After rain in the days leading up to the downhill world championship races, Sunday dawned bright and sunny. Morgane Charre (France) took her first world title in the elite women's race, surprising even herself.
The women's race was expected to be between defending champion Emmeline Ragot (France) and Rachel Atherton (Great Britain), the two riders who have been battling it out all season in the UCI World Cup. However, Atherton was not a factor in the race, suffering from an undisclosed injury and finishing fifth. After Canadians Micayla Gatto and Casey Brown came close to breaking the four-minute barrier, Charre obliterated it, taking the lead time down to 3:50.654 with six riders remaining.
Countrywoman Floriane Pugin came within 1.617 seconds, with last year's junior world champion Manon Carpenter (Great Britain) then getting a tenth of a second closer. Ragot was next, but she could only get within 1.2 seconds, leaving Atherton the only rider who could deny Charre the championship. Atherton was within two-hundredths of a second after the first intermediate time check, but faded badly in the second half of the race, allowing the 22-year-old Charre to step into the rainbow jersey.
"I did not expect this," said a stunned Charre. "I thought that Emmeline [Ragot] would beat me for sure, or Atherton. I had a very good run and pedalled a lot, with only little mistakes, but I have never had a result like this before."
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Morgane Charre (France)||0:03:50.654|
|2||Emmeline Ragot (France)||0:00:01.199|
|3||Manon Carpenter (Great Britain)||0:00:01.490|
|4||Floriane Pugin (France)||0:00:01.617|
|5||Rachel Atherton (Great Britain)||0:00:05.894|
|6||Micayla Gatto (Canada)||0:00:09.537|
|7||Casey Brown (Canada)||0:00:09.611|
|8||Miriam Ruchti (Switzerland)||0:00:12.558|
|9||Claire Buchar (Canada)||0:00:13.920|
|10||Tracy Moseley (Great Britain)||0:00:14.145|
|11||Lauren Rosser (Canada)||0:00:14.750|
|12||Petra Bernhard (Austria)||0:00:16.867|
|13||Sabrina Jonnier (France)||0:00:17.226|
|14||Zarja Cernilogar (Slovenia)||0:00:17.440|
|15||Jacqueline Harmony (United States Of America)||0:00:18.377|
|16||Anita Molcik (Austria)||0:00:18.405|
|17||Miranda Miller (Canada)||0:00:19.818|
|18||Mélanie Pugin (France)||0:00:21.527|
|19||Luana Maria De Souza Oliveira (Brazil)||0:00:25.738|
|20||Mio Suemasa (Japan)||0:00:26.077|
|21||Sandra Rubesam (Germany)||0:00:26.715|
|22||Jana Bartova (Czech Republic)||0:00:31.174|
|23||Diana Marggraff (Ecuador)||0:00:31.310|
|24||Sophiemarie Bethell (New Zealand)||0:00:32.459|
|25||Harriet Rucknagel (Germany)||0:00:33.208|
|26||Veronique Sandler (New Zealand)||0:00:34.124|
|27||Nicole Beege (Germany)||0:00:34.865|
|28||Lauren Daney (United States Of America)||0:00:34.899|
|29||Simona Jirkova (Czech Republic)||0:00:35.093|
|30||Elke Rabeder (Austria)||0:00:36.213|
|31||Elisa Canepa (Italy)||0:00:40.305|
|32||Jaime Rees (United States Of America)||0:00:45.618|
|33||Kim Schwemmer (Germany)||0:00:53.176|
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|6||United States Of America||27|
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