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MTB World Cup Cross Country #7, Eliminator #6 & Downhill #7 - Meribel 2014

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August 22-24

August 24, Elite women cross country:

Neff wins cross country World Cup in Meribel

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
August 24, 2014, 21:18 BST,
Updated:
August 25, 2014, 17:42 BST

Dahle Flesjaa and Ferrand Prevot take second and third

Jolanda Neff (Liv Pro XC Team) wins

Jolanda Neff (Liv Pro XC Team) wins

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The 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup concluded on Sunday with the seventh and final round of the cross country series in Méribel, France. There were no surprises in the overall title, since Jolanda Neff (Liv Pro XC) had won the women's title prior to the final round. However, any World Cup victory is important, and Neff took her third win of the season.

In Méribel, the riders were faced with both steep climbs at altitude and technically difficult descents, demanding both skill and fitness to do well.

Neff ended her World Cup season the way she began it, with a start to finish ride at the front of the race. By the end of the first lap in the six-lap race, Neff had 28 seconds on Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida) and Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Liv Pro XC), with Maja Wloszczowska (Liv Pro XC) and Catharine Pendrel (Luna) a further five seconds in arrears.

By the third lap, Pendrel, the winner of the previous round and second in the overall standings, had moved up to join Dahle Flesjaa and Ferrand Prevot in the chase. Pendrel dropped off the pace to eventually finish fourth, while Dahle Flesjaa chased alone after Ferrand Prevot crashed in a rock section and had to briefly stop in the tech zone for assistance. Dahle Flesjaa's gap shrank to 14 seconds by the halfway mark, but that was as close as the Norwegian would get before it stretched out again to 48 seconds at the start of the last lap. Ferrand Prevot dropped Pendrel to take third.

"I went from the beginning and rode the whole race at my own pace," said Neff. "It is a very nice course, quite technical in the descents and I enjoyed it a lot. The start was especially important here because we didn't have a long start loop and then it went into singletrack, so it was even more important to have a good start then in other races."

"It was great to win today, even though I didn't need to for the overall. I'm very happy to win the overall trophy."

Neff won the overall title with 1300 points and three wins for the season. She is youngest ever elite World Cup title winner since she is actually an under 23 aged rider. Pendrel, despite missing the first two rounds due to an early season injury, finished second with 940 points and Tanja Zakelj (Unior Tools), the defending champion, was third with 856, just ahead of Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) at 830 points.

Results

Elite women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jolanda Neff* (Swi) Liv Pro XC Team 1:36:19  
2 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:00:14  
3 Pauline Ferrand Prevot* (Fra) Liv Pro XC Team 0:00:54  
4 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 0:01:48  
5 Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol 0:02:21  
6 Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing 0:02:28  
7 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Liv Pro XC Team 0:02:34  
8 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) 0:02:54  
9 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team 0:03:10  
10 Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing XC 0:03:12  
11 Annika Langvad (Den) Specialized Racing XC 0:03:49  
12 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 0:03:57  
13 Annie Last (GBr) Trek Factory Racing 0:04:14  
14 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 0:04:47  
15 Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing 0:05:11  
16 Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team 0:05:23  
17 Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 0:05:39  
18 Daniela Campuzano (Mex) 0:06:10  
19 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team 0:06:14  
20 Julie Bresset (Fra) BH-Suntour-KMC 0:06:15  
21 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing 0:06:19  
22 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 0:06:54  
23 Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol) Kross Racing Team 0:07:38  
24 Rocio Martin Rodriguez (Spa) 0:08:05  
25 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) Kross Racing Team 0:08:07  
26 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 0:08:16  
27 Lene Byberg (Nor) 0:08:48  
28 Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer-BMC 0:09:33  
29 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Specialized Racing XC 0:09:47  
30 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing    
31 Alice Pirard (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTB 0:10:36  
32 Laura Metzler (Fra) Btwin MTB Racing Team 0:11:05  
33 Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team 0:11:16  
34 Hanna Klein (Ger) BH-Suntour-KMC 0:11:30  
35 Janka Keseg Stevkova (Svk) 0:12:12  
36 Nina Wrobel (Ger) 0:12:20  
37 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol 0:12:38  
38 Kajsa Snihs (Swe) 0:13:05  
39 Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing 0:13:28  
40 Karla Stepanova (Cze) 0:13:45  
41 Ekateryna Anoshina (Rus) 0:14:10  
-1lap Anna Oberparleiter (Ita)    
-1lap Anne Terpstra (Ned) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team    
-1lap Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex)    
-1lap Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus XC Team    
-1lap Jitka Skarnitzlova (Cze)    
-1lap Maaris Meier (Est)    
-1lap Peta Mullens (Aus) Team Colnago Sudtirol    
-1lap Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa)    
-1lap Helene Marcouyre (Fra) BH-Suntour-KMC    
-2laps Mercedes Pacios Pujado (Spa)    
-2laps Marine Groccia (Swi)    
-2laps Lucie Vesela (Cze)    
-2laps Alexandra Gabriela Serrano Rodriguez (Ecu)    
-2laps Michelle Hediger (Swi) Fischer-BMC    
-3laps Valentine Segrestan (Fra)    
-4laps Elisabeth Sveum (Nor)    
-4laps Franziska Ebinger (Swi)    
-4laps Agata Tamulewicz (Pol)    
DNF Paula Gorycka (Pol) 4F Racing Team    
DNF Serena Calvetti (Ita)    
DNF Hielke Elferink (Ned)    
DNF Fabienne Schaus (Lux)    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Liv Pro XC Team 96  pts
2 Trek Factory Racing 60  
3 Luna Pro Team 58  
4 Specialized Racing XC 43  
5 Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 36  
6 Multivan Merida Biking Team 35  
7 Team Colnago Sudtirol 28  
8 Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team 22  
9 Wheeler - Ixs Team 15  
10 Kross Racing Team 14  
11 Unior Tools Team 12  
12 BH-Suntour-KMC 11  
13 Ghost Factory Racing 11  
14 Fischer-BMC 3  
Elite women final World Cup standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jolanda Neff* (Swi) Liv Pro XC Team 1300  pts
2 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 940  
3 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team 856  
4 Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing 830  
5 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Liv Pro XC Team 788  
6 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 760  
7 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 758  
8 Annika Langvad (Den) Specialized Racing XC 750  
9 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) 720  
10 Pauline Ferrand Prevot* (Fra) Liv Pro XC Team 660  
11 Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol 652  
12 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team 645  
13 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing 583  
14 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing 527  
15 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 511  
16 Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 509  
17 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 465  
18 Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing 463  
19 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Specialized Racing XC 451  
20 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 432  
21 Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing 393  
22 Julie Bresset (Fra) BH-Suntour-KMC 378  
23 Daniela Campuzano (Mex) 366  
24 Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing XC 365  
25 Hanna Klein (Ger) BH-Suntour-KMC 354  
26 Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol) Kross Racing Team 346  
27 Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team 298  
28 Annie Last (GBr) Trek Factory Racing 250  
29 Janka Keseg Stevkova (Svk) 234  
30 Lene Byberg (Nor) 232  
31 Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing 231  
32 Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team 226  
33 Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer-BMC 188  
34 Erin Huck (USA) 187  
35 Kate Fluker (NZl) 186  
36 Serena Calvetti (Ita) 178  
37 Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus XC Team 173  
38 Ekateryna Anoshina (Rus) 172  
39 Karla Stepanova (Cze) 159  
40 Alice Pirard (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTB 155  
41 Evelyn Dong (USA) 154  
42 Paula Gorycka (Pol) 4F Racing Team 148  
43 Sandra Walter (Can) 146  
44 Nina Wrobel (Ger) 146  
45 Mariske Strauss (RSA) Orange Monkey Pro Team 144  
46 Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex) 141  
47 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol 134  
48 Jitka Skarnitzlova (Cze) 126  
49 Tory Thomas (Aus) 125  
50 Chloe Woodruff (USA) 116  
51 Vera Andreeva (Rus) 112  
52 Rocio Martin Rodriguez (Spa) 110  
53 Chengyuan Ren (Chn) 108  
54 Anne Terpstra (Ned) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team 107  
55 Agustina Maria Apaza (Arg) 106  
56 Samara Sheppard (NZl) Ktm Houffalize Team 104  
57 Cindy Montambault (Can) 102  
58 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) Kross Racing Team 100  
59 Mio Suemasa (Jpn) Unior Tools Team 95  
60 Rose Grant (USA) 88  
61 Raiza Goulao-Henrique (Bra) 87  
62 Anna Oberparleiter (Ita) 79  
63 Peta Mullens (Aus) Team Colnago Sudtirol 74  
64 Michelle Hediger (Swi) Fischer-BMC 71  
65 Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing 65  
66 Isabella Moreira Lacerda (Bra) 65  
67 Katherine O'neill (NZl) 64  
68 Qinglan Shi (Chn) 56  
69 Andréanne Pichette (Can) 55  
70 Karen Hanlen (NZl) 54  
71 Erika Fernanda Gramiscelli (Bra) 53  
72 Alexandra Gabriela Serrano Rodriguez (Ecu) 51  
73 Sarah Riley (Aus) 50  
74 Tracy Moseley (GBr) 48  
75 Larissa Connors (USA) 46  
76 Rebecca Beaumont (Can) 46  
77 Mandy Dreyer (Can) 45  
78 Laura Metzler (Fra) Btwin MTB Racing Team 42  
79 Lucie Vesela (Cze) 42  
80 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) 40  
81 Iryna Popova (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team 39  
82 Amy Beisel (USA) 38  
83 Adriana Rojas (CRc) 36  
84 Marie-Helene Premont (Can) 36  
85 Laura Valentina Abril Restrepo (Col) 36  
86 Kajsa Snihs (Swe) 30  
87 Marine Groccia (Swi) 30  
88 Anna Villar Argente (Spa) 29  
89 Pavlina Sulcova (Cze) 26  
90 Nataliia Krompets (Ukr) Isd MTB Team 24  
91 Erica Zaveta (USA) 23  
92 Maaris Meier (Est) 21  
93 Erica Tingey (USA) 20  
94 Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa) 19  
95 Helene Marcouyre (Fra) BH-Suntour-KMC 18  
96 Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) 18  
97 Mercedes Pacios Pujado (Spa) 17  
98 Elisa Otter (USA) 15  
99 Hielke Elferink (Ned) 15  
100 Valentine Segrestan (Fra) 12  
101 Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) 11  
102 Franziska Ebinger (Swi) 10  
103 Agata Tamulewicz (Pol) 9  
104 Lenka Bulisova (Cze) 9  
105 Elvira Khayrullina (Rus) 9  
Team final World Cup standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Liv Pro XC Team 507  pts
2 Luna Pro Team 360  
3 Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 314  
4 Specialized Racing XC 296  
5 Trek Factory Racing 294  
6 Ghost Factory Racing 284  
7 Unior Tools Team 173  
8 Multivan Merida Biking Team 137  
9 Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team 137  
10 Team Colnago Sudtirol 123  
11 BH-Suntour-KMC 104  
12 Kross Racing Team 69  
13 Trek-KMC Trade Team 41  
14 Wheeler - Ixs Team 34  
15 Fischer-BMC 24  
16 Scott-3Rox Racing 20  
17 Orange Monkey Pro Team 20  
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