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Byberg wins first career World Cup

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Willow Koerber (Gary Fisher/Subaru) was happy with her seventh place finish today.

Willow Koerber (Gary Fisher/Subaru) was happy with her seventh place finish today. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Emily Batty (Trek Toronto) was looking for her third Under-23 win.

Emily Batty (Trek Toronto) was looking for her third Under-23 win. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Marie-Helene Premont (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain).

Marie-Helene Premont (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain). (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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World Champion Margarita Fullana Riera (Massi).

World Champion Margarita Fullana Riera (Massi). (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost).

Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost). (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Irina Kalentieva (Topeak-Ergon Racing Team) was expected to do well with all the climbing in Bromont.

Irina Kalentieva (Topeak-Ergon Racing Team) was expected to do well with all the climbing in Bromont. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Lene Byberg (Specialized)

Lene Byberg (Specialized) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Pro mechanics Chris (Luna) and Shep (Gary Fisher) will spend the race in the tech zone supporting their riders.

Pro mechanics Chris (Luna) and Shep (Gary Fisher) will spend the race in the tech zone supporting their riders. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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The women's race gets underway in Bromont, Canada.

The women's race gets underway in Bromont, Canada. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Katrin Leumann gets the hole shot from the start.

Katrin Leumann gets the hole shot from the start. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon Racing Team) followed by Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost).

Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon Racing Team) followed by Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost). (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost) heading uphill.

Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost) heading uphill. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Willow Koerber (Gary Fisher/Subaru) lead the race after one lap.

Willow Koerber (Gary Fisher/Subaru) lead the race after one lap. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Catherine Pendrel (Luna Women's MTB) chasing race leader Willow Koerber (Gary Fisher/Subaru).

Catherine Pendrel (Luna Women's MTB) chasing race leader Willow Koerber (Gary Fisher/Subaru). (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon Racing Team) riding in third place.

Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon Racing Team) riding in third place. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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World Champion Margarita Fullana Riera followed by Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes).

World Champion Margarita Fullana Riera followed by Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes). (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) descending on the course.

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) descending on the course. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Lene Byberg (Specialized) riding in sixth postion.

Lene Byberg (Specialized) riding in sixth postion. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost) riding the logs.

Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost) riding the logs. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Katie Compton (Team USA) moved from last to top 10 on the first lap.

Katie Compton (Team USA) moved from last to top 10 on the first lap. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Marie-Helene Premont (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) riding in the top 10.

Marie-Helene Premont (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) riding in the top 10. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Katrin Leuymann descending over bumpy logs.

Katrin Leuymann descending over bumpy logs. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Fanny Bourdon

Fanny Bourdon (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Lene Byberg (Specialized) riding the rocks in third place.

Lene Byberg (Specialized) riding the rocks in third place. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Cecile Rode Ravanel (Lapierre)

Cecile Rode Ravanel (Lapierre) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Katie Compton (Team USA) rode to a sixth place finish in her second World Cup race.

Katie Compton (Team USA) rode to a sixth place finish in her second World Cup race. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Emily Batty (Trek Toronto) riding to victory in the Under-23 division.

Emily Batty (Trek Toronto) riding to victory in the Under-23 division. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Mical Dyck (Trek Toronto) descending over some rocks.

Mical Dyck (Trek Toronto) descending over some rocks. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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A H&R Block rider cornering.

A H&R Block rider cornering. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Sabrina Jonnier, who won Saturday's Downhill, was watching the cross-country race.

Sabrina Jonnier, who won Saturday's Downhill, was watching the cross-country race. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Lea Davison (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) riding through the trees.

Lea Davison (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) riding through the trees. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Lene Byberg (Specialized) wins the Bromont World Cup.

Lene Byberg (Specialized) wins the Bromont World Cup. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Irina Kalentieva (Topeak-Ergon Racing Team) finishing a strong second.

Irina Kalentieva (Topeak-Ergon Racing Team) finishing a strong second. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Catherine Pendrel (Luna Women's MTB) finishing third.

Catherine Pendrel (Luna Women's MTB) finishing third. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) made it onto the podium.

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) made it onto the podium. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Champagne

Champagne (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Katrin Leumann got the best line from the start.

Katrin Leumann got the best line from the start. (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Willow Koerber (Subaru-Gary Fisher ) was the early leader

Willow Koerber (Subaru-Gary Fisher ) was the early leader (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team )

Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team ) (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team )

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team ) (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Caroline Mani (Team Bikepark.Ch ) and Laura Turpijn

Caroline Mani (Team Bikepark.Ch ) and Laura Turpijn (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Laura Turpijn

Laura Turpijn (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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British National Champion Suzanne Clarke

British National Champion Suzanne Clarke (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Lene Byberg was riding very strongly,

Lene Byberg was riding very strongly, (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Katie Compton

Katie Compton (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Marie-Helene Premont faced some breathing difficulties

Marie-Helene Premont faced some breathing difficulties (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Lene Byberg

Lene Byberg (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Elisabeth Osl took 4th

Elisabeth Osl took 4th (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Rough riding

Rough riding (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Katerina Nash

Katerina Nash (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Irina Kalentieva

Irina Kalentieva (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Mary McConneloug was 5th

Mary McConneloug was 5th (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Katie Compton

Katie Compton (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Emily Batty took her third U23 World Cup victory of the season

Emily Batty took her third U23 World Cup victory of the season (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Elite women's podium: Osl, Kalientieva, Byberg, Pendrel, McConneloug

Elite women's podium: Osl, Kalientieva, Byberg, Pendrel, McConneloug (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Lene Byberg on top

Lene Byberg on top (Image credit: Tour of Japan)

Lene Byberg (Specialized Factory Racing) took her first World Cup victory after a dominant ride in difficult conditions in round six of cross-country series in Bromont, Quebec. She also took over the lead in the women's overall standings from World Champion Marga Fullana (Massi).

 

"For the last lap, all I could think was to be careful and not to crash, so that I could take this most unbelievable victory of my career," said Byberg.

Rain that had been threatening all morning began shortly before the start of lap two in the five-lap race. It made the rocks and roots slippery and treacherous. The race had already begun to sort itself out by that point, with Byberg bridging up to the early leaders Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon), Catharine Pendrel (Luna) and Willow Koerber (Subaru-Gary Fisher).

Koerber lost contact and the Kalentieva, Pendrel, Byberg trio gradually pulled away from the rest of the field. Pendrel dropped off in the next in lap three and then Kalentieva a lap later, leaving the Norwegian Byberg on her own.

"It wasn't really an attack," said Byberg. "I was riding very strongly, and felt good in the conditions, especially on the climb. I saw that I had a little gap, and then it started getting bigger and bigger."

"I maybe went too hard earlier in the race, trying to break things up. I didn't have it when the serious effort came later in the race," said Pendrel.

Marie-Helene Premont (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) had been expected to challenge the leaders in conditions that suit her, but she was not a contender and finished 13th. Premont appeared tired on the climb by the second lap and had some of the breathing difficulties that knocked her out of the Olympics last summer.

"It was very hard for me out there today," Premont admitted. "I felt dizzy a bit, and I couldn't breathe, so I had to stop at the side of the track for a while before I was able to go again. It was not a good day for me."

Kalentieva and Pendrel followed Byberg in for second and third. Round one winner Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost) took fourth and American Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) made a late-race surge for fifth.

Byberg holds a 25-point lead over Osl and Kalentieva in the overall standings. Former leader Fullana dropping to fourth and Pendrel in fifth. Any one of these five could take the final title depending upon what happens in the last two rounds.

Canada's Emily Batty (Toronto Trek Store) finished 15th and took her third Under-23 World Cup victory of the season. She moved into second in the standings behind Caroline Mani (Team Bikepark.ch), who finished four spots behind Batty. In the four World Cups she has entered, Batty has three firsts and a second for the Under-23 category, and has finished in the top-15 overall in all four events.

 

Results
1Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Factory Racing1:45:58
2Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:02:35
3Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team0:03:13
4Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Central Ghost Pro Team0:03:31
5Mary McConneloug (USA) Kenda Seven NoTubes0:03:50
6Katherine Compton (USA)0:04:08
7Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher0:04:41
8Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:05:46
9Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:07:38
10Cécile Rode Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International0:08:58
11Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher0:09:16
12Lea Davison (USA) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles0:09:50
13Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles0:11:12
14Katrin Leumann (Swi)0:12:01
15Emily Batty (Can) Trek Store Toronto0:12:07
16Amanda Sin (Can) 3Rox Racing0:13:14
17Laura Metzler (Fra) Bh-Suntour0:13:57
18Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Bh-Suntour0:14:08
19Caroline Mani (Fra) Team Bikepark.Ch0:15:01
20Julie Krasniak (Fra)0:17:57
DNFMargarita Fullana Riera (Spa) Massi

 

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