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MTB World Cup Cross Country #6, Eliminator #5 & Downhill #5 - Hafjell 2013

Date range:
September 12-15, 2013

September 15, Elite women downhill:

Rachel Atherton wins Hafjell downhill World Cup

By:
Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor
Published:
September 15, 2013, 13:51,
Updated:
September 15, 2013, 21:54

British star continues to lead World Cup overall

Rachel Atherton (GT Factory Racing) on her way to winning the Hafjell World Cup

Rachel Atherton (GT Factory Racing) on her way to winning the Hafjell World Cup

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Rachel Atherton (GT Factory Racing) raced to victory in the Hafjell, Norway round of the UCI World Cup downhill on Sunday, with a time of 4:09.900. Her nearest competition was 7.631 seconds back: Manon Carpenter (Madison Saracen Downhill Team). Myriam Nicole (Commencal / Riding Addiction), Morgane Charre (MS Mondraker Team) and Emmeline Ragot (Lapierre Gravity Republic) completed the podium.

Favorites Emilie Siegenthaler (Gstaad-Scott) and Jill Kintner (Norco) both crashed on a rocky corner that caused many of the women trouble in the final. With rain, the rocky course was extremely slippery.

Eventual second place finisher Carpenter set a time that looked like it might hold up, but fastest qualifier Atherton, a fellow Brit, blew past it. French woman Nicole put up a good run, but could not beat Carpenter.

Ragot blazed the top part of the course, but made a mistake up top and would end up fifth.

Atherton set the tone for her run by being six seconds up after the first split. She increased her margin by a bit by the end.

"I was so nervous before the race. We had two runs before the race and it was wet," said Atherton. "It rained, and it was lethal - so slippery. I had a few wild moments and thought I was going down. I didn't know how fast I could and I just held on."

"I was struggling with the place the other girls crashed, even in the dry. I didn't slow down enough and had a massive slide, but I held it upright. The crowd went crazy and I thought maybe I was doing well."

Atherton leads the World Cup with one round remaining. Her nearest rival, Ragot, could still overtake her.

"Emmeline is right behind me and she gets faster and faster as the year goes on," said Atherton. "It's amazing. The girls are all pushing so hard. I don't know if I've gotten it sewn up. The last round, everyone wants to win and it's going to be fast."

Race note

Floriane Pugin (Gstaad-Scott) did not compete after crashing in training and separating her A-C joint in her shoulder.

Full Results

Elite women downhill
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Rachel Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing 0:04:09.900  
2 Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team 0:00:07.631  
3 Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 0:00:08.081  
4 Morgane Charre (Fra) Ms Mondraker Team 0:00:08.436  
5 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic 0:00:09.778  
6 Anita Ager-Wick (Nor) 0:00:17.473  
7 Tracey Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson UR 0:00:19.584  
8 Casey Brown (Can) Dirt Norco Race Team 0:00:21.451  
9 Miranda Miller (Can) 0:00:22.542  
10 Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Gstaad-Scott 0:00:22.887  
11 Zarja Cernilogar (Slo) Blackthorn GT 0:00:32.500  
12 Tahnee Seagrave° (GBr) Fmd Racing / Intense Cycles 0:00:36.047  
13 Claire Buchar (Can) 0:00:39.768  
14 Alanna Columb (NZl) 0:00:44.150  
15 Martina Bruehlmann (Swi) 0:00:49.867  
16 Fiona Ourdouillie° (Fra) US Cagnes VTT 0:00:50.459  
17 Miriam Ruchti (Swi) SC Intense 0:00:51.003  
18 Josefine Björkman (Swe) 0:00:54.368  
DNF Jill Kintner (USA) Team Norco International    
DNS Vaea Verbeeck (Can)    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 91  pts
2 GT Factory Racing 72  
3 Santa Cruz Syndicate 71  
4 Devinci Global Racing 58  
5 Lapierre Gravity Republic 52  
6 Madison Saracen Downhill Team 40  
7 Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 39  
8 Commencal / Riding Addiction 38  
9 Specialized Racing DH 33  
10 Gstaad-Scott 32  
11 MS Mondraker Team 26  
12 Pivot Factory Team 22  
13 Team W-Racing 22  
14 Hutchinson UR 21  
15 Trek World Racing 20  
16 Dirt Norco Race Team 16  
17 RRP Ghost 14  
18 Evil Vengeance Tour 14  
19 Blackthorn GT 10  
20 Fmd Racing / Intense Cycles 9  
21 Unior Tools Team 6  
22 US Cagnes VTT 5  
23 SC Intense 4  
24 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 2  
25 Evil Ck Racing Evian 1  
Elite women downhill World Cup standings with one round remaining
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Rachel Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing 1085  pts
2 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic 925  
3 Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team 880  
4 Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 683  
5 Morgane Charre (Fra) Ms Mondraker Team 636  
6 Floriane Pugin (Fra) Gstaad-Scott 580  
7 Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Gstaad-Scott 451  
8 Tahnee Seagrave° (GBr) Fmd Racing / Intense Cycles 291  
9 Jill Kintner (USA) Team Norco International 241  
10 Tracey Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson UR 236  
11 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) 205  
12 Anita Ager-Wick (Nor) 195  
13 Zarja Cernilogar (Slo) Blackthorn GT 195  
14 Casey Brown (Can) Dirt Norco Race Team 175  
15 Micayla Gatto (Can) 175  
16 Jessica Stone (GBr) Unior Tools Team 100  
17 Alanna Columb (NZl) 85  
18 Miriam Ruchti (Swi) SC Intense 85  
19 Vaea Verbeeck (Can) 75  
20 Mélanie Pugin (Fra) Team Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie 75  
21 Miranda Miller (Can) 70  
22 Mio Suemasa (Jpn) Japan 60  
23 Alia Marcellini* (Ita) Italy 55  
24 Fiona Ourdouillie° (Fra) US Cagnes VTT 55  
25 Claire Buchar (Can) 52  
26 Petra Bernhard (Aut) Rrp Ghost 50  
27 Jana Bartova (Cze) Czech Republic 35  
28 Martina Bruehlmann (Swi) 35  
29 Jaime Hill (Can) 30  
30 Kristen Courtney (Can) 25  
31 Rebecca Gardner (USA) 20  
32 Alison Zimmer (USA) 15  
33 Jacqueline Harmony (USA) 15  
34 Marianne Ruud° (Nor) 15  
35 Josefine Björkman (Swe) 15  
36 Rachael Walker (GBr) 10  
37 Severine Cigana (Fra) US Cagnes VTT 10  
38 Taylor Allison° (USA) 5  
Teams World Cup standings with one round remaining
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 GT Factory Racing 408  pts
2 Lapierre Gravity Republic 335  
3 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 270  
4 Santa Cruz Syndicate 261  
5 Gstaad-Scott 255  
6 Commencal / Riding Addiction 222  
7 Devinci Global Racing 218  
8 Specialized Racing DH 214  
9 Madison Saracen Downhill Team 195  
10 Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 184  
11 MS Mondraker Team 162  
12 Trek World Racing 135  
13 Hutchinson UR 115  
14 Evil Vengeance Tour 81  
15 Fmd Racing / Intense Cycles 55  
16 Team Norco International 54  
17 Pivot Factory Team 51  
18 Evil Ck Racing Evian 46  
19 GT / 360 Degrees 40  
20 RRP Ghost 39  
21 Blackthorn GT 39  
22 Dirt Norco Race Team 36  
23 Topcycle By Trek 34  
24 SC Intense 29  
25 Unior Tools Team 27  
26 Team W-Racing 22  
27 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 21  
28 Team Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie 15  
29 US Cagnes VTT 13  
30 Torpado Surfing Shop 11  
31 Kona 10  
32 Team Bulls - DH 9  

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