Ragot distances Atherton with World Cup win in Ft. William

Nicole makes podium, moves to third overall

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) TeamResult
1Emmeline Ragot (Fra) MS Mondraker Team0:05:27.089 
2Rachel Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing0:00:01.315 
3Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction0:00:09.416 
4Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott110:00:11.698 
5Tracy Moseley (GBr)0:00:14.259 
6Tracey Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson United Ride0:00:19.713 
7Morgane Charre (Fra) Passion Velo.Fr0:00:22.696 
8Anita Molcik (Aut)0:00:26.566 
9Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie0:00:28.738 
10Jill Kintner (USA) Team Norco International0:00:32.728 
11Miranda Miller (Can)0:00:33.938 
12Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott110:00:34.899 
13Fionn Griffiths (GBr)0:00:38.727 
14Tahnee Seagrave° (GBr)0:00:39.163 
15Sarah Newman (GBr)0:00:41.349 
16Mio Suemasa (Jpn)0:00:41.921 
17Jessica Stone (GBr) Unior Tools Team0:00:47.535 
18Zarja Cernilogar (Slo)0:00:54.903 
19Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria0:01:02.162 
20Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)0:01:30.731 
DNFCarina Cappellari (Swi)  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1GT Factory Racing67 pts
2Lapierre International55 
3Santa Cruz Syndicate54 
4Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof54 
5Giant Factory Off-Road Team53 
6Trek World Racing40 
7MS Mondraker Team40 
9Hutchinson United Ride36 
10Devinci Global Racing35 
11Commencal / Riding Addiction30 
12Monster Energy-Specialized30 
13Team Norco International23 
14Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team20 
15Passion Velo.Fr18 
16Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie14 
18Unior Tools Team4 
19Dirt Norco Race Team4 
20Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace3 
21Alpine Commencal Austria2 
22Ghost Factory Racing Team1 
World Cup individual standings after round 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emmeline Ragot (Fra) MS Mondraker Team570 pts
2Rachel Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing450 
3Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction441 
4Tracey Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson United Ride437 
5Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott11335 
6Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott11290 
7Jill Kintner (USA) Team Norco International252 
8Anita Molcik (Aut)246 
9Morgane Charre (Fra) Passion Velo.Fr211 
10Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria174 
11Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team165 
12Miriam Ruchti (Swi) SC-Intense127 
13Tracy Moseley (GBr)124 
14Miranda Miller (Can)95 
15Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie90 
16Fionn Griffiths (GBr)85 
17Luana Maria De Souza Oliveira (Bra)84 
18Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team80 
19Mio Suemasa (Jpn)75 
20Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)70 
21Alia Marcellini (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop55 
22Caroline Sax (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace40 
23Tahnee Seagrave° (GBr)35 
24Mélanie Pugin (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie35 
25Martina Bruehlmann (Swi)35 
26Jessica Stone (GBr) Unior Tools Team35 
27Zarja Cernilogar (Slo)35 
28Sarah Newman (GBr)30 
29Gabriela Williams (Cze) CG Racing Brigade25 
30Carina Cappellari (Swi)20 
31Tamara Maria Ulrich (Aut)15 
World Cup team standings after round 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1GT Factory Racing212 pts
2Santa Cruz Syndicate172 
3Trek World Racing160 
4MS Mondraker Team153 
5Hutchinson United Ride137 
6Lapierre International131 
7Devinci Global Racing131 
9Giant Factory Off-Road Team103 
10Monster Energy-Specialized97 
11Commencal / Riding Addiction85 
12Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof66 
13Team Norco International64 
14Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team63 
15Passion Velo.Fr40 
17Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team36 
18Madison Saracen Downhill Team35 
19Alpine Commencal Austria34 
20Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie27 
21CG Racing Brigade26 
22Topcycle By Trek18 
23Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace12 
24CK Racing Santacruz11 
25Torpado Surfing Shop10 
26Team Are Bikepark By W-Racing9 
28Unior Tools Team7 
29Dirt Norco Race Team4 
30Ghost Factory Racing Team3 
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