By Sue George, Cyclingnews.com
Sunday, September 4, 2011 4.49pm
Ragot wins gold downhill world championship medal for France
Emmeline Ragot (France) rides to victory in the women's downhill world championship. Rob Jones
Emmeline Ragot earned France another medal at the world championships in Champery, Switzerland, on Sunday afternoon when she won the elite women's downhill race. Rachel Atherton (Great Britain) rode to a silver medal while Claire Buchar (Canada) took bronze.
The women raced in steady, soaking rain, which made an already technical course even more slippery.
Casey Brown (Canada) was the first rider to almost crack six minutes as she clocked in at 6:00.217.
A few riders later, her teammate Buchar would fly down the mountain to set a new best time of 5:21.965.
Neither of the two four cross medallists in the race - Celine Gros (France) nor Fionn Griffiths (Great Britain) - could beat Buchar's time although Miriam Ruchti (Switzerland) and Mio Suemasa (Japan) came close, each moving into second position at the time they finished.
It was the sixth to last rider, Ragot, who would set the fastest time, with a 4:54.012. She was the only woman to go under five minutes.
Another favorite, Sabrina Jonnier (France) would not have the best run although she did finish fifth with a 5:24.329. Still another Frenchwoman Myriam Nicole, was next, earning herself a fourth at 5:22.306.
Ragot's time was holding up with three racers remaining in the line-up.
Next up was Atherton, who set a new second best time of 5:09.303, with a solid looking run.
Pugin did not start, so that left only defending champion Tracy Moseley (Great Britain). She crashed a few times during her run, including getting caught in the netting during one of the incidents. She finished ninth at 5:38.163.
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