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Day of the Dog: Val d'Isere World Cup DH Finals Action

<b>Brook was so excited to cross the line with the leader board still showing green that he wasted no time at all drifting right up into the hot seat for his first World Cup win!</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Oasis-approved. Champagne Supernova podium.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Rachel Atherton left no chance to the French troops. 1st in quali's and 1st in finals with a comfortable World Cup overall lead.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>This photo is illegal, taken in the FORBOTEN INTERDICT zone. I am typing this caption from a French jail cell while waiting for Chris Ball (in audio) to post my bail. Gee railing some ruts in practice today before earning a well-deserved 2nd place.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>The Syndicate lads let the cat out the bag in qualifiers with their sneaky line off the final drop. Josh rode solid and calm today, less than half a second off the win behind good mate Brook. 3rd place for Ratness. The youth is comin' up!</b> -Sven Martin

<b>4th place blaster, Greg Minnaar, makes one fan's day by singling them out in the crowd. A solid performance from Greg put him on the podium but it wasn't enough to stop Gwin from taking the overall.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Gwin railing ruts. Seems like there should be something here that rhymes...</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Oh, here ya go...Kiwi contingent working overtime.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Captain 23, Martin Whiteley, had the variables for the overall all plotted out before the day. What a season!</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Crazy Ivan, not just a submarine maneuver from Red October. He entertained the crowds with his dancing but also with a guest appearance on the podium.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>This is Sam Hill's signature style. Despite of his unlucky result, he beat out all the other better ranked riders who went down at the same location.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Cam Cole, like many others today, suffered in the top split due to a corner that was blown out toward the end of racing. Needless to say he managed to pull back 16 places to finish 8th.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Loic Bruni hot on a podium pace and storming to the line. Unfortunately two corners later he pushes too hard and is on the floor before he knows what's happened. He has a great attitude about the day.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>We can hardly remember the last time a flat pedal rider climbed on the top spot of the podium.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Despite an improvement on her qualifying position, things didn't go quite as planned for Pom Pom.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>A different view on a different podium. It's refreshing to see Brook take his first win. With two new tracks in the circuit this year it will be interesting to see how things unravel in Hafjell.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Ratty was desperado for the win today (Ok I'll get my coat) but 3rd place is a good enough consolation and he couldn't be happier with third place. No big night celebrations though, he's off back to the UK tonight!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Thibaut Ruffin with two top 15 finishes this season. Riding strong for Riding Addiction.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Mitch Ropelato is approaching the top ten ranks, step by step. Beware A-Line downhill competitors, he's coming for you!</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Lorenzo Suding finally managed to top his qualifying run by more than 10 places. He finished 17th and it's all because of the socks.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Connor Fearon was the fastest junior today. The Kona rider has been killing it on the Aussie National scene and it's good to see him making his mark on the World Cups.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Getting bucked to near over the bars isn't something you want to experience in a race run, yet Ruaridh Cunningham still managed to take the hot seat and finish up in 20th place after some bronco busting.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Loic Bruni cleaning his goggles</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Marc Beaumont (in audio) and Gee Atherton head to the start gate for first runs this morning. Come race runs this area was packed with people. The crowd turnout at Val d'Isere was commendable with people turning up from all over Europe.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Misty morning. Brook and Markus on their way to the start. The weather cooperated today and track conditions could not have been better.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Emmeline Ragot and Rachel Atherton have been keeping the women's racing tight and exciting this year. It's a fine balancing line when it comes to race day, hold back or go 100%?</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Remi Thirion, the polite, shy French pinner. Always low to the ground and efficient as ever. Another 9th like in Val Di Sole, he will be on the podium one of these days.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>After 17 years of World Cup Racing, multiple World Championships and World Cup overall titles, today sadly marked the last World Cup for Sabrina Jonnier. She has always held her head high and put a smile on all our faces as she dazzled us with her riding, paving the way for a women's racing. We will miss you and wish you well. Au revoir, Sabo.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>The curtain of clouds opened up when Brook dropped into his 2nd practice run. The mountains shined on him today. YEW!!!</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Hats off to Aaron Gwin, winner of the 2012 UCI World Cup Downhill overall. The TWR rider has had a 13 podiums in 13 races, 9 of those podiums are victories.<br><font color="#ffff00">THANKS TO SVEN, HOSHI AND DUNCAN FOR A GREAT WEEKEND AND GREAT COVERAGE!</font></b> -Sven Martin

<b>Brook with New Zealand's finest. Well done, Bulldog!</b> -Sven Martin

Brook MacDonald secures his first World Cup victory on a vicious track that left competitors battered and bruised. Aaron Gwin charges to a podium with stitches in his hand and secures the 2012 UCI World Cup Downhill overall victory. Epic action from the Val d'Isere World Cup Downhill awaits.

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