Team of the day Madison Saracen take the number one plate for the second time this year proving once again that they are a team to challenge the top. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/42_audio_01.mp3"]"
No hard feelings, Josh even though taking the win, was genuinely gutted for Bruni after his crash. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/41_audio.mp3"]"
Signing hats and signing chests...just when Josh didn't think his day could get any better.
From one team member to another, the leaders jersey is passed from Gwin over to the young Troy.
And then it all got a bit messy from here on in for Ratboy!
Your Elite mens podium sees two Syndicate riders up here. Great results for both these teams, but what this round has shown us is, 26inch ain't that bad after all!
Top three riders here in Leogang, all with a wins either here or this season to their names. A huge result for Josh and a decent one for Troy.
Josh has done it, he wins his first ever World Cup, and boy was he stoked! "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/35_audio.mp3"]"
Getting back up and bombing the bottom section, Bruni crosses the line in 27th place.
After his top spot in quali yesterday, all the pressure was on Bruni as he was the last to leave the gate. A blinding run from him going up at both splits he was on to do it until on the root section he slid out on a corner, ending his World Cup chances.
Disaster for Gwin on track today with one of the only flats of the day, but that wasn't stopping him, Gwin presses on despite the puncture. Ripping the tyre off the rim he still attempts to ride it flat out. Coming over the final fade and the last jump on the rim he sure did show passion in his riding. Despite his effort to gain some ranks, he ended up in last place.
Across the line, Josh goes up on team mate Minaar and into the hot seat, but is it enough to hold off the likes Gwin and Bruni?
Flat out off the fade away and into the last corner, Josh was looking on it, getting quicker and quicker.
Whipping his way down the track, Josh was just having fun riding his bike, not letting the nay sayers get to him and see the park for what it was...a race to win!
Troy pinned into the finish arena, he managed to pull back some time from the top and slide in behind the current hot seat leader Minnaar. 3rd overall for Troy today, starting to prove himself to be quite the contender.
After Troy's win in Fort William, he came into this round strong and fighting, he wanted this bad! Dropping in he was back at the first few splits, he had to make up time in the bottom sector.
12th yesterday put Minnaar in a relaxed spot to come down the hill. A top final section brought back a lot of time on a mid place run, landing him a 2nd place right behind team mate Josh Bryceland. No time to stick around to enjoy the celebrations, he was off the podium and straight on a flight to London.
Lapierre Gravity Republic could have been in for a great race this weekend but the pieces just didn't quite fall together for them. Ragot off in 4th, Blenki comes down in 16th, it was all down to Bruni to lay it down for the team.
The position Matt Simmonds has needed all year so far, a tidy 6th place here will give him an all important boost coming into the last 3 rounds. He chats about his week in Leogang. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/25-1_audio_01.mp3"]"
George Brannigan coming out of nowhere in the finals to land his second ever World Cup podium, 5th for him today.
Qualifying 10th yesterday, Danny knew he had to step it up a peg if he was to challenge the top and after his podium at Fort William he was hungry for it. A steady top section set him a little back off the pace but gaining some time in the bottom section he ends up in 7th on his number 7 plate. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/23_audio.mp3"]"
Stevie Smith's aim for these two recent World Cup round was to podium after his injury, but he goes home disappointed after only managing 11th. Still a solid performance, but not the win he had here last year.
Good turn out today with fans lacing pretty much the whole bottom half of the track. Top weekend away for these guys, DH, 4x and slopestyle.
Holding on to the leaders jersey for another round, Manon goes into Mont Saint Anne with a good lead, but with Rachel and Emmeline both having good races here previously it will be tight.
Big enough bottle of Champagne?
Manon Carpenter lifts the flowers high above her head, she is blown away to take the win here, making up for the disappointment of last round. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/18_audio1.mp3"]"
And she does it. Up a huge 2.6 seconds on Rachel, Manon takes her second World Cup win this season.
Up on both splits, Manon just needed to bring it home. Sending the final booter with style she powers toward the finish line.
It was down to series leader, Manon Carpenter, to come across the line. Huge disappointment in Fort William after a flat tyre she was keen for this race. Strong in practice and 1st in quali, she had to put down a run of a life.
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Rachel Atherton put down a strong top section but finding it demanding on track, she slowed up in the bottom and lost some valuable time. Coming across the line and into the hot seat, all she had to do was watch fellow country women come down.
Myriam Nicole setting her season in motion last weekend with 2nd place at Fort William. Crossing the line today she bags herself another podium and putting her in closer reach for the overall. She talks about her 3rd place run. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/12_audio.mp3"]"
Not Emmeline's kind of track, she found it difficult to get to grips with the bike park aspect of the track. This showed in her race run as she fell off her mark and only got 4th today, missing out on some much needed points. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/11_audio_01.mp3"]"
Ladies racing up next and with 5 names looking like they all had a chance, there was a few curve balls in the pack that had the potential to put down a result.
A bit of a stirring was made in the Junior racing today with this man, Amaury Pierron, a french national rider taking the top spot. Another round on the trot that has seen some interesting results in the young guns category.
Junior podium sees Amaury top step for the first time, with a blank space next to his name, this could see him picked up by a team for next year.
Favourite to win the Juniors today, Luca Shaw had not just the round on the line but the chance to snap back the leaders jersey. Not sealing first but a good result he goes home with 3rd place.
Taylor Vernon scored his first podium this season, landing an impressive 2nd place on this tough track. He chats about his run. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/7_audio.mp3"]"
Dropping in for his race run, Loris had some issues in the top section of the track, so much so that last man down Luca Shaw caught him up and over took him. Way back on time he came over in 28th.
A great start to his season with a podium in Cairns, it put Neil Stewart on the map. Over the last few rounds he has proved to be a good all round rider, on the DH bike and on the little bike too. But not his run today he put down an 18th, 8s off.
Racing soon was under way after a round of practice in the morning. Starting up with Juniors as always, it didn't take long for the racing to start boiling up!
The scores are on the doors and everyone knows what need to be done to get the job done.
A beautiful day here in Leogang, sun is shining, the track is bone dry and the racing is hot!
Good afternoon race fans and welcome to the stunning Austria hillside that is Leogang for the fourth round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. Jump on in to see all the action from finals.
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And we leave Leogang to the sun setting over this magical place ending one of the most exciting rounds this year. Join us next time when we are over in North America, for the 5th round in Mont Saint Anne!
Steve Peat, although he didn't score the result he wanted today, his team still made history today with Josh's win and Greg's 2nd. A long time coming for both of these guys, Steve Peat is over the moon for him.
The winning bike. Josh's 26inch Santa Cruz has done him and the team proud over the last few rounds.
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If you spent yesterday watching the race then you will be ready to relive it in photo format! Laurence Crossman-Emms has done a sterling job and pumped out a massive 45 shot gallery from finals day.
We all know that the big news was Josh Bryceland taking his first World Cup win but the Brits had a great weekend overall. Manon Carpenter took the Wome's race and maintains her leaders jersey and her Saracen Team also took the top spot in the team points to finish off a great weekend. Aaron Gwin lost his tyre during his race run but talks positively about future races and seems confident going into Mont Saint Anne after the season break we are going into now.
Laurence chatted to Loic Bruni about his run too, clearly disappointed Bruni knew he was on the pace all weekend winning qualifying but a slip going too tight on the last bend put him out of the running.
Troy Brosnan came in hot to the dry track in Leogang on the back of his win in Fort William but couldn't pull another win. What he did do was 3rd and that was enough to take the overall leaders jersey from team mate Aaron Gwin, it might have been a bit big for him but going into MSA his season bucket list must be fast getting ticked off.
Greg Minnaar also laid down a solid run that sees him coming back to form after being out of the points for much of this season so far. After winning Worlds here Minnaar knows how to go fast in Austria but losing out to Josh won't have hurt too bad, that and the fact a chopper was waiting to whisk him off to a fancy dinner in London!
It was a bloody great race in Leogang and going into a few weeks off riders will be refocussing and coming back in Mont Sainte Anne with renewed vigour. It will be a tough nut to crack from Brosnan but he should be flying high.
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