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Ferrand-Prévot wins Windham World Cup

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Pauline Ferrand Prevot (RaboLiv) wins Windham World Cup

Pauline Ferrand Prevot (RaboLiv) wins Windham World Cup (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Raboliv) rides to victory with an 88-second cushion

Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Raboliv) rides to victory with an 88-second cushion (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Lea Davison (Specialized) trying to chase down third place with one lap to go

Lea Davison (Specialized) trying to chase down third place with one lap to go (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Jolanda Neff (Stoeckli Pro Team) crossing the last bridge on the course with one lap to go

Jolanda Neff (Stoeckli Pro Team) crossing the last bridge on the course with one lap to go (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Lea Davison (Specialized) fans were out in force today

Lea Davison (Specialized) fans were out in force today (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Raboliv) warming up on her trainer before the event

Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Raboliv) warming up on her trainer before the event (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Lea Davison (Specialized) warming up at the start in her ice vest

Lea Davison (Specialized) warming up at the start in her ice vest (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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World Champion Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) is one of the favorites today

World Champion Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) is one of the favorites today (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida) started with the number two plate

Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida) started with the number two plate (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Riders work their way up the mountain during the short start loop

Riders work their way up the mountain during the short start loop (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida) leads the women’s field during the start loop climb

Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida) leads the women’s field during the start loop climb (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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USA Champion Chloe Woodruff (NoTubes Niner) on lap one

USA Champion Chloe Woodruff (NoTubes Niner) on lap one (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Maja Wloszczowska (Kross Racing Team) riding the top ten on lap two

Maja Wloszczowska (Kross Racing Team) riding the top ten on lap two (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Jolanda Neff (Stoeckli Pro Team) was riding in eighth place on lap two

Jolanda Neff (Stoeckli Pro Team) was riding in eighth place on lap two (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) descending one of the flyovers on lap two

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) descending one of the flyovers on lap two (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Erin Huck (Scott 3Rox Racing) was racing just outside the top ten on lap two

Erin Huck (Scott 3Rox Racing) was racing just outside the top ten on lap two (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Katrin Leumann (Ghost Factory Racing) on a short climb during lap three

Katrin Leumann (Ghost Factory Racing) on a short climb during lap three (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Raboliv) descending through a big rock garden on lap three

Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Raboliv) descending through a big rock garden on lap three (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Specialized team-mates Annika Langvad and Lea Davison could be seen together throughout the race

Specialized team-mates Annika Langvad and Lea Davison could be seen together throughout the race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida) riding in fifth place through the rocks

Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida) riding in fifth place through the rocks (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Adelheid Morath (BH-SR Suntour) making a run through the rock garden

Adelheid Morath (BH-SR Suntour) making a run through the rock garden (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) started strongly but found that it was not her day

Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) started strongly but found that it was not her day (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Rose Grant (Stan’s NoTubes) was putting in a strong performance

Rose Grant (Stan’s NoTubes) was putting in a strong performance (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) showing the effects of dust on the course

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) showing the effects of dust on the course (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Annika Langvad (Specialized) riding to a bronze medal

Annika Langvad (Specialized) riding to a bronze medal (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida) slipped back a few spots but still finished 7th.

Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida) slipped back a few spots but still finished 7th. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Lea Davison (Specialized) seemed to ride stronger as the race progressed

Lea Davison (Specialized) seemed to ride stronger as the race progressed (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Adelheid Morath (BH-SR Suntour) riding to a top five finish with one lap to go

Adelheid Morath (BH-SR Suntour) riding to a top five finish with one lap to go (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Raboliv) was all smiles at the finish

Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Raboliv) was all smiles at the finish (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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World Cup leader Jolanda Neff (Stoeckli Pro Team) finishing second at the Windham World Cup

World Cup leader Jolanda Neff (Stoeckli Pro Team) finishing second at the Windham World Cup (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Windham World Cup podium: Podium: Lea Davison, Jolanda Neff, Pauline Ferrand Prevot, Annika Langvad, Adelheid Morath

Windham World Cup podium: Podium: Lea Davison, Jolanda Neff, Pauline Ferrand Prevot, Annika Langvad, Adelheid Morath (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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World Cup leader Jolanda Neff

World Cup leader Jolanda Neff (Image credit: Tour of Japan)

Road world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Raboliv) returned to mountain biking last weekend with a third place at the Mont Ste Anne World Cup, and followed that up this week with a win at the penultimate round in Windham, New York, on Sunday.

The Windham course is 'old school' with a long grueling climb followed by a fast, technical descent. The very dry conditions meant that riders rode in a cloud of dust, and corners were loose and slippery.

The odds-on favourite was World Cup leader Jolanda Neff (Stoeckli Pro Team), with three wins in four races, however, Neff had not trained all week after fainting and hitting her head, and so she started uncharacteristically slowly, allowing Ferrand-Prevot to take the lead.

World champion Catharine Pendrel (Luna), the defending champion at Windham, chased Ferrand-Prevot for a lap, before succumbing to the pace and drifting backwards out of contention.

Neff then began to move up, joining Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida), Annika Langvad (Specialized) and Lea Davison (Specialized) in the chase. Neff dropped the rest on the fifth of six laps to roll in second and pad her lead in the standings. Langvad just beat team mate Davison for third, with Tanja Zakelj (Unior Tools) taking fifth.

"I am really happy, of course," said Ferrand-Prevot. "Last week I felt really good on the uphill and sometimes in the descent. Today I wanted to take a good start and to fight to be the first if possible on the uphill and to relax a bit on the downhill. It worked, so it was perfect."

"It is a good course for me, but I didn't think Catharine Pendrel would be dropped, and when I was alone I said, 'OK I just have to go full gas and don't turn back'."

Neff commented, "It was a really tough race, I think I was really far back in the beginning, like out of top 10 or top 15, really far back. I really fought hard until the finish. I'm so happy to take second place."

"I think today was very important [for the overall]. I didn't feel so good and I really fought hard for the overall. I think second place was the maximum I could do today, Pauline rode really strong."

With one round remaining, Neff now has 1100 points, with Dahle Flesjaa a distant 190 points behind and Pendrel just holding onto third at 726 points, 26 ahead of Davison.

 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv1:33:25
2Jolanda Neff (Sui) Stoeckli Pro Team0:01:28
3Annika Langvad (Den) Specialized Racing0:02:09
4Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing0:02:12
5Adelheid Morath (Ger) BH-SR Suntour-KMC0:02:41
6Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team0:02:58
7Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:03:17
8Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Kross Racing Team0:03:49
9Yana Belomoina (Ukr) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team0:04:12
10Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Habitat Mountainbiketeam0:04:28
11Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol0:04:47
12Erin Huck (USA) Scott-3Rox Racing0:04:52
13Annie Last (GBr)0:05:01
14Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing0:05:30
15Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:05:52
16Helen Grobert (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing0:06:10
17Daniela Campuzano (Mex) Mexican National Team0:06:50
18Irina Kalentyeva (Rus) Moebel Maerki MTB Pro Team0:07:16
19Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:07:28
20Corina Gantenbein (Sui) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team0:07:37
21Anne Terpstra (Ned) Habitat Mountainbiketeam0:08:12
22Isabella Moreira Lacerda (Bra) Brazilian National Team0:08:18
23Lisa Mitterbauer (Aut) Habitat Mountainbiketeam0:08:20
24Chloe Woodruff (USA)0:08:31
25Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team0:08:38
26Rose Grant (USA)0:08:42
27Linda Indergand (Sui) Focus XC Team0:09:34
28Karla Stepanova (Cze)0:10:02
29Githa Michiels (Bel) Versluys Team0:10:07
30Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing0:10:18
31Hanna Klein (Ger) BH-SR Suntour-KMC0:10:49
32Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing0:11:11
33Raiza Goulao-Henrique (Bra)0:11:36
34Larissa Connors (USA)
35Katrin Leumann (Sui) Ghost Factory Racing0:12:11
36Cindy Montambault (Can)0:12:38
37Alice Pirard (Bel) Merida-Wallonie Mountain Bike Team
38Anna Oberparleiter (Ita) Italian National Team0:13:03
39Peta Mullens (Aus)-1Lap
40Kate Fluker (NZl)
41Lesley Paterson (GBr)
42Agustina Maria Apaza (Arg)
43Michelle Hediger (Sui) Giant Swiss Team
44Rebecca Beaumont (Can)-2Laps
45Elyse Nieuwold (Can)
46Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) Norway National Team
47Crystal Anthony (USA)
48Kim Hurst (NZl) New Zealand National Team-3Laps
49Noelia Rodriguez (Arg) Argentinian National Team
DNFRebecca Henderson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing
DNFJovana Crnogorac (Srb) Salcano Cappadocia
DNFNathalie Schneitter (Sui) Rose Vaujany Fueled By Ultrasports
DNSSandra Walter (Can)
DNSElisa Otter (USA) US National Team

 

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