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MTB World Cup Cross Country #5 & Downhill #4 - Mont-Sainte-Anne 2012

Date range:
June 22-24, 2012

June 23, U23 women cross country:

Sheppard wins U23 World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne

By:
Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor
Published:
June 23, 2012, 16:54 BST,
Updated:
June 24, 2012, 17:34 BST

Belomoyna takes second ahead of Henderson in third.

Samara Sheppard (iXS Wheeler) after winning the U23 women's race.

Samara Sheppard (iXS Wheeler) after winning the U23 women's race.

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Samara Sheppard (Wheeler - IXS Team) won her first U23 World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec on Saturday afternoon. She finished 1:49 ahead of Yana Belomoyna (Bi&Esse - Infotre Protek) and 3:08 ahead of Rebecca Henderson.

"It was tough out there," said Sheppard, who turns 22 tomorrow. "The course was awesome. I tried to find my limit and not go over it, and it worked out great."

Sheppard was leading on the first lap, but dropped her chain and fell back to fourth place. On her second lap, she said she just went for it and moved back up into the lead, where she stayed for the duration.

"Once I got on the podium at the last round then I started to believe in myself more, and now I know I can go out there and win," said Sheppard. "It definitely gives me a lot more confidence for the rest of the season leading into Austria [for the world championships in September)."

Belomoyna leads the World Cup after five rounds with 390 points. Henderson (241) and Sheppard (212) round out the top three.

Full Results

U23 women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Samara Sheppard (NZl) Wheeler - IXS Team 1:32:40  
2 Yana Belomoyna (Ukr) Bi&Esse - Infotre Protek 0:01:49  
3 Rebecca Henderson (Aus) 0:03:08  
4 Jolanda Neff (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team 0:04:06  
5 Andréanne Pichette (Can) 0:09:46  
6 Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau (Can) 0:10:48  
7 Candice Neethling (RSA)    
8 Kajsa Snihs (Swe) 0:11:16  
9 Cayley Brooks (Can) 0:13:40  
10 Haley Smith (Can) 0:15:13  
11 Valerie Meunier (Can) 0:15:42  
12 Sarah Moore (Can) 0:16:55  
13 Marta Tereshchuk (Ukr) Bi&Esse - Infotre Protek 0:19:11  
14 Jill Behlen (USA) 0:20:30  
15 Kaila Hart (USA) 0:23:54  
16 Laurence Harvey (Can) 0:25:05  
17 Mariske Strauss (RSA) 0:28:06  
-1lap Alicia Rose Pastore (USA)    
-1lap Samantha Wagler (Can)    
-1lap Ines Carolina Gutiérrez (Arg)    
DNF Laura Bietola (Can) Scott-3Roxracing    
DNF Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus MIG Team    
World Cup individual standings after round 5
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Yana Belomoyna (Ukr) 390  pts
2 Rebecca Henderson (Aus) 241  
3 Samara Sheppard (NZl) 212  
4 Jolanda Neff (Swi) 190  
5 Ekaterina Anoshina (Rus) 174  
6 Candice Neethling (RSA) 156  
7 Paula Gorycka (Pol) 140  
8 Lisa Mitterbauer (Aut) 125  
9 Kajsa Snihs (Swe) 124  
10 Mona Eiberweiser (Ger) 103  
11 Barbara Benko (Hun) 92  
12 Vivienne Meyer (Swi) 88  
13 Helen Grobert (Ger) 86  
14 Michelle Hediger (Swi) 74  
15 Monika Zur (Pol) 73  
16 Andréanne Pichette (Can) 68  
17 Marta Tereshchuk (Ukr) 52  
18 Julie Berteaux (Fra) 46  
19 Serena Calvetti (Ita) 42  
20 Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau (Can) 35  
21 Virginie Pointet (Swi) 33  
22 Cayley Brooks (Can) 24  
23 Haley Smith (Can) 22  
24 Vendula Kuntova (Cze) 21  
25 Valerie Meunier (Can) 20  
26 Sarah Moore (Can) 18  
27 Jitka Skarnitzlova (Cze) 17  
28 Jill Behlen (USA) 14  
29 Ashleigh Parker-Moffatt (RSA) 14  
30 Marion Azam (Fra) 13  
31 Kaila Hart (USA) 12  
32 Laura Valentina Abril Restrepo (Col) 12  
33 Angela Egeland (RSA) 12  
34 Laurence Harvey (Can) 10  
35 Alessia Bulleri (Ita) 10  
36 Simone Vosloo (RSA) 10  
37 Kateryna Naberezhna (Ukr) 10  
38 Mariske Strauss (RSA) 9  
39 Alicia Rose Pastore (USA) 8  
40 Samantha Wagler (Can) 7  
41 Karla Stepanova (Cze) 7  
42 Lisa Rabensteiner (Ita) 7  
43 Ines Carolina Gutiérrez (Arg) 6  
44 Jovana Crnogorac (Srb) 6  
45 Tina Kindlhofer (Aut) 4  
46 Regina Genser (Ger) 4  
47 Zuzana Pirzkallova (Cze) 3  
48 Anna Oberparleiter (Ita) 3  
49 Miranda Agusti Sanchez (Spa) 2  
50 Laura Bietola (Can) 2  
51 Ingrid Sofie Jacobsen (Nor) 2  
52 Marta Pastore (Ita) 1  
53 Lorraine Truong (Swi) 1