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MTB World Cup Downhill #2 & Four Cross #3 2010

Date range:
June 4- 6, 2010

June 06, Elite women downhill:

Victory gets Jonnier World Cup lead

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
June 07, 2010, 10:51 BST,
Updated:
June 07, 2010, 21:56 BST

Atherton slips to second with second at home

Women's downhill overall World Cup leader Sabrina Jonnier (Maxxis - Rocky Mountain)

Women's downhill overall World Cup leader Sabrina Jonnier (Maxxis - Rocky Mountain)

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The second round of the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup in Fort William, Scotland, saw Sabrina Jonnier (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) repeat as the women's champion, and take the lead in the World Cup standings over Rachel Atherton (Commencal).

"It was a long run," said Jonnier. "I hit my pedal on the top section and lost all my speed, but I knew that I could make up the difference at the bottom, so I gave it everything there. All the people cheering were amazing, and it pushed me to go harder."

The women's race was expected to be a battle between Jonnier and round one winner Atherton. Atherton had qualified first, but Jonnier has a long history of winning in Fort William, including the world title in 2007.

Fort William is one of the favourite tracks for the riders, requiring both technical skills and endurance for runs that are over five minutes for the women. It also boasts some of the largest and most enthusiastic crowds of the series, with thousands lining the course. This year, the fast upper section was made more technical, and uncharacteristically dry conditions made for a loose, dusty track that had more than a few riders washing out.

Canada's Micayla Gatto (Commencal Marzocchi Young Guns) set the first sub-5:40 minute time, to take the lead and the hot seat, which she held until Celine Gros (Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute Savoie) knocked a further four seconds off. The Junior World Cup leader Manon Carpenter was the next to take the lead, but she barely had time to settle into the Hot Seat before Canadian national champion Claire Buchar (Chain Reaction) took the leading time below 5:30.

In quick succession Mio Suemasa (Funn Bike) and world champion Emmeline Ragot (Suspension Centre) each set faster times, but it was Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing), the 2008 Fort William champion, who set the first sub 5:20 time of 5:16:46, only to have Floriane Pugin (Scott 11) immediately overtake her by an infinitesimal two-hundredths of a second.

Jonnier was next, and completely crushed the leading time by nearly five seconds, after a powerful ride on the bottom half of the course. This is where Atherton lost the race, having the fastest second intermediate time by half a second, but losing over two seconds on the final section.

Jonnier overtook Rachel Atherton (Commencal) for the lead in the women's series by a slim 15 points.

Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 0:05:11.6  
2 Rachel Atherton (GBr) Commencal 0:00:01.1  
3 Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 11 0:00:04.9  
4 Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing 0:00:04.9  
5 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center 0:00:09.1  
6 Mio Suemasa (Jpn) 0:00:12.7  
7 Claire Buchar (Can) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 0:00:14.9  
8 Manon Carpenter (GBr) 0:00:19.2  
9 Céline Gros (Fra) Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie 0:00:19.7  
10 Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal Superiders 0:00:22.2  
11 Micayla Gatto (Can) 0:00:24.0  
12 Petra Bernhard (Aut) RC Alpine Commencal Austria 0:00:28.9  
13 Melissa Buhl (USA) 0:00:31.6  
14 Jessica Stone (GBr) 0:00:31.9  
15 Katy Curd (GBr) 0:00:32.2  
16 Miriam Ruchti (Swi) Dr-Gravity Union 0:00:34.0  
17 Anais Pajot (Fra) Team Sunn Montgenevre 0:00:40.8  
18 Harriet Rucknagel (Ger) 0:00:41.0  
19 Aimee Dix (GBr) 0:00:44.7  
20 Sophie Borderes (Fra) 0:01:23.4  
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 80  pts
2 Commencal 75  
3 Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 75  
4 Trek World Racing 63  
5 Scott 11 62  
6 Santa Cruz Syndicate 50  
7 Gt Bicycles 48  
8 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 30  
9 Suspension Center 28  
10 Commencal Superiders 28  
11 Lapierre International 26  
12 Kenda-Playbiker 23  
13 Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie 22  
14 Giant Factory Team 19  
15 Rc Alpine Commencal Austria 19  
16 Kona 18  
17 Dr-Gravity Union 15  
18 Team Sunn Montgenevre 14  
19 Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 9  
20 Ms Evil Racing 6  
21 Blackmountain Morewood United 2  
World Cup standings - individual
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 425  pts
2 Rachel Atherton (GBr) Commencal 410  
3 Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 11 350  
4 Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal Superiders 240  
5 Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing 234  
6 Mio Suemasa (Jpn) 222  
7 Claire Buchar (Can) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 186  
8 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center 185  
9 Petra Bernhard (Aut) RC Alpine Commencal Austria 175  
10 Céline Gros (Fra) Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie 145  
11 Manon Carpenter (GBr) 117  
12 Katy Curd (GBr) 70  
13 Jessica Stone (GBr) 70  
14 Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott 11 65  
15 Micayla Gatto (Can) 50  
16 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team 45  
17 Harriet Rucknagel (Ger) 45  
18 Melissa Buhl (USA) 40  
19 Miriam Ruchti (Swi) Dr-Gravity Union 40  
20 Anais Pajot (Fra) Team Sunn Montgenevre 20  
21 Fanny Lombard (Fra) 20  
22 Aimee Dix (GBr) 10  
23 Birgit Braumann (Aut) 10  
24 Sophie Borderes (Fra) 5  
25 Morgane Charre (Fra) 5  
World Cup standings - teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Scott 11 150  pts
2 Commencal 150  
3 Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 144  
4 Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 132  
5 Trek World Racing 108  
6 Santa Cruz Syndicate 105  
7 Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 69  
8 Commencal Superiders 62  
9 Gt Bicycles 61  
10 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 54  
11 Suspension Center 49  
12 Rc Alpine Commencal Austria 47  
13 Lapierre International 45  
14 Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie 42  
15 Ms Evil Racing 41  
16 Kona 41  
17 Giant Factory Team 30  
18 Dr-Gravity Union 28  
19 Kenda-Playbiker 23  
20 Mondraker Factory Team 22  
21 Team Sunn Montgenevre 20  
22 Norco World Team 19  
23 Blackmountain Morewood United 9  
24 Massi Team 8  
25 Dirt Norco Race Team 5