Rachel Atherton wins Val d'Isere downhill World Cup

GT Factory Racing rider in World Cup lead

This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.com

Rachel Atherton (GT Racing) won the Val d'Isere World Cup in France on Sunday afternoon and extended her series lead over top rival Emmeline Ragot (MS Mondraker Team) with one round remaining.

Atherton won round six ahead by 1.49 seconds ahead of Ragot and 3.12 seconds ahead of Floriane Pugin (Scott11).

"The track is very difficult. One day it's dry. One day it's wet," said Atherton of the constantly changing conditions. "You never knew how it was going to be. It was like a guessing game."

Rumors had been happening that Atherton had crashed in the practice this morning before the finals, but she said, "I didn't crash, but I landed on my seat. It was the same as Fort William. You have to switch off and then switch back on for the race. It's difficult. I was so nervous."

Several riders were missing, including Jill Kintner, who is recovering from surgery following a crash, and Tracey Hannah, who crashed out earlier this weekend.

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Rachel Atherton's episode from BikeRadar's 'The Athertons' series earlier this year

Full results

1Rachel Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing0:02:38.97 
2Emmeline Ragot (Fra) MS Mondraker Team0:00:01.49 
3Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott110:00:03.12 
4Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction0:00:04.25 
5Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team0:00:04.90 
6Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott110:00:08.18 
7Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria0:00:11.12 
8Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team0:00:12.79 
9Mio Suemasa (Jpn)0:00:13.50 
10Morgane Charre (Fra) Passion Velo.Fr0:00:14.37 
11Tahnee Seagrave° (GBr)0:00:18.46 
12Chloe Gallean° (Fra) Dagg - Racing0:00:19.86 
13Mélanie Pugin (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie0:00:20.53 
14Zarja Cernilogar (Slo)0:00:21.49 
15Anita Molcik (Aut)0:00:23.72 
16Fiona Ourdouillie° (Fra)0:00:26.40 
17Caroline Sax (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace0:00:28.10 
18Elke Rabeder (Aut)0:00:29.30 
19Jana Bartova (Cze)0:00:31.53 
20Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)0:01:25.56 

Elite women individual World Cup standings after round 6

1Rachel Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing1200 pts
2Emmeline Ragot (Fra) MS Mondraker Team1120 
3Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction892 
4Tracey Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson United Ride732 
5Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott11705 
6Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott11500 
7Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team425 
8Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria402 
9Morgane Charre (Fra) Passion Velo.Fr381 
10Anita Molcik (Aut)380 
11Jill Kintner (USA) Team Norco International363 
12Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team239 
13Miriam Ruchti (Swi) SC-Intense232 
14Mio Suemasa (Jpn)230 
15Micayla Gatto (Can)221 
16Miranda Miller (Can)140 
17Tracy Moseley (GBr)124 
18Fionn Griffiths (GBr)115 
19Casey Brown (Can)95 
20Tahnee Seagrave° (GBr)90 
21Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie90 
22Luana Maria De Souza Oliveira (Bra)84 
23Mélanie Pugin (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie75 
24Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)75 
25Caroline Sax (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace75 
26Zarja Cernilogar (Slo)70 
27Jacqueline Harmony (USA)65 
28Claire Buchar (Can)57 
29Alia Marcellini (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop55 
30Jessica Stone (GBr) Unior Tools Team50 
31Chloe Gallean° (Fra) Dagg - Racing45 
32Martina Bruehlmann (Swi)35 
33Sarah Newman (GBr)30 
34Fiona Ourdouillie° (Fra)25 
35Gabriela Williams (Cze) CG Racing Brigade25 
36Carina Cappellari (Swi)20 
37Lauren Rosser (Can)20 
38Elke Rabeder (Aut)15 
39Tamara Maria Ulrich (Aut)15 
40Jana Bartova (Cze)10 
41Jaime Hill (Can)10 
42Jaime Rees (USA)5 
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