June 8, 2003 – Canada's Jordie Lunn had one of his best World Cup finishes this weekend, placing 17th in the Alpe d'Huez UCI World Cup DH event.
Australia's Nathan Rennie took the win by .6 of a second over fellow countrymen Christopher Kovarik. France's Fabien Barel rounded out the final three.
Anne Caroline Chausson made an appearance this weekend in the women's event. Now racing for Commencal, Chausson has returned to the new season in winning form…again! The winning gap was over three seconds ahead of Great Britain's Tracy Moseley (Kona Clarks Factory Team). Last week's winner, Celine Gros (FRA, Morzine Avoriaz) was third. No Canadian women were present to compete.
Canadian Dave Watson made his first appearance on the World Cup circuit this year and finished with an impressive 29th position in the men's 4X. Lunn was 40th.
American Eric Carter moved up the ranks after a second place finish last weekend to claim the top spot on the podium in France. He duked it out with last week's winner Cedric Gracia (FRA) but in the end it was Carter and Michal Prokop (CZE) who crossed the line 1,2. Great Britain's Scott Beaumont was third, Gracia 4th.
In the women's 4X Cross Chausson made an appearance but ended up with a ninth place finish, very unusual for the talented rider. Instead, it was Moseley who claimed the gold, ousting Australia's Katrina Miller and France's Sabrina Jonnier. American Tara Llanes rounded out the top four.
1. Nathan Rennie (AUS), 3:16.71
2. Christopher Kovarik (AUS), +0.60
3. Fabien Barel (FRA), +0.65
17. Jordie Lunn (CAN), 3:23.96, +7.25
1. Anne Caroline Chausson (FRA, Commencal) 3:37.15
2. Tracy Moseley (GBR, Kona Clarks Factory Team), +3.13
3. Celine Gros (FRA, Morzine Avoriaz), +3.52
1. Eric Carter (USA, Mongoose/Hyundai)
2. Michal Prokop (CZE)
3. Scott Beaumont (GBR)
4. Cedric Gracia (FRA)
29. Dave Watson
40. Jordie Lunn
1. Tracy Moseley (GBR, Kona Clarks Factory Team)
2. Katrina Miller (AUS)
3. Sabrina Jonnier (FRA)
4. Tara Llanes (USA)