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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. <P>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. <P>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.<P>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.<P>[SOURCE: Cannondale]
 
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