Chengyuan wins opening World Cup cross country in Pietermaritzburg

Bresset and Kalentieva best of the rest

In the elite women's race Chinese star Ren Chengyuan made her return to the front of the field.  She had all but disappeared after the Beijing Olympic Games. With few UCI points, she started 47th out of 55 riders, but tore through the field to third place after one lap.

A lap later, she had joined front runner Julie Bresset (BH-Suntour-Peisey Vallandry), and by the third lap, she was out in front alone. In addition to her power, Chengyuan showed an impressive improvement in her bike handling skills as she railed technical sections that every other rider was approaching cautiously.

Bresset was clear in second, while Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon) and Catharine Pendrel (Luna) battled for third. Kalentieva dropped Pendrel on the penultimate fourth lap with stronger technical skills to take third. Lene Byberg (Specialized) claimed the final spot on the podium and showed she is back in form after a season of illness.

Chengyuan claimed to be surprised with her victory and said, "I did not expect to win. I started far back, and the start was very fast. It was hard to pass at the beginning, but then it began to open up and I could move forward."

Prior to the start of the race, Trek World Racing made an announcement that had the World Cup family buzzing, with number two-ranked Willow Koerber pulling out of the race and announcing that she was pregnant, having just confirmed the fact the night before.

Team Director Martin Whiteley issued a statement. "Obviously this is a bittersweet development for Willow, who on one hand was ready to take on the world in season 2011, yet on the other hand, is now expecting her first child with all the joy and excitement that brings. One thing is clear:  we as a team are fully supportive of Willow in this new development and while this was not the plan, life is not predictable and all the team members have been so supportive since she spoke with everyone last night at dinner."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ren Chengyuan (Chn) Specialized Racing1:32:36 
2Julie Bresset (Fra) BH-Suntour-Peisey Vallandry0:01:06 
3Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:02:18 
4Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team0:02:44 
5Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Racing0:03:16 
6Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol0:05:01 
7Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Haibike Pro Team0:05:18 
8Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice0:05:26 
9Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain0:05:33 
10Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:05:57 
11Esther Süss (Swi)0:06:07 
12Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:06:24 
13Annika Langvad (Den)0:06:30 
14Rosara Joseph (NZl) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:06:36 
15Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol0:07:02 
16Emily Batty (Can) Subaru-Trek0:07:13 
17Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Orbea Geax0:07:19 
18Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:07:31 
19Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:08:04 
20Annie Last (GBr)0:08:40 
21Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team0:09:04 
22Anna Szafraniec (Pol) CCC Polkowice0:09:35 
23Mary Mcconneloug (USA)0:10:16 
24Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Trek0:10:24 
25Alexandra Engen (Swe)0:10:25 
26Katherine Compton (USA) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:10:37 
27Nina Homovec (Slo) Orbea Geax0:11:02 
28Laura Metzler (Fra) BH-Suntour-Peisey Vallandry0:11:33 
29Sarah Koba (Swi) Giant Swiss Sr-Suntour0:11:42 
30Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Central Haibike Pro Team0:11:58 
31Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Central Haibike Pro Team0:12:20 
32Rie Katayama (Jpn)0:12:29 
33Hanna Klein (Ger)0:12:38 
34Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice0:13:03 
35Amanda Sin (Can)0:13:20 
36Laura Turpijn (Ned) Team Merida Combee0:13:28 
37Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Scott0:15:01 
38Silke Schmidt (Ger)0:16:15 
39Krista Park (USA)0:16:31 
40Anna Villar Argente (Spa)0:16:48 
41Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:17:11 
42Vera Andreeva (Rus)0:17:29 
43Anne Terpstra (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team0:19:18 
44Oksana Rybakova (Rus)0:20:01 
45Cécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:21:11 
46Katherine O'Shea (Aus)- 1 lap 
47Nicoletta De Jager (Ned)- 1 lap 
48Inbar Ronen (Isr)- 1 lap 
49Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team- 1 lap 
50Stephanie Wiedner (Aut)- 1 lap 
51Rocio Gamonal Ferrera (Spa)- 1 lap 
52Judith Pollinger (Ita) Infotre - Bi&Esse- Leecougan- 1 lap 
53Samantha Sanders (RSA)- 1 lap 
54Anneke Beerten (Ned) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team- 2 laps 
DNFAnja Gradl (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team  
DNFBlaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team  
DNSWillow Koerber (USA) Trek World Racing  

Elite women cross country World Cup standings after one round

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ren Chengyuan (Chn) Specialized Racing250 pts
2Julie Bresset (Fra) BH-Suntour-Peisey Vallandry200 
3Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team160 
4Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team150 
5Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Racing140 
6Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol130 
7Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Haibike Pro Team120 
8Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice110 
9Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain100 
10Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team95 
11Esther Süss (Swi)90 
12Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team85 
13Annika Langvad (Den)80 
14Rosara Joseph (NZl) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team78 
15Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol76 
16Emily Batty (Can) Subaru-Trek74 
17Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Orbea Geax72 
18Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team70 
19Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team68 
20Annie Last (GBr)66 
21Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team64 
22Anna Szafraniec (Pol) CCC Polkowice62 
23Mary Mcconneloug (USA)60 
24Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Trek58 
25Alexandra Engen (Swe)56 
26Katherine Compton (USA) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team54 
27Nina Homovec (Slo) Orbea Geax52 
28Laura Metzler (Fra) BH-Suntour-Peisey Vallandry50 
29Sarah Koba (Swi) Giant Swiss SR-Suntour48 
30Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Central Haibike Pro Team46 
31Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Central Haibike Pro Team44 
32Rie Katayama (Jpn)42 
33Hanna Klein (Ger)40 
34Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice38 
35Amanda Sin (Can)36 
36Laura Turpijn (Ned) Team Merida Combee34 
37Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Scott32 
38Silke Schmidt (Ger)30 
39Krista Park (USA)29 
40Anna Villar Argente (Spa)28 
41Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team27 
42Vera Andreeva (Rus)26 
43Anne Terpstra (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team25 
44Oksana Rybakova (Rus)24 
45Cécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix23 
46Katherine O'shea (Aus)22 
47Nicoletta De Jager (Ned)21 
48Inbar Ronen (Isr)20 
49Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team19 
50Stephanie Wiedner (Aut)18 
51Rocio Gamonal Ferrera (Spa)17 
52Judith Pollinger (Ita) Infotre - Bi&Esse- Leecougan16 
53Samantha Sanders (RSA)15 
54Anneke Beerten (Ned) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team14 

Elite women cross country World Cup Team Standings after one round

 Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Specialized Racing68 pts
2Luna Pro Team43 
3Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol42 
4BH-Suntour-Peisey Vallandry38 
5Topeak Ergon Racing Team32 
6CCC Polkowice32 
7Central Haibike Pro Team25 
8Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain22 
9Subaru-Trek22 
10Ghost Factory Racing Team33 
11Multivan Merida Biking Team19 
12Orbea Geax18 
13Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team12 
14Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team10 
15Giant Swiss SR-Suntour2 

 

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