Dahle Flesjaa wins Val d'Isere World Cup

Pendrel wraps up World Cup overall

In the final round of the UCI cross country World Cup in Val d'Isere, France, Gunn Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan-Merida) took her second win of the World Cup season, as many riders put the final touches on their form for the Olympic Games coming up in two weeks. Catharine Pendrel (Luna) won the women's overall series, with Dahle Flesjaa moving into second after her win.

Dahle Flesjaa jumped into an early lead in the women's five-lap race, joined by Georgia Gould (Luna) and defending World Cup champion Julie Bresset (BH-SR Suntour-Peisey Vallandry). By mid-race, British champion Annie Last (Milka Brentjens) and Emily Batty (Subaru-Trek) had moved up to join the chase, with Gould sliding back, as well as teammate Katerina Nash, who had mechanical problems. Pendrel, who had already won the World Cup title after the previous round, was riding back in ninth after a poor start.

Dahle Flesjaa continued to pull away from her rivals in the last two laps, climbing and descending technical sections that the others struggled with. Starting the final lap it began to rain, and Dahle Flesjaa was able to extend her lead over Bresset to 46 seconds by the finish, with Last finishing a career-best third and Batty fourth. Gould rounded out the top-five.

"It was very close to the perfect race," said Dahle Flesjaa. "It's back to the old days when I was leading from the start to the finish. Yah, I had a good day. I knew before that I am starting to be in top shape for this season and this is the perfect feedback for what will be expected in the coming weeks."

Dahle Flesjaa's second win jumped her into second in the overall standings, with 1048 points to Pendrel's 1290, with Nash dropping to third.

The Canadian agreed that she had a tough day. "Today it was super hard. It is a tough course, there's no recovery and there's significant altitude for someone from my neck of the woods," said Pendrel. "I didn't feel horrible, but there are definitely some girls out there with amazing legs. I had a good start until the first corner and then I got caught up in the course and then the whole pack went by me. So I just buried myself for two laps and paid for that, I think. But winning the World Cup is awesome. It is cool to be able to show consistency and also to be able to get it done on the day. And now I am happy to have two weeks in Europe to get used to the time zone and be ready for London."

Team Luna won the day and the World Cup overall.

Full Results

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team1:32:07 
2Julie Bresset (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry0:00:46 
3Annie Last* (GBr) Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team0:01:09 
4Emily Batty (Can) Subaru - Trek0:01:34 
5Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:02:26 
6Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team0:03:13 
7Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:03:33 
8Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team0:04:05 
9Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team0:04:48 
10Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:05:06 
11Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team0:05:22 
12Adelheid Morath (Ger) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:06:34 
13Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry0:07:06 
14Marie-Helene Premont (Can)0:07:19 
15Anja Gradl (Ger) Team Bulls0:07:54 
16Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice0:08:01 
17Vera Andreeva (Rus) Team Protek0:08:02 
18Sarah Koba (Swi)0:08:44 
19Silke Schmidt (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team0:08:49 
20Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Craft0:08:50 
21Karen Hanlen (NZl)0:09:17 
22Hanna Klein (Ger)0:09:47 
23Mary Mcconneloug (USA)0:10:07 
24Rosara Joseph (NZl) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:10:23 
25Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Specialized Solodet Vosges0:11:38 
26Laura Metzler (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry0:12:23 
27Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team0:12:43 
28Cécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:13:38 
29Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:13:58 
30Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Sudtirol0:14:09 
31Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team0:14:34 
32Julie Krasniak (Fra) Focus Mig Team0:15:02 
33Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) Team Crampfix Nakamura0:16:39 
34Fanny Bourdon (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:17:50 
35Anna Villar Argente (Spa)0:18:11 
-1lapHelene Marcouyre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry  
-1lapLee Craigie (GBr)  
-1lapAnnika Langvad (Den) Team Fujibikes Rockets  
-1lapSabrina Maurer (Swi) Bskgraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team  
-1lapSerrano Rodriguez (Ecu)  
-1lapNicoletta De Jager (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team  
-1lapFranziska Brun (Swi)  
-1lapMercedes Pacios Pujado (Spa)  
-1lapAnne Terpstra* (Ned)  
-2lapsLucie Vesela (Cze) GT Bicycles Opportunity  
-2lapsCorina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer - BMC  
-2lapsMaxine Filby (GBr)  
-2lapsMaaris Meier (Est)  
-2lapsKristien Nelen (Bel) Houffalize-Granville Team  
-2lapsAsa Maria Erlandsson (Swe)  
-3lapsStephania Magri (Mlt)  
-3lapsNirjala Tamrakar (Nep)  
DNFEva Lechner (Ita)  
DNFKathrin Stirnemann (Swi)  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luna Pro Team71 pts
2BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry58 
3Sabine Spitz Haibike Team46 
4Multivan Merida Biking Team40 
5Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team32 
6Subaru - Trek30 
7Ghost Factory Racing Team24 
8Wheeler - Ixs Team23 
9Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team21 
10Team Bulls16 
11CCC Polkowice15 
12Team Protek14 
13Notebooksbilliger.De Team12 
14Bikepark.Ch Craft11 
15Rabobank Giant Offroad Team7 
16Specialized Solodet Vosges6 
17Trek-Kmc Trade Team4 
18GT Skoda Chamonix3 
19Colnago Sudtirol1 
Elite women individual final World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team1290 pts
2Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team1048 
3Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team954 
4Julie Bresset (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry950 
5Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team893 
6Emily Batty (Can) Subaru - Trek885 
7Annie Last* (GBr) Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team702 
8Marie-Helene Premont (Can)694 
9Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice670 
10Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team645 
11Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team588 
12Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team542 
13Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing512 
14Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team479 
15Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team450 
16Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team442 
17Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry420 
18Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team397 
19Mary Mcconneloug (USA)375 
20Pauline Ferrand Prevot* (Fra) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team374 
21Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Salcano Factory Team361 
22Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Specialized Solodet Vosges352 
23Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team319 
24Adelheid Morath (Ger) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team315 
25Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru - Trek311 
26Karen Hanlen (NZl)298 
27Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol295 
28Annika Langvad (Den) Team Fujibikes Rockets292 
29Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Craft275 
30Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team271 
31Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice270 
32Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Roxracing256 
33Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Sudtirol253 
34Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice246 
35Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team245 
36Rosara Joseph (NZl) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team240 
37Anne Terpstra* (Ned)239 
38Cécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix233 
39Vera Andreeva (Rus) Team Protek198 
40Fanny Bourdon (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix197 
41Julie Krasniak (Fra) Focus Mig Team197 
42Sarah Koba (Swi)180 
43Hanna Klein (Ger)180 
44Silke Schmidt (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team171 
45Jean Ann Berkenpas (Can)164 
46Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) Isd MTB Team153 
47Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) Team Crampfix Nakamura151 
48Anja Gradl (Ger) Team Bulls146 
49Lene Byberg (Nor) GT Skoda Chamonix142 
50Sandra Walter (Can)136 
51Laura Metzler (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry134 
52Laura Turpijn (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team125 
53Anna Szafraniec (Pol) CCC Polkowice120 
54Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Roxracing118 
55Janka Stevkova (Svk)118 
56Rie Katayama (Jpn)114 
57Qinglan Shi (Chn)105 
58Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team99 
59Katherine O'shea (Aus)98 
60Heidi Sandsto Rosaasen (Nor) Team United Bakeries93 
61Judy Freeman (USA)91 
62Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer - BMC85 
63Erin Huck (USA)84 
64Agustina Maria Apaza (Arg)84 
65Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol)84 
66Lee Craigie (GBr)82 
67Aleksandra Mooradian (Pol)82 
68Noelia Rodriguez (Arg)81 
69Adriana Rojas (CRc)76 
70Maxine Filby (GBr)76 
71Anna Villar Argente (Spa)60 
72Alexandra Gabriela Serrano Rodriguez (Ecu)60 
73Sarah Kaufmann (USA)60 
74Caroline Mani (Fra)55 
75Katherine Herrera (CRc)52 
76Katherine Compton (USA) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team51 
77Rowena Fry (Aus)51 
78Cindy Montambault (Can)48 
79Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex)46 
80Mandy Dreyer (Can)46 
81Daniela Campuzano (Mex)42 
82Nicoletta De Jager (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team42 
83Amy Dombroski (USA)38 
84Pavla Havlikova (Cze)38 
85Chloe Woodruff (USA)36 
86Samantha Sanders (RSA)36 
87Franziska Brun (Swi)35 
88Lucie Vesela (Cze) GT Bicycles Opportunity35 
89Helene Marcouyre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry34 
90Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe)31 
91Jenni King (Aus)31 
92Sabrina Maurer (Swi) Bskgraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team29 
93Caroline Villeneuve (Can)29 
94Nina Baum (USA)27 
95Bryna Blanchard (USA)26 
96Mercedes Pacios Pujado (Spa)25 
97Sally Gabriel (GBr)23 
98Maaris Meier (Est)20 
99Ivonne Kraft (Ger)20 
100Kristien Nelen (Bel) Houffalize-Granville Team19 
101Stephania Magri (Mlt)17 
102Nirjala Tamrakar (Nep)16 
103Willow Rockwell (USA) Trek World Racing14 
104Jodie Willett (Aus)13 
105Pavlina Sulcova (Cze) Merida Biking Team10 
106Catherine Vipond (Can)9 
107Julia Colvin (RSA)9 
108Judith Pollinger (Ita) Hard Rock Canossa Merida8 
109Jane Nussli (GBr) Fischer - BMC8 
110Melanie Palframan (RSA)8 
Team final World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luna Pro Team579 pts
2Ghost Factory Racing Team300 
3BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry248 
4CCC Polkowice218 
5Subaru - Trek217 
6Multivan Merida Biking Team190 
7Sabine Spitz Haibike Team158 
8Milka Brentjens Mtb Racing Team143 
9Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team137 
10Topeak Ergon Racing Team128 
11Rabobank Giant Offroad Team112 
12Specialized Racing96 
13Colnago Sudtirol92 
14Wheeler - Ixs Team78 
15Salcano Factory Team59 
16Notebooksbilliger.De Team51 
17Specialized Solodet Vosges44 
18Team Fujibikes Rockets43 
19GT Skoda Chamonix43 
20Bikepark.Ch Craft39 
21ISD MTB Team31 
23Team Bulls22 
24Team Protek14 
25Focus MIG Team7 
26Trek-KMC Trade Team4 
27Team Crampfix Nakamura2 


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