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DOWNHILL FINALS ACTION from Fort William World Cup

<b>A couple of thousand people, arms up high, celebrating Gee Atherton's staggering time and victory. It was a double Atherton and GT victory in downhill today at Fort William.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Gee did not want to know the times that challenged him as he waited at the top of the course. Doesn't seem like it mattered, either.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Not a bad debut for GT this weekend with their 2014 Fury. Gee beat the crap out of it and it took him to the top. That's all that matters.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Danny Hart, fastest qualifier had a singular focus this weekend and a lot of pressure as last man down the mountain. Sometimes a tilt and shift of perspective is needed. 7th on the day and back to the drawing board.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Brook MacDonald, Steve Smith, Gee Atherton and Danny Hart through the finish area. INTENSE!!!</b> -Joe Bowman

<b>Rachel Atherton was more excited about Gee's win than her own!</b> -Turman

<b>But Rachel's win meant a lot to her, too. Last woman down with a crowd at the bottom, Rachel turns alone up top threading her way to the top by more than 10-seconds, despite her thinking she was having a poor run.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Brook MacDonald, flat pedal thunder and incredible 2nd place on a track with plenty of sprinting required.</b> -Turman

<b>Steve #Chainsaw Smith cutting down trees and preferring the clips for a 3rd place today.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Sam Blenkinsop looking fast, loose, and fit. Does he really believe enduro racing is sketchier than DH at Fort William?! 4th place for the Kiwi.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Mick Hannah, 5th place, put over 1.1-seconds into the field in a 34-second final split. Watch out South Africa. He's fit, hungry and having fun.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Sam Hill looked deadly this weekend. Loving the track this week and clearly having fun, he will be a big threat in Val di Sole next week. He was a second behind Brook on the most challenging middle section of the track.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Today's Junior winner, Noel Niederberger heading skyward as he enters the finish arena. 27.5-inch wheels FTW.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Instead of storming past the Welsh flag to victory Junior podium hopeful, Taylor Vernon, was among the many to get a puncture today.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>An uncharacteristic finish for Aaron Gwin with no apparent crash or mechanical. We're sure he will be back strong at one of his favorite tracks next week in Val di Sole, while you internet haters munch on Funyuns and chocolate milk.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Fort William is like Christmas. #genius.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Blenki floating, Hart hovering and one gnarly whip during practice.</b> -Joe Bowman

<b>Rachel and Pom Pom talk back stage about all things sugar and spice...and Pom's new Red Bull deal.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Greg Williamson, Scottish local. He had a good result here last year (17th) and has followed it up here a 9th. Well done laddie, well done.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Gary Perkin channeled his panning skills through the hillside to help with this one.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Young Duncan, fresh with a Math degree but still unable to remember to pack food and water. He's been fading hard in this Scottish heat wave. He collapsed yesterday and here he takes a time out while being eaten by the midges. YOU SAY DUNC, I SAY DAWG!</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Harry Heath was a bit of a people's favorite, being the privateer. Emotion levels were high, but a slip of the front wheel and crash cost him a strong result. Bring on Val di Sole!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Today wasn't Phil Atwill's day. No mechanicals this time and pinned through some sections, but just unable to put it together like he'd hoped.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Cedric with the Euro tuck and race run fun as he pointed at the crowd and whipped through the motorway section. #moarCG</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Connor Fearon, deep in concentration warming up at the top of the hill, was one of the few flat pedal riders that made a good impact today. Hopefully these boys can step it up a notch at Val di Sole which requires about 2 pedal strokes total.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Sheffield Steel warming up amongst the machinery with custom warm up baskets. The Syndicate didn't achieve the results we were all expecting, but there's plenty of season left to come.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Ever since the soccer World Cup, vuvezelas have been an ever-present force at MTB races.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Tahnee "turnbar" Seagrave took the Junior Women's leader jersey today. Although not completely pleased with her result she still placed 11th overall</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Loic Bruni looked to be having a promising start to the season after qualifying. He had a mishap up top, but ever the showman, he pleased the Fort Bill crowds under the Tissot arch.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Peaty Pan in the midst of Neverland.</b> -Turman

<b>Emmeline Ragot went slower than in qualifying, which was unusual from such a seasoned racer. She won't be happy with her third today and will be looking for the steep track of Val di Sole.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>The Athertons are more than just a family and race team. They are a powerhouse brand and fan favorites in England too. Their trainer, Alan Millway in audio.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Well done, Gee. Parental admiration </b> -Sven Martin

<b>World Cup #1 is in the Books. Well done everyone and Happy Birthday Morgane Charre. THANKS TO SVEN, DUNCAN, JOE AND BRANDON FOR THE AMAZING COVERAGE THIS WEEKEND!</b> -Duncan Philpott

Gee and Rachel Atherton win the first World Cup downhill of the season with a brand new bike on a fast, dry course. Upsets and surprise results filled the day as the historic Fort William venue provides yet another fantastic weekend of mountain bike racing. THANKS TO SVEN, DUNCAN, JOE AND BRANDON FOR THE AMAZING COVERAGE THIS WEEKEND!

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