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MTB World Cup Cross Country #6, Eliminator #5 & Downhill #6 - Windham 2014

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August 8-10

August 10, Elite women cross country:

Pendrel wins Windham cross country World Cup

By:
Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor
Published:
August 10, 2014, 20:43 BST,
Updated:
August 11, 2014, 2:00 BST

Neff secures World Cup overall title with one round remaining

Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) on her way to winning the elite women's cross country World Cup in Windham

Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) on her way to winning the elite women's cross country World Cup in Windham

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Catharine Pendrel (Luna) won the elite women's cross country race at the Windham, New York round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup on Sunday afternoon. Pendrel finished ahead of Tanja Zakelj (Unior Tools) and Annika Langvad (Specialized).

"It feels good to be back on the top at a World Cup. I was trying not to get distracted by that while out there racing," said Pendrel to Cyclingnews. "I felt good today."

From the start, Pendrel and World Cup leader Jolanda Neff (Liv Giant) set the pace, but Pendrel was climbing better than last weekend's Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup winner Neff.

On the second lap, Pendrel climbed away from Neff and Langvad, who together chased the Canadian.

"Yes, it was my strategy to go from the start," said Pendrel after the race. "I could tell Jolanda was breathing hard on the first climb. I think it hurt her on the descent because I was like 'oh I can pass you now'. I was able to open a gap. Then it was nice not to have people pushing me the whole way. I felt better being off the front."

Neff paid for her early efforts and started to fade, dropping as far back as seventh place mid-race.

Zakelj, on the other hand, only got stronger as the race went on.

Pendrel's strategy worked as she would spend the entire race off the front solo, without pressure from anyone too close to her.

Going into the final of five total laps, Pendrel led Langvad by more than 30 seconds and Zakelj by one minute.

Neff got a second wind and worked her way back up into the top five as she raced with her teammate Maja Wloszczowska (Liv Giant) and Blaza Klemencic (Feenstra Felt PB Kenda Bike Team).

On the final lap, Langvad crashed as she transitioned from a bright ski slope to a dark, wooded singletrack section, but she quickly picked herself up and kept racing.

"I crashed on the last lap where it went from light to dark," said Langvad. "My front wheel slid out in a corner, but I was on my feet in like two seconds."

However, Zakelj proved too strong and the determined Slovenian surged to pass Langvad at the top of the last climb. Zakelj would hold on during the descent to take second place behind Pendrel and ahead of world marathon champion Langvad.

"It was an amazing last lap. I think if I couldn't have seen Annika, I would not have been able to go so far out of my zone. I knew Jolanda was strong behind me, too," said Zakelj. "On the last downhill, I stepped on my pedals and went as hard as I could. I gave it everything I had, but tried to be careful and not make mistakes on that last descent. I had my mind in the right place."

Langvad said, "Tanja passed me on the last climb to the feed zone. I'm still in a build-up phase to the Worlds. I can't afford too many of those surges so I just stayed within my limits and kept my rhythm. It was my tactic from the beginning and I executed perfectly, so I'm pleased."

Neff and Klemencic attacked each other several times on the last climb, each one wanting to get ahead of the other going into the final descent. Neff ultimately won out over the fatigued Klemencic and rode to the finish in fourth place.

Neff said, "I just tried to do a good race today. I went too fast in the beginning, but in the end I could go fast again."

Klemencic was still happy to finish fifth for her best World Cup finish of the season.

"Four years ago, this was my first race on the podium. It's the first time this year I'm on the podium, so I'm happy," said Klemencic. "This is one of the best courses for me, with lots of climbing - it's not so technical."

Davison finished as the top American rider at the home US World Cup, even after stopping for a wheel change at the beginning of second lap. Though she lost some time and places, she worked her way back up to seventh place.

"I don't know if I had a flat actually," said Davison after the finish. "I have this thing at this course where I'm always on the gravel up through the start/finish thinking that my back wheel feels squishy and that I don't want to ride up this whole hill on a soft tire."

"So I changed it. I kind of regret that because it turns out that it wasn't really flat. It was my mind playing tricks on me. But the important thing is that I had a great start and good legs and I fought back from barely in the top 20."

With her top five finish, Neff secured the elite women's World Cup overall title. She has 1050 points to Pendrel's 790. Last year's World Cup winner Zakelj is in third with 788 points.

"It's amazing that I took the overall World Cup at this race," said Neff, who is still technically an under 23 racer.

Full Results

Elite women cross country
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 1:25:47  
2 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team 0:00:29  
3 Annika Langvad (Den) Specialized Racing XC 0:00:32  
4 Jolanda Neff* (Swi) Liv Pro XC Team 0:00:36  
5 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team 0:01:24  
6 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Liv Pro XC Team 0:01:45  
7 Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing XC 0:01:52  
8 Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing 0:02:01  
9 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 0:02:24  
10 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) 0:02:36  
11 Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 0:02:45  
12 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 0:02:59  
13 Annie Last (GBr) Trek Factory Racing 0:03:22  
14 Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol) Kross Racing Team 0:03:23  
15 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 0:04:22  
16 Julie Bresset (Fra) BH-Suntour-KMC 0:04:29  
17 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing 0:04:59  
18 Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team 0:05:08  
19 Daniela Campuzano (Mex) 0:05:10  
20 Sandra Walter (Can) 0:05:23  
21 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing 0:05:45  
22 Janka Keseg Stevkova (Svk) 0:06:17  
23 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Specialized Racing XC 0:06:19  
24 Chloe Woodruff (USA) 0:06:25  
25 Erin Huck (USA) 0:06:33  
26 Rose Grant (USA) 0:06:50  
27 Lene Byberg (Nor) 0:07:02  
28 Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing 0:07:45  
29 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 0:08:03  
30 Larissa Connors (USA) 0:08:37  
31 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol 0:09:07  
32 Raiza Goulao-Henrique (Bra) 0:09:28  
33 Karla Stepanova (Cze) 0:10:09  
34 Hanna Klein (Ger) BH-Suntour-KMC 0:10:19  
35 Adriana Rojas (CRc) 0:10:41  
36 Jitka Skarnitzlova (Cze) 0:11:01  
37 Isabella Moreira Lacerda (Bra) 0:11:28  
38 Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex) 0:11:47  
39 Agustina Maria Apaza (Arg) 0:12:02  
40 Erika Fernanda Gramiscelli (Bra) 0:12:58  
41 Cindy Montambault (Can) 0:13:21  
42 Evelyn Dong (USA) 0:13:31  
43 Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing    
44 Mandy Dreyer (Can) 0:16:14  
45 Erica Zaveta (USA) 0:16:45  
-1lap Rebecca Beaumont (Can)    
-1lap Amy Beisel (USA)    
-1lap Erica Tingey (USA)    
-1lap Mio Suemasa (Jpn) Unior Tools Team    
-1lap Alexandra Gabriela Serrano Rodriguez (Ecu)    
-2laps Andréanne Pichette (Can)    
-4laps Laura Valentina Abril Restrepo (Col)    
DNF Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol    
DNF Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing    
DNS Karlee Gendron (Can)    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Luna Pro Team 75  pts
2 Specialized Racing XC 64  
3 Liv Pro XC Team 56  
4 Trek Factory Racing 44  
5 Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 44  
6 Unior Tools Team 35  
7 Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team 28  
8 Ghost Factory Racing 24  
9 Kross Racing Team 17  
10 BH-Suntour-KMC 15  
11 Trek-KMC Trade Team 13  
Elite women cross country World Cup standings with one round remaining
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jolanda Neff* (Swi) Liv Pro XC Team 1050  pts
2 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 790  
3 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team 788  
4 Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing 700  
5 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 680  
6 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Liv Pro XC Team 668  
7 Annika Langvad (Den) Specialized Racing XC 660  
8 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) 610  
9 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 560  
10 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team 545  
11 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing 519  
12 Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol 512  
13 Pauline Ferrand Prevot* (Fra) Liv Pro XC Team 500  
14 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing 481  
15 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 449  
16 Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 437  
17 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Specialized Racing XC 403  
18 Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing 393  
19 Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing 387  
20 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 380  
21 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 378  
22 Hanna Klein (Ger) BH-Suntour-KMC 316  
23 Julie Bresset (Fra) BH-Suntour-KMC 312  
24 Daniela Campuzano (Mex) 296  
25 Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol) Kross Racing Team 286  
26 Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing XC 270  
27 Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team 258  
28 Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing 202  
29 Janka Keseg Stevkova (Svk) 198  
30 Erin Huck (USA) 187  
31 Kate Fluker (NZl) 186  
32 Lene Byberg (Nor) 180  
33 Serena Calvetti (Ita) 178  
34 Annie Last (GBr) Trek Factory Racing 170  
35 Evelyn Dong (USA) 154  
36 Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team 152  
37 Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus XC Team 150  
38 Paula Gorycka (Pol) 4F Racing Team 148  
39 Sandra Walter (Can) 146  
40 Ekateryna Anoshina (Rus) 145  
41 Mariske Strauss (RSA) Orange Monkey Pro Team 144  
42 Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer-BMC 138  
43 Karla Stepanova (Cze) 131  
44 Tory Thomas (Aus) 125  
45 Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex) 117  
46 Chloe Woodruff (USA) 116  
47 Nina Wrobel (Ger) 112  
48 Vera Andreeva (Rus) 112  
49 Alice Pirard (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTB 111  
50 Chengyuan Ren (Chn) 108  
51 Agustina Maria Apaza (Arg) 106  
52 Samara Sheppard (NZl) KTM Houffalize Team 104  
53 Jitka Skarnitzlova (Cze) 104  
54 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol 102  
55 Cindy Montambault (Can) 102  
56 Mio Suemasa (Jpn) Unior Tools Team 95  
57 Rose Grant (USA) 88  
58 Raiza Goulao-Henrique (Bra) 87  
59 Anne Terpstra (Ned) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team 82  
60 Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing 65  
61 Isabella Moreira Lacerda (Bra) 65  
62 Katherine O'neill (NZl) 64  
63 Michelle Hediger (Swi) Fischer-BMC 58  
64 Qinglan Shi (Chn) 56  
65 Andréanne Pichette (Can) 55  
66 Karen Hanlen (NZl) 54  
67 Peta Mullens (Aus) Team Colnago Sudtirol 54  
68 Anna Oberparleiter (Ita) 53  
69 Erika Fernanda Gramiscelli (Bra) 53  
70 Rocio Martin Rodriguez (Spa) 52  
71 Sarah Riley (Aus) 50  
72 Tracy Moseley (GBr) 48  
73 Larissa Connors (USA) 46  
74 Rebecca Beaumont (Can) 46  
75 Mandy Dreyer (Can) 45  
76 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) Kross Racing Team 44  
77 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) 40  
78 Iryna Popova (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team 39  
79 Amy Beisel (USA) 38  
80 Alexandra Gabriela Serrano Rodriguez (Ecu) 37  
81 Adriana Rojas (CRc) 36  
82 Marie-Helene Premont (Can) 36  
83 Laura Valentina Abril Restrepo (Col) 36  
84 Anna Villar Argente (Spa) 29  
85 Lucie Vesela (Cze) 27  
86 Pavlina Sulcova (Cze) 26  
87 Nataliia Krompets (Ukr) Isd MTB Team 24  
88 Erica Zaveta (USA) 23  
89 Erica Tingey (USA) 20  
90 Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) 18  
91 Elisa Otter (USA) 15  
92 Hielke Elferink (Ned) 15  
93 Marine Groccia (Swi) 14  
94 Lenka Bulisova (Cze) 9  
95 Elvira Khayrullina (Rus) 9  
Team World Cup Standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Liv Pro XC Team 411  pts
2 Luna Pro Team 302  
3 Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 278  
4 Ghost Factory Racing 273  
5 Specialized Racing XC 253  
6 Trek Factory Racing 234  
7 Unior Tools Team 161  
8 Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team 115  
9 Multivan Merida Biking Team 102  
10 Team Colnago Sudtirol 95  
11 BH-Suntour-KMC 93  
12 Kross Racing Team 55  
13 Trek-KMC Trade Team 41  
14 Fischer-Bmc 21  
15 Scott-3Rox Racing 20  
16 Orange Monkey Pro Team 20  
17 Wheeler - Ixs Team 19  
18 Focus XC Team 17  
19 4F Racing Team 13  
20 Ktm Houffalize Team 11  
21 Team Merida Wallonie Mtb 8  
22 Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens Mtb Racing Team 7