Pugin races to Leogang downhill victory

Atherton nips Moseley for second

Floriane Pugin (Scott 11) proved to be the fastest in the muddy conditions of Leogang, Austria, for the third round of the downhill World Cup. The young French rider won the first World Cup of her career, and stopped World Cup leader Tracy Moseley's (Trek World Racing) winning streak at two, as the British rider could only manage third. Rachel Atherton (Commencal) took second behind Pugin. Moseley still leads the World Cup standings with 660 points, followed by Pugin at 570 and Atherton - who missed the first round - at 410. 

After raining most of the night, conditions finally began to clear the morning of the downhill final, with breezy conditions drying out the open sections of the course. However, in the woods, among the rough, rooty sections, it was still slippery, with numerous riders sliding off course and into the protective padding.

Canadian national champion Micayla Gatto was the first to record a sub-five minute time, with a strong 4:50.707, but that was bound to be beat, since it was 25 seconds slower than Pugin's qualifying time. Gatto lasted for six riders, before Myriam Nicole (Riding Addiction-Commencal) knocked another 11.5 seconds off the lead.

Nicole's strong time stood up to challenges by Fionn Griffiths (Team GR), Sabrina Jonnier (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) and Emmeline Ragot (Team GR), who was disqualified after crashing and rejoining the race at a different spot on the course. American champion Jill Kintner (Transitions Racing) was on track for a very fast run, with the fastest first split of the day and top time through the speed trap, before crashing.

However, the final three riders all beat Nicole's time, with each bumping the previous rider out of the Hot Seat. Moseley, on a course that doesn't play to her strengths, was still seven full seconds faster than Nicole. Atherton, on the course where she injured her shoulder last year, shaved a tenth of a second off of Moseley's time, and then Pugin shattered the leading time by 2.583 seconds to capture her first World Cup victory. However, it is worth noting that Pugin's winning time was still five seconds slower than her qualifying mark.

"It is hard to take in," a breathless Pugin said after her run. "I'm so happy. It was so hard in the pedaling section because it [the ground] was getting so sticky and it was hard to carry speed through there, but I gave it my all. To win a World Cup was my main goal for this year, and now it is done!"

Moseley wasn't too disappointed to miss the three-peat: "I'm definitely happy with third. I was struggling in practice this morning, and nervous at the top before the final that I was going to throw it [the lead] away. I'm just happy to be so close to Rachel [Atherton], who is more suited to this course, and to Floriane, who has been riding awesome here all week." 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 110:04:29.400 
2Rachel Atherton (GBr) Commencal0:00:02.583 
3Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing0:00:02.692 
4Myriam Nicole (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal0:00:09.806 
5Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain0:00:10.735 
6Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria0:00:13.957 
7Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott 110:00:19.477 
8Micayla Gatto (Can)0:00:21.280 
9Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie0:00:23.254 
10Morgane Charre (Fra) Passion Velo Thiers Stemtee0:00:26.108 
11Mio Suemasa (Jpn)0:00:26.968 
12Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)0:00:27.225 
13Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Team GR0:00:29.198 
14Anita Ager-Wick (Nor)0:00:30.461 
15Miriam Ruchti (Swi)0:00:30.656 
16Miranda Miller (Can)0:00:33.589 
17Maria Michalogiannaki (Gre) Unior Tools Team0:00:59.363 
18Jill Kintner (USA)0:01:07.357 
DSQEmmeline Ragot (Fra)  
DSQMélanie Pugin (Fra)  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Trek World Racing93 pts
2Santa Cruz Syndicate71 
4Scott 1163 
5MS Evil Racing53 
6Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz44 
7Devinci Global Racing30 
8Lapierre International29 
9Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain28 
10Riding Addiction Commencal26 
11Giant Factory Off-Road Team26 
12CG Racing Brigade24 
13Alpine Commencal Austria20 
14Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie14 
15Morewood Unitedride14 
16Team Sunn Montgenevre13 
17Passion Velo Thiers Stemtee12 
World Cup standings after three rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing660 pts
2Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 11570 
3Rachel Atherton (GBr) Commencal410 
4Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain398 
5Myriam Nicole (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal289 
6Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Team GR282 
7Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Team GR270 
8Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott 11242 
9Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria223 
10Mio Suemasa (Jpn)181 
11Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie175 
12Manon Carpenter° (GBr) Madison Saracen160 
13Jill Kintner (USA)151 
14Micayla Gatto (Can)120 
15Miriam Ruchti (Swi)105 
16Morgane Charre (Fra) Passion Velo Thiers Stemtee85 
17Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)80 
18Anita Ager-Wick (Nor)80 
19Jacqueline Harmony (USA)65 
20Fanny Lombard (Fra)35 
21Joanne Muoser (Swi) SC - Intense30 
22Miranda Miller (Can)30 
23Rika Olivier (RSA)25 
24Maria Michalogiannaki (Gre) Unior Tools Team20 
25Sandra Reynier° (Fra) CK Racing Santacruz15 
26Emily Horridge (GBr)10 


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