iXS European Downhill Cup 2010: Julien Camellini Dominates In Pila, Italy
One of the most beautiful races of the European series was staged last weekend in Pila. The cup’s penultimate race attracted 320 riders from 15 countries.
Not all of the athletes present were competing at the 2010 iXS European Downhill Cup. Some, like Nicolas Vouilloz and Corrado Herin, added excitement to the event simply by riding the course out-of-competition and setting first indicative times.
A couple of riders already had shown their ambitions for a podium finish in the seeding run: The reigning Italian champion Lorenzo Suding put five seconds between himself and the competition, securing himself the right to start last on Sunday.
Other big names on the list included New Zealand’s champion Wyn Masters, twelvefold German national champion Marcus Klausmann or Shaun O’Connor, second-place finisher at the Australian national championships.
For the race’s final heat however, the course got even trickier as the grippy surface had turned into fine dust after Friday’s rainfalls, getting extremely slippery.
When the seeding run’s ten fastest riders went on course, a true thriller developed as O’Connor finished with a new fastest time only to be bested by the winner of the series’ previous race in Špičák, Marcel Beer.
Next up was Marco Milivinti who placed himself right between these two before Julien Camellini put himself on the leader board with a new fastest time.
Julien Camellini won the penultimate race of the iXS European Downhill Cup with a time of 4:09 minutes and two seconds advantage on Beer and Milivinti. The overall standings are still being led by Thomas Braithwaite.
In the women’s race, overall leader Miriam Ruchti did not waste an opportunity, winning both the seeding run and the race.
As a conclusion, the return of Pila, Italy after 2005’s world cup race was long overdue.
The final race of the 2010 iXS European Downhill Cup is scheduled to be held on 11th-12th September in Châtel, France.
New Zealand’s Levi Sherwood recharged London’s iconic Battersea Power Station on Saturday as he won the fifth stop of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2010 in the British capital.
The first race in the history of the iXS downhill series in Eastern Europe was being held in the Czech Republic. Špičák, which is situated in the "Böhmerwald" national forest, presented a perfect event on a high organizational level.