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Going into the final round of the World Cup in Leogang, Austria, all eyes were on Steve Smith (Devinci Global Racing) who was on a roll with his victories at the Mt. Saint Anne and Hafjell World Cup rounds.

Never off the podium this year, Smith was a mere 17 points behind the overall leader Gee Atherton. With 250 points at stake in the final round, Steve Smith knew there was only one way to succeed in grasping the overall World Cup title: win the day. He went on to dominate both the qualifications and finals, securing an iconic World Cup championship title that will have a place in mountain bike racing's history forever.

    
             
 

 

            
Smith and Bruni on the podium


 

Riding his Charger damper equipped BlackBox BoXXer, Smith demonstrated not only his speed and talent, but also proved himself as a truly consistent and clear-headed racer, capable of handling the tremendous pressure of a down to the wire season's finale.

 

                   
 

 

 
Bruni, 2nd in Leogang

 

Adding emotions to an already heart stopping afternoon of racing Loic Bruni (Lapierre Gravity Republic) finished a career best 2nd place finish. In just his first season out of the Junior ranks Bruni jumped to a very impressive 4th in the final overall World Cup ranking. His teammate Sam Blenkinsop rounds up the final overall podium in 5th.

 

                   
 

 

 
Ragot on her way to win in Leogang

 

In the Women's field, Emmeline Ragot (Lapierre Gravity Republic) claimed her second win for the 2013 season. The two time World Champion is an established force on the circuit and a constant podium threat finishing an impressive 2nd place in the final overall ranking for 2013.

 

          
 

 

            

Loris Vergier wins the World Cup Downhill overall for the Junior Men


 

In the Junior's field Loris Vergier (Lapierre Gravity Republic) crowned his first year racing World Cups by taking the overall junior's title, finishing off his great season with an amazing 2nd place in Leogang.

 

          
 

DH World Cup Finals - Leogang, Austria

            
Smith's winning bike


 

 

 

Men Elite
1. Steve Smith (Devinci Global Racing) - SRAM X0 DH, RockShox BlackBox BoXXer and Vivid, Avid BlackBox brakes, TRUVATIV BlackBox bars
2. Loic Bruni (Lapierre Gravity Republic) - SRAM X0 DH, RockShox BoXXer and Vivid, Avid BlackBox brakes

 

          
 

 

            

Women Elite 1. Emmeline Ragot (Lapierre Gravity Republic) - SRAM X0 DH, RockShox Boxxer and Vivid Air, Avid BlackBox brakes  Junior Men 2. Loris Vergier (Lapierre Gravity Republic) - SRAM X0 DH, RockShox Boxxer and Vivid, Avid Code brakes


 

Women Elite
1. Emmeline Ragot (Lapierre Gravity Republic) - SRAM X0 DH, RockShox BoXXer and Vivid Air, Avid BlackBox brakes

 

Junior Men
2. Loris Vergier (Lapierre Gravity Republic) - SRAM X0 DH, RockShox BoXXer and Vivid, Avid Code brakes

 

       
 

 

 

Photos: Sven Martin