By Rob Jones, Cyclingnews
Monday, June 21, 2010 9.00am
Ragot and Pugin complete women's podium
Sabrina Jonnier took the win at the third World Cup round in Leogang, Austria despite treacherous conditions Shimano
France's Sabrina Jonnier (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) took her second win of the 2010 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup series in Leogang, Austria yesterday after arch rival Rachel Atherton (Commencal) crashed out.
Atherton had won Saturday's qualifying, finishing six-tenths of a second ahead of reigning world champion Emmeline Ragot (Suspension Center). Jonnier finished a distant fourth, seven-and-a-half seconds down.
However, in the final Jonnier stepped her game up, with a time nearly half a second faster than Atherton's qualifying time. The British rider was the last woman to race, and the only one who could possibly beat Jonnier. At the first time check, the 2008 World Cup champion was three seconds up, but she crashed further down the course and did not finish.
Ragot took second and Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing) third. Jonnier now holds a significant 140-point series lead over Floriane Pugin (Scott 11), with Atherton third, 190 points behind.
"It is a really hard course – as hard as Maribor, maybe harder," said Jonnier. "It's just not the conditions I like at all. I like dry, sunny tracks, not this ... wet, muddy and yucky. The hardest part for me was the big drops, you can't go too fast or you end up missing the turn, and too slow you go over the bars. I tried to be fast enough and safe at the same time, just stay on my bike. It was good enough to take the win."