<b>Remi Thirion absolutely slayed the bottom of the track with fast, smooth and different lines. I think they even played Slayer instead of the French National anthem (well Eddie Masters did over the megaphone anyway). Ironically Remi prefers Fleetwood Mac and Alice Cooper. No more Mr. Nice Guy.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Remi on the way to victory with four riders remaining...</b> -Joe Bowman

<b>Max Commencal in audio - First podium and straight to the top step between these two legends. What a BOS. Remi Thirion.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>With only Sam Hill left, Remi now becomes aware that victory is his and the celebration begins</b> -Joe Bowman

<b>Gee dropping away to the finish for 2nd place and his first World Cup without a victory this season.</b> -Gary Perkin

<b>Sam Hill loved the track and it showed. 1.75-seconds off the win is so close, but so far. On fire is an understatement, however.</b> -@maddogboris

<b>Rachel Atherton lost a little on the bottom section of the course to Manon but was still flying. Unbeaten with a perfect World Cup win record for 2013.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Manon sliced Rachel's winning margin down to just over a second today. Her solid performance on the steep section of track was remarkable and it was where she made up the most time on Rachel.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Brook Macdonald wannabes discuss facial hair and podium stories. 4th and 5th today for Brosnan and Smith.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Stevie Smith's steed rearing like a possessed horse as he digs deep, sprinting to the line. He really stepped up his game from qualifying, going 16-seconds quicker.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>This is pinned Peaty. Steve rode his way to 11th place and a possible World Champs spot!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Cedric throwing the horns the his last World Cup downhill run of his career. A true legend, always stoking out the fans!</b> -Joe Bowman

<b>This was Cedric Gracia's last World Cup downhill race. We won't miss him because we will probably get to see even more of him in his various pursuits, be it filming, Enduro Racing or heckling in the World Cup pits from time to time. Whatever you chose to do, we love you Cedric!</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Greg's fans are some of the most core fans on the circuit. 5 generations of Minnaar jersey, including the skinsuit, sported by Ivan.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Loic Bruni sailing into the finish area. It seems weird to say that he will be disappointed with 8th after the week of riding, but i think he is. His storm of a career is just starting to brew.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Ivan Oulego Moreno is a legend, not just just in Spain either. Twenty years of World Cup racing, second oldest competitor and 35th place.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Marcelo Gutierrez with a top 10 finish. He looked solid all week and kept a cool head tor a good finish. Experience is adding up at each race for the young gun.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Mike Jones followed through from qualifying and took his first ever Junior World Cup win. After a 2nd in Fort William, he proves himself to be at the top of the Junior game provided he doesn't crash out, as he loves riding on the edge.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Cam Cole had a nasty crash, one of the biggest in recent World Cup history. By all reports he is doing alright with nothing broken. We're wishing you all the best, Cam!</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Blenki was distracted, worrying about his good friend Cam Cole, who had just gone down hard. He said he rode tight and cautious which is uncharacteristic of the gloveless Kiwi.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>High speed Andorra action.</b> -Joe Bowman

<b>Good to see all the supporters of every kind coming out to this awesome World Cup. Some for the racers, some for old legend skateboarders. #ragingwatersramp</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Photo by Boris. Who else?</b> -@maddogboris

<b>Loris Vergier must be heart broken. He slid out right at the finish line but came to a stop literally 4 feet from the laser beam, missing first by .46sec.</b> -@maddogboris

<b>Clouds hung over the mountains this morning and there were discussions of wet weather racing and potential wildcard winners.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Sunday practice and Brook MacDonald can barely hold on for an entire run. Head dropped in pain, it's a shame to see him injured on a track that could have favored him greatly.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Held up for several hundred meters by a rider outside the World Cup top 20, but ranked higher in the meaningless UCI point standings, Myriam Nicole was 3rd, some 11 seconds back. #stupidrule</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Yea Deano. Dean Lucas maintains the World Cup leaders jersey for the Junior men. With three races and three different winners, the title is up for contention.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>If we had 5-man podiums for the Junior men, we'd have seen Luca Shaw on the box. The youngster will be edging towards the top step all through this season and next.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Bernat Guardia was the fastest Spaniard in 19th place, and also the fastest rider on 650b wheels.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Out of the two lines in the finish arena, a wide berm or a loose, tight inside, most opted for the inside. Here, slightly overzealous cornering speed leads to a crash barrier collision!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>The media demand for Remi Thirion was unreal. Once podiums finished, we queued for what felt like an eternity to get our interview with Myriam Nicole who obliged with translating duties.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Come finals a puncture held back Sick Mick from fulfilling his potential. There were very few punctures amongst the top guys and given he looked full tilt all weekend, it was a shame to witness.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Today's finish arena has to be one of the best in years. Plenty of fans, plenty of photo opportunities and plenty of noise!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Remi looked overwhelmed on a few occasions. He was under a lot of pressure to win so close to France, on a Commencal bike in Andorra. He handled the pressure.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Gee watches on as Rachel takes yet another win. Her dominance in the women's field could last all year.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Cam Cole attacking the course prior to going down. Another well wishing can't hurt. Heal up, Cam!</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Gee Atherton continues to have a strong grip on the leader's jersey as we move to Mont Sainte Anne, a course suited to his skills and style.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>When someone new wins a World Cup, the celebrations are always the best. Today was no exception. Chainsaws, French Horn and French flag at what is the closest round to France all year. Well done Remi, and thanks to Sven, Duncan, Joe and Lee for capturing the true story that is World Cup downhill racing like no one else can. See you in Mont Sainte Anne!</b> -Duncan Philpott

In a run of brilliance and style, Remi Thirion claims his first World Cup downhill victory out from under seasoned competitors like Gee Atherton and Sam Hill at Andorra. Regarded as one of the most aggressive tracks on the World Cup downhill circuit, the Andorran course was steep, unrelenting and willing to dish out harsh penalties for riders who made mistakes. Rachel Atherton retained her undefeated streak in the Elite Women's category while Mike Jones took top honors in the Junior Men's class.

Travel across the globe to the small nation of Andorra through the lenses of Sven Martin, Duncan Philpott, Joe Bowman and Lee Trumpore as the 2013 World Cup downhill season unfolds.

Andorra World Cup Downhill Results

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  • kidwoo

    7/29/2013 8:32 PM

    Raging waters!

  • bdamschen

    7/29/2013 4:08 PM

    I feel like everyone talking like the data acquisition stuff won the race is taking away from Remi's badass riding. I'd say the main reason he won was because of the gnarly lines he chose and stomped in his run.

  • sean08

    7/29/2013 1:45 PM

    WOW. I kinda felt like a doucher when I saw the final results.

    Thought all that computer gizmo stuff on Thirion's bike was a dumb move for practice. Just seems like having a 5-lb heavier bike in practice wouldn't really lay a good foundation for qualis or finals.

    Guess not.....

    Not even sure what the machinery data was used for, but it worked. Might see more a that in the near future.

    Go Hill, and i'm sure Gwin will have his day at least once by the end of the season....

  • LaBourde

    7/31/2013 2:44 PM

    Rémi rode 5 runs in practice with the data acquisition system.
    BOS made important changes on the void shock, they augmented the volume of the air chamber(s?).
    You can see the prototype of the shock on this video:

    But Rémi is an amazing rider, with an gnarly style! I guess we will see again on top of a podium.

    Hope to see Cam Cole on a bike pretty soon.

  • sideshow

    7/29/2013 10:21 AM

    This round fired me right up. Killer shooting from everyone. I was wicked pumped to see that classic Flipper shot of Gee! Yeeew!

  • walkinwiki

    7/29/2013 5:52 AM

    Max commencal going crazy on the second slide!

  • robifast

    7/29/2013 1:50 AM

    I've to sya that the pictures of you, Vital's photographers, are really on the top of the stock.

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