Australia's Sam Hill (Iron Horse/Monster Energy) demonstrated that he's currently the world's best gravity rider when he won the final round of the World Cup series in Maribor, Slovenia, Sunday. Hill beat Britain's Gee Atherton (Animal Commencal) by 1.33 seconds to add a World Cup title and his third World Cup win of the season to his recent world championship title.
"I think this track suited me more than last week," Hill told Cyclingnews.com. "I really like it like this, with turn after turn, lots of technical bits and not as much pedalling. Everything went pretty smooth, but it was a fair bit looser than in qualifying, and some turns were completely blown out."
Top Brits Rachel Atherton (Animal Commencal) and Tracy Moseley (Kona Les Gets) took first and second respectively in the women's event, in a measure of revenge for their defeat at the hands of France's Sabrina Jonnier (Iron Horse/Monster Energy) at the world championships.
Like Hill, Atherton was a fan of the technical Maribor course. "I had a pretty good run for sure, it's a wicked fast course," she said. "The course suited me down to the ground, as it was pretty technical all the way down. I think it probably wasn't pedally enough for Sabrina."
Jonnier's sixth place secured her the women's overall World Cup titlle, but was a disappointment after her storming world's victory. However, it seemed the exertion of that win may have taken its toll. "I've been sick all week, so I just did the best I could," Jonnier said. "It was bad today, it was the worst. I couldn't breathe at all, stuffed up nose and plugged ears."
Beerten & Saladini take four-cross wins
In the weekend's other gravity event, Anneke Beerten (Bikepark.Ch Tui) and Romain Saladini won the four-cross event, a victory that gave Beerten the series title after previous leader Jill Kintner (GT) failed to make the final.
Brian Lopes had already secured overall victory in the men's division.
|1 Sam Hill (Aus|Iron Horse/Monster Energy)||0:02:53.78|
|2 Gee Atherton (GBr|Animal Commencal)||0:00:01.33|
|3 Julien Camellini (Fra|Team Mojo)||0:00:02.56|
|4 Fabien Pedemanaud (Fra|France)||0:00:02.68|
|5 Marc Beaumont (GBr|Team MBUK Santa Cruz)|
|6 Florent Payet (Fra)||0:00:03.28|
|7 Matti Lehikoinen (Fin|Team G Cross Honda)||0:00:03.56|
|8 Brendan Fairclough (GBr|Team G Cross Honda)||0:00:03.80|
|9 Josh Bryceland (GBr)||0:00:04.65|
|10 Michael Hannah (Aus|Cannondale The Cut)||0:00:04.95|
|1 Rachel Atherton (GBr|Animal Commencal)||0:03:16.27|
|2 Tracy Moseley (GBr|Kona Les Gets)||0:00:08.63|
|3 Tracey Hannah (Aus)||0:00:09.33|
|4 Floriane Pugin (Fra|Chatel Mtn Cycle)||0:00:09.80|
|5 Helen Gaskell (GBr)||0:00:10.80|
|6 Sabrina Jonnier (Fra|Iron Horse/Monster Energy)||0:00:12.84|
|7 Céline Gros (Fra)||0:00:13.21|
|8 Marielle Saner (Swi|Bikepark.Ch Tui)||0:00:14.74|
|9 Mio Suemasa (Jpn)||0:00:15.72|
|10 Jennifer Makgill (NZl)||0:00:17.84|
|1 Anneke Beerten (Ned|Bikepark.Ch Tui)|
|2 Mio Suemasa (Jpn)|
|3 Melissa Buhl (USA)|
|4 Jana Horakova (Cze)|
|1 Romain Saladini (Fra)|
|2 Michal Prokop (Cze)|
|3 Dan Atherton (GBr|Animal Commencal)|
|4 Karim Amour (Fra|)|