Downhill World Cup: Ratboy finally tops first podium
Josh ‘Ratboy’ Bryceland won his first ever World Cup Downhill title in Leogang, Austria on Sunday while Manon Carpenter extended her overall lead with victory in the women’s event.
In another incredibly close contest Bryceland saw off competition from teammate Greg Minnaar, who finished second, and last week’s winner Troy Brosnan who crossed the line in third place by just 0.009 seconds.
British rider Bryceland knocked Minnaar off the hotseat with two riders left but Aaron Gwin’s mechanical and Loic Bruni’s crash meant no one could touch him.
Brosnan is now the overall leader after Aaron Gwin suffered a puncture and Gee Atherton finished outside the top ten after a disappointing ride.
But Sunday was all about Ratboy, one of the most likable riders on the tour, who finally reached the top step in a World Cup.
“I knew this would happen when the time was right,” he said. “I’ve been patient and kept at it and here it is.”
In the women's race Carpenter solidified her lead at the top of the overall standings after beating Rachel Atherton and Myriam Nicole to the top of the podium in Leogang.
There is now a summer break for the riders but the World Cup Downhill returns on Saturday 2nd August in Mont Sainte-Anne, Canada. In the meantime, check out the return of the City Downhill World Tour in Bratislava.
Click here for a our full race report and full live replay of the action from Leogang.
UCI BMX SuperX: Strombergs back with a bang
Double Olympic Champion Maris Strombergs celebrated his return to racing with victory at Round 3 of the UCI BMX SuperX World Cup in Berlin on Sunday.
The Latvian rider took the lead right out of the gate and never gave it up, beating Twan van Gendt to the line while Joris Daudet finished in third.
World Champion Liam Phillips failed to make it past the quarter-finals stage after crashing out but the Briton still sits at the top of the overall standings.
Daudet’s third place in Berlin moved him up to second in the race for the World Cup title while Australian Anthony Dean sits in third.
In the women’s race current World Champion and World Cup points leader Caroline Buchanan of Australia found some late power to steal victory from under the nose of Mariana Pajon with Manon Valentino rounding off the podium.
Click here to watch the men's final and here to watch the women's final.
The next round of the BMX SuperX World Cup takes place in Santiago Del Estero, Argentina on Saturday 6th and 7th of September.
Before that the World Championships get started in Rotterdam, Holland on Wednesday 23rd July.
FIM MX GP: Cairoli dominates at home race
Antonio Cairoli got back to his best in front of his home support with a perfect double victory at the Motocross Grand Prix of Italy in Maggiora on Sunday.
The Italian won both motos ahead of young Belgian Jeremy Van Horebeek, who claimed his ninth-straight podium of the season, while Kevin Strijbos finished third overall.
Cairoli’s main rival in the race for the World Championship, Clement Desalle, crashed hard in race 1 and had to settle for fourth overall.
The seven-time World Champion Cairoli is now 38 points clear at the top of the standings and dedicated the win at his home GP to his late father.
“I’ve wanted to win this race so much and to have so many fans here pushing me all the way, I am happy to do it today,” he said.
“I liked the track, it fitted me better than last year and I just want to dedicate this race to my father, Benedetto Cairoli.”
Meanwhile in the MX2 Championship, Jeffrey Herlings powered to his 40th Grand Prix win with another double victory which sent him 55 points clear at the top of the overall classification.
Click here to watch highlights from both races of the Grand Prix of Italy in the MX1 and MX2 classifications.
The next Grand Prix takes place in Uddevalla, Sweden on Saturday 5th July.