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MTB World Cup Cross Country #4 & Downhill #4 2010

Date range:
July 23-25, 2010

July 24, Elite women downhill:

Ragot takes first World Cup win

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
July 24, 2010, 22:04 BST,
Updated:
July 26, 2010, 16:24 BST

Jonnier keeps overall lead

The race for the World Cup title in the women's Downhill got a little tighter on Saturday, at round four in Champéry, Switzerland. World champion Emmeline Ragot (Suspension Center) took the first World Cup victory of her career and jumped into third in the women's overall standings behind leader Sabrina Jonnier (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain).

The rain, which had turned the steep 1,500 metre course into a slippery mud slide during qualifying, finally backed off for race day, but the damage had been done and, in some ways, the drying conditions made things worse. As the thick mud began to dry, it clung to bikes and turned to the consistency of peanut butter, doubling the weight of bikes and slowing forward momentum to a crawl. For the lighter, less powerful women, it was the worst, with riders literally coming to a halt in some corners as they pushed on the ground with their feet to keep moving.

Floriane Pugin (Scott 11) set the first fast, sub-6 minute time. Canada's Claire Buchar (Chain Reaction/Intense) also went under six minutes, but was more than 16 seconds behind Pugin. The young French rider stayed in the hot seat until the final three riders came down, with Ragot racing third from last and knocking over eleven and a half seconds off the top time. Jonnier was next, and moved into second, still nearly five seconds behind Ragot, and the fastest qualifier, Myriam Nicole (Commencal Superiders) slotted into third.

"I was a real balance not to fall, [because] the mud was very sticky," said Ragot. "I kept saying 'go slow, go slow, go slow' ... but not too slow or you will fall over! The end [of the course] it was terrible... I had a rock caught between my frame and my tire. It made a terrible noise. But now I feel good. I have been waiting for a win."

Jonnier now has 850 points to Pugin's 645, with Ragot up to 615 points.

Full results

Elite women
1 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center 0:05:27.25  
2 Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 0:00:04.87  
3 Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal Superiders 0:00:09.72  
4 Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 11 0:00:11.65  
5 Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing 0:00:12.08  
6 Manon Carpenter (GBr) 0:00:18.11  
7 Claire Buchar (Can) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 0:00:27.87  
8 Petra Bernhard (Aut) RC Alpine Commencal Austria 0:00:38.87  
9 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team 0:00:39.72  
10 Céline Gros (Fra) Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute- 0:00:41.16  
11 Mio Suemasa (Jpn) FFC 0:00:51.71  
12 Martina Bruehlmann (Swi) 0:00:52.77  
13 Miriam Ruchti (Swi) Dr-Gravity Union 0:01:06.75  
14 Katy Curd (GBr) Rose Bikes 0:01:07.63  
15 Caroline Sax (Fra) 0:01:13.06  
16 Micayla Gatto (Can) Oakley/Commencal 0:01:15.88  
17 Jacqueline Harmony (USA) Vixen Racing 0:01:38.21  
18 Nicole Beege (Ger) 0:02:01.84  
19 Morgane Charre (Fra) 0:04:00.15  
DNF Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott 11    
Elite women's teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 85  pts
2 Scott 11 70  
3 Santa Cruz Syndicate 48  
4 Commencal 40  
5 Suspension Center 40  
6 Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 35  
7 Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 32  
8 Commencal Superiders 32  
9 Norco World Team 32  
10 Lapierre International 30  
11 Mondraker Factory Team 28  
12 Trek World Racing 28  
13 MS Evil Racing 26  
14 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 23  
15 RC Alpine Commencal Austria 23  
16 Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie 21  
17 GT Bicycles 19  
18 Dr-Gravity Union 18  
19 Solid Aclass Factory Team 17  
20 Kenda-Playbiker 15  
21 Giant Factory Team 9  
22 Team Lac Blanc Massif Des Vosges 8  
23 Blackmountain Morewood United 7  
24 XMS Racing Squad 4  
25 Team Cingolani - Protone 3  

World Cup Standings after four rounds

World Cup Individual Standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 850  pts
2 Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 11 645  
3 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center 615  
4 Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal Superiders 540  
5 Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing 519  
6 Rachel Atherton (GBr) Commencal 460  
7 Claire Buchar (Can) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 374  
8 Petra Bernhard (Aut) RC Alpine Commencal Austria 326  
9 Céline Gros (Fra) Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie 321  
10 Mio Suemasa (Jpn) 316  
11 Manon Carpenter° (GBr) 307  
12 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team 155  
13 Micayla Gatto (Can) 140  
14 Katy Curd (GBr) 135  
15 Miriam Ruchti (Swi) Dr-Gravity Union 100  
16 Harriet Rucknagel (Ger) 90  
17 Melissa Buhl (USA) 75  
18 Jessica Stone (GBr) 70  
19 Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott 11 65  
20 Martina Bruehlmann (Swi) 45  
21 Joanna Petterson (RSA) 40  
22 Caroline Sax (Fra) 30  
23 Aimee Dix (GBr) 25  
24 Jacqueline Harmony (USA) 20  
25 Anais Pajot (Fra) Team Sunn Montgenevre 20  
26 Fanny Lombard° (Fra) 20  
27 Nicole Beege (Ger) 15  
28 Morgane Charre (Fra) 15  
29 Sophie Borderes (Fra) 15  
30 Birgit Braumann (Aut) 10  
World Cup Team Standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 309  pts
2 Scott 11 260  
3 Commencal 240  
4 Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 235  
5 Santa Cruz Syndicate 219  
6 Trek World Racing 196  
7 Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 125  
8 Suspension Center 124  
9 Commencal Superiders 122  
10 MS Evil Racing 119  
11 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 109  
12 Lapierre International 105  
13 GT Bicycles 96  
14 RC Alpine Commencal Austria 92  
15 Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie 89  
16 Norco World Team 71  
17 Dr-Gravity Union 60  
18 Giant Factory Team 57  
19 Mondraker Factory Team 50  
20 Kenda-Playbiker 42  
21 Kona 41  
22 Solid Aclass Factory Team 28  
23 Team Cingolani - Protone 20  
24 Team Sunn Montgenevre 20  
25 Blackmountain Morewood United 16  
26 Dirt Norco Race Team 15  
27 Massi Team 8  
28 Team Lac Blanc Massif Des Vosges 8  
29 Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team 6  
30 XMS Racing Squad 4