Results: UCI Hafjell DHI

Success for Rachel Atherton and Steve Smith in Hafjell after an eventful day.
The overall winners of the men's and women's DHI World Cup event in Hafjell
Atherton and Gwin on the podium © Sven Martin 2012
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After a rainy start the course at Hafjell cleared providing great conditions for the final leg of the UCI Downhill World Cup.

With tricky sections including a rocky area this year's track was no breeze but the riders rose to the challenge. Winner Rachel Atherton blasted through her previous records knocking seconds off her qualifying time to come in first and claim her first World Cup title.

She faced stiff competiton from Emmeline Ragot, though in this race there was no match for her, with Rachel remaining a clear favourite. Speaking on her success she said:

We are all happy, that the race is done you know. The track was so hard, like really challenging and really physical. You know how scared I´ve been all year it was really tiring all the way. It's an awesome track and I'm really happy.

In the mens race with Aaron Gwin out of action, Red Bull Athlete Steve Smith stormed to  victory with an epic run taking his first ever World Cup.

Yeah I'm so happy right now, I've never won a World Cup before and it's been a dream for mine. I had no idea when I was running, the wind, it's such a bad headwind like the track's running so fast I didn't feel I could go any faster because the headwind was so hard but everybody had the same and holy man I'm stoked.

Despite Steve' success here Gwin remained victorious overall in the men's standings and in the women's Rachel Atherton took a clean sweep with a 140 point lead on her closest rival Emmeline Ragot.

A full classification of results and times from the men's and women's UCI DHI World Cup at Hafjell can be found on our UCI DHI Hafjell event page.

Watch the whole of the DHI runs from the men's and women's competition as video on demand here.