After a four-week break, it was finally time again to race for the checkers and to chase important points for this year´s overall of the IXS European DH Cup. Schladming hosted the third round and riders and organizers could not have asked for a better weekend to do so. A great mountainside, plenty of sunshine and a couple of new faces at the starting gate made an exciting race day.
The freshly crowned European champion, Eleonora Farina from Italy, dominated once again. After winning yesterday´s qualification by over 12 seconds the rest of the women's field caught up but still could not match her furious speed. Monika Hrastnik got closest and took away second place of Petra Bernhard who lost a spot to her second place finisher yesterday.
The men's Super Final got extremely exciting. The riders were pushing hard on the loose and dusty track what did not go to plan for everyone. Ondrej Stepanek and Stefan Garlicki were the first ones to set up the bars really high and who had a good chance of taking one of the top steps. But their hopes got crushed when the Brit, Phil Atwill, dropped in and stormed down the former World Cup track. Just like yesterday Atwill was a bit off the pace in the first split but pinned it in the second one and set the fastest time. Three riders were left on the top of the mountain, but neither Boris Tetzlaff nor Atwill´s teammate David Trummer were able to push him off the hot seat.
It was Atwill and Trummer sitting in first and second as Jure Zabjek, the fastest in seeding, went for it. Zabjek rode the second fastest split time but crashed out in the woods and destroyed his hopes for the hattrick he was claiming for. Nonetheless, he was able to finish in 17th and to collect some important points for the overall. ixsdownhillcup.com