Bresset races to Nove Mesto cross country victory

Kalentieva and Nash round out top three

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) TeamResult
1Julie Bresset (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry1:29:17 
2Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:00:29 
3Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:00:48 
4Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:00:59 
5Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team  
6Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team0:01:10 
7Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice0:01:17 
8Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:01:32 
9Marie-Helene Premont (Can)0:02:11 
10Emily Batty (Can) Subaru - Trek0:02:56 
11Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:03:09 
12Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Sudtirol0:03:21 
13Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol0:03:26 
14Adelheid Morath (Ger) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:03:41 
15Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:03:44 
16Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team0:03:52 
17Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team0:04:10 
18Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Craft0:04:21 
19Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) Isd Mtb Team0:04:27 
20Annie Last* (GBr) Milka Brentjens Mtb Racing Team0:04:45 
21Pauline Ferrand Prevot* (Fra) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:05:08 
22Rosara Joseph (NZl) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:05:26 
23Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Specialized Solodet Vosges0:05:38 
24Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - IXS Team0:06:08 
25Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:06:28 
26Karen Hanlen (NZl)0:06:44 
27Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice0:07:03 
28Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry0:07:21 
29Lene Byberg (Nor) GT Skoda Chamonix0:07:41 
30Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru - Trek0:07:46 
31Mary Mcconneloug (USA)0:07:47 
32Sarah Koba (Swi)0:08:02 
33Anne Terpstra* (Ned)0:08:13 
34Vera Andreeva (Rus)0:08:24 
35Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team0:08:30 
36Janka Stevkova (Svk)0:08:34 
37Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing0:08:36 
38Cécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:08:39 
39Judy Freeman (USA)0:08:47 
40Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Roxracing0:08:49 
41Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team0:09:11 
42Laura Turpijn (Ned) MPL Specialized Mtb Team0:09:15 
43Julie Krasniak (Fra) Focus Mig Team0:09:34 
44Jean Ann Berkenpas (Can)0:09:38 
45Silke Schmidt (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team0:09:49 
46Heidi Sandsto Rosaasen (Nor) Team United Bakeries0:09:55 
47Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer - BMC0:10:41 
48Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Salcano Factory Team0:10:52 
49Qinglan Shi (Chn)0:11:00 
50Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team0:11:37 
51Hanna Klein (Ger)0:11:38 
52Rowena Fry (Aus)0:12:13 
53Pavla Havlikova (Cze)0:12:53 
54Anja Gradl (Ger) Team Bulls0:13:36 
55Jenni King (Aus)0:14:09 
56Katherine O'shea (Aus)0:14:25 
57Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Roxracing0:14:28 
58Pavlina Sulcova (Cze) Merida Biking Team0:15:25 
59Samantha Sanders (RSA)0:15:53 
60Anna Villar Argente (Spa)0:16:24 
-1lapZephanie Blasi (USA) WXC World Racing  
-1lapNicoletta De Jager (Ned) MPL Specialized Mtb Team  
-1lapFanny Bourdon (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix  
-1lapChloe Woodruff (USA)  
-1lapLucie Vesela (Cze) GT Bicycles Opportunity  
-1lapIvonne Kraft (Ger)  
-1lapMichalina Ziolkowska (Pol)  
-1lapMaxine Filby (GBr)  
-1lapTracy Moseley (GBr)  
-1lapAngelica Edvardsson (Swe)  
-1lapRie Katayama (Jpn)  
-1lapKrista Park (USA)  
-2lapsElisa Maria Garcia (Chi)  
-2lapsErica Zaveta (USA) Moda-Bikemagic Racing Team  
-2lapsAna Zupan (Slo) Energijateam.Com  
-2lapsJudith Pollinger (Ita) Hard Rock Canossa Merida  
-2lapsJoanne Clay (GBr) WXC World Racing  
DNFLaura Metzler (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry  
DNFCaroline Mani (Fra)  
DNFElisabeth Sveum (Nor) Team Crampfix Nakamura  
DNFAleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice  
DNFAnna Szafraniec (Pol) CCC Polkowice  
DNFCatherine Vipond (Can)  
DNFKatarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol)  
DNFInbar Ronen (Isr)  
DNFLee Craigie (GBr)  
DNFDaniela Storch (Ger)  
DNFAnneke Beerten (Ned) Milka-Superior Mtb Racing Team  
DNFJoanna Petterson (USA)  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luna Pro Team88 pts
2Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team45 
3BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry43 
4Ghost Factory Racing Team42 
5Colnago Sudtirol37 
6Topeak Ergon Racing Team35 
7Sabine Spitz Haibike Team29 
8CCC Polkowice28 
9Multivan Merida Biking Team23 
10Subaru - Trek22 
11Rabobank Giant Offroad Team19 
12Bikepark.Ch Craft13 
13ISD MTB Team12 
14Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team11 
15Specialized Solodet Vosges8 
16Wheeler - IXS Team7 
17GT Skoda Chamonix2 
Elite women individual World Cup standings after three rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julie Bresset (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry590 pts
2Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team540 
3Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice530 
4Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team425 
5Emily Batty (Can) Subaru - Trek415 
6Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team309 
7Pauline Ferrand Prevot* (Fra) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team294 
8Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team288 
9Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team280 
10Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team272 
11Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team263 
12Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team254 
13Marie-Helene Premont (Can)242 
14Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team242 
15Karen Hanlen (NZl)234 
16Annie Last* (GBr) Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team232 
17Adelheid Morath (Ger) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team230 
18Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol229 
19Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team213 
20Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Sudtirol207 
21Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Craft188 
22Rosara Joseph (NZl) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team182 
23Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing178 
24Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Specialized Solodet Vosges168 
25Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team159 
26Annika Langvad (Den) Team Fujibikes Rockets150 
27Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru - Trek145 
28Lene Byberg (Nor) GT Skoda Chamonix142 
29Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team133 
30Julie Krasniak (Fra) Focus Mig Team127 
31Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice126 
32Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Salcano Factory Team124 
33Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team123 
34Anna Szafraniec (Pol) CCC Polkowice120 
35Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice104 
36Mary Mcconneloug (USA)103 
37Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry98 
38Laura Turpijn (Ned) Mpl Specialized MTB Team95 
39Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) Team Crampfix Nakamura86 
40Hanna Klein (Ger)86 
41Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team86 
42Vera Andreeva (Rus)84 
43Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Roxracing78 
44Rie Katayama (Jpn)74 
45Anne Terpstra* (Ned)72 
46Judy Freeman (USA)71 
47Qinglan Shi (Chn)69 
48Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) ISD MTB Team68 
49Janka Stevkova (Svk)68 
50Silke Schmidt (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team65 
51Heidi Sandsto Rosaasen (Nor) Team United Bakeries64 
52Sarah Koba (Swi)58 
53Laura Metzler (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry58 
54Cécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix57 
55Katherine Compton (USA) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team51 
56Rowena Fry (Aus)51 
57Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol)40 
58Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer - BMC36 
59Chloe Woodruff (USA)36 
60Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team28 
61Samantha Sanders (RSA)26 
62Jean Ann Berkenpas (Can)24 
63Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Roxracing24 
64Fanny Bourdon (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix23 
65Ivonne Kraft (Ger)20 
66Pavla Havlikova (Cze)15 
67Anja Gradl (Ger) Team Bulls14 
68Willow Rockwell (USA) Trek World Racing14 
69Jenni King (Aus)13 
70Jodie Willett (Aus)13 
71Katherine O'shea (Aus)12 
72Caroline Mani (Fra)11 
73Pavlina Sulcova (Cze) Merida Biking Team10 
74Catherine Vipond (Can)9 
75Julia Colvin (RSA)9 
76Anna Villar Argente (Spa)8 
77Jane Nussli (GBr) Fischer - BMC8 
78Melanie Palframan (RSA)8 
Elite women's team World Cup standings after three rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luna Pro Team205 pts
2CCC Polkowice135 
3BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry106 
4Ghost Factory Racing Team104 
5Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team99 
6Subaru - Trek97 
7Rabobank Giant Offroad Team87 
8Topeak Ergon Racing Team82 
9Colnago Sudtirol80 
10Sabine Spitz Haibike Team62 
11Wheeler - IXS Team47 
12Multivan Merida Biking Team35 
13Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team33 
14Team Fujibikes Rockets31 
15Specialized Racing29 
16Bikepark.Ch Craft28 
17Notebooksbilliger.De Team22 
18Specialized Solodet Vosges18 
19ISD MTB Team12 
20GT Skoda Chamonix9 
21Salcano Factory Team8 
22Focus MIG Team7 
23Team Crampfix Nakamura2 

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