Pendrel sews up World Cup title

Final round win over Premont, Gould for Canadian

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) TeamResult
1Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team1:39:48 
2Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain0:00:04 
3Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:02:07 
4Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team0:03:17 
5Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Central Pro Team0:03:41 
6Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Trek0:04:21 
7Esther Süss (Swi)0:04:26 
8Katrin Leumann (Swi)  
9Mary McConneloug (USA) Kenda/Seven/NoTubes0:05:09 
10Tanja Zakelj* (Slo) MBK Orbea0:05:23 
11Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Trek0:05:27 
12Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol0:06:14 
13Cécile Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International0:06:29 
14Katherine Compton (USA)0:06:41 
15Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Scott0:06:57 
16Amanda Sin (Can)0:07:46 
17Janka Stevkova (Svk)0:08:08 
18Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol  
19Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team0:08:30 
20Annie Last* (GBr)0:08:34 
21Anja Gradl (Ger) Central Pro Team0:08:35 
22Alexandra Engen* (Swe)0:09:03 
23Rie Katayama (Jpn)0:09:21 
24Sarah Koba (Swi) Giant Swiss Team0:09:41 
25Hanna Klein (Ger)0:09:49 
26Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:10:01 
27Annika Langvad (Den)0:10:11 
28Rosara Joseph (NZl)0:10:14 
29Chengyuan Ren (Chn)0:11:09 
30Anna Villar Argente (Spa)0:11:17 
31Qinglan Shi (Chn)0:11:44 
32Barbara Benko* (Hun)0:12:32 
33Nina Homovec (Slo) MBK Orbea0:13:00 
34Daniela Veronesi (SMr)0:13:52 
35Yolande Speedy (RSA)0:14:15 
36Zhuanzhuan Ye* (Chn)0:14:53 
37Heather Logie (Aus)0:14:56 
38Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo0:15:16 
39Jennifer Smith (NZl)0:15:21 
40Judy Freeman (USA)0:15:41 
41Aleksandra Mooradian (Pol)0:15:47 
42Catherine Vipond (Can)0:16:15 
43Fiona Macdermid (NZl)0:16:39 
44Kate Potter (Aus)0:17:07 
45Mical Dyck (Can)0:18:59 
46Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant Factory Team0:19:07 
47Teal Stetson-Lee (USA)0:19:08 
-1lapKrista Park (USA)  
-1lapErin Huck (USA)  
-1lapYing Liu (Chn)  
-1lapKatherine O'shea (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition  
-1lapCindy Montambault (Can)  
-2lapsNicola Leary (NZl)  
-2lapsKatherine O'neill* (NZl)  
-2lapsMariske Strauss* (RSA)  
-2lapsAnina Aaron (USA)  
-2lapsKimberly Flynn (USA)  
-2lapsBryna Nestor (USA)  
-2lapsRoberta Kelly Stopa (Bra)  
-2lapsLydia Tanner* (USA)  
-2lapsAnna Oberparleiter* (Ita) Hard Rock FRW A.S.D.  
-2lapsDaniela Rojas* (Chi)  
-3lapsMichelle Bellamy (NZl)  
-3lapsRowena Fry (Aus)  
DNFRocio Gamonal Ferrera (Spa)  
DNFLily Matthews* (GBr)  
DNSEmily Batty* (Can) Trek World Racing  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luna Pro Team77 pts
2Subaru-Gary Fisher46 
3Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team42 
4Central Pro Team38 
5Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain35 
6Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol32 
7MBK Orbea21 
8Lapierre International18 Scott16 
10Giant Swiss Team7 
Final World Cup individual standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team1044 pts
2Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher865 
3Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol810 
4Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team798 
5Esther Süss (Swi)744 
6Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Central Pro Team688 
7Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team678 
8Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain650 
9Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol643 
10Katrin Leumann (Swi)624 
11Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team594 
12Julie Bresset* (Fra) BH-Suntour570 
13Mary Mcconneloug (USA)498 
14Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice472 
15Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Scott461 
16Tanja Zakelj* (Slo) MBK Orbea445 
17Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher419 
18Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team386 
19Cécile Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International381 
20Anna Szafraniec (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team368 
21Katherine Compton (USA)358 
22Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team338 
23Hanna Klein (Ger)303 
24Annie Last* (GBr)286 
25Janka Stevkova (Svk)282 
26Annika Langvad (Den)270 
27Anna Villar Argente (Spa)268 
28Emily Batty* (Can) Trek World Racing267 
29Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Factory Racing256 
30Amanda Sin (Can)254 
31Rosara Joseph (NZl)250 
32Anja Gradl (Ger) Central Pro Team242 
33Sarah Koba (Swi) Giant Swiss Team229 
34Alexandra Engen* (Swe)226 
35Rie Katayama (Jpn)217 
36Fanny Bourdon* (Fra)215 
37Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Pro Team205 
38Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo192 
39Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)184 
40Margarita Fullana Riera (Spa) Massi Team178 
41Laura Turpijn (Ned) Team Merida Combee149 
42Barbara Benko* (Hun)135 
43Laura Metzler (Fra) BH-Suntour122 
44Paula Gorycka* (Pol) CCC Polkowice122 
45Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team120 
46Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice118 
47Yolande Speedy (RSA)104 
48Monique Pua Sawicki (USA)102 
49Vivienne Meyer* (Swi) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol100 
50Caroline Mani (Fra) BH-Suntour100 
51Maria Osl (Aut) Fischer-BMC99 
52Coralie Redelsperger (Fra)97 
53Nicola Leary (NZl)95 
54Nina Homovec (Slo) MBK Orbea89 
55Judith Pollinger* (Ita)87 
56Fabienne Niederberger (Swi)81 
57Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice80 
58Daniela Veronesi (SMr)78 
59Qinglan Shi (Chn)76 
60Kathrin Stirnemann* (Swi)75 
61Elisabeth Sveum* (Nor) Hard Rocx Racing Team74 
62Catherine Vipond (Can)71 
63Adelheid Morath (Ger) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team62 
64Mical Dyck (Can)61 
65Michelle Hediger* (Swi) Fischer-BMC57 
66Rocio Gamonal Ferrera (Spa)52 
67Virginie Pointet* (Swi) Scott52 
68Chengyuan Ren (Chn)48 
69Ivonne Kraft (Ger)46 
70Chloe Forsman (USA)46 
71Zhuanzhuan Ye* (Chn)44 
72Eszter Erdelyi (Hun)42 
73Helene Marcouyre (Fra) BH-Suntour42 
74Nataliya Krompets (Ukr)41 
75Katarzyna Solus* (Pol)40 
76Julie Krasniak* (Fra)39 
77Vera Andreeva* (Rus)38 
78Evelyn Staffler (Ita)34 
79Ying Liu (Chn)34 
80Anne Terpstra* (Ned) Stappenbelt Specialized MTB Team33 
81Heather Logie (Aus)32 
82Jennifer Smith (NZl)29 
83Ekaterina Anoshina* (Rus)29 
84Judy Freeman (USA)28 
85Aleksandra Mooradian (Pol)27 
86Sandra Walter (Can)27 
87Fiona Macdermid (NZl)25 
88Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo25 
89Kate Potter (Aus)24 
90Samara Sheppard* (NZl)23 
91Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant Factory Team22 
92Teal Stetson-Lee (USA)21 
93Mikaela Kofman* (Can)21 
94Maaike Polspoel* (Bel)21 
95Krista Park (USA)20 
96Erin Huck (USA)19 
97Silke Schmidt (Ger)19 
98Katherine O'shea (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition17 
99Serena Calvetti* (Ita)17 
100Lily Matthews* (GBr)17 
101Cindy Montambault (Can)16 
102Katherine O'neill* (NZl)14 
103Mariske Strauss* (RSA)13 
104Rozanne Slik* (Ned) Team Merida Combee13 
105Tatjana Dold (Ger)13 
106Anina Aaron (USA)12 
107Melanie Spath (Ger)12 
108Kimberly Flynn (USA)11 
109Carina Kirssi (Fin) VZW Goeman Scott Cycling Team11 
110Bryna Nestor (USA)10 
111Alla Boyko* (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team10 
112Monique Zeldenrust (Ned) Giant Swiss Team10 
113Roberta Kelly Stopa (Bra)9 
114Karin Groen (Ned)9 
115Camille Devi* (Fra) Asptt Definitive Gitane9 
116Lydia Tanner* (USA)8 
117Nina Gulino* (Ita)8 
118Mirre Stallen (Ned)8 
Final World Cup team standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luna Pro Team457 pts
2Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol275 
3Subaru-Gary Fisher245 
4Central Pro Team216 
5Topeak Ergon Racing Team130 
6Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain129 
7Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team117 
8BH-Suntour114 Scott94 
10CCC Polkowice84 
11MBK Orbea83 
12JBG-2 Professional MTB Team71 
13Lapierre International61 
14Specialized Factory Racing53 
15Trek World Racing37 
16Massi Team31 
17Giant Swiss Team18 
18Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo14 
19Multivan Merida Biking Team12 
20Team Merida Combee6 
21Hard Rocx Racing Team6 

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