Hill wins downhill

American rider Gwin gets best-ever World Cup finish in third

Sam Hill (Specialized/Monster Energy) finally broke the string of bad luck which produced one of the longest winless streaks of his career, when he took the sixth round of the World Cup on Saturday in Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec, Canada. Hill's win propelled him into the overall World Cup series lead, ahead of Steve Peat (Santa Cruz Syndicate).

The first fast run of the afternoon was produced by Marcel Beer at 4:59.94. Beer held the Hot Seat for 17 racers, with Cameron Cole (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles) the next to spend an extended time on top. Pierre Charles Georges (Solid Aclass) finally bumped him, but the final 20 riders saw frequent changes and, with ten riders to go, the leader was Aaron Gwin (Yeti/Fox), who defended his US National Championship title just last weekend.

Many were hoping to see a good run from World Cup leader Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) who started in 21st place due to a flat tire during qualifying yesterday. Unfortunately Minnaar had a crash, which cost him time. He could only manage a 22nd place finish. "I washed out my front wheel in some mud under the lift and down I went. I got up pretty quickly, but my glove was half off so I had to freewheel while I took it off. [It was] definitely not a good weekend."

Fabien Barel (Subaru) came close to Gwin, leaving the American to anxiously wait for the final four riders. Samuel Blenkinsop (Yeti/Fox) had a slow run (16th place) and quickly left the finish area, visibly unhappy. World champion Gee Atherton (Animal Commencal) came close. That left only Steve Peat (Santa Cruz Syndicate), a perennial favourite here, and Hill to come down.

To thunderous applause, Peat didn't disappoint, with a time of 4:41.48 to Gwin's 4:42.91. He took the Hot Seat, but didn't really settle in. All eyes were glued to the big screen TV and the scoreboard, which was showing the splits on the course. Hill was the fastest through every split, showing incredible control skills through the rock gardens. To huge applause he finished in 4:38.44, 3.04 seconds better than Peat.

Hill was pleased with his win, the first of the season for him after an uncharacteristically long drought. "This is one of the most high speed, and the longest courses, on the World Cup circuit. It was a lot slicker this morning. It dried out a lot. I was conservative in the first few corners just to check it out. It was good so I went hard from there."

Peat had another stellar day with his second place, which marked an unprecedented 50th World Cup podium appearance for the British star. He also holds the record for the most World Cup career wins. "I think this course suits me. You've got to be an all-arounder to do well here. I've got another podium which I'm pleased about."

Gwin hung on to third for his first World Cup podium appearance. On the podium, the other racers did their best to drown him in champagne. "It was pretty crazy watching Gee and those guys come through. I'm happy. It's about time!"

With his win, Hill moves from third to first in the World Cup Points race with 1,039, a mere four points in front of Peat. Minnaar drops from first to third. Canada's Steve Smith (Evil Bikes) retains his ninth place standing as the top North American, after finishing seventh at Mont Sainte Anne.


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy0:04:38.44 
2Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:00:03.04 
3Aaron Gwin (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:00:04.47 
4Gee Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal0:00:05.07 
5Fabien Barel (Fra) Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team0:00:06.19 
6Chris Kovarik (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense0:00:07.09 
7Steve Smith (Can) MS Evil Racing0:00:07.95 
8Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz0:00:08.14 
9Michael Hannah (Aus) GT Bicycles0:00:09.14 
10Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing0:00:09.29 
11Nick Beer (Swi) Scott 110:00:10.10 
12Andrew Neethling (RSA) Trek World Racing0:00:10.66 
13Mickael Pascal (Fra) MSC Bikes0:00:11.05 
14Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Kenda Morewood0:00:11.10 
15Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Bicycles0:00:11.97 
16Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:00:12.95 
17Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Solid Aclass Factory Team0:00:13.25 
18Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:00:13.87 
19Ben Cathro (GBr)0:00:14.17 
20Fabien Pedemanaud (Fra) Scott 110:00:14.41 
21Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense0:00:15.22 
22Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:00:16.14 
23Luke Strobel (USA) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles0:00:16.40 
24Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team0:00:16.56 
25Cameron Cole (NZl) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles0:00:17.13 
26Duncan Riffle (USA) Duncan Riffle Racing0:00:17.16 
27Ben Reid (Irl) Just Reid Race Team0:00:17.47 
28Ivan Oulego Moreno (Spa) Massi0:00:17.94 
29Filip Polc (Svk) MS Evil Racing0:00:18.01 
30Joseph Smith (GBr) Kona0:00:18.09 
31Nico Vink (Bel)0:00:18.17 
32Dan Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal0:00:18.29 
33Joshua Button (Aus)0:00:18.98 
34Matti Lehikoinen (Fin) MS Evil Racing0:00:19.18 
35Dan Stanbridge (GBr)0:00:19.60 
36David Vazquez Lopez (Spa) Lapierre Powered By Saab Salomon0:00:20.46 
37Danny Hart* (GBr) Lapierre Powered By Saab Salomon0:00:20.74 
38Pasqual Canals Flix (Spa) XMS-Devinci World Cup Team0:00:20.84 
39Marcel Beer (Swi)0:00:21.50 
40Jared Rando (Aus) Giant Mountain Bike Team0:00:21.64 
41Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense0:00:21.74 
42Lorenzo Suding (Ita)0:00:21.75 
43Joris Bigoni (Fra)0:00:22.56 
44Bernat Guardia Pascual (Spa)0:00:22.81 
45Antoine Badouard (Fra)0:00:23.09 
46Nathan Rankin (NZl)0:00:23.39 
47Thomas Braithwaite (GBr)0:00:23.51 
48Wyn Masters (NZl)0:00:23.60 
49Will Rischbieth (Aus)0:00:23.61 
50Harry Heath* (GBr)0:00:23.65 
51Bernard ° Kerr (GBr)0:00:24.43 
52Herman Olund (Swe)0:00:24.90 
53Markus Pekoll (Aut)0:00:25.65 
54Harry Molloy* (GBr)0:00:25.79 
55Kyle Strait (USA)0:00:26.00 
56David Eme (Fra)0:00:26.04 
57Maxime Remy (Fra)0:00:26.16 
58Rémi Thirion (Fra)0:00:26.30 
59Patrick Thome* (Fra)0:00:26.98 
60Bradley Benedict (USA)0:00:27.04 
61Curtis Keene (USA)0:00:27.37 
62Jurgen Beneke (Ger)0:00:27.51 
63Aari Barrett* (NZl)0:00:27.53 
64Cyrille Kurtz (Fra)0:00:28.61 
65Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa)0:00:28.83 
66Dean Tennant (Can)0:00:29.07 
67George Brannigan* (NZl)0:00:29.29 
68Esteban Deronzier (Fra)0:00:29.30 
69Marco Bugnone (Ita)0:00:29.37 
70Boris Tetzlaff (Aut)0:00:30.66 
71Gerard Wolfe (Irl)0:00:31.35 
72Rémy Charrier (Fra)0:00:32.13 
73Fabien Cousinie (Fra)0:00:32.24 
74Kyle Marshall* (Can)0:00:32.36 
75Shaun Palmer (USA)0:00:32.89 
76Bryn Atkinson (Aus)0:00:33.83 
77Shaun O'connor* (Aus)0:00:38.35 
78Thibaut Ruffin (Fra)0:00:53.82 
79Jared Graves (Aus)0:03:06.57 
DNFSimon Garstin (Can)  
DNFJohn Swanguen (USA)  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Trek World Racing72 pts
2Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team69 
3Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz63 
4Santa Cruz Syndicate57 
5Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles54 
6Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense54 
7Scott 1154 
8GT Bicycles38 
9Suspension Center35 
10Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team35 
11Animal Commencal30 
12Morzine-Avoriaz 7430 
13Iron Horse-Kenda-Playbiker28 
14MS Evil Racing26 
15Norco World Team21 
16MSC Bikes18 
17Kenda Morewood17 
18Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team17 
19Team Sunn15 
20Solid Aclass Factory Team14 
22Duncan Riffle Racing5 
23Just Reid Race Team4 
World cup standings after six rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz1039 pts
2Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate1035 
3Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate973 
4Gee Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal931 
5Michael Hannah (Aus) GT Bicycles821 
6Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing646 
7Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz584 
8Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team566 
9Steve Smith (Can) MS Evil Racing515 
10Aaron Gwin (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team505 
11Andrew Neethling (RSA) Trek World Racing472 
12Nick Beer (Swi) Scott 11458 
13Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate439 
14Fabien Barel (Fra) Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team410 
15Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Bicycles395 
16Bernat Guardia Pascual (Spa) Massi382 
17Matti Lehikoinen (Fin) MS Evil Racing373 
18Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Kenda Morewood365 
19Duncan Riffle (USA) Duncan Riffle Racing363 
20David Vazquez Lopez (Spa) Lapierre Powered By Saab Salomon360 
21Filip Polc (Svk) MS Evil Racing349 
22Mickael Pascal (Fra) MSC Bikes348 
23Chris Kovarik (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense326 
24Fabien Pedemanaud (Fra) Scott 11322 
25Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra)312 
26Dan Stanbridge (GBr)288 
27Luke Strobel (USA) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles278 
28Robin Wallner (Swe)276 
29Danny Hart° (GBr) Lapierre Powered By Saab Salomon274 
30Cameron Cole (NZl) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles255 
31Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team253 
32Joris Bigoni (Fra)243 
33Joseph Smith (GBr) Kona239 
34Thomas Braithwaite (GBr)237 
35Rémi Thirion (Fra) Team Sunn236 
36Ivan Oulego Moreno (Spa) Massi219 
37Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Solid Aclass Factory Team219 
38Lorenzo Suding (Ita) Dytech DH215 
39Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense212 
40Joshua Button (Aus)211 
41Jared Rando (Aus) Giant Mountain Bike Team202 
42Ben Reid (Irl) Just Reid Race Team197 
43Dan Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal183 
44Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team181 
45Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Kenda Morewood180 
46Nathan Rankin (NZl) Iron Horse-Kenda-Playbiker176 
47Julien Camellini (Fra) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense171 
48Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense166 
49Kyle Strait (USA) Specialized Team America164 
50Thibaut Ruffin (Fra)156 
51Sam Dale (GBr)149 
52Markus Pekoll (Aut) Solid Aclass Factory Team148 
53Pasqual Canals Flix (Spa) XMS-Devinci World Cup Team144 
54Nathan Rennie (Aus) Kenda Morewood143 
55Will Rischbieth (Aus)141 
56Bryn Atkinson (Aus)137 
57Antoine Badouard (Fra)137 
58Ben Cathro (GBr)134 
59Aari Barrett° (NZl) Scott 11134 
60Cody Warren (USA) Specialized Team America131 
61Rhys Willemse° (Aus)127 
62Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa) XMS-Devinci World Cup Team125 
63Bernard Kerr° (GBr)124 
64Benny Strasser (Ger)115 
65Nico Vink (Bel)114 
66Joe Barnes (GBr)112 
67Tom Deacon (GBr) 2Stagefactory110 
68Wyn Masters (NZl) Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team107 
69Cesar Rojo (Spa)105 
70Herman Olund (Swe)104 
71Marcus Klausmann (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team99 
72Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Team Sunn98 
73Harry Heath° (GBr)98 
74Bradley Benedict (USA) Duncan Riffle Racing91 
75Brook Macdonald° (NZl) Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team90 
76Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Solid Aclass Factory Team90 
77Maxime Remy (Fra) Suspension Center89 
78Matthew Scoles (NZl)81 
79Marcel Beer (Swi)79 
80Dominik Gspan (Swi)72 
81Romain Paulhan (Fra)67 
82Florent Payet (Fra) Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team66 
83Marco Milivinti (Ita) Dytech DH65 
84Cédric Gracia (Fra)62 
85Adam Vagner (Cze)61 
86Vlastimil Hyncica (Cze)57 
87Nicolas Ortiz (Fra)57 
88Ryan Condrashoff (USA) X-Fusion-Intense54 
89Neil Donoghue (GBr)52 
90Jonty Neethling (RSA)51 
91Esteban Deronzier (Fra) Morzine-Avoriaz 7451 
92Toni Berg (Fin)50 
93Kieran Bennett (NZl) X-Fusion-Intense48 
94Rémy Charrier (Fra) Team Sunn45 
95Curtis Keene (USA)43 
96Georg Sieder (Aut) Solid Aclass Factory Team40 
97Johann Potgieter (RSA)38 
98David Eme (Fra)38 
99Marco Bugnone (Ita) Argentina Bike Gravity Team38 
100Adam Brayton (GBr) Just Reid Race Team38 
101Matej Charvat (Cze)36 
102Dennis Dertell (Swe)33 
103Mathieu Troquier (Fra) Solid Aclass Factory Team31 
104Carlo Gambirasio (Ita) Surfing Shop31 
105Rowan Sorrell (GBr)28 
106Harry Molloy° (GBr)27 
107Arnau Sugranes Mateu (Spa)27 
108Claudio Cozzi (Ita) Dytech DH25 
109Emanuel Pombo (Por)24 
110Kevin Aiello° (USA) GT Bicycles24 
111Mathieu Gallean (Fra) Team Sunn23 
112Shaun O'connor° (Aus) Iron Horse-Kenda-Playbiker23 
113Patrick Thome° (Fra) Team Sport Bike22 
114Maximilian Bender (Ger)21 
115Robert Smith (GBr)21 
116Jurgen Beneke (Ger)19 
117Scott Laughland (Irl)19 
118Scott Mears (GBr)19 
119Arran Gannicott° (GBr)19 
120Martin Mikulenka (Cze)18 
121Ralph Jones (GBr)18 
122Dean Tennant (Can)15 
123Pierre Van Der Merwe° (RSA)15 
124George Brannigan° (NZl)14 
125Roman Roschi (Swi)14 
126Timothy Bentley° (RSA)14 
127Daniel Wolfe (Irl)13 
128Kim Petersson° (Swe)13 
129Iago Garay Tamayo° (Spa)12 
130Louis-Bresler Knipe (RSA)12 
131Laurie Dinham° (Aus) Suspension Center11 
132Jorge Aguin Castro (Spa)11 
133Elias Somvi (Ita)11 
134Gerard Wolfe (Irl)10 
135Gary Barnard (RSA)10 
136Markus Olkkonen (Fin)10 
137Andréa Gamenara° (Ita) Argentina Bike Gravity Team10 
138Mario Sieder (Aut) Solid Aclass Factory Team9 
139Darryn Stow (RSA)9 
140Nejc Rutar (Slo) MBK Orbea8 
141Hayden Brown (RSA)8 
142Espen Johnsen (Nor)7 
143Kyle Marshall° (Can)7 
144James Hughes (GBr)7 
145Rick Balbierer (Ger)6 
146Shaun Palmer (USA)6 
147Emyr Davies (GBr)5 
148Martin Frei (Swi)4 
149Simon Dinkelman° (RSA)4 
150Daniel Critchlow (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense3 
151Ziga Pandur° (Slo)1 
Team World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Santa Cruz Syndicate424 pts
2Trek World Racing414 
3Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles301 
4Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team289 
5Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz289 
6Scott 11270 
7GT Bicycles241 
8Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense220 
9MS Evil Racing215 
10Suspension Center203 
11Animal Commencal188 
12Iron Horse-Kenda-Playbiker180 
13Morzine-Avoriaz 74148 
14Norco World Team139 
15Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team118 
17Kenda Morewood82 
18Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team78 
20Lapierre Powered By Saab Salomon62 
21MSC Bikes61 
22Team Vario Racing56 
23Duncan Riffle Racing41 
24Team Sunn37 
25Specialized Team America34 
26Solid Aclass Factory Team25 
27Dytech DH12 
28Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team9 
29XMS-Devinci World Cup Team6 
30Just Reid Race Team4 
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