World Cup lights up the valley of the sun

A selection of Sven Martin's best shots from the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Val di Sole.

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In control
Tanja Zakelj in action at the women's Elite XCO race at Val di Sole

In control

Slovenia's Tanja Zakelj won the women's cross-country race at Val di Sole. Zakelj caught and overtook Czech rider Katrina Nash on the final half lap to win by 20 seconds from Nash.

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Sprint finish
Nino Schuter in action at the men's Elite XCO race at Val di Sole on June 15

Sprint finish

Perennial rivals Nino Schurter and Julien Absalon were up at the front of the men's cross-country race for its whole duration and never more than a bike length away from each other. However, Schurter out sprinted Absalon to the line to take the win.

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A techinical challenge
DH Junior participant Phil Atwil n action at the men's DH competition at Val di Sole on June 16

A techinical challenge

Young Brit, Phil Atwill, backed up an impressive 5th at Fort William with a 2nd place at Val di Sole behind Australian, Dean Lucas, in the mens Juniors race.

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Rachel racks up another win
Rachel Atheron in action at the women's DH competition at Val di Sole on June 16

Rachel racks up another win

Rachel secured her second consecutive World Cup win with another dominant display aboard the new GT Fury. She was over five seconds faster than second placed Emmeline Ragot and already has a 210 point lead in the overall.

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Second fiddle
Emmeline Ragot in action at the women's DH competition at Val di Sole on June 16

Second fiddle

So far this season, all the ladies are playing second fiddle to the imperious form of Rachel Atherton. Emmeline Ragot, pictured here, had set the fastest time prior to Rachel's run and now sits in second place in the overall.

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Brook's off the pace
Brook Macdonald in action at the men's DH competition at Val di Sole on June 16

Brook's off the pace

This was one to forget for Brook Macdonald. He qualified in fourth place for the finals but had an error strewn race run and finished 24th in the end.

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Sam crashes
Sam Hill in action at the men's DH competition at Val di Sole on June 16

Sam crashes

Another case of what could have been for Sam Hill who will be forever linked with VdS after his World Champs near miss back in 2008. He crashed heavily on his finals run having looked good all weekend eventually rolling in to the finish 56th overall.

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More disappointment for Gwin
Aaron Gwin in action at the men's DH competition at Val di Sole on June 16

More disappointment for Gwin

Aaron Gwin improved on his Fort William showing with a sixth place here but considering it was a race he won last season by a monster eight seconds, there's still work to be done...

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Brosnan returns
Troy in action at the men's DH competition at Val di Sole on June 16

Brosnan returns

Fifth fastest and a podium spot here for Troy Brosnan. After missing the majority of last season with injury, has the young Specialized rider been criminally overlooked as a contender in 2013?

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Two in a row
Rachel and Gee Atherton at UCI Val di Sole on June 16, 2013

Two in a row

Two weeks, four victories between them, Gee and Rachel Atherton are flying in 2013. They're both riders who can carry a winning streak through a season too, the competition has been warned...

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