By Rob Jones, Cyclingnews.com

Sunday, August 21, 2011 8.16pm

Hart and Atherton podium

The 2011 Mountain Bike World Cup concluded on Sunday in Val di Sole, Italy, with the crowd favourite Downhill. Aaron Gwin (Trek World Racing) took a record fifth victory in a single season in the men's race, having already locked up the title in the previous round.

Patrick Thome (Mondraker) set the first fast time, 20 riders in, at 3:26.797 . The time was steadily chipped away over the next 30 riders until Remi Thirion (Labyrinth Shimano) had it down to 3:22.017 with 30 riders remaining. South African champion Andrew Neethling (Giant), four riders later took the leading time below 3:20 for the first time, but the times were still well off Gwin's 3:13 qualifier.

Five riders later, Neethling's countryman Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) cut another two and a half seconds, which remained the leading time until Cameron Cole (Lapierre), 11th from the end, knocked off eight-tenths of a second.

Cole remained in the lead as the top-ten counted down, but Gee Atherton (Commencal), the world champion on this course in 2008, came in two seconds faster, with three riders remaining. Junior World Cup leader troy Brosnan (Monster Energy/Specialized/Mad Catz) slotted in just behind Atherton, before Danny Hart (Giant) finished three seconds ahead to take the lead, the first to go faster than Gwin's qualifying time.

Steve Smith (Devinci) was supposed to race next, as the second fastest qualifier, but he had crashed in training earlier in the day, injuring his ankle and knee, and had to watch from the sidelines. It was up to Gwin and, as he has shown all season, he is in a class of his own this year. Fastest through both splits, Gwin came in 1.232 seconds up on Hart to confirm that he is the number one downhiller in the world.

"I am just really happy," stated Gwin. "It was an important race for me. I struggled here last year with a crash and felt good this week, but it was rough, it was definitely a challenge. I don't know, the top part went pretty good, I felt like I was on a good run. So I just tried to be smooth at the bottom. I went a bit slower than I would have liked to at the bottom. I am just so happy. I want to thank all the fans and sponsors and everybody. It has been an awesome year. Could not have done it without you all."

Gwin finishes the season with 1558 points, five wins, a third and a fourth. Minnaar, with two wins this season, hung on for second with 1093 points, ahead of Atherton at 1009. Danny Hart jumped over Steve Smith to take fourth, while Smith hung onto the final podium spot.

This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.com

ELITE MEN DOWNHILL RESULTS

1 Aaron Gwin (USA) Trek World Racing 0:03:10.40
2 Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:01.23
3 Gee Atherton (GBr) Commencal 0:00:04.11
4 Troy Brosnan (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 0:00:05.42
5 Cameron Cole (NZl) Lapierre International 0:00:06.17
6 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:06.97
7 Brook Macdonald (NZl) Ms Evil Racing 0:00:08.04
8 Matti Lehikoinen (Fin) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 0:00:09.40
9 Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:09.41
10 Matthew Scoles (NZl) Team Cingolani Trek 0:00:09.60
11 Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:10.31
12 Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing 0:00:10.76
13 Marc Beaumont (GBr) 0:00:11.52
14 Rémi Thirion (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 0:00:11.66
15 Bernat Guardia Pascual (Spa) 0:00:12.04
16 Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 0:00:12.15
17 Loic Bruni (Fra) Lapierre International 0:00:12.78
18 Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team 0:00:13.26
19 Luke Strobel (USA) Ms Evil Racing 0:00:13.51
20 Mickael Pascal (Fra) Morewood Unitedride 0:00:14.50
21 Mitch Ropelato (USA) 0:00:15.84
22 Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 0:00:15.89
23 Rhys Willemse (Aus) 0:00:15.95
24 Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Massif Des Vosges 0:00:15.99
25 Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre International 0:00:16.38
26 Patrick Thome (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team 0:00:16.44
27 Connor Fearon (Aus) Kona 0:00:16.90
28 Eliot Jackson (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 0:00:17.38
29 Adam Brayton (GBr) 0:00:17.40
30 Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 0:00:17.49
31 Will Rischbieth (Aus) 0:00:17.78
32 Matej Charvat (Cze) 0:00:18.06
33 Joshua Button (Aus) Sc - Intense 0:00:18.31
34 Greg Williamson (GBr) 0:00:18.79
35 Bernard Kerr (GBr) 0:00:18.84
36 Marcus Klausmann (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:00:18.91
37 Robin Wallner (Swe) Team Are Bikepark Powered By W - Racing 0:00:19.18
38 Fergus Lamb (GBr) 0:00:19.61
39 Jack Reading (GBr) 0:00:19.79
40 Shaun O'connor (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 0:00:20.01
41 Geoffrey Cholley (Fra) 0:00:20.03
42 Markus Pekoll (Aut) Ms Evil Racing 0:00:20.08
43 Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 0:00:20.20
44 Ivan Oulego Moreno (Spa) 0:00:20.51
45 Nejc Rutar (Slo) Unior Tools Team 0:00:20.52
46 Florent Payet (Fra) Sc - Intense 0:00:20.63
47 Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:21.36
48 Michael Hannah (Aus) 0:00:21.49
49 Charly Di Pasquale (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 0:00:21.72
50 Reuben Olorenshaw (NZl) 0:00:22.18
51 Ludovic Oget (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 0:00:22.24
52 Fabien Pedemanaud (Fra) Scott 11 0:00:22.53
53 Benny Strasser (Ger) 0:00:23.05
54 Matthew Beer (Can) 0:00:23.16
55 Alexis Pujol (Fra) 0:00:24.68
56 Neko Mulally (USA) Trek World Racing 0:00:25.28
57 Arthur Racaud (Fra) Us Cagnes Vtt 0:00:25.73
58 Dennis Dertell (Swe) 0:00:25.96
59 Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) Cg Racing Brigade 0:00:26.32
60 Marco Milivinti (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop 0:00:27.81
61 Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team 0:00:28.55
62 Oliver Burton (GBr) 0:00:28.80
63 Marcel Beer (Swi) 0:00:30.24
64 David Trummer (Aut) 0:00:30.45
65 Arthur Parret (Fra) Passion Velo Thiers Stemtee 0:00:31.44
66 Terje Nylende (Nor) 0:00:35.60
67 Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) 0:00:38.00
68 Martin Knapec (Svk) 0:00:38.16
69 Harry Heath (GBr) Unior Tools Team 0:00:38.47
70 Emyr Davies (GBr) 0:00:38.80
71 Ludovic May (Swi) 0:00:43.01
72 Gaetan Ruffin (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal 0:00:53.08
73 Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Kona 0:01:04.40
74 Joe Connell (GBr) Team Sunn Montgenevre 0:01:27.70
75 Harry Molloy (GBr) Madison Saracen 0:01:38.80
76 Nick Beer (Swi) Scott 11 0:01:48.20
 
World Cup standings
 
1 Aaron Gwin (USA) Trek World Racing 1558 pts
2 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 1093
3 Gee Atherton (GBr) Commencal 1009
4 Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 879
5 Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing 772
6 Brook Macdonald (NZl) Ms Evil Racing 742
7 Cameron Cole (NZl) Lapierre International 676
8 Troy Brosnan (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 625
9 Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing 621
10 Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 616
11 Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 582
12 Marc Beaumont (GBr) 560
13 Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre International 534
14 Fabien Barel (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team 526
15 Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 471
16 Matthew Scoles (NZl) Team Cingolani Trek 432
17 Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team 422
18 Luke Strobel (USA) Ms Evil Racing 413
19 Mickael Pascal (Fra) Morewood Unitedride 397
20 Matti Lehikoinen (Fin) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 395
21 Cédric Gracia (Fra) Cg Racing Brigade 366
22 Markus Pekoll (Aut) Ms Evil Racing 366
23 Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Massif Des Vosges 361
24 Michael Hannah (Aus) 337
25 Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 336
26 Rémi Thirion (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 326
27 Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 315
28 Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 307
29 Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 303
30 Julien Camellini (Fra) Team Sunn Montgenevre 299
31 Florent Payet (Fra) Sc - Intense 298
32 Loic Bruni (Fra) Lapierre International 297
33 Neko Mulally (USA) Trek World Racing 280
34 Filip Polc (Svk) Ms Evil Racing 275
35 Fabien Pedemanaud (Fra) Scott 11 268
36 Joshua Button (Aus) Sc - Intense 267
37 Ben Cathro (GBr) 264
38 Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 262
39 Shaun O'connor (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 261
40 Robin Wallner (Swe) Team Are Bikepark Powered By W - Racing 257
41 Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team 256
42 Harry Heath (GBr) Unior Tools Team 235
43 Sam Dale (GBr) Team Sunn Montgenevre 233
44 Lewis Buchanan (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 231
45 Duncan Riffle (USA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 228
46 Romain Paulhan (Fra) 226
47 Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) Cg Racing Brigade 226
48 Nick Beer (Swi) Scott 11 225
49 Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Morewood Unitedride 222
50 Bernat Guardia Pascual (Spa) 218
51 Mitch Ropelato (USA) 213
52 Patrick Thome (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team 201
53 Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Kona 200
54 Adam Brayton (GBr) 189
55 Nico Vink (Bel) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Massif Des Vosges 181
56 Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal 177
57 Dan Stanbridge (GBr) Dirt Norco Race Team 171
58 Greg Williamson (GBr) 163
59 Fergus Lamb (GBr) 158
60 Bernard Kerr (GBr) 148
61 Matej Charvat (Cze) 146
62 George Brannigan (NZl) Devinci Global Racing 141
63 Marcus Klausmann (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team 139
64 Mark Scott (GBr) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 139
65 Alex Bond (GBr) 138
66 Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 126
67 Lorenzo Suding (Ita) 120
68 Jack Reading (GBr) 120
69 Dan Atherton (GBr) Commencal 120
70 Connor Fearon (Aus) Kona 111
71 Timothy Bentley (RSA) Morewood Unitedride 109
72 Eliot Jackson (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 108
73 Thomas Braithwaite (GBr) 104
74 Nejc Rutar (Slo) Unior Tools Team 100
75 Ivan Oulego Moreno (Spa) 99
76 Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) 97
77 Will Rischbieth (Aus) 85
78 Bryn Atkinson (Aus) 80
79 Kyle Sangers (Can) 80
80 Benny Strasser (Ger) 80
81 Curtis Keene (USA) 80
82 Emanuel Pombo (Por) 72
83 Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team 70
84 Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 68
85 Dean Tennant (Can) 68
86 Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa) 67
87 Scott Mears (GBr) 64
88 Marco Milivinti (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop 61
89 Rhys Willemse (Aus) 58
90 Austin Warren (USA) 58
91 Richard Thomas (GBr) 57
92 Johann Potgieter (RSA) 53
93 Joris Bigoni (Fra) 50
94 Ralph Jones (GBr) 49
95 Marcel Beer (Swi) 49
96 Florian Arthus (Fra) 48
97 Charly Di Pasquale (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 47
98 Wyn Masters (NZl) Ms Evil Racing 47
99 Oliver Burton (GBr) 47
100 Harry Molloy (GBr) Madison Saracen 41
101 Geoffrey Cholley (Fra) 40
102 Lars Peyer (Swi) Sc - Intense 40
103 Ludovic Oget (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 38
104 Thomas Jeandin (Swi) 36
105 Joe Barnes (GBr) 34
106 Gaetan Ruffin (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal 34
107 Reuben Olorenshaw (NZl) 31
108 Cody Warren (USA) 29
109 Chris Del Bosco (Can) 29
110 Gavin Vaughan (USA) 27
111 Matthew Beer (Can) 27
112 Jonty Neethling (RSA) 27
113 Alexis Pujol (Fra) 26
114 Alexander Kangas (Swe) 26
115 Yann Gauvin (Can) 25
116 Felix Beckeman (Swe) 25
117 Dominik Gspan (Swi) 25
118 Arthur Racaud (Fra) Us Cagnes Vtt 24
119 Arthur Parret (Fra) Passion Velo Thiers Stemtee 24
120 Gareth Brewin (GBr) 23
121 Dennis Dertell (Swe) 23
122 Hayden Brown (RSA) 23
123 Simon Cardon (Fra) Xcytt Racing 22
124 Remi Gauvin (Can) 22
125 Robert Smith (GBr) 18
126 David Trummer (Aut) 17
127 Fraser Mcglone (GBr) 17
128 Rudy Cabirou (Fra) 17
129 Daniel Pombo (Por) 16
130 Hans Lambert (Can) 15
131 Terje Nylende (Nor) 15
132 Kelvin Purchase (RSA) 15
133 Ziga Pandur (Slo) Unior Tools Team 14
134 Chris Hutchens (GBr) 14
135 Isak Leivsson (Nor) 14
136 Martin Knapec (Svk) 13
137 Tiaan Odendaal (RSA) 13
138 Matt Zdriluk (Can) 12
139 Emyr Davies (GBr) 11
140 Jasper Jauch (Ger) 11
141 Seanan O'riordan (Irl) 11
142 Francesco Danilo Petrucci (Ita) Team Cingolani Trek 11
143 Hajime Imoto (Jpn) 11
144 Ludovic May (Swi) 10
145 Peter Williams (GBr) 10
146 Roman Roschi (Swi) 10
147 Logan Binggeli (USA) 10
148 Yuki Kushima (Jpn) 8
149 Christopher Mcglinchey (Irl) 8
150 Joe Connell (GBr) Team Sunn Montgenevre 7
151 Romain Contreres (Fra) Us Cagnes Vtt 7
152 Jérôme Payet (Fra) 7
153 Rob Fraser (Can) 6
154 Daniel Sims (NZl) 6
155 Mathias Haas (Aut) \ 5
156 Mathieu Gallean (Fra) Ryde - Racing 5
157 Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Ck Racing Santacruz 4
158 Daniel Critchlow (GBr) 4
159 Adam Vagner (Cze) 3
160 Benjamin Staehle (Fra) 3
161 Niklas Wallner (Swe) Team Are Bikepark Powered By W - Racing 3
162 Travis Browning (RSA) 3
163 Claudio Cozzi (Ita) 1

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