Moseley prevails, extends World Cup lead

Pugin and Jonnier podium for host nation

Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing) took her fourth win of the season to solidify her lead in the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup, at round six in La Bresse, France. Moseley now leads second place finisher, and second-ranked, Floriane Pugin (Scott 11) by 150 points going into the final round in two weeks' time. Sabrina Jonnier (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) continues her comeback, posting a season-high third on the course she won on in 2009.

After a dry run during qualifying a day earlier, the rain moved in and soaked the course all night and the morning of the final, changing lines and sending riders scrambling for spiked tires. While it was not raining during the women's race, there were still plenty of slippery sections and water-filled ruts to give riders problems.

Junior World Cup leader Manon Carpenter (Madison Saracen) set the first fast time, and held onto the lead until one of the favourites, Rachel Atherton (Commencal), smashed her time by nearly five and a half seconds, to finish in 2:46.385. Atherton had crashed in training and just rolled the start of the qualifier, so she rode much earlier than usual. Atherton's time was even more impressive given that she slipped on one of the singletrack sections low on the course and laid her bike down momentarily.

Atherton retained the lead until Jonnier, third in qualifying, posted the first sub-2:40 time. The French rider, cheered on by thousands of compatriots, was 1.1 seconds up at the first time split, 1.8 seconds ahead at the second, and then completely crushed the lower section to finish over 8.5 seconds ahead at the finish line.

Pugin, one of only two riders to beat Moseley this year (Atherton is the other), was expected to offer the greatest threat to Moseley, but she struggled with the pedaling section at the top of the course, nearly 3.5 seconds behind Jonnier. By the second split she had improved to only four-tenths of a second back, but was a minuscule one-hundredth of a second ahead of Jonnier at the finish; not the run she was looking for.

Moseley, on the other hand, stepped up her game for the final, and was fastest through every section of the course, despite hitting a big puddle near the top which temporarily blinded her. The world champion finished nearly five seconds ahead of her French rival to extend her lead in the overall competition to 150 points, with Atherton third, a further 235 points behind.

"It didn't feel that good at the start, that's probably the worst start I've ever had at a World Cup," said Moseley. "I took a line that absolutely drenched me, there wasn't a puddle there before today. I was soaked, through the helmet ...I could not see a thing. I had to grab a tear-off from my goggles.

"After that awful start I just tried to keep it going, I had lost so much speed that I felt like I was starting from zero again. It was a pretty tough track, and it had changed a lot from yesterday. I knew that I would have to give it everything to beat Floriane in a home race, and she is often a better mud rider than me. I just had to bury myself and go for it. I'm just glad that I managed to stay on, it's pretty amazing."

Full Results
1Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing0:02:32.829 
2Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 110:00:04.991 
3Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain0:00:05.001 
4Rachel Atherton (GBr) Commencal0:00:13.556 
5Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Team GR0:00:14.662 
6Myriam Nicole (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal0:00:17.736 
7Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)0:00:18.634 
8Manon Carpenter* (GBr) Madison Saracen0:00:19.007 
9Jill Kintner (USA)0:00:20.992 
10Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Team GR0:00:23.686 
11Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria0:00:24.863 
12Zarja Cernilogar (Slo)0:00:25.926 
13Jessica Stone (GBr)0:00:27.600 
14Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott 110:00:29.888 
15Agnes Delest* (Fra)0:00:29.962 
16Miriam Ruchti (Swi)0:00:32.592 
17Jacqueline Harmony (USA)0:00:34.454 
18Sarah Atkin* (NZl)0:00:35.751 
19Emma Wareham (GBr)0:00:46.691 
20Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie0:02:53.819 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Trek World Racing94 pts
2Commencal61 
3Mondraker Factory Team53 
4Scott 1142 
5Santa Cruz Syndicate40 
6Team GR34 
7Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof33 
8Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain30 
9Lapierre International28 
10MS Evil Racing28 
11Devinci Global Racing24 
12Riding Addiction Commencal20 
13Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz20 
14Giant Factory Off-Road Team18 
15Morewood Unitedride17 
16Madison Saracen16 
17Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team15 
18Unior Tools Team13 
19Team Sunn Montgenevre11 
20Alpine Commencal Austria10 
21Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Massif Des Vosges9 
22Dirt Norco Race Team5 
23Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team2 
24Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie1 
UCI World Cup Downhill standings after round 6
1Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing1330pts
2Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 111180 
3Rachel Atherton (GBr) Commencal945 
4Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain795 
5Myriam Nicole (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal689 
6Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Team GR560 
7Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott 11510 
8Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria492 
9Jill Kintner (USA)357 
10Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Team GR352 
11Manon Carpenter* (GBr) Madison Saracen305 
12Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie287 
13Micayla Gatto (Can)235 
14Miriam Ruchti (Swi)210 
15Mio Suemasa (Jpn)181 
16Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)174 
17Jacqueline Harmony (USA)165 
18Jessica Stone (GBr)130 
19Miranda Miller (Can)105 
20Morgane Charre (Fra) Passion Velo Thiers Stemtee85 
21Anita Ager-Wick (Nor)80 
22Zarja Cernilogar (Slo)45 
23Fanny Lombard (Fra)35 
24Joanne Muoser (Swi) SC - Intense30 
25Agnes Delest* (Fra)30 
26Rika Olivier (RSA)25 
27Joanna Petterson (USA)20 
28Darian Harvey (USA)20 
29Maria Michalogiannaki (Gre) Unior Tools Team20 
30Katy Curd (GBr)15 
31Gabriela Williams (Cze)15 
32Sandra Reynier* (Fra) CK Racing Santacruz15 
33Sarah Atkin* (NZl)15 
34Anne Laplante (Can)10 
35Emily Horridge (GBr)10 
36Emma Wareham (GBr)10 
37Lauren Daney* (USA)5 

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