Wloszczowska out sprints Pendrel in Val di Sole

World Cup standings shuffled once again in the women’s cross country after round five in Val di Sole, Italy, on Saturday. There was a fifth winner in five events, with Maja Wloszczowska (CCC Polkowice) out-sprinting Canada's Catharine Pendrel (Luna) to win only the second World Cup of her career. Pendrel regained the lead in the overall standings after losing it a week earlier in Champéry, Switzerland.

The 6.3-kilometre course was dominated by a series of steep climbs which took their toll on the fields. The hot sun made matters worse, as riders wilted in the open grassy sections.

Pendrel, coming off a mechanical-plagued race in Champéry, was determined to have a better day in Val di Sole. She had dropped to third in the standings following the fourth round, 61 points behind the new leader, Eva Lechner (Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol) and 46 points behind Willow Koerber (Subaru-Trek).

After Koerber led the field out of the start loop and onto the first of four laps, Pendrel went to the front and launched an attack late in the first lap. By the top of the climb on the second lap, she had an eight-second lead on a group containing her teammate Katerina Nash, World Champion Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon), Swiss rider Esther Süss, Wloszczowska and American Katie Compton. Koerber was struggling just off the back of the group, and Lechner had fallen well off the pace.

A lap later, and Pendrel had been joined by Wloszczowska, with the chasers down to Kalentieva, Compton and Nash. Nash was fading, but would hold onto fifth, while Kalentieva and Compton were still less than 20 seconds from the lead duo going into the final lap. This forced the front pair to keep working hard together throughout the lap, until the final flat section, when Wloszczowska launched an attack that Pendrel could not respond to, rolling in five seconds ahead of the Canadian.

"It was my aim to get on the podium," said Wloszczowska, "I really like track here. "But I did not expect to win. It feels really good to win my second World Cup (the first was in Schladming, Austria, in 2008). I got to Catharine on second to last lap and we worked together. So I have to thank her for my win."

Pendrel was disappointed not to win, but happy to come back from her poor showing a week earlier, and take back the leader's jersey.

"I just knew that I could be strong here," said Pendrel. "I wanted to have a strong race after everything that happened last week. When Maja came up to me, it was both good and bad. Good because we could work together on the flat sections, and bad, because obviously she was riding really well. But I'm really happy to take back the World Cup leader's jersey, and now I just want to hold it through the final race."

Pendrel commented that she wants to break "the jersey curse", that has seen every leader this year lose the jersey the race after donning it. She now leads the World Cup with 794 points, followed by Lechner at 740 and Willow Koerber with 735. One race remains in the series, at Windham, New York, in late August.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice1:23:00
2Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team0:00:05
3Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:00:14
4Katherine Compton (USA)0:00:20
5Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:00:58
6Esther Süss (Swi)0:01:15
7Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:01:31
8Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain0:01:47
9Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol0:02:15
10Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Trek0:02:30
11Tanja Zakelj* (Slo) MBK Orbea0:02:41
12Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol0:02:57
13Mary McConneloug (USA)0:02:59
14Anna Szafraniec (Pol) JBG-2 Professional Mtb Team0:03:08
15Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Scott0:03:15
16Katrin Leumann (Swi)0:04:06
17Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team0:04:16
18Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Trek0:04:24
19Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Central Pro Team0:04:41
20Cécile Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International0:05:23
21Emily Batty* (Can) Trek World Racing0:05:53
22Annika Langvad (Den)0:06:14
23Janka Stevkova (Svk)0:06:26
24Annie Last* (GBr)0:06:47
25Elisabeth Sveum* (Nor) Hard Rocx Racing Team0:07:04
26Anna Villar Argente (Spa)0:07:07
27Fanny Bourdon* (Fra)0:07:26
28Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)0:07:30
29Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice0:07:35
30Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team0:08:02
31Vivienne Meyer* (Swi) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol0:08:03
32Rie Katayama (Jpn)0:08:07
33Yolande Speedy (RSA)0:08:08
34Amanda Sin (Can)0:08:11
35Paula Gorycka* (Pol) CCC Polkowice0:08:34
36Sarah Koba (Swi) Giant Swiss Team0:08:55
37Qinglan Shi (Chn)0:09:21
38Kathrin Stirnemann* (Swi)0:09:41
39Hanna Klein (Ger)0:09:46
40Katarzyna Solus* (Pol)0:10:02
41Chloe Forsman (USA)0:10:11
42Rosara Joseph (NZl)Row 41 - Cell 2
43Fabienne Niederberger (Swi)0:10:34
44Judith Pollinger* (Ita)0:10:44
45Samara Sheppard* (NZl)0:10:51
46Daniela Veronesi (SMr)0:11:06
47Mikaela Kofman* (Can)0:11:29
48Nataliya Krompets (Ukr)0:11:30
49Julie Krasniak* (Fra)0:11:33
50Michelle Hediger* (Swi) Fischer-Bmc0:11:38
51Serena Calvetti* (Ita)0:11:44
52Ying Liu (Chn)0:12:02
53Maria Osl (Aut) Fischer-Bmc0:12:23
54Laura Metzler (Fra) BH-Suntour0:12:38
55Rozanne Slik* (Ned) Team Merida Combee0:13:25
56Evelyn Staffler (Ita)0:13:36
57Virginie Pointet* (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Scott0:14:08
58Zhuanzhuan Ye* (Chn)0:14:52
59Coralie Redelsperger (Fra)0:15:00
60Nina Gulino* (Ita)0:15:06
61Nicoletta De Jager (Ned)0:15:15
62Catherine Vipond (Can)0:15:26
63Stephanie Wiedner (Aut)0:15:28
64Sofia Pezzatti (Swi)0:15:31
65Alla Boyko* (Ukr) Isd Cycling Team0:15:44
66Nadine Rieder* (Ger)0:15:52
67Sandra Walter (Can)0:16:11
68Karin Groen (Ned)0:16:25
69Anne Terpstra* (Ned) Stappenbelt Specialized Mtb Team0:16:34
70Lorraine Truong* (Swi)0:16:59
71Mariske Strauss* (RSA)0:17:00
72Chengyuan Ren (Chn)0:17:13
73Kristien Nelen (Bel) VZW Goeman Scott Cycling Team0:17:20
74Cristina Mascarreras Sabria (Spa) Conor - Forallac0:17:34
75Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe)0:17:38
76Lily Matthews* (GBr)0:17:53
77Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer-Bmc0:18:14
78Barbara Oberdorfer (Ita)0:18:36
79Jodie Willett (Aus)0:18:49
80Lucie Vesela (Cze) GT Czech Team0:19:28
81Carina Ketonen (Fin) VZW Goeman Scott Cycling Team0:19:36
-1lapKatherine O'shea (Aus) Torq Performance NutritionRow 81 - Cell 2
-1lapMartina Giovanniello* (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.Row 82 - Cell 2
-1lapTherese Rhodes* (Aus)Row 83 - Cell 2
-1lapCornelia Schuster* (Ita)Row 84 - Cell 2
-1lapAnna Oberparleiter* (Ita) Hard Rock Frw A.S.D.Row 85 - Cell 2
-1lapCatherine Lohri (Swi)Row 86 - Cell 2
-1lapNoga Korem* (Isr)Row 87 - Cell 2
-1lapIngrid Bosscha (Ned)Row 88 - Cell 2
-1lapCaitlin De Wet* (RSA)Row 89 - Cell 2
-1lapKiona Harbers (Ned)Row 90 - Cell 2
-1lapRoberta Monaldini (SMr)Row 91 - Cell 2
-2lapsSufen Ma (Chn)Row 92 - Cell 2
-2lapsSona Jurkova* (Cze) GT Czech TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFGitha Michiels (Bel) Team SaecoRow 94 - Cell 2
DNFTereza Hurikova (Cze) Trek-Lorca Taller Del TiempoRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFLaura Turpijn (Ned) Team Merida CombeeRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFMargarita Fullana Riera (Spa) Massi TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFAleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC PolkowiceRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFRocio Gamonal Ferrera (Spa)Row 99 - Cell 2
DNFLesley Ingram (GBr)Row 100 - Cell 2
DNFNina Homovec (Slo) MBK OrbeaRow 101 - Cell 2
DNSLene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Factory RacingRow 102 - Cell 2
DNSBarbara Benko* (Hun)Row 103 - Cell 2
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Luna Pro Team87pts
2CCC Polkowice42Row 1 - Cell 3
3Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol41Row 2 - Cell 3
4Subaru-Gary Fisher34Row 3 - Cell 3
5Topeak Ergon Racing Team32Row 4 - Cell 3
6Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain23Row 5 - Cell 3
7MBK Orbea20Row 6 - Cell 3
8JBG-2 Professional MTB Team17Row 7 - Cell 3
9Bikepark.ch Scott16Row 8 - Cell 3
10Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team15Row 9 - Cell 3
11Central Pro Team12Row 10 - Cell 3
12Lapierre International11Row 11 - Cell 3
13Trek World Racing10Row 12 - Cell 3
14Hard Rocx Racing Team6Row 13 - Cell 3
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World Cup individual standings after five rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team794pts
2Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol740Row 1 - Cell 3
3Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher735Row 2 - Cell 3
4Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team678Row 3 - Cell 3
5Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team638Row 4 - Cell 3
6Esther Süss (Swi)624Row 5 - Cell 3
7Julie Bresset* (Fra) BH-Suntour570Row 6 - Cell 3
8Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol558Row 7 - Cell 3
9Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Central Pro Team548Row 8 - Cell 3
10Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team540Row 9 - Cell 3
11Katrin Leumann (Swi)514Row 10 - Cell 3
12Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice472Row 11 - Cell 3
13Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain450Row 12 - Cell 3
14Mary McConneloug (USA)398Row 13 - Cell 3
15Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.ch Scott385Row 14 - Cell 3
16Anna Szafraniec (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team368Row 15 - Cell 3
17Tanja Zakelj* (Slo) MBK Orbea350Row 16 - Cell 3
18Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher329Row 17 - Cell 3
19Cécile Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International301Row 18 - Cell 3
20Katherine Compton (USA)280Row 19 - Cell 3
21Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team270Row 20 - Cell 3
22Emily Batty* (Can) Trek World Racing267Row 21 - Cell 3
23Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Factory Racing256Row 22 - Cell 3
24Hanna Klein (Ger)247Row 23 - Cell 3
25Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team236Row 24 - Cell 3
26Anna Villar Argente (Spa)222Row 25 - Cell 3
27Annie Last* (GBr)220Row 26 - Cell 3
28Annika Langvad (Den)218Row 27 - Cell 3
29Fanny Bourdon* (Fra)215Row 28 - Cell 3
30Janka Stevkova (Svk)210Row 29 - Cell 3
31Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Pro Team205Row 30 - Cell 3
32Rosara Joseph (NZl)200Row 31 - Cell 3
33Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)184Row 32 - Cell 3
34Amanda Sin (Can)180Row 33 - Cell 3
35Margarita Fullana Riera (Spa) Massi Team178Row 34 - Cell 3
36Anja Gradl (Ger) Central Pro Team178Row 35 - Cell 3
37Sarah Koba (Swi) Giant Swiss Team171Row 36 - Cell 3
38Alexandra Engen* (Swe)164Row 37 - Cell 3
39Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo162Row 38 - Cell 3
40Rie Katayama (Jpn)157Row 39 - Cell 3
41Laura Turpijn (Ned) Team Merida Combee149Row 40 - Cell 3
42Laura Metzler (Fra) BH-Suntour122Row 41 - Cell 3
43Paula Gorycka* (Pol) CCC Polkowice122Row 42 - Cell 3
44Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team120Row 43 - Cell 3
45Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice118Row 44 - Cell 3
46Monique Pua Sawicki (USA)102Row 45 - Cell 3
47Vivienne Meyer* (Swi) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol100Row 46 - Cell 3
48Caroline Mani (Fra) BH-Suntour100Row 47 - Cell 3
49Maria Osl (Aut) Fischer-BMC99Row 48 - Cell 3
50Coralie Redelsperger (Fra)97Row 49 - Cell 3
51Barbara Benko* (Hun)93Row 50 - Cell 3
52Judith Pollinger* (Ita)87Row 51 - Cell 3
53Fabienne Niederberger (Swi)81Row 52 - Cell 3
54Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice80Row 53 - Cell 3
55Nicola Leary (NZl)80Row 54 - Cell 3
56Kathrin Stirnemann* (Swi)75Row 55 - Cell 3
57Elisabeth Sveum* (Nor) Hard Rocx Racing Team74Row 56 - Cell 3
58Yolande Speedy (RSA)68Row 57 - Cell 3
59Adelheid Morath (Ger) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team62Row 58 - Cell 3
60Michelle Hediger* (Swi) Fischer-BMC57Row 59 - Cell 3
61Rocio Gamonal Ferrera (Spa)52Row 60 - Cell 3
62Virginie Pointet* (Swi) Bikepark.ch Scott52Row 61 - Cell 3
63Nina Homovec (Slo) MBK Orbea49Row 62 - Cell 3
64Ivonne Kraft (Ger)46Row 63 - Cell 3
65Chloe Forsman (USA)46Row 64 - Cell 3
66Catherine Vipond (Can)45Row 65 - Cell 3
67Eszter Erdelyi (Hun)42Row 66 - Cell 3
68Helene Marcouyre (Fra) BH-Suntour42Row 67 - Cell 3
69Nataliya Krompets (Ukr)41Row 68 - Cell 3
70Katarzyna Solus* (Pol)40Row 69 - Cell 3
71Daniela Veronesi (SMr)40Row 70 - Cell 3
72Julie Krasniak* (Fra)39Row 71 - Cell 3
73Mical Dyck (Can)38Row 72 - Cell 3
74Vera Andreeva* (Rus)38Row 73 - Cell 3
75Evelyn Staffler (Ita)34Row 74 - Cell 3
76Anne Terpstra* (Ned) Stappenbelt Specialized MTB Team33Row 75 - Cell 3
77Qinglan Shi (Chn)32Row 76 - Cell 3
78Ekaterina Anoshina* (Rus)29Row 77 - Cell 3
79Sandra Walter (Can)27Row 78 - Cell 3
80Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo25Row 79 - Cell 3
81Samara Sheppard* (NZl)23Row 80 - Cell 3
82Mikaela Kofman* (Can)21Row 81 - Cell 3
83Maaike Polspoel* (Bel)21Row 82 - Cell 3
84Silke Schmidt (Ger)19Row 83 - Cell 3
85Serena Calvetti* (Ita)17Row 84 - Cell 3
86Lily Matthews* (GBr)17Row 85 - Cell 3
87Ying Liu (Chn)16Row 86 - Cell 3
88Rozanne Slik* (Ned) Team Merida Combee13Row 87 - Cell 3
89Tatjana Dold (Ger)13Row 88 - Cell 3
90Melanie Spath (Ger)12Row 89 - Cell 3
91Carina Ketonen (Fin) VZW Goeman Scott Cycling Team11Row 90 - Cell 3
92Zhuanzhuan Ye* (Chn)10Row 91 - Cell 3
93Alla Boyko* (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team10Row 92 - Cell 3
94Monique Zeldenrust (Ned) Giant Swiss Team10Row 93 - Cell 3
95Karin Groen (Ned)9Row 94 - Cell 3
96Camille Devi* (Fra) Asptt Definitive Gitane9Row 95 - Cell 3
97Nina Gulino* (Ita)8Row 96 - Cell 3
98Mirre Stallen (Ned)8Row 97 - Cell 3
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World Cup team standings after five rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Luna Pro Team380pts
2Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol243Row 1 - Cell 3
3Subaru-Gary Fisher199Row 2 - Cell 3
4Central Pro Team178Row 3 - Cell 3
5Topeak Ergon Racing Team130Row 4 - Cell 3
6BH-Suntour114Row 5 - Cell 3
7Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain94Row 6 - Cell 3
8CCC Polkowice84Row 7 - Cell 3
9Bikepark.ch Scott78Row 8 - Cell 3
10Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team75Row 9 - Cell 3
11JBG-2 Professional MTB Team71Row 10 - Cell 3
12MBK Orbea62Row 11 - Cell 3
13Specialized Factory Racing53Row 12 - Cell 3
14Lapierre International43Row 13 - Cell 3
15Trek World Racing37Row 14 - Cell 3
16Massi Team31Row 15 - Cell 3
17Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo14Row 16 - Cell 3
18Multivan Merida Biking Team12Row 17 - Cell 3
19Giant Swiss Team11Row 18 - Cell 3
20Team Merida Combee6Row 19 - Cell 3
21Hard Rocx Racing Team6Row 20 - Cell 3

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