So Rémi Thirion has won his first ever world cup, stopping Gee's winning streak in its tracks. And Rachel has made British history; she has had more world cup victories than any other Brit. Here's our photo gallery of the day's events.
Madison Saracen team manager, Will Longden patiently waiting for Manon to come down the Andorran hillside.
And Manon Carpenter sets off from the gate. Through the top section and pedalling hard she fell behind at the first split by two and half seconds, but a blinding mid and bottom section saw Manon claw back a second coming into the finish arena, but unfortunately it wasn't enough to beat the current champion. Coming in a valiant 1.5seconds behind Rachel, Manon finished off the ladies racing in second place. [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/9_audio2.mp3"]
Juniors to come down first and after some fierce battling in the top 10, it only left one young man to upset the balance. British rider Mike Jones had a blinding run top to bottom, flying into the finish arena and crossing the line in first place…only 0.46 seconds in front. A great result for the young junior rider.
Plenty of media here in Andorra, hard work out on the hill all day, but still time to have a sit down, catch up and enjoy some racing action! After all we do just love bikes!
Hot seat bikes standing in a line. Sam Dale of Madison Saracen was able to hold on to the hot seat for a solid amount of time after going four seconds up when he came down. But after being knocked off by Patrick Thome he ended in a final position of 21st.
Stepping down into the finishing area to see the hundreds of fans and to be hit in the face by screaming and shouting must get you going for the final sprint to the line. Marc Beaumont dropping in, putting himself into a final place of 15th.
It’s not a nice thing to see a fellow rider go down, especially in a race run. Yeti/ Fox rider Cameron Cole went down hard in the mid-section and required air lifting out. Up on his feet after the crash it looked more positive than bad but healing vibes sending his way and we wish him a speedy recovery!
The chainsaw gang in full effect here in the finish arena with the sound of two stroke engines echoing throughout the valley. The fans here were louder than ever, if only you were here to experience the reception the local riders were given! If that wasn't a motivational boost I don't know what is!
After Steve Smith only managed 21st in qualifying, it was a sure deal that he could take the hot seat as he crossed the line. But tipping through the finish with a considerable lead he was able to hold on to the hot seat for longer than expected and going home with 4th place.
French local rider Remi Thirion had that career changing run today. Qualifying well in 5th place he wasn't exactly the favourite to win! Blinding down through his run, taking lines no one else seemed to think of, he was on for a hot lap. Dropping into the bottom section the crowd went wild, wild for the French local, he went straight into the hot spot with 4 riders still to come.
Favourite to win and a hero among the locals, last man down Sam Hill set off at good pace and was looking on fire through the top section, all he had to do was bring it home!
Steaming toward the finishing line, you knew it was going to be tight, with the crowd all on their feet, seeing the Aussie rider home, Sam only managed 3rd place, 1.75seconds behind Remi Thirion. [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/19_audio2.mp3"]
But this was the man everyone wanted to beat. Gee Atherton, even though he was the 3rd to last man down, his unstoppable winning streak had him in good stead. Up at the first split on Remi Thirion, it seemed to be a sure winner, but loosing time in the bottom section and getting a bit wild in the last chute, Gee fell behind and only managed 2nd place in here in Andorra! [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/20_audio.mp3 "]
Some fires never burn out! Sam Hill on it this weekend.
Lifting him high to the sky and presenting him to the crowd, your champion today…Remi Thirion! An impressive 1.35 seconds up on Gee Atherton. [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/22_audio1.mp3 "]
The crowd go crazy for the Commencal rider Remi Thirion. They were what made this finish arena.
A devastated Sam Hill still couldn't quite believe his 3rd place. A very much needed result and an impressive one at that, Sam only came here for the win but was only able to leave with 3rd. Can only imagine he will be looking to carry on this momentum at Mont Saint Anne in two weeks’ time.
Fellow Frenchman, Loic Bruni congratulating Remi on his win here. Good friends with competitive riding history, Loic was stoked to see Remi grace the top spot!
The media all want a piece of this podium. Presenting to you the Women's Elite winners.
Team of the day, GT Factory Racing take it away along with series leaders and wearing the yellow number boards with pride.
Cedric Gracia personally congratulating Remi on his win today. But also in other announcements of the day, Cedric Gracia reveals that this weekend’s World Cup in Andorra was to be his last ever World Cup he will race at! Sad news for to hear him ticking off, but expect to see him in the industry for a long time to come!
Champagne celebrations. Remi Thirion's first Word Cup podium and he takes the win here in Andorra.
And that ends another round of the UCI DH World Cup. With unexpected results, heated racing and huge atmosphere, it has been a World Cup to remember. Tune in next time for round 4 coming at you all the way from Mont Saint Anne, Canada!
Waking up to this race day morning to cloud cover and imminent rain, is it going to be a Champery repeat or is the weather going to hold off?
A bit of morning practice to wet the rider’s appetites. Some playing it conservatively, and some just going balls out to get a last minute boost of confidence, but with the conditions on the change, anything could happen.
And the rain came…in morning practice turned into a little bit of an unwelcome wash out with several riders taking silly offs which could prove big mistakes come race runs!
Full stands here at the 2013 UCI DH World Cup here in Andorra. Weather has passed and the sun is shining…it’s going to be some smoking hot racing here!
Standing in the start gate and waiting for the beeps. For what comes next is four and half minutes of brutal and technical track, and then to get to the finish a champion!
Manon prepared and focused for her race run. Warming up in the pits, staying away from the crowds before she drops in for the run of her life!
Rachel Atherton being pipped to the post in Qualifying by Manon Carpenter, the pressure was on come race run…she had to put down a storming time to beat Manon at this one. [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/7_audio.mp3"]