 Harry Heath (GBr) Unior Tools Team 160  
48 Loic Bruni° (Fra) Lapierre International 158  
49 Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Kona 155  
50 Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) CG Racing Brigade 155  
51 Mitch Ropelato (USA) 153  
52 Dan Stanbridge (GBr) Dirt Norco Race Team 150  
53 Nico Vink (Bel) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Massif Des Vosges 135  
54 Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 130  
55 Patrick Thome (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team 126  
56 Lorenzo Suding (Ita) 120  
57 Bernat Guardia Pascual (Spa) 113  
58 Mark Scott° (GBr) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 110  
59 Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 108  
60 George Brannigan (NZl) Devinci Global Racing 101  
61 Thomas Braithwaite (GBr) 100  
62 Matej Charvat (Cze) 97  
63 Fergus Lamb (GBr) 87  
64 Adam Brayton (GBr) 83  
65 Bryn Atkinson (Aus) 80  
66 Kyle Sangers° (Can) 80  
67 Greg Williamson (GBr) 80  
68 Curtis Keene (USA) 80  
69 Dan Atherton (GBr) Commencal 79  
70 Alex Bond (GBr) 76  
71 Timothy Bentley (RSA) Morewood Unitedride 74  
72 Emanuel Pombo (Por) 72  
73 Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team 70  
74 Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 68  
75 Dean Tennant (Can) 68  
76 Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa) 67  
77 Nejc Rutar (Slo) Unior Tools Team 64  
78 Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) 59  
79 Austin Warren° (USA) 58  
80 Richard Thomas (GBr) 57  
81 Connor Fearon° (Aus) Kona 57  
82 Scott Mears (GBr) 55  
83 Johann Potgieter (RSA) 53  
84 Florian Arthus (Fra) 48  
85 Marcus Klausmann (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team 47  
86 Wyn Masters (NZl) MS Evil Racing 47  
87 Bernard Kerr (GBr) 46  
88 Lars Peyer (Swi) SC - Intense 40  
89 Benny Strasser (Ger) 39  
90 Thomas Jeandin (Swi) 36  
91 Will Rischbieth (Aus) 35  
92 Harry Molloy (GBr) Madison Saracen 35  
93 Jack Reading (GBr) 32  
94 Marcel Beer (Swi) 31  
95 Ralph Jones (GBr) 30  
96 Cody Warren (USA) 29  
97 Chris Del Bosco (Can) 29  
98 Oliver Burton (GBr) 28  
99 Gavin Vaughan (USA) 27  
100 Jonty Neethling (RSA) 27  
101 Alexander Kangas (Swe) 26  
102 Yann Gauvin (Can) 25  
103 Dominik Gspan (Swi) 25  
104 Gareth Brewin (GBr) 23  
105 Hayden Brown (RSA) 23  
106 Gaetan Ruffin (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal 23  
107 Simon Cardon (Fra) XCYTT Racing 22  
108 Remi Gauvin (Can) 22  
109 Fraser Mcglone° (GBr) 17  
110 Daniel Pombo (Por) 16  
111 Hans Lambert (Can) 15  
112 Kelvin Purchase (RSA) 15  
113 Charly Di Pasquale (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 15  
114 Ziga Pandur (Slo) Unior Tools Team 14  
115 Chris Hutchens (GBr) 14  
116 Tiaan Odendaal° (RSA) 13  
117 Matt Zdriluk (Can) 12  
118 Robert Smith (GBr) 12  
119 Joe Barnes (GBr) 11  
120 Seanan O'riordan (Irl) 11  
121 Francesco Danilo Petrucci (Ita) Team Cingolani Trek 11  
122 Hajime Imoto (Jpn) 11  
123 Roman Roschi (Swi) 10  
124 Logan Binggeli (USA) 10  
125 Ivan Oulego Moreno (Spa) 9  
126 Marco Milivinti (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop 8  
127 Arthur Parret° (Fra) Passion Velo Thiers Stemtee 8  
128 Yuki Kushima° (Jpn) 8  
129 Christopher Mcglinchey° (Irl) 8  
130 Joris Bigoni (Fra) 8  
131 Jérôme Payet (Fra) 7  
132 Rob Fraser (Can) 6  
133 Daniel Sims (NZl) 6  
134 Mathias Haas (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 5  
135 Mathieu Gallean (Fra) Ryde - Racing 5  
136 Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) CK Racing Santacruz 4  
137 Daniel Critchlow (GBr) 4  
138 Eliot Jackson (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 3  
139 Adam Vagner (Cze) 3  
140 Niklas Wallner (Swe) Team Are Bikepark Powered By W - Racing 3  
141 Travis Browning (RSA) 3