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May 16/10 11:16 am - Maribor World Cup: Report and full results


Posted by Editoress on 05/16/10
 

Rachel Atherton (Commencal) proved that a year away from racing had not affected her downhill skills, and Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) broke a streak of bad luck in Maribor, as both riders became the first World Cup Downhill leaders in the 2010 series.

The opening round of the Downhill saw a slight easing overnight of the rain that had turned the 4-Cross into a mud bath, which wasn't necessarily a positive thing, since it made the course sticky and slower; especially for the top-seeded men. Atherton, returning to competition after sitting out last season due to a shoulder injury and subsequent surgery did not have a good start to the weekend after crashing in qualifying, and having to ride with a broken finger from a race a week earlier. Her early seed meant that she started fourth, but the 2008 world champion blazed the course, the fastest at every split, beating second placed Sabrina Jonnier (Rocky Mountain-Maxxis) by 10 seconds and Floriane Pugin (Scott 11) by 13 seconds. Myriam Nicole (Commencal Superiders), who had qualified first, was on a fast run until breaking her rear derailleur and having to coast the second half of the course; still managing an impressive fourth. Canada's lone entry, Claire Buchar (Chain Reaction) finished seventh, the best North American.

"it hasn't sunk in yet; I can't believe it," exclaimed Atherton after her run. "I never thought I'd win, this being my first World Cup race back, and my [broken] finger made it hard to hang on. I came here hoping for a top five, so maybe being relaxed and having fun is the way to have a good run."

In the men's race, Ben Cathro set the early fast time of 3:31.52, before being bumped by Joe Smith (3:30.35) then Aaron Gwin (Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team), who became the first to go under 3:30. Gwin's time held up until Fabien Pedemanaud (Scott 11) took the best time down to 3:25.84; good enough for fourth.

The course was becoming more rutted and beaten up as the top seeds took to the course, and riders were having to pick their lines carefully. Gee Atherton (Commencal) was the next to take the lead, choosing different lines from previous riders in the top section of the course, attacking the roots and rocks but slowing in sticky mud at the bottom, to knock two seconds off the best time. Minnaar rode next, but took the opposite approach - more cautious in the upper technical portion, but powering through the lower third to beat Atherton by a quarter of a second become the first World Cup leader of the season, after the final two riders Brendan Fairclough (Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz) and Sam Hill (Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz) slotted in third and fifth, respectively. Hill, coming off knee surgery over the winter, had the fastest split for the upper half of the course, but a crash dropped him down to the final podium spot. Canada's Steve Smith (MS Evil) had his best World Cup finish to date, qualifying fifth and finishing sixth, one spot off the podium.

"I have always liked Maribor, but I've always done bad on the track. So that has changed now," commented Minnaar. "I knew it was going to be a tough race, but decided to take it a bit safe and easy at the top, and ride a bit smoother; but it is so hard out there. I had a few mistakes myself, but I guess a lot less than the other guys. I am overwhelmed; I came here wanting to do well and for me, on this course, in these conditions, I felt a top three would be good, but a win was out of the question. But I pulled it off."

Women's results

 

Men Time Diff


1 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 3:23.42  
2 Gee Atherton (GBr) Commencal 3:23.67 0.25
3 Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 3:25.24 1.82
4 Fabien Pedemanaud (Fra) Scott 11 3:25.84 2.42
5 Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 3:28.10 4.68
6 Steve Smith (Can) MS Evil Racing 3:28.53 5.11
7 Aaron Gwin (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 3:28.70 5.28
8 Joseph Smith (GBr) Kona 3:30.35 6.93
9 Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing 3:30.65 7.23
9 Cameron Cole (NZl) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 3:30.65 7.23
11 Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team 3:30.71 7.29
12 Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre International 3:30.73 7.31
12 Bryn Atkinson (Aus) 3:30.73 7.31
14 Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 3:30.93 7.51
15 Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Pivot 3:31.20 7.78
16 Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 3:31.24 7.82
17 Ben Cathro (GBr) 3:31.51 8.09
18 Matti Lehikoinen (Fin) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 3:31.59 8.17
19 Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Bicycles 3:31.68 8.26
20 Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Team 3:31.72 8.30
21 Julien Camellini (Fra) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 3:32.22 8.80
22 Luke Strobel (USA) MS Evil Racing 3:32.30 8.88
23 Bernat Guardia Pascual (Esp) Massi Team 3:32.39 8.97
24 Florent Payet (Fra) Blackmountain Morewood United 3:33.23 9.81
25 Robin Wallner (Swe) Team Sunn Montgenevre 3:34.14 10.72
26 Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team 3:34.15 10.73
27 Nick Beer (Sui) Scott 11 3:34.66 11.24
27 Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Commencal Superiders 3:34.66 11.24
29 Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team 3:35.17 11.75
30 Michael Hannah (Aus) GT Bicycles 3:35.63 12.21
31 Mickael Pascal (Fra) 3:35.66 12.24
32 Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Esp) XMS Racing Squad 3:36.03 12.61
33 Andrew Neethling (RSA) Trek World Racing 3:36.10 12.68
34 Joshua Button (Aus) Kona 3:36.38 12.96
35 Emanuel Pombo (Por) 3:36.90 13.48
36 Matthew Scoles (NZl) Team Cingolani - Protone 3:37.02 13.60
37 Harry Molloy (GBr) 3:37.03 13.61
38 Brook Macdonald (NZl) MS Evil Racing 3:37.33 13.91
39 Adam Vagner (Cze) 3:37.86 14.44
40 Marco Milivinti (Ita) Team Cingolani - Protone 3:37.90 14.48
41 Matej Charvat (Cze) K.T.R. Racing Team 3:37.93 14.51
42 Thomas Braithwaite (GBr) 3:37.99 14.57
43 Nico Vink (Bel) 3:38.09 14.67
44 Shaun O'connor (Aus) Kenda-Playbiker 3:39.38 15.96
45 Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 3:39.62 16.20
46 Emyr Davies (GBr) 3:39.76 16.34
47 Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 3:42.67 19.25
48 Troy Brosnan (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 3:42.88 19.46
49 Lars Peyer (Sui) Suspension Center 3:43.02 19.60
50 Scott Mears (GBr) 3:43.54 20.12
51 Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Solid Aclass Factory Team 3:43.89 20.47
52 Romain Paulhan (Fra) 3:44.22 20.80
53 Bernard Kerr (GBr) Norco World Team 3:44.68 21.26
54 Wyn Masters (NZl) Kenda-Playbiker 3:44.72 21.30
55 Olivier Nicole (Fra) 3:45.04 21.62
56 Benny Strasser (Ger) 3:45.05 21.63
57 Curtis Keene (USA) 3:45.19 21.77
58 Filip Polc (Svk) MS Evil Racing 3:45.38 21.96
59 Joe Barnes (GBr) 3:46.11 22.69
60 Jack Reading (GBr) 3:46.58 23.16
61 Nejc Rutar (Slo) Mbk Orbea 3:46.93 23.51
62 Oliver Burton (GBr) 3:47.29 23.87
63 Duncan Riffle (USA) Giant Factory Team 3:48.65 25.23
64 Markus Pekoll (Aut) Solid Aclass Factory Team 3:49.15 25.73
65 Rémi Thirion (Fra) Team Sunn Montgenevre 3:49.37 25.95
66 Ludovic May (Sui) 3:50.76 27.34
67 George Brannigan (NZl) Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team 3:51.31 27.89
68 Marco Bugnone (Ita) Argentina Bike Gravity Team 3:54.43 31.01
69 Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team 3:57.06 33.64
70 Kyle Strait (USA) Pivot 3:57.73 34.31
71 Chris Kovarik (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 3:58.60 35.18
72 Jan Javornik (Svk) 3:59.14 35.72
73 Florian Arthus (Fra) 3:59.97 36.55
74 Marcus Klausmann (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team 4:00.07 36.65
75 Sam Dale (GBr) 4:01.26 37.84
76 Richard Thomas (GBr) 4:06.58 43.16
77 Kim Petersson (Swe) 4:08.60 45.18
78 Mark Scott (GBr) 4:09.89 46.47
79 Maxime Remy (Fra) Suspension Center 4:11.65 48.23
80 Joris Bigoni (Fra) 4:34.63 1:11.21
81 Harry Heath (GBr) 4:36.27 1:12.85
DNF Nathan Rankin (NZl) Kenda-Playbiker

 


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