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MTB World Cup Cross Country #1, Downhill #1 & Four Cross #1 2011

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April 21-24, 2011

April 23, Elite women cross country:

Chengyuan wins opening World Cup cross country in Pietermaritzburg

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
April 23, 2011, 14:40 BST,
Updated:
April 25, 2011, 16:58 BST

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

Elite women cross country World Cup standings after one round

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ren Chengyuan (Chn) Specialized Racing 250  pts
2 Julie Bresset (Fra) BH-Suntour-Peisey Vallandry 200  
3 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 160  
4 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 150  
5 Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Racing 140  
6 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol 130  
7 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Haibike Pro Team 120  
8 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice 110  
9 Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 100  
10 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team 95  
11 Esther Süss (Swi) 90  
12 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 85  
13 Annika Langvad (Den) 80  
14 Rosara Joseph (NZl) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 78  
15 Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol 76  
16 Emily Batty (Can) Subaru-Trek 74  
17 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Orbea Geax 72  
18 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 70  
19 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team 68  
20 Annie Last (GBr) 66  
21 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 64  
22 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) CCC Polkowice 62  
23 Mary Mcconneloug (USA) 60  
24 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Trek 58  
25 Alexandra Engen (Swe) 56  
26 Katherine Compton (USA) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 54  
27 Nina Homovec (Slo) Orbea Geax 52  
28 Laura Metzler (Fra) BH-Suntour-Peisey Vallandry 50  
29 Sarah Koba (Swi) Giant Swiss SR-Suntour 48  
30 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Central Haibike Pro Team 46  
31 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Central Haibike Pro Team 44  
32 Rie Katayama (Jpn) 42  
33 Hanna Klein (Ger) 40  
34 Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice 38  
35 Amanda Sin (Can) 36  
36 Laura Turpijn (Ned) Team Merida Combee 34  
37 Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Scott 32  
38 Silke Schmidt (Ger) 30  
39 Krista Park (USA) 29  
40 Anna Villar Argente (Spa) 28  
41 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 27  
42 Vera Andreeva (Rus) 26  
43 Anne Terpstra (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team 25  
44 Oksana Rybakova (Rus) 24  
45 Cécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 23  
46 Katherine O'shea (Aus) 22  
47 Nicoletta De Jager (Ned) 21  
48 Inbar Ronen (Isr) 20  
49 Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team 19  
50 Stephanie Wiedner (Aut) 18  
51 Rocio Gamonal Ferrera (Spa) 17  
52 Judith Pollinger (Ita) Infotre - Bi&Esse- Leecougan 16  
53 Samantha Sanders (RSA) 15  
54 Anneke Beerten (Ned) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team 14  

Elite women cross country World Cup Team Standings after one round

  Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Specialized Racing 68  pts
2 Luna Pro Team 43  
3 Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol 42  
4 BH-Suntour-Peisey Vallandry 38  
5 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 32  
6 CCC Polkowice 32  
7 Central Haibike Pro Team 25  
8 Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 22  
9 Subaru-Trek 22  
10 Ghost Factory Racing Team 33  
11 Multivan Merida Biking Team 19  
12 Orbea Geax 18  
13 Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 12  
14 Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 10  
15 Giant Swiss SR-Suntour 2