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After a week full of drama, mostly course and weather related, we awoke to gloopy morning followed by a distinct improvement in the atmospheric conditions in Leogang for the finals, although the track was still plenty soggy in spots and with that, plenty treacherous still. Phil Atwill was keeping the early hot seat hot for quite some time, followed quickly by Marcelo Gutierrez and Remi Thirion, the first of the protected riders to take to the hill. Thirion's 3:38 was already within 10ths of Aaron Gwin's fastest qualifier, a clear sign that the course was running a lot faster as we approached the sharp end of the race.

Connor Fearon threw down some fast lines on the way to a 3:37, the first man to better Gwin's fastest qualifier and take over the hot seat from Thirion. Bernard Kerr was the next man to put one together, clearly stoked with his run he took another half second off Fearon's run to book his hot seat tenure (he would finish 7th when all was said and done, his career best World Cup result). Hannah had a strong middle section but came up short - he still threw a no hander on the finish line triple to help get the crowd going. Greg Williamson was all business though, as he shaved a few hundredths off to bump Kerr off the hot seat - and just like that, there were only 10 riders left standing at the top.

Troy Brosnan qualified 7th, but that was to prove a smokescreen as the diminutive Australian put on a clinic and demolished the field on his way to a blistering 3:32, taking the hotseat by an incredible 4.3 seconds. Would it hold to the end? Brendan Fairclough struggled, but Greg Minnaar looked like he could get oh so close - a few mistakes landed him second after his run, 2.3 seconds down (he would finish 5th). Danny Hart looked flawless as he got it to within 1.2, but Troy's run was looking better and better. Mike Jones was on it at the start, but laid it down in the nasty top woods section to put an end to his challenge. Next up, gordo's OTB pick, fast Frenchy Loris Vergier - and LOOK AT THE TIME! Almost a full second faster than Troy, and now only Aaron Gwin stood between Loris and his first ever World Cup win. But, if you follow racing, you know better than to ever count the American out, and he delivered an absolutely incredible performance, pulling back a half second deficit at split 1 to win by an incredible 3 seconds. Pure speed, pure class.

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In the Womens, Tahnee Seagrave bounced back from her recent injury and looked comfortable enough to be the first girl to clear the finish line triple jump. She took hot seat, but her joy would be short lived - fastest qualifier Rachel Atherton stomped her run, went HUGE on that same triple to make it 10 World Cup wins in a row, and 30 in total! What a rider she is.

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In the Juniors, Gaetan Vige went 2 better than his 3rd place qualifier, taking his 1st ever World Cup win in only 5 starts. Finn Iles got close but had to settle for 2nd on the day.

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2016 Leogang UCI World Cup DH Elite Men Results (full results)

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2016 Leogang UCI World Cup DH Women Elite Results (full results)

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2016 Leogang UCI World Cup DH Junior Men Results (full results)

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