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May 20, Elite women cross country:

Dahle-Flesjaa back on top at La Bresse World Cup

By:
Rob Jones and Sue George
Published:
May 20, 2012, 12:09 BST,
Updated:
May 20, 2012, 23:03 BST

Nash races in for second place

Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida Biking Team) wins her first World Cup since 2008

Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida Biking Team) wins her first World Cup since 2008

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Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida) raced to victory at the fourth round of the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in La Bresse, France on Sunday. Dahle Flesjaa assumed the race lead on the final descent, overtaking eventual runner-up Katerina Nash (Luna). Julie Bresset (BH-Suntour) rode in for third place. It was Dahle-Flesjaa's first World Cup win since 2008 and her 27th career total. It was also her first World Cup win since having a baby.

Dahle Flesjaa won by being patient on a technical course on which many riders crashed out of contention.

"I can't really believe this," said an incredulous Dahle-Flesjaa to Redbull.tv. "I was focusing on not going over my limit. You need so much power and concentration on this course. I had a very good race. I paced myself. The course is great. It was tough up and tough down."

The women delivered a super exciting race on a technical course with regular lead changes as they took turns crashing at various points in the race. They raced in front of huge crowds.

After rain overnight made the already technical downhills even more muddy and slippery, the riders were greeted with a hot sunny race day. The 4.8-kilometre circuit consisted of a long, steep singletrack climb and a technical downhill, so riders needed to be both skilled and very fit.

Dahle Flesjaa led out the women's race through the start loop and then stayed in touch with a changing set of leaders.  Nash took the lead on the first climb, and was joined by World Cup leader Bresset. World champion Catharine Pendrel (Luna) bridged up to them and attacked, with Nash dropping back to join Dahle Flesjaa.

About mid-way through the five-lap race, Pendrel crashed heavily on the descent. Bresset was unable to avoid her and endo-ed. Nash and Dahle Flesjaa got around both women. Nash took over decisively at the front as the crash seemed to slow the momentum of both downed riders. Pendrel struggled to get her chain on afterward while Bresset tried to get her seat back to a level position.

Meanwhile, Dahle-Flesjaa, one of the most experienced racers out there, bided her time and rode steadily forward. By the final lap, she was in second place behind Nash. The Czech star looked comfortable and likely to win, but two crashes on the final descent opened the door for a smooth riding Dahle-Flesjaa, who overtook Nash en route to the victory.

With this World Cup win, Dahle-Flesjaa moves within one win of all-time top women's World Cup winner Juli Furtado.

"Everyone is talking about the Olympics, but we have other big races, like today. If I want to fight for a gold in London, I have to be superb. I'm on the right path, and we'll see what happens in London," said Dahle Flesjaa.

Bresset dropped Pendrel by a few seconds to take third and pad her lead in the World Cup standings, with a very muddy Maja Wloszczowska (CCC Polkwice) taking the final podium spot.

Bresset retains her lead in the World Cup, with 750 points to Pendrel's 690, followed by Wloszczowska at 670.

Race note

Former World Champion Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon) skipped the race, instead choosing to do altitude training in preparation for the Olympic Games.

Full Results

Elite women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 1:39:57  
2 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 0:00:16  
3 Julie Bresset (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 0:00:55  
4 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 0:01:12  
5 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice 0:02:22  
6 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 0:02:46  
7 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:03:06  
8 Annie Last* (GBr) Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team 0:03:20  
9 Emily Batty (Can) Subaru - Trek 0:03:51  
10 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 0:05:14  
11 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:05:24  
12 Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) ISD MTB Team 0:05:39  
13 Pauline Ferrand Prevot* (Fra) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 0:05:40  
14 Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 0:06:22  
15 Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:07:00  
16 Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing 0:07:14  
17 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Salcano Factory Team 0:07:30  
18 Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice 0:07:37  
19 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 0:07:58  
20 Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol 0:08:13  
21 Marie-Helene Premont (Can) 0:08:21  
22 Cécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 0:08:30  
23 Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - IXS Team 0:08:47  
24 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Specialized Solodet Vosges 0:10:00  
25 Anja Gradl (Ger) Team Bulls 0:10:43  
26 Mary Mcconneloug (USA) 0:10:47  
27 Sarah Koba (Swi) 0:11:09  
28 Janka Stevkova (Svk) 0:11:20  
29 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 0:11:21  
30 Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 0:11:33  
31 Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol) 0:12:05  
32 Vera Andreeva (Rus) 0:12:26  
33 Rie Katayama (Jpn) 0:12:54  
34 Silke Schmidt (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team 0:13:31  
35 Qinglan Shi (Chn) 0:14:11  
36 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru - Trek 0:14:43  
37 Hanna Klein (Ger)    
38 Laura Turpijn (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team 0:15:25  
39 Heidi Sandsto Rosaasen (Nor) Team United Bakeries 0:15:32  
40 Julie Krasniak (Fra) Focus Mig Team 0:15:53  
41 Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer - BMC    
42 Jean Ann Berkenpas (Can) 0:16:11  
43 Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) Team Crampfix Nakamura 0:16:36  
44 Fanny Bourdon (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 0:16:53  
45 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) 0:17:02  
46 Laura Metzler (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 0:18:28  
47 Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Craft 0:20:47  
48 Judy Freeman (USA) 0:20:56  
-1lap Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team    
-1lap Jenni King (Aus)    
-1lap Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team    
-1lap Anna Villar Argente (Spa)    
-1lap Nicoletta De Jager (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team    
-1lap Caroline Mani (Fra)    
-1lap Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe)    
-1lap Lucie Vesela (Cze) GT Bicycles Opportunity    
-2laps Anne Terpstra* (Ned)    
-2laps Samantha Sanders (RSA)    
-2laps Franziska Brun (Swi)    
-2laps Judith Pollinger (Ita) Hard Rock Canossa Merida    
-2laps Kristien Nelen (Bel) Houffalize-Granville Team    
-2laps Rowena Fry (Aus)    
-2laps Krista Park (USA)    
-2laps Elisa Maria Garcia (Chi)    
-2laps Céline Farner (Swi) Jb Felt Team    
-2laps Aurélia Perry (Fra)    
-2laps Jessica Roberts (GBr)    
-3laps Inbar Ronen (Isr)    
-3laps Chloe Woodruff (USA)    
-3laps Maxine Filby (GBr)    
-3laps Katherine O'shea (Aus)    
-3laps Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team    
DNF Adelheid Morath (Ger) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team    
DNF Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice    
DNF Annika Langvad (Den) Team Fujibikes Rockets    
DNF Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Sudtirol    
DNF Maaris Meier (Est)    
DNF Lene Byberg (Nor) GT Skoda Chamonix    
DNF Karen Hanlen (NZl)    
DNF Angelica Edvardsson (Swe)    
DNF Zephanie Blasi (USA) WXC World Racing    
DNF Erica Zaveta (USA) Moda-Bikemagic Racing Team    
DNF Joanne Clay (GBr) WXC World Racing    
DNS Anna Szafraniec (Pol) CCC Polkowice    
DNS Sabrina Maurer (Swi) Bskgraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team    
DNS Ana Zupan (Slo) Energijateam.Com    
DNS Tracy Moseley (GBr)    
DNS Anneke Beerten (Ned) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team    
DNS Joanna Petterson (USA)    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Luna Pro Team 91  pts
2 Ghost Factory Racing Team 60  
3 BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 49  
4 CCC Polkowice 41  
5 Multivan Merida Biking Team 40  
6 Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team 23  
7 Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 23  
8 Subaru - Trek 22  
9 ISD MTB Team 19  
10 Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 18  
11 Specialized Racing 15  
12 Salcano Factory Team 14  
13 Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 12  
14 Colnago Sudtirol 11  
15 GT Skoda Chamonix 9  
16 Wheeler - IXS Team 8  
17 Specialized Solodet Vosges 7  
18 Team Bulls 6  
19 Scott-3Roxracing 1  
Elite women individual World Cup standings after round 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Julie Bresset (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 750  pts
2 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 690  
3 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice 670  
4 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 538  
5 Emily Batty (Can) Subaru - Trek 515  
6 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 509  
7 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 425  
8 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 393  
9 Pauline Ferrand Prevot* (Fra) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 374  
10 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team 362  
11 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 349  
12 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 348  
13 Annie Last* (GBr) Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team 342  
14 Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - IXS Team 332  
15 Marie-Helene Premont (Can) 306  
16 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team 303  
17 Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol 295  
18 Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing 252  
19 Karen Hanlen (NZl) 234  
20 Adelheid Morath (Ger) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 230  
21 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Specialized Solodet Vosges 226  
22 Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Craft 209  
23 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Sudtirol 207  
24 Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team 199  
25 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Salcano Factory Team 196  
26 Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice 196  
27 Rosara Joseph (NZl) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 182  
28 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 181  
29 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru - Trek 179  
30 Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 176  
31 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team 159  
32 Mary Mcconneloug (USA) 157  
33 Julie Krasniak (Fra) Focus Mig Team 155  
34 Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) ISD MTB Team 153  
35 Annika Langvad (Den) Team Fujibikes Rockets 150  
36 Lene Byberg (Nor) GT Skoda Chamonix 142  
37 Vera Andreeva (Rus) 126  
38 Laura Turpijn (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team 125  
39 Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 124  
40 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) CCC Polkowice 120  
41 Cécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 119  
42 Janka Stevkova (Svk) 118  
43 Hanna Klein (Ger) 118  
44 Rie Katayama (Jpn) 114  
45 Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) Team Crampfix Nakamura 111  
46 Sarah Koba (Swi) 110  
47 Qinglan Shi (Chn) 105  
48 Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice 104  
49 Silke Schmidt (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team 103  
50 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 103  
51 Heidi Sandsto Rosaasen (Nor) Team United Bakeries 93  
52 Judy Freeman (USA) 91  
53 Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol) 84  
54 Anne Terpstra* (Ned) 83  
55 Laura Metzler (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 80  
56 Anja Gradl (Ger) Team Bulls 70  
57 Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer - BMC 63  
58 Katherine Compton (USA) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 51  
59 Rowena Fry (Aus) 51  
60 Jean Ann Berkenpas (Can) 50  
61 Fanny Bourdon (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 47  
62 Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team 47  
63 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) 38  
64 Chloe Woodruff (USA) 36  
65 Samantha Sanders (RSA) 36  
66 Jenni King (Aus) 31  
67 Caroline Mani (Fra) 25  
68 Anna Villar Argente (Spa) 24  
69 Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 24  
70 Ivonne Kraft (Ger) 20  
71 Nicoletta De Jager (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team 15  
72 Willow Rockwell (USA) Trek World Racing 14  
73 Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe) 13  
74 Jodie Willett (Aus) 13  
75 Lucie Vesela (Cze) GT Bicycles Opportunity 12  
76 Katherine O'shea (Aus) 12  
77 Pavlina Sulcova (Cze) Merida Biking Team 10  
78 Franziska Brun (Swi) 9  
79 Catherine Vipond (Can) 9  
80 Julia Colvin (RSA) 9  
81 Judith Pollinger (Ita) Hard Rock Canossa Merida 8  
82 Jane Nussli (GBr) Fischer - BMC 8  
83 Melanie Palframan (RSA) 8  
Team World Cup standings after round 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Luna Pro Team 296  pts
2 CCC Polkowice 176  
3 Ghost Factory Racing Team 164  
4 BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 155  
5 Subaru - Trek 119  
6 Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 111  
7 Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 105  
8 Multivan Merida Biking Team 98  
9 Colnago Sudtirol 91  
10 Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 85  
11 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 82  
12 Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team 67  
13 Wheeler - IXS Team 55  
14 Specialized Racing 44  
15 ISD MTB Team 31  
16 Team Fujibikes Rockets 31  
17 Bikepark.Ch Craft 28  
18 Specialized Solodet Vosges 25  
19 Notebooksbilliger.De Team 22  
20 Salcano Factory Team 22  
21 GT Skoda Chamonix 18  
22 Focus MIG Team 7  
23 Team Bulls 6  
24 Team Crampfix Nakamura 2  
25 Scott-3Roxracing 1