Movers and Shakers: ladies first

Stand-out results from the female athletes head a strong showing from the Red Bull team this week.
Rachel Atherton in downhill mountain biking action.
Rachel Atherton in downhill action © Yorick Carroux/Red Bull Content Pool
By Sam Bloomfield

The UK's Rachel Atherton continued her dominant downhill mountain biking season at the UCI World Cup in Vallnord, Andorra. Rachel kept up her 100% record so far by taking first place again to add to her victories in Fort William and Val di Sole. Her brother, Gee Atherton, placed second in the Men's downhill; the first time he has finished off the top of the podium in the World Cup so far this year.

Mariana Pajón performs at Red Bull Mariana's Playground in Medellin, Colombia on April 6th, 2013
Mariana Pajón in BMX time trial action © Federico Rios / Red Bull Content Pool

Across the other side of the world, in Auckland, New Zealand, Colombia's Mariana Pajón took the honours in the women's time trials at the UCI BMX World Championships. French rider Joris Daudet claimed the silver medal in the men's version of the event.

Martin Söderström in mid-air during a mountain bike slopestyle event
Martin Söderström wins the Slopestyle in Colorado © Ian Hylands/Red Bull Content Pool

The boys and their bikes were not going to be beaten though, with Martin Söderström taking first place in the MTB Slopestyle event at the Colorado Freeride Festival over in the USA.

Daniel Sandoval in competitive BMX action
Daniel Sandoval wins at the Vans 2013 US BMX Open © Rutger Pauw / Red Bull Content Pool

Also taking home the prizes and plaudits was Daniel Sandoval, who won the Vans 2013 US Open BMX Invitational at Huntington Beach in California.

Maria Clara Salgado Rufino and Carolina Salgado Solberg pose for a portait at Red Bull Spiked at Deefield Beach, Florida, USA on September 17, 2011.
The Salgado sisters took silver at Long Beach © Robert Snow/Red Bull Content Pool

Off the bikes and on to the beach now, where the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam was taking place; the first pro beach volleyball event to be held in the USA for over a decade. There was plenty to cheer about for local fans too, as the USA's Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal took gold in the men's competition.

The women's final was an all-Brazilian affair, with sisters Maria Clara Salgado and Carolina Salgado losing out to compatriots Taiana Lima and Talita Antunes.

Carissa Moore, winner of the Vans 2013 US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach, California
Carissa Moore wins the US Open of Surfing © Brian Bielmann/Red Bull Content Pool

Back at Huntington Beach, we saw Carissa Moore triumph in the women's section of the Vans 2013 US Open of Surfing. Kolohe Andino took second place in the men's event.

Jeffrey Herlings and Jordi Tixier in action at the German MX2 GP 2013
Jeffrey Herlings wins again in the MX2 GP © R Archer/KTM Images

To MotoX now, where the GP action moved to Germany. The weekend's action saw Tony Cairoli wrap up his ninth win of the season in the MX1. In MX2, the Red Bull KTM team's domination is even greater, where Jeffrey Herlings claimed a 13th successive victory and team-mate Jordi Tixier took second spot behind him.

James Stewart performs at the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Spring Creek MX in Millville, Minnesota, USA on 27 July, 2013.
James Stewart at the AMA Pro Motocross Champs © Garth Milan/Red Bull Content Pool

Over at the US Pro MX Championship at Spring Creek, Minnesota the weekend's race action saw James Stewart end the recent domination of Ryan Dungey as he claimed his first outdoor victory of the year. Dungey eventually had to settle for third place.

The 250 class saw French rider Marvin Musquin rewarded for his consistency as he claimed second place, behind the in-form Eli Tomac.

Carlos Sainz Jr races at GP3 Series 2013 at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary on July 26th, 2013
Carlos Sainz Jr in GP3 at the Hungaroring 2013 © Dutch Photo Agency/Red Bull Content Pool

At the Hungarian Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel claimed the third place on the podium, but there was also plenty for the Red Bull Junior Team to cheer in the GP3. Young Russian driver Daniil Kvyat placed third in the first race, while his team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr went one better in the second of the two races.

Craig Lowndes of Red Bull Racing Australia races through the field in race 1of the Townsville 400, event 07 of the 2013 Australian V8 Supercars Championship Series at the Townsville Street Circuit, Townsville, Queensland, July 06, 2013.
Craig Lowndes in the Red Bull V8 Supercar © VUE Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Finally, we're over in Australia where Red Bull Racing Australia's Jamie Whincup took the first of the three races at the Queensland Raceway, to extend his overall lead in the V8 Supercars Championship. Team-mate Craig Lowndes also put in a strong performance to keep himself in the race for the championship.

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