Nicole, Pugin give French one-two finish

Atherton third as Moseley seals World Cup overall

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) TeamResult
1Myriam Nicole (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal0:03:52.200 
2Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 110:00:00.809 
3Rachel Atherton (GBr) Commencal0:00:02.174 
4Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Team GR0:00:10.624 
5Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing0:00:10.994 
6Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott 110:00:15.253 
7Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain0:00:18.905 
8Manon Carpenter° (GBr) Madison Saracen0:00:19.009 
9Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria0:00:19.656 
10Jill Kintner (USA)0:00:25.641 
11Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)0:00:32.154 
12Jessica Stone (GBr)0:00:32.414 
13Caroline Sax (Fra) Double Dragon El Gallo0:00:34.058 
14Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie0:00:34.136 
15Mio Suemasa (Jpn)0:00:37.242 
16Alia Marcellini (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop0:00:38.531 
17Lea Fourton° (Fra) Double Dragon El Gallo0:00:39.410 
18Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Team GR0:00:43.370 
19Agnes Delest° (Fra)0:00:46.669 
DNSMorgane Charre (Fra) Passion Velo Thiers Stemtee  
DNSAnita Ager-Wick (Nor)  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Trek World Racing81 pts
3Giant Factory Off-Road Team57 
4Scott 1155 
5Lapierre International48 
6Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof47 
7Santa Cruz Syndicate46 
8Riding Addiction Commencal40 
9MS Evil Racing36 
10Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz31 
11Team GR29 
12Team Cingolani Trek21 
13Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain18 
14Mondraker Factory Team18 
15Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team17 
16Madison Saracen16 
17Alpine Commencal Austria14 
18Double Dragon El Gallo12 
19Morewood Unitedride11 
20Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie7 
21Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Massif Des Vosges7 
22Torpado Surfing Shop5 
24Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team3 
Elite women downhill final World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing1465 pts
2Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 111390 
3Rachel Atherton (GBr) Commencal1115 
4Myriam Nicole (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal929 
5Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain889 
6Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Team GR705 
7Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott 11621 
8Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria552 
9Jill Kintner (USA)412 
10Manon Carpenter° (GBr) Madison Saracen387 
11Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Team GR367 
12Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie327 
13Micayla Gatto (Can)235 
14Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)224 
15Mio Suemasa (Jpn)211 
16Miriam Ruchti (Swi)210 
17Jessica Stone (GBr)185 
18Jacqueline Harmony (USA)165 
19Miranda Miller (Can)105 
20Morgane Charre (Fra) Passion Velo Thiers Stemtee85 
21Anita Ager-Wick (Nor)80 
22Zarja Cernilogar (Slo)45 
23Caroline Sax (Fra) Double Dragon El Gallo40 
24Agnes Delest° (Fra)40 
25Fanny Lombard (Fra)35 
26Joanne Muoser (Swi) SC - Intense30 
27Alia Marcellini (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop25 
28Rika Olivier (RSA)25 
29Lea Fourton° (Fra) Double Dragon El Gallo20 
30Joanna Petterson (USA)20 
31Darian Harvey (USA)20 
32Maria Michalogiannaki (Gre) Unior Tools Team20 
33Katy Curd (GBr)15 
34Gabriela Williams (Cze)15 
35Sandra Reynier° (Fra) CK Racing Santacruz15 
36Sarah Atkin° (NZl)15 
37Anne Laplante (Can)10 
38Emily Horridge (GBr)10 
39Emma Wareham (GBr)10 
40Lauren Daney° (USA)5 

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