Dahle-Flesjaa back on top at La Bresse World Cup

Nash races in for second place

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) TeamResult
1Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team1:39:57 
2Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:00:16 
3Julie Bresset (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry0:00:55 
4Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team0:01:12 
5Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice0:02:22 
6Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:02:46 
7Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:03:06 
8Annie Last* (GBr) Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team0:03:20 
9Emily Batty (Can) Subaru - Trek0:03:51 
10Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team0:05:14 
11Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:05:24 
12Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) ISD MTB Team0:05:39 
13Pauline Ferrand Prevot* (Fra) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:05:40 
14Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry0:06:22 
15Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:07:00 
16Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing0:07:14 
17Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Salcano Factory Team0:07:30 
18Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice0:07:37 
19Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:07:58 
20Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol0:08:13 
21Marie-Helene Premont (Can)0:08:21 
22Cécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:08:30 
23Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - IXS Team0:08:47 
24Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Specialized Solodet Vosges0:10:00 
25Anja Gradl (Ger) Team Bulls0:10:43 
26Mary Mcconneloug (USA)0:10:47 
27Sarah Koba (Swi)0:11:09 
28Janka Stevkova (Svk)0:11:20 
29Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team0:11:21 
30Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Roxracing0:11:33 
31Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol)0:12:05 
32Vera Andreeva (Rus)0:12:26 
33Rie Katayama (Jpn)0:12:54 
34Silke Schmidt (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team0:13:31 
35Qinglan Shi (Chn)0:14:11 
36Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru - Trek0:14:43 
37Hanna Klein (Ger)  
38Laura Turpijn (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team0:15:25 
39Heidi Sandsto Rosaasen (Nor) Team United Bakeries0:15:32 
40Julie Krasniak (Fra) Focus Mig Team0:15:53 
41Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer - BMC  
42Jean Ann Berkenpas (Can)0:16:11 
43Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) Team Crampfix Nakamura0:16:36 
44Fanny Bourdon (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:16:53 
45Pavla Havlikova (Cze)0:17:02 
46Laura Metzler (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry0:18:28 
47Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Craft0:20:47 
48Judy Freeman (USA)0:20:56 
-1lapGitha Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team  
-1lapJenni King (Aus)  
-1lapKathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team  
-1lapAnna Villar Argente (Spa)  
-1lapNicoletta De Jager (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team  
-1lapCaroline Mani (Fra)  
-1lapAsa Maria Erlandsson (Swe)  
-1lapLucie Vesela (Cze) GT Bicycles Opportunity  
-2lapsAnne Terpstra* (Ned)  
-2lapsSamantha Sanders (RSA)  
-2lapsFranziska Brun (Swi)  
-2lapsJudith Pollinger (Ita) Hard Rock Canossa Merida  
-2lapsKristien Nelen (Bel) Houffalize-Granville Team  
-2lapsRowena Fry (Aus)  
-2lapsKrista Park (USA)  
-2lapsElisa Maria Garcia (Chi)  
-2lapsCéline Farner (Swi) Jb Felt Team  
-2lapsAurélia Perry (Fra)  
-2lapsJessica Roberts (GBr)  
-3lapsInbar Ronen (Isr)  
-3lapsChloe Woodruff (USA)  
-3lapsMaxine Filby (GBr)  
-3lapsKatherine O'shea (Aus)  
-3lapsElisabeth Brandau (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team  
DNFAdelheid Morath (Ger) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team  
DNFMagdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice  
DNFAnnika Langvad (Den) Team Fujibikes Rockets  
DNFNathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Sudtirol  
DNFMaaris Meier (Est)  
DNFLene Byberg (Nor) GT Skoda Chamonix  
DNFKaren Hanlen (NZl)  
DNFAngelica Edvardsson (Swe)  
DNFZephanie Blasi (USA) WXC World Racing  
DNFErica Zaveta (USA) Moda-Bikemagic Racing Team  
DNFJoanne Clay (GBr) WXC World Racing  
DNSAnna Szafraniec (Pol) CCC Polkowice  
DNSSabrina Maurer (Swi) Bskgraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team  
DNSAna Zupan (Slo) Energijateam.Com  
DNSTracy Moseley (GBr)  
DNSAnneke Beerten (Ned) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team  
DNSJoanna Petterson (USA)  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luna Pro Team91 pts
2Ghost Factory Racing Team60 
3BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry49 
4CCC Polkowice41 
5Multivan Merida Biking Team40 
6Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team23 
7Sabine Spitz Haibike Team23 
8Subaru - Trek22 
9ISD MTB Team19 
10Rabobank Giant Offroad Team18 
11Specialized Racing15 
12Salcano Factory Team14 
13Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team12 
14Colnago Sudtirol11 
15GT Skoda Chamonix9 
16Wheeler - IXS Team8 
17Specialized Solodet Vosges7 
18Team Bulls6 
Elite women individual World Cup standings after round 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julie Bresset (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry750 pts
2Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team690 
3Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice670 
4Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team538 
5Emily Batty (Can) Subaru - Trek515 
6Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team509 
7Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team425 
8Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team393 
9Pauline Ferrand Prevot* (Fra) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team374 
10Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team362 
11Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team349 
12Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team348 
13Annie Last* (GBr) Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team342 
14Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - IXS Team332 
15Marie-Helene Premont (Can)306 
16Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team303 
17Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol295 
18Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing252 
19Karen Hanlen (NZl)234 
20Adelheid Morath (Ger) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team230 
21Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Specialized Solodet Vosges226 
22Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Craft209 
23Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Sudtirol207 
24Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team199 
25Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Salcano Factory Team196 
26Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice196 
27Rosara Joseph (NZl) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team182 
28Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team181 
29Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru - Trek179 
30Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry176 
31Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team159 
32Mary Mcconneloug (USA)157 
33Julie Krasniak (Fra) Focus Mig Team155 
34Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) ISD MTB Team153 
35Annika Langvad (Den) Team Fujibikes Rockets150 
36Lene Byberg (Nor) GT Skoda Chamonix142 
37Vera Andreeva (Rus)126 
38Laura Turpijn (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team125 
39Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Roxracing124 
40Anna Szafraniec (Pol) CCC Polkowice120 
41Cécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix119 
42Janka Stevkova (Svk)118 
43Hanna Klein (Ger)118 
44Rie Katayama (Jpn)114 
45Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) Team Crampfix Nakamura111 
46Sarah Koba (Swi)110 
47Qinglan Shi (Chn)105 
48Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice104 
49Silke Schmidt (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team103 
50Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team103 
51Heidi Sandsto Rosaasen (Nor) Team United Bakeries93 
52Judy Freeman (USA)91 
53Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol)84 
54Anne Terpstra* (Ned)83 
55Laura Metzler (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry80 
56Anja Gradl (Ger) Team Bulls70 
57Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer - BMC63 
58Katherine Compton (USA) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team51 
59Rowena Fry (Aus)51 
60Jean Ann Berkenpas (Can)50 
61Fanny Bourdon (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix47 
62Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team47 
63Pavla Havlikova (Cze)38 
64Chloe Woodruff (USA)36 
65Samantha Sanders (RSA)36 
66Jenni King (Aus)31 
67Caroline Mani (Fra)25 
68Anna Villar Argente (Spa)24 
69Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Roxracing24 
70Ivonne Kraft (Ger)20 
71Nicoletta De Jager (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team15 
72Willow Rockwell (USA) Trek World Racing14 
73Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe)13 
74Jodie Willett (Aus)13 
75Lucie Vesela (Cze) GT Bicycles Opportunity12 
76Katherine O'shea (Aus)12 
77Pavlina Sulcova (Cze) Merida Biking Team10 
78Franziska Brun (Swi)9 
79Catherine Vipond (Can)9 
80Julia Colvin (RSA)9 
81Judith Pollinger (Ita) Hard Rock Canossa Merida8 
82Jane Nussli (GBr) Fischer - BMC8 
83Melanie Palframan (RSA)8 
Team World Cup standings after round 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luna Pro Team296 pts
2CCC Polkowice176 
3Ghost Factory Racing Team164 
4BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry155 
5Subaru - Trek119 
6Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team111 
7Rabobank Giant Offroad Team105 
8Multivan Merida Biking Team98 
9Colnago Sudtirol91 
10Sabine Spitz Haibike Team85 
11Topeak Ergon Racing Team82 
12Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team67 
13Wheeler - IXS Team55 
14Specialized Racing44 
15ISD MTB Team31 
16Team Fujibikes Rockets31 
17Bikepark.Ch Craft28 
18Specialized Solodet Vosges25 
19Notebooksbilliger.De Team22 
20Salcano Factory Team22 
21GT Skoda Chamonix18 
22Focus MIG Team7 
23Team Bulls6 
24Team Crampfix Nakamura2 


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