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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

No need for my input here .. these lads have it all sorted - double sided placards to view more than one opinion determined by which rider was passing at the time. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie ... Oi, Oi, Oi.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

It was Greg Minnaar's show today ... throwing some style in early morning practice into the triple treat - the hottest spot on the hill for the cheering crowds. Greg Minnaar rubbed it in the Aussies faces by not only beating a charging Nathan Rennie but also reminding them about their record defeat to South Africa yesterday in the rugby! Mr Min won by over 4 seconds in a race that was being decided by hundredths. And took over the lead in the overall.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

After Tracy Moseley won in a skinsuit today, Rachel Atherton staged her own protest on the podium. The crowd, however, in true Aussie style noted that Rachel would look quite good in skinsuit.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Yes it was muddy today ... despite promises from locals that it hasnt rained here in months, it came down during the 4X and carried on all night last night, and then was on and off all day. Pretty much just as anything was about to happen the rain came down - just before men's qualifiers, just before women's finals, just before podium etc. It was wet cold and sticky out there.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Matti Lehikoinen is recovering after his crash the other day. Two broken radii - is that right if you break radius bones? and a possible scaphoid hairline fracture are going to put Matti out for another 2 months. That means in the 13 months the Finn will have been out injured for 7! Get well soon Matti.

And now I am out for well deserved 4X while my camera's dry out ... hopefully one of them comes back to life as it gave up the ghost just before men's finals. Yay.

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