Val d’Isère World Cup – Womens DH Finals

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Round Six of the DHI UCI World Cup saw big wins for Rachel Atherton.

A buoyant Rachel Atherton extended her lead at the top of the Downhill standings today with victory in the penultimate round of the UCI MTB World Cup.

The British rider was 1.4 seconds faster than reigning world champion Emmeline Ragot and 3.1 seconds quicker than Floriane Pugin, who was riding on home soil. Atherton’s fellow Briton, Manon Carpenter, also put in a fine performance and came home fifth quickest.

In one post-race interview, Atherton had this to say: “I had a good run, tried to keep up the momentum but not mess things up. The track is very dry and fast and pretty sketchy, with hard turns, so it’s easy to make a mistake. I like it, I didn’t think it would be that good here.”

That’s five wins in a row for Rachel Atherton as she extends her overall lead over Emmeline Ragot! Atherton is now on 1,200 points – 80 ahead of her closest rival Ragot.

During the weekend Tracey Hannah was looking extremely fast but unfortunately suffered a bad crash in practice in Val d’Isère on Friday and is currently in hospital. Early reports suggest that the Australian was on a fast part of the top of the track when she fell, and she was airlifted to hospital. Tracey has reportedly has suffered a fractured femur and collarbone according to information from France, with more news expected over the weekend.

We’re wishing Tracey some major healing vibes!

Women’s Top 5

1. Rachel Atherton
2. Emmeline Ragot
3. Floriane Pugin
4. Myriam Nicole
5. Manon Carpenter

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