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UCI Mountain Bike World Championships 2012

Date range:
August 31 - September 9, 2012

September 02, Elite women downhill:

Charre on top in women's downhill worlds

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
September 02, 2012, 16:34 BST,
Updated:
September 04, 2012, 21:23 BST

Ragot, Carpenter one second off pace

After rain in the days leading up to the downhill world championship races, Sunday dawned bright and sunny. Morgane Charre (France) took her first world title in the elite women's race, surprising even herself.

The women's race was expected to be between defending champion Emmeline Ragot (France) and Rachel Atherton (Great Britain), the two riders who have been battling it out all season in the UCI World Cup. However, Atherton was not a factor in the race, suffering from an undisclosed injury and finishing fifth. After Canadians Micayla Gatto and Casey Brown came close to breaking the four-minute barrier, Charre obliterated it, taking the lead time down to 3:50.654 with six riders remaining.

Countrywoman Floriane Pugin came within 1.617 seconds, with last year's junior world champion Manon Carpenter (Great Britain) then getting a tenth of a second closer. Ragot was next, but she could only get within 1.2 seconds, leaving Atherton the only rider who could deny Charre the championship. Atherton was within two-hundredths of a second after the first intermediate time check, but faded badly in the second half of the race, allowing the 22-year-old Charre to step into the rainbow jersey.

"I did not expect this," said a stunned Charre. "I thought that Emmeline [Ragot] would beat me for sure, or Atherton. I had a very good run and pedalled a lot, with only little mistakes, but I have never had a result like this before."

Full results

Elite Women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Morgane Charre (France) 0:03:50.654  
2 Emmeline Ragot (France) 0:00:01.199  
3 Manon Carpenter (Great Britain) 0:00:01.490  
4 Floriane Pugin (France) 0:00:01.617  
5 Rachel Atherton (Great Britain) 0:00:05.894  
6 Micayla Gatto (Canada) 0:00:09.537  
7 Casey Brown (Canada) 0:00:09.611  
8 Miriam Ruchti (Switzerland) 0:00:12.558  
9 Claire Buchar (Canada) 0:00:13.920  
10 Tracy Moseley (Great Britain) 0:00:14.145  
11 Lauren Rosser (Canada) 0:00:14.750  
12 Petra Bernhard (Austria) 0:00:16.867  
13 Sabrina Jonnier (France) 0:00:17.226  
14 Zarja Cernilogar (Slovenia) 0:00:17.440  
15 Jacqueline Harmony (United States Of America) 0:00:18.377  
16 Anita Molcik (Austria) 0:00:18.405  
17 Miranda Miller (Canada) 0:00:19.818  
18 Mélanie Pugin (France) 0:00:21.527  
19 Luana Maria De Souza Oliveira (Brazil) 0:00:25.738  
20 Mio Suemasa (Japan) 0:00:26.077  
21 Sandra Rubesam (Germany) 0:00:26.715  
22 Jana Bartova (Czech Republic) 0:00:31.174  
23 Diana Marggraff (Ecuador) 0:00:31.310  
24 Sophiemarie Bethell (New Zealand) 0:00:32.459  
25 Harriet Rucknagel (Germany) 0:00:33.208  
26 Veronique Sandler (New Zealand) 0:00:34.124  
27 Nicole Beege (Germany) 0:00:34.865  
28 Lauren Daney (United States Of America) 0:00:34.899  
29 Simona Jirkova (Czech Republic) 0:00:35.093  
30 Elke Rabeder (Austria) 0:00:36.213  
31 Elisa Canepa (Italy) 0:00:40.305  
32 Jaime Rees (United States Of America) 0:00:45.618  
33 Kim Schwemmer (Germany) 0:00:53.176  
Rankings by nation
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 France 95  pts
2 Great Britain 84  
3 Canada 80  
4 Austria 44  
5 Germany 29  
6 United States Of America 27  
7 Switzerland 26  
8 Slovenia 20  
9 New-Zealand 18  
10 Czech Republic 17  
11 Brazil 15  
12 Japan 14  
13 Ecuador 11  
14 Italy 3