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MTB World Cup Cross Country #7, Downhill #7 & Four cross #5 2011

Date range:
August 19-21, 2011

August 21, Elite women downhill:

Nicole, Pugin give French one-two finish

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
August 21, 2011, 19:38 BST,
Updated:
August 22, 2011, 18:47 BST

Atherton third as Moseley seals World Cup overall

Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing)

Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing)

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The 2011 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup concluded on Sunday in Val di Sole, Italy, with the crowd favourite downhill. Myriam Nicole (Riding Addiction Commencal) took her first ever World Cup victory, while Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing) held off a tight challenge from Floriane Pugin (Scott 11) to win the overall women's title.

The hot, dry conditions had turned the track into dust bowl, full of huge ruts and bumpy rooted sections that made it difficult for anyone to find a clean line. German champion Harriet Rucknagel set the first fast time for the women, which lasted through three riders before US national champion Jill Kintner knocked six and half seconds off, to take the time down to 4:17.872 .

Petra Bernhard (Alpine Commencal Austria) immediately took another six seconds off the leading time, with junior World Cup leader Manon Carpenter (Madison Saracen) and Sabrina Jonnier (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) shaving fractions off of her time. Emilie Siegenthaler (Scott 11) dropped the time below 4:10, with a time of 4:07.484, but Emmeline Ragot (Team GR) went down another five seconds.

Moseley was playing it safe, knowing that she only needed a top-seven to win the title, and not wanting to crash, slotted in behind Ragot. Rachel Atherton (Commencal), went third from last and took the lead below four minutes with a time of 3:54.405, however, Nicole came through right after, 2.2 seconds faster, which proved to be the winning run. Pugin, the fastest qualifier, and second in the world Cup standings, rode last, but finished eight-tenths of a second behind Nicole for second.

"I don't believe it," Nicole said after her run, "maybe I will realize tonight. I didn't have a clean run, but I was all out on this track. I did not want to crash on the top, it was real hard and my hands hurt already. Near the finish I was [saying] 'come on', and I did it."

Moseley agreed that she was nervous before her run, "I wanted to race hard for the win, but when I hit the first [technical] section, I realized that I needed to play it safe and not take any chances. This has been an incredible season, a dream season, coming towards the end of my career."

Moseley won the overall title with 1465 points and four individual victories in seven races. Pugin finished with 1390 points, one win and four seconds, followed by Atherton with 115 points, Nicole with 929 points and Jonnier with 889 points.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Myriam Nicole (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal 0:03:52.200  
2 Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 11 0:00:00.809  
3 Rachel Atherton (GBr) Commencal 0:00:02.174  
4 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Team GR 0:00:10.624  
5 Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing 0:00:10.994  
6 Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott 11 0:00:15.253  
7 Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 0:00:18.905  
8 Manon Carpenter° (GBr) Madison Saracen 0:00:19.009  
9 Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 0:00:19.656  
10 Jill Kintner (USA) 0:00:25.641  
11 Harriet Rucknagel (Ger) 0:00:32.154  
12 Jessica Stone (GBr) 0:00:32.414  
13 Caroline Sax (Fra) Double Dragon El Gallo 0:00:34.058  
14 Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie 0:00:34.136  
15 Mio Suemasa (Jpn) 0:00:37.242  
16 Alia Marcellini (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop 0:00:38.531  
17 Lea Fourton° (Fra) Double Dragon El Gallo 0:00:39.410  
18 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Team GR 0:00:43.370  
19 Agnes Delest° (Fra) 0:00:46.669  
DNS Morgane Charre (Fra) Passion Velo Thiers Stemtee    
DNS Anita Ager-Wick (Nor)    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Trek World Racing 81  pts
2 Commencal 62  
3 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 57  
4 Scott 11 55  
5 Lapierre International 48  
6 Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 47  
7 Santa Cruz Syndicate 46  
8 Riding Addiction Commencal 40  
9 MS Evil Racing 36  
10 Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 31  
11 Team GR 29  
12 Team Cingolani Trek 21  
13 Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 18  
14 Mondraker Factory Team 18  
15 Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 17  
16 Madison Saracen 16  
17 Alpine Commencal Austria 14  
18 Double Dragon El Gallo 12  
19 Morewood Unitedride 11  
20 Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie 7  
21 Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Massif Des Vosges 7  
22 Torpado Surfing Shop 5  
23 Kona 4  
24 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 3  
Elite women downhill final World Cup standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing 1465  pts
2 Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 11 1390  
3 Rachel Atherton (GBr) Commencal 1115  
4 Myriam Nicole (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal 929  
5 Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 889  
6 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Team GR 705  
7 Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott 11 621  
8 Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 552  
9 Jill Kintner (USA) 412  
10 Manon Carpenter° (GBr) Madison Saracen 387  
11 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Team GR 367  
12 Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie 327  
13 Micayla Gatto (Can) 235  
14 Harriet Rucknagel (Ger) 224  
15 Mio Suemasa (Jpn) 211  
16 Miriam Ruchti (Swi) 210  
17 Jessica Stone (GBr) 185  
18 Jacqueline Harmony (USA) 165  
19 Miranda Miller (Can) 105  
20 Morgane Charre (Fra) Passion Velo Thiers Stemtee 85  
21 Anita Ager-Wick (Nor) 80  
22 Zarja Cernilogar (Slo) 45  
23 Caroline Sax (Fra) Double Dragon El Gallo 40  
24 Agnes Delest° (Fra) 40  
25 Fanny Lombard (Fra) 35  
26 Joanne Muoser (Swi) SC - Intense 30  
27 Alia Marcellini (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop 25  
28 Rika Olivier (RSA) 25  
29 Lea Fourton° (Fra) Double Dragon El Gallo 20  
30 Joanna Petterson (USA) 20  
31 Darian Harvey (USA) 20  
32 Maria Michalogiannaki (Gre) Unior Tools Team 20  
33 Katy Curd (GBr) 15  
34 Gabriela Williams (Cze) 15  
35 Sandra Reynier° (Fra) CK Racing Santacruz 15  
36 Sarah Atkin° (NZl) 15  
37 Anne Laplante (Can) 10  
38 Emily Horridge (GBr) 10  
39 Emma Wareham (GBr) 10  
40 Lauren Daney° (USA) 5