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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

downhill results : Val di Sole, Italy


1 Gee Atherton (Great Britain) 3.12.12
2 Steve Peat (Great Britain) 0.02.62
3 Samuel Hill (Australia) 0.03.15
4 Greg Minnaar (South Africa) 0.05.22
5 Fabien Barel (France) 0.05.80
6 Justin Leov (New Zealand) 0.05.84
7 Mickael Pascal (France) 0.08.00
8 Julien Camellini (France) 0.09.19
9 Fabien Pedemanaud (France) 0.09.34
10 Ivan Oulego Moreno (Spain) 0.14.74

Gee Atherton brought home Great Britain's third gold medal of the day when he won the elite men's downhill World Championship. As the final rider down the mountain on a technical and steep, but completely dry 2.25 km course, all eyes were on him. On a day of many small mistakes and more than the usual number of crashes, Atherton rode a consistent race to victory. On his way to the win, he ousted compatriot Steve Peat from the hot seat.

"It's hard for me to say where was critical on the run – where I won. It was a track you had to be on the gas all the way down," said Atherton. "My run wasn't perfect, and I made mistakes, but obviously it was a track where you could afford to make a few. It paid to be consistent."

for complete report read cyclingnews

watch Gee's run here

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