UCI Mountain Bike World Cup DH: Gwin won also in Windham (USA)July 11th, 2011 by admin received Comments Off Tweet
The fifth round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano in Windham, New York, saw on top of the podium Rachel Atherton (Commencal) and Aaron Gwin (Trek World Racing), who recorded his fourth victory of the season in front of a wildly enthusiastic home crowd.
Aaron Gwin finished over two seconds ahead of Steve Peat (Santa Cruz Syndicate), with Andrew Neethling (Giant) taking third. Gwin’s fourth win of the season gives him an almost insurmountable lead in the overall standings.
Andrew Neethling (Giant) took the lead with ten riders to go, only to be immediately topped by Steve Peat (Santa Cruz Syndicate). And it lasted until Gwin, as the final rider, was about to start. Expectations among the spectators were high, also considering that Gwin qualified first, and it was clear who was the darling of the crowd, with American flags everywhere. The Trek rider was fastest through every part of the course, finishing more than 2 seconds ahead of Peat.
Gwin was incredibly happy for having won in front of his home crowd, and was warmly and enthusiastically cheered by his many fans. With his fourth win of the five races so far in the World Cup, Gwin has a total of 1110 points. Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) sits in second with 776 points with a disappointing 12th place in Windham. Gee Atherton (Commencal) sits in third with 657 points after finishing 11th in this 5th round.
Let’s see the details of the women race: in the qualifications Atherton was second behind Floriane Pugin (Scott 11), who was widely considered the favourite for this short, fast, technical track. World Cup leader and world champion Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing) qualified third.
Moseley took the lead with her run but Atherton smashed it on the next run by over two and a half seconds. Pugin managed to beat Moseley, but finished 1.348 seconds behind Atherton, who also won in Windham last year at the World Cup final.
In the World Cup points standings the leader is Moseley with 1080 points, followed by Pugin with with 980 and Atherton is third with 820 points. A lot can still happen.