RISE TO THE TOP: Leogang World Cup Downhill Finals 26

<b>Stevie your result was impressive today, but you have something to work for next year when you visit Leogang! #stachebattle</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Nigel and Stevie's bike have been inseparable this weekend. Winning a World Cup overall title requires a team effort.</b> - Duncan Philpott

<b>Front wheel skipping off the ground, under power, and crossing the line well into the green. It was the perfect ending for Stevie as he earns his first World Cup overall title.</b> - Duncan Philpott

<b>The Devinci crew with a few friends and sponsors give Stevie the soaking he deserves. Congratulations! You earned it.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>With so much resting on one run, when it doesn't go to plan it's hard to hold back the emotion. Gee takes a moment to suck it all up.</b> - Duncan Philpott

<b>While competition is fierce, what you do off the bike is almost as important as what you do on it. Injury season after season results in gradual warm-ups and extensive stretching help to minimise risk. Rachel gave it her all, finishing 2nd in the race, but securing the Elite Women's World Cup title in 2013.</b> - Duncan Philpott

<b>Skies today were sunny come afternoon as Rachel dropped in for her last run of the season.</b> @Maddogboris

<b>Your 2013 UCI World Cup overall Elite Women's podium.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>The 2013 winning World Cup downhill team. Not a bad way to launch a new bike with so many wins and podiums. Well Done GT!</b> -Sven Martin

<b>When it looked like Rachel Atherton could pick up another win after a solid qualifying result, Emmeline Ragot responded and showed Rachel that there is plenty of competition among the women. Well-earned 1st place for Ragot today.</b> - Duncan Philpott

<b>Loic and Blenkinsop both sideways, sucking up the 650B wheels into the finish area. How many more bigger wheel bikes will we see next year? Many more is our prediction. Loic started the day 9th overall and ended in 4th. Not bad for his rookie pro season.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>It was Loic Bruni who was the faster rider today. His 2nd place finish, just 1.3-seconds behind Stevie Smith moved him one place ahead of Blenki in the overall to 4th.</b> - Duncan Philpott

<b>The top team at Leogang and clearly the ones having the most fun. Champagne shower and not even a rain jacket in sight, right Loic? SRAM's Jon Cancellier in audio.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Sik Mick in some sik scenery.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>When you've given a run your all, it's easy to lose track of things at the finish. Mick demonstrated all-around riding ability and proved himself as one of the Top 5 riders in the World on any course.</b> - Duncan Philpott

<b>Loris Vergier on his final run and claiming the Junior World Cup title.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Moooooooo. A dramatic change in the weather can always inspire some photos.</b> - Duncan Philpott

<b>Mark Wallace looking like he is back home in Canada.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Above the inversion layer during Junior practice. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Steve Peat with another Top 10. Never Slow Down.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>As the cloud hangs in the trees, the Devinci team were unaware that the Elite Men's World Cup title would soon be theirs. Stevie would gap this section from where the rider is now to the turn in the tape. He was the only man doing it and moves like these showed him as a cut above the rest today.</b> - Duncan Philpott

<b>Marcelo Gutierrez continues to gain momentum with a 6th place here in Austria. Hopefully he can resume next year where he left off. In the mean time, Urban DH race season isn't all too far away!</b> - Duncan Philpott

<b>13th today, George Brannigan held the hot seat for longest today after crashing in qualifying, giving him an early start.</b> - Duncan Philpott

<b>Troy getting some practice sucking up jumps. Come finals, fatigue prevented him from being effective and he experienced an involuntary huck to flat towards the finish line for an 8th place finish.</b> - Duncan Philpott

<b>Lunging towards the line, Noel Niederberger took the win today. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to stop Loris Vergier winning the overall in the Junior Men's category.</b> - Duncan Philpott

<b>Normally Sven uses a magic arm for these kind of shots. Since every other rider had nothing to lose today, Sven felt left out and joined in the game by wedging his tripod in there. Balancing $$$$ anyone?</b> - Duncan Philpott

<b>Neethling's time was 3:33:33 today. After a 3rd place at Hafjell he had to settle for 22nd here, leaving him a respectable 12th in the overall. In total, there were 8 riders in the 3:33 time, which is amazing.</b> - Duncan Philpott

<b>Richie Rude is technically the fastest Junior of the day. His sheer size makes him fit right in to Elite practice. Eyes on the prize and strong to the finish.</b> - Duncan Philpott

<b>Ivan tucks into places you'd least expect and the lady behind does not mind.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Things like ice bathing monster calves may become a more common sight on the World Cup circuit. Atherton racing had some of the highest level support to get the most out of those marginal gains.</b> - Duncan Philpott

<b>The trees are starting to turn here as Autumn hints of its arrival. Manon Carpenter finishes the season chasing at the heels of Ragot and Atherton.</b> - Duncan Philpott

<b>Jill Kintner with her best World Cup result thus far. The track suited her power, turning and jumping skills. This will no doubt inspire her for the off-season.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Lorenzo Suding got back to business to finish with a 16th place finish today despite a helmet wrecking crash in practice this morning.</b> - Duncan Philpott

<b>Josh Brycleand was having fun here all week long and it showed with his result. About time Ratty.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Josh Bryceland boosts into the finish arena and onto the podium he has been searching for all year.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>There are so many genuine friendships in the top end of this sport. Josh Bryceland claims Stevie had a lot to do with his own great result. Both these riders could win a Speed and Style, too.</b> - Duncan Philpott

<b>Despite battling it out in one of the closest World Cup overalls in recent times, Gee and Stevie are as amicable as ever.</b> - Duncan Philpott

<b>The crowds were vocal here as you neared the finish line as all the lads were trying to finish with a bang. Blenkinsop finished 7th, but it was not the result he'd hoped for. Less than a second off the podium.</b> - Duncan Philpott

<b>Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo had a good first split, but it went downhill after that. 27th on the day</b> - Duncan Philpott

<b>Morgane Charre never looks bad in photos and finished 5th overall in the series. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Florent Payet highlining it with the crowds today.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Nigel early this morning this morning with a fortuitous grin.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Peaty and Josh having their own celebration for Steve Smith, Syndicate style. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Smile! Pom Pon is always around to lift the mood if necessary.</b> - Duncan Philpott

<b>Rachel Atherton with the overall, but still motivated for next season after being beaten today. Is it 2014 yet?</b> -Sven Martin

<b>We forget the name of this silvery-looking guy with his back to the wall, but he broke into the closed press room to get internet access to send photos. #dedication</b> -Orpheus

<b>Thank you Leogang!</b> -Sven Martin<br><br>Sven, Duncan, Joe and Boris, Vital and all the fans out there can not thank you enough for your work in the trenches of our incredible sport of downhilling. You have captured the spirit of racing mountain bikes like no others can. We salute you on such and incredible season. We are honored to have your work shown on Vital! -gordo

A clean, fair race in Leogang wraps up the 2013 UCI World Cup downhill season with Steve Smith taking the race win and claiming the World Cup overall title. We'll let the pictures do the talking...

Sven, Duncan, Joe and Boris, Vital and all the fans out there can not thank you enough for your work in the trenches of our incredible sport. You have captured the spirit of racing mountain bikes like no others can. We salute you on such an incredible season. We are honored to have your work shown on Vital! -gordo
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  • ianjenn

    9/22/2013 9:19 PM

    Agreed with the last slide for sure!

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