Charre on top in women's downhill worlds

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) TeamResult
1Morgane Charre (France)0:03:50.654 
2Emmeline Ragot (France)0:00:01.199 
3Manon Carpenter (Great Britain)0:00:01.490 
4Floriane Pugin (France)0:00:01.617 
5Rachel Atherton (Great Britain)0:00:05.894 
6Micayla Gatto (Canada)0:00:09.537 
7Casey Brown (Canada)0:00:09.611 
8Miriam Ruchti (Switzerland)0:00:12.558 
9Claire Buchar (Canada)0:00:13.920 
10Tracy Moseley (Great Britain)0:00:14.145 
11Lauren Rosser (Canada)0:00:14.750 
12Petra Bernhard (Austria)0:00:16.867 
13Sabrina Jonnier (France)0:00:17.226 
14Zarja Cernilogar (Slovenia)0:00:17.440 
15Jacqueline Harmony (United States Of America)0:00:18.377 
16Anita Molcik (Austria)0:00:18.405 
17Miranda Miller (Canada)0:00:19.818 
18Mélanie Pugin (France)0:00:21.527 
19Luana Maria De Souza Oliveira (Brazil)0:00:25.738 
20Mio Suemasa (Japan)0:00:26.077 
21Sandra Rubesam (Germany)0:00:26.715 
22Jana Bartova (Czech Republic)0:00:31.174 
23Diana Marggraff (Ecuador)0:00:31.310 
24Sophiemarie Bethell (New Zealand)0:00:32.459 
25Harriet Rucknagel (Germany)0:00:33.208 
26Veronique Sandler (New Zealand)0:00:34.124 
27Nicole Beege (Germany)0:00:34.865 
28Lauren Daney (United States Of America)0:00:34.899 
29Simona Jirkova (Czech Republic)0:00:35.093 
30Elke Rabeder (Austria)0:00:36.213 
31Elisa Canepa (Italy)0:00:40.305 
32Jaime Rees (United States Of America)0:00:45.618 
33Kim Schwemmer (Germany)0:00:53.176 
Rankings by nation
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1France95 pts
2Great Britain84 
6United States Of America27 
10Czech Republic17 

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