Rachel Atherton wins Hafjell World Cup round

British star clinches overall World Cup title

Rachel Atherton (GT Factory Racing) took her first World Cup title since 2008 on Saturday, after winning the final round of the downhill mountain bike World Cup in Hafjell, Norway.

The Hafjell track is new to the World Cup, but has already drawn strong praise from riders for its varied and technical terrain. After rain earlier in the week, the course dried considerably for a sunny and windy race day.

American Jacqueline Harmony, 10th fastest in qualifying, set the first sub-4:25 time for the women, a time that proved to be strong enough for fifth, and her first podium appearance. Harmony held the hot seat for two riders before Canadian national champion Casey Brown knocked over 10.5 seconds off to take the lead. Brown held the lead for four riders until the newly crowned world champion, Morgane Charre (Passionvelo.fr), bumped her by nearly two seconds.

However, everyone was waiting for the final three riders to come down, which included the two who have been battling for the World Cup title all season: Atherton and Emmeline Ragot (MS Mondraker). Ragot qualified third fastest, and came through the speed trap significantly faster than anyone else, the first to beat Atherton's qualifying time with 4:03.828. Manon Carpenter (Madison Saracen) was the second fastest qualifier, but crashed hard in the middle of her run, leaving it up to Atherton.

Atherton had finished a disappointing fifth at the world championships, struggling with back problems and, at the first split Ragot was ahead by three-tenths of a second. But the British rider put in a brilliant lower half to her run, to win by 2.283 seconds, and take her first World Cup overall title since 2008.

"I am so happy the race is done," Atherton said. "The track was really hard, really challenging and really physical. I was probably the most scared I have been all year. I am really tired, I pushed all the way. It is an awesome track. I am really happy."

"It is cool [because] I haven't won the overall title since 2008, with all the injuries I've had. It is cool to finally be back at the top. I missed out at the world championships last week with an injury. It is just an amazing feeling, it hasn't quite sunk in yet."

Atherton won the 2012 title with 1450 points, despite missing the first round, with Ragot 140 points back, followed by the absent and injured Myriam Nicole (Commencal/Riding Addiction) with 892 points.

Race note

- Many top women were not competing due to injury.  Among them were Tracey Hannah, Myriam Nicole and Floriane Pugin

- Former four cross world champion Anita Molcik was in her final World Cup race prior to retirement.

Full Results

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rachel Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing0:04:01.545 
2Emmeline Ragot (Fra) MS Mondraker Team0:00:02.283 
3Morgane Charre (Fra) Passion Velo.Fr0:00:08.853 
4Casey Brown (Can)0:00:10.692 
5Jacqueline Harmony (USA)0:00:22.271 
6Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria0:00:25.399 
7Anita Molcik (Aut)0:00:25.893 
8Anita Ager-Wick (Nor)0:00:26.848 
9Tahnee Seagrave° (GBr)0:00:28.079 
10Jessica Stone (GBr) Unior Tools Team0:00:28.740 
11Marianne Ruud° (Nor)0:00:30.787 
12Caroline Sax (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace0:00:31.074 
13Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie0:00:32.934 
14Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team0:00:35.138 
15Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)0:00:36.454 
16Sophiemarie Bethell (NZl)0:00:37.833 
17Mélanie Pugin (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie0:00:38.787 
18Lina Skoglund (Swe)0:00:50.154 
19Veronique Sandler (NZl)0:00:51.283 
20Gabriela Williams (Cze)0:01:02.377 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Devinci Global Racing103 pts
2MS Mondraker Team74 
3GT Factory Racing72 
4Santa Cruz Syndicate55 
5Lapierre International36 
6Passion Velo.Fr30 
7Monster Energy-Specialized24 
9Alpine Commencal Austria20 
10Hutchinson United Ride20 
11Giant Factory Off-Road Team18 
12Commencal / Riding Addiction15 
13Team Are Bikepark By W-Racing14 
14Unior Tools Team12 
15Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie12 
16Trek World Racing12 
17Madison Saracen Downhill Team11 
18Team Norco International11 
19Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace9 
21Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof7 
22Pila-Black Arrows-MTB Herin School Asd3 
23CG Racing Brigade1 
24Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team1 
Elite women individual final World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rachel Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing1450 pts
2Emmeline Ragot (Fra) MS Mondraker Team1310 
3Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction892 
4Tracey Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson United Ride732 
5Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott11705 
6Morgane Charre (Fra) Passion Velo.Fr546 
7Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria511 
8Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott11500 
9Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team500 
10Anita Molcik (Aut)480 
11Jill Kintner (USA) Team Norco International363 
12Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) France239 
13Casey Brown (Can)232 
14Miriam Ruchti (Swi) SC-Intense232 
15Mio Suemasa (Jpn) Japan230 
16Micayla Gatto (Can) Canada221 
17Jacqueline Harmony (USA)180 
18Tahnee Seagrave° (GBr)166 
19Miranda Miller (Can) Canada140 
20Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie130 
21Tracy Moseley (GBr) Great Britain124 
22Caroline Sax (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace120 
23Fionn Griffiths (GBr)115 
24Jessica Stone (GBr) Unior Tools Team105 
25Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)105 
26Mélanie Pugin (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie95 
27Luana Maria De Souza Oliveira (Bra) Brazil84 
28Anita Ager-Wick (Nor)80 
29Zarja Cernilogar (Slo) Slovenia70 
30Claire Buchar (Can) Canada57 
31Alia Marcellini (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop55 
32Marianne Ruud° (Nor)50 
33Chloe Gallean° (Fra) France45 
34Martina Bruehlmann (Swi)35 
35Sarah Newman (GBr)30 
36Gabriela Williams (Cze) Cg Racing Brigade30 
37Sophiemarie Bethell (NZl)25 
38Fiona Ourdouillie° (Fra) France25 
39Carina Cappellari (Swi)20 
40Lauren Rosser (Can) Canada20 
41Lina Skoglund (Swe)15 
42Elke Rabeder (Aut)15 
43Tamara Maria Ulrich (Aut)15 
44Veronique Sandler (NZl)10 
45Jana Bartova (Cze) Czech Republic10 
46Jaime Hill (Can)10 
47Jaime Rees (USA) United States Of America5 
Team final World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1GT Factory Racing535 pts
2MS Mondraker Team420 
3Santa Cruz Syndicate402 
4Devinci Global Racing379 
5Lapierre International316 
6Trek World Racing301 
7Hutchinson United Ride275 
9Giant Factory Off-Road Team249 
10Commencal / Riding Addiction216 
11Monster Energy-Specialized203 
12Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof134 
13Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team133 
14Passion Velo.Fr104 
15Alpine Commencal Austria98 
17Madison Saracen Downhill Team94 
18Team Norco International93 
19Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team68 
20Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie47 
22CG Racing Brigade38 
23Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace37 
24Topcycle By Trek32 
25Team Are Bikepark By W-Racing23 
26Unior Tools Team23 
27Pila-Black Arrows-Mtb Herin School Asd23 
28CK Racing Santacruz17 
29Torpado Surfing Shop10 
30Dagg - Racing9 
31Dirt Norco Race Team4 
32Ghost Factory Racing Team3 


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