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Neff takes third win of the season in Mont-Sainte-Anne

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World Cup leader Jolanda Neff (Stoeckli Pro Team)

World Cup leader Jolanda Neff (Stoeckli Pro Team) (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Start of womens race

Start of womens race (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team)

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing)

Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Rabo Liv)

Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Rabo Liv) (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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World MTB champ Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) being chased by World road champ Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Rabo Liv)

World MTB champ Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) being chased by World road champ Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Rabo Liv) (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Britains Annie Last took a big fall

Britains Annie Last took a big fall (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida Biking Team)

Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida Biking Team) (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing)

Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) (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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Rebecca Henderson (Trek Factory Racing)

Rebecca Henderson (Trek Factory Racing) (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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US National champ Chloe Woodruff

US National champ Chloe Woodruff (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) at the top of the Beatrice rock descent

Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) at the top of the Beatrice rock descent (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Riders make their way down Beatrice

Riders make their way down Beatrice (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Raboliv) returns to MTB after an absence

Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Raboliv) returns to MTB after an absence (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida Biking Team) leads out

Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida Biking Team) leads out (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Lea Davison's family came out to lend support

Lea Davison's family came out to lend support (Image credit: Tour of Japan)

Jolanda Neff (Stoeckli Pro Team) returned to the top step of the Mountain Bike World Cup podium on Sunday at Mont Ste Anne, Canada, for her third win of the season, extending her lead in the overall standings.

This year, Mont Ste Anne is celebrating its 25th anniversary, an impressive run that goes back to the very start of the World Cup in 1991. MSA has held a World Cup every year of the series except for the two occasions when it hosted the world championships in 1998 and 2010.

The cross-country at MSA is classic mountain biking, with steep climbs, rocks and roots. The XC racers were spared the rain that hit the Downhill event, but forested sections were still muddy and slippery.

Neff, the defending champion here, dropped the rest of the field less then halfway into the first lap, opening a gap of 34 seconds on Round 3 winner Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida) by the end of the lap. World champion Catharine Pendrel (Luna), after a slow start, caught up to Dahle Flesjaa on the second lap, and then headed off in pursuit of Neff on her own for the rest of the race.

Neff's lead was up to 1:25 by the end of the third lap, but Pendrel was aggressively chasing, her body rocking as she powered up the climbs, and posting the fastest times for the final three laps. It wasn't enough, with Neff simply too far in front, and the young Swiss rider across the line 34 seconds ahead of Pendrel. Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Raboliv), back to mountain biking after a long stint of road racing, took third after an impressive ride through the field from 31st on the start line, followed by Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) and Dahle Flesjaa.

"It was maybe the craziest race of my life," commented Neff, "because this morning when I got up I fainted, and I hit the floor with my head and I lost consciousness for a few seconds, and I wasn't sure if I would race today."

"I crashed every lap, which is not so normal for me. So it is unbelievable to win. I just wanted to win here. I love this track, I won here last year and I just really wanted to win, it's amazing. It is really cool I can keep the lead overall so I can wear this [leader's] jersey again, which I like a lot."

Neff now leads with 900 points, followed by Dahle Flesjaa at 790 and Pendrel at 670.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jolanda Neff (Swi)1:28:15
2Catharine Pendrel (Can)0:00:34
3Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra)0:01:09
4Emily Batty (Can)0:01:56
5Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor)0:02:22
6Lea Davison (USA)0:03:05
7Katerina Nash (Cze)0:03:18
8Irina Kalentyeva (Rus)0:03:53
9Tanja Zakelj (Slo)0:04:18
10Maja Wloszczowska (Pol)0:05:05
11Eva Lechner (Ita)0:05:38
12Helen Grobert (Ger)0:05:59
13Adelheid Morath (Ger)0:06:13
14Yana Belomoina (Ukr)0:07:37
15Anne Terpstra (Ned)0:07:48
16Daniela Campuzano (Mex)0:08:57
17Lisa Mitterbauer (Aut)0:09:37
18Elisabeth Osl (Aut)0:09:48
19Karla Stepanova (Cze)0:09:56
20Linda Indergand (Swi)0:10:09
21Githa Michiels (Bel)0:10:24
22Erin Huck (USA)0:10:31
23Corina Gantenbein (Swi)0:11:16
24Raiza Goulao-Henrique (Bra)0:11:24
25Georgia Gould (USA)0:11:45
26Sandra Walter (Can)0:12:06
27Annie Last (GBr)0:12:28
28Kate Fluker (NZl)0:12:52
29Nathalie Schneitter (Swi)0:13:19
30Anna Oberparleiter (Ita)0:13:23
31Hanna Klein (Ger)0:13:24
32Rose Grant (USA)0:13:25
33Rebecca Henderson (Aus)0:14:16
34Larissa Connors (USA)
35Mikaela Kofman (Can)
36Jovana Crnogorac (Srb)
37Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi)
38Peta Mullens (Aus)
39Chloe Woodruff (USA)
40Alice Pirard (Bel)
41Cindy Montambault (Can)
42Rebecca Beaumont (Can)
43Agustina Maria Apaza (Arg)
44Elisabeth Sveum (Nor)
45Michelle Hediger (Swi)
46Kim Hurst (NZl)
47Katrin Leumann (Swi)
48Noelia Rodriguez (Arg)
49Elyse Nieuwold (Can)
50Elisa Otter (USA)
DNFAnnika Langvad (Den)
DNFBlaza Klemencic (Slo)
DNSBarbara Benko (Hun)

 

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