Hot on the heels of Fort William, the second round of the 2013 UCI World Cup season was one of the most anticipated downhill races in recent memory. The brutal, steep and fast course of Val di Sole, Italy proves to be both a struggle and blessing for riders who are on flat or clip pedals as there are only a handful of pedal strokes to be made on the 4-minute course. Once again, however, Gee and Rachel Atherton took home victories for their family and for GT Factory Racing. 2012 UCI World Cup Champion, Aaron Gwin (Specialized Racing) switched from a medium-size frame to a large frame and finished strong with a 2nd place qualifier, but ended up 6th on race day. Not a strong result in his eyes. 2012 UCI World Champion, Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate), finished 3rd, just behind Devinci Global Racing's Stevie Smith, who is hungry for another World Cup victory.

All things Val di Sole from Vital MTB can be found here including slideshows, videos and plenty of product-related photos and info.

Val di Sole Downhill Finals Slideshow

Calm Before the Storm: Val di Sole Practice Slideshow

G-Out Project: Val di Sole

Val di Sole Qualifying Slideshow

Val di Sole Downhill Practice Slideshow

Val di Sole Track Walk Slideshow

FIRST LOOK: Sam Hill's Custom Pink Nukeproof Pulse

PIT BITS: Val di Sole World Cup

2013 Val di Sole World Cup Downhill Results

Val di Sole Live Webcast Replay

DirtTV: Val di Sole Finals

CRASH VIDEO: Andrew Neethling Going Over the Bars at Val di Sole

Vital MTB Val di Sol Quick Clip

Val di Sole Helmet Cam with Claudio Caluori

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