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Palmer seventh in world championships

Tribune and UCI Reports

He’s not the world’s best, but part-time professional mountain biker Shaun Palmer is one of top seven on the planet.

Palmer of Meeks Bay finished seventh in the UCI World Mountain Bike Championships elite downhill division Saturday in Are, Sweden.

Nicolas Vouilloz of France capped his highly successful season by winning his fourth straight world championship title. Vouilloz’s productive summer also included his second straight World Cup overall title.

Complicating the perilous five-minute ride from top to bottom was several days of rain before the race.

“I rode well at the finish, but it was so hard at the top. I was happy to stay on the bike,” said Vouilloz, who won the World Cup stop at Squaw Valley this summer.

Vouilloz’s winning time was 5 minutes, 3.49 seconds. Palmer, who earned his first World Cup triumph at Big Bear in July, navigated the rocky and slippery course in 5:16.55.

Palmer was second among Americans as Eric Carter surprisingly wound up on the podium by placing third, 7.88 seconds behind Vouilloz.

“I always ride with confidence in the dual, but I didn’t always ride that way in the downhill. I just ride more aggressive now, and feel like I have my head on straight,” Carter said.

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