Ragot wins women's downhill World Cup in Windham

Emmeline Ragot (Lapierre Gravity Republic) broke Rachel Atherton's Windham World Cup winning streak on Saturday afternoon when she won the elite women's downhill race.

"It was a short run so I had to focus and just think about it," said Ragot to Cyclingnews. "I rode it fast and I think I was in control though it may have looked like I was on the edge of control."

As rider after rider came down the mountain and set a new fast time, bumping the previous fastest woman from the hot seat, it seemed like business as usual.

But when Micayla Gatto (Pivot Factory Downhill) undertook her run, she crashed hard and was not able to resume racing. Gatto was later reported to be upright and talking, but disoriented, probably after hitting her head.

Tahnee Seagrave (FMD Racing) was told not to start, then to start, but during her run, she started seeing red flags everywhere. She also saw her friend Gatto on the ground but was not allowed to talk to her. Given the red flags affecting her run, she was sent right back up the lift to do a re-run.

"Micayla Gatto is one of my best friends. I saw the red flag at the top and they were telling me not to go, but then they were telling me to go so I went," said Seagrave. "There kept being red flags in my face, so I knew I couldn't keep going. I slowed down to try to talk to Micayla, but they wouldn't let me. I was hoping she was all right."

Once Gatto was safely off course, officials briefly debated whether to halt all competition while Seagrave worked her way back to the top, but with the pressure of live TV coverage, Jill Kintner (Norco) and Manon Carpenter (Madison Saracen) were sent down the mountain in the meantime. Both set new fastest times. Kintner knocked off 1.4 seconds to be the fastest American on the day while World Cup leader Carpenter dropped the bar another six seconds.

"I was a little too conservative down the steep bits. You just have to let it go. These girls go fast, and I just need to go a little faster," said Kintner.

Seagrave did run number two, which wasn't a fastest time but was good enough for fifth on the day.

"I figured I could push it a bit more although I did clip out in the first corner on the second run," said Seagrave. "The up side of that was that it made me push hard lower down. I didn't expect to do well here, but I have, so I'm happy."

Third to last was Tracey Hannah (Hutchinson UR), who was two seconds faster than Carpenter and ultimately third overall.

"I had a good run. I knew I had to pin it as hard as I could at the top," said Hannah. "I had a fast run and yes, I made a few mistakes, but you can't not make mistakes on a track this short."

Ragot was the second to last woman to start, and she had a blazing fast run, taking a whopping 6.9 seconds out of Hannah's time.

Current world champion Atherton started last and after making some mistakes up top, she never really got into her groove. Still a respectable run, Atherton finished second, 2.886 seconds off Ragot's pace.

Atherton had won all three previous Windham World Cups.

"It was such a fast track. It was so fast and short. You make one tiny mistake and it's hard to get over it," said Atherton. "I made a mistake at the top and I was panicking after that - trying to push and make time. I was getting messy. I knew it wouldn't be a winning run, but anything can happen, so you have to keep going."

"It's cool to have all the girls so fast. All year it's been pretty tight, so it's good."

Carpenter defended her World Cup lead and now has 1180 point to Ragot's 1110 and Atherton's 1060, setting up what will be a close race going into the World Cup finals in Meribel, France in two weeks.

"I had a good run - it was pretty safe," said Carpenter. "I had a bad crash a few years ago here when I was a junior, and there's something about this track that I struggle with. I would have like to place higher to help me out points wise but I'm happy to still be leading. It's going to be tight going into the last round."

Full Results

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Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic0:02:40.100
2Rachel Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing0:00:02.886
3Tracey Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson UR0:00:06.948
4Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen Factory Team0:00:08.727
5Tahnee Seagrave (GBr) FMD Racing0:00:09.456
6Jill Kintner (USA)0:00:15.299
7Vaea Verbeeck (Can)0:00:16.718
8Katy Curd (GBr)0:00:18.035
9Fionn Griffiths (GBr)0:00:18.301
10Casey Brown (Can) Bergamont Hayes World Team0:00:20.193
11Morgane Charre (Fra) Evil Vengeance Tour0:00:20.948
12Alanna Columb (NZl)0:00:25.435
13Carina Cappellari (Swi)0:00:27.169
14Camila Nogueira (Arg)0:00:31.636
15Sophie Tyas (NZl)0:00:32.921
16Fiona Ourdouillie (Fra)0:00:33.124
17Jaime Hill (Can)0:00:33.315
18Chloe Gallean (Fra)0:00:35.098
19Tegan Molloy° (Aus)0:00:35.425
20Alison Zimmer (USA)0:00:36.949
DNFMicayla Gatto (Can) Pivot Factory DH TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
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Elite women downhill World Cup standings with one round remaining
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen Factory Team1180pts
2Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic1110Row 1 - Cell 3
3Rachel Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing1060Row 2 - Cell 3
4Tracey Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson Ur792Row 3 - Cell 3
5Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction662Row 4 - Cell 3
6Tahnee Seagrave (GBr) FMD Racing615Row 5 - Cell 3
7Jill Kintner (USA)570Row 6 - Cell 3
8Morgane Charre (Fra) Evil Vengeance Tour497Row 7 - Cell 3
9Fionn Griffiths (GBr)420Row 8 - Cell 3
10Micayla Gatto (Can) Pivot Factory DH Team399Row 9 - Cell 3
11Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Gstaad-Scott278Row 10 - Cell 3
12Casey Brown (Can) Bergamont Hayes World Team221Row 11 - Cell 3
13Vaea Verbeeck (Can)186Row 12 - Cell 3
14Carina Cappellari (Swi)160Row 13 - Cell 3
15Tegan Molloy° (Aus)150Row 14 - Cell 3
16Katy Curd (GBr)90Row 15 - Cell 3
17Veronique Sandler (NZl)90Row 16 - Cell 3
18Danielle Beecroft (Aus) Green To Gold Race Development85Row 17 - Cell 3
19Fiona Ourdouillie (Fra)70Row 18 - Cell 3
20Alanna Columb (NZl)57Row 19 - Cell 3
21Claire Buchar (Can)55Row 20 - Cell 3
22Steffi Marth (Ger)55Row 21 - Cell 3
23Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)55Row 22 - Cell 3
24Sophie Tyas (NZl)55Row 23 - Cell 3
25Marine Cabirou° (Fra)55Row 24 - Cell 3
26Sarah Atkin (NZl)50Row 25 - Cell 3
27Chloe Gallean (Fra)50Row 26 - Cell 3
28Alia Marcellini (Ita) Lee Cougan Dirty Factory50Row 27 - Cell 3
29Jana Bartova (Cze)45Row 28 - Cell 3
30Mariana Salazar Palomo (ESa)40Row 29 - Cell 3
31Diana Marggraff (Ecu)40Row 30 - Cell 3
32Camila Nogueira (Arg)40Row 31 - Cell 3
33Harriet Latchem (GBr)40Row 32 - Cell 3
34Lorena Dromundo Vargas (Mex)30Row 33 - Cell 3
35Jaime Hill (Can)25Row 34 - Cell 3
36Zarja Cernilogar (Slo) Blackthorn GT20Row 35 - Cell 3
37Viktoria Gimenez° (Fra)20Row 36 - Cell 3
38Gabriela Williams (Cze)20Row 37 - Cell 3
39Jessica Stone (GBr)15Row 38 - Cell 3
40Sarah Booth (Aus)10Row 39 - Cell 3
41Alison Zimmer (USA)5Row 40 - Cell 3
42Hope Jensen° (GBr)5Row 41 - Cell 3
43Ellie Wale° (Aus)5Row 42 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof72pts
2Lapierre Gravity Republic70Row 1 - Cell 3
3Specialized Racing DH67Row 2 - Cell 3
4GT Factory Racing64Row 3 - Cell 3
5Trek World Racing61Row 4 - Cell 3
6Santa Cruz Syndicate60Row 5 - Cell 3
7Madison Saracen Factory Team43Row 6 - Cell 3
8Hutchinson Ur34Row 7 - Cell 3
9Devinci Global Racing29Row 8 - Cell 3
10Bergamont Hayes World Team25Row 9 - Cell 3
11FMD Racing22Row 10 - Cell 3
12Gstaad-Scott22Row 11 - Cell 3
13Commencal / Riding Addiction19Row 12 - Cell 3
14Kona Factory Team14Row 13 - Cell 3
15Orange Dirt World Team, O'neal12Row 14 - Cell 3
16Pivot Factory DH Team11Row 15 - Cell 3
17Evil Vengeance Tour10Row 16 - Cell 3
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Team World Cup standings with one round remaining
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Lapierre Gravity Republic398pts
2GT Factory Racing393Row 1 - Cell 3
3Madison Saracen Factory Team385Row 2 - Cell 3
4Santa Cruz Syndicate355Row 3 - Cell 3
5Specialized Racing DH345Row 4 - Cell 3
6Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof299Row 5 - Cell 3
7Trek World Racing275Row 6 - Cell 3
8Commencal / Riding Addiction255Row 7 - Cell 3
9Hutchinson Ur231Row 8 - Cell 3
10Giant Factory Off-Road Team220Row 9 - Cell 3
11Gstaad-Scott135Row 10 - Cell 3
12Devinci Global Racing124Row 11 - Cell 3
13FMD Racing113Row 12 - Cell 3
14Evil Vengeance Tour107Row 13 - Cell 3
15Pivot Factory DH Team94Row 14 - Cell 3
16Bergamont Hayes World Team93Row 15 - Cell 3
17MS Mondraker Team64Row 16 - Cell 3
18Kona Factory Team59Row 17 - Cell 3
19Orange Dirt World Team, O'neal37Row 18 - Cell 3
20Unior Tools Team36Row 19 - Cell 3
21RRP Ghost23Row 20 - Cell 3
22Green To Gold Race Development17Row 21 - Cell 3
23Lee Cougan Dirty Factory10Row 22 - Cell 3
24Banshee Bikes Factory Team9Row 23 - Cell 3
25Blackthorn GT4Row 24 - Cell 3
26Team Bulls - DH2Row 25 - Cell 3
27Commencal2Row 26 - Cell 3

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