Rachel Atherton has won the 7th round in the UCI
MTB World Cup Round 7 in Andorra, simultaneously securing her 13th
consecutive World Cup victory, the Series Overall title and a clean sweep of
2016 World Cup victories – a feat never before achieved in the sport!
Youngest rider Taylor Vernon showed true grit when he took the early lead,
despite riding with a broken nose and a LOT of bruising after a horrific
looking practice crash and Gee only decided to race at last minute after
re-injuring the shoulder that he’d struggled with since Fort William. He
cruised down the hill for a few final points in the Series but he was never
going to be in serious contention today.
women were up first. As Rachel took to the track she had already been confirmed
winner of the 2016 World Cup Series with 12 consecutive World Cup wins under
her belt – 6 out of 6 rounds so far in the 2016 Series.
the run up to the race Rachel had been suffering from a bad back and had
qualified in 3rd place. The champion rider had talked about perhaps
easing up a little to preserve her back for next week’s World Champs but there
were no signs of her doing anything of the sort as she tore out of the start
she make it lucky 13 wins in a row and a clean sweep of World Cup wins?
Rachel came on track Manon Carpenter was in the lead with Tahnee Seagrave
sitting in 2nd, a brave run despite a punishing fall in yesterday’s
qualis. From the first split it was clear that Rachel just couldn’t hold back, whatever
her stated intention! She was almost 4 seconds up on Carpenter by split 1 and
continued to pull away, tearing into the hot-seat a staggering 8.8 seconds
ahead , her time 4:52.783
Tracey Hannah and local star Myriam Nicole were left on the hill. Tracey rode a
good race to cross into 2nd in
all eyes were on Pompon, she was 2nd
by 3 seconds at the first split but had dropped back to 4 seconds gap at the
second and the gap had widened to almost
7 seconds by the final check. It was clear that she wasn’t going to match
Rachel, she crossed into 3rd, about 1.5 seconds behind Tracey.
had won the day, taken a clean sweep of the Series and yet another record!
she’d recovered a little bit Rachel said: "I cannot believe it! I totally thought it would never happen, I
thought for sure Tracey or Pompon would beat me after qualis was so close” I
just made some massive changes to my suspension, the opposite of what I had
been doing all week, and I tried really hard making my bike stick to the ground
and really using the steepness of the track to help me instead of being scared
of it!! I am beyond over the moon and to have the perfect season is a testament
to the hard work that goes in from the whole team and of how the team have kept
my head together when I've been too nervous!"
the Men’s race Taylor had qualified 73rd, he put in a storming run
of 4.26.025 to take the hotseat and stayed there for a significant time! Enough
for an eventual 26th, his Best World Cup place ever, and 50th in the
the start it was clear that Gee wasn’t going to be in the race, his careful run
ended with a puncture in the lower section, enough for 60th but
crushingly it left him just 3 points short of a top ten ranking in the overall
standings for the first time since 2005 when he was just 20 years old.
before 32nd place qualifier Adam Brayton came on track the long expected storms
broke over Vallnord, conditions up top soon got super wet and slippery but the
woods stayed dry, complicating tyre choice. Carnage ensued! Josh Bryceland had
a big off in the woods, Brook Macdonald flatted, Mick Hannah made a mistake up
top and Bernard Kerr stalled in the bottom sector. Into the top ten and
Minnaar made experience count to go into the hot seat in 4:16.409. He didn’t
stay there long as seventh place qualifier, Redcar’s own Danny Hart blasted
through in 4:13.611.
Luca Shaw and
Ferran Jorba Prats crashed out, Pierron couldn't get into contention
and then there were only three left on the hill. Local rider Remi Thirion was disappointed to
be twelve seconds off the pace, Aaron Gwin only had to score a top 80 to take
the overall today, he took it easy to post 55th and clinch the series
title, Troy Brosnan had a spill but recovered to cross into 20th leaving Danny Hart
the winner of his third consecutive World Cup by a convincing 2.7 seconds.
Rachel Atherton Trek Factory Racing DH 4:52.783
Tracey Hannah Polygon UR 4:59.351 + 6.568
Myriam Nicole Commencal/Vallnord 5,00.757 +7.974
Manon Carpenter Madison Saracen Factory Team 5:01.594 +8.811
Tahnee Seagrave Transition Factory Racing/FMD 5.04.876 +12.093
Danny Hart Ms Mondraker team 4:13.611
Greg Minnaar Santa Cruz Syndicate 4:16.409 +2.798
Loic Bruni Specialized gravity powered by SRAM 4:16.995 +3.384
Alexandre Fayolle Polygon UR 4:18.933 +5.322
Connor Fearon Kona factory team DH 4:19.176 +5.565
Taylor Vernon Trek Factory Racing DH 4.26.025 +12.414
Gee Atherton Trek Factory Racing DH 4. 37.164 + 23.905
Overall World Cup Standings Men
Overall World Cup Standings Women
Rachel Atherton Trek Factory Racing 1700
Manon Carpenter Madison Saracen Factory Team 1140
Tracey Hannah Polygon UR 1130
Tahnee Seagrave Transition Factory Racing/FMD 1015
Emilie Siegenthaler 630
the Overall Team Standings Trek Factory Racing DH missed out to MS Mondraker by