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May 13, Elite women cross country:

Bresset races to Nove Mesto cross country victory

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
May 13, 2012, 13:20 BST,
Updated:
May 14, 2012, 16:10 BST

Kalentieva and Nash round out top three

Julie Bresset (BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry) winning the cross country World Cup in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic

Julie Bresset (BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry) winning the cross country World Cup in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic

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As the end of the Olympic qualification period approaches, the intensity of racing is increasing at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. Round 3 of the cross country series, in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic, produced a close battle in the elite women's race on Sunday, when Julie Bresset (BH-SR Suntour-Peisey Vallandry) became the third winner and leader of the women's series.

In the 25.5-kilometre race, world champion and series leader Catharine Pendrel (Luna) struggled in the opening loop, dropping back to the mid-20s in the field and losing over 40 seconds on her rivals. Her Luna teammate Katerina Nash, racing in front of home fans, jumped into an early lead, before being joined by Bresset after one lap.

A group of chasers attempted to join the leaders, including Maja Wloszczowska (CCC Polkowice), the winner of round one, Blaza Klemencic (Felt Oetztal X-Bionic) and Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida). However, only Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon) and, amazingly, Pendrel, were able to make it to the front. Kalentieva joined Bresset on lap three and Pendrel bridged up a lap later, with one lap to go. Nash at that point had faded to fourth, just ahead of another Luna teammate Georgia Gould, who had moved up steadily all race.

Bresset attacked on the climb on the final lap, dropping first Pendrel and then Kalentieva, to solo in for her first World Cup win of the year. Kalentieva hung on for second, but Pendrel faded to sixth, with Nash taking a very popular third and Gould finishing fourth by outsprinting Klemencic in fifth.

In the overall standings, Bresset leads with 590 points to Pendrel's 540, with Wloszczowska a further 10 points back.

"I had a good feeling in my legs," said Bresset, "and I like this course very much. Katerina [Nash] went out very fast at the start, but I was slowly able to bring her back. I was most worried when Catharine [Pendrel] joined us, because she is a very strong and experienced rider, who won here against me last year."

"Some days everything goes perfect, and other days it doesn't," said Pendrel. "I was shocked after the start lap to find out I had lost over 40 seconds. I was able to make it back to third for a while, but I could really feel it in my legs on the last lap. This just makes me a little more hungry for the next one. It's exciting with the level of the riders right now, and three different winners in three races."

The Luna Pro Team won both day's team category and leads the overall World Cup team rankings.

Full Results

Elite women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Julie Bresset (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 1:29:17  
2 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:00:29  
3 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 0:00:48  
4 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 0:00:59  
5 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team    
6 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 0:01:10  
7 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice 0:01:17  
8 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:01:32  
9 Marie-Helene Premont (Can) 0:02:11  
10 Emily Batty (Can) Subaru - Trek 0:02:56  
11 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:03:09  
12 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Sudtirol 0:03:21  
13 Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol 0:03:26  
14 Adelheid Morath (Ger) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 0:03:41  
15 Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:03:44  
16 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 0:03:52  
17 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 0:04:10  
18 Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Craft 0:04:21  
19 Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) Isd Mtb Team 0:04:27  
20 Annie Last* (GBr) Milka Brentjens Mtb Racing Team 0:04:45  
21 Pauline Ferrand Prevot* (Fra) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 0:05:08  
22 Rosara Joseph (NZl) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 0:05:26  
23 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Specialized Solodet Vosges 0:05:38  
24 Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - IXS Team 0:06:08  
25 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:06:28  
26 Karen Hanlen (NZl) 0:06:44  
27 Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice 0:07:03  
28 Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 0:07:21  
29 Lene Byberg (Nor) GT Skoda Chamonix 0:07:41  
30 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru - Trek 0:07:46  
31 Mary Mcconneloug (USA) 0:07:47  
32 Sarah Koba (Swi) 0:08:02  
33 Anne Terpstra* (Ned) 0:08:13  
34 Vera Andreeva (Rus) 0:08:24  
35 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 0:08:30  
36 Janka Stevkova (Svk) 0:08:34  
37 Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing 0:08:36  
38 Cécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 0:08:39  
39 Judy Freeman (USA) 0:08:47  
40 Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 0:08:49  
41 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team 0:09:11  
42 Laura Turpijn (Ned) MPL Specialized Mtb Team 0:09:15  
43 Julie Krasniak (Fra) Focus Mig Team 0:09:34  
44 Jean Ann Berkenpas (Can) 0:09:38  
45 Silke Schmidt (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team 0:09:49  
46 Heidi Sandsto Rosaasen (Nor) Team United Bakeries 0:09:55  
47 Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer - BMC 0:10:41  
48 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Salcano Factory Team 0:10:52  
49 Qinglan Shi (Chn) 0:11:00  
50 Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team 0:11:37  
51 Hanna Klein (Ger) 0:11:38  
52 Rowena Fry (Aus) 0:12:13  
53 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) 0:12:53  
54 Anja Gradl (Ger) Team Bulls 0:13:36  
55 Jenni King (Aus) 0:14:09  
56 Katherine O'shea (Aus) 0:14:25  
57 Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 0:14:28  
58 Pavlina Sulcova (Cze) Merida Biking Team 0:15:25  
59 Samantha Sanders (RSA) 0:15:53  
60 Anna Villar Argente (Spa) 0:16:24  
-1lap Zephanie Blasi (USA) WXC World Racing    
-1lap Nicoletta De Jager (Ned) MPL Specialized Mtb Team    
-1lap Fanny Bourdon (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix    
-1lap Chloe Woodruff (USA)    
-1lap Lucie Vesela (Cze) GT Bicycles Opportunity    
-1lap Ivonne Kraft (Ger)    
-1lap Michalina Ziolkowska (Pol)    
-1lap Maxine Filby (GBr)    
-1lap Tracy Moseley (GBr)    
-1lap Angelica Edvardsson (Swe)    
-1lap Rie Katayama (Jpn)    
-1lap Krista Park (USA)    
-2laps Elisa Maria Garcia (Chi)    
-2laps Erica Zaveta (USA) Moda-Bikemagic Racing Team    
-2laps Ana Zupan (Slo) Energijateam.Com    
-2laps Judith Pollinger (Ita) Hard Rock Canossa Merida    
-2laps Joanne Clay (GBr) WXC World Racing    
DNF Laura Metzler (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry    
DNF Caroline Mani (Fra)    
DNF Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) Team Crampfix Nakamura    
DNF Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice    
DNF Anna Szafraniec (Pol) CCC Polkowice    
DNF Catherine Vipond (Can)    
DNF Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol)    
DNF Inbar Ronen (Isr)    
DNF Lee Craigie (GBr)    
DNF Daniela Storch (Ger)    
DNF Anneke Beerten (Ned) Milka-Superior Mtb Racing Team    
DNF Joanna Petterson (USA)    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Luna Pro Team 88  pts
2 Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 45  
3 BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 43  
4 Ghost Factory Racing Team 42  
5 Colnago Sudtirol 37  
6 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 35  
7 Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 29  
8 CCC Polkowice 28  
9 Multivan Merida Biking Team 23  
10 Subaru - Trek 22  
11 Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 19  
12 Bikepark.Ch Craft 13  
13 ISD MTB Team 12  
14 Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team 11  
15 Specialized Solodet Vosges 8  
16 Wheeler - IXS Team 7  
17 GT Skoda Chamonix 2  
Elite women individual World Cup standings after three rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Julie Bresset (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 590  pts
2 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 540  
3 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice 530  
4 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 425  
5 Emily Batty (Can) Subaru - Trek 415  
6 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 309  
7 Pauline Ferrand Prevot* (Fra) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 294  
8 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 288  
9 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 280  
10 Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team 272  
11 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 263  
12 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 254  
13 Marie-Helene Premont (Can) 242  
14 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team 242  
15 Karen Hanlen (NZl) 234  
16 Annie Last* (GBr) Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team 232  
17 Adelheid Morath (Ger) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 230  
18 Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol 229  
19 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team 213  
20 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Sudtirol 207  
21 Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Craft 188  
22 Rosara Joseph (NZl) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 182  
23 Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing 178  
24 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Specialized Solodet Vosges 168  
25 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team 159  
26 Annika Langvad (Den) Team Fujibikes Rockets 150  
27 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru - Trek 145  
28 Lene Byberg (Nor) GT Skoda Chamonix 142  
29 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 133  
30 Julie Krasniak (Fra) Focus Mig Team 127  
31 Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice 126  
32 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Salcano Factory Team 124  
33 Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team 123  
34 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) CCC Polkowice 120  
35 Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice 104  
36 Mary Mcconneloug (USA) 103  
37 Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 98  
38 Laura Turpijn (Ned) Mpl Specialized MTB Team 95  
39 Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) Team Crampfix Nakamura 86  
40 Hanna Klein (Ger) 86  
41 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 86  
42 Vera Andreeva (Rus) 84  
43 Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 78  
44 Rie Katayama (Jpn) 74  
45 Anne Terpstra* (Ned) 72  
46 Judy Freeman (USA) 71  
47 Qinglan Shi (Chn) 69  
48 Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) ISD MTB Team 68  
49 Janka Stevkova (Svk) 68  
50 Silke Schmidt (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team 65  
51 Heidi Sandsto Rosaasen (Nor) Team United Bakeries 64  
52 Sarah Koba (Swi) 58  
53 Laura Metzler (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 58  
54 Cécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 57  
55 Katherine Compton (USA) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 51  
56 Rowena Fry (Aus) 51  
57 Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol) 40  
58 Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer - BMC 36  
59 Chloe Woodruff (USA) 36  
60 Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team 28  
61 Samantha Sanders (RSA) 26  
62 Jean Ann Berkenpas (Can) 24  
63 Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 24  
64 Fanny Bourdon (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 23  
65 Ivonne Kraft (Ger) 20  
66 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) 15  
67 Anja Gradl (Ger) Team Bulls 14  
68 Willow Rockwell (USA) Trek World Racing 14  
69 Jenni King (Aus) 13  
70 Jodie Willett (Aus) 13  
71 Katherine O'shea (Aus) 12  
72 Caroline Mani (Fra) 11  
73 Pavlina Sulcova (Cze) Merida Biking Team 10  
74 Catherine Vipond (Can) 9  
75 Julia Colvin (RSA) 9  
76 Anna Villar Argente (Spa) 8  
77 Jane Nussli (GBr) Fischer - BMC 8  
78 Melanie Palframan (RSA) 8  
Elite women's team World Cup standings after three rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Luna Pro Team 205  pts
2 CCC Polkowice 135  
3 BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 106  
4 Ghost Factory Racing Team 104  
5 Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 99  
6 Subaru - Trek 97  
7 Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 87  
8 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 82  
9 Colnago Sudtirol 80  
10 Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 62  
11 Wheeler - IXS Team 47  
12 Multivan Merida Biking Team 35  
13 Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team 33  
14 Team Fujibikes Rockets 31  
15 Specialized Racing 29  
16 Bikepark.Ch Craft 28  
17 Notebooksbilliger.De Team 22  
18 Specialized Solodet Vosges 18  
19 ISD MTB Team 12  
20 GT Skoda Chamonix 9  
21 Salcano Factory Team 8  
22 Focus MIG Team 7  
23 Team Crampfix Nakamura 2