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The Volvo/Cannondale mountain bike racing team rolled into Leysin, Switzerland last week, and rolled out of town with three strong podium finishes.

In Saturday's downhill event, Katja Repo of Finland and Mickael Pascal of France took surprisingly strong wins in erratic weather. Anne-Caroline Chausson of Volvo/Cannondale finished second, 6.3 seconds behind Repo. Undefeated in prior World Cup Downhill racing this year, Chausson was hoping for a perfect season. Instead, she'll now focus on winning another overall series title, which she is poised to do since second-ranked Missy Giove finished 6th in Leysin and is now 365 points back in World Cup standings.

In the men's downhill, Volvo/Cannondale's Cedric Gracia was in the leader's "hot seat" after posting a time of 4:51:33, with four racers still to come. Mickael Pascal of France and Greg Minnaar of Russia bested Cedric's time to take first and second, respectively, leaving the Volvo/Cannondale with a very strong third-place finish. Gracia is currently ranked 6th overall in World Cup Series racing after six rounds.

In cross-country racing on Sunday, Christoph Sauser of Volvo/Cannondale put in a strong, aggressive ride over all five laps of the steep 6.3km course. Christoph's performance netted him second-place on the day behind an untouchable Miguel Martinez of France. Christoph's Volvo/Cannondale teammates Cadel Evans and Kashi Leuchs were also in the mix. Cadel, however, crashed hard on a descent, and with his rhythm broken, could do no better than 15th. Leuchs was riding in third-place before bonking late in the race and losing 11 places in the final lap to finish 14th.

[SOURCE: Cannondale]
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