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) TeamResult
1Gee Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing0:04:36.712 
2Brook Macdonald (NZl) Trek World Racing0:00:01.142 
3Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing0:00:01.361 
4Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre Gravity Republic0:00:01.489 
5Michael Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson UR0:00:01.968 
6Samuel Hill (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof0:00:02.131 
7Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:00:02.644 
8Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:00:04.065 
9Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:00:04.084 
10Greg Williamson (GBr) Trek World Racing0:00:05.416 
11Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Factory Racing0:00:06.555 
12Troy Brosnan (Aus) Specialized Racing DH0:00:06.603 
13Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof0:00:08.112 
14Markus Pekoll (Aut) Ms Mondraker Team0:00:08.298 
15Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:00:08.356 
16Cameron Cole (NZl) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:00:08.380 
17Rémi Thirion (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction0:00:08.628 
18Sam Dale (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team0:00:08.658 
19Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Evil Vengeance Tour0:00:08.758 
20Aaron Gwin (USA) Specialized Racing DH0:00:08.901 
21Connor Fearon (Aus) Kona0:00:08.986 
22Lewis Buchanan (GBr) SC Intense0:00:09.147 
23Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:00:09.386 
24Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Gstaad-Scott0:00:10.505 
25Neko Mulally (USA) Trek World Racing0:00:10.808 
26Loic Bruni (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic0:00:10.965 
27Patrick Thome (Fra) Gstaad-Scott0:00:10.984 
28Richard Rude Jr° (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:00:11.123 
29Lorenzo Suding (Ita) GT / 360 Degrees0:00:11.610 
30Austin Warren (USA) Pivot Factory Team0:00:12.324 
31George Brannigan (NZl) Trek World Racing0:00:12.476 
32Guillaume Cauvin (Fra) Hutchinson UR0:00:12.611 
33Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa) Evil Vengeance Tour0:00:12.695 
34Florent Payet (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian0:00:13.005 
35Robin Wallner (Swe) Team W-Racing0:00:13.061 
36Bryn Atkinson (Aus) Team Norco International0:00:13.144 
37Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:00:13.213 
38Mickael Pascal (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian0:00:14.028 
39Johannes Fischbach (Ger) RRP Ghost0:00:14.141 
40Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra) Topcycle By Trek0:00:14.218 
41Edward Masters (NZl)0:00:14.267 
42Christopher Mcglinchey (Irl)0:00:14.545 
43Ben Cathro (GBr)0:00:14.569 
44Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:00:14.633 
45Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team0:00:15.081 
46Harry Heath (GBr)0:00:15.161 
47Fraser Mcglone (GBr)0:00:15.664 
48Faustin Figaret (Fra) Topcycle By Trek0:00:16.160 
49Filip Polc (Svk) Evil Vengeance Tour0:00:16.306 
50Remi Gauvin (Can)0:00:16.327 
51Joe Connell (GBr) SC Intense0:00:16.415 
52Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria0:00:16.626 
53Alexander Kangas (Swe)0:00:16.825 
54Mathew Stuttard (GBr)0:00:17.094 
55Jack Moir (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:00:17.099 
56Scott Mears (GBr)0:00:17.106 
57Kyle Sangers (Can)0:00:17.857 
58Lars Vatnebryn Sandviken (Nor)0:00:19.112 
59Niklas Wallner (Swe) Team W-Racing0:00:19.577 
60Matthew Walker (NZl)0:00:20.777 
61Richard Thomas (GBr)0:00:20.929 
62Johann Potgieter (RSA) RRP Ghost0:00:21.889 
63Marcus Klausmann (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:00:22.585 
64Francisco Pardal (Por) Evil Vengeance Tour0:00:22.698 
65Cédric Gracia (Fra) CG Racing Brigade0:00:22.722 
66Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) GT / 360 Degrees0:00:22.896 
67Gareth Brewin (GBr)0:00:23.050 
68Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian0:00:23.704 
69Benny Strasser (Ger)0:00:24.023 
70Ziga Pandur (Slo) Unior Tools Team0:00:25.469 
71Oliwer Kangas (Swe)0:00:26.017 
72Bryn Dickerson (NZl)0:00:26.085 
73Rhys Atkinson (Aus)0:00:37.204 
74Luke Strobel (USA) Evil Vengeance Tour0:00:46.786 
75Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Lac Blanc/Scott0:00:54.355 
76Reece Potter (NZl)0:00:57.636 
77Charly Di Pasquale (Fra)0:00:57.784 
78Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction0:02:51.180 
DNFDan Sheridan (Irl)  
DNFMatthew Beer (Can)  
DNFMatthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof  
DNFJono Jones (GBr)  
DNFLogan Binggeli (USA)  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1GT Factory Racing100 pts
2Lapierre Gravity Republic65 
3Trek World Racing62 
4Madison Saracen Downhill Team48 
5Giant Factory Off-Road Team48 
6Gstaad-Scott45 
7Santa Cruz Syndicate45 
8Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof44 
9Hutchinson UR42 
10Commencal / Riding Addiction40 
11MS Mondraker Team39 
12Devinci Global Racing32 
13Specialized Racing DH30 
14Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team18 
15Team Norco International16 
16SC Intense14 
17Blackthorn GT12 
18Evil Vengeance Tour12 
19FMD Racing / Intense Cycles10 
20Kona10 
21Team Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie4 
22GT / 360 Degrees2 
23Pivot Factory Team1 
Elite men downhill World Cup standings after round 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gee Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing240 pts
2Brook Macdonald (NZl) Trek World Racing180 
3Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing162 
4Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre Gravity Republic155 
5Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team140 
6Michael Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson UR135 
7Samuel Hill (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof112 
8Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate98 
9Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof84 
10Troy Brosnan (Aus) Specialized Racing DH81 
11Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team81 
12Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate80 
13Greg Williamson (GBr) Trek World Racing75 
14Cameron Cole (NZl) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team74 
15Sam Dale (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team73 
16Loic Bruni (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic73 
17Aaron Gwin (USA) Specialized Racing DH72 
18Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Factory Racing70 
19Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Evil Vengeance Tour69 
20Markus Pekoll (Aut) Ms Mondraker Team67 
21Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) Giant Factory Off-Road Team66 
22Lewis Buchanan (GBr) SC Intense65 
23Rémi Thirion (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction64 
24Neko Mulally (USA) Trek World Racing61 
25Connor Fearon (Aus) Kona60 
26Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Gstaad-Scott57 
27Patrick Thome (Fra) Gstaad-Scott54 
28Richard° Rude Jr (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team53 
29Lorenzo Suding (Ita) GT / 360 Degrees52 
30Austin Warren (USA) Pivot Factory Team51 
31George Brannigan (NZl) Trek World Racing50 
32Guillaume Cauvin (Fra) Hutchinson UR49 
33Harry Heath (GBr)49 
34Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa) Evil Vengeance Tour48 
35Florent Payet (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian47 
36Robin Wallner (Swe) Team W-Racing46 
37Bryn Atkinson (Aus) Team Norco International45 
38Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team44 
39Mickael Pascal (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian43 
40Johannes Fischbach (Ger) RRP Ghost42 
41Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra) Topcycle By Trek41 
42Edward Masters (NZl)40 
43Christopher Mcglinchey (Irl)39 
44Ben Cathro (GBr)38 
45Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate37 
46Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team36 
47Fraser Mcglone (GBr)34 
48Faustin Figaret (Fra) Topcycle By Trek33 
49Filip Polc (Svk) Evil Vengeance Tour32 
50Remi Gauvin (Can)31 
51Joe Connell (GBr) SC Intense30 
52Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria29 
53Alexander Kangas (Swe)28 
54Mathew Stuttard (GBr)27 
55Jack Moir (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team26 
56Scott Mears (GBr)25 
57Kyle Sangers (Can)24 
58Lars Vatnebryn Sandviken (Nor)23 
59Niklas Wallner (Swe) Team W-Racing22 
60Matthew Walker (NZl)21 
61Richard Thomas (GBr)20 
62Johann Potgieter (RSA) RRP Ghost19 
63Marcus Klausmann (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team18 
64Francisco Pardal (Por) Evil Vengeance Tour17 
65Cédric Gracia (Fra) CG Racing Brigade16 
66Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) GT / 360 Degrees15 
67Gareth Brewin (GBr)14 
68Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian13 
69Benny Strasser (Ger)12 
70Ziga Pandur (Slo) Unior Tools Team11 
71Oliwer Kangas (Swe)10 
72Bryn Dickerson (NZl)9 
73Rhys Atkinson (Aus)8 
74Luke Strobel (USA) Evil Vengeance Tour7 
75Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Lac Blanc/Scott6 
76Reece Potter (NZl)5 
77Charly Di Pasquale (Fra)4 
78Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction3 
Team World Cup standings after round 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1GT Factory Racing100 pts
2Lapierre Gravity Republic65 
3Trek World Racing62 
4Madison Saracen Downhill Team48 
5Giant Factory Off-Road Team48 
6Gstaad-Scott45 
7Santa Cruz Syndicate45 
8Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof44 
9Hutchinson UR42 
10Commencal / Riding Addiction40 
11MS Mondraker Team39 
12Devinci Global Racing32 
13Specialized Racing DH30 
14Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team18 
15Team Norco International16 
16SC Intense14 
17Blackthorn GT12 
18Evil Vengeance Tour12 
19FMD Racing / Intense Cycles10 
20Kona10 
21Team Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie4 
22GT / 360 Degrees2 
23Pivot Factory Team1 

 

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