Hill secures World Cup with victory

Minnaar holds onto second overall with bronze in Austria

While the women's World Cup downhill title had been decided prior to the final race, the men's was completely open. Sam Hill (Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz) was leading, but by the slimmest of margins; the Australian sat only 16 points ahead of Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate), with new world champion Steve Peat (Santa Cruz Syndicate) also still in the race, 69 points behind Hill. Gee Atherton (Animal Commencal) was also in with a shout, holding a tally of 141 points.

Hill's lead was padded when he picked up 50 valuable points by winning qualifying, while Minnaar crashed, but the race between the two basically came down to final: if Minnaar won and Hill didn't finish second, the South African would take the title.

"I was alright until 20 minutes before the start of my race," revealed Hill afterwards. "Greg had done a good run, so I started to get a bit nervous. I was pretty shaky, and all I could think about was the overall, and that I had to get down fast to beat Greg. I think it's been a good strong battle all year. I had some bad luck at some races, and so did others, so it is definitely pretty special to come out on top here."

Josh Bryceland (Santa Cruz Syndicate) set the first time under 4:10, but barely had a chance to climb into the Hot Seat before his teammate Minnaar came down two riders later to obliterate his time with a 4:04.71. This run began to look pretty solid, as names such as Mick Hannah (GT Bicycles), Justin Leov (Yeti Fox Shox), Peat and Gee Atherton all came up short.

"I felt that I had it in me to do well," said Minnaar, "but I had a bad start, made some mistakes and lost my rhythm. I kept making small mistakes through the top until I was able to regroup halfway down. I was surprised that my time held up so long. It's kind of hard to lose the title when I had the most wins for the season."

However, Minnaar's hopes received a blow when Sam Blenkinsop (Yeti Fox Shox) knocked nearly a second and a half off his time.

Blenkinsop took the Hot Seat and held it through the remaining riders until it was Hill's turn. The Australian came through the first split over two seconds up on Blenkinsop, and continued on to finish 2.33 seconds in front, taking his second World Cup win of the season and confirming him as the World Cup winner for 2009. Minnaar stayed in second while Peat remained in third.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz0:04:01.10 
2Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:00:02.33 
3Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:00:03.61 
4Aaron Gwin (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:00:06.97 
5Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz0:00:07.83 
6Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing0:00:08.18 
7Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:00:08.25 
8Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:00:08.27 
9Luke Strobel (USA) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles0:00:08.49 
10Mickael Pascal (Fra) MSC Bikes0:00:08.79 
11Nick Beer (Swi) Scott 110:00:08.85 
12Markus Pekoll (Aut) Solid Aclass Factory Team0:00:09.00 
13Gee Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal0:00:09.35 
14Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Bicycles0:00:10.90 
15Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Kenda Morewood0:00:12.20 
16Fabien Barel (Fra) Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team0:00:12.83 
17Joseph Smith (GBr) Kona0:00:12.90 
18Robin Wallner (Swe)0:00:13.04 
19Thibaut Ruffin (Fra)0:00:13.06 
20Fabien Pedemanaud (Fra) Scott 110:00:13.39 
21Bernard Kerr° (GBr)0:00:14.09 
22Wyn Masters (NZl) Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team0:00:14.10 
23Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Solid Aclass Factory Team0:00:14.26 
24Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team0:00:14.34 
25Bernat Guardia Pascual (Spa) Massi0:00:14.57 
26Thomas Braithwaite (GBr)0:00:14.71 
27Michael Hannah (Aus) GT Bicycles0:00:15.13 
28Toni Berg (Fin)0:00:15.14 
29Cesar Rojo Vidal (Spa)0:00:15.75 
30Danny Hart° (GBr) Lapierre Powered By Saab Salomon0:00:16.36 
31Adam Vagner (Cze)0:00:16.44 
32Marcel Beer (Swi)0:00:16.55 
33Marcus Klausmann (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team0:00:16.61 
34Joris Bigoni (Fra)0:00:17.09 
35Ivan Oulego Moreno (Spa) Massi0:00:17.19 
36Chris Kovarik (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense0:00:17.73 
37Matej Charvat (Cze)0:00:17.77 
38Oscar Harnstrom (Swe)0:00:17.81 
39Ben Reid (Irl) Just Reid Race Team0:00:18.04 
40Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Team Sunn0:00:18.21 
41Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense0:00:18.45 
42Herman Olund (Swe)0:00:18.89 
43Duncan Riffle (USA) Duncan Riffle Racing0:00:19.01 
44Nico Vink (Bel)0:00:19.09 
45Steve Smith (Can) MS Evil Racing0:00:19.20 
46Gareth Brewin° (GBr)0:00:19.38 
47Curtis Keene (USA)0:00:19.49 
48Shaun O'connor° (Aus) Iron Horse-Kenda-Playbiker0:00:19.55 
49Joe Barnes (GBr)0:00:19.69 
50Remi Thirion (Fra) Team Sunn0:00:20.19 
51Georg Sieder (Aut) Solid Aclass Factory Team0:00:20.42 
52David Eme (Fra)0:00:20.57 
53Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa) XMS-Devinci World Cup Team0:00:20.96 
54Maxime Remy (Fra) Suspension Center0:00:20.99 
55Nejc Rutar (Slo) MBK Orbea0:00:21.11 
56Marco Bugnone (Ita) Argentina Bike Gravity Team0:00:21.43 
57Will Rischbieth (Aus)0:00:21.72 
58Andrew Neethling (RSA) Trek World Racing0:00:22.12 
59Alexander Kangas (Swe)0:00:22.33 
60Romain Paulhan (Fra)0:00:22.85 
61Sam Dale (GBr)0:00:23.38 
62Scott Mears (GBr)0:00:23.50 
63Vlastimil Hyncica (Cze)0:00:23.60 
64Kyle Strait (USA) Specialized Team America0:00:23.67 
65David Vazquez Lopez (Spa) Lapierre Powered By Saab Salomon0:00:23.81 
66Simon Cardon (Fra)0:00:24.68 
67Benny Strasser (Ger)0:00:25.10 
68Dan Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal0:00:26.44 
69Maciej Jodko (Pol)0:00:26.48 
70Cameron Cole (NZl) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles0:00:26.60 
71Ralph Jones (GBr)0:00:27.24 
72Felix Groizard° (Fra) Team Sport Bike0:00:27.69 
73Kim Petersson° (Swe)0:00:29.24 
74Richard Thomas (GBr)0:00:29.73 
75Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Solid Aclass Factory Team0:00:32.25 
76Dominik Gspan (Swi)0:00:33.64 
77Bertrand Gilles° (Bel)0:00:34.73 
78Joshua Button (Aus)0:00:37.13 
79Mitch Ropelato° (USA)0:00:38.28 
80Dan Stanbridge (GBr)0:00:51.30 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team85 pts
2Santa Cruz Syndicate79 
3Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz68 
4Trek World Racing66 
5Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles52 
6Iron Horse-Kenda-Playbiker35 
7Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team35 
8Morzine-Avoriaz 7432 
9Scott 1131 
10Solid Aclass Factory Team27 
11Suspension Center24 
12Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense23 
13Team Vario Racing22 
14Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team22 
15MSC Bikes21 
16GT Bicycles21 
17Team Sunn19 
18Animal Commencal18 
19Kenda Morewood16 
202Stagefactory16 
21Kona14 
22Massi6 
23Lapierre Powered By Saab Salomon1 
Elite men final World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz1469 pts
2Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate1349 
3Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate1258 
4Gee Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal1166 
5Michael Hannah (Aus) GT Bicycles990 
6Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing838 
7Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team828 
8Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz810 
9Aaron Gwin (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team770 
10Fabien Barel (Fra) Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team725 
11Steve Smith (Can) MS Evil Racing620 
12Nick Beer (Swi) Scott 11615 
13Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate614 
14Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Bicycles557 
15Andrew Neethling (RSA) Trek World Racing520 
16Mickael Pascal (Fra) MSC Bikes506 
17Bernat Guardia Pascual (Spa) Massi495 
18Chris Kovarik (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense476 
19Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Kenda Morewood455 
20Duncan Riffle (USA) Duncan Riffle Racing452 
21Luke Strobel (USA) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles437 
22Fabien Pedemanaud (Fra) Scott 11435 
23David Vazquez Lopez (Spa) Lapierre Powered By Saab Salomon398 
24Matti Lehikoinen (Fin) MS Evil Racing388 
25Filip Polc (Svk) MS Evil Racing377 
26Joseph Smith (GBr) Kona372 
27Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team360 
28Robin Wallner (Swe)349 
29Danny Hart° (GBr) Lapierre Powered By Saab Salomon343 
30Ivan Oulego Moreno (Spa) Massi323 
31Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra)312 
32Joris Bigoni (Fra)306 
33Dan Stanbridge (GBr)303 
34Ben Reid (Irl) Just Reid Race Team302 
35Thomas Braithwaite (GBr)292 
36Thibaut Ruffin (Fra)281 
37Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense280 
38Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Solid Aclass Factory Team279 
39Rémi Thirion (Fra) Team Sunn276 
40Cameron Cole (NZl) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles266 
41Jared Rando (Aus) Giant Mountain Bike Team262 
42Markus Pekoll (Aut) Solid Aclass Factory Team261 
43Joshua Button (Aus)259 
44Kyle Strait (USA) Specialized Team America253 
45Lorenzo Suding (Ita) Dytech DH249 
46Nathan Rankin (NZl) Iron Horse-Kenda-Playbiker237 
47Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense227 
48Wyn Masters (NZl) Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team215 
49Bryn Atkinson (Aus)209 
50Dan Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal201 
51Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa) XMS-Devinci World Cup Team196 
52Antoine Badouard (Fra)185 
53Bernard Kerr° (GBr)184 
54Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team181 
55Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Kenda Morewood180 
56Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Team Sunn177 
57Julien Camellini (Fra) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense171 
58Maxime Remy (Fra) Suspension Center169 
59Sam Dale (GBr)169 
60Will Rischbieth (Aus)165 
61Cesar Rojo Vidal (Spa)157 
62Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Solid Aclass Factory Team156 
63Herman Olund (Swe)154 
64Nico Vink (Bel)151 
65Marcus Klausmann (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team147 
66Joe Barnes (GBr)144 
67Pasqual Canals Flix (Spa) XMS-Devinci World Cup Team144 
68Nathan Rennie (Aus) Kenda Morewood143 
69Ben Cathro (GBr)136 
70Aari Barrett° (NZl) Scott 11134 
71Rhys Willemse° (Aus)133 
72Cody Warren (USA) Specialized Team America131 
73Benny Strasser (Ger)129 
74Marcel Beer (Swi)128 
75Harry Heath° (GBr)122 
76Adam Vagner (Cze)111 
77Tom Deacon (GBr) 2Stagefactory110 
78Toni Berg (Fin)103 
79Esteban Deronzier (Fra) Morzine-Avoriaz 7493 
80Curtis Keene (USA)92 
81Bradley Benedict (USA) Duncan Riffle Racing91 
82Brook Macdonald° (NZl) Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team90 
83Marco Bugnone (Ita) Argentina Bike Gravity Team90 
84Romain Paulhan (Fra)88 
85Matthew Scoles (NZl)81 
86Matej Charvat (Cze)80 
87Marco Milivinti (Ita) Dytech DH77 
88Dominik Gspan (Swi)77 
89Vlastimil Hyncica (Cze)75 
90Georg Sieder (Aut) Solid Aclass Factory Team70 
91David Eme (Fra)70 
92Florent Payet (Fra) Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team66 
93Gareth Brewin° (GBr)64 
94Cédric Gracia (Fra)62 
95Dean Tennant (Can)62 
96Scott Mears (GBr)58 
97Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col)57 
98Kevin Aiello° (USA) GT Bicycles57 
99Nicolas Ortiz (Fra)57 
100Shaun O'connor° (Aus) Iron Horse-Kenda-Playbiker56 
101Harry Molloy° (GBr)55 
102George Brannigan° (NZl)54 
103Ryan Condrashoff (USA) X-Fusion-Intense54 
104Neil Donoghue (GBr)52 
105Jonty Neethling (RSA)51 
106Kieran Bennett (NZl) X-Fusion-Intense48 
107Rémy Charrier (Fra) Team Sunn45 
108Oscar Harnstrom (Swe)43 
109Camille Blanchard° (Fra) Team Sport Bike39 
110Johann Potgieter (RSA)38 
111Adam Brayton (GBr) Just Reid Race Team38 
112Lars Peyer (Swi) Suspension Center37 
113Ludovic May (Swi)36 
114Jamie Biluk (Can)35 
115Félix Groizard° (Fra) Team Sport Bike35 
116Patrick Thome° (Fra) Team Sport Bike35 
117Nejc Rutar (Slo) MBK Orbea34 
118Dennis Dertell (Swe)33 
119John Swanguen (USA)32 
120Ivan Oziol° (Fra)31 
121Mathieu Troquier (Fra) Solid Aclass Factory Team31 
122Carlo Gambirasio (Ita) Surfing Shop31 
123Alex Bond (GBr)30 
124Rowan Sorrell (GBr)28 
125Ralph Jones (GBr)28 
126Arnau Sugranes Mateu (Spa)27 
127Claudio Cozzi (Ita) Dytech DH25 
128Emanuel Pombo (Por)24 
129Mathieu Gallean (Fra) Team Sunn23 
130Alexander Kangas (Swe)22 
131Maximilian Bender (Ger)21 
132Robert Smith (GBr)21 
133Kim Petersson° (Swe)21 
134Jurgen Beneke (Ger)19 
135Harry Armstrong (Aus)19 
136Scott Laughland (Irl)19 
137Arran Gannicott° (GBr)19 
138Martin Mikulenka (Cze)18 
139Yann Gauvin (Can)17 
140Laurie Dinham° (Aus) Suspension Center16 
141Simon Cardon (Fra)15 
142Pierre Van Der Merwe° (RSA)15 
143Roman Roschi (Swi)14 
144Timothy Bentley° (RSA)14 
145Daniel Wolfe (Irl)13 
146Maciej Jodko (Pol)12 
147Iago Garay Tamayo° (Spa)12 
148Louis-Bresler Knipe (RSA)12 
149Jorge Aguin Castro (Spa)11 
150Elias Somvi (Ita)11 
151Gerard Wolfe (Irl)10 
152Gary Barnard (RSA)10 
153Markus Olkkonen (Fin)10 
154Andréa Gamenara° (Ita) Argentina Bike Gravity Team10 
155Mario Sieder (Aut) Solid Aclass Factory Team9 
156Darryn Stow (RSA)9 
157Geoffrey Ulmer° (USA)8 
158Hayden Brown (RSA)8 
159Richard Thomas (GBr)7 
160Espen Johnsen (Nor)7 
161Kyle Marshall° (Can)  
162James Hughes (GBr)  
163Rick Balbierer (Ger)  
164Shaun Palmer (USA)  
165Emyr Davies (GBr)  
166Bertrand Gilles° (Bel)  
167Martin Frei (Swi)  
168Hans Lambert (Can)  
169Simon Dinkelman° (RSA)  
170Daniel Critchlow (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense  
171Mitch Ropelato° (USA)  
172Ziga Pandur° (Slo)  
Team final WorldCup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Santa Cruz Syndicate589 pts
2Trek World Racing530 
3Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team440 
4Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz410 
5Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles407 
6Scott 11337 
7GT Bicycles307 
8Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense299 
9Iron Horse-Kenda-Playbiker261 
10Suspension Center253 
11Animal Commencal236 
12MS Evil Racing215 
13Morzine-Avoriaz 74208 
14Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team175 
15Norco World Team157 
16Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team128 
17Massi107 
18MSC Bikes99 
19Kenda Morewood98 
202Stagefactory93 
21Team Vario Racing78 
22Team Sunn75 
23Lapierre Powered By Saab Salomon63 
24Solid Aclass Factory Team56 
25Specialized Team America49 
26Duncan Riffle Racing42 
27Kona22 
28Dytech DH12 
29Giant Mountain Bike Team10 
30Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team9 
31XMS-Devinci World Cup Team6 
32Just Reid Race Team4 
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