Carpenter wins Leogang World Cup

History repeated itself as France and Great Britain once again battled for glory in the elite women's downhill World Cup. After the qualifying, the top five spots were occupied by three Brits (Tahnee Seagrave, Rachel Atherton and Manon Carpenter) and two French athletes (Myriam Nicole and Emmeline Ragot). It was up to these five riders, to leave their mark in the grand finale.

Seagrave set the first benchmark by putting over four seconds into the rest of the field. But she didn't have time to make herself comfortable in the hot seat, because Myriam Nicole was already on track and crossed the line four seconds up.

Still missing a win in Bikepark Leogang, Atherton is not yet on the top of her game after a long-lasting illness. All her hard efforts in the middle part couldn't recover her time after a slow start. It may not have been a winning run, but she rode to the finish 1.3 seconds faster than Nicole.

At this point, all eyes were on last year's winner Ragot, who favours Leogang's downhill motorway and was tipped for the win. It was in the "Roots of Asitz" section, where she lost her flow and the much needed momentum to bag the win. Atherton, Ragot, Nicole lit up the leader board. Then Carpenter pedaled out of the start gate. Fastest in qualifying, she had the joker in her pocket. Battling hard to keep up with Atherton's time in the upper part of the track, Carpenter showed real strength.

As soon as she hit the "Hollywood Section" before the last jump, it was clear that she was on the road to victory. Her aggressive riding style earned her a real speed advantage and put her 2.699 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. No need to stress that the British downhill queen was more than excited about her win.

"I am so happy! The fast track in Leogang really suits me, although it was really windy in the upper part," said Carpenter. "The dry conditions and the amazing atmosphere on the track contributed to my victory. It was an awesome week, the win feels so good!"

Results

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Elite women downhill
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen Factory Team0:03:42.500
2Rachel Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing0:00:02.699
3Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction0:00:04.028
4Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic0:00:04.310
5Tahnee Seagrave (GBr) Fmd Racing0:00:07.936
6Jill Kintner (USA)0:00:12.013
7Tracey Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson UR0:00:13.569
8Micayla Gatto (Can) Pivot Factory DH Team0:00:14.022
9Morgane Charre (Fra) Evil Vengeance Tour0:00:15.615
10Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Gstaad-Scott0:00:16.342
11Fionn Griffiths (GBr)0:00:17.919
12Jana Bartova (Cze)0:00:20.692
13Mariana Salazar Palomo (ESa)0:00:25.860
14Alia Marcellini (Ita) Lee Cougan Dirty Factory0:00:28.540
15Marine ° Cabirou (Fra)0:00:28.880
16Carina Cappellari (Swi)0:00:33.671
17Zarja Cernilogar (Slo) Blackthorn GT0:00:35.093
18Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)0:00:35.491
19Tegan ° Molloy (Aus)0:00:42.071
20Jaime Hill (Can)0:00:44.122
21Viktoria ° Gimenez (Fra)0:00:44.288
22Simona Jirkova (Cze)0:00:53.238
23Casey Brown (Can) Bergamont Hayes World Team0:03:25.753
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Madison Saracen Factory Team82pts
2Santa Cruz Syndicate75Row 1 - Cell 3
3Trek World Racing71Row 2 - Cell 3
4Commencal / Riding Addiction56Row 3 - Cell 3
5Giant Factory Off-Road Team56Row 4 - Cell 3
6GT Factory Racing55Row 5 - Cell 3
7Lapierre Gravity Republic45Row 6 - Cell 3
8Hutchinson Ur35Row 7 - Cell 3
9Devinci Global Racing34Row 8 - Cell 3
10Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof33Row 9 - Cell 3
11Specialized Racing DH32Row 10 - Cell 3
12Fmd Racing22Row 11 - Cell 3
13Kona Factory Team22Row 12 - Cell 3
14Gstaad-Scott22Row 13 - Cell 3
15Evil Vengeance Tour20Row 14 - Cell 3
16Pivot Factory DH Team16Row 15 - Cell 3
17Unior Tools Team11Row 16 - Cell 3
18Lee Cougan Dirty Factory7Row 17 - Cell 3
19Ms Mondraker Team5Row 18 - Cell 3
20Blackthorn GT4Row 19 - Cell 3
21Commencal2Row 20 - Cell 3
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Elite women downhill World Cup standings after four rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen Factory Team780pts
2Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic690Row 1 - Cell 3
3Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction662Row 2 - Cell 3
4Rachel Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing660Row 3 - Cell 3
5Tracey Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson UR487Row 4 - Cell 3
6Jill Kintner (USA)455Row 5 - Cell 3
7Tahnee Seagrave (GBr) Fmd Racing364Row 6 - Cell 3
8Morgane Charre (Fra) Evil Vengeance Tour356Row 7 - Cell 3
9Fionn Griffiths (GBr)295Row 8 - Cell 3
10Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Gstaad-Scott278Row 9 - Cell 3
11Micayla Gatto (Can) Pivot Factory DH Team270Row 10 - Cell 3
12Casey Brown (Can) Bergamont Hayes World Team101Row 11 - Cell 3
13Tegan ° Molloy (Aus)90Row 12 - Cell 3
14Danielle Beecroft (Aus) Green To Gold Race Development85Row 13 - Cell 3
15Carina Cappellari (Swi)80Row 14 - Cell 3
16Veronique Sandler (NZl)80Row 15 - Cell 3
17Claire Buchar (Can)55Row 16 - Cell 3
18Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)55Row 17 - Cell 3
19Marine ° Cabirou (Fra)55Row 18 - Cell 3
20Sarah Atkin (NZl)50Row 19 - Cell 3
21Alia Marcellini (Ita) Lee Cougan Dirty Factory50Row 20 - Cell 3
22Jana Bartova (Cze)45Row 21 - Cell 3
23Mariana Salazar Palomo (ESa)40Row 22 - Cell 3
24Diana Marggraff (Ecu)40Row 23 - Cell 3
25Harriet Latchem (GBr)40Row 24 - Cell 3
26Steffi Marth (Ger)35Row 25 - Cell 3
27Zarja Cernilogar (Slo) Blackthorn GT20Row 26 - Cell 3
28Viktoria ° Gimenez (Fra)20Row 27 - Cell 3
29Gabriela Williams (Cze)20Row 28 - Cell 3
30Sarah Booth (Aus)10Row 29 - Cell 3
31Katy Curd (GBr) Great Britain10Row 30 - Cell 3
32Jaime Hill (Can)5Row 31 - Cell 3
33Hope ° Jensen (GBr)5Row 32 - Cell 3
34Ellie ° Wale (Aus)5Row 33 - Cell 3
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Team World Cup standings after four rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Madison Saracen Factory Team279pts
2GT Factory Racing266Row 1 - Cell 3
3Lapierre Gravity Republic248Row 2 - Cell 3
4Santa Cruz Syndicate226Row 3 - Cell 3
5Specialized Racing DH222Row 4 - Cell 3
6Commencal / Riding Addiction211Row 5 - Cell 3
7Hutchinson Ur175Row 6 - Cell 3
8Giant Factory Off-Road Team171Row 7 - Cell 3
9Trek World Racing169Row 8 - Cell 3
10Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof158Row 9 - Cell 3
11Gstaad-Scott99Row 10 - Cell 3
12Evil Vengeance Tour77Row 11 - Cell 3
13Devinci Global Racing69Row 12 - Cell 3
14Fmd Racing65Row 13 - Cell 3
15Pivot Factory DH Team63Row 14 - Cell 3
16Bergamont Hayes World Team56Row 15 - Cell 3
17Ms Mondraker Team55Row 16 - Cell 3
18Kona Factory Team45Row 17 - Cell 3
19Unior Tools Team36Row 18 - Cell 3
20Rrp Ghost23Row 19 - Cell 3
21Green To Gold Race Development17Row 20 - Cell 3
22Lee Cougan Dirty Factory10Row 21 - Cell 3
23Banshee Bikes Factory Team9Row 22 - Cell 3
24Orange Dirt World Team, O'neal6Row 23 - Cell 3
25Blackthorn GT4Row 24 - Cell 3
26Commencal2Row 25 - Cell 3

 

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