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.
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.
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