Pendrel sews up World Cup title

Catharine Pendrel (Luna) was crowned as the new World Cup champion as the 2010 UCI cross country Mountain Bike World Cup concluded on Saturday in Windham, New York. Pendrel capped her World Cup season with her second victory of the year. For Canada, the women's race provided a strong lead in to the UCI World Mountain Bike Championships next week at Mont Ste Anne, Canada, as Marie-Hélène Premont (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) showed her form of old, finishing second.

"This is amazing, to win my second World Cup of the season, and the World Cup title, all a week before the world championships take place in Canada," said Pendrel. "To win a World Cup race is always special, but to be consistent right through the season and win the title is hard. The race for the title was so tight all season, that it is extra special to win it."

The 5.4-kilometre course was straightforward: a long climb followed by a quick descent. The riders zig-zagged their way up the climb, alternating open double track with loose, rocky and rooty singletrack, then descended through more of the same back to the start.

Pendrel and Premont distanced themselves from the rest of the field quickly as the five-lap race commenced. Pendrel, the World Cup leader coming into the race, had two worries: Eva Lechner (Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol) only 54 points back in the standings, and Willow Koerber (Subaru-Trek) at 59 points. Koerber was the bigger worry on this track, having won here in the national series race the previous year, and with a home crowd behind her.

In turned out that neither was a factor. Pendrel quickly shot to a 25-second advantage over Premont, with her Luna teammate Georgia Gould sitting in third, but steadily falling further behind through the race. Koerber started in fourth but faded badly to eventually finish sixth, 4:21 down, while Lechner was a distant 18th, over eight minutes in arrears.

The only real battle was at the front - Pendrel would start each lap approximately 25 seconds in front of Premont, who would close the gap on the climb, only to see it open on the descent. In the final lap, the 2008 World Cup champion gave an extra surge and caught Pendrel just before the top of the climb.

"I'm usually stronger in the first half of the race," said Pendrel. "So I wanted to go out hard and establish a gap. But Marie was climbing well, and I knew she was coming up. I was able to get the front into the descent and then I could control things, and it was enough."

Pendrel’s winning margin was a scant four seconds over Premont. Gould took third, but over two minutes down, with Blaza Klemencic (Felt Oetztal X-Bionic) fourth and last year's World Cup champion Elisabeth Osl (Central Pro) taking fifth.

Premont, who struggled last year and earlier this season, was extremely pleased to see her form peaking just before the world championships take place in her hometown.  She moved from 13th to eighth in the final standings.

"I had a very good start, and I was able to be at the front and stay within 15 to 30 seconds of Catharine,” she said. “Then on the last lap I knew it was my final chance, so I gave it everything I had, but Catharine was able to get in front for the downhill. It's a good time to be in this shape, one week before the world championships. I know I can do well next week."

In the final overall standings, Pendrel won the title with 1044 points, followed by Koerber at 865 and Lechner at 810. Gould jumped from fifth to fourth in the final standings and Swiss rider Esther Süss moved up from sixth to the final podium spot with the absence of world champion Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon).

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team1:39:48
2Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain0:00:04
3Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:02:07
4Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team0:03:17
5Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Central Pro Team0:03:41
6Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Trek0:04:21
7Esther Süss (Swi)0:04:26
8Katrin Leumann (Swi)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Mary McConneloug (USA) Kenda/Seven/NoTubes0:05:09
10Tanja Zakelj* (Slo) MBK Orbea0:05:23
11Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Trek0:05:27
12Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol0:06:14
13Cécile Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International0:06:29
14Katherine Compton (USA)0:06:41
15Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Scott0:06:57
16Amanda Sin (Can)0:07:46
17Janka Stevkova (Svk)0:08:08
18Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Arreghini SudtirolRow 17 - Cell 2
19Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team0:08:30
20Annie Last* (GBr)0:08:34
21Anja Gradl (Ger) Central Pro Team0:08:35
22Alexandra Engen* (Swe)0:09:03
23Rie Katayama (Jpn)0:09:21
24Sarah Koba (Swi) Giant Swiss Team0:09:41
25Hanna Klein (Ger)0:09:49
26Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:10:01
27Annika Langvad (Den)0:10:11
28Rosara Joseph (NZl)0:10:14
29Chengyuan Ren (Chn)0:11:09
30Anna Villar Argente (Spa)0:11:17
31Qinglan Shi (Chn)0:11:44
32Barbara Benko* (Hun)0:12:32
33Nina Homovec (Slo) MBK Orbea0:13:00
34Daniela Veronesi (SMr)0:13:52
35Yolande Speedy (RSA)0:14:15
36Zhuanzhuan Ye* (Chn)0:14:53
37Heather Logie (Aus)0:14:56
38Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo0:15:16
39Jennifer Smith (NZl)0:15:21
40Judy Freeman (USA)0:15:41
41Aleksandra Mooradian (Pol)0:15:47
42Catherine Vipond (Can)0:16:15
43Fiona Macdermid (NZl)0:16:39
44Kate Potter (Aus)0:17:07
45Mical Dyck (Can)0:18:59
46Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant Factory Team0:19:07
47Teal Stetson-Lee (USA)0:19:08
-1lapKrista Park (USA)Row 47 - Cell 2
-1lapErin Huck (USA)Row 48 - Cell 2
-1lapYing Liu (Chn)Row 49 - Cell 2
-1lapKatherine O'shea (Aus) Torq Performance NutritionRow 50 - Cell 2
-1lapCindy Montambault (Can)Row 51 - Cell 2
-2lapsNicola Leary (NZl)Row 52 - Cell 2
-2lapsKatherine O'neill* (NZl)Row 53 - Cell 2
-2lapsMariske Strauss* (RSA)Row 54 - Cell 2
-2lapsAnina Aaron (USA)Row 55 - Cell 2
-2lapsKimberly Flynn (USA)Row 56 - Cell 2
-2lapsBryna Nestor (USA)Row 57 - Cell 2
-2lapsRoberta Kelly Stopa (Bra)Row 58 - Cell 2
-2lapsLydia Tanner* (USA)Row 59 - Cell 2
-2lapsAnna Oberparleiter* (Ita) Hard Rock FRW A.S.D.Row 60 - Cell 2
-2lapsDaniela Rojas* (Chi)Row 61 - Cell 2
-3lapsMichelle Bellamy (NZl)Row 62 - Cell 2
-3lapsRowena Fry (Aus)Row 63 - Cell 2
DNFRocio Gamonal Ferrera (Spa)Row 64 - Cell 2
DNFLily Matthews* (GBr)Row 65 - Cell 2
DNSEmily Batty* (Can) Trek World RacingRow 66 - Cell 2
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Luna Pro Team77pts
2Subaru-Gary Fisher46Row 1 - Cell 3
3Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team42Row 2 - Cell 3
4Central Pro Team38Row 3 - Cell 3
5Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain35Row 4 - Cell 3
6Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol32Row 5 - Cell 3
7MBK Orbea21Row 6 - Cell 3
8Lapierre International18Row 7 - Cell 3
9Bikepark.ch Scott16Row 8 - Cell 3
10Giant Swiss Team7Row 9 - Cell 3
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Final World Cup individual standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team1044pts
2Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher865Row 1 - Cell 3
3Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol810Row 2 - Cell 3
4Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team798Row 3 - Cell 3
5Esther Süss (Swi)744Row 4 - Cell 3
6Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Central Pro Team688Row 5 - Cell 3
7Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team678Row 6 - Cell 3
8Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain650Row 7 - Cell 3
9Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol643Row 8 - Cell 3
10Katrin Leumann (Swi)624Row 9 - Cell 3
11Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team594Row 10 - Cell 3
12Julie Bresset* (Fra) BH-Suntour570Row 11 - Cell 3
13Mary Mcconneloug (USA)498Row 12 - Cell 3
14Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice472Row 13 - Cell 3
15Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.ch Scott461Row 14 - Cell 3
16Tanja Zakelj* (Slo) MBK Orbea445Row 15 - Cell 3
17Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher419Row 16 - Cell 3
18Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team386Row 17 - Cell 3
19Cécile Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International381Row 18 - Cell 3
20Anna Szafraniec (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team368Row 19 - Cell 3
21Katherine Compton (USA)358Row 20 - Cell 3
22Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team338Row 21 - Cell 3
23Hanna Klein (Ger)303Row 22 - Cell 3
24Annie Last* (GBr)286Row 23 - Cell 3
25Janka Stevkova (Svk)282Row 24 - Cell 3
26Annika Langvad (Den)270Row 25 - Cell 3
27Anna Villar Argente (Spa)268Row 26 - Cell 3
28Emily Batty* (Can) Trek World Racing267Row 27 - Cell 3
29Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Factory Racing256Row 28 - Cell 3
30Amanda Sin (Can)254Row 29 - Cell 3
31Rosara Joseph (NZl)250Row 30 - Cell 3
32Anja Gradl (Ger) Central Pro Team242Row 31 - Cell 3
33Sarah Koba (Swi) Giant Swiss Team229Row 32 - Cell 3
34Alexandra Engen* (Swe)226Row 33 - Cell 3
35Rie Katayama (Jpn)217Row 34 - Cell 3
36Fanny Bourdon* (Fra)215Row 35 - Cell 3
37Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Pro Team205Row 36 - Cell 3
38Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo192Row 37 - Cell 3
39Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)184Row 38 - Cell 3
40Margarita Fullana Riera (Spa) Massi Team178Row 39 - Cell 3
41Laura Turpijn (Ned) Team Merida Combee149Row 40 - Cell 3
42Barbara Benko* (Hun)135Row 41 - Cell 3
43Laura Metzler (Fra) BH-Suntour122Row 42 - Cell 3
44Paula Gorycka* (Pol) CCC Polkowice122Row 43 - Cell 3
45Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team120Row 44 - Cell 3
46Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice118Row 45 - Cell 3
47Yolande Speedy (RSA)104Row 46 - Cell 3
48Monique Pua Sawicki (USA)102Row 47 - Cell 3
49Vivienne Meyer* (Swi) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol100Row 48 - Cell 3
50Caroline Mani (Fra) BH-Suntour100Row 49 - Cell 3
51Maria Osl (Aut) Fischer-BMC99Row 50 - Cell 3
52Coralie Redelsperger (Fra)97Row 51 - Cell 3
53Nicola Leary (NZl)95Row 52 - Cell 3
54Nina Homovec (Slo) MBK Orbea89Row 53 - Cell 3
55Judith Pollinger* (Ita)87Row 54 - Cell 3
56Fabienne Niederberger (Swi)81Row 55 - Cell 3
57Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice80Row 56 - Cell 3
58Daniela Veronesi (SMr)78Row 57 - Cell 3
59Qinglan Shi (Chn)76Row 58 - Cell 3
60Kathrin Stirnemann* (Swi)75Row 59 - Cell 3
61Elisabeth Sveum* (Nor) Hard Rocx Racing Team74Row 60 - Cell 3
62Catherine Vipond (Can)71Row 61 - Cell 3
63Adelheid Morath (Ger) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team62Row 62 - Cell 3
64Mical Dyck (Can)61Row 63 - Cell 3
65Michelle Hediger* (Swi) Fischer-BMC57Row 64 - Cell 3
66Rocio Gamonal Ferrera (Spa)52Row 65 - Cell 3
67Virginie Pointet* (Swi) Bikepark.ch Scott52Row 66 - Cell 3
68Chengyuan Ren (Chn)48Row 67 - Cell 3
69Ivonne Kraft (Ger)46Row 68 - Cell 3
70Chloe Forsman (USA)46Row 69 - Cell 3
71Zhuanzhuan Ye* (Chn)44Row 70 - Cell 3
72Eszter Erdelyi (Hun)42Row 71 - Cell 3
73Helene Marcouyre (Fra) BH-Suntour42Row 72 - Cell 3
74Nataliya Krompets (Ukr)41Row 73 - Cell 3
75Katarzyna Solus* (Pol)40Row 74 - Cell 3
76Julie Krasniak* (Fra)39Row 75 - Cell 3
77Vera Andreeva* (Rus)38Row 76 - Cell 3
78Evelyn Staffler (Ita)34Row 77 - Cell 3
79Ying Liu (Chn)34Row 78 - Cell 3
80Anne Terpstra* (Ned) Stappenbelt Specialized MTB Team33Row 79 - Cell 3
81Heather Logie (Aus)32Row 80 - Cell 3
82Jennifer Smith (NZl)29Row 81 - Cell 3
83Ekaterina Anoshina* (Rus)29Row 82 - Cell 3
84Judy Freeman (USA)28Row 83 - Cell 3
85Aleksandra Mooradian (Pol)27Row 84 - Cell 3
86Sandra Walter (Can)27Row 85 - Cell 3
87Fiona Macdermid (NZl)25Row 86 - Cell 3
88Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo25Row 87 - Cell 3
89Kate Potter (Aus)24Row 88 - Cell 3
90Samara Sheppard* (NZl)23Row 89 - Cell 3
91Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant Factory Team22Row 90 - Cell 3
92Teal Stetson-Lee (USA)21Row 91 - Cell 3
93Mikaela Kofman* (Can)21Row 92 - Cell 3
94Maaike Polspoel* (Bel)21Row 93 - Cell 3
95Krista Park (USA)20Row 94 - Cell 3
96Erin Huck (USA)19Row 95 - Cell 3
97Silke Schmidt (Ger)19Row 96 - Cell 3
98Katherine O'shea (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition17Row 97 - Cell 3
99Serena Calvetti* (Ita)17Row 98 - Cell 3
100Lily Matthews* (GBr)17Row 99 - Cell 3
101Cindy Montambault (Can)16Row 100 - Cell 3
102Katherine O'neill* (NZl)14Row 101 - Cell 3
103Mariske Strauss* (RSA)13Row 102 - Cell 3
104Rozanne Slik* (Ned) Team Merida Combee13Row 103 - Cell 3
105Tatjana Dold (Ger)13Row 104 - Cell 3
106Anina Aaron (USA)12Row 105 - Cell 3
107Melanie Spath (Ger)12Row 106 - Cell 3
108Kimberly Flynn (USA)11Row 107 - Cell 3
109Carina Kirssi (Fin) VZW Goeman Scott Cycling Team11Row 108 - Cell 3
110Bryna Nestor (USA)10Row 109 - Cell 3
111Alla Boyko* (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team10Row 110 - Cell 3
112Monique Zeldenrust (Ned) Giant Swiss Team10Row 111 - Cell 3
113Roberta Kelly Stopa (Bra)9Row 112 - Cell 3
114Karin Groen (Ned)9Row 113 - Cell 3
115Camille Devi* (Fra) Asptt Definitive Gitane9Row 114 - Cell 3
116Lydia Tanner* (USA)8Row 115 - Cell 3
117Nina Gulino* (Ita)8Row 116 - Cell 3
118Mirre Stallen (Ned)8Row 117 - Cell 3
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Final World Cup team standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Luna Pro Team457pts
2Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol275Row 1 - Cell 3
3Subaru-Gary Fisher245Row 2 - Cell 3
4Central Pro Team216Row 3 - Cell 3
5Topeak Ergon Racing Team130Row 4 - Cell 3
6Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain129Row 5 - Cell 3
7Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team117Row 6 - Cell 3
8BH-Suntour114Row 7 - Cell 3
9Bikepark.ch Scott94Row 8 - Cell 3
10CCC Polkowice84Row 9 - Cell 3
11MBK Orbea83Row 10 - Cell 3
12JBG-2 Professional MTB Team71Row 11 - Cell 3
13Lapierre International61Row 12 - Cell 3
14Specialized Factory Racing53Row 13 - Cell 3
15Trek World Racing37Row 14 - Cell 3
16Massi Team31Row 15 - Cell 3
17Giant Swiss Team18Row 16 - Cell 3
18Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo14Row 17 - Cell 3
19Multivan Merida Biking Team12Row 18 - Cell 3
20Team Merida Combee6Row 19 - Cell 3
21Hard Rocx Racing Team6Row 20 - Cell 3

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