Smith wins Hafjell downhill World Cup

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

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Elite men downhill
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing0:03:40.200
2Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:00:01.641
3Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:00:02.783
4Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre Gravity Republic0:00:03.865
5Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:00:03.989
6Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:00:05.745
7Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:00:06.199
8Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof0:00:06.537
9Bernard Kerr (GBr) Pivot Factory Team0:00:06.715
10Troy Brosnan (Aus) Specialized Racing DH0:00:07.370
11Neko Mulally (USA) Trek World Racing0:00:07.859
12Gee Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing0:00:08.404
13Nick Beer (Swi) Devinci Global Racing0:00:09.541
14Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:00:09.576
15Samuel Hill (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof0:00:09.752
16Niklas Wallner (Swe) Team W-Racing0:00:09.891
17Johannes Fischbach (Ger) RRP Ghost0:00:09.981
18Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Factory Racing0:00:10.235
19Mitch Ropelato (USA) Specialized Racing DH0:00:11.612
20Patrick Thome (Fra) Gstaad-Scott0:00:11.645
21Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa) Evil Vengeance Tour0:00:11.650
22Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Gstaad-Scott0:00:11.717
23Rémi Thirion (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction0:00:12.195
24Robin Wallner (Swe) Team W-Racing0:00:12.291
25Ziga Pandur (Slo) Unior Tools Team0:00:12.641
26Harry Molloy (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team0:00:13.083
27Luke Strobel (USA) Evil Vengeance Tour0:00:13.966
28Michael Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson UR0:00:14.149
29Jack Moir (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:00:14.928
30Florent Payet (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian0:00:14.941
31Adam Brayton (GBr)0:00:15.443
32Fraser Mcglone (GBr)0:00:15.905
33Loic Bruni (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic0:00:15.976
34Jack Reading (GBr)0:00:16.161
35Kyle Sangers (Can)0:00:16.294
36Kirk Mcdowall (Can)0:00:16.959
37Remi Gauvin (Can)0:00:17.330
38Quentin Chanudet (Fra) Team Sodicycle Project0:00:17.543
39Connor Fearon (Aus) Kona0:00:17.742
40Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Lac Blanc/Scott0:00:17.807
41George Brannigan (NZl) Trek World Racing0:00:17.901
42Bernat Guardia Pascual (Spa)0:00:17.935
43Lars Peyer (Swi) SC Intense0:00:17.942
44Benny Strasser (Ger)0:00:18.159
45Mathew Stuttard (GBr)0:00:18.180
46Faustin Figaret (Fra) Topcycle By Trek0:00:18.353
47Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Unior Tools Team0:00:18.551
48Francisco Pardal (Por) Evil Vengeance Tour0:00:18.863
49Filip Polc (Svk) Evil Vengeance Tour0:00:19.703
50Richard Thomas (GBr)0:00:19.755
51Scott Mears (GBr)0:00:19.950
52Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof0:00:20.040
53Emanuel Pombo (Por)0:00:20.165
54Terje Nylende (Nor)0:00:20.378
55Richard Rude Jr° (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:00:21.573
56Romain Paulhan (Fra)0:00:21.784
57Edward Masters (NZl)0:00:22.674
58Bernardo Neves Cruz (Bra)0:00:23.014
59Sam Dale (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team0:00:23.268
60Matthew Beer (Can)0:00:23.406
61Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian0:00:23.758
62Miran Vauh (Slo) Blackthorn GT0:00:23.910
63Harry Heath (GBr)0:00:24.066
64Markus Pekoll (Aut) Ms Mondraker Team0:00:24.638
65Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) GT / 360 Degrees0:00:26.682
66Fabien Cousinie (Fra) HutchinsonUR0:00:30.816
67Reon Boe (NZl)0:00:30.963
68Niclas Andersen (Nor)0:00:31.762
69Stefan Garlicki (RSA)0:00:34.803
70Zakarias Blom Johansen (Nor)0:00:35.118
71Sebastiaan Van Steenbergen (USA)0:00:38.235
72Alex Bond (GBr)0:00:39.478
73Christian Textor (Ger) Team Bulls - DH0:00:45.563
74David Mcmillan (Aus)0:00:47.554
75Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction0:00:52.945
DNFMatthew Walker (NZl)Row 75 - Cell 2
DNFWyn Masters (NZl) Team Bulls - DHRow 76 - Cell 2
DNFBen Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
DNSLorenzo Suding (Ita) GT / 360 DegreesRow 78 - Cell 2
DNSLars Vatnebryn Sandviken (Nor)Row 79 - Cell 2
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Giant Factory Off-Road Team91pts
2GT Factory Racing72Row 1 - Cell 3
3Santa Cruz Syndicate71Row 2 - Cell 3
4Devinci Global Racing58Row 3 - Cell 3
5Lapierre Gravity Republic52Row 4 - Cell 3
6Madison Saracen Downhill Team40Row 5 - Cell 3
7Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof39Row 6 - Cell 3
8Commencal / Riding Addiction38Row 7 - Cell 3
9Specialized Racing DH33Row 8 - Cell 3
10Gstaad-Scott32Row 9 - Cell 3
11MS Mondraker Team26Row 10 - Cell 3
12Pivot Factory Team22Row 11 - Cell 3
13Team W-Racing22Row 12 - Cell 3
14Hutchinson UR21Row 13 - Cell 3
15Trek World Racing20Row 14 - Cell 3
16Dirt Norco Race Team16Row 15 - Cell 3
17RRP Ghost14Row 16 - Cell 3
18Evil Vengeance Tour14Row 17 - Cell 3
19Blackthorn GT10Row 18 - Cell 3
20Fmd Racing / Intense Cycles9Row 19 - Cell 3
21Unior Tools Team6Row 20 - Cell 3
22US Cagnes VTT5Row 21 - Cell 3
23SC Intense4Row 22 - Cell 3
24Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team2Row 23 - Cell 3
25Evil Ck Racing Evian1Row 24 - Cell 3
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Elite men downhill World Cup standings with one round remaining
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Gee Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing966pts
2Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing949Row 1 - Cell 3
3Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate673Row 2 - Cell 3
4Samuel Hill (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof590Row 3 - Cell 3
5Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team584Row 4 - Cell 3
6Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre Gravity Republic542Row 5 - Cell 3
7Rémi Thirion (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction498Row 6 - Cell 3
8Troy Brosnan (Aus) Specialized Racing DH496Row 7 - Cell 3
9Loic Bruni (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic486Row 8 - Cell 3
10Michael Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson UR458Row 9 - Cell 3
11Aaron Gwin (USA) United States Of America417Row 10 - Cell 3
12Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) Giant Factory Off-Road Team396Row 11 - Cell 3
13Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team386Row 12 - Cell 3
14Florent Payet (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian342Row 13 - Cell 3
15Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Gstaad-Scott342Row 14 - Cell 3
16Brook Macdonald* (NZl) New-Zealand338Row 15 - Cell 3
17Neko Mulally (USA) Trek World Racing322Row 16 - Cell 3
18Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof309Row 17 - Cell 3
19Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa) Evil Vengeance Tour304Row 18 - Cell 3
20Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Factory Racing298Row 19 - Cell 3
21Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate293Row 20 - Cell 3
22Markus Pekoll (Aut) Ms Mondraker Team282Row 21 - Cell 3
23Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate276Row 22 - Cell 3
24Lorenzo Suding (Ita) GT / 360 Degrees274Row 23 - Cell 3
25Sam Dale (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team260Row 24 - Cell 3
26Faustin Figaret (Fra) Topcycle By Trek252Row 25 - Cell 3
27Patrick Thome (Fra) Gstaad-Scott248Row 26 - Cell 3
28George Brannigan (NZl) Trek World Racing237Row 27 - Cell 3
29Connor Fearon (Aus) Kona234Row 28 - Cell 3
30Bernat Guardia Pascual (Spa)227Row 29 - Cell 3
31Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof225Row 30 - Cell 3
32Bernard Kerr (GBr) Pivot Factory Team222Row 31 - Cell 3
33Nick Beer (Swi) Devinci Global Racing221Row 32 - Cell 3
34Luke Strobel (USA) Evil Vengeance Tour218Row 33 - Cell 3
35Greg Williamson (GBr) Trek World Racing207Row 34 - Cell 3
36Robin Wallner (Swe) Team W-Racing199Row 35 - Cell 3
37Francisco Pardal (Por) Evil Vengeance Tour191Row 36 - Cell 3
38Johannes Fischbach (Ger) RRP Ghost185Row 37 - Cell 3
39Jack Moir (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team179Row 38 - Cell 3
40Harry Heath (GBr)179Row 39 - Cell 3
41Ziga Pandur (Slo) Unior Tools Team167Row 40 - Cell 3
42Joe Connell (GBr) SC Intense166Row 41 - Cell 3
43Guillaume Cauvin (Fra) HutchinsonUR164Row 42 - Cell 3
44Edward Masters (NZl)157Row 43 - Cell 3
45Remi Gauvin (Can)154Row 44 - Cell 3
46Austin Warren (USA) Pivot Factory Team152Row 45 - Cell 3
47Harry Molloy (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team151Row 46 - Cell 3
48Mitch Ropelato (USA) Specialized Racing DH149Row 47 - Cell 3
49Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team141Row 48 - Cell 3
50Mathew Stuttard (GBr)139Row 49 - Cell 3
51Wyn Masters (NZl) Team Bulls - DH138Row 50 - Cell 3
52Fraser Mcglone (GBr)135Row 51 - Cell 3
53Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra) Topcycle By Trek120Row 52 - Cell 3
54Cameron Cole (NZl) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team119Row 53 - Cell 3
55Jack Reading (GBr)119Row 54 - Cell 3
56Richard° Rude Jr (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team118Row 55 - Cell 3
57Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Evil Vengeance Tour114Row 56 - Cell 3
58Matthew Walker (NZl)109Row 57 - Cell 3
59Bryn Atkinson (Aus) Team Norco International108Row 58 - Cell 3
60Niklas Wallner (Swe) Team W-Racing107Row 59 - Cell 3
61Adam Brayton (GBr)107Row 60 - Cell 3
62Kyle Sangers (Can)101Row 61 - Cell 3
63Isak Leivsson (Nor)97Row 62 - Cell 3
64Filip Polc (Svk) Evil Vengeance Tour96Row 63 - Cell 3
65Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian95Row 64 - Cell 3
66Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction88Row 65 - Cell 3
67Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Lac Blanc/Scott88Row 66 - Cell 3
68Kirk Mcdowall (Can)87Row 67 - Cell 3
69Christopher Mcglinchey (Irl)85Row 68 - Cell 3
70Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) GT / 360 Degrees79Row 69 - Cell 3
71Terje Nylende (Nor)72Row 70 - Cell 3
72Lewis Buchanan (GBr) SC Intense69Row 71 - Cell 3
73Mickael Pascal (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian68Row 72 - Cell 3
74Scott Mears (GBr)68Row 73 - Cell 3
75Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Unior Tools Team65Row 74 - Cell 3
76Quentin Chanudet (Fra) Team Sodicycle Project64Row 75 - Cell 3
77Lars Peyer (Swi) SC Intense64Row 76 - Cell 3
78David Trummer (Aut) RRP Ghost59Row 77 - Cell 3
79Benny Strasser (Ger)57Row 78 - Cell 3
80Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria54Row 79 - Cell 3
81Richard Thomas (GBr)51Row 80 - Cell 3
82Melvin Pons (Fra) Us Cagnes VTT50Row 81 - Cell 3
83Forrest Riesco* (Can) Canada48Row 82 - Cell 3
84Fabien Cousinie (Fra) HutchinsonUR48Row 83 - Cell 3
85David Mcmillan (Aus)47Row 84 - Cell 3
86Ivan Oulego Moreno (Spa)46Row 85 - Cell 3
87Jared Graves (Aus) Australia44Row 86 - Cell 3
88Zakarias Blom Johansen (Nor)43Row 87 - Cell 3
89Alexander Kangas (Swe)42Row 88 - Cell 3
90Ben Cathro (GBr)38Row 89 - Cell 3
91Julien Piccolo (Fra)37Row 90 - Cell 3
92Oliwer Kangas (Swe)33Row 91 - Cell 3
93Marco Milivinti (Ita) Italy31Row 92 - Cell 3
94Reece Potter (NZl)31Row 93 - Cell 3
95Romain Paulhan (Fra)31Row 94 - Cell 3
96Iago Garay Tamayo (Spa)29Row 95 - Cell 3
97Cédric Gracia (Fra) CG Racing Brigade29Row 96 - Cell 3
98Emanuel Pombo (Por)28Row 97 - Cell 3
99Rudy Cabirou (Fra)28Row 98 - Cell 3
100Samuel Thibault (Can)27Row 99 - Cell 3
101Benoit Coulanges (Fra) Roc VTT Oz En Oisans26Row 100 - Cell 3
102Florian Arthus (Fra)24Row 101 - Cell 3
103Lars Vatnebryn Sandviken (Nor)23Row 102 - Cell 3
104Bernardo Neves Cruz (Bra)23Row 103 - Cell 3
105Sidney Slotegraaf (Can)22Row 104 - Cell 3
106Gaetan Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction22Row 105 - Cell 3
107Matthew Beer (Can)21Row 106 - Cell 3
108Alexis Pujol (Fra)21Row 107 - Cell 3
109Martin Knapec (Svk)21Row 108 - Cell 3
110Guy Gibbs (Nor)20Row 109 - Cell 3
111Johann Potgieter (RSA) RRP Ghost19Row 110 - Cell 3
112Miran Vauh (Slo) Blackthorn GT19Row 111 - Cell 3
113Charly Di Pasquale (Fra)19Row 112 - Cell 3
114Marcus Klausmann (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team18Row 113 - Cell 3
115Guillem Jorba Prats (Spa)17Row 114 - Cell 3
116Arthur Parret (Fra)17Row 115 - Cell 3
117Dan Sheridan (Irl)16Row 116 - Cell 3
118Matej Charvat (Cze) Czech Republic16Row 117 - Cell 3
119Bryn Dickerson (NZl)16Row 118 - Cell 3
120Reon Boe (NZl)14Row 119 - Cell 3
121James Swinden (GBr)14Row 120 - Cell 3
122Gareth Brewin (GBr)14Row 121 - Cell 3
123Niclas Andersen (Nor)13Row 122 - Cell 3
124Kevin Aiello* (USA) United States Of America13Row 123 - Cell 3
125Stefan Garlicki (RSA)12Row 124 - Cell 3
126Peter Williams (GBr)12Row 125 - Cell 3
127Logan Binggeli (USA) United States Of America12Row 126 - Cell 3
128Baptiste Pierron (Fra)11Row 127 - Cell 3
129Benjamin Staehle (Fra)11Row 128 - Cell 3
130Sebastiaan Van Steenbergen (USA)10Row 129 - Cell 3
131Carlo Caire (Ita)10Row 130 - Cell 3
132Oliver Morris (GBr)10Row 131 - Cell 3
133Alex Bond (GBr)9Row 132 - Cell 3
134Ludovic Oget (Fra)9Row 133 - Cell 3
135Rhys Atkinson (Aus)8Row 134 - Cell 3
136Christian Textor (Ger) Team Bulls - DH8Row 135 - Cell 3
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Teams World Cup standings with one round remaining
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1GT Factory Racing408pts
2Lapierre Gravity Republic335Row 1 - Cell 3
3Giant Factory Off-Road Team270Row 2 - Cell 3
4Santa Cruz Syndicate261Row 3 - Cell 3
5Gstaad-Scott255Row 4 - Cell 3
6Commencal / Riding Addiction222Row 5 - Cell 3
7Devinci Global Racing218Row 6 - Cell 3
8Specialized Racing DH214Row 7 - Cell 3
9Madison Saracen Downhill Team195Row 8 - Cell 3
10Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof184Row 9 - Cell 3
11MS Mondraker Team162Row 10 - Cell 3
12Trek World Racing135Row 11 - Cell 3
13Hutchinson UR115Row 12 - Cell 3
14Evil Vengeance Tour81Row 13 - Cell 3
15Fmd Racing / Intense Cycles55Row 14 - Cell 3
16Team Norco International54Row 15 - Cell 3
17Pivot Factory Team51Row 16 - Cell 3
18Evil Ck Racing Evian46Row 17 - Cell 3
19GT / 360 Degrees40Row 18 - Cell 3
20RRP Ghost39Row 19 - Cell 3
21Blackthorn GT39Row 20 - Cell 3
22Dirt Norco Race Team36Row 21 - Cell 3
23Topcycle By Trek34Row 22 - Cell 3
24SC Intense29Row 23 - Cell 3
25Unior Tools Team27Row 24 - Cell 3
26Team W-Racing22Row 25 - Cell 3
27Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team21Row 26 - Cell 3
28Team Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie15Row 27 - Cell 3
29US Cagnes VTT13Row 28 - Cell 3
30Torpado Surfing Shop11Row 29 - Cell 3
31Kona10Row 30 - Cell 3
32Team Bulls - DH9Row 31 - Cell 3

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