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Lisboa Downtown goes urban

Marcio Ferreria

Marcio Ferreria (Image credit: Lisbon Downtown 2007)

The neighborhood of Alfama welcomes the Lisboa Downtown, an urban downhill race, on May 19

Steve Peat, five-time Lisboa downtown champion, #1 ranked Sam Hill, and Cedric Gracia are some of the sixty racer expected to contest the Portuguese race. They will be joined by Cláudio Loureiro, the best Portuguese rider in the world ranking and compatriots Márcio Ferreira, Emanuel Pombo, and Paulo Domingues.

On the women's side, last year's second place Fionn Griffith will match up against Sabrina Jonnier, ranked #2 in the world and the winner in 2002 and two-time winner Marielle Saner. Portuguese rider Margarida Algarve will get lots of support from her home crowd.