Rachel Atherton wins Hafjell downhill World Cup

British star continues to lead World Cup overall

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) TeamResult
1Rachel Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing0:04:09.900 
2Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team0:00:07.631 
3Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction0:00:08.081 
4Morgane Charre (Fra) Ms Mondraker Team0:00:08.436 
5Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic0:00:09.778 
6Anita Ager-Wick (Nor)0:00:17.473 
7Tracey Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson UR0:00:19.584 
8Casey Brown (Can) Dirt Norco Race Team0:00:21.451 
9Miranda Miller (Can)0:00:22.542 
10Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Gstaad-Scott0:00:22.887 
11Zarja Cernilogar (Slo) Blackthorn GT0:00:32.500 
12Tahnee Seagrave° (GBr) Fmd Racing / Intense Cycles0:00:36.047 
13Claire Buchar (Can)0:00:39.768 
14Alanna Columb (NZl)0:00:44.150 
15Martina Bruehlmann (Swi)0:00:49.867 
16Fiona Ourdouillie° (Fra) US Cagnes VTT0:00:50.459 
17Miriam Ruchti (Swi) SC Intense0:00:51.003 
18Josefine Björkman (Swe)0:00:54.368 
DNFJill Kintner (USA) Team Norco International  
DNSVaea Verbeeck (Can)  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giant Factory Off-Road Team91 pts
2GT Factory Racing72 
3Santa Cruz Syndicate71 
4Devinci Global Racing58 
5Lapierre Gravity Republic52 
6Madison Saracen Downhill Team40 
7Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof39 
8Commencal / Riding Addiction38 
9Specialized Racing DH33 
11MS Mondraker Team26 
12Pivot Factory Team22 
13Team W-Racing22 
14Hutchinson UR21 
15Trek World Racing20 
16Dirt Norco Race Team16 
17RRP Ghost14 
18Evil Vengeance Tour14 
19Blackthorn GT10 
20Fmd Racing / Intense Cycles9 
21Unior Tools Team6 
22US Cagnes VTT5 
23SC Intense4 
24Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team2 
25Evil Ck Racing Evian1 
Elite women downhill World Cup standings with one round remaining
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rachel Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing1085 pts
2Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic925 
3Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team880 
4Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction683 
5Morgane Charre (Fra) Ms Mondraker Team636 
6Floriane Pugin (Fra) Gstaad-Scott580 
7Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Gstaad-Scott451 
8Tahnee Seagrave° (GBr) Fmd Racing / Intense Cycles291 
9Jill Kintner (USA) Team Norco International241 
10Tracey Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson UR236 
11Fionn Griffiths (GBr)205 
12Anita Ager-Wick (Nor)195 
13Zarja Cernilogar (Slo) Blackthorn GT195 
14Casey Brown (Can) Dirt Norco Race Team175 
15Micayla Gatto (Can)175 
16Jessica Stone (GBr) Unior Tools Team100 
17Alanna Columb (NZl)85 
18Miriam Ruchti (Swi) SC Intense85 
19Vaea Verbeeck (Can)75 
20Mélanie Pugin (Fra) Team Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie75 
21Miranda Miller (Can)70 
22Mio Suemasa (Jpn) Japan60 
23Alia Marcellini* (Ita) Italy55 
24Fiona Ourdouillie° (Fra) US Cagnes VTT55 
25Claire Buchar (Can)52 
26Petra Bernhard (Aut) Rrp Ghost50 
27Jana Bartova (Cze) Czech Republic35 
28Martina Bruehlmann (Swi)35 
29Jaime Hill (Can)30 
30Kristen Courtney (Can)25 
31Rebecca Gardner (USA)20 
32Alison Zimmer (USA)15 
33Jacqueline Harmony (USA)15 
34Marianne Ruud° (Nor)15 
35Josefine Björkman (Swe)15 
36Rachael Walker (GBr)10 
37Severine Cigana (Fra) US Cagnes VTT10 
38Taylor Allison° (USA)5 
Teams World Cup standings with one round remaining
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1GT Factory Racing408 pts
2Lapierre Gravity Republic335 
3Giant Factory Off-Road Team270 
4Santa Cruz Syndicate261 
6Commencal / Riding Addiction222 
7Devinci Global Racing218 
8Specialized Racing DH214 
9Madison Saracen Downhill Team195 
10Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof184 
11MS Mondraker Team162 
12Trek World Racing135 
13Hutchinson UR115 
14Evil Vengeance Tour81 
15Fmd Racing / Intense Cycles55 
16Team Norco International54 
17Pivot Factory Team51 
18Evil Ck Racing Evian46 
19GT / 360 Degrees40 
20RRP Ghost39 
21Blackthorn GT39 
22Dirt Norco Race Team36 
23Topcycle By Trek34 
24SC Intense29 
25Unior Tools Team27 
26Team W-Racing22 
27Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team21 
28Team Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie15 
29US Cagnes VTT13 
30Torpado Surfing Shop11 
32Team Bulls - DH9 
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