Ferrand Prevot wins women's cross country at Nove Mesto World Cup

Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Liv Pro XC) took the first Elite victory of her career in the third round of the World Cup at Nove Mesto, while Catharine Pendrel (Luna) showed that her early season injury hasn't affected her by taking second. Jolanda Neff (Liv Pro XC) retained the leader's jersey.

Blue skies and sun greeted the riders on race day, with just a bit of a breeze to stop the heat from becoming overwhelming. The weather in the 24 hours leading up to the final day of racing had dried out the course from previous torrential rains, leaving the circuit in perfect shape.

Ferrand Prevot, an Under-23 rider who is competing in the Elite category, charged to the front on the opening start loop from back on the fifth row in the start order, and had a slight gap on Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida), World Cup leader Jolanda Neff (Liv Pro XC) and Alexandra Engen (Ghost Factory) as they started the first of five laps. Her gap steadily increased through the race, as she consistently laid down the fastest lap times on every lap.

The race for second came down to Dahle Flesjaa, Annika Langvad (Specialized Racing XC) and Pendrel. Former World Cup champion Pendrel, who was just returning to the World Cup from an early season injury (broken collarbone), made an impressive ride from the third row of the start to join the other two early in the third lap, before pulling away to solo in for second place. Dahle Flesjaa hung on for third. Neff, who struggled mid-race, recovered in the final lap to move into fifth and protect her overall series lead.

"Yes, I felt very good today and I have been in good shape since the beginning of the season," revealed Ferrand Prevot. "So I tried to get as big a gap as I could at the beginning of the race, and then tried to keep it."

"I was surprised [by the gap]. I started in the fifth row, so I didn't expect to be at the front at the beginning [of the race]. So, yes, it was a bit of a surprise. I felt good and I say okay, I will set my own tempo. I think my road training is paying off!"

After three rounds, Neff leads the standings with 490 points, 60 ahead of Irina Kalentieva (Russian National), with Eva Lechner (Colnago Sudtirol) 82 points back.

Margo Moschetti (Scott-La Clusaz) won the Under-23 women's race, while Helen Grobert (Focus XC) took the overall lead from Jenny Rissveds (Scott-Odlo), after the latter suffered a mechanical and finished well back in eighth.

 

Full Results

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Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pauline Ferrand Prevot* (Fra) Liv Pro XC Team1:26:50
2Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team0:02:50
3Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:03:30
4Irina Kalentieva (Rus)0:04:05
5Jolanda Neff* (Swi) Liv Pro XC Team0:04:36
6Annika Langvad (Den) Specialized Racing XC0:04:44
7Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing0:04:45
8Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team0:04:46
9Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing0:05:07
10Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team0:05:21
11Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team0:05:23
12Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Liv Pro XC Team0:05:42
13Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing0:06:23
14Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol0:07:24
15Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:07:33
16Daniela Campuzano (Mex)0:07:39
17Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol) Kross Racing Team0:07:42
18Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing0:08:03
19Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team0:08:10
20Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team0:08:12
21Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:08:22
22Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team0:09:17
23Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team0:09:40
24Kate Fluker (NZl)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Chengyuan Ren (Chn)0:09:59
26Julie Bresset (Fra) BH-Suntour-KMC0:10:11
27Hanna Klein (Ger) BH-Suntour-KMC0:10:45
28Nina Wrobel (Ger)0:11:14
29Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing0:11:15
30Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Specialized Racing XC0:11:35
31Anna Szafraniec (Pol) Kross Racing Team0:11:49
32Serena Calvetti (Ita)0:11:53
33Anna Oberparleiter (Ita)0:12:16
34Janka Keseg Stevkova (Svk)0:12:40
35Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer-BMC0:12:46
36Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing0:13:03
37Karla Stepanova (Cze)0:13:07
38Evelyn Dong (USA)0:13:30
39Qinglan Shi (Chn)0:13:46
-1lapErin Huck (USA)Row 39 - Cell 2
-1lapPavlina Sulcova (Cze)Row 40 - Cell 2
-1lapLaura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex)Row 41 - Cell 2
-1lapAnne Terpstra (Ned) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
-1lapAgustina Maria Apaza (Arg)Row 43 - Cell 2
-1lapAlice Pirard (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTBRow 44 - Cell 2
-1lapSamara Sheppard (NZl) Ktm Houffalize TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
-1lapIryna Popova (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
-1lapJitka Skarnitzlova (Cze)Row 47 - Cell 2
-1lapRaiza Goulao-Henrique (Bra)Row 48 - Cell 2
-1lapEkateryna Anoshina (Rus)Row 49 - Cell 2
-1lapMariske Strauss (RSA) Orange Monkey Pro TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
-1lapLucie Vesela (Cze)Row 51 - Cell 2
-1lapChloe Woodruff (USA)Row 52 - Cell 2
-1lapAnna Villar Argente (Spa)Row 53 - Cell 2
-1lapTory Thomas (Aus)Row 54 - Cell 2
-1lapPaula Gorycka (Pol) 4F Racing TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
-1lapRocio Martin Rodriguez (Spa)Row 56 - Cell 2
-1lapElvira Khayrullina (Rus)Row 57 - Cell 2
-1lapAndréanne Pichette (Can)Row 58 - Cell 2
-2lapsNataliia Krompets (Ukr) ISD MTB TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
-2lapsLenka Bulisova (Cze)Row 60 - Cell 2
-2lapsTracy Moseley (GBr)Row 61 - Cell 2
-2lapsIsabella Moreira Lacerda (Bra)Row 62 - Cell 2
-2lapsAleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol)Row 63 - Cell 2
-2lapsBarbara Benko (Hun) Focus XC TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
-2lapsFlorence Darbellay (Swi)Row 65 - Cell 2
-2lapsAlexandra Gabriela Serrano Rodriguez (Ecu)Row 66 - Cell 2
-2lapsLucia Vazquez Crespo (Spa)Row 67 - Cell 2
-2lapsZhuanzhuan Ye (Chn)Row 68 - Cell 2
-2lapsHielke Elferink (Ned)Row 69 - Cell 2
-2lapsMaxine Filby (GBr)Row 70 - Cell 2
-2lapsMichalina Ziolkowska (Pol) Kross Racing TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
-2lapsMio Suemasa (Jpn) Unior Tools TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
-2lapsCherie Vale (RSA)Row 73 - Cell 2
-3lapsFranziska Brun (Swi) Strüby-Bixs TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
-3lapsNoga Korem (Isr)Row 75 - Cell 2
-3lapsErica Tingey (USA)Row 76 - Cell 2
-3lapsIrena Berkova (Cze)Row 77 - Cell 2
-3lapsJoana Barbosa (Por)Row 78 - Cell 2
-3lapsAsuman Bura Balci (Tur)Row 79 - Cell 2
DNFLene Byberg (Nor)Row 80 - Cell 2
DNFNathalie Schneitter (Swi) Team Colnago SudtirolRow 81 - Cell 2
DNFElisabeth Brandau (Ger)Row 82 - Cell 2
DNFKatherine O'neill (NZl)Row 83 - Cell 2
DNFNadine Rieder (Ger)Row 84 - Cell 2
DSQPeta Mullens (Aus) Team Colnago SudtirolRow 85 - Cell 2
DNSAnnie Last (GBr) Trek Factory RacingRow 86 - Cell 2
DNSNina Homovec (Slo)Row 87 - Cell 2
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Liv Pro XC Team87pts
2Ghost Factory Racing64Row 1 - Cell 3
3Luna Pro Team61Row 2 - Cell 3
4Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team46Row 3 - Cell 3
5Multivan Merida Biking Team32Row 4 - Cell 3
6Specialized Racing XC27Row 5 - Cell 3
7Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team21Row 6 - Cell 3
8Unior Tools Team20Row 7 - Cell 3
9Team Colnago Sudtirol17Row 8 - Cell 3
10Trek Factory Racing15Row 9 - Cell 3
11Kross Racing Team14Row 10 - Cell 3
12Trek-KMC Trade Team9Row 11 - Cell 3
13BH-Suntour-KMC9Row 12 - Cell 3
14Wheeler - Ixs Team8Row 13 - Cell 3
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Elite women World Cup standings after three rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jolanda Neff* (Swi) Liv Pro XC Team490pts
2Irina Kalentieva (Rus)430Row 1 - Cell 3
3Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol408Row 2 - Cell 3
4Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team390Row 3 - Cell 3
5Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing370Row 4 - Cell 3
6Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team360Row 5 - Cell 3
7Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Liv Pro XC Team323Row 6 - Cell 3
8Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing308Row 7 - Cell 3
9Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team308Row 8 - Cell 3
10Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing296Row 9 - Cell 3
11Annika Langvad (Den) Specialized Racing XC280Row 10 - Cell 3
12Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing275Row 11 - Cell 3
13Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team254Row 12 - Cell 3
14Pauline Ferrand Prevot* (Fra) Liv Pro XC Team250Row 13 - Cell 3
15Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team218Row 14 - Cell 3
16Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing217Row 15 - Cell 3
17Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Specialized Racing XC209Row 16 - Cell 3
18Hanna Klein (Ger) BH-Suntour-KMC202Row 17 - Cell 3
19Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team200Row 18 - Cell 3
20Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team185Row 19 - Cell 3
21Serena Calvetti (Ita)178Row 20 - Cell 3
22Julie Bresset (Fra) BH-Suntour-KMC164Row 21 - Cell 3
23Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team151Row 22 - Cell 3
24Kate Fluker (NZl)130Row 23 - Cell 3
25Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team126Row 24 - Cell 3
26Paula Gorycka (Pol) 4F Racing Team126Row 25 - Cell 3
27Ekateryna Anoshina (Rus)124Row 26 - Cell 3
28Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus XC Team122Row 27 - Cell 3
29Tory Thomas (Aus)115Row 28 - Cell 3
30Vera Andreeva (Rus)112Row 29 - Cell 3
31Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing108Row 30 - Cell 3
32Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer-BMC108Row 31 - Cell 3
33Samara Sheppard (NZl) Ktm Houffalize Team88Row 32 - Cell 3
34Mariske Strauss (RSA) Orange Monkey Pro Team85Row 33 - Cell 3
35Alice Pirard (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTB83Row 34 - Cell 3
36Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team76Row 35 - Cell 3
37Daniela Campuzano (Mex)74Row 36 - Cell 3
38Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol) Kross Racing Team72Row 37 - Cell 3
39Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team62Row 38 - Cell 3
40Michelle Hediger (Swi) Fischer-BMC58Row 39 - Cell 3
41Chengyuan Ren (Chn)56Row 40 - Cell 3
42Katherine O'neill (NZl)56Row 41 - Cell 3
43Mio Suemasa (Jpn) Unior Tools Team54Row 42 - Cell 3
44Karen Hanlen (NZl)54Row 43 - Cell 3
45Nina Wrobel (Ger)50Row 44 - Cell 3
46Sarah Riley (Aus)50Row 45 - Cell 3
47Tracy Moseley (GBr)48Row 46 - Cell 3
48Cindy Montambault (Can)46Row 47 - Cell 3
49Anna Szafraniec (Pol) Kross Racing Team44Row 48 - Cell 3
50Anna Oberparleiter (Ita)40Row 49 - Cell 3
51Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)40Row 50 - Cell 3
52Janka Keseg Stevkova (Svk)38Row 51 - Cell 3
53Karla Stepanova (Cze)32Row 52 - Cell 3
54Evelyn Dong (USA)30Row 53 - Cell 3
55Qinglan Shi (Chn)29Row 54 - Cell 3
56Erin Huck (USA)28Row 55 - Cell 3
57Pavlina Sulcova (Cze)27Row 56 - Cell 3
58Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex)26Row 57 - Cell 3
59Anne Terpstra (Ned) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team25Row 58 - Cell 3
60Agustina Maria Apaza (Arg)24Row 59 - Cell 3
61Iryna Popova (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team21Row 60 - Cell 3
62Jitka Skarnitzlova (Cze)20Row 61 - Cell 3
63Raiza Goulao-Henrique (Bra)19Row 62 - Cell 3
64Lucie Vesela (Cze)16Row 63 - Cell 3
65Chloe Woodruff (USA)15Row 64 - Cell 3
66Anna Villar Argente (Spa)14Row 65 - Cell 3
67Rocio Martin Rodriguez (Spa)11Row 66 - Cell 3
68Elvira Khayrullina (Rus)10Row 67 - Cell 3
69Andréanne Pichette (Can)9Row 68 - Cell 3
70Nataliia Krompets (Ukr) ISD MTB Team8Row 69 - Cell 3
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Team World Cup standings after three rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Liv Pro XC Team198pts
2Ghost Factory Racing176Row 1 - Cell 3
3Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team153Row 2 - Cell 3
4Trek Factory Racing108Row 3 - Cell 3
5Luna Pro Team91Row 4 - Cell 3
6Specialized Racing XC90Row 5 - Cell 3
7Team Colnago Sudtirol75Row 6 - Cell 3
8Unior Tools Team70Row 7 - Cell 3
9Multivan Merida Biking Team67Row 8 - Cell 3
10BH-Suntour-KMC63Row 9 - Cell 3
11Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team41Row 10 - Cell 3
12Fischer-BMC21Row 11 - Cell 3
13Wheeler - Ixs Team19Row 12 - Cell 3
14Focus XC Team17Row 13 - Cell 3
15Scott-3Rox Racing15Row 14 - Cell 3
16Kross Racing Team14Row 15 - Cell 3
174F Racing Team13Row 16 - Cell 3
18Orange Monkey Pro Team12Row 17 - Cell 3
19KTM Houffalize Team11Row 18 - Cell 3
20Trek-KMC Trade Team9Row 19 - Cell 3
21Team Merida Wallonie MTB8Row 20 - Cell 3

 

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