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June 03, Elite women downhill:

Atherton flies to victory in Val di Sole

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
June 03, 2012, 18:26 BST,
Updated:
June 04, 2012, 16:50 BST

Ragot holds World Cup lead

Rachel Atherton ( GT Factory Racing) women's winner in Val di Sole

Rachel Atherton ( GT Factory Racing) women's winner in Val di Sole

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After missing much of the past two seasons as she recovers from a shoulder injury, Rachel Atherton (GT Factory Racing) served notice that she is back with a vengeance, by dominating round two of the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup on Sunday in Val di Sole, Italy.

Val di Sole is known for its highly technical, rough and dusty track, and this year was no different, with new sections of the course buried under soft, loamy dirt that was nearly 30 centimetres deep in places. Crashes abounded, with former junior world champion Manon Carpenter (Madison Saracen) unable to start after injuring her shoulder earlier in the week during training.

Sabrina Jonnier (Labyrinth Shimano) was the first woman to spend an extended time in the hot seat, but she was then bumped out of contention by a pair of Austrian riders - Anita Molcik (Four Elements) and Petra Bernhard (Alpine Commencal Austria) - before a trio of French riders took the top spot in quick succession, with Myriam Nicole (Commencal/Riding Addiction) the first to break the four minute barrier.

However, Nicole's reign at the top is was brief, with Atherton the next rider on course. Atherton, the world champion here in Val di Sole in 2008, was noticeably faster than than any other woman, finishing 4.485 seconds ahead of Nicole. The only rider remaining was the world champion Emmeline Ragot (MS Mondraker), who had qualified first, but she was no match for Atherton, finishing over eight seconds back in third.

"I still can't quite believe it," said Atherton. "The track here is so insane, it's so long and physical and wild. I knew that if I was going to win it I had to put everything on the line. I had a pretty good run and nearly crashed a few times, but you've just got to risk it, and I wanted to win."

Ragot takes the World Cup lead, since Atherton did not compete in the first round, with 370 points, followed by round one winner Tracey Hannah (Hutchinson United Ride) at 322, Nicole at 261 points and Atherton with 240.

Full results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Rachel Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing 0:03:49.436  
2 Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 0:00:04.485  
3 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) MS Mondraker Team 0:00:08.083  
4 Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott11 0:00:15.446  
5 Morgane Charre (Fra) Passion Velo.Fr 0:00:20.301  
6 Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott11 0:00:23.207  
7 Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 0:00:23.884  
8 Anita Molcik (Aut) 0:00:24.333  
9 Tracey Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson United Ride 0:00:32.308  
10 Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 0:00:33.232  
11 Alia Marcellini (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop 0:00:34.984  
12 Miranda Miller (Can) 0:00:36.808  
13 Jill Kintner (USA) Team Norco International 0:00:38.500  
14 Mélanie Pugin (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie 0:00:38.970  
15 Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie 0:00:39.256  
16 Harriet Rucknagel (Ger) 0:00:39.794  
17 Carina Cappellari (Swi) 0:00:40.893  
18 Jessica Stone (GBr) Unior Tools Team 0:00:44.225  
19 Caroline Sax (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace 0:00:45.108  
20 Miriam Ruchti (Swi) SC-Intense 0:00:58.815  
DNS Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 GT Factory Racing 102  pts
2 Lapierre International 71  
3 MS Mondraker Team 65  
4 Trek World Racing 54  
5 Scott11 53  
6 Santa Cruz Syndicate 52  
7 Devinci Global Racing 49  
8 Commencal / Riding Addiction 35  
9 Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 34  
10 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 26  
11 Monster Energy-Specialized 24  
12 Passion Velo.Fr 22  
13 Alpine Commencal Austria 18  
14 SC-Intense 15  
15 Hutchinson United Ride 14  
16 Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie 13  
17 Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 12  
18 CK Racing Santacruz 11  
19 Torpado Surfing Shop 10  
20 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 10  
21 Team Norco International 8  
22 Team Are Bikepark By W-Racing 6  
23 Unior Tools Team 3  
24 Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace 3  
World Cup individual standings after round 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Ms Mondraker Team 370  pts
2 Tracey Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson United Ride 322  
3 Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 261  
4 Rachel Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing 240  
5 Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott11 220  
6 Jill Kintner (USA) Team Norco International 185  
7 Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott11 180  
8 Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team 165  
9 Anita Molcik (Aut) 160  
10 Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 154  
11 Miriam Ruchti (Swi) SC-Intense 127  
12 Morgane Charre (Fra) Passion Velo.Fr 126  
13 Luana Maria De Souza Oliveira (Bra) 84  
14 Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 80  
15 Harriet Rucknagel (Ger) 65  
16 Alia Marcellini (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop 55  
17 Mio Suemasa (Jpn) 50  
18 Miranda Miller (Can) 45  
19 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) 45  
20 Caroline Sax (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace 40  
21 Mélanie Pugin (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie 35  
22 Martina Bruehlmann (Swi) 35  
23 Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie 30  
24 Gabriela Williams (Cze) Cg Racing Brigade 25  
25 Carina Cappellari (Swi) 20  
26 Zarja Cernilogar (Slo) 20  
27 Jessica Stone (GBr) Unior Tools Team 15  
28 Tamara Maria Ulrich (Aut) 15  
World Cup team standings after round 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 GT Factory Racing 145  pts
2 Trek World Racing 120  
3 Santa Cruz Syndicate 118  
4 MS Mondraker Team 113  
5 Hutchinson United Ride 101  
6 Devinci Global Racing 96  
7 Scott11 84  
8 Lapierre International 76  
9 Monster Energy-Specialized 67  
10 Commencal / Riding Addiction 55  
11 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 50  
12 Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 43  
13 Team Norco International 41  
14 SC-Intense 37  
15 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 36  
16 Madison Saracen Downhill Team 35  
17 Alpine Commencal Austria 32  
18 CG Racing Brigade 26  
19 Passion Velo.Fr 22  
20 Topcycle By Trek 18  
21 Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie 13  
22 Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 12  
23 CK Racing Santacruz 11  
24 Torpado Surfing Shop 10  
25 Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace 9  
26 Team Are Bikepark By W-Racing 9  
27 Unior Tools Team 3  
28 Ghost Factory Racing Team 2  
29 Kona 1