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MTB World Cup Cross Country #5 & Downhill #5 2011

Date range:
July 8-10, 2011

July 10, Elite women downhill:

Atherton wins women's downhill

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
July 10, 2011, 21:00 BST,
Updated:
July 11, 2011, 15:56 BST

Pugin finishes second ahead of World Cup leader Moseley

Rachel Atherton (Commencal) snatched victory today with a strong performance at the fifth round of the women's downhill World Cup in Windham, New York. Atherton's winning time was 2:50:029. She recorded the fastest splits everywhere on the course and was delighted with victory. Atherton also won on the Windham track last year in the World Cup final.

"I love this track," said Atherton. "It's short, which suits me. It was really dry so I knew I had to go fast throughout. I'm stoked to be number one here today."

Floriane Pugin (Scott 11) claimed second, 1.348 seconds behind Atherton. Pugin was the fastest qualifier and was expected to dominate the day. However, although her split on the top of the course was the second fastest, it was almost four seconds slower than Atherton. World champion Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing), the World Cup leader, was third, 2.671 seconds back.

The top North American was Canadian national champion Micaylo Gatto in ninth, just ahead of US national champion Jill Kintner in 10th place. Gatto was one of the early leaders before a succession of riders began chipping away at the top time.

Sabrina Jonnier (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) was the first under three minutes, but then Myriam Nicole (Riding Addiction-Commencal) recorded the first sub-2:55 time. Moseley, third from last to start, knocked 1.4 seconds off of Nicole's time, but then Atherton smashed that time by 2.671 seconds. Pugin, starting last slipped in between Atherton and Moseley.

In the World Cup points standings Atherton gained enough points solidify her third place position at 820 points, and could still surpass Pugin with two races to go. Continuing as the points leader is Moseley with 1,080 points, followed by Pugin with with 980. The women's World Cup title is far from decided.

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Rachel Atherton (GBr) Commencal 0:02:50.029  
2 Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 11 0:00:01.348  
3 Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing 0:00:02.671  
4 Myriam Nicole (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal 0:00:04.058  
5 Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott 11 0:00:08.719  
6 Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 0:00:08.853  
7 Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 0:00:08.877  
8 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Team GR 0:00:10.344  
9 Micayla Gatto (Can) 0:00:10.377  
10 Jill Kintner (USA) 0:00:12.324  
11 Jessica Stone (GBr) 0:00:13.809  
12 Miranda Miller (Can) 0:00:13.930  
13 Miriam Ruchti (Swi) 0:00:14.376  
14 Manon Carpenter ° (GBr) Madison Saracen 0:00:14.841  
15 Jacqueline Harmony (USA) 0:00:15.166  
16 Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie 0:00:16.377  
17 Joanna Petterson (RSA) 0:00:17.253  
18 Katy Curd (GBr) 0:00:18.454  
19 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Team GR 0:00:25.589  
20 Lauren Daney ° (USA) 0:00:52.723  
21 Melissa Buhl (USA) 0:00:55.768  
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Trek World Racing 96  pts
2 Santa Cruz Syndicate 72  
3 Commencal 60  
4 Scott 11 57  
5 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 54  
6 MS Evil Racing 44  
7 Lapierre International 44  
8 Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 33  
9 Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 32  
10 Devinci Global Racing 30  
11 Riding Addiction Commencal 26  
12 Mondraker Factory Team 21  
13 Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 21  
14 Alpine Commencal Austria 20  
15 Team GR 18  
16 SC - Intense 16  
17 CG Racing Brigade 12  
18 Team Sunn Montgenevre 9  
19 Madison Saracen 7  
20 Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 7  
21 Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie 5  
22 Team Cingolani Trek 1  
Elite women World Cup standings after five rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing 1080  pts
2 Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 11 980  
3 Rachel Atherton (GBr) Commencal 820  
4 Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 625  
5 Myriam Nicole (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal 569  
6 Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott 11 475  
7 Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 437  
8 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Team GR 430  
9 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Team GR 297  
10 Jill Kintner (USA) 281  
11 Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie 270  
12 Manon Carpenter° (GBr) Madison Saracen 235  
13 Micayla Gatto (Can) 235  
14 Mio Suemasa (Jpn) 181  
15 Miriam Ruchti (Swi) 175  
16 Jacqueline Harmony (USA) 145  
17 Miranda Miller (Can) 105  
18 Jessica Stone (GBr) 90  
19 Morgane Charre (Fra) Passion Velo Thiers Stemtee 85  
20 Harriet Rucknagel (Ger) 80  
21 Anita Ager-Wick (Nor) 80  
22 Fanny Lombard (Fra) 35  
23 Joanne Muoser (Swi) SC - Intense 30  
24 Rika Olivier (RSA) 25  
25 Joanna Petterson (RSA) 20  
26 Darian Harvey (USA) 20  
27 Maria Michalogiannaki (Gre) Unior Tools Team 20  
28 Katy Curd (GBr) 15  
29 Gabriela Williams (Cze) 15  
30 Sandra Reynier° (Fra) CK Racing Santacruz 15  
31 Anne Laplante (Can) 10  
32 Emily Horridge (GBr) 10  
33 Lauren Daney° (USA) 5