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Pendrel wins at home

Canadian National Champion Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) claimed the second World Cup victory of her career in the fifth round of the Mountain World Cup at Mont Ste Anne, Quebec.

Pendrel was very pleased with her win, especially considering her crash and other aspects of the race. “It was a great day. I was a little worried at the start. I didn't start as fast as I wanted to. I was a bit behind in the first singletrack,” she said. “It was all single-file. Luckily the girls that were at the front didn't string too far ahead. I was able to use the climbs and the fitness sections to bridge up.

“Once I saw the front I wanted to hang onto it and make as few mistakes as possible,” added Pendrel. “I took the lead from Marie-Helene at the end of the first lap, just before the switch backing climb. The rain made things very slick and the degree of technical difficulty was high but I got better every lap.”

The track is brand new and much more technical in nature than seen here previously. Many of the professionals described it as the most technically demanding course on the World Cup circuit.

Making things even more interesting was the weather, with rain starting to fall 10 minutes before the start of the women's race. With the forecast being so poor well in advance of the race, the organizers added a "chicken run" on the now infamous new rocky descent. The technical nature of this section attracted a huge crowd of spectators waiting to cheer on both clean rides and crashes.

The women's World Cup was four laps of the 5.7 kilometre course. In an approach that hasn't been seen here in recent memory there was no start loop. This mandated a lightning fast start to be the first into the singletrack in the woods after the opening fire road climb.

Up the climb it was Katrin Leumann and Willow Koerber (Subaru-Gary Fisher) in the lead followed by World Cup leader Marga Fullana (Massi). The climb didn't do much to separate the pack and they entered the first section of woods en masse.

Out of the woods Marie-Helene Premont (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain), the perennial home-town favourite and defending champion, gained an eight second lead on Fullana, followed by Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon), Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Gary Fisher), Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost) and Willow Koerber (Subaru-Gary Fisher). Pendrel was sitting 10th.

By the end of the lap Pendrel had taken the lead, followed by Premont, Kalentieva and Koerber together at seven seconds. The first lap was completed in 23:11.

Pendrel steadily increased her lead on Kalentieva and Koerber in lap two, followed closely by Nash, and then Premont. Fullana was in 14th and having real difficulty on the technical sections. Much to the disappointment of the partisan crowd, Premont had had a flat towards the end of the first lap, and then ran into suspension problems, dropping her out of the top-10.

Although Pendrel had the lead she was also showing the signs of a crash on the rocky descent, mainly an abrasion on her chin. By the time she reached this spot on the third lap she was opting for the chicken route.

On the final lap Pendrel was in cruise control, looking very comfortable in the lead. Nash was still in second place, but Kalentieva was catching her, and would pass to take the silver medal. Lene Byberg (Specialized) had worked her way up from a poor start to overtake a fading Koerber for fourth, while Koerber managed to hang on for the final podium spot.

Premont was philosophical with her placing. “It wasn't the best day for me,” she said. “I was feeling good on the first lap. I had a rear flat tire and I had to stop and change it, and then I had to come back. It just wasn't the best day for me. I would have liked to win here at Mont Ste Anne, but that's life. My fitness was better than it was at Nationals, but still not as good as I had hoped for.”

In the women's Under 23 category the winner was Aleksandra Dawidowicz, finishing ninth overall. With her win she took over the series points lead. Emily Batty was the second place U23, standing fourth.

After this round Fullana remains the World Cup Points leader, but has lost ground to four riders including Pendrel who moved up to fourth from fifth. Osl remains in second with Kalentieva in third.


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team1:37:42
2Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:01:31
3Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:01:49
4Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Factory Racing0:02:09
5Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher0:02:26
6Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Central Ghost Pro Team0:03:09
7Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:03:15
8Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice0:03:28
9Aleksandra Dawidowicz* (Pol) CCC Polkowice0:04:01
10Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles0:05:24
11Cécile Rode Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International0:06:14
12Anna Szafraniec (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team0:06:49
13Lea Davison (USA) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles0:07:22
14Laura Metzler (Fra) BH-Suntour0:08:13
15Emiliy Batty* (Can)0:09:31
16Sabrina Enaux (Fra) BH-Suntour0:09:38
17Tereza Hurikova* (Cze) Ceska Sporitelna MTB0:10:11
18Mary Mcconneloug (USA)0:10:49
19Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice0:11:19
20Katrin Leumann (Swi)0:11:45
21Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher0:11:53
22Margarita Fullana Riera (Spa) Massi0:13:01
23Mical Dyck (Can)0:13:05
24Adelheid Morath (Ger)0:13:22
25Caroline Mani* (Fra) Team Bikepark.Ch0:13:33
26Rowena Fry (Aus) Discovertasmania.Com0:14:09
27Julie Krasniak* (Fra)0:14:17
28Laura Turpijn (Ned)0:15:15
29Hanna Klein* (Ger)0:15:45
30Katherine O'shea (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition0:15:51
31Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant Mountain Bike Team Gmt0:15:57
32Amanda Sin (Can)0:16:01
33Nicola Leary (NZl)0:16:21
34Suzanne Clarke (GBr)0:17:33
35Fanny Bourdon* (Fra)0:18:48
36Sandra Walter (Can)0:19:17
37Helene Marcouyre (Fra) BH-Suntour0:19:42
38Chloe Forsman* (USA) Luna Pro Team0:20:21
39Marie-Claude * Surprenant (Can)0:20:29
40Joanna Wall (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition0:21:25
41Caroline Villeneuve (Can)0:22:07
42Joanna Harrington (Aus)0:23:46
43Zoe King (Aus)0:24:25
44Kate Potter (Aus)0:25:03
45Daniela Campuzano (Mex)0:26:07
46Josiane Mathieu (Can)0:26:17
47Kathleen Villeneuve (Can)0:32:11
-1lapKarine Travaillaud (Can)
-1lapGracie Elvin* (Aus) Discovertasmania.Com
-1lapCindy Montambault (Can)
-1lapAnna Oberparleiter* (Ita)
-1lapStephanie Lacoursiere* (Can)
-1lapRebecca Beaumont* (Can)
-1lapTherese Rhodes* (Aus)
-1lapJeanette Gerrie (NZl)
DNFKatherine Compton (USA)
DNFTory Thomas (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition
DNFMikaela Kofman* (Can)

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luna Pro Team96pts
2CCC Polkowice57
3Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles39
4Subaru-Gary Fisher38
5Topeak Ergon Racing Team35
7Specialized Factory Racing30
8Central Ghost Pro Team26
9Lapierre International20
10JBG-2 Professional MTB Team19
11Ceska Sporitelna MTB14
13Team Bikepark.ch6
15Torq Performance Nutrition1

World Cup standings after five events
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Margarita Fullana Riera (Spa) Massi912pts
2Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Central Ghost Pro Team790
3Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team740
4Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team720
5Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Factory Racing715
6Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles503
7Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher492
8Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Ghost Pro Team470
9Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice464
10Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Cap Arreghini436
11Chengyuan Ren (Chn)410
12Katrin Leumann (Swi)404
13Mary Mcconneloug (USA)384
14Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team373
15Petra Henzi (Swi) Fischer-BMC349
16Anna Szafraniec (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team336
17Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher328
18Aleksandra Dawidowicz* (Pol) CCC Polkowice326
19Cécile Rode Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International320
20Adelheid Morath (Ger)307
21Laura Turpijn (Ned)294
22Rowena Fry (Aus) Discovertasmania.com288
23Caroline Mani* (Fra) Team Bikepark.ch284
24Julie Bresset* (Fra) Breiz Mountain260
25Emiliy Batty* (Can)251
26Janka Stevkova (Svk)249
27Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Cap Arreghini242
28Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Team Bikepark.ch234
29Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice230
30Sabrina Enaux (Fra) BH-Suntour217
31Julie Krasniak* (Fra)196
32Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt International MTB Team188
33Helene Marcouyre (Fra) BH-Suntour183
34Lea Davison (USA) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles182
35Laura Metzler (Fra) BH-Suntour179
36Anna Villar Argente (Spa) Massi177
37Hanna Klein* (Ger)166
38Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team160
39Kate Potter (Aus)147
40Alexandra Engen* (Swe)131
41Tereza Hurikova* (Cze) Ceska Sporitelna MTB130
42Esther Süss (Swi)130
43Ivonne Kraft (Ger)127
44Katherine O'shea (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition117
45Githa Michiels (Bel) Team Saeco116
46Amanda Sin (Can)101
47Mical Dyck (Can)99
48Vera Andreeva* (Rus)97
49Barbara Benko* (Hun)96
50Gracie Elvin* (Aus) Discovertasmania.com94
51Vivianne * Meyer (Swi) Colnago Cap Arreghini94
52Anja Gradl (Ger) Central Ghost Pro Team90
53Maria Osl (Aut) Fischer-BMC73
54Yolande Speedy (RSA)64
55Fanny Bourdon* (Fra)62
56Tanja Zakelj* (Slo) MBK Orbea62
57Suzanne Clarke (GBr)53
58Fiona Macdermid (GBr)52
59Rosara Joseph (NZl)49
60Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant Mountain Bike Team44
61Maaike Polspoel* (Bel)44
62Nataliya Krompets* (Ukr)43
63Virginie Pointet* (Swi) Team Bikepark.ch42
64Nicola Leary (NZl)40
65Kathrin Stirnemann* (Swi)39
66Evelyn Staffler (Ita) Colnago Cap Arreghini38
67Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa) Cemelorca-Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo38
68Oksana Rybakova (Rus)37
69Melanie Spath (Ger)36
70Sandra Walter (Can)34
71Inbar Ronen (Isr)34
72Chloe Forsman* (USA) Luna Pro Team30
73Jean Ann Mckirdy (Can)30
74Marie-Claude Surprenant* (Can)29
75Tania Raats (RSA)29
76Joanna Wall (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition28
77Cristina Mascarreras Sabria (Spa) Conor - Camping La Siesta28
78Sara Muhl (RSA)28
79Caroline Villeneuve (Can)27
80Kajsa Snihs* (Swe)27
81Shawna Thunder (RSA)27
82Joanna Harrington (Aus)26
83Janneke Leask* (RSA)26
84Zoe King (Aus)25
85Heletje Van Staden* (Nam)25
86Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe) Subaru-Gary Fisher24
87Hilana Marais (RSA)24
88Daniela Campuzano (Mex)23
89Kristien Nelen (Bel)23
90Josiane Mathieu (Can)22
91Carmen Bassingthwaighte (Nam)22
92Kathleen Villeneuve (Can)21
93Judith Pollinger* (Ita) Sunshine Racers ASV Nals21
94Carla Freysen (RSA)21
95Karine Travaillaud (Can)20
96Stephanie Wiedner* (Aut) DS-Rennsport20
97Katrin Schwing (Ger)19
98Cindy Montambault (Can)18
99Anna Oberparleiter* (Ita)17
100Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Team Scott Valloire Galibier17
101Stephanie Lacoursiere* (Can)16
102Rebecca Beaumont* (Can)15
103Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)15
104Therese Rhodes* (Aus)14
105Camille Pousse* (Fra)14
106Jeanette Gerrie (NZl)13
107Nadine Rieder* (Ger) Fumic.Brothers.International13
108Silke Schmidt* (Ger)13
109Laure Boulay (Fra) Keops12
110Joana Barbosa* (Por)11
111Coralie Redelsperger (Fra)11
112Catherine Lohri (Swi)10
113Sarka Chmurova (Cze)10
114Tatjana Dold (Ger)10
115Elena Ondasova (Svk)9

World Cup team standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Central Ghost Pro Team253pts
2Luna Pro Team241
3CCC Polkowice182
5Specialized Factory Racing145
6Topeak Ergon Racing Team142
7Subaru-Gary Fisher140
8Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles127
9Colnago Cap Arreghini124
11JBG-2 Professional MTB Team74
12Team Bikepark.ch71
14Lapierre International47
15Breiz Mountain42
17Felt International MTB Team28
18Ceska Sporitelna MTB21
19Team Saeco10
20Torq Performance Nutrition1


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