In the circumstances it wasn’t surprising. Given his relatively good record at Leogang without a fully working bike, it seemed inevitable that Aaron Gwin having a clean run with no mechanicals meant he’d take his second win of the season.
Words: Mark Shilton Photos: Seb Schiek
He lengthened his lead in the overall but Troy Brosnan and Danny Hart kept the pressure on Gwin to keep him in check for the rest of the season with a 3rd and 4th place respectively. Loris Vergier filled the boots of his injured team mate Loic Bruni admirably, taking a career best 2nd place. So where did Gwin find the speed to deny the young Frenchman a maiden World Cup win?
The track roughly broke down into three main sections in terms of splits – the top two sectors were wooded, rooty and wet through practice, Sector 3 was the big motorway section that rewarded the more powerful riders, then back into the woods and a final sprint to the finish. Let’s break it down into those three and take a look.