Stop 3 of the 2018 UCI Downhill MTB World Cup took place at an upgraded Leogang course in Austria. The steep, technical and fast paced course tested the riders throughout the weekend making for one of the most exciting races of the season.
In the Men’s race it was Amaury Pierron, who after tasting victory for the first time last weekend in Fort William, that clocked the fastest time of 3:10.991 to take the victory once again and claim the series leaders jersey. Aaron Gwin, racing with a dislocated thumb, managed to put down a blistering run with his time of 3:11.499 to take 2nd place. Laurie Greenland posted a 3:12.146 to earn himself 3rd place. Luca Shaw again posted the fastest time in qualifying and was the last man down the mountain – he looked to be on form to take his first World Cup win but a crash mid-run took him out of the running.
In the Women’s race Rachel Atherton put it together with a time of 3:41.141 to take the win, her first since April 2017. Myriam Nicole was faster but mistakes near her end of her run cost her time and she finished in 2nd with a time of 3:41.779. Tracey Hannah crossed the line in a time of 3:45.118 to claim 3rd place. Tahnée Seagrave was on pace but was deemed to have left the track on one of the straights and was subsequently disqualified.
Watch the podium winning runs followed by the Elite Men’s and Women’s results…
1st Amaury Pierron – 3:10.991
2nd Aaron Gwin – 3:11.499
3rd Laurie Greenland – 3:12.146
4th Troy Brosnan – 3:12.305
5th Loris Vergier – 3:13.121
6th Dakotah Norton – 3:13.385
7th Connor Fearon – 3:14.015
8th Mike Jones – 3:14.380
9th Brook MacDonald – 3:14.481
10th Mark Wallace – 3:14.878
1st Rachel Atherton – 3:41.141
2nd Myriam Nicole – 3:41.779
3rd Tracey Hannah – 3:45.118
4th Monika Hrastnik – 3:49.597
5th Emilie Siegenthaler – 3:52.780
Photos by Bartek Wolinski / Red Bull Content Pool.