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MTB World Cup Cross Country #1 & Downhill #1 - Pietermaritzburg 2012

Date range:
March 16-18, 2012

March 17, Elite women cross country:

Wloszczowska opens World Cup season with victory

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
March 17, 2012, 12:17 GMT,
Updated:
March 18, 2012, 14:05 GMT

Batty and Pendrel round out top three for the Canadians

Maja Wloszczowska (CCC Polkowice) wins the opening World Cup in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Maja Wloszczowska (CCC Polkowice) wins the opening World Cup in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

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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) Team Result
1 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice 1:34:01  
2 Emily Batty (Can) Subaru - Trek 0:00:04  
3 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 0:00:23  
4 Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team 0:01:03  
5 Julie Bresset (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 0:01:17  
6 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 0:01:24  
7 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 0:02:02  
8 Karen Hanlen (NZl) 0:02:17  
9 Annie Last (GBr) Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team 0:02:35  
10 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:02:42  
11 Rosara Joseph (NZl) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 0:03:05  
12 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:03:32  
13 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 0:03:36  
14 Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing 0:03:59  
15 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru - Trek 0:04:21  
16 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team 0:04:38  
17 Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Scott 0:05:01  
18 Annika Langvad (Den) Team Fujibikes Rockets 0:05:27  
19 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:05:43  
20 Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice 0:06:12  
21 Marie-Helene Premont (Can)    
22 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:06:20  
23 Rie Katayama (Jpn) 0:06:27  
24 Lene Byberg (Nor) GT Skoda Chamonix 0:06:37  
25 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Specialized Solodet Vosges 0:06:53  
26 Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol 0:07:19  
27 Adelheid Morath (Ger) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 0:07:22  
28 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Salcano Factory Team 0:07:34  
29 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Sudtirol 0:07:35  
30 Julie Krasniak (Fra) Focus MIG Team 0:07:53  
31 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) CCC Polkowice 0:08:08  
32 Judy Freeman (USA) 0:08:35  
33 Katarzyna Solus-Miskowiez (Pol) 0:08:52  
34 Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) Team Crampfix Nakamura 0:09:00  
35 Laura Metzler (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 0:09:17  
36 Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice 0:09:30  
37 Anne Terpstra (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team 0:09:36  
38 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 0:09:45  
39 Hanna Klein (Ger) 0:10:31  
40 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 0:10:54  
41 Mary Mcconneloug (USA) 0:11:19  
42 Katherine Compton (USA) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 0:11:33  
43 Laura Turpijn (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team 0:11:41  
44 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 0:11:45  
45 Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:11:50  
46 Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 0:11:56  
47 Heidi Sandsto Rosaasen (Nor) Team United Bakeries 0:12:30  
48 Ivonne Kraft (Ger) 0:13:15  
49 Vera Andreeva (Rus) 0:13:40  
50 Rowena Fry (Aus) 0:14:04  
51 Samantha Sanders (RSA) 0:14:06  
52 Chloe Woodruff (USA) 0:16:11  
53 Cécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 0:16:34  
54 Willow Rockwell (USA) Trek World Racing 0:17:07  
55 Jodie Willett (Aus) 0:17:36  
56 Fanny Bourdon (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 0:18:35  
-1lap Caroline Mani (Fra)    
-1lap Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry    
-2laps Julia Colvin (RSA)    
-2laps Melanie Palframan (RSA)    
-3laps Lee Craigie (GBr)    
-3laps Lauren Hoyer (RSA)    
DNF Jenni King (Aus)    
DNF Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team    
DNF Sabrina Maurer (Swi) Bskgraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team    
DNF Anja Gradl (Ger) Team Bulls    
DNF Kseniya Kirillova (Rus)    
DNF Stephanie Wiedner (Aut)    
DNS Krista Park (USA)    
DNS Oksana Rybakova (Rus)    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Luna Pro Team 58  pts
2 CCC Polkowice 51  
3 Subaru - Trek 51  
4 Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 38  
5 Wheeler - Ixs Team 30  
6 BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 28  
7 Ghost Factory Racing Team 28  
8 Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 24  
9 Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team 22  
10 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 21  
11 Specialized Racing 17  
12 Notebooksbilliger.De Team 15  
13 Bikepark.ch Scott 14  
14 Team Fujibikes Rockets 13  
15 Multivan Merida Biking Team 12  
16 GT Skoda Chamonix 7  
17 Colnago Sudtirol 7  
18 Specialized Solodet Vosges 6  
19 Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 4  
20 Salcano Factory Team 3  
21 Focus MIG Team 1  
World Cup individual standings after round 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice 250  pts
2 Emily Batty (Can) Subaru - Trek 200  
3 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 160  
4 Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - IXS Team 150  
5 Julie Bresset (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 140  
6 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 130  
7 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 120  
8 Karen Hanlen (NZl) 110  
9 Annie Last (GBr) Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team 100  
10 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 95  
11 Rosara Joseph (NZl) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 90  
12 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team 85  
13 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 80  
14 Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing 78  
15 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru - Trek 76  
16 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.de Team 74  
17 Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.ch Scott 72  
18 Annika Langvad (Den) Team Fujibikes Rockets 70  
19 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 68  
20 Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice 66  
21 Marie-Helene Premont (Can) 64  
22 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team 62  
23 Rie Katayama (Jpn) 60  
24 Lene Byberg (Nor) GT Skoda Chamonix 58  
25 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Specialized Solodet Vosges 56  
26 Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol 54  
27 Adelheid Morath (Ger) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 52  
28 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Salcano Factory Team 50  
29 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Sudtirol 48  
30 Julie Krasniak (Fra) Focus MIG Team 46  
31 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) CCC Polkowice 44  
32 Judy Freeman (USA) 42  
33 Katarzyna Solus-Miskowiez (Pol) 40  
34 Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) Team Crampfix Nakamura 38  
35 Laura Metzler (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 36  
36 Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice 34  
37 Anne Terpstra (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team 32  
38 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 30  
39 Hanna Klein (Ger) 29  
40 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 28  
41 Mary Mcconneloug (USA) 27  
42 Katherine Compton (USA) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 26  
43 Laura Turpijn (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team 25  
44 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 24  
45 Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team 23  
46 Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 22  
47 Heidi Sandsto Rosaasen (Nor) Team United Bakeries 21  
48 Ivonne Kraft (Ger) 20  
49 Vera Andreeva (Rus) 19  
50 Rowena Fry (Aus) 18  
51 Samantha Sanders (RSA) 17  
52 Chloe Woodruff (USA) 16  
53 Cécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 15  
54 Willow Rockwell (USA) Trek World Racing 14  
55 Jodie Willett (Aus) 13  
56 Fanny Bourdon (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 12  
57 Caroline Mani (Fra) 11  
58 Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 10  
59 Julia Colvin (RSA) 9  
60 Melanie Palframan (RSA) 8  
World Cup team standings after round 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Luna Pro Team 58  pts
2 Subaru - Trek 51  
3 CCC Polkowice 51  
4 Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 38  
5 Wheeler - IXS Team 30  
6 Ghost Factory Racing Team 28  
7 BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 28  
8 Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 24  
9 Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team 22  
10 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 21  
11 Specialized Racing 17  
12 Notebooksbilliger.de Team 15  
13 Bikepark.ch Scott 14  
14 Team Fujibikes Rockets 13  
15 Multivan Merida Biking Team 12  
16 GT Skoda Chamonix 7  
17 Colnago Sudtirol 7  
18 Specialized Solodet Vosges 6  
19 Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 4  
20 Salcano Factory Team 3  
21 Focus MIG Team 1