Leogang World Cup 2011 - Gwin and Pugin win DH!

Jun 12, 2011 at 7:08
Jun 12, 2011
by Ian Hylands  
 
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Aaron Gwin for the win
Gwin for the win!

Mens top 5

1. Aaron Gwin
2. Gee Atherton
3. Greg Minnaar
4. Steve Smith
5. Sam Hill

Womens top 5

1. Floriane Pugin
2. Rachel Atherton
3. Tracy Moseley
4. Myriam Nicole
5. Sabrina Jonnier


It was a beautiful day at Leogang today, course conditions were a little dryer than they were in qualifying, and the times show it. Highlights from the day include Brook Macdonald once again holding the hot seat for a while, until Sam Hill took it away from him with 15 riders left to go. One of the more exciting moments was seeing Cedric Gracia ahead of Sam Hill at the split, but he couldn't hold it and finished 0.1 behind Hill for 7th place. Still amazing to see CG coming back and almost making the Podium, stoked for him! Danny Hart was a little slower up top, almost a second back at the second split, but he pulled back hard in the bottom half finishing 0.02 back on Hill for 6th place, amazing riding from the young Giant rider, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for him. With 7 riders left Greg Minnaar threw down a blazing fast run, knocking Hill out of the hotseat with a time that was 3.5 seconds faster, unbelievable, and for a while it seemed like he might have the winning time. Stevie Smith had an sick bottom half but he couldn't make up for a slow start, 22nd at the first split, moving into 4th at the second split and ending up only 2 seconds back on Minnaar for a 4th place finish. Gee Atherton started second to last and had the fastest time at the first split, fastest at the second split, and a full 3.6 seconds ahead of Minnaar at the finish, knocking him out of the hot seat. If anyone could beat Gee it would be Aaron Gwin, last rider left to go, and he started his run 5 seconds ahead at the first split. Dropped off a bit but still almost 3 seconds ahead at the second split, and even though he blew his feet off the pedals in a stressful moment at the bottom, he still held on and finished 2.11 seconds up on Gee for the win!

Once again as in qualifying there was a huge gap between first and second and then third, and more than 9 seconds separating the 5 riders on the podium. That's an insane amount of time at this level of racing, count it out for yourself and think about how far you could ride in 9 seconds...

In the womens race Micayla Gatto was North America's fastest competitor finishing 8th. Jill Kintner looked to be having an amazing raced with the fastest first split, but our hopes for a good result from her were dashed when she crashed and ended up 18th. Sabrina Jonnier looks like shes coming back from her injury all right with a 5th place finish, however she was still 10 seconds back from Floriane. Rachel Atherton had some issues in the bottom section, second at the first split, fastest at the second split, but couldn't keep it together and ended up 2.5 seconds back of Floriane.

www.staronphoto.com UCI MountainBike World Cup Leogang 2011
Aaron Gwin
Aaron Gwin's win moves him back into first for the overall ahead of Minnaar, with Gee in 3rd and Danny Hart in 4th place overall.

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Standings after Leogang, 3 races into the season


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169 Comments

  • + 32
 top work from Danny Hart yet again, he's solidly cementing himself a place in the top 10 this season
  • + 34
 yeah podium for steve!
  • + 17
 atta boy stevie!
  • + 68
 In seasons, he was saying he'd love to be 'up there' with hill and peat, now he's ahead of both!
  • + 7
 Is Aaron Gwin going to stop winning evrything?
  • + 21
 Go Steve Smith! CANADA!! CANADA!!
  • + 29
 Cedric is almost on top of the box there!
  • - 26
 I think i know why gwin doesnt ride with his fake teeth, its so he can chuck more air in hahah like the sideblades of an audi r8 v10 hoo-rah!!!
  • + 20
 Pretty sure without Rob Warner UCI WCs wouldn't be the same.... HE'S LOOSER THAN SID JAMES' NUTBAG! hahahaha what a legend
  • + 20
 do i hear a gracia? slopestyle dh and an awesome time for an old guy
  • + 1
 you can't spell Gwin without Win!
  • + 1
 Woop, good race!
  • + 6
 USA USA USA
  • - 12
 anyone else annoyed that gee isnt winning anymore ??
  • + 13
 This is on pace to be the most amazing season on record. Gwins rise, Danny Hart's insanity, WOW...
  • + 5
 Yeah. He, for sure, is the first to be annoyed. He didn't seem pretty happy at the end...
  • + 4
 troy brosnan at 15th at 17 years old isnt a bad result.
  • + 11
 I think Gee needs to get over himself. I can see where he's coming from though. Especially after he put together a race like that, that was probably one of his best put together races he has had. And then someone just comes along and destroys your run, I would be pissed off too. I think that Gee has just got a BIG head and Aaron came along and gave him a reality check!!
  • + 2
 Also he was rude to Cunny, even if the pressure was on that's not cool. Oh and loving that I got 60 something props, this WC is gonna be sick!
  • + 1
 why was matti lehikoinen disq'd?
  • + 2
 wait, who was rude to cunny? what happened?
  • + 1
 Gee was all like 'what a stupid question' To be fair he was probably feeling the pressure from Gwin, that's what Cunny's question was about.
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  • + 29
 Doesn't matter who won, Gracia is the BOSS... Wink
  • + 13
 It was awesome seeing him pullin out on after another being just 0.1 of a second behind Hill! He probably would have got in the hot seat for not doin them tricks - but it doeesn't matter - it's CG man!
  • + 8
 Totally. 'So bloody pleased for CG. One of my favourite shredders, hands down. 'An absolute legend.
  • + 4
 Loved his huck at the end.
  • + 3
 Kinda makes me proud that I got a magazine with an autograph from master CG on it Smile
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  • + 22
 LOOK AT THE TIME
  • + 15
 I swear he's going to burst a blood vessel one of these days... He gets so amped lol
  • + 41
 THAT WAS UGLIER THAN ET WITH SKIN CANCER
  • + 2
 reminds me of sam hill in val di sole a few years ago, warner was going mental haha! sick race, so close for gee but i dunno what gee's gonna do about being 5 seconds halfway through the track...
  • + 5
 www.pinkbike.com/video/40718

dudes freakin out theres the sam world champs video
  • + 3
 his best quote today was "sorry, i was texting".. when he had no response to the interesting and insightful commentary from cunningham (sp?)..
  • + 6
 I'll admit, I got the free iphone app. Hilarious.
  • + 8
 "HE'S LOCKED INTO THE HOT SEAT LIKE HE'S IN AN AUSTRIAN BASEMENT RIGHT NOW!" damn, has to be on of the most evil comments ever, but I had a good laugh Smile (look up Josef Fritzl if anybody doesn't get the reference)
  • + 3
 i could watch that 1000 times
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  • + 16
 Nearly 5sec up on the first split, riding with one foot unclipped for the last section wins by 2sec....the mans a machine. Loved Gee's face though, you know what he wanted to say.
  • + 7
 Oh, I would've liked to have seen that...
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  • + 15
 In "3 Minute Gaps" a number of riders said that Gwin was the rider to keep an eye on the this season. Looks like they were right. Roids my ass, Gwin has put in the WORK. He's been training with Ryno/Tomac all winter long. Give credit where credit is due. He just set the bar that much higher for everyone else to reach. Aaron is a humble man and he is carrying the weight of American Downhill racing on his back. And he's doing it like he's been doing it all his life, and enjoying every moment of it. He is leading in a new era of American Downhill, and it's up to US to follow his lead and make sure that we don't let others forget that. Way to go Aaron!
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 Super stoked for Stevie, good one mate! Glad to see Hill on the box as well. tup


And as for Gwin... Eek Damn that first split, 4.9 secs up? I'm a believer. I will not be surprised if he gets overall this season. Mad props!!!
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  • + 14
 Barel clinging on to his right grip for dear life was f*cking EPIC!
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  • + 10
 CG style and so fast alway most fun to watch
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  • + 6
 Not sure if can remember it exactly word per word.
Rob Warner commenting on Sam Hill I think: "He's faster than Ryan Giggs thru his brother's wife"
Hilarious commentary as always from Mr. Warner!
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  • + 6
 I don't care for any of the results though besides CG's 7th. That's freaking boss. CG was my first idol as a kid... nothing's changed 10 years later but it's so so awesome to see him kicking it in his twilight.
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  • + 5
 Congratulation Gwin and Smith, simply amazing ! ! ! Gwin has had increcdible results ever since he through his leg over a dh rig. Smith, making Canada proud - go DEVINCI ! ! !
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  • + 3
 I remember stevie was saying, anything 2nd to sam is a win for me.... now is the other way. This is going to be one hell of a season... Gwinner is really opened up the eyes of the big boys.... I wonder what Tomac did with him during the off season. Whatever it is, they got the right formula...
  • + 2
 If you watch Gwin closely, he never breaks attack form on his bike. He is low, elbows out, butt back, heels down, looking down track. He wins because he doesn't stop attacking the track at any point in the race. Not once do you see him relax or motion to sit down. Add stamina to his form and that is your winning formula.
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  • + 3
 Gwin's first WC race he got 10th, which is unheard of. 1st full season he got his first podium and finished in the top 10 overall, making him the first American in ??? to do that. 2nd full season he got a couple of 3rd's, a handful of other podiums and was ranked 4th overall. Every year he has made a huge leap forward and this is nothing more than him continuing that progression.

I remember sitting with the former editor at Decline Magazine over a year ago saying that at the rate he was progressing he was not only going to start winning but start dominating. I got a funny look when I said it but knowing what I did about how hard he trained, how straight his head was on and how he dedicated himself to his craft I knew what was coming.

I know that he doesn't need anyone coming to his defense but the real problem is that when people cry "steroids" they basically give themselves a license to discount everything he has done right to get where he is. The reason so many American DH riders get a certain point and then stall out is becuase they don't have a fraction of Aaron's drive and focus. All you young guys who are trying to come up in the ranks should be looking up to and patterning your approach after his.
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 Gwin on the biggest hot streak in his career ! he's doing soooooo good ! I don't think he's gone lower than 5th place in any of his races this season ! And cangrats to Stevie for getting podium ! greaat job guys !
  • + 3
 What career? Didn't Gwin start racing like yesterday?
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 @timmyelle....actually, no, I'm not jealous. I am rooting for Aaron. I'm rooting for riders from different nations also. I said, "For the record, I do not think Gwin is taking steroids. Period." I said so twice. timmyelle, you are quick to jump to conclusions; and, your patriotism-fueled attack I find comical.

Read. Pause. Think.
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  • + 1
 Awesome racing.. stoked with the results.. Gwin put it together, Hill back on the podium, Minnar and Atherton right there to keep the overall interesting, and Steve Smith on the podium... I think that's his first WC top 5. Is it?
  • + 1
 No he did his first one last year in Val di sole.
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  • + 3
 So Gwin is trained by the Tomac, heh, makes sense why he is so damn professional
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  • + 1
 seen gwinn at fontana nationals, very humble and low key. All you haters assuming steroids are involved are a bunch of faggots ya I said faggots. Why think negative just because they're on top of their game.
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  • + 4
 Great finish for Luke Strobel!
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  • + 4
 Gwin is beyond focused. This year is his.
  • + 3
 you said it Cliff!
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  • + 1
 Hell yeah gwin, your on fire man keep it up! Bronson is getting up there too, 15th isn't too shabby for his first year racing pro.
  • + 3
 with a crash
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  • + 1
 kinda funny how the guys get several long paragraphs of coverage and the ladies get one short paragraph.

has peaty given up?
  • + 1
 Peaty's hand is messed up.
  • + 1
 Peaty is just getting old. Time for some fresh blood!
  • + 1
 fuck no! Peatys the man!
  • + 1
 Peaty's the old man, time to retire.
  • + 1
 He's not even forty yet, hardly an old man... and besides, he's still the tenth best downhiller in the world and still having fun. Why stop now?
  • + 1
 Because injuries don't heal as fast
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  • + 1
 This race season is pretty darn exciting already. Chambrey is gonna pretty amazing and I'm looking forward to it. Bummer Kintner crashed, she too is on the rise.
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  • + 2
 well done gwin! He just had one sketchy moment and I caught it on camera: www.pinkbike.com/photo/6724622
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  • + 1
 Oh yeah! I was thinkin' that Gee's gonna win but...that's it.Gwiner is also a good rider so he deserves the win.Awesome weekend.
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  • + 3
 USA! USA! USA! USA! Gwinn will be world cup champ! USA! USA! USA!
  • + 1
 Yeah, we were confident who was going to gwin this one. He's damn near gwinning them all. He's a f**king machine! Helmet
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  • + 1
 Steve Smith should get extra points for changing his kit mid-run! Razz Awesome racing, this is one hell of an exciting season!
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  • + 1
 GREAT JOB GWIN!! Also stoked for Sam for slowly creeping up in the rankings Smile Stay healthy guys!! What a year of racing this has been so far.. WOHO!!
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 Guys, checkout Eurosport Monday 14:00 GMT for 90 minutes for the Mens DH for one hour followed by the womens DH for 30 minutes.
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  • + 3
 2nd weekend in a row NZ has had the most racers in top 10!
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  • + 2
 steroids? na, this ain't road cycling
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  • + 3
 F#ck yeah Gwin!!!
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  • + 2
 WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOO steve smith represent!
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  • + 1
 GWIN!!!! Awesome... Your hard work will be showing throughout the year!!!!! YEEEEAAAAAAAAA
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  • + 1
 shame brendog didn't do so well this time, unbelievable tekkers from gwin though
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  • + 1
 The last sentence in the 1st paragraph should read "Gwin", not "Gee"...other than that, GO GWIN AND USA!!!
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  • + 1
 im just soooo stoked that finally an american is doing well in the worlcups. GO GWIN!
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  • + 2
 Its a great day to be an American!!!
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 edit: seriously, what is with PB and posting replies lately? please someone delete this.
  • + 1
 i tried, but your comment is still here. Damn, so is my reply to your comment.
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  • + 1
 Had some high hopes for Eliot Jackson, what happened? He has great potential.
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  • + 1
 Wish i stayed home to cheer this donlad on. Instead I go to a bike park and fuck myself up, hahaha
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  • + 2
 Go Gwin! Hope he gets the overall win!
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  • + 1
 Had to laugh at Gee Atherton handing Aaron Gwinn his teeth right after the race!
  • + 1
 So that's what he passed to him at the finish line Big Grin
  • + 1
 what? are you serious? is that what that was?.. or am I the victim to sarcasm here?
  • + 1
 It could be his dentures. The front tooth/teeth?
  • + 1
 No sarcasm here, Gwin has blown off his front teeth while racing motocross before getting into downhill.
  • + 1
 I hope he does not get implants. he`s baddass the way he is right now
  • + 1
 think of it as an air intake. No teeth to obstuct air flow!
  • + 1
 like the sideblades of an audi r8!
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  • + 1
 Gwiner! Almost 5 sec up at the first split and Rob was like "WHAT?!" haha Great race
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  • + 1
 I could of swore Steve Smith was wearing black out of the gates but at the bottom he was in white. Am I tripping???
  • + 1
 i saw the exact same thing.. black out of the gate, white on the rest of the course.. some sort of digital flip of the image or something??.. confused the heck out of me though!
  • + 2
 The gate was prerecorded from yesterdays quali run. Stevie always wears black on saturday and white on sunday.. at least thats what I read somewhere a while ago.
  • + 1
 haha yeah, i saw that too, but yeah, TrailSailor's right, the top is pre-recorded. It was funny to see Gee's run going in slow mo from the gate haha

I wish they could get more cameras in at the top sections, kinda sucks to see the gate and then next shot be 2 and a bit minutes in. I get that the cameras must be crazy expensive though and freecaster is an amazing service, especially with Rob's commentary lol
Maybe they could offer a kind of 'season pass' for all the rounds so they could afford some shiny new cameras?

Also has anyone bought the dvd? I was wondering if its HD DVD quality or more a kind of download of what they stream?
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  • + 2
 YEAAAAAAh stevie youre the man!
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  • + 1
 Gwin is on fire this season !! So far, I am really enjoying the races Big Grin
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  • + 1
 Good to see stevie on the podium!
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  • + 1
 My tires are on the podium! Sweet!
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  • + 1
 Wow Gwinny was up on sam hill by 9 seconds.
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  • + 1
 Gracia kicked the cats ass!, Gwin for the Win this year.
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  • + 2
 MR Gwin is a beast =)
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  • + 1
 sam did a good job finishing 5th!
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 haha once again NZ has the most riders in the top 10!! shot boys!!!
  • + 1
 Yeah but USA on the top spot
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 YEA DOG!!!!!!!!!!
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  • + 0
 killer race results from the top guys....times were so close...way to go Gwin!! Stevie Smith a solid 4th spot!
  • + 7
 times of the top guys were so close? Sorry but going disagree with you massively there. the gaps between the top 5 are huge - 7.9 seconds! compared to 5-10th - 1.5 seconds and 5th to 31st gives you 7.9 seconds. UNREAL times for the top 5.
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  • + 1
 Why did Lehikoinen get DQ?
  • + 1
 I'm wondering the same. His times on both splits are also surprisingly bad, what ever is the reason... Sad anyways.
  • + 1
 I think he went off course, and then didn't re-enter where he came off.
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  • + 2
 yeah gwin!
  • + 19
 its all about gracia!
  • + 1
 3 seconds... :O Already, he is right on top!
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  • + 0
 Sad to see Barel bin it... Gwin is a beast, I thought Hill's time could've won it?!?!
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 edit, accidental double post.
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 Why are the titles on Freecaster always wonky?
  • + 1
 grafix n shiz
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  • + 1
 Go Gwin, Go USA, Go Session 88.
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 CG style and so fast alway most fun to watch !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 That was SICK!! Razz
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 still love smith!
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 GWIN FOR THE WIN
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 yeah! and Danny goes INSANE!
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