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June 10, Elite men downhill:

Gwin best again in World Cup downhill round

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
June 10, 2012, 20:41 BST,
Updated:
June 11, 2012, 19:59 BST

American surges in rankings, leads Minnaar, Atherton

Men's podium: Sam Hillm Danny Hart, Aaron Gwin, Gee Atherton, Josh Bryceland

Men's podium: Sam Hillm Danny Hart, Aaron Gwin, Gee Atherton, Josh Bryceland

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Aaron Gwin (Trek World Racing) took his second consecutive UCI Downhill World Cup win of the season on Sunday in Fort William, Scotland, solidifying his lead atop the men's standings after three rounds. However, unlike last weekend at Val di Sole, Italy, his victory margin was measured in tenths of a second rather than multiple seconds.

The men struggled with the wet and slippery conditions, and also had to contend with mist on the open slopes of the upper section of the course, at times so thick that it became almost impossible to see more than 10 meters ahead. It wasn't until there were less than 30 riders remaining that the five minute barrier was broken by young British rider Greg Williamson, at 4:57.864 . Williamson held onto the lead through seven more riders before Gwin obliterated it, knocking 9.654 seconds off the leading time - a time still nearly six seconds slower than Marc Beaumont's (GT Factory) top qualifying time a day earlier in much drier conditions.

As the race counted down to the final ten riders, they began chipping away at Gwin's lead, but it wasn't enough. Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate), the winner of round one, was five seconds back after dropping his chain, a resurgent Sam Hill (Monster Energy-Specialized) at three and a half seconds, and Gee Atherton (GT Factory) a second closer. Only world champion Danny Hart (Giant) could get within a second, after leading at the first split, but he was 0.834 seconds back at the finish, giving Gwin his second consecutive victory of the season.

"I was coming down thinking it was going well, and it was a good run," said Hart. "But it's hard work, the new bottom section, when it's rain like it has. I just wish I could have gone eight-tenths faster."

"I didn't know if it would be enough," said Gwin, who had crashed in qualifying, resulting in an early start time. "That was a hard run, I didn't have much left at the bottom. It wasn't the best weekend for me, but I managed to pull it together. I can't believe it really."

Gwin now leads the World Cup standings with 650 points to Minnaar's 565, with Atherton at 495.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Aaron Gwin (USA) Trek World Racing 0:04:48.210  
2 Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:00.834  
3 Gee Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing 0:00:02.516  
4 Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy-Specialized 0:00:03.532  
5 Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:05.056  
6 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:05.123  
7 Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 0:00:06.938  
8 Sam Dale (GBr) 0:00:07.142  
9 Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 0:00:07.382  
10 Cameron Cole (NZl) Lapierre International 0:00:07.564  
11 Rémi Thirion (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 0:00:07.711  
12 Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre International 0:00:08.035  
13 Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:08.127  
14 Luke Strobel (USA) 0:00:08.958  
15 Michael Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson United Ride 0:00:09.274  
16 Loic Bruni° (Fra) Lapierre International 0:00:09.615  
17 Greg Williamson (GBr) 0:00:09.654  
18 Nick Beer (Swi) Devinci Global Racing 0:00:11.145  
19 Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing 0:00:11.185  
20 Bryn Atkinson (Aus) Team Norco International 0:00:13.832  
21 George Brannigan (NZl) Devinci Global Racing 0:00:14.132  
22 Patrick Thome (Fra) Lapierre International 0:00:14.197  
23 Lewis Buchanan (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 0:00:14.864  
24 Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Kona 0:00:14.999  
25 Richard Thomas (GBr) 0:00:15.129  
26 Filip Polc (Svk) 0:00:15.280  
27 Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team 0:00:15.366  
28 Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace 0:00:15.757  
29 Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Scott11 0:00:15.992  
30 Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:00:16.157  
31 Alexander Kangas (Swe) 0:00:16.225  
32 Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing 0:00:16.341  
33 Richard Rude Jr° (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 0:00:16.574  
34 Mickael Pascal (Fra) CK Racing Santacruz 0:00:16.753  
35 Fraser Mcglone° (GBr) 0:00:17.238  
36 Dan Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing 0:00:17.305  
37 Matti Lehikoinen (Fin) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 0:00:18.138  
38 Connor Fearon° (Aus) Kona 0:00:18.418  
39 Jack Reading (GBr) 0:00:18.790  
40 Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) Cg Racing Brigade 0:00:19.258  
41 Duncan Riffle (USA) Dirt Norco Race Team 0:00:19.514  
42 Damien Spagnolo (Fra) MS Mondraker Team 0:00:19.902  
43 Nico Vink (Bel) Rose Vaujany Gravity MTB Team 0:00:20.093  
44 Ivan Oulego Moreno (Spa) 0:00:20.194  
45 Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra) Topcycle By Trek 0:00:20.361  
46 Lars Vatnebryn Sandviken (Nor) 0:00:21.033  
47 Julien Camellini (Fra) 0:00:21.322  
48 Joshua Button (Aus) SC-Intense 0:00:21.821  
49 Thomas Braithwaite (GBr) 0:00:22.498  
50 Nejc Rutar (Slo) Unior Tools Team 0:00:22.642  
51 Ralph Jones (GBr) 0:00:22.788  
52 Joe Barnes (GBr) 0:00:22.817  
53 Ziga Pandur (Slo) Unior Tools Team 0:00:22.976  
54 Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 0:00:22.978  
55 Oliver Burton (GBr) 0:00:23.316  
56 Mark Scott (GBr) 0:00:25.894  
57 Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Hutchinson United Ride 0:00:25.940  
58 Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) CK Racing Santacruz 0:00:26.056  
59 Scott Mears (GBr) 0:00:26.641  
60 Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) Pila-BlaCK Arrows-MTB Herin School Asd 0:00:27.821  
61 Florent Payet (Fra) SC-Intense 0:00:28.339  
62 Francisco Pardal (Por) 0:00:28.968  
63 Thomas Jeandin (Swi) 0:00:30.740  
64 Phil Atwill° (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team 0:00:31.026  
65 Robin Wallner (Swe) Team Are Bikepark By W-Racing 0:00:31.106  
66 Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Factory Racing 0:00:32.479  
67 Niklas Wallner (Swe) Team Are Bikepark By W-Racing 0:00:33.437  
68 Mathieu Gallean (Fra) Dagg - Racing 0:00:37.229  
69 Brook Macdonald (NZl) MS Mondraker Team 0:00:39.184  
70 Edgar Carballo Gonzalez (Spa) 0:00:39.312  
71 Matthew Beer (Can) 0:00:41.505  
72 Alex Bond (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 0:00:42.252  
73 Gaetan Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 0:00:52.026  
74 Bernat Guardia Pascual (Spa) 0:00:53.101  
75 Harry Heath (GBr) Unior Tools Team 0:00:55.882  
76 Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 0:00:57.744  
77 Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:03:19.320  
DNF Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr)    
DNF Lorenzo Suding (Ita) Pila-BlaCK Arrows-MTB Herin School Asd    
DNF George Gannicott° (GBr)    
DNF Andreas Sieber (Ger)    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 GT Factory Racing 67  pts
2 Lapierre International 55  
3 Santa Cruz Syndicate 54  
4 Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 54  
5 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 53  
6 Trek World Racing 40  
7 MS Mondraker Team 40  
8 Scott11 37  
9 Hutchinson United Ride 36  
10 Devinci Global Racing 35  
11 Commencal / Riding Addiction 30  
12 Monster Energy-Specialized 30  
13 Team Norco International 23  
14 Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 20  
15 Passion Velo.Fr 18  
16 Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie 14  
17 Kona 7  
18 Unior Tools Team 4  
19 Dirt Norco Race Team 4  
20 Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace 3  
21 Alpine Commencal Austria 2  
22 Ghost Factory Racing Team 1  
World Cup individual standings after round 3
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Aaron Gwin (USA) Trek World Racing 650  pts
2 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 565  
3 Gee Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing 495  
4 Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 355  
5 Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy-Specialized 334  
6 Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing 302  
7 Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Factory Racing 293  
8 Michael Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson United Ride 288  
9 Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 257  
10 Rémi Thirion (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 237  
11 Cameron Cole (NZl) Lapierre International 217  
12 Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre International 214  
13 Nick Beer (Swi) Devinci Global Racing 207  
14 Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing 204  
15 Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 199  
16 Loic Bruni° (Fra) Lapierre International 199  
17 Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 189  
18 George Brannigan (NZl) Devinci Global Racing 189  
19 Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 185  
20 Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Ms Mondraker Team 182  
21 Richard Rude Jr° (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 172  
22 Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Scott11 170  
23 Julien Camellini (Fra) 167  
24 Brook Macdonald (NZl) Ms Mondraker Team 166  
25 Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra) Topcycle By Trek 157  
26 Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 156  
27 Luke Strobel (USA) 153  
28 Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace 153  
29 Mickael Pascal (Fra) Ck Racing Santacruz 144  
30 Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 142  
31 Patrick Thome (Fra) Lapierre International 137  
32 Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team 137  
33 Sam Dale (GBr) 135  
34 Bryn Atkinson (Aus) Team Norco International 133  
35 Robin Wallner (Swe) Team Are Bikepark By W-Racing 125  
36 Bernard Kerr (GBr) 115  
37 Richard Thomas (GBr) 112  
38 Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Kona 110  
39 Troy Brosnan (Aus) Monster Energy-Specialized 107  
40 Greg Williamson (GBr) 106  
41 Connor Fearon° (Aus) Kona 102  
42 Joshua Button (Aus) Sc-Intense 100  
43 Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Hutchinson United Ride 95  
44 Cédric Gracia (Fra) Cg Racing Brigade 93  
45 Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 91  
46 Marcus Klausmann (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team 88  
47 Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) Cg Racing Brigade 88  
48 Duncan Riffle (USA) Dirt Norco Race Team 85  
49 Oliver Burton (GBr) 80  
50 Lewis Buchanan (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 78  
51 Alexander Kangas (Swe) 78  
52 Florent Payet (Fra) Sc-Intense 75  
53 Harry Molloy (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team 74  
54 Fraser Mcglone° (GBr) 73  
55 Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) Pila-Black Arrows-Mtb Herin School Asd 71  
56 Jack Reading (GBr) 70  
57 Eliot Jackson (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 69  
58 Neko Mulally (USA) Trek World Racing 67  
59 Matti Lehikoinen (Fin) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 67  
60 Ziga Pandur (Slo) Unior Tools Team 66  
61 Matthew Beer (Can) 64  
62 Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) 58  
63 Thomas Braithwaite (GBr) 57  
64 Francisco Pardal (Por) 56  
65 Filip Polc (Svk) 55  
66 Lorenzo Suding (Ita) Pila-Black Arrows-Mtb Herin School Asd 55  
67 Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team 54  
68 Markus Pekoll (Aut) Ms Mondraker Team 51  
69 Marco Milivinti (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop 48  
70 Johann Potgieter (RSA) 48  
71 Nejc Rutar (Slo) Unior Tools Team 48  
72 Dan Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing 45  
73 Isak Leivsson (Nor) 44  
74 Yoann Barelli (Fra) 42  
75 Bernat Guardia Pascual (Spa) 41  
76 Kyle Sangers (Can) 38  
77 Curtis Keene (USA) Specialized Racing - Usa Gravity 38  
78 Nico Vink (Bel) Rose Vaujany Gravity Mtb Team 38  
79 Mitch Ropelato (USA) Specialized Racing - Usa Gravity 37  
80 Ivan Oulego Moreno (Spa) 37  
81 Alex Bond (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 37  
82 Lars Vatnebryn Sandviken (Nor) 35  
83 Mathieu Gallean (Fra) Dagg - Racing 35  
84 Timothy Bentley (RSA) Hutchinson United Ride 33  
85 Miran Vauh (Slo) 33  
86 Faustin Figaret (Fra) Sc-Intense 32  
87 Jonty Neethling (RSA) 32  
88 Benny Strasser (Ger) 31  
89 Niklas Wallner (Swe) Team Are Bikepark By W-Racing 31  
90 Gianluca Vernassa° (Ita) Devinci Global Racing 30  
91 Ralph Jones (GBr) 30  
92 Mark Scott (GBr) 30  
93 Joe Barnes (GBr) 29  
94 Emanuel Pombo (Por) 28  
95 Stefan Garlicki (RSA) 27  
96 Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 27  
97 Harry Heath (GBr) Unior Tools Team 26  
98 Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Ck Racing Santacruz 23  
99 Lars Peyer (Swi) Sc-Intense 22  
100 Scott Mears (GBr) 22  
101 Logan Binggeli (USA) 18  
102 Thomas Jeandin (Swi) 18  
103 Carlo Caire° (Ita) Argentina Bike Gravity Team 17  
104 Phil Atwill° (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team 17  
105 Charly Di Pasquale (Fra) Xcytt Racing 16  
106 Fergus Lamb (GBr) 16  
107 Arthur Parret (Fra) Passion Velo.Fr 14  
108 Manuel Gruber (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 13  
109 Ludovic May (Swi) 13  
110 Emyr Davies (GBr) 12  
111 Edgar Carballo Gonzalez (Spa) 11  
112 Dan Stanbridge (GBr) Dirt Norco Race Team 11  
113 Tommy Herrmann (Ger) 11  
114 Matthias Stonig (Aut) 10  
115 Guillaume Cauvin° (Fra) Hutchinson United Ride 10  
116 Gaetan Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 8  
117 Lutz Weber (Swi) 8  
118 Mathias Haas (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 7  
119 Tiaan Odendaal° (RSA) 7  
120 Benjamin Torrano (Fra) 7  
121 Jonathan Jones° (GBr) 6  
122 Kevin Aiello (USA) 4  
123 Dan Sheridan° (Irl) 3  
124 Kristoffer Haugland (Nor) 2  
World Cup team standings after round 3
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 GT Factory Racing 212  pts
2 Santa Cruz Syndicate 172  
3 Trek World Racing 160  
4 MS Mondraker Team 153  
5 Hutchinson United Ride 137  
6 Lapierre International 131  
7 Devinci Global Racing 131  
8 Scott11 121  
9 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 103  
10 Monster Energy-Specialized 97  
11 Commencal / Riding Addiction 85  
12 Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 66  
13 Team Norco International 64  
14 Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 63  
15 Passion Velo.Fr 40  
16 SC-Intense 37  
17 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 36  
18 Madison Saracen Downhill Team 35  
19 Alpine Commencal Austria 34  
20 Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie 27  
21 CG Racing Brigade 26  
22 Topcycle By Trek 18  
23 Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace 12  
24 CK Racing Santacruz 11  
25 Torpado Surfing Shop 10  
26 Team Are Bikepark By W-Racing 9  
27 Kona 8  
28 Unior Tools Team 7  
29 Dirt Norco Race Team 4  
30 Ghost Factory Racing Team 3