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Cairns World Cup Downhill Finals Results

Gee Atherton taking no prisoners - photo by Boris Beyer

Heavy, clay-based mud was a bigger threat than any spider or snake today in Cairns, Australia, for the 2nd UCI World Cup Downhill of 2014. Rain had soaked the region the past few days and nights, but held off for most of race day. The lack of continued moisture allowed the mud to slowly dry, becoming stickier with every passing rider who slogged down the jungle course. On the gravity-fed portions of the track, the mud was difficult, but manageable, while the lower, flatter portion of the course is where the race was won or lost. Heavy, mud-covered bikes, a mellow pitch and tractionless soil meant any remaining energy a racer had would be spent by the end. Pure fortitude and determination through this section lifted the winners to the top.

Rachel Atherton. Photo by Sven Martin

Among the women, it was another day of decimation for Rachel Atherton. While Manon Carpenter threw down an incredible run to earn 2nd place, she was still 11-seconds behind Rachel Atherton who claimed her first World Cup victory of 2014. Manon and Rachel, however were on another level. 3rd place Myriam Nicole was 25-seconds off the top pace and 4th place, Emmeline Ragot was 28-seconds off. As in qualifying, Myriam had a very strong top split time, meaning she railed the slippery bowl corners.

In the men's, local boy Jack Moir set the early pace, and it would take until Marcelo Gutierrez to dislodge him from the hot seat. Steve Peat was shown a red flag and got a rerun after a lengthy course hold caused by a spectator trying to ride injured Adam Brayton's bike down the track, only to crash it in the whoops section! Say what you will, Australia delivers drama unlike any other venue. Sam Hill laid down a loose and fast run, and took a big chunk of time out of Marcelo. Local favorite Mick Hannah was next to drop in, but it was not to be. Mud on his arm was evidence of an off-camera off-piste excursion that would put an end to his hopes. Then Josh Bryceland dropped in, determined to make good on his Vital Power Ranking, and the Menace from Manchester delivered, taking nearly 3 seconds off Hill. How good would that time prove to be?

6 riders to go, Gee dropped in on flat pedals, a decision that paid off as he laid down a loose and fast stormer to knock Josh off the hot seat by an incredible 4 seconds. Was the course just getting that much faster as it slowly dried out, or was this Gee back on top form? Minnaar went off track and failed to rejoin at the point of exit, which would ultimately see him disqualified after posting the 10th fastest time. Loic Bruni rallied to the fastest time at split 1 but would go on to crash, Gwin was 6 seconds off at split 1....and suddenly only top qualifier Sam Blenkinsop remained. It was not to be for the Kiwi....and just like that, Gee silenced the early season doubters and climbed the top step of the podium once again. Atherton double for the day too! And what to say about Ratboy finishing 2nd, Neko Mulally 3rd, the young guns are coming! Not to take anything away from the old dogs though, Steve Peat eventually brought it home to an incredible 7th after almost not riding all week due to back spasms and getting the red flag for his first attempt - well done Old Skool!

In the juniors, Lapierre's Loris Vergier stayed consistent by backing up his winning qualifying ways with a victory in finals today. 2nd place qualifier, Luca Shaw, had a less-than-hoped-for result with a 9th place finish, 31-seconds off the pace. Australian Aiden Varley was only 5.7-seconds off Lori's pace earning a 2nd place finish with Neil Stewart of Great Britain in 3rd.

Loris Vergier during qualifying. Photo by Duncan Philpott

Elite Men's Downhill Results from Cairns

1 ATHERTON Gee GBR19850226 GT FACTORY RACING 4:00.707
2 BRYCELAND Josh GBR19900323 SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE +4.229
3 MULALLY Neko USA19930219 TREK WORLD RACING +6.930
4 GWIN Aaron USA19871224 SPECIALIZED RACING DH +7.093
5 HILL Samuel AUS19850721 CHAIN REACTION CYCLES.COM / NUKEPROOF +7.182
6 BLENKINSOP Samuel NZL19881028 LAPIERRE GRAVITY REPUBLIC +8.576
7 PEAT Steve GBR19740617 SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE +10.073
8 DALE Sam GBR19900212 MADISON SARACEN FACTORY TEAM +10.284
9 BROSNAN Troy AUS19930713 SPECIALIZED RACING DH +10.535
10 GUTIERREZ VILLEGAS Marcelo COL19900509 GIANT FACTORY OFF-ROAD TEAM +10.925
11 MOIR Jack AUS19940208 BERGAMONT HAYES WORLD TEAM +11.787
12 FISCHBACH Johannes GER19880304 RRP GHOST +12.238
13 SMITH Joseph GBR19900704 CHAIN REACTION CYCLES.COM / NUKEPROOF +12.348
14 HANNAH Michael AUS19831121 HUTCHINSON UR +12.558
15 PEKOLL Markus AUT19871013 MS MONDRAKER TEAM +13.329
16 BEAUMONT Marc GBR19840925 GT FACTORY RACING +13.340
17 BRUNI Loic FRA19940513 LAPIERRE GRAVITY REPUBLIC +13.954
18 THOME Patrick FRA19911020 GSTAAD-SCOTT +14.130
19 SIMMONDS Matthew GBR19870520 MADISON SARACEN FACTORY TEAM +15.019
20 SUDING Lorenzo ITA19860315 +15.187
21 HART Danny GBR19910920 GIANT FACTORY OFF-ROAD TEAM +15.593
22 WALKER Matthew NZL19900324 BANSHEE BIKES FACTORY TEAM +15.729
23 FAIRCLOUGH Brendan GBR19880110 GSTAAD-SCOTT +17.347
24 BEER Nick SUI19870917 DEVINCI GLOBAL RACING +17.771
25 JACKSON Eliot USA19900619 PIVOT FACTORY DH TEAM +18.398
26 MASTERS Edward NZL19890818 BERGAMONT HAYES WORLD TEAM +19.033
27 MACDONALD Brook NZL19911125 TREK WORLD RACING +19.294
28 PAYET Florent FRA19861121 EVIL VENGEANCE TOUR +21.310
29 MUDD Graeme AUS19930116 +21.591
30 JONES Michael GBR19950222 CHAIN REACTION CYCLES.COM / NUKEPROOF +21.671
31 KOVARIK Chris AUS19780301 +21.772
32 SPAGNOLO Damien FRA19850428 MS MONDRAKER TEAM +24.309
33 LEIVSSON Isak NOR19931017 +24.486
34 POTTER Reece NZL19940107 BANSHEE BIKES FACTORY TEAM +25.420
35 MASTERS Wyn NZL19870418 TEAM BULLS - DH +26.993
36 GEORGES Pierre Charles FRA19860206 LAC BLANC/SCOTT +27.348
37 RIESCO Forrest CAN19940124 +27.595
38 FEARON Connor AUS19940119 KONA FACTORY TEAM +27.762
39 FERREIRO PAJUELO Antonio ESP19900103 EVIL VENGEANCE TOUR +27.865
40 ROPELATO Mitch USA19920303 SPECIALIZED RACING DH +27.979
41 KLEIN Lindsay AUS19850308 +29.148
42 CHAPMAN Rupert NZL19920409 +29.298
43 PANDUR Ziga SLO19910117 UNIOR TOOLS TEAM +29.754
44 BRANNIGAN George NZL19920409 TREK WORLD RACING +30.122
45 CAUVIN Guillaume FRA19940521 HUTCHINSON UR +30.166
46 MCGLONE Fraser GBR19940531 PERTH CITY CYCLES +30.225
47 FIGARET Faustin FRA19931107 COMMENCAL +31.317
48 NEETHLING Andrew RSA19840805 GIANT FACTORY OFF-ROAD TEAM +31.976
49 COLE Cameron NZL19880203 COMMENCAL / RIDING ADDICTION +35.901
50 STRASSER Benny GER19890805 +36.497
51 LUCAS Dean AUS19950502 DEVINCI GLOBAL RACING +36.603
52 MCMILLAN David AUS19940228 +36.726
53 POWER Ben AUS19930411 +38.268
54 CUNNINGHAM Ruaridh GBR19890215 UNIOR TOOLS TEAM +40.460
55 CHANUDET Quentin FRA19920927 +42.077
56 MATTHEWS Tom NZL19910824 BANSHEE BIKES FACTORY TEAM +42.364
57 GSPAN Dominik SUI19870716 +43.557
58 RUFFIN Thibaut FRA19841030 COMMENCAL / RIDING ADDICTION +45.585
59 HAMILTON Louis NZL19940918 +46.005
60 KURTZ Cyrille FRA19860809 EVIL VENGEANCE TOUR +47.089
61 MOLLOY Harry GBR19910530 RRP GHOST +51.911
62 HEINE Felix GER19900905 +54.448
63 NAGATA Junya JPN19880813 +57.290
64 BLAIR Lachlan GBR19951013 +57.565
65 MOON Brendan AUS19910407 +57.805
66 IMOTO Hajime JPN19920607 +58.609
67 BALL Luke GBR19910812 +1:01.057
68 CRIMMINS Thomas AUS19950624 +1:02.712
69 WILLIAMSON Greg GBR19920608 TREK WORLD RACING +1:06.131
70 KUSHIMA Yuki JPN19930821 +1:06.872
71 JONES Jono GBR19940813 +1:06.958
72 ATKINSON Bryn AUS19821209 +1:16.005
73 BEARE Jesse AUS19861002 +1:19.212
74 KNOTT Peter AUS19950616 +1:42.658
75 BUTTON Joshua AUS19891125 +1:53.478
76 THIRION Rémi FRA19900423 COMMENCAL / RIDING ADDICTION +5:34.319
COUSINIE Fabien FRA19860814 HUTCHINSON UR DNF
BRAYTON Adam GBR19881019 DNF
MINNAAR Greg RSA19811113 SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE DSQ
MCCARROLL Sean AUS19771105 BANSHEE BIKES FACTORY TEAM DNS

Elite Women's Downhill Results from Cairns


1 ATHERTON Rachel GBR19871206 GT FACTORY RACING 4:50.576
2 CARPENTER Manon GBR19930311 MADISON SARACEN FACTORY TEAM +11.655
3 NICOLE Myriam FRA19900208 COMMENCAL / RIDING ADDICTION +25.846
4 RAGOT Emmeline FRA19860527 LAPIERRE GRAVITY REPUBLIC +28.264
5 HANNAH Tracey AUS19880613 HUTCHINSON UR +29.581
6 CHARRE Morgane FRA19900609 EVIL VENGEANCE TOUR +32.181
7 GRIFFITHS Fionn GBR19820827
+36.165
8 SEAGRAVE Tahnee GBR19950615 FMD RACING +39.261
9 GATTO Micayla CAN19880821 PIVOT FACTORY DH TEAM +47.199
10 BUCHAR Claire CAN19780426
+58.294
11 ATKIN Sarah NZL19930322
+1:00.068
12 KINTNER Jill USA19811024
+1:10.138
13 LATCHEM Harriet GBR19830511
+1:19.885
14 BEECROFT Danielle AUS19950327 GREEN TO GOLD RACE DEVELOPMENT +1:20.901
15 SANDLER Veronique NZL19930417
+1:31.484
16 BROWN Casey CAN19901027 BERGAMONT HAYES WORLD TEAM +1:31.706
17 WILLIAMS Gabriela CZE19810728
+2:27.530
18 MOLLOY Tegan ° AUS19960118
+2:29.115
19 BOOTH Sarah AUS19790128
+2:31.989
20 WALE Ellie ° AUS19970627
+2:57.544
21 CRISP Michelle AUS19860801
+3:28.063

FLOOD Shelly AUS19910515
DNF

SIEGENTHALER Emilie SUI19860919 GSTAAD-SCOTT DNF

Junior Men's Downhill Results from Cairns

1 VERGIER Loris FRA19960507 LAPIERRE GRAVITY REPUBLIC 4:27.890
2 VARLEY Aiden AUS19960816 AUSTRALIA +5.705
3 STEWART Neil GBR19970424 FMD RACING +11.025
4 VERNON Taylor GBR19960912 GT FACTORY RACING +16.778
5 HAMILTON Connor NZL19960917 NEW-ZEALAND +19.423
6 SANDRI Connor NZL19970830 NEW-ZEALAND +23.105
7 HILL Ben AUS19960519 AUSTRALIA +23.150
8 WRIGHT Keegan NZL19961105 NEW-ZEALAND +25.664
9 MCCOMBIE Joshua NZL19961016 NEW-ZEALAND +27.269
10 SHAW Luca USA19961225 SRAM/TLD RACING +31.762
11 GREENLAND Laurie GBR19970218 TREK WORLD RACING +36.097
12 DORRIT Andrew GBR19970426 MS MONDRAKER TEAM +39.213
13 BOOKER Dan AUS19971001 AUSTRALIA - B +46.360
14 DENGATE Benjamin AUS19960908 AUSTRALIA +48.904
15 DAVIS Jackson AUS19960702 AUSTRALIA +56.643
16 REID Alec AUS19970828 AUSTRALIA - B +57.509
17 TAYLOR Matt AUS19970413 AUSTRALIA - B +1:02.091
18 HERD Sam GBR19960118 PERTH CITY CYCLES +1:07.825
19 LAWTON Matt NZL19970213 NEW-ZEALAND +1:08.301
20 WARSHAWSKY Max AUS19970609 AUSTRALIA +1:39.456
21 LOVE Cody AUS19960518 AUSTRALIA - B +3:06.017
22 WILLIS Joel AUS19970709 AUSTRALIA - B +3:46.955

SWINBANK Bradley GBR19970630 STEVE PEAT SYNDICATE DNF

MCCORKELL Matthew AUS19961229 AUSTRALIA DNF

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