Nicolas Vouilloz and Anne-Caroline Chausson racked up the wins in the next-to-last round of the downhill World Cup series, in Kaprun, Austria, on the weekend of August 12 and 13. In doing so, they both reportedly earned enough points to clinch their respective World Cup titles for the year.
MENS DOWHNILL RESULTS: 1. Nicolas Vouilloz 2. Steve Peat 3. David Vasquez 4. Bas DeBever
INJURIES PLAGUE AMERICAN DOWNHILLERS American racers have been plagued with injuries lately. Marla Streb and Myles Rockwell were both injured in crashes on the Crystal Mountain, Washington, course at the NORBA national and missed the Kaprun event. Elke Brutsaert raced in Kaprun but cut her leg severely during her race. Elkes seat reportedly broke off her bike when she landed off a big jump near the bottom of the course in her final run, lacerating her leg very deeply and badly on the exposed metal seat rails. She finished tenth in the event, bloody and in obvious pain, and was immediately rushed to a hospital for medical attention. Brutsaert, who is currently leading the NORBA national downhill series with three wins out of the four events held to date, will probably be able to race in the NORBA finals at Mammoth Mountain in September, but its unknown at this time if her riding will be affected.
LOPES AND CHAUSSON RULE KAPRUN DUAL Volvo-Cannondale’s Brian Lopes and Anne-Caroline Chausson each won their sixth World Cup Dual finals of the year in Kaprun, Austria, continuing their spectacular year in the event. Both had locked in the 2000 titles with their wins in Japan at the previous World Cup event. Chausson skipped the first Dual event of the year, but she’s won all six since then. The scariest news for Lopes is that Nicolas Vouilloz, the world’s pre-eminent downhiller, is rumored to be considering a run for the Dual title next year. He reportedly raced a dual-slalom event in France recently, presumably checking out his abilities for next year’s events, or maybe even for the World Cup finals later this year. In any event, here’s how the Dual results in Kaprun turned out:
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