LEOGANG, Austria - Early in the week, Greg suffered a knee injury in practice that kept him off the hill for the remainder of the week. Ironically, Sam Hill also suffered a knee injury and Danny Hart a wrist injury, keeping these three top five riders out of the finals.
The overall title came down to a showdown between Gee Atherton and Stevie Smith with Smith smashing it for the win. Going into Leogang, Greg was looking to hold onto the third place points position with danger men Sam Hill and Danny Hart in close pursuit, with Sam Blenkinsop and Loic Bruni also able to strike. In the end, Loic Bruni had an incredible run placing 2nd and just 2 points behind Greg. Josh finished the series in 14th and Steve in 19th.
Greg says: “I was really disappointed to injure my knee and miss the last race. Luckily I came into the race third overall and stayed there. I joined my crew to root for my teammates and watching the race was really exciting. I’ll be getting my knee looked at soon to determine the next course of action, as it’s likely that surgery will be needed."
The season ends on a high note overall with Greg being the World Champion and 3rd overall in the World Cup, and Steve and Josh’s riding and results being the best so far this year.
Special thanks go to Lawrence van Lingen for his help taking care of Greg and his injury and looking after Steve and Josh. With Lawrence’s help Greg should be able to go into the 2014 season race ready and stronger than before.
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Photos: Kathy Sessler
Source: Santa Cruz Syndicate Press Release