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World Cup XC #5 DH/4X #4 - B

Mont Sainte-Anne, Canada, June 25-26, 2005

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Race 5 - June 26: Elite Women DH

Mosely upsets Jonnier's hopes

Tracy Moseley (Kona Les Gets)
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The dominant bicycle at the fourth round of the Downhill World Cup in Mont Ste Anne, Quebec proved to be from Kona, with Tracy Moseley winning for the women and Fabien Barel the men's, both riding for the Kona Les Gets Team. The racers were universal in their praise for the Mont-Sainte-Anne course. The reason for their positive comments was simple - it was a long race course. "Real mountain biking" was often mentioned. The return of the start at the top of the mountain after three years was clearly a crowd-pleaser.

Given the absence of Anne-Caroline Chausson (Commencal), the favourite going into this round of the World Cup was the series points leader Sabrina Jonnier (Fra). As the fastest qualifier, she seemed set to dominate this race. However, Tracy Moseley (Kona Les Gets), fourth fastest in qualifying, put paid to those plans. Jonnier was visibly disappointed and left the finish area quickly after her run proved to be 0.55 seconds slower than Moseley's. When Jonnier's time came up on the screen, Moseley jumped high into the air and then hugged her team manager.

Tracy Moseley was gushing after her run: "The track was awesome. This is the way that downhilling should be. You really had to push it all the way down the mountain. It's a brilliant course. It's so nice to back to the top of the mountain. Old school mountain biking. No sprinting stuff. I felt really strong in the last portion of the course and I think that got me the win."

Moseley continued to lavish praise on the course. "My head likes it but my body is suffering. This is where mountain biking should be. It's a long track down a mountain. I can feel I've only been racing 2 or 3 minute courses the past few years because today has taken a real toll on my body. I hope we get more tracks like this. It's what this bike is designed for. This course has everything. Really high speed plus slow speed in the woods. Nothing really crazy but you've got to hold it together the whole way."

Jonnier retains her lead atop the UCI standings, but Moseley has moved into second place and appears to have lots of confidence going into the fifth round in Brazil next weekend.


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1 Tracy Moseley (GBr) Kona Les Gets                   5.50.02
2 Sabrina Jonnier (Fra)                               5.50.57
3 Marielle Saner (Swi) Maxxis-Msc                     5.57.81
4 CÚline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine Avoriaz              6.02.73
5 Scarlett Hagen (NZl)                                6.03.51
6 Danika Schroeter (Can)                              6.03.54
7 Fionn Griffiths (GBr)                               6.04.29
8 Melissa Buhl (USA)                                  6.04.63
9 Helen Gaskell (GBr)                                 6.04.68
10 Rachel Atherton (GBr)                              6.04.97
11 Vanessa Quin (NZl)                                 6.12.16
12 Bernardita Pizzaro (Chi)                           6.21.10
13 Mio Suemasa (Jpn)                                  6.24.20
14 Petra Bernhard (Aut) Ms-Racing Team Europe         6.25.15
15 Anita Molcik (Aut) Arb÷ Rsp Downhill Racing        6.28.17
16 April Lawyer (USA)                                 6.28.51
17 Anneke Beerten (Ned) Specialized Factory Racing    6.30.95
18 Pascaline Reusser (Swi)                            6.38.36
19 Maria Conway (GBr)                                 6.38.85
20 Katrina Strand (Can)                               6.43.90
21 Anka Martin (RSA)                                  6.47.98
22 Claire Buchar (Can)                                7.03.41
23 Mylene Fortier (Can)                               7.12.26
World Cup standings after four rounds
1 Sabrina Jonnier (Fra)                                729 pts
2 Tracy Moseley (GBr) Kona Les Gets                    619
3 Vanessa Quin (NZl)                                   598
4 Marielle Saner (Sui) Maxxis-Msc                      530
5 Rachel Atherton (GBr)                                506
6 Anne-Caroline Chausson (Fra) Commencal Oxbow         480
7 Helen Gaskell (GBr)                                  380
8 CÚline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine Avoriaz               375
9 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Qbikes Les Sybelles             362
10 Scarlett Hagen (NZl)                                308
11 Fionn Griffiths (GBr)                               287
12 Petra Bernhard (Aut) Ms-Racing Team Europe          272
13 Kathy Pruitt (USA)                                  222
14 Anita Molcik (Aut) Arb÷ Rsp Downhill Racing         169
15 Melissa Buhl (USA)                                  163
16 Mio Suemasa (Jpn)                                   158
17 Anja Rees Jones (GBr)                               151
18 Nolvenn Le Caer (Fra)                               139
19 Maria Conway (GBr)                                  129
20 Miriam Ruchti (Sui)                                 129
21 Antje Kramer (Ger)                                  120
22 Claire Buchar (Can)                                 119
23 Angelika Hohenwarter (Aut)                          110
24 Miriam Blas Otondo (Esp)                            101
25 Diana Marggraff (Ecu) Zenith-Mtb-International      100
26 Pascaline Reusser (Sui)                              98
27 Danika Schroeter (Can)                               95
28 Anneke Beerten (Ned) Specialized Factory Racin       86
29 Daniela Bossard (Sui)                                82
30 Violeta Alfageme (Esp)                               72
31 Bernardita Pizzaro (Chi)                             67
32 Alice Kuhne (Sui)                                    64
33 Calamaty-Jayne Cann (GBr)                            62
34 Michaela Thaler (Ita) Arb÷ Rsp Downhill Racing       55
35 April Lawyer (USA)                                   52
36 Karen Ballentine (GBr)                               43
37 Katrina Strand (Can)                                 40
38 Mireia Bosca Ballester (Esp)                         40
39 Anka Martin (RSA)                                    37
40 Silja Stadler (Sui)                                  37
41 Victoria Hernandez Molinas (Esp)                     34
42 Mylene Fortier (Can)                                 32
43 Zsofia Koczka (Hun)                                  30
44 Celine Spicher (Sui)                                 28
45 Jules Coventry (GBr)                                 28