Atherton marks World Cup return with a win

Jonnier, Pugin seal podium spots for France

Rachel Atherton (Commencal) proved that a year away from racing has not affected her downhill skills, as she became the first World Cup Downhill leader in the 2010 series, in Maribor, Slovenia, on Sunday.

The opening round of the downhill saw a slight easing overnight of the rain that had turned the four cross into a mud bath, which wasn't necessarily a positive thing, since it made the course sticky and slower. Atherton, returning to competition after sitting out last season due to a shoulder injury and subsequent surgeries, did not have a good start to the weekend after crashing in qualifying and having to ride with a broken finger from a race a week earlier.

Her early seed meant that she started fourth, but the 2008 World Champion blazed the course, the fastest at every split, beating second placed Sabrina Jonnier (Rocky Mountain-Maxxis) by 10 seconds and Floriane Pugin (Scott 11) by 13 seconds.

Myriam Nicole (Commencal Superiders), who had qualified first, was on a fast run until breaking her rear derailleur and having to coast the second half of the course; still managing an impressive fourth. Canada's lone entry, Claire Buchar (Chain Reaction) finished seventh, the best North American.

"It hasn't sunk in yet; I can't believe it," said Atherton after her run. "I never thought I'd win, this being my first World Cup race back, and my [broken] finger made it hard to hang on. I came here hoping for a top five, so maybe being relaxed and having fun is the way to have a good run."

Full Results
1Rachel Atherton (GBr) Commencal0:04:03.420 
2Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain0:00:09.730 
3Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 110:00:12.910 
4Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal Superiders0:00:15.500 
5Petra Bernhard (Aut) RC Alpine Commencal Austria0:00:18.970 
6Mio Suemasa (Jpn) FFC0:00:19.420 
7Claire Buchar (Can) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense0:00:20.590 
8Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing0:00:20.690 
9Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott 110:00:21.760 
10Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center0:00:23.570 
11Céline Gros (Fra) Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie0:00:28.390 
12Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team0:00:35.080 
13Katy Curd (GBr)0:00:35.440 
14Manon Carpenter (GBr)0:00:38.430 
15Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)0:00:39.250 
16Jessica Stone (GBr)0:00:46.670 
17Fanny Lombard (Fra)0:00:57.350 
18Miriam Ruchti (Swi) DR-Gravity Union0:01:01.830 
19Birgit Braumann (Aut)0:01:02.260 
20Morgane Charre (Fra)0:01:49.510 
 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott 1188 pts
2Commencal75 
3Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense64 
4Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz60 
5Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain57 
6Santa Cruz Syndicate55 
7Trek World Racing45 
8MS Evil Racing35 
9Commencal Superiders34 
10RC Alpine Commencal Austria28 
11Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team24 
12Kona23 
13Mondraker Factory Team22 
14Suspension Center21 
15Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie20 
16Lapierre International19 
17Norco World Team19 
18Dr-Gravity Union13 
19GT Bicycles13 
20Giant Factory Team11 
21Massi Team8 
22Blackmountain Morewood United7 
23Team Sunn Montgenevre6 
24Dirt Norco Race Team5 
World Cup Individual ranking after round 1
1Rachel Atherton (GBr) Commencal200pts
2Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain185 
3Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 11180 
4Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal Superiders175 
5Petra Bernhard (Aut) RC Alpine Commencal Austria130 
6Mio Suemasa (Jpn) FFC111 
7Claire Buchar (Can) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense92 
8Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing84 
9Céline Gros (Fra) Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie80 
10Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott 1165 
11Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center55 
12Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team45 
13Katy Curd (GBr)40 
14Manon Carpenter (GBr)35 
15Jessica Stone (GBr) Trek Gravity Girls35 
16Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)30 
17Fanny Lombard (Fra)20 
18Miriam Ruchti (Swi) DR-Gravity Union15 
19Birgit Braumann (Aut)10 
20Morgane Charre (Fra)5 
World Cup Team Ranking after round 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott 1188 pts
2Commencal75 
3Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense64 
4Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz60 
5Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain57 
6Santa Cruz Syndicate55 
7Trek World Racing45 
8MS Evil Racing35 
9Commencal Superiders34 
10RC Alpine Commencal Austria28 
11Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team24 
12Kona23 
13Mondraker Factory Team22 
14Suspension Center21 
15Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie20 
16Lapierre International19 
17Norco World Team19 
18Dr-Gravity Union13 
19GT Bicycles13 
20Giant Factory Team11 
21Massi Team8 
22Blackmountain Morewood United7 
23Team Sunn Montgenevre6 
24Dirt Norco Race Team5 

 

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