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June 10, Elite women downhill:

Ragot distances Atherton with World Cup win in Ft. William

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
June 10, 2012, 20:38 BST,
Updated:
June 11, 2012, 19:49 BST

Nicole makes podium, moves to third overall

Women's podium: Floriane Pugin, Rachel Atherton, Emmeline Ragot, Myriam Nicole, Tracy Moseley

Women's podium: Floriane Pugin, Rachel Atherton, Emmeline Ragot, Myriam Nicole, Tracy Moseley

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After training all week during the driest conditions on record, the wet weather returned for round three of the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup in Fort William, Scotland. The wet and muddy conditions did not stop the World Cup leader from padding her lead in the standings, as Emmeline Ragot (MS Mondraker) held off all challengers to record victory. Ragot spent much of the women's race sitting in the hot seat, after suffering a flat during qualifying.

In qualifying, the course was so dry that organizers resorted to wetting down sections of the run that was become extremely loose and washing out. However, overnight the always threatening Highlands rain moved in, and continued to fall more or less steadily throughout racing, backing off occasionally, only to return. Proof as to how poor the conditions were could be seen in the winning time: Ragot didn't came close to the fastest time set in qualifying by round two winner Rachel Atherton (GT Factory).

Ragot started halfway through the women's field. Rachel Atherton's fastest time in qualifying was a blazing 5:15.146, but early riders were having trouble getting under six minutes in race day conditions. Celine Gros (Team Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie) was the only to do so before Ragot took a staggering 28 seconds off to claim the lead.

As rider after rider came down, none could get within 10 seconds of Ragot's time until the final two riders. Myriam Nicole (Commencal/Riding Addiction), the second fastest qualifier, came in 9.416 seconds slower than Ragot, so it was up to Atherton. Atherton came through the top split over a second and a half faster than Ragot, but lost nearly two and a half seconds by the second split, recovering slightly by the finish to end up 1.315 seconds behind. Nicole took third.

"It was a long time that I was waiting, but I just tried to stay mellow," agreed Ragot. "I had a good feeling on my bike, but it was pretty muddy conditions and you have to go fast but not slip on the rocks, so it was hard conditions."

Ragot now leads the women's standings with 570 points, followed by Atherton - who missed round one - with 450 and Nicole at 441.

Full results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) MS Mondraker Team 0:05:27.089  
2 Rachel Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing 0:00:01.315  
3 Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 0:00:09.416  
4 Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott11 0:00:11.698  
5 Tracy Moseley (GBr) 0:00:14.259  
6 Tracey Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson United Ride 0:00:19.713  
7 Morgane Charre (Fra) Passion Velo.Fr 0:00:22.696  
8 Anita Molcik (Aut) 0:00:26.566  
9 Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie 0:00:28.738  
10 Jill Kintner (USA) Team Norco International 0:00:32.728  
11 Miranda Miller (Can) 0:00:33.938  
12 Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott11 0:00:34.899  
13 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) 0:00:38.727  
14 Tahnee Seagrave° (GBr) 0:00:39.163  
15 Sarah Newman (GBr) 0:00:41.349  
16 Mio Suemasa (Jpn) 0:00:41.921  
17 Jessica Stone (GBr) Unior Tools Team 0:00:47.535  
18 Zarja Cernilogar (Slo) 0:00:54.903  
19 Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 0:01:02.162  
20 Harriet Rucknagel (Ger) 0:01:30.731  
DNF Carina Cappellari (Swi)    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 GT Factory Racing 67  pts
2 Lapierre International 55  
3 Santa Cruz Syndicate 54  
4 Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 54  
5 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 53  
6 Trek World Racing 40  
7 MS Mondraker Team 40  
8 Scott11 37  
9 Hutchinson United Ride 36  
10 Devinci Global Racing 35  
11 Commencal / Riding Addiction 30  
12 Monster Energy-Specialized 30  
13 Team Norco International 23  
14 Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 20  
15 Passion Velo.Fr 18  
16 Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie 14  
17 Kona 7  
18 Unior Tools Team 4  
19 Dirt Norco Race Team 4  
20 Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace 3  
21 Alpine Commencal Austria 2  
22 Ghost Factory Racing Team 1  
World Cup individual standings after round 3
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) MS Mondraker Team 570  pts
2 Rachel Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing 450  
3 Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 441  
4 Tracey Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson United Ride 437  
5 Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott11 335  
6 Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott11 290  
7 Jill Kintner (USA) Team Norco International 252  
8 Anita Molcik (Aut) 246  
9 Morgane Charre (Fra) Passion Velo.Fr 211  
10 Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 174  
11 Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team 165  
12 Miriam Ruchti (Swi) SC-Intense 127  
13 Tracy Moseley (GBr) 124  
14 Miranda Miller (Can) 95  
15 Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie 90  
16 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) 85  
17 Luana Maria De Souza Oliveira (Bra) 84  
18 Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 80  
19 Mio Suemasa (Jpn) 75  
20 Harriet Rucknagel (Ger) 70  
21 Alia Marcellini (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop 55  
22 Caroline Sax (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace 40  
23 Tahnee Seagrave° (GBr) 35  
24 Mélanie Pugin (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie 35  
25 Martina Bruehlmann (Swi) 35  
26 Jessica Stone (GBr) Unior Tools Team 35  
27 Zarja Cernilogar (Slo) 35  
28 Sarah Newman (GBr) 30  
29 Gabriela Williams (Cze) CG Racing Brigade 25  
30 Carina Cappellari (Swi) 20  
31 Tamara Maria Ulrich (Aut) 15  
World Cup team standings after round 3
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 GT Factory Racing 212  pts
2 Santa Cruz Syndicate 172  
3 Trek World Racing 160  
4 MS Mondraker Team 153  
5 Hutchinson United Ride 137  
6 Lapierre International 131  
7 Devinci Global Racing 131  
8 Scott11 121  
9 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 103  
10 Monster Energy-Specialized 97  
11 Commencal / Riding Addiction 85  
12 Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 66  
13 Team Norco International 64  
14 Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 63  
15 Passion Velo.Fr 40  
16 SC-Intense 37  
17 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 36  
18 Madison Saracen Downhill Team 35  
19 Alpine Commencal Austria 34  
20 Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie 27  
21 CG Racing Brigade 26  
22 Topcycle By Trek 18  
23 Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace 12  
24 CK Racing Santacruz 11  
25 Torpado Surfing Shop 10  
26 Team Are Bikepark By W-Racing 9  
27 Kona 8  
28 Unior Tools Team 7  
29 Dirt Norco Race Team 4  
30 Ghost Factory Racing Team 3