Pendrel wins Windham cross country World Cup

Catharine Pendrel (Luna) won the elite women's cross country race at the Windham, New York round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup on Sunday afternoon. Pendrel finished ahead of Tanja Zakelj (Unior Tools) and Annika Langvad (Specialized).

"It feels good to be back on the top at a World Cup. I was trying not to get distracted by that while out there racing," said Pendrel to Cyclingnews. "I felt good today."

From the start, Pendrel and World Cup leader Jolanda Neff (Liv Giant) set the pace, but Pendrel was climbing better than last weekend's Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup winner Neff.

On the second lap, Pendrel climbed away from Neff and Langvad, who together chased the Canadian.

"Yes, it was my strategy to go from the start," said Pendrel after the race. "I could tell Jolanda was breathing hard on the first climb. I think it hurt her on the descent because I was like 'oh I can pass you now'. I was able to open a gap. Then it was nice not to have people pushing me the whole way. I felt better being off the front."

Neff paid for her early efforts and started to fade, dropping as far back as seventh place mid-race.

Zakelj, on the other hand, only got stronger as the race went on.

Pendrel's strategy worked as she would spend the entire race off the front solo, without pressure from anyone too close to her.

Going into the final of five total laps, Pendrel led Langvad by more than 30 seconds and Zakelj by one minute.

Neff got a second wind and worked her way back up into the top five as she raced with her teammate Maja Wloszczowska (Liv Giant) and Blaza Klemencic (Feenstra Felt PB Kenda Bike Team).

On the final lap, Langvad crashed as she transitioned from a bright ski slope to a dark, wooded singletrack section, but she quickly picked herself up and kept racing.

"I crashed on the last lap where it went from light to dark," said Langvad. "My front wheel slid out in a corner, but I was on my feet in like two seconds."

However, Zakelj proved too strong and the determined Slovenian surged to pass Langvad at the top of the last climb. Zakelj would hold on during the descent to take second place behind Pendrel and ahead of world marathon champion Langvad.

"It was an amazing last lap. I think if I couldn't have seen Annika, I would not have been able to go so far out of my zone. I knew Jolanda was strong behind me, too," said Zakelj. "On the last downhill, I stepped on my pedals and went as hard as I could. I gave it everything I had, but tried to be careful and not make mistakes on that last descent. I had my mind in the right place."

Langvad said, "Tanja passed me on the last climb to the feed zone. I'm still in a build-up phase to the Worlds. I can't afford too many of those surges so I just stayed within my limits and kept my rhythm. It was my tactic from the beginning and I executed perfectly, so I'm pleased."

Neff and Klemencic attacked each other several times on the last climb, each one wanting to get ahead of the other going into the final descent. Neff ultimately won out over the fatigued Klemencic and rode to the finish in fourth place.

Neff said, "I just tried to do a good race today. I went too fast in the beginning, but in the end I could go fast again."

Klemencic was still happy to finish fifth for her best World Cup finish of the season.

"Four years ago, this was my first race on the podium. It's the first time this year I'm on the podium, so I'm happy," said Klemencic. "This is one of the best courses for me, with lots of climbing - it's not so technical."

Davison finished as the top American rider at the home US World Cup, even after stopping for a wheel change at the beginning of second lap. Though she lost some time and places, she worked her way back up to seventh place.

"I don't know if I had a flat actually," said Davison after the finish. "I have this thing at this course where I'm always on the gravel up through the start/finish thinking that my back wheel feels squishy and that I don't want to ride up this whole hill on a soft tire."

"So I changed it. I kind of regret that because it turns out that it wasn't really flat. It was my mind playing tricks on me. But the important thing is that I had a great start and good legs and I fought back from barely in the top 20."

With her top five finish, Neff secured the elite women's World Cup overall title. She has 1050 points to Pendrel's 790. Last year's World Cup winner Zakelj is in third with 788 points.

"It's amazing that I took the overall World Cup at this race," said Neff, who is still technically an under 23 racer.

Full Results

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Elite women cross country
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team1:25:47
2Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team0:00:29
3Annika Langvad (Den) Specialized Racing XC0:00:32
4Jolanda Neff* (Swi) Liv Pro XC Team0:00:36
5Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team0:01:24
6Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Liv Pro XC Team0:01:45
7Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing XC0:01:52
8Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing0:02:01
9Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team0:02:24
10Irina Kalentieva (Rus)0:02:36
11Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team0:02:45
12Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:02:59
13Annie Last (GBr) Trek Factory Racing0:03:22
14Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol) Kross Racing Team0:03:23
15Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:04:22
16Julie Bresset (Fra) BH-Suntour-KMC0:04:29
17Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing0:04:59
18Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team0:05:08
19Daniela Campuzano (Mex)0:05:10
20Sandra Walter (Can)0:05:23
21Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing0:05:45
22Janka Keseg Stevkova (Svk)0:06:17
23Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Specialized Racing XC0:06:19
24Chloe Woodruff (USA)0:06:25
25Erin Huck (USA)0:06:33
26Rose Grant (USA)0:06:50
27Lene Byberg (Nor)0:07:02
28Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing0:07:45
29Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team0:08:03
30Larissa Connors (USA)0:08:37
31Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol0:09:07
32Raiza Goulao-Henrique (Bra)0:09:28
33Karla Stepanova (Cze)0:10:09
34Hanna Klein (Ger) BH-Suntour-KMC0:10:19
35Adriana Rojas (CRc)0:10:41
36Jitka Skarnitzlova (Cze)0:11:01
37Isabella Moreira Lacerda (Bra)0:11:28
38Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex)0:11:47
39Agustina Maria Apaza (Arg)0:12:02
40Erika Fernanda Gramiscelli (Bra)0:12:58
41Cindy Montambault (Can)0:13:21
42Evelyn Dong (USA)0:13:31
43Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Rox RacingRow 42 - Cell 2
44Mandy Dreyer (Can)0:16:14
45Erica Zaveta (USA)0:16:45
-1lapRebecca Beaumont (Can)Row 45 - Cell 2
-1lapAmy Beisel (USA)Row 46 - Cell 2
-1lapErica Tingey (USA)Row 47 - Cell 2
-1lapMio Suemasa (Jpn) Unior Tools TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
-1lapAlexandra Gabriela Serrano Rodriguez (Ecu)Row 49 - Cell 2
-2lapsAndréanne Pichette (Can)Row 50 - Cell 2
-4lapsLaura Valentina Abril Restrepo (Col)Row 51 - Cell 2
DNFEva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago SudtirolRow 52 - Cell 2
DNFMikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Rox RacingRow 53 - Cell 2
DNSKarlee Gendron (Can)Row 54 - Cell 2
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Luna Pro Team75pts
2Specialized Racing XC64Row 1 - Cell 3
3Liv Pro XC Team56Row 2 - Cell 3
4Trek Factory Racing44Row 3 - Cell 3
5Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team44Row 4 - Cell 3
6Unior Tools Team35Row 5 - Cell 3
7Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team28Row 6 - Cell 3
8Ghost Factory Racing24Row 7 - Cell 3
9Kross Racing Team17Row 8 - Cell 3
10BH-Suntour-KMC15Row 9 - Cell 3
11Trek-KMC Trade Team13Row 10 - Cell 3
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Elite women cross country World Cup standings with one round remaining
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jolanda Neff* (Swi) Liv Pro XC Team1050pts
2Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team790Row 1 - Cell 3
3Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team788Row 2 - Cell 3
4Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing700Row 3 - Cell 3
5Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team680Row 4 - Cell 3
6Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Liv Pro XC Team668Row 5 - Cell 3
7Annika Langvad (Den) Specialized Racing XC660Row 6 - Cell 3
8Irina Kalentieva (Rus)610Row 7 - Cell 3
9Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team560Row 8 - Cell 3
10Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team545Row 9 - Cell 3
11Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing519Row 10 - Cell 3
12Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol512Row 11 - Cell 3
13Pauline Ferrand Prevot* (Fra) Liv Pro XC Team500Row 12 - Cell 3
14Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing481Row 13 - Cell 3
15Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team449Row 14 - Cell 3
16Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team437Row 15 - Cell 3
17Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Specialized Racing XC403Row 16 - Cell 3
18Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing393Row 17 - Cell 3
19Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing387Row 18 - Cell 3
20Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team380Row 19 - Cell 3
21Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team378Row 20 - Cell 3
22Hanna Klein (Ger) BH-Suntour-KMC316Row 21 - Cell 3
23Julie Bresset (Fra) BH-Suntour-KMC312Row 22 - Cell 3
24Daniela Campuzano (Mex)296Row 23 - Cell 3
25Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol) Kross Racing Team286Row 24 - Cell 3
26Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing XC270Row 25 - Cell 3
27Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team258Row 26 - Cell 3
28Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing202Row 27 - Cell 3
29Janka Keseg Stevkova (Svk)198Row 28 - Cell 3
30Erin Huck (USA)187Row 29 - Cell 3
31Kate Fluker (NZl)186Row 30 - Cell 3
32Lene Byberg (Nor)180Row 31 - Cell 3
33Serena Calvetti (Ita)178Row 32 - Cell 3
34Annie Last (GBr) Trek Factory Racing170Row 33 - Cell 3
35Evelyn Dong (USA)154Row 34 - Cell 3
36Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team152Row 35 - Cell 3
37Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus XC Team150Row 36 - Cell 3
38Paula Gorycka (Pol) 4F Racing Team148Row 37 - Cell 3
39Sandra Walter (Can)146Row 38 - Cell 3
40Ekateryna Anoshina (Rus)145Row 39 - Cell 3
41Mariske Strauss (RSA) Orange Monkey Pro Team144Row 40 - Cell 3
42Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer-BMC138Row 41 - Cell 3
43Karla Stepanova (Cze)131Row 42 - Cell 3
44Tory Thomas (Aus)125Row 43 - Cell 3
45Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex)117Row 44 - Cell 3
46Chloe Woodruff (USA)116Row 45 - Cell 3
47Nina Wrobel (Ger)112Row 46 - Cell 3
48Vera Andreeva (Rus)112Row 47 - Cell 3
49Alice Pirard (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTB111Row 48 - Cell 3
50Chengyuan Ren (Chn)108Row 49 - Cell 3
51Agustina Maria Apaza (Arg)106Row 50 - Cell 3
52Samara Sheppard (NZl) KTM Houffalize Team104Row 51 - Cell 3
53Jitka Skarnitzlova (Cze)104Row 52 - Cell 3
54Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol102Row 53 - Cell 3
55Cindy Montambault (Can)102Row 54 - Cell 3
56Mio Suemasa (Jpn) Unior Tools Team95Row 55 - Cell 3
57Rose Grant (USA)88Row 56 - Cell 3
58Raiza Goulao-Henrique (Bra)87Row 57 - Cell 3
59Anne Terpstra (Ned) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team82Row 58 - Cell 3
60Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing65Row 59 - Cell 3
61Isabella Moreira Lacerda (Bra)65Row 60 - Cell 3
62Katherine O'neill (NZl)64Row 61 - Cell 3
63Michelle Hediger (Swi) Fischer-BMC58Row 62 - Cell 3
64Qinglan Shi (Chn)56Row 63 - Cell 3
65Andréanne Pichette (Can)55Row 64 - Cell 3
66Karen Hanlen (NZl)54Row 65 - Cell 3
67Peta Mullens (Aus) Team Colnago Sudtirol54Row 66 - Cell 3
68Anna Oberparleiter (Ita)53Row 67 - Cell 3
69Erika Fernanda Gramiscelli (Bra)53Row 68 - Cell 3
70Rocio Martin Rodriguez (Spa)52Row 69 - Cell 3
71Sarah Riley (Aus)50Row 70 - Cell 3
72Tracy Moseley (GBr)48Row 71 - Cell 3
73Larissa Connors (USA)46Row 72 - Cell 3
74Rebecca Beaumont (Can)46Row 73 - Cell 3
75Mandy Dreyer (Can)45Row 74 - Cell 3
76Anna Szafraniec (Pol) Kross Racing Team44Row 75 - Cell 3
77Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)40Row 76 - Cell 3
78Iryna Popova (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team39Row 77 - Cell 3
79Amy Beisel (USA)38Row 78 - Cell 3
80Alexandra Gabriela Serrano Rodriguez (Ecu)37Row 79 - Cell 3
81Adriana Rojas (CRc)36Row 80 - Cell 3
82Marie-Helene Premont (Can)36Row 81 - Cell 3
83Laura Valentina Abril Restrepo (Col)36Row 82 - Cell 3
84Anna Villar Argente (Spa)29Row 83 - Cell 3
85Lucie Vesela (Cze)27Row 84 - Cell 3
86Pavlina Sulcova (Cze)26Row 85 - Cell 3
87Nataliia Krompets (Ukr) Isd MTB Team24Row 86 - Cell 3
88Erica Zaveta (USA)23Row 87 - Cell 3
89Erica Tingey (USA)20Row 88 - Cell 3
90Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol)18Row 89 - Cell 3
91Elisa Otter (USA)15Row 90 - Cell 3
92Hielke Elferink (Ned)15Row 91 - Cell 3
93Marine Groccia (Swi)14Row 92 - Cell 3
94Lenka Bulisova (Cze)9Row 93 - Cell 3
95Elvira Khayrullina (Rus)9Row 94 - Cell 3
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Team World Cup Standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Liv Pro XC Team411pts
2Luna Pro Team302Row 1 - Cell 3
3Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team278Row 2 - Cell 3
4Ghost Factory Racing273Row 3 - Cell 3
5Specialized Racing XC253Row 4 - Cell 3
6Trek Factory Racing234Row 5 - Cell 3
7Unior Tools Team161Row 6 - Cell 3
8Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team115Row 7 - Cell 3
9Multivan Merida Biking Team102Row 8 - Cell 3
10Team Colnago Sudtirol95Row 9 - Cell 3
11BH-Suntour-KMC93Row 10 - Cell 3
12Kross Racing Team55Row 11 - Cell 3
13Trek-KMC Trade Team41Row 12 - Cell 3
14Fischer-Bmc21Row 13 - Cell 3
15Scott-3Rox Racing20Row 14 - Cell 3
16Orange Monkey Pro Team20Row 15 - Cell 3
17Wheeler - Ixs Team19Row 16 - Cell 3
18Focus XC Team17Row 17 - Cell 3
194F Racing Team13Row 18 - Cell 3
20Ktm Houffalize Team11Row 19 - Cell 3
21Team Merida Wallonie Mtb8Row 20 - Cell 3
22Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens Mtb Racing Team7Row 21 - Cell 3


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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.

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