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MTB World Cup Cross Country #4, Eliminator #4 & Downhill #3 - Vallnord 2013

Date range:
July 25-28, 2013

July 28, Elite men downhill:

Thirion triumphs in men's downhill World Cup at Vallnord

By:
Cycling News
Published:
July 28, 2013, 19:37 BST,
Updated:
July 29, 2013, 17:07 BST

Runner-up Gee Atherton remains World Cup leader

Rémi Thirion (Commencal / Riding Addiction) won the first downhill World Cup of his career on Sunday in Vallnord, Andorra. Gee Atherton (GT Factory Racing) and Sam Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof) rounded out the top three.

Among the 80 riders to compete in the finals, there were no initial surprises. Once the favorites got their turn, Aaron Gwin (Specialized DH) set the fastest time, but he did not get to enjoy the hot seat for long.

Steve Smith (Devinci Global Racing) took it over and held it until Thirion crossed the line. The eventual winner had been fifth in qualifying and bettered Smith's time in the final run by two seconds.

"Incredible. First podium for me and first win," said Thirion. "I was hoping to be in the top 10."

Atherton was among the favorites, and he had the fastest first intermediate split, but a few mistakes in the final part cost him the race, and he finished second. However, the result helped him strengthen his spot in the World Cup overall.

Hill looked at one point like he might get his first World Cup win since 2009, but he, too, lost time in the final section. Racers were clearly tired at this point.

The podium was completed by Smith, who is second in the World Cup overall standings, and Troy Brosnan.

With the World Cup completed, Vallnord, Andorra officially announced that it was putting in a bid to host the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships.

Racer Cédric Gracia announced his retirement at the event.

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Rémi Thirion (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 0:04:13.666  
2 Gee Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing 0:00:01.350  
3 Samuel Hill (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 0:00:01.756  
4 Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing 0:00:02.273  
5 Troy Brosnan (Aus) Specialized Racing DH 0:00:02.476  
6 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:02.549  
7 Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:02.975  
8 Loic Bruni (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic 0:00:03.548  
9 Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:03.979  
10 Aaron Gwin (USA) Specialized Racing DH 0:00:04.376  
11 Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:05.171  
12 Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre Gravity Republic 0:00:05.214  
13 Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Gstaad-Scott 0:00:05.844  
14 Faustin Figaret (Fra) Topcycle By Trek 0:00:06.543  
15 Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Factory Racing 0:00:06.836  
16 Neko Mulally (USA) Trek World Racing 0:00:07.078  
17 Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:07.335  
18 Francisco Pardal (Por) Evil Vengeance Tour 0:00:07.377  
19 Bernat Guardia Pascual (Spa) 0:00:07.526  
20 Patrick Thome (Fra) Gstaad-Scott 0:00:07.748  
21 Sam Dale (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team 0:00:08.208  
22 Nick Beer (Swi) Devinci Global Racing 0:00:08.536  
23 Lorenzo Suding (Ita) GT / 360 Degrees 0:00:08.587  
24 Bernard Kerr (GBr) Pivot Factory Team 0:00:09.173  
25 Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa) Evil Vengeance Tour 0:00:09.364  
26 Michael Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson UR 0:00:09.567  
27 Guillaume Cauvin (Fra) Hutchinson UR 0:00:10.330  
28 Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 0:00:10.669  
29 George Brannigan (NZl) Trek World Racing 0:00:10.711  
30 Adam Brayton (GBr) 0:00:11.597  
31 Markus Pekoll (Aut) Ms Mondraker Team 0:00:11.822  
32 Luke Strobel (USA) Evil Vengeance Tour 0:00:11.841  
33 Greg Williamson (GBr) Trek World Racing 0:00:12.739  
34 Connor Fearon (Aus) Kona 0:00:12.937  
35 Ivan Oulego Moreno (Spa) 0:00:13.174  
36 Harry Heath (GBr) 0:00:13.317  
37 Mitch Ropelato (USA) Specialized Racing DH 0:00:13.589  
38 Jack Reading (GBr) 0:00:13.616  
39 Matthew Walker (NZl) 0:00:13.785  
40 Florent Payet (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian 0:00:13.956  
41 Harry Molloy (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team 0:00:13.969  
42 Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Evil Vengeance Tour 0:00:14.517  
43 Joe Connell (GBr) SC Intense 0:00:15.610  
44 Robin Wallner (Swe) Team W-Racing 0:00:15.672  
45 Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team 0:00:15.918  
46 Wyn Masters (NZl) Team Bulls - DH 0:00:16.330  
47 Richard° Rude Jr (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 0:00:16.396  
48 Ziga Pandur (Slo) Unior Tools Team 0:00:16.724  
49 Filip Polc (Svk) Evil Vengeance Tour 0:00:17.339  
50 Remi Gauvin (Can) 0:00:17.557  
51 Jack Moir (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 0:00:18.248  
52 Iago Garay Tamayo (Spa) 0:00:18.882  
53 Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:19.637  
54 Christopher Mcglinchey (Irl) 0:00:19.988  
55 Benoit Coulanges (Fra) Roc VTT Oz En Oisans 0:00:20.612  
56 Mickael Pascal (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian 0:00:21.082  
57 Florian Arthus (Fra) 0:00:21.150  
58 David Mcmillan (Aus) 0:00:21.205  
59 Brook Macdonald (NZl) Trek World Racing 0:00:21.441  
60 Alexis Pujol (Fra) 0:00:21.530  
61 Guy Gibbs (Nor) 0:00:21.764  
62 Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 0:00:22.540  
63 Terje Nylende (Nor) 0:00:23.151  
64 Guillem Jorba Prats (Spa) 0:00:24.066  
65 Melvin Pons (Fra) US Cagnes VTT 0:00:24.361  
66 Johannes Fischbach (Ger) RRP Ghost 0:00:24.548  
67 James Swinden (GBr) 0:00:26.455  
68 Cédric Gracia (Fra) Cg Racing Brigade 0:00:26.762  
69 Peter Williams (GBr) 0:00:28.194  
70 Baptiste Pierron (Fra) 0:00:28.521  
71 Carlo Caire (Ita) 0:00:30.079  
72 Ludovic Oget (Fra) 0:00:33.206  
73 David Trummer (Aut) RRP Ghost 0:00:40.946  
74 Bryn Dickerson (NZl) 0:00:41.521  
75 Romain Paulhan (Fra) 0:00:44.564  
76 Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 0:01:08.320  
77 Mathew Stuttard (GBr) 0:01:10.064  
78 Kyle Sangers (Can) 0:02:29.741  
79 Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian 0:02:40.266  
DNF Alexander Kangas (Swe)    
DNF Cameron Cole (NZl) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 GT Factory Racing 91  pts
2 Commencal / Riding Addiction 70  
3 Lapierre Gravity Republic 68  
4 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 60  
5 Gstaad-Scott 52  
6 Specialized Racing DH 49  
7 Santa Cruz Syndicate 46  
8 Madison Saracen Downhill Team 45  
9 Devinci Global Racing 39  
10 Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 35  
11 MS Mondraker Team 20  
12 Evil Vengeance Tour 19  
13 FMD Racing / Intense Cycles 18  
14 Topcycle By Trek 17  
15 Trek World Racing 17  
16 Team Norco International 16  
17 RRP Ghost 10  
18 Unior Tools Team 9  
19 Hutchinson UR 9  
20 GT / 360 Degrees 8  
21 Pivot Factory Team 7  
22 Team Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie 6  
23 US Cagnes VTT 6  
24 Torpado Surfing Shop 5  
25 Blackthorn GT 3  
26 SC Intense 1  
Elite men World Cup standing
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Gee Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing 680  pts
2 Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing 477  
3 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 391  
4 Rémi Thirion (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 368  
5 Samuel Hill (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 349  
6 Loic Bruni (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic 325  
7 Troy Brosnan (Aus) Specialized Racing DH 315  
8 Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre Gravity Republic 301  
9 Michael Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson UR 297  
10 Brook Macdonald (NZl) Trek World Racing 284  
11 Aaron Gwin (USA) Specialized Racing DH 282  
12 Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 273  
13 Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 219  
14 Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 216  
15 Neko Mulally (USA) Trek World Racing 215  
16 Lorenzo Suding (Ita) GT / 360 Degrees 200  
17 Florent Payet (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian 198  
18 Markus Pekoll (Aut) Ms Mondraker Team 192  
19 Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa) Evil Vengeance Tour 186  
20 Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Gstaad-Scott 185  
21 Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 181  
22 Sam Dale (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team 180  
23 Guillaume Cauvin (Fra) Hutchinson UR 164  
24 Faustin Figaret (Fra) Topcycle By Trek 162  
25 Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 161  
26 Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Factory Racing 160  
27 Connor Fearon (Aus) Kona 157  
28 Greg Williamson (GBr) Trek World Racing 153  
29 Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 149  
30 Harry Heath (GBr) 136  
31 Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 135  
32 Bernard Kerr (GBr) Pivot Factory Team 135  
33 Francisco Pardal (Por) Evil Vengeance Tour 128  
34 Bernat Guardia Pascual (Spa) 127  
35 Johannes Fischbach (Ger) RRP Ghost 121  
36 Patrick Thome (Fra) Gstaad-Scott 121  
37 Joe Connell (GBr) SC Intense 121  
38 George Brannigan (NZl) Trek World Racing 120  
39 Cameron Cole (NZl) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 119  
40 Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team 112  
41 Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Evil Vengeance Tour 108  
42 Luke Strobel (USA) Evil Vengeance Tour 108  
43 Austin Warren (USA) Pivot Factory Team 100  
44 Robin Wallner (Swe) Team W-Racing 98  
45 Harry Molloy (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team 96  
46 Edward Masters (NZl) 95  
47 Wyn Masters (NZl) Team Bulls - DH 94  
48 Richard° Rude Jr (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 92  
49 Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra) Topcycle By Trek 87  
50 Ziga Pandur (Slo) Unior Tools Team 77  
51 Jack Moir (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 76  
52 Christopher Mcglinchey (Irl) 73  
53 Remi Gauvin (Can) 71  
54 Nick Beer (Swi) Devinci Global Racing 70  
55 Lewis Buchanan (GBr) SC Intense 69  
56 Mickael Pascal (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian 68  
57 Mathew Stuttard (GBr) 66  
58 Filip Polc (Svk) Evil Vengeance Tour 64  
59 Matthew Walker (NZl) 63  
60 Fraser Mcglone (GBr) 63  
61 David Trummer (Aut) RRP Ghost 59  
62 Jack Reading (GBr) 54  
63 Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) GT / 360 Degrees 54  
64 Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 54  
65 Adam Brayton (GBr) 51  
66 Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian 51  
67 Melvin Pons (Fra) US Cagnes VTT 50  
68 Isak Leivsson (Nor) 48  
69 Ivan Oulego Moreno (Spa) 46  
70 Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 46  
71 Bryn Atkinson (Aus) Team Norco International 45  
72 Terje Nylende (Nor) 45  
73 Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 44  
74 Mitch Ropelato (USA) Specialized Racing DH 44  
75 Ben Cathro (GBr) 38  
76 Julien Piccolo (Fra) 37  
77 Oliwer Kangas (Swe) 33  
78 Zakarias Blom Johansen (Nor) 32  
79 Marco Milivinti (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop 31  
80 Reece Potter (NZl) 31  
81 Iago Garay Tamayo (Spa) 29  
82 Cédric Gracia (Fra) Cg Racing Brigade 29  
83 Alexander Kangas (Swe) 28  
84 Rudy Cabirou (Fra) 28  
85 Kyle Sangers (Can) 27  
86 Benoit Coulanges (Fra) Roc VTT Oz En Oisans 26  
87 Scott Mears (GBr) 25  
88 Florian Arthus (Fra) 24  
89 Lars Vatnebryn Sandviken (Nor) 23  
90 David Mcmillan (Aus) 23  
91 Niklas Wallner (Swe) Team W-Racing 22  
92 Gaetan Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 22  
93 Alexis Pujol (Fra) 21  
94 Martin Knapec (Svk) 21  
95 Richard Thomas (GBr) 20  
96 Guy Gibbs (Nor) 20  
97 Benny Strasser (Ger) 20  
98 Johann Potgieter (RSA) RRP Ghost 19  
99 Marcus Klausmann (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team 18  
100 Guillem Jorba Prats (Spa) 17  
101 Arthur Parret (Fra) 17  
102 Matej Charvat (Cze) 16  
103 Bryn Dickerson (NZl) 16  
104 James Swinden (GBr) 14  
105 Gareth Brewin (GBr) 14  
106 Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Hutchinson UR 14  
107 Kevin Aiello (USA) 13  
108 Peter Williams (GBr) 12  
109 Logan Binggeli (USA) 12  
110 Baptiste Pierron (Fra) 11  
111 Carlo Caire (Ita) 10  
112 Ludovic Oget (Fra) 9  
113 Rhys Atkinson (Aus) 8  
114 Romain Paulhan (Fra) 6  
115 Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Lac Blanc/Scott 6  
116 Charly Di Pasquale (Fra) 4  
Teams World Cup standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 GT Factory Racing 271  pts
2 Lapierre Gravity Republic 208  
3 Santa Cruz Syndicate 160  
4 Commencal / Riding Addiction 150  
5 Gstaad-Scott 143  
6 Specialized Racing DH 133  
7 Madison Saracen Downhill Team 117  
8 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 112  
9 MS Mondraker Team 106  
10 Devinci Global Racing 106  
11 Trek World Racing 102  
12 Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 96  
13 Hutchinson UR 94  
14 Evil Vengeance Tour 53  
15 Team Norco International 41  
16 Topcycle By Trek 29  
17 Blackthorn GT 29  
18 FMD Racing / Intense Cycles 28  
19 Pivot Factory Team 27  
20 RRP Ghost 25  
21 GT / 360 Degrees 25  
22 Evil CK Racing Evian 23  
23 Dirt Norco Race Team 20  
24 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 18  
25 SC Intense 18  
26 Team Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie 15  
27 Torpado Surfing Shop 11  
28 Kona 10  
29 Unior Tools Team 9  
30 Team Bulls - DH 9  
31 US Cagnes VTT 8