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NO HOLDS BARRED: Mont Sainte Anne World Cup Downhill Slideshow

<b>The expressions say it all on the Men's podium. Only 3.1 seconds separated the Men's top 5 at Mont Sainte Anne. 1. Steve Smith, 2. Gee Atherton, 3. Sam Hill, 4. Greg Minnaar, 5. Aaron Gwin.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Wooden stunts offer all Canadians a distinct advantage. Stevie "Chainsaw" Smith hucking towards his new home. That new home is the top of the podium!</b> -@maddogboriswizardstaffer

<b>If the course was dry, Steve Smith was the fastest. If the course was wet, Steve Smith was the fastest. No holds barred.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Crossing the line to victory!</b> -Tim Lake

<b>Victory tastes pretty damn good! Ragot putting down the champagne after putting down the women's field.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Emmeline Ragot approximately 4:25.985 before crossing the line with her winning run. Focused.</b> -@maddogboriswizardstaffer

<b>Two crashes in Rachel's race run lead to a re-injured shoulder and 12th place finish. The big crash happened outside of the TV zone, so we didn't see it. The 2nd crash happened because she couldn't hold on through the holes after dinging her shoulder. The crowed cheered so much, she decided to give the jumps at the bottom a crack anyway.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Gee didn't have time to stop and smell the flowers. Gee raced early and raced dry thanks to a poor qualifying run because of a crash. Even with a tough race run, he came away with 2nd place and some decent points.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Sam Hill doing what Sam Hill does best. The bigger line out of the last rock section and a 3rd place among some of the greasiest conditions, only 2.1-seconds off the top.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Greg Minnaar, 4th place, 2-seconds back. Another rider plagued by the rain, he switched to spikes and ended up regretting the decision.</b> -@maddogboriswizardstaffer

<b>Aaron Gwin, 5th place only 3-seconds. His results are creeping back up there as he pushes harder than he's ever had to.</b> -@maddogboriswizardstaffer

<b>Aaron Gwin's visor after his big crash in practice before his final run. Between the rain and the desire to win, there were lots of crashes in training and the race.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Top 10 qualifier, Neko Mulally dropped in for his run during the heaviest of rain showers. Weather be damned, he gave it his all, suffering two crashes in his run, including this hard hit near the finish.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Bruised, battered and beaming. Neko gave it his all despite the weather and has no regrets. A true warrior.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Sam Blenkinsop was pissed with his run today. He said his run was not good and was disappointed that the slippery conditions did not allow him to ride as wide open as he had planned.</b> -@maddogboriswizardstaffer

<b>Tahnee Seagrave jumped the big gap at the bottom. Only four girls stepped up to the big ass step down.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Tahnee Seagrave with her father after a solid run. Time for pops to relax.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Manon Carpenter, only 4-seconds off with a well-deserved 2nd place. The women's game has been stepped up considerably since the first round.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Danny Hart, 6th place, but only 3.7-seconds back. Hart had to contend with some of the worse conditions after the downpour.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Swapping saddles? You bet...</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Steve Smith and mechanic, Nigel Reeve, share a few parting words before he drops in. Nigel rode the lift down without knowing how Stevie's run went. He learned it was the perfect run as got off the gondola and headed toward the finish corral.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>SRAM/RockShox having quite the weekend with a triple victory in DH. Evan Warner in audio.</b> -TBS/Sven

<b>Lorris Vergier was pretty happy to take the leader's jersey. The Junior men's competition and results are ever-changing, making for exciting racing heading into World Champs.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>The podium girls love the liquid amber. A hard earned thirst, needs a big cold beer and the best cold beer is Vic. Siegenthaler and Pugin rewarded.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Marc Beaumont back in the top 10!</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Andrew Neethling qualified 76th and finished 8th overall. He was in the hot seat for so long, he could have taken a nap. Now he's headed straight to Whistler for "Worlds Training."</b> -Sven Martin

<b>What a difference a few weeks and a different track makes. Remi Thirion 19th today. Far from the #1 at Andorra, but respectable, only 5.8-seconds back.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Scott Mears, whipping it out!</b> -Tim Lake

<b>@maddogboriswizardstaffer getting an early start on the Whistler beers gordo owes him.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Brendan literally tore both tires off the rim when he landed this a millisecond later during practice.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Florent Payet, big guy steeze and a strong 9th place result.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>#wheresstevie #wheressilverback. Fox Head's, Mike Redding in audio.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>A top 20 for Bryn Atkinson. It must be nice for him to see the lights at the end of the injury tunnel.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Noel Niederberger got the most sideways with his 650b finishline scrub in to 3rd place in Junior Men's.. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Gstaad-Scott were the #1 team today with strong showing from everyone, including Claudio who finished first on the internet with his course previews.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Tires get ripped off the rim here at MSA more than any other track on the circuit. Aussie Junior, Luke "Booga" Ellison got pretty lucky today with this malfunction. Lucky because he got red flagged right after, hence getting a re-run. Which proves luck swings both ways in racing.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>We "heart" MSA.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Bluebird morning practice runs were not a shining reflection of the weather to unfold as the last 15 Elite Men dropped in for their race runs.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>Sam Dale and Josh Bryceland get into a little bit of Sunday Funday.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>A winning smile...</b> -Sven Martin

<b>The good kind of showers always come after the race has finished.</b> -Tim Bardsley-Smith

<b>23 years of Mont Sainte Anne in the books and it's always an incredible event.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>#truedat - See you in Whistler! Thanks to Sven, Tim, Tim and Boris for another blockbuster weekend of coverage!</b> -Sven Martin

The top 20 Elite Men downhillers at Mont Sainte Anne were separated by just 6.2-seconds as a dramatic race day on the World Cup concluded. In the face of a freak rain shower that altered course conditions for the final 15 riders, Steve Smith made his home country of Canada proud with an astonishing victory. Emmeline Ragot of Lapierre Gravity Republic rose to the top of the Elite Women's class with her first win of 2013.

Soak up the sights and sounds of the UCI World Cup Downhill thanks to the best images and storytelling on the web by Sven Martin, Tim Bardsley-Smith, Tim Lake and Boris Beyer

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