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May 23, Elite women cross country:

Pendrel, Gould go one-two for Luna in Offenburg

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
May 23, 2010, 14:21 BST,
Updated:
May 24, 2010, 21:22 BST

Süss finishes third

Canada's Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) crosses the line alone.

Canada's Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) crosses the line alone.

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This season, every cross country race in the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup has seen a new winner and a new leader for the series. Round three, in Offenburg, Germany, was no different, with Catharine Pendrel (Luna) taking the women's victory, and the overall lead for the World Cup.

Pendrel became the first Canadian rider in three years to don the leader's jersey in the World Cup series. Pendrel dominated the women's race, leading her American teammate Georgia Gould for the first two laps of the five lap race before dropping her on the third to solo in for her first European World Cup win, and the third World Cup victory of her career.

Gould finished second, 28 seconds behind Pendrel. Esther Süss of Switzerland was third, and 2008 World Cup champion Marie-Hélène Premont (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) put a second Canadian on the podium by finishing fourth. 2009 World Cup champion Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost) took the final podium spot.

After Offenburg, Pendrel holds a 40-point lead over American Willow Koerber (Subaru-Gary Fisher) in the World Cup standings, with three events remaining.

"I knew that I had the form for this," confirmed Pendrel. "The first two World Cups, I had the strength, but I just didn't have the best races that I could have. Here, I had a bit of a poor start, but I was able to make my way up to Georgia by the end of the first lap, and we rode together for the first couple of laps. When I heard that some chasers were catching us, I decided that it was time to go."

Gould went straight to the front at the conclusion of the start loop, opening up a small gap on traditional fast starter Katrin Leumann. It took Pendrel most of the first lap to work her way up to Gould, but when she did, the Canadian champion immediately went to the front to drive the pace. Behind, U23 series leader Julie Bresset (BH-Suntour) and Süss took up the chase, managing to hold the gap to less than 30 seconds for the first two laps, until Pendrel upped the pace.

Koerber, who had been remarkably consistent through the first two race, with two second places, came up short in Offenburg, finishing back in 13th. "It was a day when I just didn't have anything. Some days, you just don't have it," she said. "I'm just glad I didn't get passed more than I did."

Mary McConneloug (Kenda - Seven - No Tubes) finished 10th, putting two Americans in the top-10.

Race notes

- A number of riders who had done well in the first two races struggled in Offenburg - Koerber, Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon) and Marga Fullana (Massi) were a few. Some complained of "dead legs" or no power, and few admitted that they may have overtrained.

- The cross country series now takes a very long break - until late July. Most riders say that they will take a break, get a good training block in and then race national series races (plus national championships) before returning to the World Cup for the final three rounds prior to the Worlds in Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec.

Full Results

Elite / Under 23* women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 1:37:24  
2 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 0:00:28  
3 Esther Süss (Swi) 0:00:38  
4 Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 0:01:22  
5 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Central Pro Team 0:02:12  
6 Julie Bresset* (Fra) BH-Suntour 0:02:38  
7 Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol 0:03:18  
8 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:03:33  
9 Katrin Leumann (Swi)    
10 Mary Mcconneloug (USA) 0:03:44  
11 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 0:04:00  
12 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Pro Team 0:04:16  
13 Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 0:04:56  
14 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team 0:05:03  
15 Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Scott 0:05:13  
16 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol 0:05:32  
17 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo 0:05:39  
18 Anja Gradl (Ger) Central Pro Team 0:05:48  
19 Katherine Compton (USA) 0:06:30  
20 Hanna Klein (Ger) 0:06:51  
21 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 0:07:14  
22 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 0:07:18  
23 Tanja Zakelj* (Slo) MBK Orbea 0:07:48  
24 Margarita Fullana (Spa) Massi Team 0:08:02  
25 Anna Villar (Spa) 0:08:26  
26 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) 0:08:50  
27 Alexandra Engen* (Swe) 0:08:54  
28 Laura Turpijn (Ned) Team Merida Combee 0:09:05  
29 Amanda Sin (Can) 0:09:13  
30 Annika Langvad (Den) 0:09:50  
31 Cécile Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International 0:10:16  
32 Janka Stevkova (Svk) 0:10:21  
33 Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice 0:10:49  
34 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:11:00  
35 Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice    
36 Monique Pua Sawicki (USA) 0:11:24  
37 Maria Osl (Aut) Fischer-BMC 0:11:39  
38 Laura Metzler (Fra) BH-Suntour 0:11:47  
39 Barbara Benko* (Hun) 0:11:56  
40 Nicola Leary (NZl) 0:12:03  
41 Rie Katayama (Jpn) 0:12:11  
42 Caroline Mani (Fra) BH-Suntour 0:12:29  
43 Paula Gorycka* (Pol) CCC Polkowice 0:12:36  
44 Adelheid Morath (Ger) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 0:12:43  
45 Fanny Bourdon* (Fra) 0:12:48  
46 Evelyn Staffler (Ita) 0:13:14  
47 Judith Pollinger* (Ita) 0:13:33  
48 Julie Krasniak* (Fra) 0:14:02  
49 Silke Schmidt (Ger) 0:14:15  
50 Vera Andreeva* (Rus) 0:14:18  
51 Emily Batty* (Can) Trek World Racing    
52 Coralie Redelsperger (Fra) 0:14:31  
53 Annie Last* (GBr) 0:15:07  
54 Nina Homovec (Slo) MBK Orbea 0:15:17  
55 Tatjana Dold (Ger)    
56 Ekaterina Anoshina* (Rus) 0:15:26  
57 Helene Marcouyre (Fra) BH-Suntour 0:15:37  
58 Fabienne Niederberger (Swi) 0:15:40  
59 Kathrin Stirnemann* (Swi) 0:15:44  
60 Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) 0:16:18  
61 Katherine O'shea (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition 0:16:23  
62 Rozanne Slik* (Ned) Team Merida Combee 0:16:25  
63 Vivienne Meyer* (Swi) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol 0:16:29  
64 Michelle Hediger* (Swi) Fischer-BMC 0:16:35  
65 Ivonne Kraft (Ger) 0:18:46  
66 Alla Boyko* (Ukr) Isd Cycling Team 0:18:54  
67 Carina Ketonen (Fin) VZW Goeman Scott Cycling Team 0:19:01  
68 Kajsa Snihs* (Swe)    
69 Karin Groen (Ned) 0:19:17  
70 Lorraine Truong* (Swi) 0:19:24  
71 Elena Gogoleva (Rus) 0:20:07  
72 Noga Korem* (Isr) 0:20:21  
73 Alexa Hüni (Ger) 0:20:49  
74 Nicole Hanselmann* (Swi) 0:20:52  
75 Nicoletta De Jager (Ned) 0:21:04  
76 Virginie Pointet* (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Scott 0:21:34  
77 Viktoria Sultanova* (Ukr) 0:22:40  
78 Rebecca Henderson* (Aus) -1lap  
79 Anna Oberparleiter* (Ita) Hard Rock FRW A.S.D.    
80 Evgenia Belozerova (Rus)    
81 Camille Devi* (Fra) Asptt Definitive Gitane    
82 Kristien Nelen (Bel) VZW Goeman Scott Cycling Team    
83 Angelica Edvardsson* (Swe)    
84 Lucie Vesela (Cze) GT Czech Team    
85 Lily Matthews* (GBr)    
86 Joanna Wall (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition    
87 Camille Pousse* (Fra)    
88 Anne Terpstra* (Ned) Stappenbelt Specialized MTB Team    
89 Sabria Cristina Mascarreras (Spa) Conor - Forallac -2laps  
90 Githa Michiels (Bel) Team Saeco    
91 Joana Barbosa* (Por)    
92 Nadine Rieder* (Ger)    
93 Tanja Starkermann* (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team    
94 Louise Blot* (Fra)    
95 Daria Zaitseva* (Rus)    
96 Catherine Lohri (Swi)    
97 Nadezhda Orlova* (Rus)    
98 Kiona Harbers (Ned) -3laps  
DNF Maaike Polspoel* (Bel)    
DNF Rocio Gamonal Ferrera (Spa)    
DNF Sarah Bosch* (Ger)    
DNF Stephanie Wiedner (Aut)    
DNF Alba Larragoiti (Mex)    
DNF Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe)    
DNF Christina Verhas (Aut)    
DNS Inbar Ronen (Isr)    
DNS Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer-BMC    
Elite women's teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Luna Pro Team 75  pts
2 Central Pro Team 60  
3 Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol 39  
4 Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 30  
5 Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 29  
6 Subaru-Gary Fisher 28  
7 BH-Suntour 26  
8 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 23  
9 JBG-2 Professional MTB Team 17  
10 Bikepark.ch Scott 16  
11 Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo 14  
12 MBK Orbea 8  
13 Massi Team 7  
14 Team Merida Combee 3  
World Cup elite women's standings after three rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 520  pts
2 Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 480  
3 Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol 455  
4 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 440  
5 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 428  
6 Julie Bresset* (Fra) BH-Suntour 420  
7 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Central Pro Team 380  
8 Esther Süss (Swi) 364  
9 Katrin Leumann (Swi) 330  
10 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 260  
11 Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 260  
12 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 234  
13 Mary Mcconneloug (USA) 233  
14 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team 232  
15 Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.ch Scott 214  
16 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol 208  
17 Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Factory Racing 190  
18 Tanja Zakelj* (Slo) MBK Orbea 188  
19 Hanna Klein (Ger) 180  
20 Margarita Fullana (Spa) Massi Team 178  
21 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 176  
22 Cécile Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International 165  
23 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 164  
24 Alexandra Engen* (Swe) 164  
25 Annika Langvad (Den) 156  
26 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice 146  
27 Anna Villar (Spa) 145  
28 Emily Batty* (Can) Trek World Racing 143  
29 Laura Turpijn (Ned) Team Merida Combee 134  
30 Anja Gradl (Ger) Central Pro Team 132  
31 Fanny Bourdon* (Fra) 129  
32 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo 122  
33 Rosara Joseph (NZl) 122  
34 Annie Last* (GBr) 108  
35 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) 108  
36 Janka Stevkova (Svk) 108  
37 Monique Pua Sawicki (USA) 102  
38 Caroline Mani (Fra) BH-Suntour 100  
39 Rie Katayama (Jpn) 99  
40 Amanda Sin (Can) 92  
41 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Pro Team 85  
42 Nicola Leary (NZl) 80  
43 Coralie Redelsperger (Fra) 74  
44 Sarah Koba (Swi) Giant Swiss Team 73  
45 Maria Osl (Aut) Fischer-BMC 73  
46 Laura Metzler (Fra) BH-Suntour 72  
47 Paula Gorycka* (Pol) CCC Polkowice 69  
48 Katherine Compton (USA) 68  
49 Adelheid Morath (Ger) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 62  
50 Barbara Benko* (Hun) 61  
51 Rocio Gamonal Ferrera (Spa) 52  
52 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 52  
53 Ivonne Kraft (Ger) 46  
54 Catherine Vipond (Can) 45  
55 Kathrin Stirnemann* (Swi) 45  
56 Eszter Erdelyi (Hun) 42  
57 Helene Marcouyre (Fra) BH-Suntour 42  
58 Virginie Pointet* (Swi) Bikepark.ch Scott 41  
59 Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice 40  
60 Mical Dyck (Can) 38  
61 Vera Andreeva* (Rus) 38  
62 Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice 36  
63 Judith Pollinger* (Ita) 34  
64 Fabienne Niederberger (Swi) 32  
65 Ekaterina Anoshina* (Rus) 29  
66 Nina Homovec (Slo) MBK Orbea 28  
67 Sandra Santanyes (Spa) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo 25  
68 Evelyn Staffler (Ita) 22  
69 Maaike Polspoel* (Bel) 21  
70 Julie Krasniak* (Fra) 20  
71 Silke Schmidt (Ger) 19  
72 Lily Matthews* (GBr) 17  
73 Michelle Hediger* (Swi) Fischer-BMC 17  
74 Tatjana Dold (Ger) 13  
75 Anne Terpstra* (Ned) Stappenbelt Specialized MTB Team 13  
76 Melanie Spath (Ger) 12  
77 Carina Ketonen (Fin) VZW Goeman Scott Cycling Team 11  
78 Daniela Veronesi (SMr) 10  
79 Monique Zeldenrust (Ned) Giant Swiss Team 10  
80 Camille Devi* (Fra) Asptt Definitive Gitane 9  
81 Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) 8  
82 Mirre Stallen (Ned) 8  
World Cup elite women's team standings after three rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Luna Pro Team 230  pts
2 Subaru-Gary Fisher 133  
3 Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol 121  
4 Central Pro Team 119  
5 BH-Suntour 84  
6 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 81  
7 Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 58  
8 Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 53  
9 JBG-2 Professional MTB Team 47  
10 Specialized Factory Racing 42  
11 Bikepark.ch Scott 41  
12 Massi Team 31  
13 MBK Orbea 28  
14 CCC Polkowice 26  
15 Lapierre International 19  
16 Trek World Racing 19  
17 Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo 14  
18 Team Merida Combee 6  
19 Giant Swiss Team 1