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MacDonald wins round 6 of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Val d'Isere, France

The dust may still be settling in Val d'isere but the smiles are well and truly fixed to the faces everyone in the MS Mondraker pits after another stand-out weekend for the team as they secured a 1st place in the elite men's and 2nd place in the elite women's DH competition.

Known for its steep slopes, large ski area and high party après ski, the resort of Val d'isere sits in the French Alps and played host to the 6th stop of this seasons UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. The resort has made regular appearances on the French National Circuit but 2012 sees it host its first ever UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. Val d'Isere did not disappoint riders as they were treated to a more 'old skool' track which picked it way down the very same slopes that played host the 1992 Winter Olympic DH ski track 20 years previously and with little tree coverage, and a steep trail riders were expecting the times to be tight as they flew down to a picturesque alpine backdrop.

In the women's race it was Emmeline Ragot who was looking to go one better than her 2nd place qualification finish by secure the win in front of her home crowed but after pulling out all of the stops she could not get past an inform Rachel Atherton who took the win by just 1.4 seconds over Emmeline. Sitting second in the overall World Cup series with one stop still to go on the World Cup circuit Ragot can still get her hands on the overall title and will once again come out strong at the final round.

In the men's race the team had qualified strongly in the changing condition with a 3rd, 7th and 22nd but it would be Kiwi ripper Brook MacDonald who, on board his Forward Geometry Mondraker Summum Pro Team came out of the block fighting and stormed the steep track to take his first World Cup win. Due to the changing conditions during qualifying many top riders had qualified down lower down the running order and had set the early pace but Brook kept a cool head and rode strongly down the ever degrading course to take the win.

The team also had another strong performance by Damien Spagnolo who put in the second fastest first split time just 0.7 seconds down but suffered a crash further down the course which put pay to a possible 1, 2 finish for the team.

This performance by the team means that they are now ranked second in the team standings providing the quality of the riders and their equipment as all riders were using Mondraker Summum Pro Team bikes with the revolutionary Forward Geometry.

With one rounds still left in this year's World Cup Series the riders will be looking to make it a clean sweep on the podium and secure their overall positions.

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