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Atherton wins women's downhill

Rachel Atherton (Commencal) snatched victory today with a strong performance at the fifth round of the women's downhill World Cup in Windham, New York. Atherton's winning time was 2:50:029. She recorded the fastest splits everywhere on the course and was delighted with victory. Atherton also won on the Windham track last year in the World Cup final.

"I love this track," said Atherton. "It's short, which suits me. It was really dry so I knew I had to go fast throughout. I'm stoked to be number one here today."

Floriane Pugin (Scott 11) claimed second, 1.348 seconds behind Atherton. Pugin was the fastest qualifier and was expected to dominate the day. However, although her split on the top of the course was the second fastest, it was almost four seconds slower than Atherton. World champion Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing), the World Cup leader, was third, 2.671 seconds back.

The top North American was Canadian national champion Micaylo Gatto in ninth, just ahead of US national champion Jill Kintner in 10th place. Gatto was one of the early leaders before a succession of riders began chipping away at the top time.

Sabrina Jonnier (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) was the first under three minutes, but then Myriam Nicole (Riding Addiction-Commencal) recorded the first sub-2:55 time. Moseley, third from last to start, knocked 1.4 seconds off of Nicole's time, but then Atherton smashed that time by 2.671 seconds. Pugin, starting last slipped in between Atherton and Moseley.

In the World Cup points standings Atherton gained enough points solidify her third place position at 820 points, and could still surpass Pugin with two races to go. Continuing as the points leader is Moseley with 1,080 points, followed by Pugin with with 980. The women's World Cup title is far from decided.

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rachel Atherton (GBr) Commencal0:02:50.029
2Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 110:00:01.348
3Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing0:00:02.671
4Myriam Nicole (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal0:00:04.058
5Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott 110:00:08.719
6Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria0:00:08.853
7Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain0:00:08.877
8Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Team GR0:00:10.344
9Micayla Gatto (Can)0:00:10.377
10Jill Kintner (USA)0:00:12.324
11Jessica Stone (GBr)0:00:13.809
12Miranda Miller (Can)0:00:13.930
13Miriam Ruchti (Swi)0:00:14.376
14Manon Carpenter ° (GBr) Madison Saracen0:00:14.841
15Jacqueline Harmony (USA)0:00:15.166
16Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie0:00:16.377
17Joanna Petterson (RSA)0:00:17.253
18Katy Curd (GBr)0:00:18.454
19Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Team GR0:00:25.589
20Lauren Daney ° (USA)0:00:52.723
21Melissa Buhl (USA)0:00:55.768

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Trek World Racing96pts
2Santa Cruz Syndicate72
4Scott 1157
5Giant Factory Off-Road Team54
6MS Evil Racing44
7Lapierre International44
8Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz33
9Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain32
10Devinci Global Racing30
11Riding Addiction Commencal26
12Mondraker Factory Team21
13Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof21
14Alpine Commencal Austria20
15Team GR18
16SC - Intense16
17CG Racing Brigade12
18Team Sunn Montgenevre9
19Madison Saracen7
20Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team7
21Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie5
22Team Cingolani Trek1

Elite women World Cup standings after five rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing1080pts
2Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 11980
3Rachel Atherton (GBr) Commencal820
4Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain625
5Myriam Nicole (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal569
6Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott 11475
7Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria437
8Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Team GR430
9Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Team GR297
10Jill Kintner (USA)281
11Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie270
12Manon Carpenter° (GBr) Madison Saracen235
13Micayla Gatto (Can)235
14Mio Suemasa (Jpn)181
15Miriam Ruchti (Swi)175
16Jacqueline Harmony (USA)145
17Miranda Miller (Can)105
18Jessica Stone (GBr)90
19Morgane Charre (Fra) Passion Velo Thiers Stemtee85
20Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)80
21Anita Ager-Wick (Nor)80
22Fanny Lombard (Fra)35
23Joanne Muoser (Swi) SC - Intense30
24Rika Olivier (RSA)25
25Joanna Petterson (RSA)20
26Darian Harvey (USA)20
27Maria Michalogiannaki (Gre) Unior Tools Team20
28Katy Curd (GBr)15
29Gabriela Williams (Cze)15
30Sandra Reynier° (Fra) CK Racing Santacruz15
31Anne Laplante (Can)10
32Emily Horridge (GBr)10
33Lauren Daney° (USA)5


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