Pendrel leads Luna Pro Team podium sweep

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
1Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team1:37:53 
2Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:00:01 
3Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:00:10 
4Marie-Helene Premont (Can)0:01:03 
5Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing0:01:50 
6Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:02:17 
7Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:02:25 
8Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:02:47 
9Annie Last (GBr) Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team0:03:03 
10Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:04:12 
11Emily Batty (Can) Subaru - Trek0:04:30 
12Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Salcano Factory Team0:04:58 
13Mary McConneloug (USA)0:05:07 
14Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Team0:05:16 
15Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice0:06:51 
16Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry0:06:59 
17Anne Terpstra (Ned)0:07:12 
18Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:07:33 
19Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru - Trek0:07:54 
20Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team0:08:11 
21Cécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:08:25 
22Sandra Walter (Can)0:08:43 
23Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Roxracing0:09:34 
24Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Roxracing0:10:06 
25Fanny Bourdon (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:10:36 
26Annika Langvad (Den) Team Fujibikes Rockets0:10:57 
27Jean Ann Berkenpas (Can)0:11:47 
28Erin Huck (USA)0:12:54 
29Cindy Montambault (Can)0:14:10 
30Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex)  
31Katherine O'Shea (Aus)0:14:38 
32Daniela Campuzano (Mex)0:15:59 
33Agustina Maria Apaza (Arg)0:17:15 
34Amy Dombroski (USA) -1lap 
35Adriana Rojas (CRc)  
36Aleksandra Mooradian (Pol)  
37Serrano Rodriguez (Ecu)  
38Caroline Mani (Fra)  
39Noelia Rodriguez (Arg)  
40Sarah Kaufmann (USA)  
41Nina Baum (USA) -2laps 
42Bryna Blanchard (USA)  
43Maxine Filby (GBr)  
44Katherine Herrera (CRc)  
45Sally Gabriel (GBr) -3laps 
DNFBlaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team  
DNFAllison Mann (USA)  
1Luna Pro Team107pts
2Ghost Factory Racing Team60 
3Subaru - Trek32 
4Specialized Racing28 
5Multivan Merida Biking Team24 
6Topeak Ergon Racing Team23 
7Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team22 
8Salcano Factory Team19 Team17 
10CCC Polkowice16 
11GT Skoda Chamonix16 
12BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry15 
14Sabine Spitz Haibike Team11 
15Team Fujibikes Rockets5 
World Cup standings - Individuals after round six
1Catharine Pendrel (Can)1190pts
2Katerina Nash (Cze)859 
3Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor)798 
4Georgia Gould (USA)753 
5Julie Bresset (Fra)750 
6Emily Batty (Can)735 
7Maja Wloszczowska (Pol)670 
8Irina Kalentieva (Rus)645 
9Marie-Helene Premont (Can)616 
10Katrin Leumann (Swi)542 
11Annie Last (GBr)542 
12Lea Davison (USA)512 
13Elisabeth Osl (Aut)468 
14Blaza Klemencic (Slo)402 
15Alexandra Engen (Swe)397 
16Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra)374 
17Tanja Zakelj (Slo)361 
18Sabine Spitz (Ger)349 
19Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra)340 
20Esther Süss (Swi)332 
21Mary McConneloug (USA)315 
22Heather Irmiger (USA)311 
23Sabrina Enaux (Fra)296 
24Eva Lechner (Ita)295 
25Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)275 
26Annika Langvad (Den)262 
27Amanda Sin (Can)256 
28Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol)246 
29Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi)245 
30Karen Hanlen (NZl)234 
31Adelheid Morath (Ger)230 
32Anne Terpstra (Ned)215 
33Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi)209 
34Nathalie Schneitter (Swi)207 
35Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol)196 
36Cécile Ravanel (Fra)183 
37Rosara Joseph (NZl)182 
38Tereza Hurikova (Cze)181 
39Jean Ann Berkenpas (Can)164 
40Fanny Bourdon (Fra)159 
41Julie Krasniak (Fra)155 
42Nataliya Krompets (Ukr)153 
43Lene Byberg (Nor)142 
44Sandra Walter (Can)136 
45Vera Andreeva (Rus)126 
46Laura Turpijn (Ned)125 
47Anna Szafraniec (Pol)120 
48Mikaela Kofman (Can)118 
49Janka Stevkova (Svk)118 
50Hanna Klein (Ger)118 
51Rie Katayama (Jpn)114 
52Elisabeth Sveum (Nor)111 
53Sarah Koba (Swi)110 
54Qinglan Shi (Chn)105 
55Silke Schmidt (Ger)103 
56Katherine O'Shea (Aus)98 
57Heidi Sandsto Rosaasen (Nor)93 
58Judy Freeman (USA)91 
59Erin Huck (USA)84 
60Agustina Maria Apaza (Arg)84 
61Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol)84 
62Aleksandra Mooradian (Pol)82 
63Noelia Rodriguez (Arg)81 
64Laura Metzler (Fra)80 
65Adriana Rojas (CRc)76 
66Anja Gradl (Ger)70 
67Corina Gantenbein (Swi)63 
68Sarah Kaufmann (USA)60 
69Maxine Filby (GBr)55 
70Caroline Mani (Fra)55 
71Katherine Herrera (CRc)52 
72Katherine Compton (USA)51 
73Rowena Fry (Aus)51 
74Lee Craigie (GBr)50 
75Cindy Montambault (Can)48 
76Githa Michiels (Bel)47 
77Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex)46 
78Mandy Dreyer (Can)46 
79Daniela Campuzano (Mex)42 
80Amy Dombroski (USA)38 
81Pavla Havlikova (Cze)38 
82Chloe Woodruff (USA)36 
83Samantha Sanders (RSA)36 
84Alexandra Gabriela Serrano Rodriguez (Ecu)32 
85Jenni King (Aus)31 
86Caroline Villeneuve (Can)29 
87Nina Baum (USA)27 
88Bryna Blanchard (USA)26 
89Anna Villar Argente (Spa)24 
90Sally Gabriel (GBr)23 
91Ivonne Kraft (Ger)20 
92Nicoletta De Jager (Ned)15 
93Willow Rockwell (USA)14 
94Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe)13 
95Jodie Willett (Aus)13 
96Lucie Vesela (Cze)12 
97Pavlina Sulcova (Cze)10 
98Franziska Brun (Swi)9 
99Catherine Vipond (Can)9 
100Julia Colvin (RSA)9 
101Judith Pollinger (Ita)8 
102Jane Nussli (GBr)8 
103Melanie Palframan (RSA)8 
World Cup standings - Teams
1Luna Pro Team508pts
2Ghost Factory Racing Team276 
3CCC Polkowice203 
4BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry190 
5Subaru - Trek187 
6Multivan Merida Biking Team150 
7Topeak Ergon Racing Team128 
8Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team116 
9Sabine Spitz Haibike Team112 
10Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team111 
11Rabobank Giant Offroad Team105 
12Specialized Racing96 
13Colnago Sudtirol91 
14Salcano Factory Team59 
15Wheeler - Ixs Team55 
16Team Fujibikes Rockets43 
17GT Skoda Chamonix40 Team39 
19Specialized Solodet Vosges38 
20ISD MTB Team31 
21Scott-3Roxracing30 Craft28 
23Focus Mig Team7 
24Team Bulls6 
25Team Crampfix Nakamura2 

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