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It’s Peat and Chausson in Telluride downhill

Britain's Steve Peat and Frenchwoman Anne-Caroline Chausson turned in a pair of heroic performances Sunday, each taking wins at World Cup downhill No. 4 in Telluride, Colorado. Chausson's victory was one of the most memorable of her illustrious career, as she beat out Sabrina Jonnier on the short, dry and dusty Telluride track. When day broke in southwest Colorado the Volvo-Cannondale rider could barely walk, still feeling the effects of a bad crash suffered in Saturday's four-cross. Following the mishap she was taken off the course on an inflatable backboard, then had to make the two-hour

By Jason Sumner, VeloNews Associate Editor

Chausson sailed to downhill World Cup win No. 35.

Chausson sailed to downhill World Cup win No. 35.

Photo: Jason Sumner

Britain’s Steve Peat and Frenchwoman Anne-Caroline Chausson turned in a pair of heroic performances Sunday, each taking wins at World Cup downhill No. 4 in Telluride, Colorado.

Chausson’s victory was one of the most memorable of her illustrious career, as she beat out Sabrina Jonnier on the short, dry and dusty Telluride track.

Boxing, not biking, looked to be Chausson's new vocation.

Boxing, not biking, looked to be Chausson’s new vocation.

Photo: Jason Sumner

When day broke in southwest Colorado the Volvo-Cannondale rider could barely walk, still feeling the effects of a bad crash suffered in Saturday’s four-cross. Following the mishap she was taken off the course on an inflatable backboard, then had to make the two-hour trip to Montrose to undergo a battery of medical tests. Everything came up negative, but the badly bruised rider didn’t get back to the team condo until 3 a.m. and was limping badly the next morning.

But after initially telling team manager Eric Wallace she couldn’t go, Chausson changed her mind, showing up just in time for the morning qualifier. Still, when she came across sixth in the semi, it appeared that salvaging some points in the overall standings was the best she could hope for.

“That was really all I wanted,” Chausson said.

Amazingly, though, Chausson managed to ignore her pain in the finals, clocking a 2:21.73 during the 1200-foot plummet from the top of the Telluride Ski Area gondola. Chausson’s time was a half-second quicker than Jonnier (Intense), who was followed by Global riders Marielle Saner and Missy Giove, and Kona’s Tracey Moseley in the final results.

Chausson’s third straight World Cup win allowed her to extend her advantage in the overall standings. She’s now 62 points ahead of Jonnier with one race to go. Moseley is third overall, followed by Saner and Britain’s Fionn Griffiths. Giove is the top American in sixth.

Peat donned a skinsuit for the first time — and it worked.

Photo: Jason Sumner

In the men’s race, Peat also came off a lackluster qualifier to take World Cup gold. The Orange-England rider was a distant eighth in the morning session, but lopped nearly six seconds off that time in the afternoon, beating Maxxis-MSC’s Fabien Barel by 0.15 seconds in the finals. The win, plus an off day for Chris Kovarik, vaulted Peat into the top spot in the overall standings, 143 points ahead of Cédric Gracia.

Following the first 50 riders in the 73-rider field, Canada’s Dustin Adams (Giant) was the first to post a sub-2:03 time, coming across in 2:02.93. Adams’ mark held up through the next 16 riders, as the likes of Kovarik, Greg Minnaar and John Kirkcaldie all came up short.

Kovarik, who was unbeatable early in the season, was feeling far from 100-percent after a mid-week hospital visit revealed that he had a broken thumb, broken rib and bruised kidney, all the result of a grisly training crash at the Mont-Ste-Anne downhill two weeks ago.

“It’s hard to ride fast when you’re that injured,” said Kovarik, who fell from first to third in the overall after finishing 21st at Telluride.

Peat was also banged up, the victim of a practice crash Friday that left his right knee looking like a big, black and blue grapefruit. But after sitting out the four-cross on Saturday, he said felt fine Sunday and it showed when Peat posted a 2:01.81 to knock Adams off the hot seat.

Seven riders followed Peat down but none was able to match him, with only Barel going under 2:02. Maxxis-MSC teammate Cyril Lagneau wound up third, followed by Adams, then Haro-Lee Dungarees’ Mick Hannah. Four-cross winner Eric Carter was the top American in the downhill, finishing 25th, 7.52 seconds back of Peat.

“I only made one small mistake, so I knew I was fast,” said Peat, whose win was his second straight and upped his career World Cup total to eight.

The World Cup circuit now takes an extended break, giving way to the final two NORBA stops, most of the European national championships and the world championships at the end of August. The World Cup finals are set for the second weekend of September in Les Gets, France.

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Results

TISSOT UCI WORLD CUP; Downhill/Four-Cross No. 4; Telluride, Colorado; July 13-14; Downhill; Women; 1. Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON (F), VOLVO-CANNONDALE, 2:21.73; 2. Sabrina JONNIER (F), Intense, 2:22.23; 3. Marielle SANER (SWI), GLOBAL RACING, 2:22.24; 4. Missy GIOVE (USA), GLOBAL RACING, 2:22.80; 5. Tracy MOSELEY (GB), Kona, 2:23.57; 6. Kathy PRUITT (USA), Foes-Azonic, 2:25.35; 7. Marla STREB (USA), LUNA, 2:26.43; 8. Fionn GRIFFITHS (GB), Ancillotti-UK, 2:26.61; 9. April LAWYER (USA), Maxxis, 2:28.90; 10. Melissa BUHL (USA), KHS/ODI, 2:29.29; 11. Sandra WALKER (SWI), , 2:30.61; 12. Celine GROS (F), MORZINE-AVORIAZ, 2:30.64; 13. Amelie THEVOZ (SWI), , 2:30.80; 14. Nolvenn LE CAER (F), FIAT ROTWILD, 2:33.92; 15. Diana MARGGRAFF (ECU), Royal, 2:34.57; 16. Maxine IRVING (USA), 2:34.70; 17. Helen GASKELL (GB), , 2:34.76; 18. Cassandra BOON (Can), Giant, 2:35.35; 19. Vanessa QUIN (NZ), Intense, 2:35.62; 20. Mio SUEMASA (JPN), TREK VOLKSWAGEN, 2:35.71; 21. Lisa SHER (USA), Chumba Wumba, 2:36.55; 22. Pascaline REUSSER (SWI), 2:37.65; 23. Gale DAHLAGER (USA), 2:40.23; 24. Anka MARTIN (SA), 2:55.58; – Lisa-Ann HORLOR (NZ), DNF

Men; 1. Steve PEAT (GB), ORANGE ENGLAND, 2:01.81
;2. Fabien BAREL (F), MAXXIS-MSC, 2:01.96
;3. Cyril LAGNEAU (F), MAXXIS-MSC, 2:02.52
;4. Dustin ADAMS (CAN), 2:02.93
;5. Mick HANNAH (AUS), HARO-LEE DUNGAREE, 2:03.01
;6. Cedric GRACIA (F), VOLVO-CANNONDALE, 2:03.21
;7. Mickael PASCAL (F), TEAM BE ONE, 2:03.26
;8. John WADDELL (AUS), 2:03.76
;9. Julien POOMANS (F), 2:04.73
;10. Ivan OULEGO MORENO (SP), 2:04.77
;11. Jared GRAVES (AUS), 2:05.20
;12. Greg MINNAAR (SA), GLOBAL RACING, 2:05.25
;13. Bas DE BEVER (NL), TEAM BE ONE, 2:05.64
;14. Crawford CARRICK-ANDERSON (GB), 2:05.77
;15. Jared RANDO (AUS), 2:05.91
;16. Bernat GUARDIA PASCUAL (SP), MAXXIS-MSC, 2:06.03
;17. Samuel HILL (AUS), 2:06.58
;18. Michal MAROSI (CZH), 2:06.84
;19. Markolf BERCHTOLD (BRA), GLOBAL RACING, 2:07.29
;20. Cesar ROJO (SP), GLOBAL RACING, 2:07.51
;21. Christopher KOVARIK (AUS), 2:08.26
;22. Oscar SAIZ (SP), MAXXIS-MSC, 2:08.38
;23. Julien CAMELLINI (F), VOUILLOZ RACING, 2:08.56
;24. David VAZQUEZ LOPEZ (SP), GIANT GLOBAL, 2:08.84
;25. Eric CARTER (USA), MONGOOSE-HYUNDAI, 2:09.33
;26. Damien MERMOUD (SWI), 2:10.22
;27. Sean MCCARROLL (AUS), GLOBAL RACING, 2:10.35
;28. Frank SCHNEIDER (G), 2:10.67
;29. David MCLAUGHLIN (AUS), 2:10.75
;30. Justin HAVUKAINEN (AUS), 2:10.85
;31. David KLAASSENVANOORSCHOT (USA), 2:11.17
;32. Will LONGDEN (GB), 2:12.39
;33. Rich HOUSEMAN (USA), 2:12.50
;34. Chris O’DRISCOLL (USA), 2:12.75
;35. Joshua PRATER (USA), 2:13.18
;36. Daniel ATHERTON (GB), 2:13.34
;37. Mark BEAUMONT (GB), 2:13.47
;38. Bryn ATKINSON (AUS), 2:14.02
;39. Geoff PENDREL (CAN), 2:15.53
;40. Naoki IDEGAWA (JPN) GLOBAL RACING, 2:15.75
;41. Luke STROM (AUS), 2:15.88
;42. Myles ROCKWELL (USA), 2:15.98
;43. William CORRY (IRL), 2:16.46
;44. Gary HOUSEMAN (USA), 2:16.47
;45. Alex MORGAN (USA), 2:16.75
;46. Lars TRIBUS (USA), 2:17.19
;46. Bernie FREDRICK (USA), 2:17.19
;48. Nathan ADAMS (USA), 2:17.53
;49. Todd LEDUC (USA), 2:18.05
;50. Daniel AUERSWALD (G), 2:18.10
;51. Robin BALOOCHI (USA), 2:18.20
;52. Claudio CALUORI (SWI), MAXXIS-MSC, 2:18.32
;53. Glenn HADEN (NZ), 2:18.38
;54. Hugo DONAIS (CAN), 2:18.64
;55. Todd BOSCH (USA), 2:18.71
;56. Ferran MARIAS (SP), MAXXIS-MSC, 2:19.13
;57. James DODDS (NZ), 2:20.13
;58. Mark WEIR (USA), 2:20.21
;59. Waylon SMITH (GB), 2:21.29
;60. Frederic BELANGER, (CAN), 2:21.91
;61. Marco FIDALGO (POR), 2:22.55
;62. Mike Mihai MOGA, 2:23.04
;63. Dave WARDELL (GB), 2:27.93
;64. Trevor PORTER (CAN), 2:28.02
;65. Kyle EBBETT (USA), 2:28.29
;66. Vincent MARCOTTE (CAN), 2:36.13
;67. Rob WARNER (GB), GIANT GLOBAL, 2:39.51
;68. John KIRKCALDIE (NZ), 2:57.81
;– Nathan RANKIN (NZ), DSQ
;– Nathan RENNIE (AUS), DNF
;– Mathieu LAURIN (CAN), DNF
;– Benjamin CORY (AUS), DNF
;– Andre BEATO (POR), DNF
;– Colin BAILEY (USA), DNS
;– Ted TEMPANY (CAN), DNS

WORLD CUP POINTS STANDINGS; (after 4 of 5 races); Women;1. Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON, 777 points ;2. Sabrina JONNIER, 715 ;3. Tracy MOSELEY, 650 ;4. Marielle SANER, 508 ;5. Fionn GRIFFITHS, 466 ;6. Missy GIOVE, 422 ;7. Vanessa QUIN, 421 ;8. Celine GROS, 306 ;9. Kathy PRUITT, 282 ;10. Mio SUEMASA, 280 ;11. Helen GASKELL, 255 ;12. Sandra WALKER, 254 ;13. Nolvenn LE CAER, 251 ;14. April LAWYER, 235 ;15. Marla STREB, 225 ;16. Melissa BUHL, 198 ;17. Anita MOLCIK, 196 ;18. Pascaline REUSSER, 186 ;19. Petra BERNHARD, 186 ;20. Miriam BLAS, 185 ;21. Diana MARGGRAFF, 168 ;22. Lisa SHER, 127 ;23. Amelie THEVOZ, 118 ;24. Anneke BEERTEN, 107 ;25. Cassandra BOON, 89 ;26. Bernardita PIZARRO, 89 ;27. Lisa-Ann HORLOR, 87 ;28. Mami MASUDA, 73 ;29. Emmeline RAGOT, 71 ;30. Claire BAUCHET, 55 ;31. Sarah STIEGER, 53 ;32. Maxine IRVING, 52 ;33. Karen BALLENTINE, 37 ;34. Karen PEPPER, 34 ;35. Gale DAHLAGER, 32 ;36. Jo LEIGH, 32 ;37. Anka MARTIN, 30 ;38. Sandra HOHL, 30 ;39. Jaymie MART, 30 ;40. Michelle DUMARESQ, 28 ;41. Violeta JANEIRO, 28 ;42. Tamsin JONES, 28

Men; 1. Steve PEAT, 752 points;
2. Cedric GRACIA, 609;
3. Christopher KOVARIK, 604;
4. Mickael PASCAL, 505;
5. Fabien BAREL, 487;
6. Mick HANNAH, 411;
7. Greg MINNAAR, 365;
8. Nicolas VOUILLOZ, 315;
9. Oscar SAIZ, 300;
10. Cyril LAGNEAU, 275;
11. David VAZQUEZ LOPEZ, 257;
12. Claudio CALUORI, 247;
13. Ivan OULEGO MORENO, 243;
14. Nathan RENNIE, 239;
15. Cesar ROJO, 222;
16. Sean MCCARROLL, 211;
17. Julien POOMANS, 201;
18. Bernat GUARDIA PASCUAL, 189;
19. John KIRCALDIE, 179;
20. Crawford CARRICK-ANDERSON, 164;
21. Bas DE BEVER, 159;
22. Dustin ADAMS, 153;
23. Markolf BERCHTOLD, 139;
24. Jared GRAVES, 134;
25. Julien CAMELLINI, 130;
26. Kirt VOREIS, 128;
27. Michal MAROSI, 127;
28. Nigel PAGE, 127;
29. John WADDELL, 112;
30. Nathan RANKIN, 98;
31. Rob WARNER, 98;
32. Daniel ATHERTON, 89;
33. Matti LEHIKOINEN, 89;
34. Samuel HILL, 83;
35. Eric CARTER, 83;
36. Jared RANDO, 77;
37. Todd LEDUC, 77;
38. Damien MERMOUD, 62;
39. Will LONGDEN, 59;
40. Mark BEAUMONT, 58;
41. Wilfred VAN DER HATERD, 49;
42. Marcus KLAUSMANN, 46;
43. Dave WARDELL, 44;
44. Zigmars SKOLINS, 42;
45. Myles ROCKWELL, 39;
46. Guido TSCHUGG, 38;
47. George ATHERTON, 37;
48. Gregorz ZIELINSKI, 37;
49. Thomas RYSER, 30;
50. Vlastimil HYNCICA, 28;
51. Scott BEAUMONT, 26;
52. Ricky BOYER, 25;
53. Adam VAGNER, 25;
54. David KLAASSENVANOORSCHO, 24;
55. Mathieu LAURIN, 24;
56. Frank SCHNEIDER, 23;
57. David MCLAUGHLIN, 23;
58. Steve BARKER, 23;
59. Nicolas ORTIZ, 22;
60. Justin HAVUKAINEN, 21;
61. Bryn ATKINSON, 21;
62. Michael JONES, 21;
63. Benjamin CORY, 20;
64. Trevor PORTER, 20;
65. Rich HOUSEMAN, 18;
66. Nathaniel GOINY, 18;
67. Stuart THOMSON, 18;
68. Chris O’DRISCOLL, 17;
69. Andreas STEFFEN, 17;
70. Karim AMOUR, 17;
71. Joshua PRATER, 16;
72. Roger GONZALEZ SALVADOR, 16;
73. John LAWLOR, 16;
74. Naoki IDEGAWA, 15;
75. Rene WILDHABER, 15;
76. Tim PONTING, 15;
77. Filip POLC, 13;
78. Johan POSSMAN, 13;
79. Geoff PENDREL, 12;
80. Colin BAILEY, 12;
81. Bruno ZANCHI, 12;
82. Brant LYON, 11;
83. Corrado HERIN, 11;
84. Luke STROM, 10;
85. Colin ROSS, 10;
86. Gertje THOLEN, 9;
87. William CORRY, 8;
88. Trond HANSEN, 8;
89. Gary HOUSEMAN, 7;
90. Rohan GEARING, 7;
91. Alex MORGAN, 6;
92. Lars TRIBUS, 5;
92. Bernie FREDRICK, 5;
94. Rob JARMAN, 5;
95. David SCHATZKI, 4;
96. Nathan ADAMS, 3;
97. Jon CHEETHAM, 3;
98. Espen JOHNSEN, 2;
99. Mathieu PROST, 2;
100. Daniel AUERSWALD, 1

WORLD CUP TRADE TEAM STANDINGS;
1. GLOBAL RACING, 242;
2. VOLVO-CANNONDALE, 240;
3. MAXXIS-MSC, 234;
4. BE ONE, 120;
5. HARO-LEE DUNGAREES, 105;
6. VOUILLOZ RACING, 71;
7. ORANGE ENGLAND, 40;
8. GIANT, 33;
9. LUNA, 31;
10. MORZINE-AVORIAZ, 23;
11. FIAT-ROTWILD, 18;
12. TREK-VOLKSWAGEN, 7;
12. MONGOOSE-HYUNDAI, 7;