Carpenter races to world championship despite three crashes

Manon Carpenter (Great Britain) raced to a gold medal at the junior women's world championship downhill on Sunday morning. Agnes Delest (France) took silver ahead of Lauren Rosser (Canada) with bronze.

It started to pour rain in the hour before the junior women were scheduled to race. The wet conditions made the already challenging track even more treacherous and the first few women could barely get down the track - they were crashing all over the place.

"It's good it started raining well before so it was the same for everyone," said Carpenter, who is from Wales and has plenty of experience riding and racing in wet conditions.

But even Carpenter crashed three times during her run.

"I had three crashes, two at the top," said Carpenter. "I was starting to panic and was like, 'stay on, stay on,' and then I took a wrong line coming into the bottom and crashed again."

"I'm used to riding in the rain although that track is chaos in the rain. It was bad enough this morning when it hadn't rained."

Sandra Reynier (France) set the first time that looked fast enough like it would stick at 5:33.488 , but she was immediately bumped from the hot seat by defending world champion Rosser with a 5:28.793.

"My run was alright but I had a lot of crashes because it is really slick," said Rosser, who went down three times early on the course and three times nearer to the bottom.

"It's a good course and it's very challenging. I think the top riders will be able to go no dabs, but it's really starting to rain up top. If you can hold it together, you can get a fast time."

It wasn't until the third last rider, Delest, that Rosser was beaten. The French woman clocked a 5:26.002. The second last woman down the mountain, Lea Fourton had a crash-filled run and failed to make the podium.

Carpenter was the last woman down and by far the smoothest. She finished in 5:11.545, which put her nearly 14.5 seconds ahead of her nearest competition.

With her win, Carpenter capped off a great season as she also won the junior World Cup overall.  She admitted she had been feeling the pressure to win today given her success the rest of the season racing in the elite ranks.

"I'm relieved to have finished the year in one piece. It's all gone well - last year didn't go quite so well," she said.  "Having ridden lots of World Cup tracks helped today, but there is not much that is going to prepare you for a track like this.  Champery is completely different."

Full Results

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Junior women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Manon Carpenter (Great Britain)0:05:11.545
2Agnes Delest (France)0:00:14.457
3Lauren Rosser (Canada)0:00:17.248
4Sandra Reynier (France)0:00:21.943
5Sarah Atkin (New Zealand)0:00:57.367
6Veronique Sandler (New Zealand)0:01:39.175
7Lea Fourton (France)0:01:52.368
8Sophiemarie Bethell (New Zealand)0:01:59.842
9Madeline Taylor (New Zealand)0:02:29.010
DNFKelsey Begg (Canada)Row 9 - Cell 2
DNSSophie Tyas (New Zealand)Row 10 - Cell 2
DNSLauren Daney (United States Of America)Row 11 - Cell 2
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
2New Zealand14Row 1 - Cell 3
3Great Britain10Row 2 - Cell 3
4Canada8Row 3 - Cell 3


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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.

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