Bresset takes first World Cup win

Langvad and Spitz second and third

Julie Bresset (BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry) won her first elite women's cross country World Cup in Dalby Forest, Yorkshire. Annika Langvad raced to second ahead of Sabine Spitz (Central Haibike Pro Team. Eva Lechner (Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol) and Ren Chengyuan (Specialized Racing) round out the podium places.

"This is the hardest course on the World Cup," said defending World Cup women's champion Catharine Pendrel (Luna) and her comment was borne out by the number of top riders who struggled at round two of the cross country series on Sunday in Dalby Forest, in the northeast of England.

The 6.1-kilometre circuit didnot have any particularly long, steep climbs, nor is it at altitude; however, it was unrelenting, especially in the gusty wind that made every open section a struggle.

In the five-lap (plus start loop) women's race, round one winner Ren Chengyuan (Specialized) jumped into an early lead, with Julie Bresset (BH-Suntour-Peisey Vallandry) leading the chase. Bresset was joined by Pendrel after the Canadian chased back from being caught behind a crash in the start loop.  World Champion Maja Wloszczowska (CCC Polkowice), Lene Byberg (Specialized) and Nathalie Schneitter (Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol) were also there.

The young French rider bridged up to Chengyuan on the second lap, and the pair worked together to distance themselves from the chase group. Going into the last lap, Chengyuan had a slight gap on Bresset, and appeared to be on her way to a second consecutive win, however, the Chinese rider inexplicably slowed in the final kilometres, allowing Bresset to ride away to her first World Cup victory and the overall World Cup series lead.

Chengyuan had clearly hit a wall, as the chasers began to reel her in. First the Danish national champion Annika Langvad went by her, then Spitz and finally Lechner, with Chengyuan unable to hold any of their wheels, and barely hanging on for the fifth and final podium spot.

"I was very surprised when Ren slowed down," said Bresset, "but I did not wait, I just went! It is very special to win my first World Cup, and to win the leader's jersey, and I did not expect this. I will just do my best now to keep it."

Race note: Russian Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon) was not in attendance due to a problem with her visa.

Full Results

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julie Bresset (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry1:40:59 
2Annika Langvad (Den)0:01:03 
3Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Haibike Pro Team0:01:06 
4Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol0:01:22 
5Ren Chengyuan (Chn) Specialized Racing0:01:24 
6Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice0:01:31 
7Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team0:01:36 
8Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Racing0:01:51 
9Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol0:02:05 
10Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Central Haibike Pro Team0:02:06 
11Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain0:02:13 
12Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:02:41 
13Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:02:51 
14Annie Last (GBr)0:03:00 
15Emily Batty (Can) Subaru - Trek0:03:48 
16Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:04:31 
17Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:04:32 
18Nina Homovec (Slo) Orbea Geax0:04:51 
19Hanna Klein (Ger)0:04:57 
20Rosara Joseph (NZl) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:05:29 
21Anna Szafraniec (Pol) CCC Polkowice0:05:30 
22Hanlen Karen (NZl)0:05:38 
23Cécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:05:42 
24Esther Süss (Swi)0:05:47 
25Rie Katayama (Jpn)0:06:11 
26Alexandra Engen (Swe)0:06:40 
27Mary Mcconneloug (USA)0:07:04 
28Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice0:07:11 
29Sarah Koba (Swi) Giant Swiss Sr - Suntour0:07:24 
30Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing0:07:38 
31Laura Turpijn (Ned) Team Merida Combee0:08:41 
32Laura Metzler (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry0:08:51 
33Pavla Havlikova (Cze)0:08:52 
34Anja Gradl (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team  
35Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:09:02 
36Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:09:05 
37Silke Schmidt (Ger)0:09:12 
38Amanda Sin (Can)0:09:17 
39Anne Terpstra (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team0:09:42 
40Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru - Trek0:09:45 
41Katherine Compton (USA) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:09:48 
42Coralie Redelsperger (Fra)0:10:11 
43Anna Villar Argente (Spa)0:10:20 
44Janka Stevkova (Svk)0:10:53 
45Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:11:30 
46Daniela Veronesi (Ita)0:11:38 
47Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek - KMC Trade Team Vzw0:11:46 
48Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Orbea Geax0:11:57 
49Rowena Fry (Aus)0:12:21 
50Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa)0:13:13 
51Mical Dyck (Can)0:13:57 
52Katherine O'shea (Aus)0:14:09 
53Maddie Horton (GBr)0:14:26 
54Maaris Meier (Est)0:14:38 
55Fabienne Niederberger (Swi)0:14:57 
56Jenni King (Aus)0:15:02 
57Melanie Spath (Ger)0:15:46 
58Maria Osl (Aut) Fischer - BMC0:15:59 
59Krista Park (USA)0:16:25 
60Kristien Nelen (Bel) V.Z.W. Goeman Scott Cycling Team0:16:31 
61Nicoletta De Jager (Ned)0:17:50 
62Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer - BMC0:18:18 
63Judith Pollinger (Ita) Infotre - Bi & Esse - Leecougan0:18:38 
64Stephanie Wiedner (Aut)0:20:08 
-1lapAmy Dombroski (USA)  
-1lapGracie Elvin (Aus)  
-1lapCarina Kirssi (Fin) V.Z.W. Goeman Scott Cycling Team  
-1lapChloe Forsman (USA)  
-1lapTracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing  
-1lapLucie Vesela (Cze) GT Czech Team  
-1lapIngrid Bosscha (Ned)  
-1lapElliot Caitlin (Irl)  
-1lapCiara Mcmanus (Irl)  
-1lapMaxine Filby (GBr)  
-1lapMelanie Alexander (GBr)  
-1lapKiona Harbers (Ned)  
-2lapsAnneke Beerten (Ned) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team  
-2lapsSally Gabriel (GBr)  
-2lapsNatasha Barry (GBr)  
DNFLee Craigie (GBr)  
DNFInbar Ronen (Isr)  
DNFMagdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice  
DNSIrina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team  
DNSLesley Ingram (GBr)  
Elite women teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Central Haibike Pro Team53 pts
2Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol52 
3Specialized Racing52 
4Luna Pro Team42 
5BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry40 
6CCC Polkowice39 
7Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain20 
8Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team19 
9Subaru - Trek16 
10Ghost Factory Racing Team15 
11Multivan Merida Biking Team14 
12Orbea Geax13 
13Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team11 
14GT Skoda Chamonix8 
15Giant Swiss SR - Suntour2 
Elite women World Cup standings after two rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julie Bresset (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry450 pts
2Ren Chengyuan (Chn) Specialized Racing390 
3Annika Langvad (Den)280 
4Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Haibike Pro Team280 
5Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team270 
6Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Racing250 
7Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice240 
8Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol230 
9Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol226 
10Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain190 
11Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team169 
12Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team160 
13Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team157 
14Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team150 
15Emily Batty (Can) Subaru - Trek150 
16Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team149 
17Esther Süss (Swi)148 
18Annie Last (GBr)144 
19Rosara Joseph (NZl) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team144 
20Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Central Haibike Pro Team141 
21Anna Szafraniec (Pol) CCC Polkowice126 
22Nina Homovec (Slo) Orbea Geax122 
23Mary Mcconneloug (USA)112 
24Alexandra Engen (Swe)110 
25Hanna Klein (Ger)108 
26Rie Katayama (Jpn)98 
27Sarah Koba (Swi) Giant Swiss Sr - Suntour96 
28Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Orbea Geax92 
29Laura Metzler (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry92 
30Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team91 
31Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru - Trek86 
32Cécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix83 
33Katherine Compton (USA) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team81 
34Laura Turpijn (Ned) Team Merida Combee78 
35Amanda Sin (Can)66 
36Hanlen Karen (NZl)62 
37Silke Schmidt (Ger)62 
38Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team61 
39Anne Terpstra (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team54 
40Anna Villar Argente (Spa)53 
41Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice50 
42Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing46 
43Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Central Haibike Pro Team44 
44Pavla Havlikova (Cze)40 
45Anja Gradl (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team38 
46Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice38 
47Krista Park (USA)38 
48Katherine O'shea (Aus)38 
49Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team36 
50Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Scott32 
51Coralie Redelsperger (Fra)26 
52Vera Andreeva (Rus)26 
53Janka Stevkova (Svk)24 
54Oksana Rybakova (Rus)24 
55Daniela Veronesi (Ita)22 
56Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek - KMC Trade Team Vzw21 
57Jager Nicoletta De (Ned)21 
58Inbar Ronen (Isr)20 
59Rowena Fry (Aus)19 
60Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) Isd Cycling Team19 
61Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa)18 
62Stephanie Wiedner (Aut)18 
63Mical Dyck (Can)17 
64Rocio Gamonal Ferrera (Spa)17 
65Judith Pollinger (Ita) Infotre - Bi & Esse - Leecougan16 
66Maddie Horton (GBr)15 
67Samantha Sanders (RSA)15 
68Maaris Meier (Est)14 
69Anneke Beerten (Ned) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team14 
70Fabienne Niederberger (Swi)13 
71Jenni King (Aus)12 
72Melanie Spath (Ger)11 
73Maria Osl (Aut) Fischer - BMC10 
74Kristien Nelen (Bel) V.Z.W. Goeman Scott Cycling Team8 
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