Ragot takes first World Cup win

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
1Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center0:05:27.25 
2Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain0:00:04.87 
3Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal Superiders0:00:09.72 
4Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 110:00:11.65 
5Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing0:00:12.08 
6Manon Carpenter (GBr)0:00:18.11 
7Claire Buchar (Can) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense0:00:27.87 
8Petra Bernhard (Aut) RC Alpine Commencal Austria0:00:38.87 
9Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team0:00:39.72 
10Céline Gros (Fra) Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-0:00:41.16 
11Mio Suemasa (Jpn) FFC0:00:51.71 
12Martina Bruehlmann (Swi)0:00:52.77 
13Miriam Ruchti (Swi) Dr-Gravity Union0:01:06.75 
14Katy Curd (GBr) Rose Bikes0:01:07.63 
15Caroline Sax (Fra)0:01:13.06 
16Micayla Gatto (Can) Oakley/Commencal0:01:15.88 
17Jacqueline Harmony (USA) Vixen Racing0:01:38.21 
18Nicole Beege (Ger)0:02:01.84 
19Morgane Charre (Fra)0:04:00.15 
DNFEmilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott 11  
Elite women's teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense85 pts
2Scott 1170 
3Santa Cruz Syndicate48 
4Commencal40 
5Suspension Center40 
6Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain35 
7Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz32 
8Commencal Superiders32 
9Norco World Team32 
10Lapierre International30 
11Mondraker Factory Team28 
12Trek World Racing28 
13MS Evil Racing26 
14Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team23 
15RC Alpine Commencal Austria23 
16Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie21 
17GT Bicycles19 
18Dr-Gravity Union18 
19Solid Aclass Factory Team17 
20Kenda-Playbiker15 
21Giant Factory Team9 
22Team Lac Blanc Massif Des Vosges8 
23Blackmountain Morewood United7 
24XMS Racing Squad4 
25Team Cingolani - Protone3 

World Cup Standings after four rounds

World Cup Individual Standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain850 pts
2Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 11645 
3Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center615 
4Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal Superiders540 
5Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing519 
6Rachel Atherton (GBr) Commencal460 
7Claire Buchar (Can) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense374 
8Petra Bernhard (Aut) RC Alpine Commencal Austria326 
9Céline Gros (Fra) Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie321 
10Mio Suemasa (Jpn)316 
11Manon Carpenter° (GBr)307 
12Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team155 
13Micayla Gatto (Can)140 
14Katy Curd (GBr)135 
15Miriam Ruchti (Swi) Dr-Gravity Union100 
16Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)90 
17Melissa Buhl (USA)75 
18Jessica Stone (GBr)70 
19Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott 1165 
20Martina Bruehlmann (Swi)45 
21Joanna Petterson (RSA)40 
22Caroline Sax (Fra)30 
23Aimee Dix (GBr)25 
24Jacqueline Harmony (USA)20 
25Anais Pajot (Fra) Team Sunn Montgenevre20 
26Fanny Lombard° (Fra)20 
27Nicole Beege (Ger)15 
28Morgane Charre (Fra)15 
29Sophie Borderes (Fra)15 
30Birgit Braumann (Aut)10 
World Cup Team Standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense309 pts
2Scott 11260 
3Commencal240 
4Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain235 
5Santa Cruz Syndicate219 
6Trek World Racing196 
7Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz125 
8Suspension Center124 
9Commencal Superiders122 
10MS Evil Racing119 
11Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team109 
12Lapierre International105 
13GT Bicycles96 
14RC Alpine Commencal Austria92 
15Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie89 
16Norco World Team71 
17Dr-Gravity Union60 
18Giant Factory Team57 
19Mondraker Factory Team50 
20Kenda-Playbiker42 
21Kona41 
22Solid Aclass Factory Team28 
23Team Cingolani - Protone20 
24Team Sunn Montgenevre20 
25Blackmountain Morewood United16 
26Dirt Norco Race Team15 
27Massi Team8 
28Team Lac Blanc Massif Des Vosges8 
29Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team6 
30XMS Racing Squad4 
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