Mt St Anne World Cup DH highlights

Some of the best action from Sunday's incredible racing.
By Ric McLaughlin

The dust and mud have just about settled after another hectic Mt St Anne World Cup and when all was said and done it was Emmeline Ragot of France and Canada's own, Stevie Smith, who walked away the winners.

In the women's race, form girl of the year, the previously untouchable Rachel Atherton had work to do after a disappointing qualifier but two crashes in her race run saw her roll in back in 12th place, 35 seconds down. Ragot took the win after a ballsy but smooth run and was joined on the podium by Manon Carpenter in second and Floriane Pugin in third.

Rachel's big brother, Gee Atherton, had been casting a similarly imperious silhouette over the men's field this year. Again, a less than ideal qualifier left him down the order but with the benefit of a dry track which he promptly exploited into the hot seat.

The rain started for the top 10 with the crowd favourite, Smith, the last to go as fastest qualifier. Despite the soggy conditions, Stevie piloted his Devinci down to the finish line a second quicker than the Briton he's now firmly chasing for the overall series.  

Sam Hill continued his slow but menacing return to form with a third place for Chain Reaction Cycles/Nukeproof two seconds back on Smith.

Women's DH results

1 Emmeline Ragot (FRA, Lapierre Garvity Republic)

2 Manon Carpenter (GBR, Madison Saracen)

3 Floriane Pugin (FRA, Gstaadt-Scott)

4 Emelie Siegenthaler (SUI, Gstaadt-Scott)

5 Myriam Nicole (FRA, Commencal/Riding Addiction)


Men's DH results

1 Stevie Smith (CAN, Devinci Global Racing)

2 Gee Atherton (GBR, GT Factory Racing)

3 Sam Hill (AUS, CRC/Nukeproof)

4 Greg Minnaar (RSA, Santa Cruz Syndicate)

5 Aaron Gwin (USA, Specialized Racing)

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