Victory gets Jonnier World Cup lead

Atherton slips to second with second at home

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.


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain0:05:11.6 
2Rachel Atherton (GBr) Commencal0:00:01.1 
3Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 110:00:04.9 
4Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing0:00:04.9 
5Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center0:00:09.1 
6Mio Suemasa (Jpn)0:00:12.7 
7Claire Buchar (Can) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense0:00:14.9 
8Manon Carpenter (GBr)0:00:19.2 
9Céline Gros (Fra) Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie0:00:19.7 
10Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal Superiders0:00:22.2 
11Micayla Gatto (Can)0:00:24.0 
12Petra Bernhard (Aut) RC Alpine Commencal Austria0:00:28.9 
13Melissa Buhl (USA)0:00:31.6 
14Jessica Stone (GBr)0:00:31.9 
15Katy Curd (GBr)0:00:32.2 
16Miriam Ruchti (Swi) Dr-Gravity Union0:00:34.0 
17Anais Pajot (Fra) Team Sunn Montgenevre0:00:40.8 
18Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)0:00:41.0 
19Aimee Dix (GBr)0:00:44.7 
20Sophie Borderes (Fra)0:01:23.4 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense80 pts
3Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain75 
4Trek World Racing63 
5Scott 1162 
6Santa Cruz Syndicate50 
7Gt Bicycles48 
8Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team30 
9Suspension Center28 
10Commencal Superiders28 
11Lapierre International26 
14Giant Factory Team19 
15Rc Alpine Commencal Austria19 
17Dr-Gravity Union15 
18Team Sunn Montgenevre14 
19Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz9 
20Ms Evil Racing6 
21Blackmountain Morewood United2 
World Cup standings - individual
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain425 pts
2Rachel Atherton (GBr) Commencal410 
3Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 11350 
4Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal Superiders240 
5Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing234 
6Mio Suemasa (Jpn)222 
7Claire Buchar (Can) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense186 
8Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center185 
9Petra Bernhard (Aut) RC Alpine Commencal Austria175 
10Céline Gros (Fra) Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie145 
11Manon Carpenter (GBr)117 
12Katy Curd (GBr)70 
13Jessica Stone (GBr)70 
14Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott 1165 
15Micayla Gatto (Can)50 
16Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team45 
17Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)45 
18Melissa Buhl (USA)40 
19Miriam Ruchti (Swi) Dr-Gravity Union40 
20Anais Pajot (Fra) Team Sunn Montgenevre20 
21Fanny Lombard (Fra)20 
22Aimee Dix (GBr)10 
23Birgit Braumann (Aut)10 
24Sophie Borderes (Fra)5 
25Morgane Charre (Fra)5 
World Cup standings - teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott 11150 pts
3Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense144 
4Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain132 
5Trek World Racing108 
6Santa Cruz Syndicate105 
7Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz69 
8Commencal Superiders62 
9Gt Bicycles61 
10Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team54 
11Suspension Center49 
12Rc Alpine Commencal Austria47 
13Lapierre International45 
15Ms Evil Racing41 
17Giant Factory Team30 
18Dr-Gravity Union28 
20Mondraker Factory Team22 
21Team Sunn Montgenevre20 
22Norco World Team19 
23Blackmountain Morewood United9 
24Massi Team8 
25Dirt Norco Race Team5 


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