Jonnier wins women's downhill

Ragot and Pugin complete podium

The first half of the 2010 season for the Mountain Bike World Cup concluded on Sunday at the new venue of Leogang, Austria, with the third round for downhill. Riders had to deal with cold temperatures, rain and mud, which had chewed the course up significantly, and left big holes and ruts full of water.

The two leading riders in the downhill series extended their leads, as the series hits the halfway mark. Sabrina Jonnier (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) took her second win of the year, and extended her lead after another favorite, Rachel Atherton (Commencal), crashed.

Atherton won the qualifying run of the women, six-tenths of a second ahead of World Champion Emmeline Ragot (Suspension Center). Jonnier finished a distant fourth, seven and a half seconds behind Atherton. However, in the final, Jonnier stepped her game up, with a time nearly half a second faster than Atherton's qualifying time.

Atherton was the last rider to race, and the only one who could possibly beat the French rider. At the first time check, the British rider was three seconds up, but the 2008 World Cup champion crashed further down the course and did not finish. Ragot took second and Tracy Moseley (Trek World Team) third. Jonnier now holds a significant 140 point lead over Floriane Pugin (Scott 11), with Atherton third, 190 points behind.

"It is a really hard course, as hard as Maribor, maybe harder," said Jonnier. "It is just not the conditions I like at all. I like dry, sunny tracks, not this .... wet, muddy and yucky. The hardest part for me was the big drops, you can't go too fast or you end up missing the turn, and too slow you go over the bars. I tried to be fast enough and safe at the same time, just stay on my bike. It was good enough to take the win."

1Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain0:04:52.70 
2Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center0:00:03.54 
3Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 110:00:05.35 
4Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing0:00:09.69 
5Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal Superiders0:00:12.78 
6Céline Gros (Fra) Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie0:00:18.21 
7Claire Buchar (Can) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense0:00:20.02 
8Manon Carpenter (GBr)0:00:20.50 
9Petra Bernhard (Aut) RC Alpine Commencal Austria0:00:20.92 
10Micayla Gatto (Can) Commencal Marzocchi Young Guns0:00:35.99 
11Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team0:00:40.02 
12Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)0:00:43.81 
13Joanna Petterson (RSA)0:00:44.56 
14Melissa Buhl (USA) KHS0:00:51.79 
15Katy Curd (GBr)0:00:58.24 
16Mio Suemasa (Jpn) FFC0:00:59.26 
17Miriam Ruchti (Swi) Dr-Gravity Union0:01:01.26 
18Aimee Dix (GBr)0:01:21.32 
19Sophie Borderes (Fra)0:01:57.82 
DNFRachel Atherton (GBr) Commencal  
Women's teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense80 pts
2Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain68 
3Santa Cruz Syndicate66 
4Trek World Racing60 
5MS Evil Racing52 
7Scott 1140 
8Suspension Center35 
9Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team32 
10Lapierre International30 
11Commencal Superiders28 
13Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz24 
14RC Alpine Commencal Austria22 
15Norco World Team20 
16Giant Factory Team18 
17Team Cingolani - Protone17 
18GT Bicycles16 
19Dr-Gravity Union14 
20Solid Aclass Factory Team11 
21Dirt Norco Race Team10 
22Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team6 
Women's World Cup standings after three rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain650 pts
2Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 11510 
3Rachel Atherton (GBr) Commencal460 
4Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing389 
5Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center385 
6Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal Superiders350 
7Claire Buchar (Can) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense282 
8Mio Suemasa (Jpn)261 
9Céline Gros (Fra) Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie252 
10Petra Bernhard (Aut) RC Alpine Commencal Austria240 
11Manon Carpenter° (GBr)187 
12Micayla Gatto (Can)115 
13Katy Curd (GBr)100 
14Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team95 
15Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)90 
16Melissa Buhl (USA)75 
17Jessica Stone (GBr)70 
18Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott 1165 
19Miriam Ruchti (Swi) Dr-Gravity Union60 
20Joanna Petterson (RSA)40 
21Aimee Dix (GBr)25 
22Anais Pajot (Fra) Team Sunn Montgenevre20 
23Fanny Lombard° (Fra)20 
24Sophie Borderes (Fra)15 
25Birgit Braumann (Aut)10 
26Morgane Charre (Fra)5 
Women's Team World Cup standings after three rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense224 pts
3Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain200 
4Scott 11190 
5Santa Cruz Syndicate171 
6Trek World Racing168 
7Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz93 
8MS Evil Racing93 
9Commencal Superiders90 
10Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team86 
11Suspension Center84 
12GT Bicycles77 
13Lapierre International75 
14RC Alpine Commencal Austria69 
16Giant Factory Team48 
17Dr-Gravity Union42 
19Norco World Team39 
21Mondraker Factory Team22 
22Team Sunn Montgenevre20 
23Team Cingolani - Protone17 
24Dirt Norco Race Team15 
25Solid Aclass Factory Team11 
26Blackmountain Morewood United9 
27Massi Team8 
28Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team6 

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