Minnaar victorious in Leogang

Atherton, Gwin round out podium

The first half of the 2010 season for the Mountain Bike World Cup concluded on Sunday at the new venue of Leogang, Austria, with the third round for downhill. Riders had to deal with cold temperatures, rain and mud, which had chewed the course up significantly, and left big holes and ruts full of water. The final 20 men to race saw the rain return for their runs. Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) extended his lead in the series after taking his second win of the season.

Minnaar qualified second fastest among the men, two-tenths of a second behind Sam Blenkinsop (Pierre International), with Aaron Gwin (Yeti Fox Shox) in third and round two winner Gee Atherton (Commencal) in fifth.

In the final, no one could come close to the top qualifying time, showing how much the track had deteriorated overnight. World Champion Steve Peat (Santa Cruz Syndicate) set the first time under 4:12, but was bumped from the hot seat by Cameron Cole (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain), the young New Zealand rider who has become a consistent top-10finisher.

Gee Atherton, the fifth from last starter, then took the leading time down by a staggering 5.38 seconds, which stood up until Minnaar came in three quarters of a second faster at 4:05.65. Blenkinsop couldn't manage to repeat his stellar qualifying performance, and slotted into fourth, behind Gwin.

Minnaar, with two wins and a third place, extended his World Cup lead over Atherton to 73 points, while Gwin moved into third, 250 points behind Minnaar.

"It was crazy out there," said Minnaar. "I was just all over the place, dabbing and trying to stay on the bike. It really was tough."

1Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:04:05.65 
2Gee Atherton (GBr) Commencal0:00:00.74 
3Aaron Gwin (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:00:04.44 
4Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre International0:00:05.52 
5Cameron Cole (NZl) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain0:00:06.12 
6Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:00:06.17 
7Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz0:00:06.96 
8Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing0:00:07.28 
9Matti Lehikoinen (Fin) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense0:00:07.60 
10Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense0:00:08.17 
11Steve Smith (Can) MS Evil Racing0:00:08.44 
12Luke Strobel (USA) MS Evil Racing0:00:08.99 
13Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Team0:00:09.98 
14Matthew Scoles (NZl) Team Cingolani - Protone0:00:10.38 
15Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Bicycles0:00:11.40 
16Dan Atherton (GBr) Commencal0:00:12.27 
17Sam Dale (GBr) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz0:00:12.60 
18Chris Kovarik (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense0:00:12.71 
19Mickael Pascal (Fra)0:00:12.80 
20Markus Pekoll (Aut) Solid Aclass Factory Team0:00:13.05 
21Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team0:00:13.29 
22Filip Polc (Svk) MS Evil Racing0:00:13.34 
23Fabien Pedemanaud (Fra) Scott 110:00:13.42 
24Andrew Neethling (RSA) Trek World Racing0:00:13.76 
25George Brannigan (NZl) Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team0:00:14.35 
26Thomas Braithwaite (GBr)0:00:14.47 
27Shaun O'connor (Aus) Kenda-Playbiker0:00:15.03 
27Brook Macdonald (NZl) MS Evil Racing  
29Adam Vagner (Cze)0:00:15.19 
30Joe Barnes (GBr)0:00:15.34 
31Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team0:00:16.17 
32Romain Paulhan (Fra)0:00:16.22 
33Florent Payet (Fra) Blackmountain Morewood United0:00:16.47 
34Wyn Masters (NZl) Kenda-Playbiker0:00:17.48 
35Harry Molloy (GBr)0:00:18.01 
35Marcus Klausmann (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team  
37Nico Vink (Bel)0:00:18.31 
38Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col)0:00:18.34 
39Kyle Strait (USA)0:00:18.37 
40Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Solid Aclass Factory Team0:00:18.50 
41Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team0:00:18.61 
42Cédric Gracia (Fra)0:00:18.67 
43Dennis Dertell (Swe)0:00:19.44 
44Marco Milivinti (Ita) Team Cingolani - Protone0:00:19.51 
45Nathan Rankin (NZl) Kenda-Playbiker0:00:19.84 
46Michael Hannah (Aus) GT Bicycles0:00:20.05 
47Robert Smith (GBr)0:00:20.32 
48Julien Camellini (Fra) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense0:00:21.00 
49Ludovic May (Sui)0:00:21.02 
50Troy Brosnan (Aus)0:00:21.34 
51Richard Thomas (GBr)0:00:21.69 
52Mathieu Gallean (Fra) Ryde-Racing0:00:21.98 
53Nick Beer (Swi) Scott 110:00:22.16 
54Ralph Jones (GBr)0:00:22.47 
55Lorenzo Suding (Ita)0:00:22.98 
56Chris Hutchens (GBr)0:00:23.19 
57Fergus Lamb (GBr)0:00:23.33 
58Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Team Lac Blanc Massif Des Vosges0:00:23.46 
59Lewis Buchanan (GBr) MS Evil Racing0:00:23.67 
60Joris Bigoni (Fra)0:00:24.04 
61Joshua Button (Aus) Kona0:00:24.45 
62Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Blackmountain Morewood United0:00:24.77 
63Bryn Atkinson (Aus) World Trail/Specialized0:00:24.88 
64Alexander Kangas (Swe)0:00:25.46 
65Benny Strasser (Ger)0:00:27.23 
66Ben Cathro (GBr) MTBcut.tv0:00:28.53 
67Emanuel Pombo (Por)0:00:29.32 
68Maxime Remy (Fra) Suspension Center0:00:29.46 
69Matej Charvat (Cze) K.T.R. Racing Team0:00:29.89 
70Marcel Beer (Swi)0:00:30.25 
71Duncan Riffle (USA) Giant Factory Team0:00:33.06 
72Aari Barrett (NZl) Scott 110:00:36.76 
73Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Esp) XMS Racing Squad0:00:38.41 
74Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team0:00:39.65 
75Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense0:00:42.71 
76Marco Bugnone (Ita) Argentina Bike Gravity Team0:00:57.46 
77Joseph Smith (GBr) Kona0:01:31.37 
78Evan Turpen (USA)0:02:36.44 
79Pasqual Canals Flix (Esp) XMS Racing Squad0:08:50.05 
DNFJosh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate  
DSQMitchell Delfs (Aus) Lex / Pivot  
DNSRobin Wallner (Swe) Team Sunn Montgenevre  
Men's teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense80 pts
2Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain68 
3Santa Cruz Syndicate66 
4Trek World Racing60 
5MS Evil Racing52 
7Scott 1140 
8Suspension Center35 
9Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team32 
10Lapierre International30 
11Commencal Superiders28 
13Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz24 
14RC Alpine Commencal Austria22 
15Norco World Team20 
16Giant Factory Team18 
17Team Cingolani - Protone17 
18GT Bicycles16 
19Dr-Gravity Union14 
20Solid Aclass Factory Team11 
21Dirt Norco Race Team10 
22Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team6 


Men World Cup individual standings after three rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate660 pts
2Gee Atherton (GBr) Commencal587 
3Aaron Gwin (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team410 
4Cameron Cole (NZl) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain404 
5Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre International394 
6Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz345 
7Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing274 
8Matti Lehikoinen (Fin) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense265 
9Fabien Pedemanaud (Fra) Scott 11257 
10Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Bicycles232 
11Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense223 
12Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate222 
13Michael Hannah (Aus) GT Bicycles218 
14Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Team218 
15Steve Smith (Can) MS Evil Racing206 
16Luke Strobel (USA) MS Evil Racing200 
17Shaun O'connor (Aus) Kenda-Playbiker198 
18Julien Camellini (Fra) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense196 
19Andrew Neethling (RSA) Trek World Racing189 
20Bryn Atkinson (Aus)178 
21Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team178 
22Nick Beer (Swi) Scott 11177 
23Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team168 
24Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team165 
25Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz160 
26Joseph Smith (GBr) Kona157 
27Florent Payet (Fra) Blackmountain Morewood United157 
28Nico Vink (Bel)154 
29Ben Cathro (GBr)148 
30Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate138 
31Filip Polc (Svk) MS Evil Racing138 
32Thomas Braithwaite (GBr)131 
33Romain Paulhan (Fra)129 
34Sam Dale (GBr)124 
35Joshua Button (Aus) Kona121 
36Mickael Pascal (Fra)118 
37Matthew Scoles (NZl) Team Cingolani - Protone118 
38Mitchell Delfs (Aus)116 
39Wyn Masters (NZl) Kenda-Playbiker115 
40Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Commencal Superiders111 
41Joe Barnes (GBr)105 
42Robin Wallner (Swe) Team Sunn Montgenevre103 
43Harry Molloy (GBr)103 
44Brook Macdonald (NZl) MS Evil Racing102 
45Chris Kovarik (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense101 
46Kyle Strait (USA)98 
47Adam Vagner (Cze)94 
48Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa) XMS Racing Squad92 
49Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense90 
50George Brannigan° (NZl) Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team89 
51Troy Brosnan° (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz88 
52Joris Bigoni (Fra)87 
53Emanuel Pombo (Por)86 
54Matej Charvat (Cze) K.T.R. Racing Team82 
55Markus Pekoll (Aut) Solid Aclass Factory Team81 
56Marcus Klausmann (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team78 
57Marco Milivinti (Ita) Team Cingolani - Protone78 
58Bernat Guardia Pascual (Spa) Massi Team77 
59Fergus Lamb (GBr)77 
60Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col)74 
61Cédric Gracia (Fra)73 
62Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Solid Aclass Factory Team71 
63Robert Smith (GBr)67 
64Dennis Dertell (Swe)66 
65Duncan Riffle (USA) Giant Factory Team66 
66Dan Atherton (GBr) Commencal65 
67Nathan Rankin (NZl) Kenda-Playbiker65 
68Benny Strasser (Ger)56 
69Chris Hutchens (GBr)53 
70Pasqual Canals Flix (Spa) XMS Racing Squad50 
71Ludovic May (Swi)47 
72Ralph Jones (GBr)45 
73Alexander Kangas (Swe)44 
74Richard Thomas (GBr)42 
75Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Blackmountain Morewood United41 
76Curtis Keene (USA)40 
77Antoine Badouard (Fra)39 
78Rémi Thirion (Fra) Team Sunn Montgenevre39 
79Adam Brayton (GBr)36 
80Emyr Davies (GBr)35 
81Lars Peyer (Swi) Suspension Center32 
82Scott Mears (GBr)31 
83Lewis Buchanan° (GBr) MS Evil Racing30 
84Mathieu Gallean (Fra) Ryde-Racing29 
85Bernard Kerr (GBr) Norco World Team28 
86Olivier Nicole (Fra)26 
87Lorenzo Suding (Ita)26 
88Aari Barrett (NZl) Scott 1126 
89Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Team Lac Blanc Massif Des Vosges23 
90Jack Reading (GBr)21 
91Nejc Rutar (Slo) MBK Orbea20 
92Harry Heath (GBr)20 
93Oliver Burton (GBr)19 
94Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team19 
95Marco Bugnone (Ita) Argentina Bike Gravity Team18 
96Maxime Remy (Fra) Suspension Center15 
97Scott Laughland (Irl)14 
98Marcel Beer (Swi)11 
99Ivan Oulego Moreno (Spa) Massi Team11 
100Sam Flockhart° (GBr) Lapierre International10 
101Jan Javornik (Svk)9 
102Florian Arthus (Fra)8 
103Mark Scott° (GBr)7 
104Kim Petersson (Swe)4 
105Evan Turpen (USA)3 
Men's Team World Cup standings after three rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense224 pts
3Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain200 
4Scott 11190 
5Santa Cruz Syndicate171 
6Trek World Racing168 
7Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz93 
8MS Evil Racing93 
9Commencal Superiders90 
10Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team86 
11Suspension Center84 
12GT Bicycles77 
13Lapierre International75 
14RC Alpine Commencal Austria69 
16Giant Factory Team48 
17Dr-Gravity Union42 
19Norco World Team39 
21Mondraker Factory Team22 
22Team Sunn Montgenevre20 
23Team Cingolani - Protone17 
24Dirt Norco Race Team15 
25Solid Aclass Factory Team11 
26Blackmountain Morewood United9 
27Massi Team8 
28Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team6 

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