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MTB World Cup Cross Country #5 & Downhill #4 - Mont-Sainte-Anne 2013

Date range:
August 9-11, 2013

August 09, Downhill qualifying:

Steve Smith and Rachel Atherton qualify fastest at Mont-Sainte-Anne

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Cycling News
Published:
August 10, 2013, 14:22 BST,
Updated:
August 10, 2013, 15:31 BST

Graham gets top seeding among juniors

Canadian downhill star Steve Smith (Devinci Global Racing), has one goal on his mind as he enter his final preparations for the finals of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne, on Sunday: to win his first ever World Cup race.

In the qualifying run on Friday, Smith proved that he has what it takes to accomplish this goal as he posted the fastest qualifying time of the group of 111 riders, which includes the reigning world champion Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz) of South African, and the current World Cup Leader, Gee Atherton (GT Factory) of Great Britain.

Smith was impressed with the track here at Mont-Sainte-Anne. "It's a completely different track than what we normally see in the world. It's its own kind and completely amazing. It's so fast and the dirt is amazing. The rain we have received helped out quite a bit. Yesterday morning the track was pretty bad and slow. It allowed us to cut some ruts, but the rain helped out to pact it up. Now, we can hold speed through corners, and it’s as pretty good as it’s going to get right now."

Smith won the silver medal at the 2010 World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, but the track changed and Sunday will offer new challenges. "There are some sections that are the same, but overall it changed quite a bit. It only evolved and it's getting better and better."

Smith recently won the Canadian Mountain Bike Downhill Championships in Panorama, British Columbia, and is now wearing the coveted Maple Leaf on his sleeve. "This my first time being the Canadian Champion. Its nice to race in Canada, even though I am not close to home. It feels really good to wear the sleeve."

For the race on Sunday, Smith is confident his equipment has the right components to go fast. "The suspension and geometry are going to stay the same for Sunday because the track is fast and I know what I need. What might change due to the sun or not will be the tire choice. Right now I have cut spikes, but we'll see what happens on Sunday."

In the women's race, Rachel Atherton (GT Factory) qualified fastest ahead of Emmeline Ragot (LaPierre) and Floriane Pugin (Gstad-Scott).

The current Canadian Champion Micayla Gatto of North Vancouver, BC, was the victim of a flat in the top section of the course, and finished last of the group. The flat didn’t deflate her spirit, and she'll be ready to perform on Sunday.

"I think [the track] is awesome here. The buffed out a lot of stuff so its less rough than most years. Unfortunately it rained so it roughed it up a little bit, but the dirt is perfect," said the unlucky Gatto, after her run. "I was having so much fun in practice. Today I happened to front flat near the top. I don't think I even run down a mountain that fast today. Despite the flat, I am really looking forward to race day. It's a smaller field since few of the girls are broken right now, but all the top girls are here so it should make for some tough competition."

Gatto was seen at the track wearing her Canadian Champion outfit. "It definitely feels good to have the Canadian Champion jersey again. Even though Mont-Sainte-Anne is a five hour plane ride, it still feels like home as I have been coming here for so long."

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing 0:04:05.200  
2 Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:01.097  
3 Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre Gravity Republic 0:00:02.645  
4 Aaron Gwin (USA) Specialized Racing DH 0:00:02.728  
5 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:03.157  
6 Samuel Hill (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 0:00:03.890  
7 Michael Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson Ur 0:00:04.902  
8 Loic Bruni (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic 0:00:05.030  
9 Troy Brosnan (Aus) Specialized Racing DH 0:00:05.356  
10 Neko Mulally (USA) Trek World Racing 0:00:05.446  
11 Brook Macdonald (NZl) Trek World Racing 0:00:05.852  
12 Nick Beer (Swi) Devinci Global Racing 0:00:06.075  
13 Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:06.317  
14 Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 0:00:07.717  
15 Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:07.844  
16 Patrick Thome (Fra) Gstaad-Scott 0:00:08.588  
17 Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Gstaad-Scott 0:00:09.336  
18 Gee Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing 0:00:09.967  
19 Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Evil Vengeance Tour 0:00:10.146  
20 Florent Payet (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian 0:00:10.174  
21 Bryn Atkinson (Aus) Team Norco International 0:00:10.404  
22 Markus Pekoll (Aut) MS Mondraker Team 0:00:10.567  
23 Faustin Figaret (Fra) Topcycle By Trek 0:00:10.706  
24 Robin Wallner (Swe) Team W-Racing 0:00:11.136  
25 Bernard Kerr (GBr) Pivot Factory Team 0:00:11.522  
26 Lorenzo Suding (Ita) GT / 360 Degrees 0:00:11.894  
27 Mitch Ropelato (USA) Specialized Racing DH 0:00:12.419  
28 Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Factory Racing 0:00:12.628  
29 George Brannigan (NZl) Trek World Racing 0:00:12.751  
30 Greg Williamson (GBr) Trek World Racing 0:00:13.063  
31 Rémi Thirion (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 0:00:13.070  
32 Sam Dale (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team 0:00:13.260  
33 Jack Moir (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 0:00:13.557  
34 Bernat Guardia Pascual (Spa) 0:00:13.602  
35 Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa) Evil Vengeance Tour 0:00:14.873  
36 Francisco Pardal (Por) Evil Vengeance Tour 0:00:14.886  
37 Connor Fearon (Aus) Kona 0:00:15.079  
38 Austin Warren (USA) Pivot Factory Team 0:00:15.497  
39 Ziga Pandur (Slo) Unior Tools Team 0:00:15.790  
40 Niklas Wallner (Swe) Team W-Racing 0:00:15.863  
41 Wyn Masters (NZl) Team Bulls - DH 0:00:16.551  
42 Joe Connell (GBr) SC Intense 0:00:17.392  
43 Isak Leivsson (Nor) 0:00:17.453  
44 Harry Heath (GBr) 0:00:17.570  
45 Remi Gauvin (Can) 0:00:17.571  
46 Jack Reading (GBr) 0:00:18.154  
47 Kirk Mcdowall (Can) 0:00:18.811  
48 Kyle Sangers (Can) 0:00:19.061  
49 Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 0:00:19.577  
50 Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra) Topcycle By Trek 0:00:19.651  
51 Mathew Stuttard (GBr) 0:00:20.047  
52 Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 0:00:20.063  
53 Scott Mears (GBr) 0:00:20.549  
54 Adam Brayton (GBr) 0:00:20.755  
55 Dan Stanbridge (GBr) Dirt Norco Race Team 0:00:20.766  
56 Christopher Mcglinchey (Irl) 0:00:20.836  
57 Alexander Kangas (Swe) 0:00:21.165  
58 Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Hutchinson Ur 0:00:21.475  
59 Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team 0:00:21.723  
60 Luke Strobel (USA) Evil Vengeance Tour 0:00:21.777  
61 Jono Jones (GBr) 0:00:22.607  
62 Lars Peyer (Swi) SC Intense 0:00:22.624  
63 Charly Di Pasquale (Fra) 0:00:23.451  
64 Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) GT / 360 Degrees 0:00:23.545  
65 Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian 0:00:23.591  
66 Matthew Walker (NZl) 0:00:23.808  
67 David Mcmillan (Aus) 0:00:24.077  
68 Sidney Slotegraaf (Can) 0:00:24.086  
69 Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Lac Blanc/Scott 0:00:24.102  
70 Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Unior Tools Team 0:00:24.113  
71 Samuel Thibault (Can) 0:00:24.346  
72 Fraser Mcglone (GBr) 0:00:24.752  
73 Dan Sheridan (Irl) 0:00:25.016  
74 Forrest Riesco (Can) 0:00:25.056  
75 Quentin Chanudet (Fra) Team Sodicycle Project 0:00:25.553  
76 Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:25.750  
77 Edward Masters (NZl) 0:00:26.632  
78 Rob Fraser (Can) 0:00:27.361  
79 Benjamin Staehle (Fra) 0:00:27.787  
80 Oliver Morris (GBr) 0:00:28.872  
81 Gaetan Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 0:00:29.113  
82 George Belk (GBr) 0:00:29.571  
83 Oliwer Kangas (Swe) 0:00:30.082  
84 Trevor Parson (USA) 0:00:31.584  
85 Louis Hamilton (NZl) 0:00:32.275  
86 Josh Lewis (GBr) 0:00:34.734  
87 Jose Villalobos (CRc) 0:00:34.904  
88 Adriano Digiacinto (Can) 0:00:36.725  
89 Ray Syron (USA) 0:00:36.932  
90 Will Soffe (GBr) 0:00:37.938  
91 Christoph Felix Schnettler (Ger) 0:00:38.059  
92 Kiran Mackinnon (USA) 0:00:38.104  
93 Chris Barlin (Aus) 0:00:38.120  
94 Richard ° Rude Jr (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 0:00:38.702  
95 Cody Warren (USA) 0:00:39.697  
96 Basil Weber (Swi) 0:00:39.775  
97 Charlie Sponsel (USA) 0:00:43.770  
98 Ivan Ortiz (Ecu) 0:00:44.203  
99 Ryan Burney (USA) 0:00:44.393  
100 Jesse Beare (Aus) 0:00:44.684  
101 Benoit Rioux (Can) 0:00:49.140  
102 Angus Maddern (Aus) 0:00:50.367  
103 James Frost (Can) 0:07:41.605  
DNF Guillaume Cauvin (Fra) Hutchinson Ur    
DNF Lachlan Mckillop (Aus)    
DNF Christopher Gallagher (GBr)    
DNS Mauricio Andres Acuna Quintana (Chi)    
DNS Harry Molloy (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team    
DNS Mario José Jarrin Molina (Ecu)    
DNS Julien Laramee (Can)    
DNS Hans Lambert (Can)    
Elite women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Rachel Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing 0:04:42.400  
2 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic 0:00:00.892  
3 Floriane Pugin (Fra) Gstaad-Scott 0:00:01.645  
4 Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team 0:00:06.399  
5 Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Gstaad-Scott 0:00:11.685  
6 Morgane Charre (Fra) MS Mondraker Team 0:00:11.754  
7 Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 0:00:12.241  
8 Tahnee Seagrave* (GBr) Fmd Racing / Intense Cycles 0:00:15.240  
9 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) 0:00:27.153  
10 Anita Ager-Wick (Nor) 0:00:31.172  
11 Vaea Verbeeck (Can) 0:00:45.128  
12 Jessica Stone (GBr) Unior Tools Team 0:00:47.353  
13 Miriam Ruchti (Swi) SC Intense 0:00:49.633  
14 Jaime Hill (Can) 0:00:57.190  
15 Rachael Walker (GBr) 0:01:17.790  
16 Alison Zimmer (USA) 0:01:30.723  
17 Taylor Allison* (USA) 0:01:53.957  
18 Rebecca Gardner (USA) 0:01:59.849  
19 Kristen Courtney (Can) 0:02:28.042  
20 Micayla Gatto (Can) 0:05:44.118  
Junior men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Innes Graham (GBr) MS Mondraker Team 0:04:20.900  
2 Luca Shaw (USA) Specialized Racing DH 0:00:01.685  
3 Noel Niederberger (Swi) Gstaad-Scott 0:00:07.049  
4 Loris Vergier (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic 0:00:07.116  
5 Morgan Gulland (GBr) Great Britain 0:00:07.573  
6 Jack Iles (Can) Canada 0:00:08.530  
7 Dean Lucas (Aus) Australia 0:00:09.213  
8 Logan Mulally (USA) United States Of America 0:00:10.775  
9 Gianluca Vernassa (Ita) Devinci Global Racing 0:00:11.306  
10 Mckay Vezina (Can) Canada 0:00:12.344  
11 Marcus Hansson (Swe) Team W-Racing 0:00:12.571  
12 Francesco Colombo (Ita) Team Airoh Axo Santacruz 0:00:14.880  
13 Jason Schroeder (USA) United States Of America 0:00:15.764  
14 Luca Cometti (USA) United States Of America 0:00:16.007  
15 Jackson Davis (Aus) Australia 0:00:18.117  
16 Luciano Jose De Neufville Pascal (Ecu) Ecuador 0:00:24.613  
17 Alexander Geddes (Can) Canada 0:00:25.173  
18 Chase Nelson (USA) United States Of America 0:00:26.894  
19 Shane Leslie (USA) United States Of America 0:00:26.979  
20 Galen Carter (USA) United States Of America 0:00:27.346  
21 Lachlan Blair (GBr) Great Britain 0:00:27.737  
22 Walker Shaw (USA) Specialized Racing DH 0:00:28.097  
23 Hugo Langevin (Can) Canada 0:00:29.498  
24 Mitchell O'keefe (Can) Canada - B 0:00:32.890  
25 Ross Wilcox (GBr) Great Britain 0:00:33.799  
26 Chris Bennett (Can) Canada - B 0:00:34.844  
27 Lee Jackson (Can) Canada 0:00:35.223  
28 Francisco Matias (Chi) Chile 0:00:41.104  
29 Luke Ellison (Aus) Australia 0:00:43.222  
30 Matt Hardwick (Can) Canada 0:00:46.220  
31 Kelln Wyatt (Can) Canada - B 0:00:50.883  
32 Michael Jones (GBr) Fmd Racing / Intense Cycles 0:01:16.107  
33 Ruaridh Mcritchie (GBr) Great Britain 0:01:25.685  
34 Myles Weber (Swi) Switzerland 0:02:56.083  
35 Benjamin Despres-Morin (Can) Canada - B 0:05:14.470  
DNF Mark Wallace (Can) Devinci Global Racing    
DNF George Gannicott (GBr) Dirt Norco Race Team    
DNF Jay Fesperman (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team    
DNF Bowen Irvine (Can) Canada - B