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Langvad claims MTB XC world title

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Annika Langvad (Denmark) wins

Annika Langvad (Denmark) wins
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Canadian duo Emily Batty and Catharine Pendrel post race

Canadian duo Emily Batty and Catharine Pendrel post race
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Sabine Spitz (Germany)

Sabine Spitz (Germany)
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Lea Davison (USA)

Lea Davison (USA)
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Katerina Nash (Czech Republic)

Katerina Nash (Czech Republic)
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Irina Kalentyeva (Russian Federation)

Irina Kalentyeva (Russian Federation)
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Jolanda Neff was reportedly suffering from back problems

Jolanda Neff was reportedly suffering from back problems
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Sabine Spitz (Germany) and Maja Wloszczowska (Poland) were sitting 2nd and 3rd before both had flats on the last lap

Sabine Spitz (Germany) and Maja Wloszczowska (Poland) were sitting 2nd and 3rd before both had flats on the last lap
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Emily Batty caught and passed Catherine Pendrel

Emily Batty caught and passed Catherine Pendrel
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Emily Batty was in disbelief after winning bronze

Emily Batty was in disbelief after winning bronze
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Catharine Pendrel (Canada) leading the chase

Catharine Pendrel (Canada) leading the chase
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Annika Langvad (Denmark) distanced the chase group on the main climb

Annika Langvad (Denmark) distanced the chase group on the main climb
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Jolanda Neff (Switzerland) warming up before start of race

Jolanda Neff (Switzerland) warming up before start of race
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Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa goes down in the first few hundred metres

Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa goes down in the first few hundred metres
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Jolanda Neff (Switzerland) junget into an early lead

Jolanda Neff (Switzerland) junget into an early lead
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Catharine Pendrel (Canada)

Catharine Pendrel (Canada)
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Maja Wloszczowska (Poland)

Maja Wloszczowska (Poland)
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Former downhiller Mio Suemasa (Japan)

Former downhiller Mio Suemasa (Japan)
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Lea Davison, Ainnika Langvad, Emily Batty

Lea Davison, Ainnika Langvad, Emily Batty
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Lea Davison (United States of America) takes silver

Lea Davison (United States of America) takes silver
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Emily Batty (Canada) and Maja Wloszczowska (Poland) sprint for bronze

Emily Batty (Canada) and Maja Wloszczowska (Poland) sprint for bronze
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Denmark won it's first Elite cross-country title since the 1990's, with Annika Langvad's dominant performance on Saturday at the Mountain Bike World Championships in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. Lea Davison (USA) took silver after the two riders in front of her flatted on the final lap, while Emily Batty (Canada) took bronze in sprint finish.

The women's race was down to eight riders by the end of the start loop, with Canada's Catharine Pendrel setting the pace, followed by Langvad, Jolanda Neff (Switzerland), Katerina Nash (Czech Republic), Emily Batty (Canada), Sabine Spitz (Germany), Maja Wloszczowska (Poland) and Linda Indergand (Switzerland). Missing from the group was perennial favourite Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Norway), who went down in a crash at the start, breaking her handlebars and having to drop out. This group was quickly whittled down to Langvad, Pendrel, Wloszczowska and Nash, with Batty and Spitz dangling off the back.

Langvad then showed her climbing skills, riding everyone off her wheel on the next lap. Wloszczowska and Pendrel started the lap chasing together, but the Canadian had to back off the pace, leaving Wloszczowska alone in second. Spitz recovered to move into third, with Davison moving up to fourth by the third lap, followed by Batty and Pendrel.

Then disaster struck for both Spitz and Wloszczowska, who both flatted in the final lap, enabling Davison to move into the silver medal spot. Batty also passed Wloszczowska in the Tech Zone, but the Polish rider caught up to her in the final 400 metres, setting the stage for a dramatic sprint, with Batty winning the bronze medal by a bike throw at the line.

"I knew on this course you have to be at the front because there are so many places you can't overtake," explained Langvad. "This year I feel so good. I arrived [at the Worlds] with lots of confidence and I kept everything together. I knew I didn't have to overdo things, because I knew I was strong. When you're at the front you can ride your own race and you can also make a few mistakes, because nobody rides this race on this course without making a few mistakes."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annika Langvad (Denmark)1:30:13
2Lea Davison (United States of America)0:01:12
3Emily Batty (Canada)0:01:44
4Maja Wloszczowska (Poland)
5Catharine Pendrel (Canada)0:02:53
6Irina Kalentyeva (Russian Federation)0:03:22
7Katerina Nash (Czech Republic)0:03:37
8Jolanda Neff (Switzerland)0:03:59
9Sabine Spitz (Germany)0:04:07
10Linda Indergand (Switzerland)0:04:53
11Erin Huck (United States of America)0:05:14
12Kathrin Stirnemann (Switzerland)0:05:20
13Daniela Campuzano (Mexico)0:05:44
14Chloe Woodruff (United States of America)0:06:16
15Georgia Gould (United States of America)0:06:19
16Pauline Ferrand Prevot (France)0:06:55
17Corina Gantenbein (Switzerland)0:06:56
18Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Poland)0:07:06
19Adelheid Morath (Germany)0:07:33
20Karla Stepanova (Czech Republic)0:08:27
21Peta Mullens (Australia)0:08:33
22Tanja Zakelj (Slovenia)0:08:45
23Raiza Goulao-Henrique (Brazil)0:09:44
24Barbara Benko (Hungary)0:10:09
25Elisabeth Osl (Austria)0:10:32
26Janka Keseg Stevkova (Slovakia)0:10:39
27Nataliia Krompets (Ukraine)0:10:54
28Esther Suss (Switzerland)0:11:15
29Sandra Walter (Canada)
30Mary McConneloug (United States of America)0:11:16
31Serena Calvetti (Italy)0:11:20
32Rose Grant (United States of America)
33Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mexico)0:11:47
34Eva Lechner (Italy)0:11:58
35Lisa Rabensteiner (Italy)0:12:31
36Cindy Montambault (Canada)0:12:47
37Iryna Popova (Ukraine)0:13:13
38Jovana Crnogorac (Serbia)0:13:20
39Agustina Maria Apaza (Argentina)0:14:05
40Rebecca Beaumont (Canada)0:14:12
41Larissa Connors (United States of America)0:15:18
42Haley Smith (Canada)
43Elisabeth Brandau (Germany)
44Jitka Skarnitzlova (Czech Republic)
45Githa Michiels (Belgium)
46Ping Yao (People's Republic of China)
47Lisa Mitterbauer (Austria)
48Rebecca Henderson (Australia)
49Michelle Vorster (Namibia)
50Noga Korem (Israel)
51Fabienne Schaus (Luxembourg)
52Rocio Martin Rodriguez (Spain)
53Mio Suemasa (Japan)
54Kateryna Naberezhna (Ukraine)
55Viviane Favery Costa (Brazil)
DNFAnna Oberparleiter (Italy)
DNFTereza Nemcova (Czech Republic)
DNFAnne Terpstra (Netherlands)
DNFHelen Grobert (Germany)
DNFYana Belomoina (Ukraine)
DNFGunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Norway)
DNSAlexandra Engen (Sweden)

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