Dahle-Flesjå wins World Cup in Lenzerheide

Davison, Pendrel round out podium

Swiss hopes of victory on home soil were dashed on Sunday, at Round 3 of the Cross-country series of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano in Lenzerheide, when Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida) won a record 29th World Cup. Jolanda Neff (Stoeckli) continues to lead the women's overall standings, tied on points with Dahle Flesjaa.

The hot weather that has blanketed Lenzerheide all week continued for the cross-country, surpassing 30 degrees Celsius and making for dry, dusty conditions. Combined with the 1500 metre altitude and the technical track, riders faced some of the toughest conditions of the season.

Neff, who uses Lenzerheide as a training base, was the favourite for the women after two consecutive wins in the opening rounds, and she did not disappoint the thousands of Swiss fans, by attacking on the first climb and opening a gap on newly crowned Marathon world champion Dahle Flesjaa and world champion Catharine Pendrel (Luna).

However, within half a lap the two chasers had caught and dropped her, with Neff dropping back out of the top-10 and clearly struggling with the conditions. The European Games champion admitted afterwards that she may have gone out too hard and paid the price.

At the front, Dahle Flesjaa and Pendrel rode together until the fourth lap of the six lap race, when Pendrel slid out in a loose corner, enabling the Norwegian to open a gap. Dahle Flesjaa rode away to win her 29th World Cup; a record number for women and moving her ahead of American star of the 1990's Juliana Furtado.

Behind, Pendrel never seemed to regain her rhythm after her slip and was eventually overtaken for second by American champion Lea Davison (Specialized). Neff managed to recover to take fourth behind Pendrel.

"This win means a lot," revealed Dahle Flesjaa. "I dedicate this 29th victory to my coach, my best friend and my husband, Kenneth. Today we both had an amazing day, we knew I was in good shape after a tough week recovering from the [Marathon] Worlds. This is just an unbelievable day for both of us."

"Normally, I'm not too much affected by the heat and I tried to drink as much as possible, but today it was not so much my legs as my lungs that had the pain. So I had to watch my pace and not overdo it, because the legs wanted more then the head and the lungs could give."

Neff and Dahle Flesjaa are tied atop the overall standings with 650 points each, but Neff retains the jersey by virtue of more wins. Pendrel remains in third with 470 points, followed by Davison, who jumps to fourth from eighth with 420 points.

Full results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team1:32:15 
2Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing0:01:00 
3Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team0:01:36 
4Jolanda Neff (Swi) Stoeckli Pro Team0:02:05 
5Irina Kalentyeva (Rus) Moebel Maerki MTB Pro Team0:02:12 
6Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Kross Racing Team0:02:41 
7Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing0:02:59 
8Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol0:03:32 
9Annika Langvad (Den) Specialized Racing0:03:44 
10Annie Last (GBr)0:04:19 
11Yana Belomoina (Ukr) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team0:04:40 
12Sabine Spitz (Ger)0:05:09 
13Anne Terpstra (Ned) Habitat Mountainbiketeam0:05:20 
14Lisa Mitterbauer (Aut) Habitat Mountainbiketeam0:05:52 
15Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Rose Vaujany Fueled By Ultrasports0:06:05 
16Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Habitat Mountainbiketeam0:07:01 
17Chloe Woodruff (USA)0:07:19 
18Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team0:08:01 
19Kate Fluker (NZl)0:08:30 
20Helen Grobert (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing0:08:43 
21Linda Indergand (Swi) Focus XC Team0:09:00 
22Ariane Kleinhans (Swi)0:09:01 
23Esther Suss (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team  
24Githa Michiels (Bel) Versluys Team0:09:12 
25Mary Mcconneloug (USA)0:09:25 
26Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing0:09:50 
27Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team0:10:05 
28Karla Stepanova (Cze)0:10:15 
29Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing0:10:29 
30Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing0:10:51 
31Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)0:11:13 
32Sabrina Enaux (Fra)0:11:37 
33Adelheid Morath (Ger) BH-Sr Suntour-KMC0:12:12 
34Laura Metzler (Fra) Btwin MTB Racing Team  
35Marine Groccia (Swi)  
36Cherie Vale (RSA) Novus Omx Pro Team  
37Alice Pirard (Bel) Merida-Wallonie Mountain Bike Team  
38Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Superior MTB Team  
39Rocio Martin Rodriguez (Spa)  
40Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus XC Team  
41Nina Wrobel (Ger)  
42Nadine Rieder (Ger)  
43Anna Villar Argente (Spa)  
44Peta Mullens (Aus)  
45Hanna Klein (Ger) BH-Sr Suntour-KMC  
46Florence Darbellay (Swi)  
47Marta Pastore (Ita) Team Piemonte Fci  
48Aurelia Perry (Fra)  
49Michelle Hediger (Swi) Giant Swiss Team  
50Lucia Vazquez Crespo (Spa)  
51Kerry Macphee (GBr)  
52Fabienne Schaus (Lux)  
53Nicky Healy (GBr)  
54Samara Sheppard (NZl)  
55Sarah Riley (Aus)  
56Eliza Kwan (Aus)  
57Ekateryna Anoshina (Rus) Rusvelo  
DNFJitka Skarnitzlova (Cze)  
DNFKathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team  
World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jolanda Neff (Swi) Stoeckli Pro Team650 pts
2Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team650 
3Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team470 
4Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing420 
5Irina Kalentyeva (Rus) Moebel Maerki MTB Pro Team390 
6Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Kross Racing Team365 
7Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing355 
8Annika Langvad (Den) Specialized Racing318 
9Helen Grobert (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing296 
10Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing274 
11Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol254 
12Sabine Spitz (Ger)245 
13Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Habitat Mountainbiketeam237 
14Linda Indergand (Swi) Focus XC Team234 
15Annie Last (GBr)233 
16Esther Suss (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team221 
17Yana Belomoina (Ukr) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team220 
18Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team202 
19Githa Michiels (Bel) Versluys Team196 
20Anne Terpstra (Ned) Habitat Mountainbiketeam190 
21Chloe Woodruff (USA)178 
22Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Rose Vaujany Fueled By Ultrasports174 
23Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Raboliv160 
24Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus XC Team160 
25Adelheid Morath (Ger) BH-Sr Suntour-KMC138 
26Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team134 
27Kate Fluker (NZl)134 
28Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team133 
29Karla Stepanova (Cze)117 
30Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing116 
31Peta Mullens (Aus)114 
32Marine Groccia (Swi)110 
33Alice Pirard (Bel) Merida-Wallonie Mountain Bike Team105 
34Erin Huck (USA) Scott-3Rox Racing104 
35Mary Mcconneloug (USA)95 
36Lisa Mitterbauer (Aut) Habitat Mountainbiketeam90 
37Sabrina Enaux (Fra)89 
38Hanna Klein (Ger) BH-Sr Suntour-KMC87 
39Nina Wrobel (Ger)85 
40Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing82 
41Isabella Moreira Lacerda (Bra)77 
42Ekateryna Anoshina (Rus) Rusvelo77 
43Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)75 
44Jovana Crnogorac (Srb) Salcano Cappadocia70 
45Raiza Goulao-Henrique (Bra)66 
46Anna Oberparleiter (Ita)65 
47Ariane Kleinhans (Swi)62 
48Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team61 
49Laura Metzler (Fra) Btwin MTB Racing Team60 
50Chengyuan Ren (Chn) China Jiangsu Zgl MTB Team58 
51Janka Keseg Stevkova (Svk)58 
52Sandra Walter (Can)52 
53Anna Villar Argente (Spa)49 
54Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol)48 
55Jitka Skarnitzlova (Cze)45 
56Cherie Vale (RSA) Novus Omx Pro Team43 
57Rocio Martin Rodriguez (Spa)43 
58Agustina Maria Apaza (Arg)43 
59Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Superior MTB Team40 
60Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing38 
61Nadine Rieder (Ger)35 
62Aurelia Perry (Fra)33 
63Serena Calvetti (Ita)32 
64Florence Darbellay (Swi)32 
65Hielke Elferink (Ned)29 
66Paula Gorycka (Pol) 4F-Scott Racing Team26 
67Cindy Montambault (Can)26 
68Marta Pastore (Ita) Team Piemonte Fci21 
69Pavlina Sulcova (Cze)21 
70Nataliia Krompets (Ukr) Isd MTB Team20 
71Michelle Hediger (Swi) Giant Swiss Team19 
72Lucia Vazquez Crespo (Spa)18 
73Kerry Macphee (GBr)17 
74Fabienne Schaus (Lux)16 
75Nicky Healy (GBr)15 
76Samara Sheppard (NZl)14 
77Sarah Riley (Aus)13 
78Eliza Kwan (Aus)12 
79Mariske Strauss (RSA) Novus Omx Pro Team12 
80Lucie Vesela (Cze) Gt Bikeplac Opportunity8 


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