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MTB World Cup Cross Country #2 & Eliminator #2 - Nove Mesto na Morave 2013

Date range:
May 24-26, 2013

May 26, Elite women cross country:

Zakelj wins her first World Cup cross country in Nove Mesto

By:
Rob Jones and Sue George
Published:
May 26, 2013, 12:37 BST,
Updated:
May 27, 2013, 5:09 BST

Wloszczowska slides into second ahead of Pendrel in third

Tanja Zakelj (Unior Tools Team) wins her first career World Cup in Nove Mesto

Tanja Zakelj (Unior Tools Team) wins her first career World Cup in Nove Mesto

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A first time World Cup winner also became a first time World Cup overall leader in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, for round 2. Tanja Zakelj (Unior Tools) became the first-ever Slovenian rider to win a World Cup, with a strong performance in which she rode clear of some of the top women in the world.

The Slovenian rider finished just ahead of Maja Wloszczowska (Giant Pro XC) while Catharine Pendrel (Luna) rode in solo for third place. Alexandra Engen (Ghost) and Eva Lechner (Colnago Sudtirol) completed podium.

"It feels amazing," said Zakelj. "I know what I achieved today was special."

Like last week, Engen set a fast pace from the start of the five-lap race. She was joined at the front by Wloszczowska and Albstadt World Cup winner Lechner. Zakelj and Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida) followed closely behind.

Pendrel wasn't quite as fast off the start, but soon worked her way to the front of the race while Dahle Flesjaa lost ground..

Engen was dropped by the other four, who stayed together until the fourth lap of the five-lap race, when Lechner flatted. The Italian had a quick wheel change in the tech zone, but was caught by Engen, who eventually beat her for fourth.

On the same penultimate lap, Zakjl pushed the pace and created a separation that gapped Pendrel and Lechner. Her effort was enough to also gap Wloszczowska, who chased solo in second place and it looked like Zakejl might have made the race-winning move. However, she crashed on a technical downhill and lost enough time that Wloszczowska rejoined her at the front.

"I felt adrenaline in the last two laps. It was so tough. I was making so many technical mistakes. I'd never been in this position before," said Zakelj.

"I had problems to stay with the leading group for the first few laps, but I stayed focussed and knew that on fourth lap I would make an attack," said Zakelj "I just rode my race and didn't worry about Maja's race. I thought she might try to pass me on the climbs, but I guess I was strong enough to stay in front."

The two leaders stayed together until the final meters. Zakelj seemed slightly stronger but Wloszczowska hung tough and the two appeared to be set up for a sprint finish when Wloszczowska, in second, slid out on the final corner.

"I was waiting for the sprint, but Maja crashed, so I was able to achieve this awesome victory," said Zakelj, who rode on for the win while Wloszczowska finished in second place shortly thereafter. Pendrel rode the later part of the race on her own to finish in third.

Engen had a strong finish and moved back up into the top five.

Zakelj and Wloszczowska are tied atop the standings with 400 points each; Zakelj gets the lead due to her win, with Lechner 10 points behind.

Full Results

Elite women cross country
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team 1:25:50  
2 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Giant Pro XC Team 0:00:19  
3 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 0:01:21  
4 Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:02:07  
5 Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol 0:02:19  
6 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:02:32  
7 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 0:03:24  
8 Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing Xc 0:03:29  
9 Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing 0:03:46  
10 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:03:57  
11 Pauline Ferrand Prevot* (Fra) Giant Pro XC Team 0:04:25  
12 Annie Last (GBr) Trek Factory Racing 0:04:26  
13 Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - iXS Team 0:04:54  
14 Jolanda Neff* (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team 0:05:09  
15 Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team    
16 Chengyuan Ren (Chn) 0:05:38  
17 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol 0:06:18  
18 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) 0:06:27  
19 Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) Bi&Esse Carrera 0:06:48  
20 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:07:11  
21 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Calcit Bike Team 0:07:12  
22 Annika Langvad (Den) Team Davinci - Specialized 0:07:25  
23 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Specialized Racing Xc 0:07:33  
24 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 0:07:46  
25 Vera Andreeva (Rus) Team Protek 0:08:04  
26 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 0:08:26  
27 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) 0:08:34  
28 Mary Mcconneloug (USA) 0:09:03  
29 Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol) 0:09:42  
30 Daniela Campuzano (Mex) 0:10:00  
31 Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer-BMC 0:10:06  
32 Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 0:10:12  
33 Hanna Klein (Ger) 0:10:29  
34 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:10:30  
35 Githa Michiels (Bel) Toka Print MTB Team 0:10:38  
36 Kate Fluker (NZl) 0:10:41  
37 Anja Gradl (Ger) Team Bulls 0:11:26  
38 Judy Freeman (USA) 0:12:46  
39 Paula Gorycka (Pol) 4F Racing Team 0:12:55  
40 Nadine Rieder (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:13:26  
41 Nina Wrobel (Ger) 0:13:37  
42 Serena Calvetti (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop 0:13:46  
43 Anna Villar Argente (Spa) 0:14:02  
44 Erin Huck (USA) 0:14:29  
45 Samara Sheppard (NZl) Toka Print MTB Team 0:14:36  
46 Jitka Skarnitzlova (Cze) 0:14:55  
-1lap Lee Craigie (GBr)    
-1lap Katherine O'neill (NZl)    
-1lap Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) ISD MTB Team    
-1lap Lucie Vesela (Cze)    
-1lap Franziska Brun (Swi)    
-1lap Elvira Khayrullina (Rus)    
-1lap Kateryna Naberezhna (Ukr) ISD MTB Team    
-1lap Lucia Vazquez Crespo (Spa)    
-2laps Lenka Bulisova (Cze)    
-3laps Ruth Owen-Evans (GBr)    
-3laps Asuman Bura Balci (Tur)    
DNF Nikki Harris (GBr)    
DNF Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus XC Team    
DNF Anna Oberparleiter (Ita)    
DNF Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Kmc    
DNS Sarah Koba (Swi) JB Felt Team    
DNS Elena Gogoleva (Rus) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team    
DNS Lene Byberg (Nor)    
DNS Irena Berkova (Cze)    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Giant Pro XC Team 72  pts
2 Luna Pro Team 63  
3 Team Colnago Sudtirol 42  
4 Ghost Factory Racing Team 41  
5 Trek Factory Racing 41  
6 Unior Tools Team 40  
7 Specialized Racing XC 31  
8 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 26  
9 Multivan Merida Biking Team 21  
10 Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 21  
11 Wheeler - iXS Team 18  
12 Bi&Esse Carrera 12  
13 Calcit Bike Team 10  
14 Team Davinci - Specialized 9  
15 Team Protek 6  
Elite women cross country World Cup standings after round 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team 400  pts
2 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Giant Pro XC Team 400  
3 Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol 390  
4 Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team 290  
5 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 250  
6 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 245  
7 Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing 230  
8 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team 226  
9 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 215  
10 Jolanda Neff* (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team 188  
11 Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing XC 182  
12 Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 176  
13 Pauline Ferrand Prevot* (Fra) Giant Pro XC Team 164  
14 Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - iXS Team 160  
15 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 159  
16 Annie Last (GBr) Trek Factory Racing 141  
17 Annika Langvad (Den) Team Davinci - Specialized 140  
18 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Calcit Bike Team 140  
19 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Specialized Racing XC 128  
20 Vera Andreeva (Rus) Team Protek 126  
21 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol 122  
22 Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) Bi&Esse Carrera 122  
23 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 120  
24 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 116  
25 Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer-BMC 104  
26 Hanna Klein (Ger) 102  
27 Mary Mcconneloug (USA) 102  
28 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) 94  
29 Marianne Vos (Ned) 90  
30 Daniela Campuzano (Mex) 90  
31 Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol) 88  
32 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team 86  
33 Paula Gorycka (Pol) 4F Racing Team 75  
34 Chengyuan Ren (Chn) 74  
35 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) 70  
36 Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 66  
37 Githa Michiels (Bel) Toka Print MTB Team 64  
38 Anja Gradl (Ger) Team Bulls 57  
39 Nina Wrobel (Ger) 57  
40 Kate Fluker (NZl) 53  
41 Nadine Rieder (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 49  
42 Lee Craigie (GBr) 47  
43 Anna Villar Argente (Spa) 47  
44 Judy Freeman (USA) 45  
45 Jitka Skarnitzlova (Cze) 39  
46 Lene Byberg (Nor) 38  
47 Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 36  
48 Fanny Bourdon (Fra) Look - Beaumes De Venise 34  
49 Erin Huck (USA) 34  
50 Samara Sheppard (NZl) Toka Print MTB Team 34  
51 Nikki Harris (GBr) 32  
52 Sarah Koba (Swi) JB Felt Team 29  
53 Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus XC Team 27  
54 Serena Calvetti (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop 26  
55 Franziska Brun (Swi) 26  
56 Anna Oberparleiter (Ita) 23  
57 Katherine O'neill (NZl) 20  
58 Jacquelina Alvarez (Arg) 20  
59 Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) ISD MTB Team 19  
60 Lucie Vesela (Cze) 18  
61 Laura Metzler (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Kmc 18  
62 Elvira Khayrullina (Rus) 16  
63 Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Kmc 16  
64 Kateryna Naberezhna (Ukr) ISD MTB Team 15  
65 Lucia Vazquez Crespo (Spa) 14  
66 Hielke Elferink (Ned) 14  
67 Lenka Bulisova (Cze) 13  
68 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) 13  
69 Ruth Owen-Evans (GBr) 12  
70 Judith Pollinger (Ita) 12  
71 Asuman Bura Balci (Tur) 11  
72 Laura Turpijn (Ned) SBJ Bike Team 8  
World Cup team standings after round 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Giant Pro XC Team 145  pts
2 Luna Pro Team 110  
3 Ghost Factory Racing Team 103  
4 Team Colnago Sudtirol 85  
5 Trek Factory Racing 73  
6 Unior Tools Team 70  
7 Specialized Racing XC 57  
8 Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 54  
9 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 50  
10 Wheeler - iXS Team 36  
11 Multivan Merida Biking Team 31  
12 Team Davinci - Specialized 26  
13 Calcit Bike Team 26  
14 Team Protek 19  
15 Bi&Esse Carrera 17  
16 Fischer-BMC 8  
17 4F Racing Team 1