This season of the women’s UCI World Cup has been anything but predictable. Who would have thought Rachel Atherton’s winning streak would end with a dislocated shoulder inside the treacherous woods of Fort Bill, or that Tahnée Seagrave would finally get her first World Cup win?
With Rachel Atherton missing out on Fort Bill and Leogang, we saw her back in the saddle and raring to go this weekend for Round 4 of the UCI World Cup in Vallnord, Andorra. Qualifiers got underway on Friday with the following results indicating race start positions:
1.Tracey Hannah (AUS) – 4.54:338
2.Myriam Nicole (FRA) – 4.55:399
3.Marine Cabirou (FRA) – 5.02:474
4.Tahnée Seagrave (GBR) – 5.02.892
5.Manon Carpenter (GBR) – 5.03:997
6.Eleonora Farina (ITA) – 5.08:928
7.Emilie Siegenthaler (SUI) – 5.09:785
8.Rachel Athertone (GBR) – 5.10:200
It was surprising to see Rachel qualify so low down the ranks with Tracey Hannah leading 15 seconds over the 2016 champion. Things suggested that Rachel’s shoulder may not be back in top form.