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MTB World Cup Cross Country #3 2011

Date range:
May 27-29, 2011

May 29, Elite women cross country:

Bresset rides away from Pendrel for Offenburg victory

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
May 29, 2011, 12:27 BST,
Updated:
May 30, 2011, 3:57 BST

Frenchwoman retains World Cup overall lead

Julie Bresset (BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry) wins the elite women's cross country World Cup in Offenburg, Germany

Julie Bresset (BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry) wins the elite women's cross country World Cup in Offenburg, Germany

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The women's race saw Julie Bresset (BH Suntour Peisey Vallandry) take her second consecutive victory against an elite field that was missing only one rider from the top-50. Bresset didn't have quite so easy a time of it, as defending champion Catharine Pendrel (Luna) attacked multiple times before Bresset was finally able to make the winning move.

The women's race was one lap shorter than last year and, combined with the very dry and hard track, it made for a race that was full on from the starting gun, with no time to rest. Round one World Cup winner Ren Chengyuan (Specialized) was the only top rider missing; she was out of the action after a back injury from a crash in training earlier this week.

Out of the start loop and into the first of five laps, Nathalie Schneitter (Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol) led the field, and a split quickly developed, with 12 riders at the front - Schneitter and her teammate Eva Lechner, Bresset, Pendrel and her teammate Georgia Gould, Marie-Helene Premont (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain), Lene Byberg (Specialized), world champion Maja Wloszczowska (CCC Polkwice), Blaza Klemencic (Felt Oetztal X-Bionic), Esther Suss, Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon) and local favourite Sabine Spitz (Central Haibike).

However, the pace proved to be too much for some, and the group began thinning out. Bresset and Pendrel started to pull away on lap two, with Schneitter and Gould the only ones able to hang on initially. Schneitter dropped off on the third lap, while Gould was looking very comfortable with the other two until her chain jammed on the fourth lap, and she lost more than a minute getting it unstuck, eventually finishing 20th.

"I was riding in that group of third through sixth and I dropped my chain," said Gould. "I tried to shift it back on because it was right before a downhill, and I ended up kinking it, and I had to stop. I was all panicked and I couldn't get it unkinked. I lost minutes - it was so crushing. A spectator was really nice and helped tell me how to undo it, which was a big help because I was so frazzled."

Pendrel tried a couple of attacks on Bresset, but couldn't get a gap, so she played a waiting game. Unfortunately for her, when Bresset launched her own attack just before the start of the final lap, the Canadian couldn't respond, and the young French rider went into the final lap with a 25-second lead, which she stretched to 41 seconds by the finish.

"Julie and I just got away," said Pendrel. "I think we were going hard at the same time. I tried to attack her twice on the last lap, but she was always able to close to me and shut me out. She got the good line into the descent. I was hoping to get away there, but she put some time into me there after she got me going into it and then she was gone."

"It would have been nice to win again this year - I felt good, but I was having trouble getting away because Julie had so much zip," said Pendrel. "I feel that I still can improve, so I'll be that much stronger in Mont Ste. Anne."

Remarkably, Bresset is still actually eligible to race in the Under 23 category (she will turn 22 in June), and professes complete surprise at her strength this season. "My race was great. I don't understand what's happening to me - my second victory in two weeks! I took advantage on the downhill and then I went full gas. On the last lap, I continued on my pace to keep and grow the gap."

Behind the two leaders, the chase thinned down to three - Lechner, Premont and Byberg. Byberg, was the first to get dropped, and then Lechner gapped Premont on the final climb before the drop into the finish, to claim third. Byberg was racing a freshly launched, brand new carbon women's Specialized 29er hardtail named the Fate.

Bresset now has an impressive 700 points, to Pendrel's 470 in second place, with Byberg tied at 390 with the absent Chengyuan.

After Gould's mechanical woes, Katie Compton raced as the top American in 16th place.  "That was such a fast race," said Compton. "There was no place to recover. You had to go for it the whole time. It was five minutes faster than last year and it was the same course and same conditions."

Additional reporting provided by Sue George.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Julie Bresset (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 1:28:59  
2 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 0:00:41  
3 Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol 0:01:34  
4 Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 0:01:48  
5 Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Racing 0:02:08  
6 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice 0:02:35  
7 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 0:02:50  
8 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:03:10  
9 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Orbea Geax 0:03:16  
10 Esther Süss (Swi) 0:03:17  
11 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:03:21  
12 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Haibike Pro Team 0:03:47  
13 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol 0:03:50  
14 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 0:04:04  
15 Emily Batty (Can) Subaru - Trek 0:04:18  
16 Katherine Compton (USA) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 0:04:23  
17 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Central Haibike Pro Team 0:04:29  
18 Annika Langvad (Den) 0:04:34  
19 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:04:40  
20 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 0:04:50  
21 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Central Haibike Pro Team 0:05:05  
21 Rosara Joseph (NZl) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team    
23 Adelheid Morath (Ger) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 0:05:31  
24 Anja Gradl (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:06:09  
25 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) CCC Polkowice 0:06:25  
26 Hanna Klein (Ger) 0:06:30  
27 Nina Homovec (Slo) Orbea Geax 0:06:36  
28 Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing 0:06:44  
29 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:06:54  
30 Mary Mcconneloug (USA) 0:07:31  
31 Sarah Koba (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour 0:07:44  
32 Silke Schmidt (Ger) 0:07:48  
32 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team    
34 Anne Terpstra (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team 0:08:07  
35 Alexandra Engen (Swe) 0:08:20  
36 Laura Metzler (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 0:08:21  
37 Janka Stevkova (Svk)    
38 Hanlen Karen (NZl) 0:08:24  
39 Annie Last (GBr) 0:09:03  
40 Coralie Redelsperger (Fra) 0:09:12  
41 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) 0:09:36  
42 Anna Villar Argente (Spa) 0:09:38  
43 Rie Katayama (Jpn) 0:09:54  
44 Amanda Sin (Can) 0:10:55  
45 Judith Pollinger (Ita) Infotre - Bi & Esse - Leecougan 0:11:05  
46 Vera Andreeva (Rus) 0:11:18  
47 Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) Isd Cycling Team 0:11:46  
48 Mical Dyck (Can) 0:11:59  
49 Chloe Forsman (USA) 0:12:04  
50 Cécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 0:12:29  
51 Laura Turpijn (Ned) Team Merida Combee 0:12:34  
52 Katherine O'shea (Aus) 0:12:55  
53 Daniela Veronesi (Ita) 0:13:23  
54 Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek - Kmc Trade Team Vzw 0:13:39  
55 Gracie Elvin (Aus) 0:13:48  
56 Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa) 0:13:54  
57 Fabienne Niederberger (Swi) 0:14:19  
58 Nicoletta De Jager (Ned) 0:14:44  
59 Maaris Meier (Est) 0:15:00  
60 Michalina Ziolkowska (Pol) 0:15:38  
61 Oksana Rybakova (Rus) 0:16:20  
62 Kristien Nelen (Bel) V.Z.W. Goeman Scott Cycling Team 0:17:27  
63 Jenni King (Aus) 0:17:45  
64 Krista Park (USA) 0:17:52  
65 Rocio Gamonal Ferrera (Spa) 0:18:16  
66 Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer - BMC 0:18:50  
-1lap Sofia Pezzatti (Swi)    
-1lap Lucie Vesela (Cze) GT Czech Team    
-1lap Caitlin Elliott (Irl)    
-1lap Mette Marie Kronborg (Den)    
-1lap Maxine Filby (GBr)    
DNF Carina Kirssi (Fin) V.Z.W. Goeman Scott Cycling Team    
DNF Pavlina Sulcova (Cze) Merida Biking Team    
DNF Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru - Trek    
DNF Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice    
DNF Maria Osl (Aut) Fischer - BMC    
DNF Rowena Fry (Aus)    
DNF Amy Dombroski (USA)    
DNS Melanie Spath (Ger)    
DNS Anneke Beerten (Ned) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team    

Elite women's teams

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Luna Pro Team 63  pts
2 Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol 50  
3 Central Haibike Pro Team 43  
4 Ghost Factory Racing Team 42  
5 BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 40  
6 CCC Polkowice 32  
7 Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 32  
8 Specialized Racing 31  
9 Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 30  
10 Orbea Geax 26  
11 Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 25  
12 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 20  
13 Subaru - Trek 16  
14 Multivan Merida Biking Team 2  

Elite women individual World Cup standings after three rounds

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Julie Bresset (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 700  pts
2 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 470  
3 Chengyuan Ren (Chn) Specialized Racing 390  
4 Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Racing 390  
5 Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol 386  
6 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice 370  
7 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Haibike Pro Team 365  
8 Annika Langvad (Den) 350  
9 Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 340  
10 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol 310  
11 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 250  
12 Esther Süss (Swi) 243  
13 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team 237  
14 Emily Batty (Can) Subaru - Trek 226  
15 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 216  
16 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Central Haibike Pro Team 213  
17 Rosara Joseph (NZl) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 208  
18 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 205  
19 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team 201  
20 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Orbea Geax 192  
21 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 191  
22 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) CCC Polkowice 182  
23 Nina Homovec (Slo) Orbea Geax 174  
24 Annie Last (GBr) 173  
25 Hanna Klein (Ger) 162  
26 Mary Mcconneloug (USA) 158  
27 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 156  
28 Katherine Compton (USA) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 155  
29 Alexandra Engen (Swe) 146  
30 Sarah Koba (Swi) Giant Swiss Sr - Suntour 140  
31 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 139  
32 Laura Metzler (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 126  
33 Rie Katayama (Jpn) 123  
34 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Central Haibike Pro Team 108  
35 Silke Schmidt (Ger) 104  
36 Cécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 101  
37 Anja Gradl (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team 96  
38 Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing 96  
39 Laura Turpijn (Ned) Team Merida Combee 95  
40 Karen Hanlen (NZl) 92  
41 Anne Terpstra (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team 92  
42 Amanda Sin (Can) 90  
43 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru - Trek 86  
44 Anna Villar Argente (Spa) 79  
45 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) 67  
46 Adelheid Morath (Ger) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 60  
47 Janka Stevkova (Svk) 56  
48 Coralie Redelsperger (Fra) 54  
49 Katherine O'shea (Aus) 54  
50 Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice 50  
51 Vera Andreeva (Rus) 48  
52 Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team 40  
53 Judith Pollinger (Ita) Infotre - Bi & Esse - Leecougan 39  
54 Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice 38  
55 Krista Park (USA) 38  
56 Daniela Veronesi (Ita) 37  
57 Mical Dyck (Can) 37  
58 Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek - Kmc Trade Team Vzw 35  
59 Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Scott 32  
60 Nicoletta De Jager (Ned) 31  
61 Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa) 30  
62 Oksana Rybakova (Rus) 24  
63 Fabienne Niederberger (Swi) 24  
64 Maaris Meier (Est) 23  
65 Inbar Ronen (Isr) 20  
66 Chloe Forsman (USA) 19  
67 Rowena Fry (Aus) 19  
68 Stephanie Wiedner (Aut) 18  
69 Rocio Gamonal Ferrera (Spa) 17  
70 Maddie Horton (GBr) 15  
71 Samantha Sanders (RSA) 15  
72 Anneke Beerten (Ned) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team 14  
73 Gracie Elvin (Aus) 13  
74 Jenni King (Aus) 12  
75 Melanie Spath (Ger) 11  
76 Maria Osl (Aut) Fischer - BMC 10  
77 Michalina Ziolkowska (Pol) 8  
78 Kristien Nelen (Bel) V.Z.W. Goeman Scott Cycling Team 8