Dahle-Flesjå wins World Cup in Lenzerheide

Swiss hopes of victory on home soil were dashed on Sunday, at Round 3 of the Cross-country series of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano in Lenzerheide, when Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida) won a record 29th World Cup. Jolanda Neff (Stoeckli) continues to lead the women's overall standings, tied on points with Dahle Flesjaa.

The hot weather that has blanketed Lenzerheide all week continued for the cross-country, surpassing 30 degrees Celsius and making for dry, dusty conditions. Combined with the 1500 metre altitude and the technical track, riders faced some of the toughest conditions of the season.

Neff, who uses Lenzerheide as a training base, was the favourite for the women after two consecutive wins in the opening rounds, and she did not disappoint the thousands of Swiss fans, by attacking on the first climb and opening a gap on newly crowned Marathon world champion Dahle Flesjaa and world champion Catharine Pendrel (Luna).

However, within half a lap the two chasers had caught and dropped her, with Neff dropping back out of the top-10 and clearly struggling with the conditions. The European Games champion admitted afterwards that she may have gone out too hard and paid the price.

At the front, Dahle Flesjaa and Pendrel rode together until the fourth lap of the six lap race, when Pendrel slid out in a loose corner, enabling the Norwegian to open a gap. Dahle Flesjaa rode away to win her 29th World Cup; a record number for women and moving her ahead of American star of the 1990's Juliana Furtado.

Behind, Pendrel never seemed to regain her rhythm after her slip and was eventually overtaken for second by American champion Lea Davison (Specialized). Neff managed to recover to take fourth behind Pendrel.

"This win means a lot," revealed Dahle Flesjaa. "I dedicate this 29th victory to my coach, my best friend and my husband, Kenneth. Today we both had an amazing day, we knew I was in good shape after a tough week recovering from the [Marathon] Worlds. This is just an unbelievable day for both of us."

"Normally, I'm not too much affected by the heat and I tried to drink as much as possible, but today it was not so much my legs as my lungs that had the pain. So I had to watch my pace and not overdo it, because the legs wanted more then the head and the lungs could give."

Neff and Dahle Flesjaa are tied atop the overall standings with 650 points each, but Neff retains the jersey by virtue of more wins. Pendrel remains in third with 470 points, followed by Davison, who jumps to fourth from eighth with 420 points.

Full results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team1:32:15
2Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing0:01:00
3Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team0:01:36
4Jolanda Neff (Swi) Stoeckli Pro Team0:02:05
5Irina Kalentyeva (Rus) Moebel Maerki MTB Pro Team0:02:12
6Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Kross Racing Team0:02:41
7Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing0:02:59
8Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol0:03:32
9Annika Langvad (Den) Specialized Racing0:03:44
10Annie Last (GBr)0:04:19
11Yana Belomoina (Ukr) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team0:04:40
12Sabine Spitz (Ger)0:05:09
13Anne Terpstra (Ned) Habitat Mountainbiketeam0:05:20
14Lisa Mitterbauer (Aut) Habitat Mountainbiketeam0:05:52
15Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Rose Vaujany Fueled By Ultrasports0:06:05
16Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Habitat Mountainbiketeam0:07:01
17Chloe Woodruff (USA)0:07:19
18Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team0:08:01
19Kate Fluker (NZl)0:08:30
20Helen Grobert (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing0:08:43
21Linda Indergand (Swi) Focus XC Team0:09:00
22Ariane Kleinhans (Swi)0:09:01
23Esther Suss (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Githa Michiels (Bel) Versluys Team0:09:12
25Mary Mcconneloug (USA)0:09:25
26Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing0:09:50
27Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team0:10:05
28Karla Stepanova (Cze)0:10:15
29Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing0:10:29
30Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing0:10:51
31Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)0:11:13
32Sabrina Enaux (Fra)0:11:37
33Adelheid Morath (Ger) BH-Sr Suntour-KMC0:12:12
34Laura Metzler (Fra) Btwin MTB Racing TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Marine Groccia (Swi)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Cherie Vale (RSA) Novus Omx Pro TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Alice Pirard (Bel) Merida-Wallonie Mountain Bike TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Superior MTB TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Rocio Martin Rodriguez (Spa)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus XC TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Nina Wrobel (Ger)Row 40 - Cell 2
42Nadine Rieder (Ger)Row 41 - Cell 2
43Anna Villar Argente (Spa)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Peta Mullens (Aus)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Hanna Klein (Ger) BH-Sr Suntour-KMCRow 44 - Cell 2
46Florence Darbellay (Swi)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Marta Pastore (Ita) Team Piemonte FciRow 46 - Cell 2
48Aurelia Perry (Fra)Row 47 - Cell 2
49Michelle Hediger (Swi) Giant Swiss TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Lucia Vazquez Crespo (Spa)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Kerry Macphee (GBr)Row 50 - Cell 2
52Fabienne Schaus (Lux)Row 51 - Cell 2
53Nicky Healy (GBr)Row 52 - Cell 2
54Samara Sheppard (NZl)Row 53 - Cell 2
55Sarah Riley (Aus)Row 54 - Cell 2
56Eliza Kwan (Aus)Row 55 - Cell 2
57Ekateryna Anoshina (Rus) RusveloRow 56 - Cell 2
DNFJitka Skarnitzlova (Cze)Row 57 - Cell 2
DNFKathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Haibike Oetztal Pro TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
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World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jolanda Neff (Swi) Stoeckli Pro Team650pts
2Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team650Row 1 - Cell 3
3Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team470Row 2 - Cell 3
4Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing420Row 3 - Cell 3
5Irina Kalentyeva (Rus) Moebel Maerki MTB Pro Team390Row 4 - Cell 3
6Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Kross Racing Team365Row 5 - Cell 3
7Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing355Row 6 - Cell 3
8Annika Langvad (Den) Specialized Racing318Row 7 - Cell 3
9Helen Grobert (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing296Row 8 - Cell 3
10Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing274Row 9 - Cell 3
11Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol254Row 10 - Cell 3
12Sabine Spitz (Ger)245Row 11 - Cell 3
13Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Habitat Mountainbiketeam237Row 12 - Cell 3
14Linda Indergand (Swi) Focus XC Team234Row 13 - Cell 3
15Annie Last (GBr)233Row 14 - Cell 3
16Esther Suss (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team221Row 15 - Cell 3
17Yana Belomoina (Ukr) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team220Row 16 - Cell 3
18Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team202Row 17 - Cell 3
19Githa Michiels (Bel) Versluys Team196Row 18 - Cell 3
20Anne Terpstra (Ned) Habitat Mountainbiketeam190Row 19 - Cell 3
21Chloe Woodruff (USA)178Row 20 - Cell 3
22Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Rose Vaujany Fueled By Ultrasports174Row 21 - Cell 3
23Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Raboliv160Row 22 - Cell 3
24Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus XC Team160Row 23 - Cell 3
25Adelheid Morath (Ger) BH-Sr Suntour-KMC138Row 24 - Cell 3
26Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team134Row 25 - Cell 3
27Kate Fluker (NZl)134Row 26 - Cell 3
28Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team133Row 27 - Cell 3
29Karla Stepanova (Cze)117Row 28 - Cell 3
30Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing116Row 29 - Cell 3
31Peta Mullens (Aus)114Row 30 - Cell 3
32Marine Groccia (Swi)110Row 31 - Cell 3
33Alice Pirard (Bel) Merida-Wallonie Mountain Bike Team105Row 32 - Cell 3
34Erin Huck (USA) Scott-3Rox Racing104Row 33 - Cell 3
35Mary Mcconneloug (USA)95Row 34 - Cell 3
36Lisa Mitterbauer (Aut) Habitat Mountainbiketeam90Row 35 - Cell 3
37Sabrina Enaux (Fra)89Row 36 - Cell 3
38Hanna Klein (Ger) BH-Sr Suntour-KMC87Row 37 - Cell 3
39Nina Wrobel (Ger)85Row 38 - Cell 3
40Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing82Row 39 - Cell 3
41Isabella Moreira Lacerda (Bra)77Row 40 - Cell 3
42Ekateryna Anoshina (Rus) Rusvelo77Row 41 - Cell 3
43Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)75Row 42 - Cell 3
44Jovana Crnogorac (Srb) Salcano Cappadocia70Row 43 - Cell 3
45Raiza Goulao-Henrique (Bra)66Row 44 - Cell 3
46Anna Oberparleiter (Ita)65Row 45 - Cell 3
47Ariane Kleinhans (Swi)62Row 46 - Cell 3
48Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team61Row 47 - Cell 3
49Laura Metzler (Fra) Btwin MTB Racing Team60Row 48 - Cell 3
50Chengyuan Ren (Chn) China Jiangsu Zgl MTB Team58Row 49 - Cell 3
51Janka Keseg Stevkova (Svk)58Row 50 - Cell 3
52Sandra Walter (Can)52Row 51 - Cell 3
53Anna Villar Argente (Spa)49Row 52 - Cell 3
54Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol)48Row 53 - Cell 3
55Jitka Skarnitzlova (Cze)45Row 54 - Cell 3
56Cherie Vale (RSA) Novus Omx Pro Team43Row 55 - Cell 3
57Rocio Martin Rodriguez (Spa)43Row 56 - Cell 3
58Agustina Maria Apaza (Arg)43Row 57 - Cell 3
59Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Superior MTB Team40Row 58 - Cell 3
60Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing38Row 59 - Cell 3
61Nadine Rieder (Ger)35Row 60 - Cell 3
62Aurelia Perry (Fra)33Row 61 - Cell 3
63Serena Calvetti (Ita)32Row 62 - Cell 3
64Florence Darbellay (Swi)32Row 63 - Cell 3
65Hielke Elferink (Ned)29Row 64 - Cell 3
66Paula Gorycka (Pol) 4F-Scott Racing Team26Row 65 - Cell 3
67Cindy Montambault (Can)26Row 66 - Cell 3
68Marta Pastore (Ita) Team Piemonte Fci21Row 67 - Cell 3
69Pavlina Sulcova (Cze)21Row 68 - Cell 3
70Nataliia Krompets (Ukr) Isd MTB Team20Row 69 - Cell 3
71Michelle Hediger (Swi) Giant Swiss Team19Row 70 - Cell 3
72Lucia Vazquez Crespo (Spa)18Row 71 - Cell 3
73Kerry Macphee (GBr)17Row 72 - Cell 3
74Fabienne Schaus (Lux)16Row 73 - Cell 3
75Nicky Healy (GBr)15Row 74 - Cell 3
76Samara Sheppard (NZl)14Row 75 - Cell 3
77Sarah Riley (Aus)13Row 76 - Cell 3
78Eliza Kwan (Aus)12Row 77 - Cell 3
79Mariske Strauss (RSA) Novus Omx Pro Team12Row 78 - Cell 3
80Lucie Vesela (Cze) Gt Bikeplac Opportunity8Row 79 - Cell 3

 

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