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DOWNHILL FINALS SLIDESHOW - Val di Sole World Cup

<b>2 for 2 from Gee, 4 for 4 from the Atherton Racing Elite. After years of being just off the top, this could well be Gee's season. [gee audio]</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Hugs all around. #TheNewGT is killing it.</b> -Turman

<b>Rachel, 100% commitment until the end.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Stevie Smith appears to have matured this weekend. His riding style has calmed from the smash-every-turn-and-huck-every-rock technique that we see in Brook MacDonald. Now, smooth and precise Stevie has bagged two podiums from two races.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>These three know their way around a podium. Steve Smith and Greg Minnaar were only .2-seconds apart. Insane.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Greg Minnaar stepped it up big this weekend. He also stepped it down big at Remi Thirion's gap early this morning. His feet blowing off the pedals during the race run was a sight to behold for the seemingly calculated South African. Ragged Greg is good Greg.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Loic Bruni, first year Elite and already with his second podium. 4th today, following up his 4th in Windham last year. Not many rookie pros have that kind of resume.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Troy Brosnan truly uncorked one today. Not looking like podium material two days ago, he put the work in yesterday and this morning, changing lines and finding flat-out track speed.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Sam Hill clearly does not care where his feet are when he gaps big holes and step-downs. This track was tough for riders like Brook and Sam, where all the benefits of flat pedal thunder could be outweighed by feet being blown off. A great week of riding for Sam though. None of us were disappointed.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Sam, casual chaos...</b>

<b>Flat pedal problems. Brook (in audio) with no seat and Sam with no knee pad.</b> -Boris Beyer

<b>It's worth watch this Brook video one more time...</b>

<b>Dean Lucas trying to cool down like a dingo in a billabong while he waits to see if his run holds up.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Dean Lucas took the win for the Junior men with a time that would have placed him 22nd in among the old guys. Thanks Rennie!</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Too many 2's for Phil Atwill 2day. 2nd on the line after pulling it back from a poor first split.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Luca Shaw has learned a lot these past two weeks in Europe. He learned how to vacuum the SRAM truck carpets and set up and tear down the big rig. He's also learned how to go World Cup-fast. Third today but only 0.188 from the win in the Junior category!</b> -Sven Martin

<b>"I crashed hard like butt." Taylor Vernon, incredibly, has only sustained a small amount of superficial damage from what was one hell of a crash!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b> If I had to choose between Taylor Vernon's race run crash or slipping off the top of the gondola , I'd take my chances with the latter.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Similar story in the Women's, 2nd, 2nd and 2nd with the number 2 plate.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Aaron Gwin finished 4.1 seconds behind Gee but only .001 behind his teammate for the last spot on the podium. That's literally a knob's worth of difference. Will a few weeks off before Andorra be enough time to find a few missing pieces of the puzzle?</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Greg Williamson Italian soil sample.</b> -Boris Beyer

<b>Flash poaching! Ratboy was surprised with his position given his run. A couple of mistakes outside of the live coverage areas meant a hair-raising, ball-busting trip down the hill into 7th place.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Top Gun ride for Rachel this weekend</b> -Sven Martin

<b>39-years young today and pinned as ever. Steve Peat still gets the biggest cheer on the hill.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>This is what it looks like dropping into the finish area of Val Di Sole. Always strong and under the radar, Florian Payet uses his size to his advantage for 8th place today.</b> -Tim Bardsley Smith

<b>Tracey Hannah's biggest fan was quick to switch allegiances after Rachel took the win.</b> -Turman

<b>Viva l'Italia! </b>

<b>Florian Pugin has had a long winter with very little biking. Back into 3rd, she is happy now and has time to train for Andorra five weeks away. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Wooooo Woooo Woooo. When Greg Minnaar's up at the split you know about it. Ivan is the #1 fan on the race circuit.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>This shot may be at 10 times the speed of Duncan's from yesterday, but Gee is also going 10 times faster, holding it wide open and ragged all the way to the line. No wonder he tapes his nipples down.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Drew Carter mid-run. No tree climbing involved here! Duncan prefers pole.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Marcus Pekoll slotted into top ten. He tends to do well on the toughest of tracks and this weekend was no exception.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>No rushes in the Syndicate pits with 6 hours to get the bike in tip-top condition for racing after practice finishes!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>You all know Wyn Masters (or *that Wyn guy* as Stik calls him). Well now meet Eddie his younger bro. Privateering on holiday from New Zealand still smashing out the results with a respectable 26th position. #nipples</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Eddie again (we can't resist). Leather jacket, scrappy number plate, no training, out both nights at the 4X party. Fun FTW.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Morgan Charre couldn't even walk to the start house and later to the podium. Martin strapped her ankle up tight and she did the rest managing a 4th place and a podium. Hard as!</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Dirt is the new snow. Casey Brown Pow has hung out a lot in Queenstown, NZ this past winter and that's their club motto. Foot up smashing corners.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Two for two by a long shot.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>It's Green for Bruni on the final straight. 4th place finish for the youngster.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Myriam Nicole knows the secret to the Val di Sole course is to ride the straightest line possible while staying on top of all the holes. 5th place for the Commencal rider.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>This guy had his girlfriend take his picture with Rachel. Tidy like.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Boris knows the truth...</b> -Turman

<b>Zerode's smooth everything out.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Full spikes for the Athertons every day in one of the driest weekends of racing we have seen.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Girls can roost too. Today was a rough day in the office for Manon Carpenter after a troubled run.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>This is a computer, apparently. The Parkin Bros hard at it, working on the latest DirtTV edit with one hell of a Commodore 64 to process that RED footage.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Back-to-back World Cups and Todd's excited with the prospect of a week off where he can find better things to do than photobomb my snaps!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>With the big factory teams dominating, there are still many guys out there dragging their own trainers to the warm up area and fighting the corner for the little guy.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>The champagne flies at the Men's podium before a 5-week break until Andorra.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Pasta and beers on the press room roof before the final late night editing session (caption being typed at 1:30am). Arrivederci from Val di Sole</b> -Lee Trumpore<br><br>A HUGE thanks to Sven Martin, Duncan Philpott, Joe Bowman, Lee Trumpore and Brandon Turman for bringing us the most incredible World Cup coverage on the web. They are in the trenches long after the racers are in bed and the team trucks have left the pits. Grazie amici miei!!! -gordo

What a remarkable day of racing in the heat of the Valley of the Sun. Val di Sole, Italy left few survivors after a long, hot weekend of World Cup downhill mountain bike racing. Among the survivors were Gee and Rachel Atherton of GT Factory Racing who, once again, took the double team and family victories. The World Cup takes a 5-week hiatus as riders re-group and rethink about what it will take to win against the Atherton clan.

A HUGE thanks to Sven Martin, Duncan Philpott, Joe Bowman, Lee Trumpore and Brandon Turman for bringing us the most incredible World Cup coverage on the web. They are in the trenches long after the racers are in bed and the team trucks have left the pits. Grazie amici miei!!!

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