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June 8/08 9:05 am - Fort William World Cup DH Final: report, photos, full results

Posted by Editoress on 06/8/08

Fort William World Cup Fort William, Scotland

Coverage brought to you with the assistance of Velirium

Women's photos
Men's photos

The sun continued to smile on Fort William for the final day of World Cup competition at the crowd favourite Downhill. As always, the riders responded to the roars, whistles and horns of fans that covered the course from top to bottom. Both the men's and women's races saw the return to the winner's circle of riders who have being missing from the top rung for a while, with Tracy Moseley (Kona) taking her first win since 2006, and Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) his first since 2005.

The day started misty and damp for qualifying, but strong winds blew the mist and clouds away, and as the day progressed the conditions just got better and better.

In qualifying, Moseley and Minnaar both were fastest, although Moseley had to do a second run after World Cup leader Rachel Atherton (Animal Commencal) crashed ahead of her. Moseley was a full five seconds ahead of world champion Sabrina Jonnier (Maxxis), with Emmeline Ragot (Suspension center) third. Atherton was seeded mid field after her crash. Top North American was Kathy Pruitt (Jamis) in eighth, followed immediately by Claire Buchar.

in the final, Mio Suemasa (MS-Intense), the slowest qualifier, set a very fast time of 5:35.64, which would hold up until Atherton came down and knocked nine seconds off. Atherton's time would hold until Jonnier and then Moseley would both beat it. Jonnier's second place (combined with her second in the semifinal) was enough to bump her back into the World Cup lead.

"I just tried to improve upon the things I did in the semifinal," said Moseley. "There was nothing big, just little bits here and there that made the difference."

However, one difference Moseley did make as to don a skinsuit for the final - something that is causing a lot of controversy in the downhill community. The Mojo Orange team have been using and testing the suits, and claim it can shave six to eight seconds off a run. Moseley's winning margin was four seconds.

Atherton, for one, was outspoken in her dislike of skinsuits. "It was no battle here against a skinsuit on this course," she asserted. "With the top so open and windy, you can make four or five seconds easy. There's lots of issues with using them, I think; if Tracy wants to use one, that's her game, but I don't agree with them at all."

Buhl rounded out the podium in fifth place, with Pruitt tenth, Buchar 11th and Canadian national champion Micayla Gatto (Commencal) 15th.

The men's semifinal saw the following finishing order: Minnaar, Gee Atherton (Animal Commencal), Hill, Steve Peat (Santa Cruz Syndicate) and Fabien Barel (Subaru). Four of these five made the podium, with Nathan Rennie (Santa Cruz Syndicate) replacing Barel after the French rider flatted. All five, plus Dan Atherton (Animal Commencal) were the only riders to go sub 4:50, with rennie the first to set the fast time. He would hang on for fourth, exclaiming "I'm back!"

Peat knocked over half a second off his team mates time, while Hill slid in just behind Rennie. Atherton then knocked another half a second off the top time, but didn't even get into the Hot Seat, as Minnaar's intermediate time was three seconds up. Minnaar kept the gap for the lower half of his run to win by 3.17 seconds, an indication of his complete comeback from shoulder surgery last fall.

"It definitely shows I'm back. and it is very good because this is where my season ended last year. So to do it here feels great; revenge is sweet! The dry conditions made it so hard today, it was actually slippery out there in the dust, and the ruts were changing all the time. I felt like I was on a good run, but it was only 10 metres from the line that I knew I had it. Now, with a fifth, a third and a first I feel like I am on track for the Worlds."

Top North American was Kyle Strait (Specialized) in 31st place, followed by Lars Sternberg in 50th and Canadian Andrew Mitchell in 57th.

1. Tracy Moseley (GBr) Kona5:20.870
2. Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis5:25.014.14
3. Rachel Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal5:26.765.89
4. Mio Suemasa (Jpn) Ms-Intense Factory-Racing5:35.6414.77
5. Melissa Buhl (USA) KHS5:45.1924.32
6. C?line Gros (Fra) Solid Aclass Factory Team5:45.5724.70
7. Myriam Nicole (Fra)5:46.1425.27
8. Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team5:46.4725.60
9. Anita Molcik (Aut) 4 Elements Yet5:49.0528.18
10. Kathleen Pruitt (USA)5:52.2431.37
11. Claire Buchar (Can)5:52.3831.51
12. Emilie Siegenthaler (Sui) Suspension Center5:55.6334.76
13. Miriam Ruchti (Sui) Sport Promotion5:56.1935.32
14. Joanna Petterson (RSA)6:01.7240.85
15. Micayla Gatto (Can) Commencal Marzocchi6:02.1441.27
16. Diana Marggraff (Ecu)6:04.5143.64
17. Katy Curd (GBr)6:06.0145.14
18. Helene Valer Fruhwirth (Aut)6:08.1447.27
19. Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center6:11.1350.26
20. Elisa Canepa (Ita) Playbiker - Iron Horse6:14.5453.67
21. Floriane Pugin (Fra) Playbiker - Iron Horse6:28.181:07.31
1. Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate4:43.520
2. Gee Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal4:46.693.17
3. Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate4:47.423.9
4. Nathan Rennie (Aus) Santa Cruz Syndicate4:48.194.67
5. Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy4:48.705.18
6. Dan Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal4:49.766.24
7. Justin Leov (NZl) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Racing4:52.388.86
8. Ben Cathro (GBr) Mojo Orange4:52.408.88
9. Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Racing4:52.979.45
10. Mickael Pascal (Fra) Msc Bikes4:53.8710.35
11. Florent Payet (Fra) Subaru Mountain Bike Pro4:55.1511.63
12. Julien Camellini (Fra) Chain Reaction Cycle4:55.4011.88
13. Chris Kovarik (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycle4:55.6512.13
14. Marc Beaumont (GBr) Team Bike Radar4:56.2312.71
15. Cedric Gracia (Fra) Commencal - Furious - Oak4:56.2912.77
16. Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate4:57.1313.61
17. Chris Hutchens (GBr) Mojo Orange4:57.1813.66
18. Pasqual Canals Flix (Esp) Massi4:57.2213.70
19. Bernat Guardia Pascual (Esp) Msc Bikes4:57.6414.12
20. Ivan Oulego Moreno (Esp) Massi4:58.0614.54
21. Bryn Atkinson (Aus) Gt Bicycles4:58.1614.64
22. Fabien Pedemanaud (Fra) Team Pyrenees Morewood4:58.8015.28
23. Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Monster Energy4:58.8915.37
24. Filip Polc (Svk) Kenda Tomac4:59.0215.50
25. Neil Donoghue (GBr) Team Bike Radar5:00.2816.76
26. David Vazquez Lopez (Esp) Lapierre Dh Powered By Saab5:01.2617.74
27. Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Kenda Tomac5:01.6318.11
28. Andrew Neethling (RSA) Gt Bicycles5:01.6718.15
29. Sam Dale (GBr) Cannondale Factory Racing5:01.8218.30
30. Oscar Saiz Castane (Esp) Giant Mountain Bike Team5:02.3718.85
31. Kyle Strait (USA) Specialized Factory Racing5:02.4518.93
32. Joshua Button (Aus)5:02.6519.13
33. Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycle5:03.2019.68
34. Dan Stanbridge (GBr) Mojo Orange5:03.5520.03
35. Danny Hart (GBr) Lapierre Dh Powered By Saab5:03.8520.33
36. Thibaut Ruffin (Fra)5:04.6821.16
37. Dominik Gspan (Sui)5:04.9821.46
38. Wyn Masters (NZl)5:05.6022.08
39. Ben Reid (Irl)5:06.4622.94
40. Alan Beggin (Ita)5:06.5823.06
41. Samuel Zbinden (Sui) Argentina Bike Gravity Team5:07.5724.05
42. Markus Pekoll (Aut) Solid Aclass Factory Team5:07.7224.20
43. Daniel Critchlow (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycle5:08.2124.69
44. Mathieu Troquier (Fra) Solid Aclass Factory Team5:08.3424.82
45. Valentin Juillard (Fra) Team Sunn5:08.8225.30
46. Markolf Berchtold (Bra)5:09.0425.52
47. Joseph Smith (GBr) Tomac Factory Racing5:09.0925.57
48. Marcel Beer (Sui) Ixs Sports Division Racing5:09.8826.36
49. Aari Barrett (NZl)5:10.0326.51
50. Lars Sternberg (USA)5:10.1626.64
51. Anton Ferreiro Pajuelo (Esp) Massi5:10.3526.83
52. Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycle5:10.7227.20
53. Brook Macdonald (NZl)5:10.7527.23
54. Claudio Caluori (Sui) Tomac Factory Racing5:10.9427.42
55. Tom Deacon (GBr)5:11.0727.55
55. Jack Geoghegan (GBr)5:11.0727.55
57. Andrew Mitchell (Can)5:11.3427.82
58. Kevin Danh Pha (Fra) Team Pyrenees Morewood5:11.9128.39
59. Will Rischbieth (Aus)5:11.9428.42
60. Ben Ineson (GBr) Reverse Components5:12.1028.58
61. Arnaud Delente (Fra)5:12.2528.73
62. Amiel Cavalier (Aus) Giant Mountain Bike Team5:12.3428.82
63. Espen Johnsen (Nor)5:13.3229.80
64. Scott Mears (GBr)5:13.6530.13
65. Cameron Cole (NZl) Team Maxxis5:14.1030.58
66. Stuart Jenkinson (GBr) Printexpress Uk Mtb Team5:14.9231.40
67. Kieran Bennett (NZl)5:18.1334.61
68. Joe Barnes (GBr)5:18.4234.90
69. Marco Bugnone (Ita)5:25.8442.32
70. Herman Olund (Swe)5:26.2042.68
71. Jared Rando (Aus) Giant Mountain Bike Team5:39.5856.06
72. Marcus Klausmann (Ger) Team Ghost International5:42.1058.58
73. Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Subaru Mountain Bike Pro6:16.14+1:32.62
74. Rowan Sorrell (GBr)6:17.74+1:34.22
75. Dennis Dertell (Swe)6:26.45+1:42.93
76. Fabien Barel (Fra) Subaru Mountain Bike Pro6:40.76+1:57.24
77. Cyrille Kurtz (Fra)6:50.20+2:06.68
78. Philip Ashbridge (GBr)10:18.47+5:34.95
79. Adam Vagner (Cze)51:06.73+46:23.21
DNF. Ralph Jones (GBr)
DNF. Cody Warren (USA)
DNS. Cole Bangert (USA)
DNS. Andreas Sieber (Ger)


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