Hannah wins her first race back on the downhill World Cup circuit

Australian champion Tracey Hannah (Hutchinson United Ride) marked her return to international downhill competition with a win in the opening round of the UCI Montain Bike World Cup on Sunday in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

Heavy rain on the previous evening had led to concerns that the track would become muddy and treacherous, but the morning sun quickly started to dry things up, and many riders said that the rain actually made the track better than ever by race time.

The women's field lost two top contenders even before racing started, with Floriane Pugin (Scott 11) crashing the day before and injuring her shoulder, and Sabrina Jonnier (Labyrinth Shimano) crashing on racing day morning and suffering a leg injury.

However, there was never any doubt who the fastest rider was; Hannah qualified first by an impressive three and a half second margin, and took the win by nearly a second over the 2011 junior World Cup champion, Manon Carpenter (Madison Saracen).

World champion Emmeline Ragot (MS Mondraker) was a distant third, nearly three seconds in arrears, while former four cross world champion Jill Kintner (Team Norco) took fourth, for her first ever downhill podium appearance.

Hannah, who has been away from the World Cup circuit for four years and is a former junior World Champion, said, "It has always been my intention to come back, it just took a few years. This was more of a test race for me, to see where I was, and I didn't know what to expect. I'm in pain, but it is good pain. I am so exhausted. I'm happy, and extremely satisfied. I just can't believe it, it is so amazing."

Full Results

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Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tracey Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson United Ride0:04:33.806
2Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team0:00:00.949
3Emmeline Ragot (Fra) MS Mondraker Team0:00:02.810
4Jill Kintner (USA) Team Norco International0:00:08.492
5Miriam Ruchti (Swi) SC-Intense0:00:10.896
6Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott110:00:11.402
7Anita Molcik (Aut)0:00:12.123
8De Souza Oliveira (Bra)0:00:14.385
9Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria0:00:15.112
10Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction0:00:17.275
11Mio Suemasa (Jpn)0:00:18.065
12Fionn Griffiths (GBr)0:00:18.557
13Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)0:00:27.356
14Martina Bruehlmann (Swi)0:00:28.002
15Caroline Sax (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace0:00:33.423
16Gabriela Williams (Cze) CG Racing Brigade0:00:34.377
17Zarja Cernilogar (Slo)0:00:46.668
18Tamara Maria Ulrich (Aut)0:01:24.564
DNSFloriane Pugin (Fra) Scott11Row 18 - Cell 2
DNSSabrina Jonnier (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Hutchinson United Ride87pts
2Santa Cruz Syndicate66Row 1 - Cell 3
3Trek World Racing66Row 2 - Cell 3
4MS Mondraker Team48Row 3 - Cell 3
5Devinci Global Racing47Row 4 - Cell 3
6GT Factory Racing43Row 5 - Cell 3
7Monster Energy-Specialized43Row 6 - Cell 3
8Madison Saracen Downhill Team35Row 7 - Cell 3
9Team Norco International33Row 8 - Cell 3
10Scott1131Row 9 - Cell 3
11Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team26Row 10 - Cell 3
12CG Racing Brigade26Row 11 - Cell 3
13Giant Factory Off-Road Team24Row 12 - Cell 3
14SC-Intense22Row 13 - Cell 3
15Commencal / Riding Addiction20Row 14 - Cell 3
16Topcycle By Trek18Row 15 - Cell 3
17Alpine Commencal Austria14Row 16 - Cell 3
18Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team9Row 17 - Cell 3
19Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace6Row 18 - Cell 3
20Lapierre International5Row 19 - Cell 3
21Team Are Bikepark By W-Racing3Row 20 - Cell 3
22Ghost Factory Racing Team2Row 21 - Cell 3
23Kona1Row 22 - Cell 3
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World Cup individual standings after round 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Tracey Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson United Ride250pts
2Emmeline Ragot (Fra) MS Mondraker Team180Row 1 - Cell 3
3Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team165Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jill Kintner (USA) Team Norco International145Row 3 - Cell 3
5Miriam Ruchti (Swi) SC-Intense122Row 4 - Cell 3
6Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott11105Row 5 - Cell 3
7Luana Maria De Souza Oliveira (Bra)84Row 6 - Cell 3
8Anita Molcik (Aut)80Row 7 - Cell 3
9Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction71Row 8 - Cell 3
10Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria60Row 9 - Cell 3
11Mio Suemasa (Jpn)50Row 10 - Cell 3
12Fionn Griffiths (GBr)45Row 11 - Cell 3
13Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)40Row 12 - Cell 3
14Martina Bruehlmann (Swi)35Row 13 - Cell 3
15Caroline Sax (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace30Row 14 - Cell 3
16Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott1130Row 15 - Cell 3
17Gabriela Williams (Cze) CG Racing Brigade25Row 16 - Cell 3
18Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team25Row 17 - Cell 3
19Zarja Cernilogar (Slo)20Row 18 - Cell 3
20Tamara Maria Ulrich (Aut)15Row 19 - Cell 3
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World Cup team standings after round 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Hutchinson United Ride87pts
2Santa Cruz Syndicate66Row 1 - Cell 3
3Trek World Racing66Row 2 - Cell 3
4MS Mondraker Team48Row 3 - Cell 3
5Devinci Global Racing47Row 4 - Cell 3
6GT Factory Racing43Row 5 - Cell 3
7Monster Energy-Specialized43Row 6 - Cell 3
8Madison Saracen Downhill Team35Row 7 - Cell 3
9Team Norco International33Row 8 - Cell 3
10Scott1131Row 9 - Cell 3
11Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team26Row 10 - Cell 3
12CG Racing Brigade26Row 11 - Cell 3
13Giant Factory Off-Road Team24Row 12 - Cell 3
14SC-Intense22Row 13 - Cell 3
15Commencal / Riding Addiction20Row 14 - Cell 3
16Topcycle By Trek18Row 15 - Cell 3
17Alpine Commencal Austria14Row 16 - Cell 3
18Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team9Row 17 - Cell 3
19Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace6Row 18 - Cell 3
20Lapierre International5Row 19 - Cell 3
21Team Are Bikepark By W-Racing3Row 20 - Cell 3
22Ghost Factory Racing Team2Row 21 - Cell 3
23Kona1Row 22 - Cell 3

 

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