Mosely extends World Cup lead

Atherton and Pugin second and third

For the fifth time in seven years, Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing) won the women's downhill World Cup at Fort William, Scotland. Rachel Atherton (Commencal) made it a one-two for the British, with France taking the rest of the top-five spots. Moseley's second consecutive win gives her a significant 170-point lead over second ranked Floriane Pugin (Scott 11) in the overall rankings.

American Jacqueline Harmony set the early fast time, but was soon surpassed by Morgane Charre (Passion Velo Thiers Stemtee), who was the first to go under six minutes in the final. German Harriet Rucknagel dropped the leading time marginally before Petra Bernhard (Alpine Commencal Austria) knocked a more significant seven seconds off to take the leading time down to 5:45.

However, the faster riders were still to start, and former world champion Emmeline Ragot (Team GR) soon knocked a further six seconds off the leading time. Sabrina Jonnier (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain), the only woman other than Moseley to have won at Fort William since 2005, took the lead down by another six and half seconds, despite having to restart her run when a rider ahead of her crashed on the course.

Myriam Nicole (Riding Addiction Commencal) shaved another 1.821 seconds off the lead, but the three fastest qualifiers were next on the track, and each of them was faster. Pugin, after a steady, unspectacular run, was ahead by three quarters of a second, but the two Brits were up next, and Moseley obliterated the leading time, finishing seven and a half seconds in front of Pugin. Significantly, Moseley gained time in the lower half of the course, where other riders were fading.

Last was Rachel Atherton, in her first World Cup after missing the first round to finish her recovery from a shoulder industry suffered last season. Atherton had qualified a bare two-tenths of a second ahead of Moseley in qualifying and, after posting the fastest split at the upper half of the course, she faded slightly in the bottom portion, to finish 1.721 seconds back.

"It's pretty amazing. To come here as world champion is pretty special, but to come here as world champion and manage to win, it's just awesome," said Moseley.

"The crowd is amazing, it makes it such a pleasure to ride and to push harder and harder. It means a lot to win here, to win five times here - I'm happy. I really pushed, I knew Rach [Atherton] was going to be tough; every time you race her, you know it's going to be hard to beat her. It's good to have another British girl to push me. Guaranteed, it meant the crowd was going to get a British win one way or another."


Elite Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing0:05:21.898 
2Rachel Atherton (GBr) Commencal0:00:01.721 
3Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 110:00:07.530 
4Myriam Nicole (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal0:00:08.251 
5Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain0:00:10.072 
6Jill Kintner (USA)0:00:15.010 
7Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Team GR0:00:16.698 
8Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen0:00:18.989 
9Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Team GR0:00:21.690 
10Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott 110:00:22.282 
11Mio Suemasa (Jpn)0:00:22.336 
12Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria0:00:23.337 
13Micayla Gatto (Can)0:00:27.015 
14Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)0:00:30.759 
15Morgane Charre (Fra) Passion Velo Thiers Stemtee0:00:32.814 
16Miriam Ruchti (Swi)0:00:39.730 
17Jacqueline Harmony (USA)0:00:40.874 
18Sandra Reynier (Fra) CK Racing Santacruz0:00:42.010 
19Emily Horridge (GBr)0:00:45.668 
20Miranda Miller (Can)0:02:15.615 
21Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie0:05:14.746 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Trek World Racing91 pts
2Santa Cruz Syndicate77 
4Scott 1155 
5Lapierre International50 
6MS Evil Racing48 
7Giant Factory Off-Road Team42 
8Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain36 
9Team GR32 
10Riding Addiction Commencal26 
11SC - Intense25 
12Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz23 
13Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof22 
14Devinci Global Racing21 
15Madison Saracen16 
16Team Cingolani Trek11 
17Alpine Commencal Austria9 
18Mondraker Factory Team8 
19Morewood Unitedride8 
20Passion Velo Thiers Stemtee6 
21CK Racing Santacruz3 
22CG Racing Brigade3 
Elite women downhill World Cup standings after two rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing490 pts
2Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 11320 
3Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain274 
4Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Team GR250 
5Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Team GR230 
6Rachel Atherton (GBr) Commencal210 
7Myriam Nicole (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal164 
8Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen160 
9Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott 11152 
10Mio Suemasa (Jpn)131 
11Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie115 
12Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria112 
13Jill Kintner (USA)111 
14Miriam Ruchti (Swi)75 
15Jacqueline Harmony (USA)65 
16Micayla Gatto (Can)50 
17Anita Ager-Wick (Nor)40 
18Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)35 
19Fanny Lombard (Fra)35 
20Morgane Charre (Fra) Passion Velo Thiers Stemtee30 
21Joanne Muoser (Swi) SC - Intense30 
22Rika Olivier (RSA)25 
23Sandra Reynier (Fra) CK Racing Santacruz15 
24Emily Horridge (GBr)10 
25Miranda Miller (Can)5 
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