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Lechner pips Batty to win Bonelli Park XC

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Eva Lechner (Luna Pro Team) wins the Bonelli Park Pro-XCT

Eva Lechner (Luna Pro Team) wins the Bonelli Park Pro-XCT
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USA Champion Chloe Woodruff (Stans NoTubes-Pivot)

USA Champion Chloe Woodruff (Stans NoTubes-Pivot)
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115 Larissa Connors (Ridebiker Alliance) was excited to be on the starting line after injuring her arm on Wednesday of this week

115 Larissa Connors (Ridebiker Alliance) was excited to be on the starting line after injuring her arm on Wednesday of this week
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Eva Lechner (Luna) and USA Champion Chloe Woodruff (Stans NoTubes-Pivot) lead out the pro women at the start

Eva Lechner (Luna) and USA Champion Chloe Woodruff (Stans NoTubes-Pivot) lead out the pro women at the start
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Two Ridebiker Alliance women work together on the rainy course

Two Ridebiker Alliance women work together on the rainy course
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Eva Lechner (Luna Pro Team) leads Emily Batty and three others at the top of the course

Eva Lechner (Luna Pro Team) leads Emily Batty and three others at the top of the course
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Jena Greaser riding to a top twenty finish in her first ever Pro-XCT race

Jena Greaser riding to a top twenty finish in her first ever Pro-XCT race
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Racers descend through a pine forest and field of Spring flowers

Racers descend through a pine forest and field of Spring flowers
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Hannah Rae Finchamp (Luna Pro Team) descending during lap three

Hannah Rae Finchamp (Luna Pro Team) descending during lap three
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A select group of seven riders came through the start-finish with one lap to go. It included (L to R) Chloe Woodruff, Katerina Nash, Emily Batty, Eva Lechner, Georgia Gould, Daniella Campuzano, and Erin Huck

A select group of seven riders came through the start-finish with one lap to go. It included (L to R) Chloe Woodruff, Katerina Nash, Emily Batty, Eva Lechner, Georgia Gould, Daniella Campuzano, and Erin Huck
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Eva Lechner (Luna Pro Team) came around the final turn to the finish first, but Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) forced a sprint finish

Eva Lechner (Luna Pro Team) came around the final turn to the finish first, but Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) forced a sprint finish
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Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) at the finish

Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) at the finish
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Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes-Pivot) hammering out of the saddle near the end of lap five

Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes-Pivot) hammering out of the saddle near the end of lap five
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An Argentina rider showing superb technical skills during lap four

An Argentina rider showing superb technical skills during lap four
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Evelyn Dong (Cannondale) muscling her bike over some boulders

Evelyn Dong (Cannondale) muscling her bike over some boulders
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Luna brought six racers; (L to R) Katerina Nash, Eva Lechner, Haley Batten, Hannah Rae Finchamp, Maghalie Rochette, and Georgia Gould

Luna brought six racers; (L to R) Katerina Nash, Eva Lechner, Haley Batten, Hannah Rae Finchamp, Maghalie Rochette, and Georgia Gould
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) leading at the top of the climb during lap one

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) leading at the top of the climb during lap one
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Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) was glued to Nash’s wheel during lap one

Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) was glued to Nash’s wheel during lap one
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Italian Champion Eva Lechner (Luna Pro Team) apparently fell during the first half of lap one

Italian Champion Eva Lechner (Luna Pro Team) apparently fell during the first half of lap one
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Kate Courtney (Specialized) riding in the top five during lap one

Kate Courtney (Specialized) riding in the top five during lap one
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Luna teammates Maghalie Rochette and Hannah Rae Finchamp riding together during lap two

Luna teammates Maghalie Rochette and Hannah Rae Finchamp riding together during lap two
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Eva Lechner (Luna Pro Team) leading the race on a descent during lap three

Eva Lechner (Luna Pro Team) leading the race on a descent during lap three
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Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) on a blazing fast downhill

Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) on a blazing fast downhill
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109 Mexican Champion Daniela Campuzano (Trek) riding to a sixth place finish

109 Mexican Champion Daniela Campuzano (Trek) riding to a sixth place finish
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Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) chasing Eva Lechner through a short rock garden

Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) chasing Eva Lechner through a short rock garden
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) riding to a podium finish

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) riding to a podium finish
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Erin Huck (Scott 3Rox Racing)

Erin Huck (Scott 3Rox Racing)
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Eva Lechner (Luna Pro Team) won the opening round of the US Pro Cup, the hors categorie Bonelli Park XC that lived up to its ranking thanks to heavy rain that turned the course into a mud bog. Lechner out-sprinted Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) with Katerina Nash (Luna) rounding out the podium.

Lechner, the Italian champion, was an early aggressor but she could not shake six other women, including Batty, Nash, Georgia Gould (Luna), and Erin Huck (Scott 3 Rox). They all rolled through the start/finish together with one lap to go. In the end, Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) forced Lechner into a sprint finish but Lechner came out on top.

Full results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eva Lechner (Ita) Luna Pro Team1:42:23
2Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing Team0:00:01
3Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:00:08
4Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:00:15
5Erin Huck (USA) Scott 3 Rox0:00:20
6Daniela Campuzano (Mex)0:00:46
7Chloe Woodruff (USA) Stans Notubes-Pivot0:00:53
8Evelyn Dong (USA) Cannondale 360 Fly0:01:01
9Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing0:01:37
10Larissa Connors (USA) Ridebiker Alliance0:01:50
11Chengyuan Ren (Chn) China Jiangsu Zgl Mtb Tea0:01:57
12Kate Courtney (USA) Specialized Factory Racin0:02:01
13Agustina Maria Apaza (Arg) Argentina National Team0:03:40
14Haley Smith (Can) Norco Factory Team0:04:02
15Mikaela Kofman (Can) Ridebiker/Liv0:04:25
16Sandra Walter (Can) Liv Cycling Canada0:04:39
17Rebecca Beaumont (Can) Cyclone D'alma0:05:42
18Rose Grant (USA) Stans Notubes-Pivot0:06:19
19Malene Degn (Den) Holte Mountainbike Klub0:07:02
20Jena Greaser (USA) Vo2 Max/Womens Project Pe0:07:36
21Maghalie Rochette (Can) Luna Pro Team0:08:27
22Amy Beisel (USA) Team Ridebiker0:09:07
23Alexis Skarda (USA) Stans Notubes Womens Elit0:09:18
24Amanda Nauman (USA) Sdg/Muscle Monster0:10:28
25Cindy Montambault (Can) Trek-Gpl0:11:42
26Erin Alders (USA) Team Ridebiker0:12:52
27Shayna Powless (USA) Liv Cofactory Off Road Te0:13:10
28Samantha Runnels (USA) Ridebiker Alliance0:13:52
29Hannah Finchamp (USA) Luna Pro Team0:14:23
30Anne-Julie Tremblay (Can) Equipe Du Quebec/Cyclone0:14:55
31Monica Vega (Mex) Pivot-Speedbikes0:19:49
32Rebecca Gross (USA)0:20:44
33Kara Lapoint (USA) Sierra Endurance Sports
34Frederique Trudel (Can) Specialized Racing
35Rachel Pageau (Can) Devinci
36Chloe Cross (Can) Team Whistler
37Emma Maaranen (USA) Rolf Prima/Trek
38Luciana Roland (Arg)
39Elizabeth Lurz (USA) Athletes On Track
40Nikki Peterson (USA) Bear Valley Bikes
41Ksenia Lepikhina (USA) Tokyo Joes
42Kristine Contento-Angell (USA) Mtbnj.Com
43Siobhan Kelly (Can)
DNFMarine Lewis (Can) Equipe Du Quebec-Bicycles

 

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