Neff wins Mont-Sainte-Anne cross country World Cup

Swiss rider extends her overall lead in World Cup standings

Jolanda Neff (Liv Pro XC) convincingly won the elite women's cross country at round five of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada on Sunday. Neff also padded her lead in the overall standings with her second win of the season.

Mont-Sainte-Anne is always one of the hardest courses on the World Cup circuit; a true classic with steep climbs and rocky, rooty descents. Add in mud from heavy rain the night before and hot, humid conditions on race day, and this became a race of attrition.

Neff shot off the front of the women's race on the start loop of the six-lap race, never to be seen again. The Swiss rider, who is actually the under 23 world champion but chooses to ride in the elite category, extended her lead to nearly a minute and a half by mid-race, before Catharine Pendrel (Luna) began to reduce the gap slowly, to just over a minute at the finish.

Pendrel took up the solo chase effort in the first lap, with a group of three forming behind by lap four, containing Lea Davison (Specialized Racing XC), Katerina Nash (Luna) and Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing). While the front two positions were set, the trio vying for third battled until the last lap, taking turns opening slight gaps on the other two. Finally, Nash was able to break clear for third, with Davison taking fourth just ahead of Batty.

"I maybe didn't want to go out that early, but it just happened," said Neff. "The race started and I was in the front, so I just thought that I would ride my pace and see what happened. I like the track here very well, so it was a great race."

"I don't actually like these hot conditions, I'm usually the best when it rains, but I did a lot of cooling today because I knew it was going to be hot. I hope I can keep my shape and I hope to continue doing well."

Neff now holds an almost unbeatable lead in the series with two races remaining at 900 points. Batty jumps from sixth to second at 590 points, just two ahead of Tanja Zakelj (Unior Tools).


Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jolanda Neff* (Swi) Liv Pro XC Team1:43:03 
2Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team0:01:03 
3Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:01:34 
4Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing XC0:01:40 
5Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing0:02:00 
6Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team0:02:56 
7Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team0:04:10 
8Annika Langvad (Den) Specialized Racing XC0:04:19 
9Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team0:05:33 
10Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Liv Pro XC Team0:05:47 
11Annie Last (GBr) Trek Factory Racing0:05:55 
12Irina Kalentieva (Rus)0:06:17 
13Sandra Walter (Can)0:06:27 
14Daniela Campuzano (Mex)0:06:50 
15Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:07:13 
16Julie Bresset (Fra) BH-Suntour-KMC0:07:37 
17Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol) Kross Racing Team0:08:08 
18Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol0:08:35 
19Lene Byberg (Nor)0:08:52 
20Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team0:09:17 
21Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing0:09:35 
22Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Specialized Racing XC0:09:58 
23Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team0:10:07 
24Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol0:10:45 
25Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing0:11:22 
26Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing0:11:33 
27Evelyn Dong (USA)0:12:02 
28Erin Huck (USA)0:14:05 
29Janka Keseg Stevkova (Svk)0:14:08 
30Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing0:14:16 
31Chloe Woodruff (USA)0:18:30 
-1lapLaura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex)  
-1lapAmanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing  
-1lapKarla Stepanova (Cze)  
-1lapMarie-Helene Premont (Can)  
-1lapRose Grant (USA)  
-1lapHanna Klein (Ger) BH-Suntour-KMC  
-1lapAndréanne Pichette (Can)  
-2lapsCindy Montambault (Can)  
-2lapsKathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team  
-2lapsRaiza Goulao-Henrique (Bra)  
-2lapsJitka Skarnitzlova (Cze)  
-2lapsErika Fernanda Gramiscelli (Bra)  
-2lapsRebecca Beaumont (Can)  
-2lapsIsabella Moreira Lacerda (Bra)  
-2lapsMio Suemasa (Jpn) Unior Tools Team  
-2lapsMandy Dreyer (Can)  
-3lapsLaura Valentina Abril Restrepo (Col)  
-3lapsAlexandra Gabriela Serrano Rodriguez (Ecu)  
-3lapsAgustina Maria Apaza (Arg)  
-3lapsAmy Beisel (USA)  
-3lapsPeta Mullens (Aus) Team Colnago Sudtirol  
-4lapsElisa Otter (USA)  
DNFKarlee Gendron (Can)  
DNSGunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team  
DNSAlexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing  
DNSMary Mcconneloug (USA)  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luna Pro Team83 pts
2Specialized Racing XC62 
3Liv Pro XC Team61 
4Trek Factory Racing49 
5Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team33 
6Unior Tools Team26 
7Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team24 
8Team Colnago Sudtirol20 
9Ghost Factory Racing16 
11Kross Racing Team14 
12Trek-KMC Trade Team8 
13Scott-3Rox Racing5 
Elite women World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jolanda Neff* (Swi) Liv Pro XC Team900 pts
2Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing590 
3Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team588 
4Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team580 
5Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team560 
6Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team540 
7Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Liv Pro XC Team538 
8Irina Kalentieva (Rus)515 
9Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol512 
10Pauline * Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Liv Pro XC Team500 
11Annika Langvad (Den) Specialized Racing XC500 
12Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing455 
13Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing409 
14Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team405 
15Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing393 
16Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team364 
17Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team347 
18Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Specialized Racing XC343 
19Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing337 
20Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team330 
21Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team304 
22Hanna Klein (Ger) BH-Suntour-KMC278 
23Julie Bresset (Fra) BH-Suntour-KMC238 
24Daniela Campuzano (Mex)228 
25Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol) Kross Racing Team208 
26Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing202 
27Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team188 
28Kate Fluker (NZl)186 
29Serena Calvetti (Ita)178 
30Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team152 
31Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing XC150 
32Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus XC Team150 
33Paula Gorycka (Pol) 4F Racing Team148 
34Ekateryna Anoshina (Rus)145 
35Mariske Strauss (RSA) Orange Monkey Pro Team144 
36Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer-BMC138 
37Janka Keseg Stevkova (Svk)136 
38Erin Huck (USA)131 
39Lene Byberg (Nor)128 
40Evelyn Dong (USA)128 
41Tory Thomas (Aus)125 
42Nina Wrobel (Ger)112 
43Vera Andreeva (Rus)112 
44Alice Pirard (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTB111 
45Chengyuan Ren (Chn)108 
46Samara Sheppard (NZl) Ktm Houffalize Team104 
47Karla Stepanova (Cze)91 
48Annie Last (GBr) Trek Factory Racing90 
49Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex)87 
50Anne Terpstra (Ned) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team82 
51Sandra Walter (Can)80 
52Agustina Maria Apaza (Arg)77 
53Mio Suemasa (Jpn) Unior Tools Team76 
54Cindy Montambault (Can)75 
55Jitka Skarnitzlova (Cze)70 
56Katherine O'neill (NZl)64 
57Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol58 
58Michelle Hediger (Swi) Fischer-BMC58 
59Chloe Woodruff (USA)58 
60Qinglan Shi (Chn)56 
61Karen Hanlen (NZl)54 
62Peta Mullens (Aus) Team Colnago Sudtirol54 
63Anna Oberparleiter (Ita)53 
64Rocio Martin Rodriguez (Spa)52 
65Sarah Riley (Aus)50 
66Tracy Moseley (GBr)48 
67Raiza Goulao-Henrique (Bra)45 
68Anna Szafraniec (Pol) Kross Racing Team44 
69Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing40 
70Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)40 
71Iryna Popova (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team39 
72Andréanne Pichette (Can)38 
73Marie-Helene Premont (Can)36 
74Rose Grant (USA)34 
75Isabella Moreira Lacerda (Bra)33 
76Anna Villar Argente (Spa)29 
77Lucie Vesela (Cze)27 
78Pavlina Sulcova (Cze)26 
79Erika Fernanda Gramiscelli (Bra)25 
80Rebecca Beaumont (Can)24 
81Nataliia Krompets (Ukr) Isd MTB Team24 
82Mandy Dreyer (Can)21 
83Laura Valentina Abril Restrepo (Col)20 
84Alexandra Gabriela Serrano Rodriguez (Ecu)19 
85Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol)18 
86Amy Beisel (USA)17 
87Elisa Otter (USA)15 
88Hielke Elferink (Ned)15 
89Marine Groccia (Swi)14 
90Lenka Bulisova (Cze)9 
91Elvira Khayrullina (Rus)9 
Teams World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Liv Pro XC Team355 pts
2Ghost Factory Racing249 
3Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team234 
4Luna Pro Team227 
5Trek Factory Racing190 
6Specialized Racing XC189 
7Unior Tools Team126 
8Multivan Merida Biking Team102 
9Team Colnago Sudtirol95 
10Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team87 
12Kross Racing Team38 
13Trek-KMC Trade Team28 
15Scott-3Rox Racing20 
16Orange Monkey Pro Team20 
17Wheeler - Ixs Team19 
18Focus XC Team17 
194F Racing Team13 
20Ktm Houffalize Team11 
21Team Merida Wallonie MTB8 
22Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team7 

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