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MTB World Cup Cross Country #6 & Downhill #5 - Windham 2012

Date range:
June 29 - July 1, 2012

June 30, Elite women cross country:

Pendrel leads Luna Pro Team podium sweep

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
June 30, 2012, 22:02 BST,
Updated:
July 02, 2012, 15:43 BST

Heartbreaking finale for Gould who lost lead after last lap flat

Round six of the cross country series for the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup produced some of the closest and most exciting racing of the year. Catharine Pendrel (Luna led a one-two-three  finish for the Luna team in the women's race, wrapping up the World Cup title in the process.

Extreme heat, plus a dry and dusty course with lots of climbing, made for hard conditions. Riders had to drink constantly, and avoid going out too hard, too early if they didn't want to "blow up".

In the elite women's race Georgia Gould (Luna) had come close to taking the first World Cup of her career a week earlier in Mont Ste-Anne, but faded in the last lap, and was overtaken by teammate Pendrel. This time, on home soil, she was inspired, riding away from early leader Marie-Helene Premont (Rocky Mountain) to carve out a 50-second lead with a lap to go in the five-lap race.

Two teammates chased her: Pendrel and Katerina Nash, who had dropped Premont. Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida) passed Premont to move into fourth, while the Canadian was holding off a late charge by American Olympian Lea Davison (Specialized).

Cresting the final climb, Gould looked to have the win, but then suffered a pinch flat in a a rocky section. She quickly used an inflation cartridge, but the tire went flat again almost within sight of the finish, and she started to run. Pendrel and Nash were surprised to come upon their teammate, with less than 100 meters to go. They swept around her and sprinting to the line, with Pendrel getting the victory. Gould hung on for third.

"I was really sad (about catching Gould in final meters)," said Pendrel. "I did not want it to come down to that. Georgia rode so well, she was obviously riding the best both up and down today. She deserved the win. I looked back and thought maybe Katerina is not going to sprint, but Katerina was going to sprint, so I gotta go for it. It was not the situation I wanted; yes, I wanted Luna one-two-three , but I wanted the best legs to win on the day and that was Georgia."

For Gould it was a bitter disappointment, and the American champion could not talk with choking up. "I had a really good gap, and I just pinch flatted on one of the rocky downhills, I thought it might seal up but I had a lot of high speed downhill, so I stopped and used my CO2 cartridge to fill it up. But it was very soft, and it just went flat again. I just didn't have enough traction for the last climb and had to get off and run. It's pretty disappointing."

Premont took fourth after Dahle Flesjaa flatted, and Davison became the second American on the podium, in fifth. It was Davison's first-ever World Cup podium appearance. Emily Batty (Subaru-Trek), after struggling in the early laps, surged in the final lap to finish 11th.

Pendrel's third win of the season gives her an insurmountable lead in the standings, with one race remaining, in Val d'Isere, France at the end of July. Nash moves into second, followed by Dahle Flesjaa and Gould.

Full Results
1 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 1:37:53  
2 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 0:00:01  
3 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 0:00:10  
4 Marie-Helene Premont (Can) 0:01:03  
5 Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing 0:01:50  
6 Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:02:17  
7 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:02:25  
8 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:02:47  
9 Annie Last (GBr) Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team 0:03:03  
10 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:04:12  
11 Emily Batty (Can) Subaru - Trek 0:04:30  
12 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Salcano Factory Team 0:04:58  
13 Mary McConneloug (USA) 0:05:07  
14 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.de Team 0:05:16  
15 Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice 0:06:51  
16 Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 0:06:59  
17 Anne Terpstra (Ned) 0:07:12  
18 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:07:33  
19 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru - Trek 0:07:54  
20 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 0:08:11  
21 Cécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 0:08:25  
22 Sandra Walter (Can) 0:08:43  
23 Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 0:09:34  
24 Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 0:10:06  
25 Fanny Bourdon (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 0:10:36  
26 Annika Langvad (Den) Team Fujibikes Rockets 0:10:57  
27 Jean Ann Berkenpas (Can) 0:11:47  
28 Erin Huck (USA) 0:12:54  
29 Cindy Montambault (Can) 0:14:10  
30 Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex)    
31 Katherine O'Shea (Aus) 0:14:38  
32 Daniela Campuzano (Mex) 0:15:59  
33 Agustina Maria Apaza (Arg) 0:17:15  
34 Amy Dombroski (USA)  -1lap  
35 Adriana Rojas (CRc)    
36 Aleksandra Mooradian (Pol)    
37 Serrano Rodriguez (Ecu)    
38 Caroline Mani (Fra)    
39 Noelia Rodriguez (Arg)    
40 Sarah Kaufmann (USA)    
41 Nina Baum (USA)  -2laps  
42 Bryna Blanchard (USA)    
43 Maxine Filby (GBr)    
44 Katherine Herrera (CRc)    
45 Sally Gabriel (GBr)  -3laps  
DNF Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team    
DNF Allison Mann (USA)    
Teams
1 Luna Pro Team 107 pts
2 Ghost Factory Racing Team 60  
3 Subaru - Trek 32  
4 Specialized Racing 28  
5 Multivan Merida Biking Team 24  
6 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 23  
7 Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team 22  
8 Salcano Factory Team 19  
9 Notebooksbilliger.de Team 17  
10 CCC Polkowice 16  
11 GT Skoda Chamonix 16  
12 BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 15  
13 Scott-3Roxracing 15  
14 Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 11  
15 Team Fujibikes Rockets 5  
World Cup standings - Individuals after round six
1 Catharine Pendrel (Can) 1190 pts
2 Katerina Nash (Cze) 859  
3 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) 798  
4 Georgia Gould (USA) 753  
5 Julie Bresset (Fra) 750  
6 Emily Batty (Can) 735  
7 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) 670  
8 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) 645  
9 Marie-Helene Premont (Can) 616  
10 Katrin Leumann (Swi) 542  
11 Annie Last (GBr) 542  
12 Lea Davison (USA) 512  
13 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) 468  
14 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) 402  
15 Alexandra Engen (Swe) 397  
16 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) 374  
17 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) 361  
18 Sabine Spitz (Ger) 349  
19 Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) 340  
20 Esther Süss (Swi) 332  
21 Mary McConneloug (USA) 315  
22 Heather Irmiger (USA) 311  
23 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) 296  
24 Eva Lechner (Ita) 295  
25 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) 275  
26 Annika Langvad (Den) 262  
27 Amanda Sin (Can) 256  
28 Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) 246  
29 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) 245  
30 Karen Hanlen (NZl) 234  
31 Adelheid Morath (Ger) 230  
32 Anne Terpstra (Ned) 215  
33 Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) 209  
34 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) 207  
35 Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) 196  
36 Cécile Ravanel (Fra) 183  
37 Rosara Joseph (NZl) 182  
38 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) 181  
39 Jean Ann Berkenpas (Can) 164  
40 Fanny Bourdon (Fra) 159  
41 Julie Krasniak (Fra) 155  
42 Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) 153  
43 Lene Byberg (Nor) 142  
44 Sandra Walter (Can) 136  
45 Vera Andreeva (Rus) 126  
46 Laura Turpijn (Ned) 125  
47 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) 120  
48 Mikaela Kofman (Can) 118  
49 Janka Stevkova (Svk) 118  
50 Hanna Klein (Ger) 118  
51 Rie Katayama (Jpn) 114  
52 Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) 111  
53 Sarah Koba (Swi) 110  
54 Qinglan Shi (Chn) 105  
55 Silke Schmidt (Ger) 103  
56 Katherine O'Shea (Aus) 98  
57 Heidi Sandsto Rosaasen (Nor) 93  
58 Judy Freeman (USA) 91  
59 Erin Huck (USA) 84  
60 Agustina Maria Apaza (Arg) 84  
61 Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol) 84  
62 Aleksandra Mooradian (Pol) 82  
63 Noelia Rodriguez (Arg) 81  
64 Laura Metzler (Fra) 80  
65 Adriana Rojas (CRc) 76  
66 Anja Gradl (Ger) 70  
67 Corina Gantenbein (Swi) 63  
68 Sarah Kaufmann (USA) 60  
69 Maxine Filby (GBr) 55  
70 Caroline Mani (Fra) 55  
71 Katherine Herrera (CRc) 52  
72 Katherine Compton (USA) 51  
73 Rowena Fry (Aus) 51  
74 Lee Craigie (GBr) 50  
75 Cindy Montambault (Can) 48  
76 Githa Michiels (Bel) 47  
77 Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex) 46  
78 Mandy Dreyer (Can) 46  
79 Daniela Campuzano (Mex) 42  
80 Amy Dombroski (USA) 38  
81 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) 38  
82 Chloe Woodruff (USA) 36  
83 Samantha Sanders (RSA) 36  
84 Alexandra Gabriela Serrano Rodriguez (Ecu) 32  
85 Jenni King (Aus) 31  
86 Caroline Villeneuve (Can) 29  
87 Nina Baum (USA) 27  
88 Bryna Blanchard (USA) 26  
89 Anna Villar Argente (Spa) 24  
90 Sally Gabriel (GBr) 23  
91 Ivonne Kraft (Ger) 20  
92 Nicoletta De Jager (Ned) 15  
93 Willow Rockwell (USA) 14  
94 Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe) 13  
95 Jodie Willett (Aus) 13  
96 Lucie Vesela (Cze) 12  
97 Pavlina Sulcova (Cze) 10  
98 Franziska Brun (Swi) 9  
99 Catherine Vipond (Can) 9  
100 Julia Colvin (RSA) 9  
101 Judith Pollinger (Ita) 8  
102 Jane Nussli (GBr) 8  
103 Melanie Palframan (RSA) 8  
World Cup standings - Teams
1 Luna Pro Team 508 pts
2 Ghost Factory Racing Team 276  
3 CCC Polkowice 203  
4 BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 190  
5 Subaru - Trek 187  
6 Multivan Merida Biking Team 150  
7 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 128  
8 Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 116  
9 Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 112  
10 Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team 111  
11 Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 105  
12 Specialized Racing 96  
13 Colnago Sudtirol 91  
14 Salcano Factory Team 59  
15 Wheeler - Ixs Team 55  
16 Team Fujibikes Rockets 43  
17 GT Skoda Chamonix 40  
18 Notebooksbilliger.de Team 39  
19 Specialized Solodet Vosges 38  
20 ISD MTB Team 31  
21 Scott-3Roxracing 30  
22 Bikepark.ch Craft 28  
23 Focus Mig Team 7  
24 Team Bulls 6  
25 Team Crampfix Nakamura 2