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MTB World Championships, Vail Colorado

After a season dominating the World Cup races Canada’s Roland Green put the finishing touch to his season with the biggest win of his career at the World Championships in Vail, Colorado. American Alison Dunlap also scored the biggest win of her career beating Canadian Alison Sydor.

Green escaped on the third lap with Dane (and 1999 World Champ) Michael Rasmussen from a group containing perennial silver medallist Thomas Frischknecht and Christophe Sausser, both of Switzerland.

With Rasmussen climbing well Green attacked on a downhill and although he got around a 30 second lead he never completely lost the Dane until the latter punctured. Behind, the Swiss duo dropped, amongst others, Australian Cadel Evans, and fought it out over the last lap with Frischnechkt just getting the edge.

Dunlap entered the last lap in third, 54 seconds down on leader Gunn-Rita Dahle of Sweden. Her awesome attack saw her pass Sydor and then Dahle who was standing off her bike with a ripped tyre and nothing to mend it with. Despite a fight back from Sydor Dunlap held on to win by 12 seconds. Sabine Spitz of Germany came through for third.

Anne Caroline Chausson took gold in both the downhill and duel with GB’s Fionn Griffiths taking silver in the downhill to match Steve Peat’s result in the mens’.

XC Women

1. Alison Dunlap, United States, 1:51:28

2. Alison Sydor, Canada, at 0:12

3. Sabine Spitz, Germany, at :50

4. Barbara Blatter, Switzerland, at 1:24

5. Laurence Leboucher, France, at 1:35

6. Caroline Alexander, Great Britain, at 1:50

7. Mary Grigson, Australia, at 2:44

8. Ruthie Matthes, United States, at 3:01

9. Shonny Vanlandingham, United States, at 3:12

10. Kiara Bisaro, Canada, at 3:23

XC Men

1. Roland Green, Canada, 1:58:52.00

2. Thomas Frischknecht, Switzerland, at 00.44

3. Christof Sauser, Switzerland, at 00.50

4. Cadel Evans, Australia at 1:01.00

5. Ludovic Dubau, France at 1:16.00

6. Bart Brentjens, Netherlands at 1:27.00

7. Cédric Ravanel, France at 1:28.00

8. Filip Meirhaeghe, Belgium at 2:12.00

9. Martino Fruet, Italy at 2:27.00

10. José Antonio Hermida, Spain at 2:48.00

Downhill men

1. VOUILLOZ Nicolas, France, 03:35.2

2. PEAT Steve, Great Britain, at 2.35

3. MINNAAR Greg, South Africa at 2.64

4. KOVARIC Chris, Australia at 4.54

5. POLC Filip, Slovakia at 8.46

6. PASCAL Mickael, France at 9.73

7. ROCKWELL Myles, USA at 11.32

8. RENNIE Nathan, Australia at 11.35

9. RONNING Michael, Australia at 11.69

10. GRACIA Cédric, France at 12.41

Downhill women

1. CHAUSSON Anne Caroline, France, 04:10.4

2. GRIFFITHS Fionn, Great Britain at 4.28

3. DONOVAN Leigh, United States at 4.71

4. JONNIER Sabrina, France at 9.35

5. QUIN Vanessa, New Zealand at 11.05

6. REPO Katja, Finland at 11.51

7. STIEGER Sarah SUI Switzerland at 11.83

8. SANER Marielle SUI Switzerland at 12.09

9. MOSELEY Tracey GBR Great Britain at 12.74

10. STREB Marla, United States at 13.19

Dual Men
1. LOPES Brian, USA

2. GRACIA Cédric, France
Semi Final
3. BOOTES Wade, Australia

4. AMOUR Karim, France

Dual Women

1. CHAUSSON Anne Caroline, France

2. MILLER Katrina, Australia

Semi Final



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