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Devinci Global Racing closed the 2012 World Cup season with a bang, stacking the podium in the final round of the series.
Bang
Devinci Global Racing closed the 2012 World Cup season with a bang, stacking the podium in the final round of the series.
Nick Beer
Nick Beer’s run moved him into 2nd place behind Gee Atherton. Beer would eventually finish in 5th for his first podium visit of the season.
George Brannigan
Next up for DGR was George Brannigan, who decimated the fastest time by close to 2 seconds and scorched into the hotseat with two riders to go.
Steve Smith
“The win feels amazing. I’ve been waiting a long time to take one,” Smith said. “It was a great week in Norway, the track was off the hook, the bike was amazing, and the whole team killed it.”
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Stacking a WC podium is just crazy | HAFJELL, NORWAY— Devinci Global Racing closed the 2012 World Cup season with a bang, stacking the podium in the final round of the series. Stevie Smith led the charge, crushing all takers with his breakthrough career World Cup win—a first for a Canadian Elite Male since Andrew Shandro in the early 90s.

The final round in picturesque Hafjell saw the field return to the site of the 2010 European Championship, a track described by riders as a true World Cup course. Smith captured 1st place in the qualifier by a 5-second margin, team-mate George Brannigan rode to a career best qualifier in 3rd, while Nick Beer took 6th.

Saturday’s main event would be a battle from the start as several positions in the overall standings were up for grabs. The first podium worthy time was set by Cam Cole of New Zealand, where he occupied the hotseat until the final ten riders. Nick Beer’s run moved him into 2nd place behind Gee Atherton. Beer would eventually finish in 5th for his first podium visit of the season.

Next up for DGR was George Brannigan, who decimated the fastest time by close to 2 seconds and scorched into the hotseat with two riders to go. Smith entered Saturday’s final confident and ruled the Norwegian course. Pushing his Carbon Wilson to the limit, he shattered Brannigan’s time by close to half a second—earning his first World Cup win.

“The win feels amazing. I’ve been waiting a long time to take one,” Smith said. “It was a great week in Norway, the track was off the hook, the bike was amazing, and the whole team killed it.”

DGR team manager Gabe Fox added: “It was an amazing ride for everyone. This has been a long time coming for Stevie, and it’s an amazing feeling to watch it happen with his teammates on the podium with him.”

“To have three riders on the podium is ridiculous, I’m not sure if it’s ever been done before. Stevie backed up his great qualifier, George crushed it today, Nick returned to podium. I’m incredibly proud of everyone.”

Hafjell’s results moved DGR into the No.1 team of the day slot and 4th overall for the season. Smith cemented his position in 4th overall in World Cup standings, Brannigan rocketed from 15th to 10th overall, and Nick moved from 17th to 14th.

Devinci Global Racing is proudly supported by: Cycles Devinci, SRAM, RockShox, Avid, Truvativ, Easton Wheels, Schwalbe, E-Thirteen, ODI, Selle Italia, Fox Head Clothing and Mypackage.

Cycles Devinci is a Canadian bicycle manufacturer based in Chicoutimi, Canada. It has led the industry by way of manufacturing expertise and product development since its inception in 1987. Cycles Devinci continues to forge ahead with suspension guru Dave Weagle’s patented Split Pivot suspension platform. Combined with the company’s Axis Technologies, Devinci is set on a path for domination. For more details on Devinci and DGR, visit devinci.com
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