Gwin best again in World Cup downhill round

American surges in rankings, leads Minnaar, Atherton

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) TeamResult
1Aaron Gwin (USA) Trek World Racing0:04:48.210 
2Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:00:00.834 
3Gee Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing0:00:02.516 
4Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy-Specialized0:00:03.532 
5Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:00:05.056 
6Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:00:05.123 
7Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof0:00:06.938 
8Sam Dale (GBr)0:00:07.142 
9Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof0:00:07.382 
10Cameron Cole (NZl) Lapierre International0:00:07.564 
11Rémi Thirion (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team0:00:07.711 
12Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre International0:00:08.035 
13Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:00:08.127 
14Luke Strobel (USA)0:00:08.958 
15Michael Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson United Ride0:00:09.274 
16Loic Bruni° (Fra) Lapierre International0:00:09.615 
17Greg Williamson (GBr)0:00:09.654 
18Nick Beer (Swi) Devinci Global Racing0:00:11.145 
19Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing0:00:11.185 
20Bryn Atkinson (Aus) Team Norco International0:00:13.832 
21George Brannigan (NZl) Devinci Global Racing0:00:14.132 
22Patrick Thome (Fra) Lapierre International0:00:14.197 
23Lewis Buchanan (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof0:00:14.864 
24Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Kona0:00:14.999 
25Richard Thomas (GBr)0:00:15.129 
26Filip Polc (Svk)0:00:15.280 
27Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team0:00:15.366 
28Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace0:00:15.757 
29Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Scott110:00:15.992 
30Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:00:16.157 
31Alexander Kangas (Swe)0:00:16.225 
32Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing0:00:16.341 
33Richard Rude Jr° (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:00:16.574 
34Mickael Pascal (Fra) CK Racing Santacruz0:00:16.753 
35Fraser Mcglone° (GBr)0:00:17.238 
36Dan Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing0:00:17.305 
37Matti Lehikoinen (Fin) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof0:00:18.138 
38Connor Fearon° (Aus) Kona0:00:18.418 
39Jack Reading (GBr)0:00:18.790 
40Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) Cg Racing Brigade0:00:19.258 
41Duncan Riffle (USA) Dirt Norco Race Team0:00:19.514 
42Damien Spagnolo (Fra) MS Mondraker Team0:00:19.902 
43Nico Vink (Bel) Rose Vaujany Gravity MTB Team0:00:20.093 
44Ivan Oulego Moreno (Spa)0:00:20.194 
45Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra) Topcycle By Trek0:00:20.361 
46Lars Vatnebryn Sandviken (Nor)0:00:21.033 
47Julien Camellini (Fra)0:00:21.322 
48Joshua Button (Aus) SC-Intense0:00:21.821 
49Thomas Braithwaite (GBr)0:00:22.498 
50Nejc Rutar (Slo) Unior Tools Team0:00:22.642 
51Ralph Jones (GBr)0:00:22.788 
52Joe Barnes (GBr)0:00:22.817 
53Ziga Pandur (Slo) Unior Tools Team0:00:22.976 
54Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria0:00:22.978 
55Oliver Burton (GBr)0:00:23.316 
56Mark Scott (GBr)0:00:25.894 
57Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Hutchinson United Ride0:00:25.940 
58Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) CK Racing Santacruz0:00:26.056 
59Scott Mears (GBr)0:00:26.641 
60Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) Pila-BlaCK Arrows-MTB Herin School Asd0:00:27.821 
61Florent Payet (Fra) SC-Intense0:00:28.339 
62Francisco Pardal (Por)0:00:28.968 
63Thomas Jeandin (Swi)0:00:30.740 
64Phil Atwill° (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team0:00:31.026 
65Robin Wallner (Swe) Team Are Bikepark By W-Racing0:00:31.106 
66Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Factory Racing0:00:32.479 
67Niklas Wallner (Swe) Team Are Bikepark By W-Racing0:00:33.437 
68Mathieu Gallean (Fra) Dagg - Racing0:00:37.229 
69Brook Macdonald (NZl) MS Mondraker Team0:00:39.184 
70Edgar Carballo Gonzalez (Spa)0:00:39.312 
71Matthew Beer (Can)0:00:41.505 
72Alex Bond (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof0:00:42.252 
73Gaetan Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction0:00:52.026 
74Bernat Guardia Pascual (Spa)0:00:53.101 
75Harry Heath (GBr) Unior Tools Team0:00:55.882 
76Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:00:57.744 
77Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:03:19.320 
DNFRuaridh Cunningham (GBr)  
DNFLorenzo Suding (Ita) Pila-BlaCK Arrows-MTB Herin School Asd  
DNFGeorge Gannicott° (GBr)  
DNFAndreas Sieber (Ger)  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1GT Factory Racing67 pts
2Lapierre International55 
3Santa Cruz Syndicate54 
4Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof54 
5Giant Factory Off-Road Team53 
6Trek World Racing40 
7MS Mondraker Team40 
9Hutchinson United Ride36 
10Devinci Global Racing35 
11Commencal / Riding Addiction30 
12Monster Energy-Specialized30 
13Team Norco International23 
14Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team20 
15Passion Velo.Fr18 
16Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie14 
18Unior Tools Team4 
19Dirt Norco Race Team4 
20Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace3 
21Alpine Commencal Austria2 
22Ghost Factory Racing Team1 
World Cup individual standings after round 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Aaron Gwin (USA) Trek World Racing650 pts
2Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate565 
3Gee Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing495 
4Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team355 
5Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy-Specialized334 
6Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing302 
7Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Factory Racing293 
8Michael Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson United Ride288 
9Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate257 
10Rémi Thirion (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team237 
11Cameron Cole (NZl) Lapierre International217 
12Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre International214 
13Nick Beer (Swi) Devinci Global Racing207 
14Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing204 
15Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team199 
16Loic Bruni° (Fra) Lapierre International199 
17Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof189 
18George Brannigan (NZl) Devinci Global Racing189 
19Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof185 
20Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Ms Mondraker Team182 
21Richard Rude Jr° (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team172 
22Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Scott11170 
23Julien Camellini (Fra)167 
24Brook Macdonald (NZl) Ms Mondraker Team166 
25Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra) Topcycle By Trek157 
26Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate156 
27Luke Strobel (USA)153 
28Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace153 
29Mickael Pascal (Fra) Ck Racing Santacruz144 
30Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team142 
31Patrick Thome (Fra) Lapierre International137 
32Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team137 
33Sam Dale (GBr)135 
34Bryn Atkinson (Aus) Team Norco International133 
35Robin Wallner (Swe) Team Are Bikepark By W-Racing125 
36Bernard Kerr (GBr)115 
37Richard Thomas (GBr)112 
38Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Kona110 
39Troy Brosnan (Aus) Monster Energy-Specialized107 
40Greg Williamson (GBr)106 
41Connor Fearon° (Aus) Kona102 
42Joshua Button (Aus) Sc-Intense100 
43Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Hutchinson United Ride95 
44Cédric Gracia (Fra) Cg Racing Brigade93 
45Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction91 
46Marcus Klausmann (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team88 
47Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) Cg Racing Brigade88 
48Duncan Riffle (USA) Dirt Norco Race Team85 
49Oliver Burton (GBr)80 
50Lewis Buchanan (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof78 
51Alexander Kangas (Swe)78 
52Florent Payet (Fra) Sc-Intense75 
53Harry Molloy (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team74 
54Fraser Mcglone° (GBr)73 
55Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) Pila-Black Arrows-Mtb Herin School Asd71 
56Jack Reading (GBr)70 
57Eliot Jackson (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team69 
58Neko Mulally (USA) Trek World Racing67 
59Matti Lehikoinen (Fin) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof67 
60Ziga Pandur (Slo) Unior Tools Team66 
61Matthew Beer (Can)64 
62Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr)58 
63Thomas Braithwaite (GBr)57 
64Francisco Pardal (Por)56 
65Filip Polc (Svk)55 
66Lorenzo Suding (Ita) Pila-Black Arrows-Mtb Herin School Asd55 
67Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team54 
68Markus Pekoll (Aut) Ms Mondraker Team51 
69Marco Milivinti (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop48 
70Johann Potgieter (RSA)48 
71Nejc Rutar (Slo) Unior Tools Team48 
72Dan Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing45 
73Isak Leivsson (Nor)44 
74Yoann Barelli (Fra)42 
75Bernat Guardia Pascual (Spa)41 
76Kyle Sangers (Can)38 
77Curtis Keene (USA) Specialized Racing - Usa Gravity38 
78Nico Vink (Bel) Rose Vaujany Gravity Mtb Team38 
79Mitch Ropelato (USA) Specialized Racing - Usa Gravity37 
80Ivan Oulego Moreno (Spa)37 
81Alex Bond (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof37 
82Lars Vatnebryn Sandviken (Nor)35 
83Mathieu Gallean (Fra) Dagg - Racing35 
84Timothy Bentley (RSA) Hutchinson United Ride33 
85Miran Vauh (Slo)33 
86Faustin Figaret (Fra) Sc-Intense32 
87Jonty Neethling (RSA)32 
88Benny Strasser (Ger)31 
89Niklas Wallner (Swe) Team Are Bikepark By W-Racing31 
90Gianluca Vernassa° (Ita) Devinci Global Racing30 
91Ralph Jones (GBr)30 
92Mark Scott (GBr)30 
93Joe Barnes (GBr)29 
94Emanuel Pombo (Por)28 
95Stefan Garlicki (RSA)27 
96Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria27 
97Harry Heath (GBr) Unior Tools Team26 
98Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Ck Racing Santacruz23 
99Lars Peyer (Swi) Sc-Intense22 
100Scott Mears (GBr)22 
101Logan Binggeli (USA)18 
102Thomas Jeandin (Swi)18 
103Carlo Caire° (Ita) Argentina Bike Gravity Team17 
104Phil Atwill° (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team17 
105Charly Di Pasquale (Fra) Xcytt Racing16 
106Fergus Lamb (GBr)16 
107Arthur Parret (Fra) Passion Velo.Fr14 
108Manuel Gruber (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria13 
109Ludovic May (Swi)13 
110Emyr Davies (GBr)12 
111Edgar Carballo Gonzalez (Spa)11 
112Dan Stanbridge (GBr) Dirt Norco Race Team11 
113Tommy Herrmann (Ger)11 
114Matthias Stonig (Aut)10 
115Guillaume Cauvin° (Fra) Hutchinson United Ride10 
116Gaetan Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction8 
117Lutz Weber (Swi)8 
118Mathias Haas (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria7 
119Tiaan Odendaal° (RSA)7 
120Benjamin Torrano (Fra)7 
121Jonathan Jones° (GBr)6 
122Kevin Aiello (USA)4 
123Dan Sheridan° (Irl)3 
124Kristoffer Haugland (Nor)2 
World Cup team standings after round 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1GT Factory Racing212 pts
2Santa Cruz Syndicate172 
3Trek World Racing160 
4MS Mondraker Team153 
5Hutchinson United Ride137 
6Lapierre International131 
7Devinci Global Racing131 
9Giant Factory Off-Road Team103 
10Monster Energy-Specialized97 
11Commencal / Riding Addiction85 
12Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof66 
13Team Norco International64 
14Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team63 
15Passion Velo.Fr40 
17Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team36 
18Madison Saracen Downhill Team35 
19Alpine Commencal Austria34 
20Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie27 
21CG Racing Brigade26 
22Topcycle By Trek18 
23Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace12 
24CK Racing Santacruz11 
25Torpado Surfing Shop10 
26Team Are Bikepark By W-Racing9 
28Unior Tools Team7 
29Dirt Norco Race Team4 
30Ghost Factory Racing Team3 

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