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Ragot takes first World Cup win

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World Champion Emmeline Ragot riding her Intense bike to victory.

World Champion Emmeline Ragot riding her Intense bike to victory.
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Jacqueline Harmony making her way down the muddy Champéry course.

Jacqueline Harmony making her way down the muddy Champéry course.
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Women's podium: Floriane Pugin, Sabrina Jonnier, Emmeline Ragot, Myriam Nicole, Tracy Moseley

Women's podium: Floriane Pugin, Sabrina Jonnier, Emmeline Ragot, Myriam Nicole, Tracy Moseley
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Sabrina Jonnier (Team Rocky Mountain / Maxxis) is the World Cup leader

Sabrina Jonnier (Team Rocky Mountain / Maxxis) is the World Cup leader
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Champagne for the women's podium

Champagne for the women's podium
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Jacqueline Harmony (Vixen Racing)

Jacqueline Harmony (Vixen Racing)
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Fionn Griffiths (Norco World Team)

Fionn Griffiths (Norco World Team)
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Katy Curd (Rose Bikes)

Katy Curd (Rose Bikes)
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Mio Suemasa (FFC)

Mio Suemasa (FFC)
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Floriane Pugin (Scott 11)

Floriane Pugin (Scott 11)
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Claire Buchar (Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense)

Claire Buchar (Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense)
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Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing)

Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing)
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Emmeline Ragot (Suspension Center) on her way to a World Cup win

Emmeline Ragot (Suspension Center) on her way to a World Cup win
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Sabrina Jonnier (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain)

Sabrina Jonnier (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain)
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Myriam Nicole (Commencal Superiders)

Myriam Nicole (Commencal Superiders)
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World Cup winner Emmeline Ragot (Suspension Center)

World Cup winner Emmeline Ragot (Suspension Center)
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World Champion Emmeline Ragot riding a long section of wooden boards.

World Champion Emmeline Ragot riding a long section of wooden boards.
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Sabrina Jonnier (Team Maxxis) riding to 2nd place, 4.87 seconds behind Ragot.

Sabrina Jonnier (Team Maxxis) riding to 2nd place, 4.87 seconds behind Ragot.
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Sabrina Jonnier (Team Maxxis) concentrating on the ultra-steep course.

Sabrina Jonnier (Team Maxxis) concentrating on the ultra-steep course.
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The view from atop the downhill course is breathtaking.

The view from atop the downhill course is breathtaking.
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Riders warm up at the start house before their race.

Riders warm up at the start house before their race.
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The Champéry course basically followed the chair lift the entire way to the bottom.

The Champéry course basically followed the chair lift the entire way to the bottom.
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The course was so steep that walking it was almost impossible.

The course was so steep that walking it was almost impossible.
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Sabrina Jonnier (Team Maxxis) enjoying the men's race.

Sabrina Jonnier (Team Maxxis) enjoying the men's race.
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Manon Carpenter having a great run today.

Manon Carpenter having a great run today.
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Claire Buchar (Chain Reaction Cycles) finished 7th just like her number plate.

Claire Buchar (Chain Reaction Cycles) finished 7th just like her number plate.
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Micayla Gatto approaching the bottom of the course.

Micayla Gatto approaching the bottom of the course.
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Even shift levers were gummed up with mud today.

Even shift levers were gummed up with mud today.
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Céline Gross putting in a solid top ten ride today.

Céline Gross putting in a solid top ten ride today.
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Tracy Moseley (Trek World Team) riding to 5th place.

Tracy Moseley (Trek World Team) riding to 5th place.
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The Champéry countryside is steep and rugged.

The Champéry countryside is steep and rugged.
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Nicole Beege flying off of a wooden platform.

Nicole Beege flying off of a wooden platform.
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Katy Curd slogging through some deep mud.

Katy Curd slogging through some deep mud.
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Mio Suemasa did not crack the top ten today.

Mio Suemasa did not crack the top ten today.
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Floriane Pugin riding the mud and roots with reckless abandon.

Floriane Pugin riding the mud and roots with reckless abandon.
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The annoying sound of vuvuzelas has found its way to World Cup racing.

The annoying sound of vuvuzelas has found its way to World Cup racing.
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The race for the World Cup title in the women's Downhill got a little tighter on Saturday, at round four in Champéry, Switzerland. World champion Emmeline Ragot (Suspension Center) took the first World Cup victory of her career and jumped into third in the women's overall standings behind leader Sabrina Jonnier (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain).

The rain, which had turned the steep 1,500 metre course into a slippery mud slide during qualifying, finally backed off for race day, but the damage had been done and, in some ways, the drying conditions made things worse. As the thick mud began to dry, it clung to bikes and turned to the consistency of peanut butter, doubling the weight of bikes and slowing forward momentum to a crawl. For the lighter, less powerful women, it was the worst, with riders literally coming to a halt in some corners as they pushed on the ground with their feet to keep moving.

Floriane Pugin (Scott 11) set the first fast, sub-6 minute time. Canada's Claire Buchar (Chain Reaction/Intense) also went under six minutes, but was more than 16 seconds behind Pugin. The young French rider stayed in the hot seat until the final three riders came down, with Ragot racing third from last and knocking over eleven and a half seconds off the top time. Jonnier was next, and moved into second, still nearly five seconds behind Ragot, and the fastest qualifier, Myriam Nicole (Commencal Superiders) slotted into third.

"I was a real balance not to fall, [because] the mud was very sticky," said Ragot. "I kept saying 'go slow, go slow, go slow' ... but not too slow or you will fall over! The end [of the course] it was terrible... I had a rock caught between my frame and my tire. It made a terrible noise. But now I feel good. I have been waiting for a win."

Jonnier now has 850 points to Pugin's 645, with Ragot up to 615 points.

Full results

Elite women
1Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center0:05:27.25
2Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain0:00:04.87
3Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal Superiders0:00:09.72
4Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 110:00:11.65
5Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing0:00:12.08
6Manon Carpenter (GBr)0:00:18.11
7Claire Buchar (Can) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense0:00:27.87
8Petra Bernhard (Aut) RC Alpine Commencal Austria0:00:38.87
9Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team0:00:39.72
10Céline Gros (Fra) Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-0:00:41.16
11Mio Suemasa (Jpn) FFC0:00:51.71
12Martina Bruehlmann (Swi)0:00:52.77
13Miriam Ruchti (Swi) Dr-Gravity Union0:01:06.75
14Katy Curd (GBr) Rose Bikes0:01:07.63
15Caroline Sax (Fra)0:01:13.06
16Micayla Gatto (Can) Oakley/Commencal0:01:15.88
17Jacqueline Harmony (USA) Vixen Racing0:01:38.21
18Nicole Beege (Ger)0:02:01.84
19Morgane Charre (Fra)0:04:00.15
DNFEmilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott 11

Elite women's teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense85pts
2Scott 1170
3Santa Cruz Syndicate48
4Commencal40
5Suspension Center40
6Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain35
7Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz32
8Commencal Superiders32
9Norco World Team32
10Lapierre International30
11Mondraker Factory Team28
12Trek World Racing28
13MS Evil Racing26
14Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team23
15RC Alpine Commencal Austria23
16Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie21
17GT Bicycles19
18Dr-Gravity Union18
19Solid Aclass Factory Team17
20Kenda-Playbiker15
21Giant Factory Team9
22Team Lac Blanc Massif Des Vosges8
23Blackmountain Morewood United7
24XMS Racing Squad4
25Team Cingolani - Protone3

World Cup Standings after four rounds

World Cup Individual Standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain850pts
2Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 11645
3Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center615
4Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal Superiders540
5Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing519
6Rachel Atherton (GBr) Commencal460
7Claire Buchar (Can) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense374
8Petra Bernhard (Aut) RC Alpine Commencal Austria326
9Céline Gros (Fra) Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie321
10Mio Suemasa (Jpn)316
11Manon Carpenter° (GBr)307
12Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team155
13Micayla Gatto (Can)140
14Katy Curd (GBr)135
15Miriam Ruchti (Swi) Dr-Gravity Union100
16Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)90
17Melissa Buhl (USA)75
18Jessica Stone (GBr)70
19Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott 1165
20Martina Bruehlmann (Swi)45
21Joanna Petterson (RSA)40
22Caroline Sax (Fra)30
23Aimee Dix (GBr)25
24Jacqueline Harmony (USA)20
25Anais Pajot (Fra) Team Sunn Montgenevre20
26Fanny Lombard° (Fra)20
27Nicole Beege (Ger)15
28Morgane Charre (Fra)15
29Sophie Borderes (Fra)15
30Birgit Braumann (Aut)10

World Cup Team Standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense309pts
2Scott 11260
3Commencal240
4Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain235
5Santa Cruz Syndicate219
6Trek World Racing196
7Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz125
8Suspension Center124
9Commencal Superiders122
10MS Evil Racing119
11Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team109
12Lapierre International105
13GT Bicycles96
14RC Alpine Commencal Austria92
15Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie89
16Norco World Team71
17Dr-Gravity Union60
18Giant Factory Team57
19Mondraker Factory Team50
20Kenda-Playbiker42
21Kona41
22Solid Aclass Factory Team28
23Team Cingolani - Protone20
24Team Sunn Montgenevre20
25Blackmountain Morewood United16
26Dirt Norco Race Team15
27Massi Team8
28Team Lac Blanc Massif Des Vosges8
29Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team6
30XMS Racing Squad4

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