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Continuing his amazing form from the first three World Cup rounds, Gee Atherton of Commencal took his second win of the year at World Cup round 4 in Champery, Switzerland.

On a steep technical course the Brit bettered both is time and placing from qualifying. Taking a cautious approach to his qualifying run Gee did enough to take third place and bag some valuable points against series leader Greg Minnaar who ended up in 15th spot.
PhotoPhoto: Sven Martin
Plagued by bad weather all weekend the Champery course looked more like a battle field than a race track with the three days of heavy rain in the lead up to Saturdays finals not helping matters.
It was series leader Greg Minnaar who set the early pace with a blistering 4.04.98, rider after rider struggled to beat his time, that is until third place qualifier Gee Atherton hit the course. Riding solid Gee hit the first split 1.78 seconds up on the South African, in the middle sector Gee kept his momentum going and squeezed that lead to 3.85. Stalling slightly as he entered the final woods Gee was still looking good for the lead, launching the final jumps Gee flew into the finish arena to take the top spot with a time of 4.02.19.

Second place qualifier Damian Spagnolo failed to follow his qualifier leaving only fastest seed Sam Blenkinsop to topple the Brit. Down by over three seconds at the first interval Blenkinsop never managed to pull it back by the bottom placing 4th.

Gee jumped from the hot seat with the realisation that he'd taken his second World Cup win of the year, a win made even sweeter by the fact that he was holding the Atherton fort as the sole rider at the event.

"My run was far from great but I don't expect anyone's was down there, it was way more physical than qualifying with the mud making the bikes feel so heavy" commented Gee.

Now trailing series leader Minnaar by a slender 13 points, Gee looks to the venue of his 2008 World Championship win, Val di Sole for the next round of the series. The long technical course in Italy suits Gee's attacking stye and he'll be looking to close that gap further with just two rounds to go.

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