Bresset wins her third cross country World Cup of the season

A classic battle was waged in round five of the women's cross country World Cup between World Cup series leader Julie Bresset (BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry) and last week's winner in Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec, Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team). They had attained a 40-second gap over the rest of the field by the end of the first of five laps and never looked back.

The duo rode together for the rest of the race with victory coming down to the climb on the last lap. Bresset had the better attack and came over the top in the lead, while Pendrel had some mechanical problems on the descent. Bresset's winning time was 1:35:36, with Pendrel claiming second, 39 seconds back.

"I'm very happy with my win," said Bresset. "Catharine was very fast today. I attacked at the right time and she couldn't follow me. Catharine was more comfortable on the downhills than I was, and she attacked me many times, but I still had enough strength left to launch the final attack."

Veteran racer Marie-Helene Premont (Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain) looked to be a solid bet for third place, based on her strong ride through laps three and four. However, Annika Langvad (Team Easton Rockets) bridged the gap to catch Premont on the final lap. They rode together to the finishing straight where Langvad carried more speed to claim third, five seconds in front of Premont. As Premont faded, she was lucky to stay in front of a charging Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team), who Premont beat to the line by only one second.

This was Bresset's third World Cup of the Series and she leads the points standings with 1110 points. Pendrel remains in second with 920 points. Bresset seems to have a lock on the Series title unless she has some disastrous finishes in the remaining two races in the Czech Republic and Italy. Premont is third in the series with 630 points.

The Luna Pro Team took the top team honors with three members - Pendrel, Gould and Katerina Nash (seventh) - all finishing in the top 10.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julie Bresset (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry1:35:36
2Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team0:00:39
3Annika Langvad (Den)0:01:24
4Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain0:01:29
5Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:01:30
6Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:01:49
7Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:02:02
8Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:02:14
9Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:02:15
10Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice0:02:33
11Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:02:34
12Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Orbea Geax0:03:02
13Katherine Compton (USA) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:03:25
14Adelheid Morath (Ger) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:04:37
15Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing0:04:55
16Cécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:05:08
17Esther Süss (Swi)0:05:39
18Emily Batty (Can) Subaru - Trek0:05:55
19Annie Last (GBr)0:06:12
20Alexandra Engen (Swe)0:06:14
21Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Farbe Sudtirol0:06:16
22Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Racing0:07:10
23Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Central Haibike Pro Team0:07:33
24Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:07:44
25Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru - Trek0:08:08
26Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Central Haibike Pro Team0:08:09
27Laura Turpijn (Ned) Team Merida Combee0:08:11
28Anja Gradl (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:08:12
29Karen Hanlen (NZl)0:08:52
30Amanda Sin (Can)0:09:03
31Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Scott0:09:06
32Mary Mcconneloug (USA)0:09:58
33Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:10:37
34Hanna Klein (Ger)0:11:21
35Jean Ann Berkenpas (Can)0:11:42
36Catherine Vipond (Can)0:11:43
37Judy Freeman (USA)0:12:12
38Nina Homovec (Slo) Orbea Geax0:13:17
39Sandra Walter (Can)0:13:44
40Mical Dyck (Can)0:14:27
41Erin Huck (USA)0:14:52
42Katherine O'shea (Aus)0:15:04
43Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex)0:15:14
44Krista Park (USA)0:15:24
45Ann Berglund (Swe)0:16:46
46Katherine Sherwin (USA)0:17:04
47Cindy Montambault (Can)0:17:15
48Daniela Campuzano (Mex) Turbo Bike Team0:17:42
49Sarah Kaufmann (USA)0:18:00
-1lapNathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Farbe SudtirolRow 49 - Cell 2
-1lapCarolyn Popovic (USA)Row 50 - Cell 2
-1lapZephanie Blasi (USA)Row 51 - Cell 2
-1lapBryna Blanchard (USA)Row 52 - Cell 2
-2lapsRowena Fry (Aus)Row 53 - Cell 2
-3lapsMeghan Korol (USA)Row 54 - Cell 2
DNFMagdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC PolkowiceRow 55 - Cell 2
DNFChloe Forsman (USA)Row 56 - Cell 2
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Luna Pro Team87pts
2BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry40Row 1 - Cell 3
3Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team40Row 2 - Cell 3
4Ghost Factory Racing Team32Row 3 - Cell 3
5Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain30Row 4 - Cell 3
6Topeak Ergon Racing Team26Row 5 - Cell 3
7Specialized Racing25Row 6 - Cell 3
8CCC Polkowice21Row 7 - Cell 3
9Multivan Merida Biking Team20Row 8 - Cell 3
10Orbea Geax19Row 9 - Cell 3
11Subaru - Trek19Row 10 - Cell 3
12Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team18Row 11 - Cell 3
13GT Skoda Chamonix15Row 12 - Cell 3
14Central Haibike Pro Team13Row 13 - Cell 3
15Colnago Farbe Sudtirol10Row 14 - Cell 3
16Team Merida Combee4Row 15 - Cell 3
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Elite women World Cup standings after five rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Julie Bresset (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry1110pts
2Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team920Row 1 - Cell 3
3Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain630Row 2 - Cell 3
4Annika Langvad (Den)582Row 3 - Cell 3
5Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team580Row 4 - Cell 3
6Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Racing542Row 5 - Cell 3
7Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice535Row 6 - Cell 3
8Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Farbe Sudtirol528Row 7 - Cell 3
9Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team467Row 8 - Cell 3
10Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Farbe Sudtirol438Row 9 - Cell 3
11Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team422Row 10 - Cell 3
12Emily Batty (Can) Subaru - Trek416Row 11 - Cell 3
13Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team409Row 12 - Cell 3
14Esther Süss (Swi)395Row 13 - Cell 3
15Chengyuan Ren (Chn) Specialized Racing390Row 14 - Cell 3
16Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team390Row 15 - Cell 3
17Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Orbea Geax377Row 16 - Cell 3
18Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Haibike Pro Team365Row 17 - Cell 3
19Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team342Row 18 - Cell 3
20Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team333Row 19 - Cell 3
21Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team295Row 20 - Cell 3
22Annie Last (GBr)295Row 21 - Cell 3
23Katherine Compton (USA) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team275Row 22 - Cell 3
24Alexandra Engen (Swe)270Row 23 - Cell 3
25Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Central Haibike Pro Team267Row 24 - Cell 3
26Mary Mcconneloug (USA)256Row 25 - Cell 3
27Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing240Row 26 - Cell 3
28Hanna Klein (Ger)238Row 27 - Cell 3
29Cécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix237Row 28 - Cell 3
30Anna Szafraniec (Pol) CCC Polkowice232Row 29 - Cell 3
31Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru - Trek227Row 30 - Cell 3
32Rosara Joseph (NZl) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team208Row 31 - Cell 3
33Anja Gradl (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team206Row 32 - Cell 3
34Nina Homovec (Slo) Orbea Geax204Row 33 - Cell 3
35Laura Turpijn (Ned) Team Merida Combee195Row 34 - Cell 3
36Amanda Sin (Can)188Row 35 - Cell 3
37Karen Hanlen (NZl)182Row 36 - Cell 3
38Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Central Haibike Pro Team168Row 37 - Cell 3
39Rie Katayama (Jpn)145Row 38 - Cell 3
40Sarah Koba (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour140Row 39 - Cell 3
41Adelheid Morath (Ger) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team138Row 40 - Cell 3
42Laura Metzler (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry126Row 41 - Cell 3
43Katherine O'shea (Aus)109Row 42 - Cell 3
44Silke Schmidt (Ger)104Row 43 - Cell 3
45Krista Park (USA)96Row 44 - Cell 3
46Anne Terpstra (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team92Row 45 - Cell 3
47Mical Dyck (Can)92Row 46 - Cell 3
48Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice82Row 47 - Cell 3
49Anna Villar Argente (Spa)79Row 48 - Cell 3
50Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Scott76Row 49 - Cell 3
51Sandra Walter (Can)75Row 50 - Cell 3
52Catherine Vipond (Can)70Row 51 - Cell 3
53Jean Ann Berkenpas (Can)68Row 52 - Cell 3
54Pavla Havlikova (Cze)67Row 53 - Cell 3
55Janka Stevkova (Svk)56Row 54 - Cell 3
56Coralie Redelsperger (Fra)54Row 55 - Cell 3
57Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice50Row 56 - Cell 3
58Ann Berglund (Swe)49Row 57 - Cell 3
59Vera Andreeva (Rus)48Row 58 - Cell 3
60Chloe Forsman (USA)47Row 59 - Cell 3
61Cindy Montambault (Can)46Row 60 - Cell 3
62Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) Isd Cycling Team40Row 61 - Cell 3
63Judith Pollinger (Ita) Infotre - Bi & Esse - Leecougan39Row 62 - Cell 3
64Daniela Veronesi (Ita)37Row 63 - Cell 3
65Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek - KMC Trade Team Vzw35Row 64 - Cell 3
66Meghan Korol (USA)34Row 65 - Cell 3
67Rowena Fry (Aus)33Row 66 - Cell 3
68Judy Freeman (USA)32Row 67 - Cell 3
69Nicoletta De Jager (Ned)31Row 68 - Cell 3
70Brandi Heisterman (Can)30Row 69 - Cell 3
71Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa)30Row 70 - Cell 3
72Erin Huck (USA)27Row 71 - Cell 3
73Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex)25Row 72 - Cell 3
74Sofia Pezzatti (Swi)24Row 73 - Cell 3
75Oksana Rybakova (Rus)24Row 74 - Cell 3
76Fabienne Niederberger (Swi)24Row 75 - Cell 3
77Caroline Villeneuve (Can)23Row 76 - Cell 3
78Maaris Meier (Est)23Row 77 - Cell 3
79Katherine Sherwin (USA)22Row 78 - Cell 3
80Daniela Campuzano (Mex) Turbo Bike Team20Row 79 - Cell 3
81Inbar Ronen (Isr)20Row 80 - Cell 3
82Sarah Kaufmann (USA)19Row 81 - Cell 3
83Stephanie Wiedner (Aut)18Row 82 - Cell 3
84Carolyn Popovic (USA)17Row 83 - Cell 3
85Rocio Gamonal Ferrera (Spa)17Row 84 - Cell 3
86Zephanie Blasi (USA)16Row 85 - Cell 3
87Bryna Blanchard (USA)15Row 86 - Cell 3
88Maddie Horton (GBr)15Row 87 - Cell 3
89Samantha Sanders (RSA)15Row 88 - Cell 3
90Anneke Beerten (Ned) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team14Row 89 - Cell 3
91Gracie Elvin (Aus)13Row 90 - Cell 3
92Jenni King (Aus)12Row 91 - Cell 3
93Melanie Spath (Ger)11Row 92 - Cell 3
94Maria Osl (Aut) Fischer - BMC10Row 93 - Cell 3
95Michalina Ziolkowska (Pol)8Row 94 - Cell 3
96Kristien Nelen (Bel) V.Z.W. Goeman Scott Cycling Team8Row 95 - Cell 3

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