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MTB World Cup Cross Country #3, Eliminator #3 & Downhill #2 - Val di Sole 2013

Date range:
June 13-16, 2013

June 15, Elite women cross country:

Zakelj wins second straight World Cup cross country

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
June 15, 2013, 16:55 BST,
Updated:
June 16, 2013, 13:58 BST

Nash, Batty round out podium in Val di Sole

Tanja Zakelj (Unior Tools Team) won her second straight World Cup cross country race in Val di Sole

Tanja Zakelj (Unior Tools Team) won her second straight World Cup cross country race in Val di Sole

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Despite intense heat that saw many riders wilt, the leader in the cross-country mountain bike World Cup extended her lead in the elite women's series at Val di Sole, Italy. Tanja Zakelj (Unior Tools) now holds a commanding lead in the overall standings at the halfway mark of the 2013 World Cup series.

The Val di Sole course is renowned for steep climbs, technical singletrack and hot, humid conditions; and this year was no different. Riders that went out hard early in the races were fading by the halfway point, and those who had played a tactical game then moved to the front.

In the elite women's six-lap race, defending World Cup overall champion Catharine Pendrel (Luna) blazed off the front, opening a 15-second gap on Zakelj, Katerina Nash (Luna) and Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida). However, by the second lap the other three had caught her, and the Canadian faded to eventually finish sixth.

Zakelj and Nash had dropped Dahle Flesjaa and Pendrel by the end of lap three, and the pair rode together at the front for a lap before Nash attacked. The Czech rider carved out a slim eight-second lead, which she held into the final lap, but then also faded in the final half lap to finish 20 seconds down on Zakelj. Emily Batty (Trek World Racing), moving up steadily all race, moved into third on the fourth lap, and held it to the line.

"This course fits me well," said Zakelj. "Yes, I suffered so much; the uphills are very steep, but I am very fit now. I have my fan club here and from this race I have great memories. I always do great here.

"I didn't expect to win again, because there are so many strong girls, but of course I was ready to win. After Katerina [Nash] was in front on the last lap, I was prepared for second place, so i was surprised when I caught her again. Now I have the mental feeling that I am at the top so I am always ready to win."

Zakelj now leads the overall standings with 650 points, followed by Maja Wloszczowska (Giant Pro XC) at 490 and round one winner Eva Lechner (Colnago Sudtirol) with 470 points.

Full Results
1 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team 1:36:37  
2 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 0:00:20  
3 Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:50  
4 Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 0:01:34  
5 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:01:59  
6 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 0:02:58  
7 Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - IXS Team 0:03:08  
8 Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing XC 0:03:14  
9 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:03:26  
10 Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:04:04  
11 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Giant Pro XC Team 0:04:40  
12 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 0:05:03  
13 Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol 0:05:25  
14 Jolanda Neff (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team 0:05:39  
15 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:06:05  
16 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Specialized Racing XC 0:06:22  
17 Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) Bi&Esse Carrera 0:06:41  
18 Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer-BMC 0:07:31  
19 Githa Michiels (Bel) Toka Print MTB Team 0:07:48  
20 Mary McConneloug (USA) 0:08:47  
21 Daniela Campuzano (Mex) 0:09:10  
22 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 0:09:45  
23 Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) ISD MTB Team 0:10:03  
24 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Calcit Bike Team 0:10:26  
25 Vera Andreeva (Rus) Team Protek 0:10:30  
26 Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 0:10:44  
27 Annika Langvad (Den) Team Davinci - Specialized 0:11:12  
28 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) 0:12:08  
29 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol 0:12:11  
30 Lene Byberg (Nor) 0:12:12  
31 Serena Calvetti (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop 0:12:51  
32 Nina Wrobel (Ger) 0:13:16  
33 Hanna Klein (Ger) 0:13:28  
34 Anna Villar Argente (Spa) 0:13:35  
35 Judith Pollinger (Ita) 0:14:13  
36 Kateryna Naberezhna (Ukr) ISD MTB Team  -1lap  
37 Agustina Maria Apaza (Arg)    
38 Samara Sheppard (NZl) Toka Print MTB Team    
39 Julie Bresset (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC    
40 Irina Slobodyan (Ukr)    
41 Jacquelina Alvarez (Arg)    
42 Fanny Bourdon (Fra) Look - Beaumes De Venise    
43 Kate Fluker (NZl)    
44 Katherine O'Neill (NZl)  -2laps  
45 Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus XC Team    
46 Anja Gradl (Ger) Team Bulls    
47 Lucie Vesela (Cze)    
48 Elisabeth Sveum (Nor)    
49 Franziska Brun (Swi)    
50 Andréanne Pichette (Can)    
51 Helle Qvortrup Bachmann (Den)  -3laps  
52 Elvira Khayrullina (Rus)    
DNF Annie Last (GBr) Trek Factory Racing    
DNF Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)    
DNF Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol)    
DNF Nadine Rieder (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team    
DNF Jitka Skarnitzlova (Cze)    
DNF Anna Oberparleiter (Ita)    
DNF Paula Gorycka (Pol) 4F Racing Team    
Teams
1 Luna Pro Team 70 pts
2 Ghost Factory Racing Team 59  
3 Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 49  
4 Unior Tools Team 40  
5 Specialized Racing XC 38  
6 Giant Pro XC Team 37  
7 Trek Factory Racing 32  
8 Multivan Merida Biking Team 28  
9 Wheeler - IXS Team 24  
10 Team Colnago Sudtirol 20  
11 Bi&Esse Carrera 14  
12 Fischer-BMC 13  
13 Toka Print MTB Team 12  
14 Isd MTB Team 8  
15 Calcit Bike Team 7  
16 Team Protek 6  
17 Scott-3Roxracing 5  
18 Team Davinci - Specialized 4  
World Cup standings - Individuals
1 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) 650 pts
2 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) 490  
3 Eva Lechner (Ita) 470  
4 Katerina Nash (Cze) 415  
5 Emily Batty (Can) 390  
6 Alexandra Engen (Swe) 385  
7 Catharine Pendrel (Can) 375  
8 Katrin Leumann (Swi) 326  
9 Adelheid Morath (Ger) 326  
10 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) 299  
11 Lea Davison (USA) 292  
12 Esther Süss (Swi) 280  
13 Jolanda Neff (Swi) 266  
14 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) 250  
15 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) 205  
16 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) 202  
17 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) 198  
18 Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) 194  
19 Annika Langvad (Den) 192  
20 Vera Andreeva (Rus) 182  
21 Georgia Gould (USA) 178  
22 Corina Gantenbein (Swi) 174  
23 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) 170  
24 Mary McConneloug (USA) 168  
25 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) 164  
26 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) 162  
27 Daniela Campuzano (Mex) 154  
28 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) 144  
29 Hanna Klein (Ger) 142  
30 Annie Last (GBr) 141  
31 Githa Michiels (Bel) 132  
32 Nina Wrobel (Ger) 99  
33 Marianne Vos (Ned) 90  
34 Mikaela Kofman (Can) 90  
35 Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol) 88  
36 Anna Villar Argente (Spa) 85  
37 Lene Byberg (Nor) 84  
38 Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) 79  
39 Anja Gradl (Ger) 79  
40 Kate Fluker (NZl) 78  
41 Paula Gorycka (Pol) 75  
42 Chengyuan Ren (Chn) 74  
43 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) 70  
44 Serena Calvetti (Ita) 70  
45 Amanda Sin (Can) 66  
46 Samara Sheppard (NZl) 64  
47 Fanny Bourdon (Fra) 60  
48 Barbara Benko (Hun) 50  
49 Kateryna Naberezhna (Ukr) 49  
50 Nadine Rieder (Ger) 49  
51 Judith Pollinger (Ita) 48  
52 Jacquelina Alvarez (Arg) 47  
53 Lee Craigie (GBr) 47  
54 Judy Freeman (USA) 45  
55 Franziska Brun (Swi) 45  
56 Katherine O'Neill (NZl) 44  
57 Jitka Skarnitzlova (Cze) 39  
58 Lucie Vesela (Cze) 39  
59 Erin Huck (USA) 34  
60 Agustina Maria Apaza (Arg) 32  
61 Nikki Harris (GBr) 32  
62 Elvira Khayrullina (Rus) 32  
63 Julie Bresset (Fra) 29  
64 Sarah Koba (Swi) 29  
65 Irina Slobodyan (Ukr) 28  
66 Anna Oberparleiter (Ita) 23  
67 Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) 20  
68 Andréanne Pichette (Can) 18  
69 Laura Metzler (Fra) 18  
70 Helle Qvortrup Bachmann (Den) 17  
71 Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) 16  
72 Lucia Vazquez Crespo (Spa) 14  
73 Hielke Elferink (Ned) 14  
74 Lenka Bulisova (Cze) 13  
75 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) 13  
76 Ruth Owen-Evans (GBr) 12  
77 Asuman Bura Balci (Tur) 11  
78 Laura Turpijn (Ned) 8  
World Cup standings - Teams
1 Giant Pro XC Team 182 pts
2 Luna Pro Team 180  
3 Ghost Factory Racing Team 162  
4 Unior Tools Team 110  
5 Team Colnago Sudtirol 105  
6 Trek Factory Racing 105  
7 Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 103  
8 Specialized Racing XC 95  
9 Wheeler - IXS Team 60  
10 Multivan Merida Biking Team 59  
11 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 50  
12 Calcit Bike Team 33  
13 Bi&Esse Carrera 31  
14 Team Davinci - Specialized 30  
15 Team Protek 25  
16 Fischer-BMC 21  
17 Toka Print MTB Team 12  
18 ISD MTB Team 8  
19 Scott-3Roxracing 5  
20 4F Racing Team 1