Wloszczowska opens World Cup season with victory

Batty and Pendrel round out top three for the Canadians

Poland's Maja Wloszczowska (CCC Polkowice) held off the determined Canadian duo of Emily Batty (Subaru-Trek) and Catharine Pendrel (Luna) to don the leader's jersey for the opening round of the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, the first of her career.

Despite worries about a muddy course after rain overnight, race day was hot and sunny, giving the riders a fast track to race on. British champion Annie Last (Milka Brentjens) took the early lead in the women's race before Pendrel, the reigning world champion, chased her down and took the lead on the second lap of five.

Wloszczowska and Batty were part of a chase group that bridged up to Pendrel, and by the third lap the three were clear of all chasers. The 2011 World Cup champion Julie Bresset (BH-SR Suntour-Piesey Vallandry) was part of that chase group, but wilted in the heat, to eventually finish fifth, behind former marathon world champion Esther Süss (Wheeler-IXS).

In the final lap, the leaders began to play a tactical game, with Batty attacking before the final rock garden, only to have Wloszczowska counter and take the front into the final straightaway to win by four seconds.

"I'm really happy," said Wloszczowska. "I definitely didn't expect to get a win this early in the season. But I changed my coach last year, and this showed that it is working. When Emily attacked, I knew I had to get by her, so I took a chance."

"Emily was leading going into the final rock garden and she took my normal line. I decided to take the other line to the left and just let go of my brakes and went for it! It paid off. I got a gap right there and that was enough. I'm so proud of myself. It was the best decision I made today. I loved the new course, especially on my 29er."

Pendrel, who had stated earlier in the week that she is building up slower this season, admitted that she may have not have been aggressive enough when the other two started battling in the final lap. "I sometimes go out too strong, so this time I played it a little conservative, maybe too conservative. But I'm where I want to be for this time of year, and really happy for such a strong showing for Canada."

Emily Batty, who had previously won at the under 23 level, was excited at her breakthrough performance - her first time ever on the elite World Cup podium. "We've had some really good training camps in California with the national team," said Batty, "so I felt prepared for the heat and I knew my form was good. Just being able to ride at the front of the race with riders like Catharine and Maja was an incredible feeling for me, and I know that I will only get stronger for the next rounds."

Race Notes

- Lea Davison (Specialized) was the top American, finishing 14th, one spot ahead of compatriot Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Trek). Davison might have been a top-10 finisher, based on her laps splits, if she had not had to spend most of the race chasing following an early crash in one of the technical zones.

- In the women's race, both Wloszczowska and Batty were on 29ers, while Pendrel was on a 26" wheel. When asked in the press conference if it made the difference in the results, all three laughed, and said "no".

- American Krista Park separated her shoulder during a crash in training in the days before the race and did not start.

- Kseniya Kirillova of Russia was one who suffered at the hands of the course during the race and left it with a badly broken humerus and dislocated right shoulder after she hurtled over her handlebars in the switchback section just above the Rapid Rocks rock garden at the bottom of the course.

Full Results

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice1:34:01 
2Emily Batty (Can) Subaru - Trek0:00:04 
3Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team0:00:23 
4Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team0:01:03 
5Julie Bresset (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry0:01:17 
6Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:01:24 
7Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team0:02:02 
8Karen Hanlen (NZl)0:02:17 
9Annie Last (GBr) Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team0:02:35 
10Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:02:42 
11Rosara Joseph (NZl) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:03:05 
12Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:03:32 
13Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:03:36 
14Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing0:03:59 
15Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru - Trek0:04:21 
16Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team0:04:38 
17Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Scott0:05:01 
18Annika Langvad (Den) Team Fujibikes Rockets0:05:27 
19Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:05:43 
20Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice0:06:12 
21Marie-Helene Premont (Can)  
22Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:06:20 
23Rie Katayama (Jpn)0:06:27 
24Lene Byberg (Nor) GT Skoda Chamonix0:06:37 
25Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Specialized Solodet Vosges0:06:53 
26Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol0:07:19 
27Adelheid Morath (Ger) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:07:22 
28Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Salcano Factory Team0:07:34 
29Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Sudtirol0:07:35 
30Julie Krasniak (Fra) Focus MIG Team0:07:53 
31Anna Szafraniec (Pol) CCC Polkowice0:08:08 
32Judy Freeman (USA)0:08:35 
33Katarzyna Solus-Miskowiez (Pol)0:08:52 
34Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) Team Crampfix Nakamura0:09:00 
35Laura Metzler (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry0:09:17 
36Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice0:09:30 
37Anne Terpstra (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team0:09:36 
38Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team0:09:45 
39Hanna Klein (Ger)0:10:31 
40Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:10:54 
41Mary Mcconneloug (USA)0:11:19 
42Katherine Compton (USA) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:11:33 
43Laura Turpijn (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team0:11:41 
44Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team0:11:45 
45Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:11:50 
46Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Roxracing0:11:56 
47Heidi Sandsto Rosaasen (Nor) Team United Bakeries0:12:30 
48Ivonne Kraft (Ger)0:13:15 
49Vera Andreeva (Rus)0:13:40 
50Rowena Fry (Aus)0:14:04 
51Samantha Sanders (RSA)0:14:06 
52Chloe Woodruff (USA)0:16:11 
53Cécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:16:34 
54Willow Rockwell (USA) Trek World Racing0:17:07 
55Jodie Willett (Aus)0:17:36 
56Fanny Bourdon (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:18:35 
-1lapCaroline Mani (Fra)  
-1lapLucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry  
-2lapsJulia Colvin (RSA)  
-2lapsMelanie Palframan (RSA)  
-3lapsLee Craigie (GBr)  
-3lapsLauren Hoyer (RSA)  
DNFJenni King (Aus)  
DNFBlaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team  
DNFSabrina Maurer (Swi) Bskgraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team  
DNFAnja Gradl (Ger) Team Bulls  
DNFKseniya Kirillova (Rus)  
DNFStephanie Wiedner (Aut)  
DNSKrista Park (USA)  
DNSOksana Rybakova (Rus)  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luna Pro Team58 pts
2CCC Polkowice51 
3Subaru - Trek51 
4Rabobank Giant Offroad Team38 
5Wheeler - Ixs Team30 
6BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry28 
7Ghost Factory Racing Team28 
8Sabine Spitz Haibike Team24 
9Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team22 
10Topeak Ergon Racing Team21 
11Specialized Racing17 
12Notebooksbilliger.De Team15 
13Bikepark.ch Scott14 
14Team Fujibikes Rockets13 
15Multivan Merida Biking Team12 
16GT Skoda Chamonix7 
17Colnago Sudtirol7 
18Specialized Solodet Vosges6 
19Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team4 
20Salcano Factory Team3 
21Focus MIG Team1 
World Cup individual standings after round 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice250 pts
2Emily Batty (Can) Subaru - Trek200 
3Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team160 
4Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - IXS Team150 
5Julie Bresset (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry140 
6Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team130 
7Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team120 
8Karen Hanlen (NZl)110 
9Annie Last (GBr) Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team100 
10Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team95 
11Rosara Joseph (NZl) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team90 
12Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team85 
13Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team80 
14Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing78 
15Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru - Trek76 
16Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.de Team74 
17Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.ch Scott72 
18Annika Langvad (Den) Team Fujibikes Rockets70 
19Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team68 
20Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice66 
21Marie-Helene Premont (Can)64 
22Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team62 
23Rie Katayama (Jpn)60 
24Lene Byberg (Nor) GT Skoda Chamonix58 
25Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Specialized Solodet Vosges56 
26Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol54 
27Adelheid Morath (Ger) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team52 
28Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Salcano Factory Team50 
29Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Sudtirol48 
30Julie Krasniak (Fra) Focus MIG Team46 
31Anna Szafraniec (Pol) CCC Polkowice44 
32Judy Freeman (USA)42 
33Katarzyna Solus-Miskowiez (Pol)40 
34Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) Team Crampfix Nakamura38 
35Laura Metzler (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry36 
36Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice34 
37Anne Terpstra (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team32 
38Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team30 
39Hanna Klein (Ger)29 
40Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team28 
41Mary Mcconneloug (USA)27 
42Katherine Compton (USA) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team26 
43Laura Turpijn (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team25 
44Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team24 
45Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team23 
46Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Roxracing22 
47Heidi Sandsto Rosaasen (Nor) Team United Bakeries21 
48Ivonne Kraft (Ger)20 
49Vera Andreeva (Rus)19 
50Rowena Fry (Aus)18 
51Samantha Sanders (RSA)17 
52Chloe Woodruff (USA)16 
53Cécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix15 
54Willow Rockwell (USA) Trek World Racing14 
55Jodie Willett (Aus)13 
56Fanny Bourdon (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix12 
57Caroline Mani (Fra)11 
58Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry10 
59Julia Colvin (RSA)9 
60Melanie Palframan (RSA)8 
World Cup team standings after round 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luna Pro Team58 pts
2Subaru - Trek51 
3CCC Polkowice51 
4Rabobank Giant Offroad Team38 
5Wheeler - IXS Team30 
6Ghost Factory Racing Team28 
7BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry28 
8Sabine Spitz Haibike Team24 
9Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team22 
10Topeak Ergon Racing Team21 
11Specialized Racing17 
12Notebooksbilliger.de Team15 
13Bikepark.ch Scott14 
14Team Fujibikes Rockets13 
15Multivan Merida Biking Team12 
16GT Skoda Chamonix7 
17Colnago Sudtirol7 
18Specialized Solodet Vosges6 
19Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team4 
20Salcano Factory Team3 
21Focus MIG Team1 

 

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