Ferrand-Prévot wins Windham World Cup

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

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#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)Row 33 - Cell 2
35Katrin Leumann (Sui) Ghost Factory Racing0:12:11
36Cindy Montambault (Can)0:12:38
37Alice Pirard (Bel) Merida-Wallonie Mountain Bike TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Anna Oberparleiter (Ita) Italian National Team0:13:03
39Peta Mullens (Aus)-1Lap
40Kate Fluker (NZl)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Lesley Paterson (GBr)Row 40 - Cell 2
42Agustina Maria Apaza (Arg)Row 41 - Cell 2
43Michelle Hediger (Sui) Giant Swiss TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Rebecca Beaumont (Can)-2Laps
45Elyse Nieuwold (Can)Row 44 - Cell 2
46Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) Norway National TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Crystal Anthony (USA)Row 46 - Cell 2
48Kim Hurst (NZl) New Zealand National Team-3Laps
49Noelia Rodriguez (Arg) Argentinian National TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
DNFRebecca Henderson (Aus) Trek Factory RacingRow 49 - Cell 2
DNFJovana Crnogorac (Srb) Salcano CappadociaRow 50 - Cell 2
DNFNathalie Schneitter (Sui) Rose Vaujany Fueled By UltrasportsRow 51 - Cell 2
DNSSandra Walter (Can)Row 52 - Cell 2
DNSElisa Otter (USA) US National TeamRow 53 - Cell 2


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