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MTB World Cup Cross Country #6, Downhill #6 & Four Cross #6 2010

Date range:
August 27-30, 2010

August 28, Elite women cross country:

Pendrel sews up World Cup title

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
August 28, 2010, 21:50 BST,
Updated:
August 30, 2010, 18:00 BST

Final round win over Premont, Gould for Canadian

Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) winning over Marie-Helene Premont (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain)

Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) winning over Marie-Helene Premont (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain)

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Catharine Pendrel (Luna) was crowned as the new World Cup champion as the 2010 UCI cross country Mountain Bike World Cup concluded on Saturday in Windham, New York. Pendrel capped her World Cup season with her second victory of the year. For Canada, the women's race provided a strong lead in to the UCI World Mountain Bike Championships next week at Mont Ste Anne, Canada, as Marie-Hélène Premont (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) showed her form of old, finishing second.

"This is amazing, to win my second World Cup of the season, and the World Cup title, all a week before the world championships take place in Canada," said Pendrel. "To win a World Cup race is always special, but to be consistent right through the season and win the title is hard. The race for the title was so tight all season, that it is extra special to win it."

The 5.4-kilometre course was straightforward: a long climb followed by a quick descent. The riders zig-zagged their way up the climb, alternating open double track with loose, rocky and rooty singletrack, then descended through more of the same back to the start.

Pendrel and Premont distanced themselves from the rest of the field quickly as the five-lap race commenced. Pendrel, the World Cup leader coming into the race, had two worries: Eva Lechner (Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol) only 54 points back in the standings, and Willow Koerber (Subaru-Trek) at 59 points. Koerber was the bigger worry on this track, having won here in the national series race the previous year, and with a home crowd behind her.

In turned out that neither was a factor. Pendrel quickly shot to a 25-second advantage over Premont, with her Luna teammate Georgia Gould sitting in third, but steadily falling further behind through the race. Koerber started in fourth but faded badly to eventually finish sixth, 4:21 down, while Lechner was a distant 18th, over eight minutes in arrears.

The only real battle was at the front - Pendrel would start each lap approximately 25 seconds in front of Premont, who would close the gap on the climb, only to see it open on the descent. In the final lap, the 2008 World Cup champion gave an extra surge and caught Pendrel just before the top of the climb.

"I'm usually stronger in the first half of the race," said Pendrel. "So I wanted to go out hard and establish a gap. But Marie was climbing well, and I knew she was coming up. I was able to get the front into the descent and then I could control things, and it was enough."

Pendrel’s winning margin was a scant four seconds over Premont. Gould took third, but over two minutes down, with Blaza Klemencic (Felt Oetztal X-Bionic) fourth and last year's World Cup champion Elisabeth Osl (Central Pro) taking fifth.

Premont, who struggled last year and earlier this season, was extremely pleased to see her form peaking just before the world championships take place in her hometown.  She moved from 13th to eighth in the final standings.

"I had a very good start, and I was able to be at the front and stay within 15 to 30 seconds of Catharine,” she said. “Then on the last lap I knew it was my final chance, so I gave it everything I had, but Catharine was able to get in front for the downhill. It's a good time to be in this shape, one week before the world championships. I know I can do well next week."

In the final overall standings, Pendrel won the title with 1044 points, followed by Koerber at 865 and Lechner at 810. Gould jumped from fifth to fourth in the final standings and Swiss rider Esther Süss moved up from sixth to the final podium spot with the absence of world champion Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon).

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 1:39:48  
2 Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 0:00:04  
3 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 0:02:07  
4 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 0:03:17  
5 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Central Pro Team 0:03:41  
6 Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Trek 0:04:21  
7 Esther Süss (Swi) 0:04:26  
8 Katrin Leumann (Swi)    
9 Mary McConneloug (USA) Kenda/Seven/NoTubes 0:05:09  
10 Tanja Zakelj* (Slo) MBK Orbea 0:05:23  
11 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Trek 0:05:27  
12 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol 0:06:14  
13 Cécile Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International 0:06:29  
14 Katherine Compton (USA) 0:06:41  
15 Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Scott 0:06:57  
16 Amanda Sin (Can) 0:07:46  
17 Janka Stevkova (Svk) 0:08:08  
18 Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol    
19 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 0:08:30  
20 Annie Last* (GBr) 0:08:34  
21 Anja Gradl (Ger) Central Pro Team 0:08:35  
22 Alexandra Engen* (Swe) 0:09:03  
23 Rie Katayama (Jpn) 0:09:21  
24 Sarah Koba (Swi) Giant Swiss Team 0:09:41  
25 Hanna Klein (Ger) 0:09:49  
26 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 0:10:01  
27 Annika Langvad (Den) 0:10:11  
28 Rosara Joseph (NZl) 0:10:14  
29 Chengyuan Ren (Chn) 0:11:09  
30 Anna Villar Argente (Spa) 0:11:17  
31 Qinglan Shi (Chn) 0:11:44  
32 Barbara Benko* (Hun) 0:12:32  
33 Nina Homovec (Slo) MBK Orbea 0:13:00  
34 Daniela Veronesi (SMr) 0:13:52  
35 Yolande Speedy (RSA) 0:14:15  
36 Zhuanzhuan Ye* (Chn) 0:14:53  
37 Heather Logie (Aus) 0:14:56  
38 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo 0:15:16  
39 Jennifer Smith (NZl) 0:15:21  
40 Judy Freeman (USA) 0:15:41  
41 Aleksandra Mooradian (Pol) 0:15:47  
42 Catherine Vipond (Can) 0:16:15  
43 Fiona Macdermid (NZl) 0:16:39  
44 Kate Potter (Aus) 0:17:07  
45 Mical Dyck (Can) 0:18:59  
46 Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant Factory Team 0:19:07  
47 Teal Stetson-Lee (USA) 0:19:08  
-1lap Krista Park (USA)    
-1lap Erin Huck (USA)    
-1lap Ying Liu (Chn)    
-1lap Katherine O'shea (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition    
-1lap Cindy Montambault (Can)    
-2laps Nicola Leary (NZl)    
-2laps Katherine O'neill* (NZl)    
-2laps Mariske Strauss* (RSA)    
-2laps Anina Aaron (USA)    
-2laps Kimberly Flynn (USA)    
-2laps Bryna Nestor (USA)    
-2laps Roberta Kelly Stopa (Bra)    
-2laps Lydia Tanner* (USA)    
-2laps Anna Oberparleiter* (Ita) Hard Rock FRW A.S.D.    
-2laps Daniela Rojas* (Chi)    
-3laps Michelle Bellamy (NZl)    
-3laps Rowena Fry (Aus)    
DNF Rocio Gamonal Ferrera (Spa)    
DNF Lily Matthews* (GBr)    
DNS Emily Batty* (Can) Trek World Racing    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Luna Pro Team 77  pts
2 Subaru-Gary Fisher 46  
3 Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 42  
4 Central Pro Team 38  
5 Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 35  
6 Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol 32  
7 MBK Orbea 21  
8 Lapierre International 18  
9 Bikepark.ch Scott 16  
10 Giant Swiss Team 7  
Final World Cup individual standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 1044  pts
2 Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 865  
3 Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol 810  
4 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 798  
5 Esther Süss (Swi) 744  
6 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Central Pro Team 688  
7 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 678  
8 Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 650  
9 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol 643  
10 Katrin Leumann (Swi) 624  
11 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 594  
12 Julie Bresset* (Fra) BH-Suntour 570  
13 Mary Mcconneloug (USA) 498  
14 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice 472  
15 Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.ch Scott 461  
16 Tanja Zakelj* (Slo) MBK Orbea 445  
17 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 419  
18 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 386  
19 Cécile Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International 381  
20 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team 368  
21 Katherine Compton (USA) 358  
22 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 338  
23 Hanna Klein (Ger) 303  
24 Annie Last* (GBr) 286  
25 Janka Stevkova (Svk) 282  
26 Annika Langvad (Den) 270  
27 Anna Villar Argente (Spa) 268  
28 Emily Batty* (Can) Trek World Racing 267  
29 Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Factory Racing 256  
30 Amanda Sin (Can) 254  
31 Rosara Joseph (NZl) 250  
32 Anja Gradl (Ger) Central Pro Team 242  
33 Sarah Koba (Swi) Giant Swiss Team 229  
34 Alexandra Engen* (Swe) 226  
35 Rie Katayama (Jpn) 217  
36 Fanny Bourdon* (Fra) 215  
37 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Pro Team 205  
38 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo 192  
39 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) 184  
40 Margarita Fullana Riera (Spa) Massi Team 178  
41 Laura Turpijn (Ned) Team Merida Combee 149  
42 Barbara Benko* (Hun) 135  
43 Laura Metzler (Fra) BH-Suntour 122  
44 Paula Gorycka* (Pol) CCC Polkowice 122  
45 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 120  
46 Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice 118  
47 Yolande Speedy (RSA) 104  
48 Monique Pua Sawicki (USA) 102  
49 Vivienne Meyer* (Swi) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol 100  
50 Caroline Mani (Fra) BH-Suntour 100  
51 Maria Osl (Aut) Fischer-BMC 99  
52 Coralie Redelsperger (Fra) 97  
53 Nicola Leary (NZl) 95  
54 Nina Homovec (Slo) MBK Orbea 89  
55 Judith Pollinger* (Ita) 87  
56 Fabienne Niederberger (Swi) 81  
57 Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice 80  
58 Daniela Veronesi (SMr) 78  
59 Qinglan Shi (Chn) 76  
60 Kathrin Stirnemann* (Swi) 75  
61 Elisabeth Sveum* (Nor) Hard Rocx Racing Team 74  
62 Catherine Vipond (Can) 71  
63 Adelheid Morath (Ger) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 62  
64 Mical Dyck (Can) 61  
65 Michelle Hediger* (Swi) Fischer-BMC 57  
66 Rocio Gamonal Ferrera (Spa) 52  
67 Virginie Pointet* (Swi) Bikepark.ch Scott 52  
68 Chengyuan Ren (Chn) 48  
69 Ivonne Kraft (Ger) 46  
70 Chloe Forsman (USA) 46  
71 Zhuanzhuan Ye* (Chn) 44  
72 Eszter Erdelyi (Hun) 42  
73 Helene Marcouyre (Fra) BH-Suntour 42  
74 Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) 41  
75 Katarzyna Solus* (Pol) 40  
76 Julie Krasniak* (Fra) 39  
77 Vera Andreeva* (Rus) 38  
78 Evelyn Staffler (Ita) 34  
79 Ying Liu (Chn) 34  
80 Anne Terpstra* (Ned) Stappenbelt Specialized MTB Team 33  
81 Heather Logie (Aus) 32  
82 Jennifer Smith (NZl) 29  
83 Ekaterina Anoshina* (Rus) 29  
84 Judy Freeman (USA) 28  
85 Aleksandra Mooradian (Pol) 27  
86 Sandra Walter (Can) 27  
87 Fiona Macdermid (NZl) 25  
88 Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo 25  
89 Kate Potter (Aus) 24  
90 Samara Sheppard* (NZl) 23  
91 Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant Factory Team 22  
92 Teal Stetson-Lee (USA) 21  
93 Mikaela Kofman* (Can) 21  
94 Maaike Polspoel* (Bel) 21  
95 Krista Park (USA) 20  
96 Erin Huck (USA) 19  
97 Silke Schmidt (Ger) 19  
98 Katherine O'shea (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition 17  
99 Serena Calvetti* (Ita) 17  
100 Lily Matthews* (GBr) 17  
101 Cindy Montambault (Can) 16  
102 Katherine O'neill* (NZl) 14  
103 Mariske Strauss* (RSA) 13  
104 Rozanne Slik* (Ned) Team Merida Combee 13  
105 Tatjana Dold (Ger) 13  
106 Anina Aaron (USA) 12  
107 Melanie Spath (Ger) 12  
108 Kimberly Flynn (USA) 11  
109 Carina Kirssi (Fin) VZW Goeman Scott Cycling Team 11  
110 Bryna Nestor (USA) 10  
111 Alla Boyko* (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team 10  
112 Monique Zeldenrust (Ned) Giant Swiss Team 10  
113 Roberta Kelly Stopa (Bra) 9  
114 Karin Groen (Ned) 9  
115 Camille Devi* (Fra) Asptt Definitive Gitane 9  
116 Lydia Tanner* (USA) 8  
117 Nina Gulino* (Ita) 8  
118 Mirre Stallen (Ned) 8  
Final World Cup team standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Luna Pro Team 457  pts
2 Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol 275  
3 Subaru-Gary Fisher 245  
4 Central Pro Team 216  
5 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 130  
6 Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 129  
7 Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 117  
8 BH-Suntour 114  
9 Bikepark.ch Scott 94  
10 CCC Polkowice 84  
11 MBK Orbea 83  
12 JBG-2 Professional MTB Team 71  
13 Lapierre International 61  
14 Specialized Factory Racing 53  
15 Trek World Racing 37  
16 Massi Team 31  
17 Giant Swiss Team 18  
18 Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo 14  
19 Multivan Merida Biking Team 12  
20 Team Merida Combee 6  
21 Hard Rocx Racing Team 6