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August 2/08 7:35 am - Bromont World Cup: DH Final report, photos and full results

Posted by Editoress on 08/2/08

Bromont World Cup Bromont QC

Coverage brought to you with the assistance of Mondial du Velo


Sam Hill (Monster Energy-Iron Horse) regained the lead in the men's Downhill World Cup on Saturday over Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate), after beating his South African rival by 2.7 seconds. In the women's race, Rachel Atherton (Animal Commencal) extended her lead over Sabrina Jonnier (Maxxis) with her second consecutive win. American Luke Strobel (Maxxis) was the top North American man in tenth place, while Quebec native Claire Buchar (Intense) was the top woman in sixth place. Canada's top hope Steve Smith (Cove Bikes) had a very disappointing day, finishing well back in 36th place.

The good weather from the day before continued on race day, with sun drying out all but the wooded sections. However, in the deep woods it was still full of mudholes and extremely slick rocks and roots, which took down many riders.

Canadian Danice Uyesugi (Pink Bike) set the first sub-four minute time with a 3:40.63 run, but didn't have time to take the Nissan Hot Seat before Anita Molcik (4 Elements) knocked five seconds off it. Molcik was in the lead for four riders, when Floriane Pugin took another ten seconds off the leading time. Jonnier then quickly took another nine seconds off, but Atherton was right behind her, and 2.29 seconds faster. The final two rider5s Tracy Moseley (Kona) and Mio Suemasa (MS-Intense) couldn't manage to top Atherton or Jonnier, but Moseley did manage to slot into third.

"I was really nervous after I had a bad run in the qualifier," explained Atherton "and it was even worse when I got to the top and saw that it had been raining up there, which I knew would make it slippery. My run was pretty good, but I made some mistakes. I just knew that it was important to never give up."

"The track is a lot shorter than Mont Ste Anne last weekend," commented Buchar "but it is just as tiring. It's super technical, and I was cautious, because there were a lot of places you could crash on the track, but it went pretty well for me."

Remi Thirion (France) set the early fast time for the men, at 2:55.82 . His time would hold for 25 riders before his countryman Damien Spagnolo knocked off two seconds. After that, the times starting dropping in quick succession by small increments, until Brendan Fairclough (Monster Energy-Iron Horse took it to 2:51.65 . His time would hold up until the final six riders hit the course, with five of them beating it (Fabien Barel (Subaru) was the only one not to, and he flatted). Marc Beaumont took the lead below 2:50, but one rider later Minnaar dropped another five seconds off the lead. Minnaar's time would hold until the final rider, Hill.

"I wasn't really thinking about taking back the [World Cup] jersey," Hill stated afterwards. "I wanted to just put together a good run and try for the race win. It was a tough course all the way down, and there were lots of places to make mistakes, so I just tried to be smooth and consistent all the way down."

Smith, who was obviously disappointed with his ride, waved off interview attempts and rode away from the circuit.

In the World Cup standings, Sam Hill (Monster Energy / Iron Horse) has taken back the overall lead from Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) and Rachel Atherton (Animal Commencal) has extended her lead over Sabrina Jonnier (Team Maxxis).

1 Rachel Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal3:14.350
2 Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis3:16.642.29
3 Tracy Moseley (GBr) Kona3:17.683.33
4 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center3:18.153.80
5 Floriane Pugin (Fra) Playbiker - Iron Horse3:25.2610.91
6 Claire Buchar (Can) Intense3:34.5920.24
7 Mio Suemasa (Jpn) MS-Intense Factory-Racing3:34.7820.43
8 Anita Molcik (Aut) 4 Elements Yeti/Hotec/Rsp3:35.2520.9
9 Scarlett Hagen (NZl) 3:38.9124.56
10 Micayla Gatto (Can) Commencal Marzocchi3:39.5525.20
11 Danice Uyesugi (Can) pinkbike.com3:40.6326.28
12 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team3:51.3737.02
13 Elisa Canepa (Ita) Playbiker - Iron Horse4:04.9850.63
14 Myriam Nicole (Fra) 4:07.0852.73
15 Amy Laird (NZl) 4:08.4954.14
16 Miranda Miller (Can) 4:10.9356.58
17 Harriet Harper (NZl) 4:11.3757.02
18 Amber Zirnhelt (Can) 5:03.701:49.35
19 Sheila Morris (Can) 5:29.002:14.65
DNS Caroline Buchanan (Aus)
1 Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy / Iron Horse2:42.140
2 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate2:44.842.70
3 Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate2:46.003.86
4 Gee Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal2:48.095.95
5 Marc Beaumont (GBr) Team Bike Radar2:49.607.46
6 Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Monster Energy / Iron Horse2:51.659.51
7 Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team2:52.8610.72
8 Matti Lehikoinen (Fin) MS-Intense Factory-Racing2:53.0310.89
9 Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Kenda Tomac2:54.1512.01
10 Luke Strobel (USA) Team Maxxis2:54.5612.42
11 Chris Kovarik (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense2:54.6412.50
12 Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team2:54.6812.54
13 Justin Leov (NZl) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team2:55.4613.32
14 Andrew Neethling (RSA) Gt Bicycles / Mongoose Bicycles2:55.6213.48
15 Jared Rando (Aus) Giant Mountain Bike Team2:55.7213.58
16 R?mi Thirion (Fra) Team Sunn2:55.8213.68
17 Amiel Cavalier (Aus) Giant Mountain Bike Team2:56.0413.90
18 Cameron Cole (NZl) Team Maxxis2:56.1714.03
19 Nathan Rennie (Aus) Santa Cruz Syndicate2:56.4014.26
20 Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate2:56.9114.77
21 Pasqual Canals Flix (Esp) Massi2:56.9114.77
22 Thibaut Ruffin (Fra)2:57.8315.69
23 Nico Vink (Bel) Dolphin-Trek Mountainbike Racing Team2:58.0015.86
24 Julien Camellini (Fra) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense2:58.8916.75
25 Pierre Charles Georges (Fra)2:59.1717.03
26 Ben Reid (Irl)2:59.4017.26
27 Oscar Saiz Castane (Esp) Giant Mountain Bike Team2:59.6617.52
28 Florent Payet (Fra) Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team2:59.9317.79
29 Sam Dale (GBr) Cannondale Factory Racing3:00.3518.21
30 Alan Beggin (Ita)3:00.6218.48
31 Joseph Smith (GBr) Tomac Factory Racing3:00.7218.58
32 Maxime Remy (Fra) Team Sunn3:00.9718.83
33 Kieran Bennett (NZl)3:01.3819.21
34 Filip Polc (Svk) Kenda Tomac3:01.6319.49
35 Aaron Holmes Gwin (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team3:01.6319.49
36 Steve Smith (Can) Cove3:01.7019.56
37 Adam Brayton (GBr) Playbiker - Iron Horse3:02.1720.03
38 Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Solid Aclass Factory Team3:02.3320.19
39 Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense3:02.5620.42
40 Hans Lambert (Can) Norco World Team3:02.9120.77
41 Valentin Juillard (Fra) Team Sunn3:03.0320.89
42 Kyle Strait (USA) Specialized Factory Racing3:03.2121.07
43 Dean Tennant (Can)3:03.5421.40
44 Charles-Alexandre Dube (Can)3:03.9521.81
45 Danny Hart (GBr) Lapierre Dh Powered By Saab Salomon3:04.5022.36
46 Thomas Braithwaite (GBr)3:04.7322.59
47 Will Rischbieth (Aus)3:04.9522.81
48 Toni Berg (Fin)3:05.1222.98
49 Ralph Jones (GBr)3:05.1523.01
50 Markolf Berchtold (Bra)3:05.1823.04
51 Matej Charvat (Cze)3:05.4123.27
52 Duncan Riffle (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing3:05.6023.46
53 Marcelo Gutierrez (Col)3:05.8623.72
54 Chris Hutchens (GBr) Mojo Orange3:05.9323.79
55 Mathieu Troquier (Fra) Solid Aclass Factory Team3:06.2224.08
56 Alastair Wilson (GBr)3:06.5124.37
57 Eli Krahenbuhl (USA)3:06.6024.46
58 Lorenzo Suding (Ita) Playbiker - Iron Horse3:06.6524.51
59 Ludovic May (Sui)3:06.8324.69
60 Daniel Critchlow (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense3:07.1925.05
61 Dylan Morley (Can) Playbiker - Iron Horse3:08.9226.78
62 Jason Memmelaar (USA)3:09.0126.87
63 Cody Warren (USA)3:09.7227.58
64 Drew Pautler (Can)3:09.8527.71
65 Samuel Zbinden (Sui) Argentina Bike Gravity Team3:10.9128.77
66 Neil Donoghue (GBr) Team Bike Radar3:13.7031.56
67 Erik Irmisch (Ger)3:14.4632.32
68 Nathan Rankin (NZl) Playbiker - Iron Horse3:18.2736.13
69 Georg Sieder (Aut) Solid Aclass Factory Team3:18.5436.40
70 Fabien Pedemanaud (Fra) Team Pyrenees Morewood3:19.1437.00
71 Nick Beer (Sui) Ixs Sports Division Racing Team3:19.5537.41
72 Dominik Gspan (Sui)3:23.0540.91
73 Ryan Condrashoff (USA)3:24.8642.72
74 Emyr Davies (GBr) Reverse Components3:33.3351.19
75 Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense3:39.5857.44
76 Mathieu Laurin (Can)3:56.341:14.20
77 Michael Skinner (NZl) Playbiker - Iron Horse4:18.621:36.48
78 Fabien Barel (Fra) Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team4:22.471:40.33
79 Jonty Neethling (RSA)4:41.951:59.81
80 Dan Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal6:19.563:37.42


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