Carpenter wins Leogang World Cup

British rider tops World Cup standings

History repeated itself as France and Great Britain once again battled for glory in the elite women's downhill World Cup. After the qualifying, the top five spots were occupied by three Brits (Tahnee Seagrave, Rachel Atherton and Manon Carpenter) and two French athletes (Myriam Nicole and Emmeline Ragot). It was up to these five riders, to leave their mark in the grand finale.

Seagrave set the first benchmark by putting over four seconds into the rest of the field. But she didn't have time to make herself comfortable in the hot seat, because Myriam Nicole was already on track and crossed the line four seconds up.

Still missing a win in Bikepark Leogang, Atherton is not yet on the top of her game after a long-lasting illness. All her hard efforts in the middle part couldn't recover her time after a slow start. It may not have been a winning run, but she rode to the finish 1.3 seconds faster than Nicole.

At this point, all eyes were on last year's winner Ragot, who favours Leogang's downhill motorway and was tipped for the win. It was in the "Roots of Asitz" section, where she lost her flow and the much needed momentum to bag the win. Atherton, Ragot, Nicole lit up the leader board. Then Carpenter pedaled out of the start gate. Fastest in qualifying, she had the joker in her pocket. Battling hard to keep up with Atherton's time in the upper part of the track, Carpenter showed real strength.

As soon as she hit the "Hollywood Section" before the last jump, it was clear that she was on the road to victory. Her aggressive riding style earned her a real speed advantage and put her 2.699 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. No need to stress that the British downhill queen was more than excited about her win.

"I am so happy! The fast track in Leogang really suits me, although it was really windy in the upper part," said Carpenter. "The dry conditions and the amazing atmosphere on the track contributed to my victory. It was an awesome week, the win feels so good!"


Elite women downhill
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen Factory Team0:03:42.500 
2Rachel Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing0:00:02.699 
3Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction0:00:04.028 
4Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic0:00:04.310 
5Tahnee Seagrave (GBr) Fmd Racing0:00:07.936 
6Jill Kintner (USA)0:00:12.013 
7Tracey Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson UR0:00:13.569 
8Micayla Gatto (Can) Pivot Factory DH Team0:00:14.022 
9Morgane Charre (Fra) Evil Vengeance Tour0:00:15.615 
10Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Gstaad-Scott0:00:16.342 
11Fionn Griffiths (GBr)0:00:17.919 
12Jana Bartova (Cze)0:00:20.692 
13Mariana Salazar Palomo (ESa)0:00:25.860 
14Alia Marcellini (Ita) Lee Cougan Dirty Factory0:00:28.540 
15Marine ° Cabirou (Fra)0:00:28.880 
16Carina Cappellari (Swi)0:00:33.671 
17Zarja Cernilogar (Slo) Blackthorn GT0:00:35.093 
18Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)0:00:35.491 
19Tegan ° Molloy (Aus)0:00:42.071 
20Jaime Hill (Can)0:00:44.122 
21Viktoria ° Gimenez (Fra)0:00:44.288 
22Simona Jirkova (Cze)0:00:53.238 
23Casey Brown (Can) Bergamont Hayes World Team0:03:25.753 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Madison Saracen Factory Team82 pts
2Santa Cruz Syndicate75 
3Trek World Racing71 
4Commencal / Riding Addiction56 
5Giant Factory Off-Road Team56 
6GT Factory Racing55 
7Lapierre Gravity Republic45 
8Hutchinson Ur35 
9Devinci Global Racing34 
10Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof33 
11Specialized Racing DH32 
12Fmd Racing22 
13Kona Factory Team22 
15Evil Vengeance Tour20 
16Pivot Factory DH Team16 
17Unior Tools Team11 
18Lee Cougan Dirty Factory7 
19Ms Mondraker Team5 
20Blackthorn GT4 
Elite women downhill World Cup standings after four rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen Factory Team780 pts
2Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic690 
3Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction662 
4Rachel Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing660 
5Tracey Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson UR487 
6Jill Kintner (USA)455 
7Tahnee Seagrave (GBr) Fmd Racing364 
8Morgane Charre (Fra) Evil Vengeance Tour356 
9Fionn Griffiths (GBr)295 
10Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Gstaad-Scott278 
11Micayla Gatto (Can) Pivot Factory DH Team270 
12Casey Brown (Can) Bergamont Hayes World Team101 
13Tegan ° Molloy (Aus)90 
14Danielle Beecroft (Aus) Green To Gold Race Development85 
15Carina Cappellari (Swi)80 
16Veronique Sandler (NZl)80 
17Claire Buchar (Can)55 
18Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)55 
19Marine ° Cabirou (Fra)55 
20Sarah Atkin (NZl)50 
21Alia Marcellini (Ita) Lee Cougan Dirty Factory50 
22Jana Bartova (Cze)45 
23Mariana Salazar Palomo (ESa)40 
24Diana Marggraff (Ecu)40 
25Harriet Latchem (GBr)40 
26Steffi Marth (Ger)35 
27Zarja Cernilogar (Slo) Blackthorn GT20 
28Viktoria ° Gimenez (Fra)20 
29Gabriela Williams (Cze)20 
30Sarah Booth (Aus)10 
31Katy Curd (GBr) Great Britain10 
32Jaime Hill (Can)5 
33Hope ° Jensen (GBr)5 
34Ellie ° Wale (Aus)5 
Team World Cup standings after four rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Madison Saracen Factory Team279 pts
2GT Factory Racing266 
3Lapierre Gravity Republic248 
4Santa Cruz Syndicate226 
5Specialized Racing DH222 
6Commencal / Riding Addiction211 
7Hutchinson Ur175 
8Giant Factory Off-Road Team171 
9Trek World Racing169 
10Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof158 
12Evil Vengeance Tour77 
13Devinci Global Racing69 
14Fmd Racing65 
15Pivot Factory DH Team63 
16Bergamont Hayes World Team56 
17Ms Mondraker Team55 
18Kona Factory Team45 
19Unior Tools Team36 
20Rrp Ghost23 
21Green To Gold Race Development17 
22Lee Cougan Dirty Factory10 
23Banshee Bikes Factory Team9 
24Orange Dirt World Team, O'neal6 
25Blackthorn GT4 


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