Gee Atherton wins Fort William World Cup

Siblings double up on victories at home World Cup

Making it the perfect day for the Atherton family, Gee Atherton (GT Factory Racing) finished off what his sister had begun earlier in the day by winning the Fort William Downhill World Cup on Scotland on Sunday afternoon.

Gee Atherton blazed down the mountain with the fastest time of 4:36.712. New Zealander Brook Macdonald (Trek World Racing) had the second best run of the day at 1.142 seconds and Canadian Steve Smith rounded out the top three at 1.361.

"It's been awhile since I've won here. For me, it doesn't get better than this," Atherton told Redbull.tv. He last won in Fort William three years ago. "It was a good, smooth run. I couldn't have asked for a better run, really."

"I'm stoked to start the World Cup series like this. Bring it on, I say."

Notably absent from the podium were former world champion Sam Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles) in sixth, fastest qualifier Danny Hart (Giant) in seventh, world champion Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz) in eighth and the man who has dominated the World Cup circuit for the past two years, Aaron Gwin (Specialized Racing DH), in 20th.

After his run, Minnaar said, "I was too tense up top. I was riding really stiff and not as smooth as I would have liked. I had a pretty decent bottom. Considering the conditions, I'm stoked to have come down."

None of the favorites experienced major crashes or mechanicals. Racers competed under sunny skies.

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Gee Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing 0:04:36.712  
2 Brook Macdonald (NZl) Trek World Racing 0:00:01.142  
3 Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing 0:00:01.361  
4 Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre Gravity Republic 0:00:01.489  
5 Michael Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson UR 0:00:01.968  
6 Samuel Hill (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 0:00:02.131  
7 Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:02.644  
8 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:04.065  
9 Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:04.084  
10 Greg Williamson (GBr) Trek World Racing 0:00:05.416  
11 Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Factory Racing 0:00:06.555  
12 Troy Brosnan (Aus) Specialized Racing DH 0:00:06.603  
13 Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 0:00:08.112  
14 Markus Pekoll (Aut) Ms Mondraker Team 0:00:08.298  
15 Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:08.356  
16 Cameron Cole (NZl) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 0:00:08.380  
17 Rémi Thirion (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 0:00:08.628  
18 Sam Dale (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team 0:00:08.658  
19 Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Evil Vengeance Tour 0:00:08.758  
20 Aaron Gwin (USA) Specialized Racing DH 0:00:08.901  
21 Connor Fearon (Aus) Kona 0:00:08.986  
22 Lewis Buchanan (GBr) SC Intense 0:00:09.147  
23 Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:09.386  
24 Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Gstaad-Scott 0:00:10.505  
25 Neko Mulally (USA) Trek World Racing 0:00:10.808  
26 Loic Bruni (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic 0:00:10.965  
27 Patrick Thome (Fra) Gstaad-Scott 0:00:10.984  
28 Richard Rude Jr° (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 0:00:11.123  
29 Lorenzo Suding (Ita) GT / 360 Degrees 0:00:11.610  
30 Austin Warren (USA) Pivot Factory Team 0:00:12.324  
31 George Brannigan (NZl) Trek World Racing 0:00:12.476  
32 Guillaume Cauvin (Fra) Hutchinson UR 0:00:12.611  
33 Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa) Evil Vengeance Tour 0:00:12.695  
34 Florent Payet (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian 0:00:13.005  
35 Robin Wallner (Swe) Team W-Racing 0:00:13.061  
36 Bryn Atkinson (Aus) Team Norco International 0:00:13.144  
37 Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 0:00:13.213  
38 Mickael Pascal (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian 0:00:14.028  
39 Johannes Fischbach (Ger) RRP Ghost 0:00:14.141  
40 Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra) Topcycle By Trek 0:00:14.218  
41 Edward Masters (NZl) 0:00:14.267  
42 Christopher Mcglinchey (Irl) 0:00:14.545  
43 Ben Cathro (GBr) 0:00:14.569  
44 Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:14.633  
45 Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team 0:00:15.081  
46 Harry Heath (GBr) 0:00:15.161  
47 Fraser Mcglone (GBr) 0:00:15.664  
48 Faustin Figaret (Fra) Topcycle By Trek 0:00:16.160  
49 Filip Polc (Svk) Evil Vengeance Tour 0:00:16.306  
50 Remi Gauvin (Can) 0:00:16.327  
51 Joe Connell (GBr) SC Intense 0:00:16.415  
52 Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 0:00:16.626  
53 Alexander Kangas (Swe) 0:00:16.825  
54 Mathew Stuttard (GBr) 0:00:17.094  
55 Jack Moir (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 0:00:17.099  
56 Scott Mears (GBr) 0:00:17.106  
57 Kyle Sangers (Can) 0:00:17.857  
58 Lars Vatnebryn Sandviken (Nor) 0:00:19.112  
59 Niklas Wallner (Swe) Team W-Racing 0:00:19.577  
60 Matthew Walker (NZl) 0:00:20.777  
61 Richard Thomas (GBr) 0:00:20.929  
62 Johann Potgieter (RSA) RRP Ghost 0:00:21.889  
63 Marcus Klausmann (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:00:22.585  
64 Francisco Pardal (Por) Evil Vengeance Tour 0:00:22.698  
65 Cédric Gracia (Fra) CG Racing Brigade 0:00:22.722  
66 Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) GT / 360 Degrees 0:00:22.896  
67 Gareth Brewin (GBr) 0:00:23.050  
68 Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian 0:00:23.704  
69 Benny Strasser (Ger) 0:00:24.023  
70 Ziga Pandur (Slo) Unior Tools Team 0:00:25.469  
71 Oliwer Kangas (Swe) 0:00:26.017  
72 Bryn Dickerson (NZl) 0:00:26.085  
73 Rhys Atkinson (Aus) 0:00:37.204  
74 Luke Strobel (USA) Evil Vengeance Tour 0:00:46.786  
75 Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Lac Blanc/Scott 0:00:54.355  
76 Reece Potter (NZl) 0:00:57.636  
77 Charly Di Pasquale (Fra) 0:00:57.784  
78 Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 0:02:51.180  
DNF Dan Sheridan (Irl)    
DNF Matthew Beer (Can)    
DNF Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof    
DNF Jono Jones (GBr)    
DNF Logan Binggeli (USA)    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 GT Factory Racing 100  pts
2 Lapierre Gravity Republic 65  
3 Trek World Racing 62  
4 Madison Saracen Downhill Team 48  
5 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 48  
6 Gstaad-Scott 45  
7 Santa Cruz Syndicate 45  
8 Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 44  
9 Hutchinson UR 42  
10 Commencal / Riding Addiction 40  
11 MS Mondraker Team 39  
12 Devinci Global Racing 32  
13 Specialized Racing DH 30  
14 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 18  
15 Team Norco International 16  
16 SC Intense 14  
17 Blackthorn GT 12  
18 Evil Vengeance Tour 12  
19 FMD Racing / Intense Cycles 10  
20 Kona 10  
21 Team Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie 4  
22 GT / 360 Degrees 2  
23 Pivot Factory Team 1  
Elite men downhill World Cup standings after round 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Gee Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing 240  pts
2 Brook Macdonald (NZl) Trek World Racing 180  
3 Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing 162  
4 Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre Gravity Republic 155  
5 Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 140  
6 Michael Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson UR 135  
7 Samuel Hill (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 112  
8 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 98  
9 Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 84  
10 Troy Brosnan (Aus) Specialized Racing DH 81  
11 Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 81  
12 Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 80  
13 Greg Williamson (GBr) Trek World Racing 75  
14 Cameron Cole (NZl) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 74  
15 Sam Dale (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team 73  
16 Loic Bruni (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic 73  
17 Aaron Gwin (USA) Specialized Racing DH 72  
18 Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Factory Racing 70  
19 Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Evil Vengeance Tour 69  
20 Markus Pekoll (Aut) Ms Mondraker Team 67  
21 Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 66  
22 Lewis Buchanan (GBr) SC Intense 65  
23 Rémi Thirion (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 64  
24 Neko Mulally (USA) Trek World Racing 61  
25 Connor Fearon (Aus) Kona 60  
26 Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Gstaad-Scott 57  
27 Patrick Thome (Fra) Gstaad-Scott 54  
28 Richard° Rude Jr (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 53  
29 Lorenzo Suding (Ita) GT / 360 Degrees 52  
30 Austin Warren (USA) Pivot Factory Team 51  
31 George Brannigan (NZl) Trek World Racing 50  
32 Guillaume Cauvin (Fra) Hutchinson UR 49  
33 Harry Heath (GBr) 49  
34 Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa) Evil Vengeance Tour 48  
35 Florent Payet (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian 47  
36 Robin Wallner (Swe) Team W-Racing 46  
37 Bryn Atkinson (Aus) Team Norco International 45  
38 Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 44  
39 Mickael Pascal (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian 43  
40 Johannes Fischbach (Ger) RRP Ghost 42  
41 Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra) Topcycle By Trek 41  
42 Edward Masters (NZl) 40  
43 Christopher Mcglinchey (Irl) 39  
44 Ben Cathro (GBr) 38  
45 Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 37  
46 Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team 36  
47 Fraser Mcglone (GBr) 34  
48 Faustin Figaret (Fra) Topcycle By Trek 33  
49 Filip Polc (Svk) Evil Vengeance Tour 32  
50 Remi Gauvin (Can) 31  
51 Joe Connell (GBr) SC Intense 30  
52 Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 29  
53 Alexander Kangas (Swe) 28  
54 Mathew Stuttard (GBr) 27  
55 Jack Moir (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 26  
56 Scott Mears (GBr) 25  
57 Kyle Sangers (Can) 24  
58 Lars Vatnebryn Sandviken (Nor) 23  
59 Niklas Wallner (Swe) Team W-Racing 22  
60 Matthew Walker (NZl) 21  
61 Richard Thomas (GBr) 20  
62 Johann Potgieter (RSA) RRP Ghost 19  
63 Marcus Klausmann (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team 18  
64 Francisco Pardal (Por) Evil Vengeance Tour 17  
65 Cédric Gracia (Fra) CG Racing Brigade 16  
66 Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) GT / 360 Degrees 15  
67 Gareth Brewin (GBr) 14  
68 Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian 13  
69 Benny Strasser (Ger) 12  
70 Ziga Pandur (Slo) Unior Tools Team 11  
71 Oliwer Kangas (Swe) 10  
72 Bryn Dickerson (NZl) 9  
73 Rhys Atkinson (Aus) 8  
74 Luke Strobel (USA) Evil Vengeance Tour 7  
75 Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Lac Blanc/Scott 6  
76 Reece Potter (NZl) 5  
77 Charly Di Pasquale (Fra) 4  
78 Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 3  
Team World Cup standings after round 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 GT Factory Racing 100  pts
2 Lapierre Gravity Republic 65  
3 Trek World Racing 62  
4 Madison Saracen Downhill Team 48  
5 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 48  
6 Gstaad-Scott 45  
7 Santa Cruz Syndicate 45  
8 Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 44  
9 Hutchinson UR 42  
10 Commencal / Riding Addiction 40  
11 MS Mondraker Team 39  
12 Devinci Global Racing 32  
13 Specialized Racing DH 30  
14 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 18  
15 Team Norco International 16  
16 SC Intense 14  
17 Blackthorn GT 12  
18 Evil Vengeance Tour 12  
19 FMD Racing / Intense Cycles 10  
20 Kona 10  
21 Team Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie 4  
22 GT / 360 Degrees 2  
23 Pivot Factory Team 1  

 

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