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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Here in Schladming they've been going crazy building hotels, there's big cranes all over the place. So I got myself a ride in one for a view of the 4-Cross course. Just over 30 seconds long, smooth and not too tech, it suited the bmxers fairly well.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Dan Atherton getting loose on the first turn. As you'd expect when the course isn't too challenging, this is where most of the action went down.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Somebody must have put a curse on 4X, every race seems to be in the dark and raining. The rotten conditions kinda killed the atmosphere, but Romain Saladini was charging and ruled most of his races out of the gate.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Rafa Alvarez was racing with a dodgy wrist and went out in the quarter finals, but his run of good luck continued when his closest points challenger, Guido Tschugg went out in the next heat. Alvarez got the series win.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Anneke Beerten had the series win in her hand-bag after the last round in Canberra, but she wasn't going to let anyone take an easy win and battled through the rain to take second place.

Words and pictures:Victor Lucas

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