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MTB World Cup Cross Country #6, Eliminator #5 & Downhill #5 - Hafjell 2013

Date range:
September 12-15, 2013

September 15, Elite men downhill:

Smith wins Hafjell downhill World Cup

By:
Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor
Published:
September 15, 2013, 16:08 BST,
Updated:
September 15, 2013, 22:56 BST

Overall World Cup battle continues between Smith and Atherton

Steve Smith (Devinci Global Racing) on his way to winning the Hafjell World Cup

Steve Smith (Devinci Global Racing) on his way to winning the Hafjell World Cup

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Steve Smith (Devinci) remains undefeated in Hafjell, Norway after he won the elite men's downhill World Cup on Sunday. The Canadian beat Danny Hart (Giant Factory Off-Road Team) and Andrew Neethling (Giant Factory Off-Road Team) for the third World Cup victory of his career. Sam Blenkinsop (Lapierre) and world champion Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicated) rounded out the podium.

Neethling set a fast time early among the favorites that would land him an extended visit to the hot seat and and eventual third place on the podium.

Racers competed in pouring rain on a trecherous, slippery, rocky course, with many of the favorites crashing or dabbing at various parts of the course. Remi Thirion (Commencal/Riding Addiction) and Markus Pekoll (MS Mondraker) both crashed.

Sam Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles.com/Nukeproof) did not race fast enough to get on the podium. It wasn't until Hart that there was a new fast time. Hart, who is an excellent rider in wet conditions as he proved a few years ago by winning Worlds in Champery, Switzerland, and he bumped up the bar by 1.142 seconds.

Blenkinsop came in third fastest at the time of his run, then George Brannigan (Trek World Racing) crashed. Troy Brosnan (Specialized Racing DH) had a relatively slow run, good enough for 10th.

Then it was Smith's turn. He went 1.641 seconds faster than Hart and took over the hot seat, even after drifting all over the slippery bottom section of the course.

"It was a trippy day. We practiced all week in the sun and dust and today was miserable. It rained all day," said Smith. "Coming into some of those corners where I was not braking in practice, I nearly shit my pants, it was so muddy and rocky. I was slipping all over the place."

"I had a great win in Norway here last year and to back it up today is great."

Smith then had to wait for the last four men to come down the mountain.

World champion Minnnaar had a solid run, but was not fast enough to unseat Smith. Loic Bruni (Lapierre) crashed in the rocky corner that caught out many of the women earlier in the day. Mick Hannah (Hutchinson UR) was racing fast, but missed a corner and rode off course, a mistake that cost him a lot of time.

Fastest qualifier Gee Atherton (GT Factory Racing) was the last man down, and he looked good until he got slightly off his preferred line toward the top and then tagged a tree. Forced to re-orient himself, he lost significant time and a shot at the victory. He finished 12th.

Atherton continues to lead the World Cup, with a slim 17-point lead over Smith with one round to go next weekend in Leogang.

Race note:

Aaron Gwin was absent with a shoulder injury sustained at the world championships. Brook MacDonald was also not racing due to injury.

Full Results

Elite men downhill
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing 0:03:40.200  
2 Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:01.641  
3 Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:02.783  
4 Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre Gravity Republic 0:00:03.865  
5 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:03.989  
6 Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:05.745  
7 Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:06.199  
8 Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 0:00:06.537  
9 Bernard Kerr (GBr) Pivot Factory Team 0:00:06.715  
10 Troy Brosnan (Aus) Specialized Racing DH 0:00:07.370  
11 Neko Mulally (USA) Trek World Racing 0:00:07.859  
12 Gee Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing 0:00:08.404  
13 Nick Beer (Swi) Devinci Global Racing 0:00:09.541  
14 Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:09.576  
15 Samuel Hill (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 0:00:09.752  
16 Niklas Wallner (Swe) Team W-Racing 0:00:09.891  
17 Johannes Fischbach (Ger) RRP Ghost 0:00:09.981  
18 Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Factory Racing 0:00:10.235  
19 Mitch Ropelato (USA) Specialized Racing DH 0:00:11.612  
20 Patrick Thome (Fra) Gstaad-Scott 0:00:11.645  
21 Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa) Evil Vengeance Tour 0:00:11.650  
22 Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Gstaad-Scott 0:00:11.717  
23 Rémi Thirion (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 0:00:12.195  
24 Robin Wallner (Swe) Team W-Racing 0:00:12.291  
25 Ziga Pandur (Slo) Unior Tools Team 0:00:12.641  
26 Harry Molloy (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team 0:00:13.083  
27 Luke Strobel (USA) Evil Vengeance Tour 0:00:13.966  
28 Michael Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson UR 0:00:14.149  
29 Jack Moir (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 0:00:14.928  
30 Florent Payet (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian 0:00:14.941  
31 Adam Brayton (GBr) 0:00:15.443  
32 Fraser Mcglone (GBr) 0:00:15.905  
33 Loic Bruni (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic 0:00:15.976  
34 Jack Reading (GBr) 0:00:16.161  
35 Kyle Sangers (Can) 0:00:16.294  
36 Kirk Mcdowall (Can) 0:00:16.959  
37 Remi Gauvin (Can) 0:00:17.330  
38 Quentin Chanudet (Fra) Team Sodicycle Project 0:00:17.543  
39 Connor Fearon (Aus) Kona 0:00:17.742  
40 Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Lac Blanc/Scott 0:00:17.807  
41 George Brannigan (NZl) Trek World Racing 0:00:17.901  
42 Bernat Guardia Pascual (Spa) 0:00:17.935  
43 Lars Peyer (Swi) SC Intense 0:00:17.942  
44 Benny Strasser (Ger) 0:00:18.159  
45 Mathew Stuttard (GBr) 0:00:18.180  
46 Faustin Figaret (Fra) Topcycle By Trek 0:00:18.353  
47 Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Unior Tools Team 0:00:18.551  
48 Francisco Pardal (Por) Evil Vengeance Tour 0:00:18.863  
49 Filip Polc (Svk) Evil Vengeance Tour 0:00:19.703  
50 Richard Thomas (GBr) 0:00:19.755  
51 Scott Mears (GBr) 0:00:19.950  
52 Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 0:00:20.040  
53 Emanuel Pombo (Por) 0:00:20.165  
54 Terje Nylende (Nor) 0:00:20.378  
55 Richard Rude Jr° (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 0:00:21.573  
56 Romain Paulhan (Fra) 0:00:21.784  
57 Edward Masters (NZl) 0:00:22.674  
58 Bernardo Neves Cruz (Bra) 0:00:23.014  
59 Sam Dale (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team 0:00:23.268  
60 Matthew Beer (Can) 0:00:23.406  
61 Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian 0:00:23.758  
62 Miran Vauh (Slo) Blackthorn GT 0:00:23.910  
63 Harry Heath (GBr) 0:00:24.066  
64 Markus Pekoll (Aut) Ms Mondraker Team 0:00:24.638  
65 Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) GT / 360 Degrees 0:00:26.682  
66 Fabien Cousinie (Fra) HutchinsonUR 0:00:30.816  
67 Reon Boe (NZl) 0:00:30.963  
68 Niclas Andersen (Nor) 0:00:31.762  
69 Stefan Garlicki (RSA) 0:00:34.803  
70 Zakarias Blom Johansen (Nor) 0:00:35.118  
71 Sebastiaan Van Steenbergen (USA) 0:00:38.235  
72 Alex Bond (GBr) 0:00:39.478  
73 Christian Textor (Ger) Team Bulls - DH 0:00:45.563  
74 David Mcmillan (Aus) 0:00:47.554  
75 Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 0:00:52.945  
DNF Matthew Walker (NZl)    
DNF Wyn Masters (NZl) Team Bulls - DH    
DNF Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team    
DNS Lorenzo Suding (Ita) GT / 360 Degrees    
DNS Lars Vatnebryn Sandviken (Nor)    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 91  pts
2 GT Factory Racing 72  
3 Santa Cruz Syndicate 71  
4 Devinci Global Racing 58  
5 Lapierre Gravity Republic 52  
6 Madison Saracen Downhill Team 40  
7 Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 39  
8 Commencal / Riding Addiction 38  
9 Specialized Racing DH 33  
10 Gstaad-Scott 32  
11 MS Mondraker Team 26  
12 Pivot Factory Team 22  
13 Team W-Racing 22  
14 Hutchinson UR 21  
15 Trek World Racing 20  
16 Dirt Norco Race Team 16  
17 RRP Ghost 14  
18 Evil Vengeance Tour 14  
19 Blackthorn GT 10  
20 Fmd Racing / Intense Cycles 9  
21 Unior Tools Team 6  
22 US Cagnes VTT 5  
23 SC Intense 4  
24 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 2  
25 Evil Ck Racing Evian 1  
Elite men downhill World Cup standings with one round remaining
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Gee Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing 966  pts
2 Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing 949  
3 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 673  
4 Samuel Hill (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 590  
5 Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 584  
6 Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre Gravity Republic 542  
7 Rémi Thirion (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 498  
8 Troy Brosnan (Aus) Specialized Racing DH 496  
9 Loic Bruni (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic 486  
10 Michael Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson UR 458  
11 Aaron Gwin (USA) United States Of America 417  
12 Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 396  
13 Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 386  
14 Florent Payet (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian 342  
15 Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Gstaad-Scott 342  
16 Brook Macdonald* (NZl) New-Zealand 338  
17 Neko Mulally (USA) Trek World Racing 322  
18 Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 309  
19 Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa) Evil Vengeance Tour 304  
20 Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Factory Racing 298  
21 Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 293  
22 Markus Pekoll (Aut) Ms Mondraker Team 282  
23 Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 276  
24 Lorenzo Suding (Ita) GT / 360 Degrees 274  
25 Sam Dale (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team 260  
26 Faustin Figaret (Fra) Topcycle By Trek 252  
27 Patrick Thome (Fra) Gstaad-Scott 248  
28 George Brannigan (NZl) Trek World Racing 237  
29 Connor Fearon (Aus) Kona 234  
30 Bernat Guardia Pascual (Spa) 227  
31 Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 225  
32 Bernard Kerr (GBr) Pivot Factory Team 222  
33 Nick Beer (Swi) Devinci Global Racing 221  
34 Luke Strobel (USA) Evil Vengeance Tour 218  
35 Greg Williamson (GBr) Trek World Racing 207  
36 Robin Wallner (Swe) Team W-Racing 199  
37 Francisco Pardal (Por) Evil Vengeance Tour 191  
38 Johannes Fischbach (Ger) RRP Ghost 185  
39 Jack Moir (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 179  
40 Harry Heath (GBr) 179  
41 Ziga Pandur (Slo) Unior Tools Team 167  
42 Joe Connell (GBr) SC Intense 166  
43 Guillaume Cauvin (Fra) HutchinsonUR 164  
44 Edward Masters (NZl) 157  
45 Remi Gauvin (Can) 154  
46 Austin Warren (USA) Pivot Factory Team 152  
47 Harry Molloy (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team 151  
48 Mitch Ropelato (USA) Specialized Racing DH 149  
49 Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team 141  
50 Mathew Stuttard (GBr) 139  
51 Wyn Masters (NZl) Team Bulls - DH 138  
52 Fraser Mcglone (GBr) 135  
53 Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra) Topcycle By Trek 120  
54 Cameron Cole (NZl) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 119  
55 Jack Reading (GBr) 119  
56 Richard° Rude Jr (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 118  
57 Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Evil Vengeance Tour 114  
58 Matthew Walker (NZl) 109  
59 Bryn Atkinson (Aus) Team Norco International 108  
60 Niklas Wallner (Swe) Team W-Racing 107  
61 Adam Brayton (GBr) 107  
62 Kyle Sangers (Can) 101  
63 Isak Leivsson (Nor) 97  
64 Filip Polc (Svk) Evil Vengeance Tour 96  
65 Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian 95  
66 Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 88  
67 Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Lac Blanc/Scott 88  
68 Kirk Mcdowall (Can) 87  
69 Christopher Mcglinchey (Irl) 85  
70 Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) GT / 360 Degrees 79  
71 Terje Nylende (Nor) 72  
72 Lewis Buchanan (GBr) SC Intense 69  
73 Mickael Pascal (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian 68  
74 Scott Mears (GBr) 68  
75 Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Unior Tools Team 65  
76 Quentin Chanudet (Fra) Team Sodicycle Project 64  
77 Lars Peyer (Swi) SC Intense 64  
78 David Trummer (Aut) RRP Ghost 59  
79 Benny Strasser (Ger) 57  
80 Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 54  
81 Richard Thomas (GBr) 51  
82 Melvin Pons (Fra) Us Cagnes VTT 50  
83 Forrest Riesco* (Can) Canada 48  
84 Fabien Cousinie (Fra) HutchinsonUR 48  
85 David Mcmillan (Aus) 47  
86 Ivan Oulego Moreno (Spa) 46  
87 Jared Graves (Aus) Australia 44  
88 Zakarias Blom Johansen (Nor) 43  
89 Alexander Kangas (Swe) 42  
90 Ben Cathro (GBr) 38  
91 Julien Piccolo (Fra) 37  
92 Oliwer Kangas (Swe) 33  
93 Marco Milivinti (Ita) Italy 31  
94 Reece Potter (NZl) 31  
95 Romain Paulhan (Fra) 31  
96 Iago Garay Tamayo (Spa) 29  
97 Cédric Gracia (Fra) CG Racing Brigade 29  
98 Emanuel Pombo (Por) 28  
99 Rudy Cabirou (Fra) 28  
100 Samuel Thibault (Can) 27  
101 Benoit Coulanges (Fra) Roc VTT Oz En Oisans 26  
102 Florian Arthus (Fra) 24  
103 Lars Vatnebryn Sandviken (Nor) 23  
104 Bernardo Neves Cruz (Bra) 23  
105 Sidney Slotegraaf (Can) 22  
106 Gaetan Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 22  
107 Matthew Beer (Can) 21  
108 Alexis Pujol (Fra) 21  
109 Martin Knapec (Svk) 21  
110 Guy Gibbs (Nor) 20  
111 Johann Potgieter (RSA) RRP Ghost 19  
112 Miran Vauh (Slo) Blackthorn GT 19  
113 Charly Di Pasquale (Fra) 19  
114 Marcus Klausmann (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team 18  
115 Guillem Jorba Prats (Spa) 17  
116 Arthur Parret (Fra) 17  
117 Dan Sheridan (Irl) 16  
118 Matej Charvat (Cze) Czech Republic 16  
119 Bryn Dickerson (NZl) 16  
120 Reon Boe (NZl) 14  
121 James Swinden (GBr) 14  
122 Gareth Brewin (GBr) 14  
123 Niclas Andersen (Nor) 13  
124 Kevin Aiello* (USA) United States Of America 13  
125 Stefan Garlicki (RSA) 12  
126 Peter Williams (GBr) 12  
127 Logan Binggeli (USA) United States Of America 12  
128 Baptiste Pierron (Fra) 11  
129 Benjamin Staehle (Fra) 11  
130 Sebastiaan Van Steenbergen (USA) 10  
131 Carlo Caire (Ita) 10  
132 Oliver Morris (GBr) 10  
133 Alex Bond (GBr) 9  
134 Ludovic Oget (Fra) 9  
135 Rhys Atkinson (Aus) 8  
136 Christian Textor (Ger) Team Bulls - DH 8  
Teams World Cup standings with one round remaining
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 GT Factory Racing 408  pts
2 Lapierre Gravity Republic 335  
3 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 270  
4 Santa Cruz Syndicate 261  
5 Gstaad-Scott 255  
6 Commencal / Riding Addiction 222  
7 Devinci Global Racing 218  
8 Specialized Racing DH 214  
9 Madison Saracen Downhill Team 195  
10 Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 184  
11 MS Mondraker Team 162  
12 Trek World Racing 135  
13 Hutchinson UR 115  
14 Evil Vengeance Tour 81  
15 Fmd Racing / Intense Cycles 55  
16 Team Norco International 54  
17 Pivot Factory Team 51  
18 Evil Ck Racing Evian 46  
19 GT / 360 Degrees 40  
20 RRP Ghost 39  
21 Blackthorn GT 39  
22 Dirt Norco Race Team 36  
23 Topcycle By Trek 34  
24 SC Intense 29  
25 Unior Tools Team 27  
26 Team W-Racing 22  
27 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 21  
28 Team Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie 15  
29 US Cagnes VTT 13  
30 Torpado Surfing Shop 11  
31 Kona 10  
32 Team Bulls - DH 9