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Neff wins in Mont Sainte-Anne, extends World Cup lead

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Jolanda Neff (Kross Racing Team)

Jolanda Neff (Kross Racing Team) (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Annika Langvad (Den) Specialized Racing

Annika Langvad (Den) Specialized Racing (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing XC

Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing XC (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Catharine Pendrel (Can) Clif Pro Team

Catharine Pendrel (Can) Clif Pro Team (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Anne Tauber (Ned) CST Sandd American Eagle MTB Racing

Anne Tauber (Ned) CST Sandd American Eagle MTB Racing (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Yana Belomoina (Ukr) CST Sandd American Eagle MTB Racing

Yana Belomoina (Ukr) CST Sandd American Eagle MTB Racing (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Erin Huck (USA)

Erin Huck (USA) (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing XC gets some track side coaching from husband Adam Morka

Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing XC gets some track side coaching from husband Adam Morka (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Kate Courtney (USA) Specialized Racing

Kate Courtney (USA) Specialized Racing (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing XC

Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing XC (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Kate Courtney (USA) Specialized Racing

Kate Courtney (USA) Specialized Racing (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing XC

Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing XC (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Start of the women's race in front of a large crowd

Start of the women's race in front of a large crowd (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Barbara Benko (Hun) Ghost Factory Racing leading on start loop

Barbara Benko (Hun) Ghost Factory Racing leading on start loop (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Haley Smith (Can) Norco Factory Team XC

Haley Smith (Can) Norco Factory Team XC (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior/Devinci Factory Racing and Annika Langvad (Den) Specialized Racing

Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior/Devinci Factory Racing and Annika Langvad (Den) Specialized Racing (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Katerina Nash (Cze) Clif Pro Team and Alessandra Keller (Sui) Thomus-RN Racing Team

Katerina Nash (Cze) Clif Pro Team and Alessandra Keller (Sui) Thomus-RN Racing Team (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Emily Batty, a crowd favourite

Emily Batty, a crowd favourite (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Jolanda Neff (Kross Racing Team) wins

Jolanda Neff (Kross Racing Team) wins (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Local favourite Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing XC) finishes third

Local favourite Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing XC) finishes third (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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(L-R) Yana Belomoina, Annika Langvad, Jolanda Neff, Emily Batty, Anne Tauber

(L-R) Yana Belomoina, Annika Langvad, Jolanda Neff, Emily Batty, Anne Tauber (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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World Cup leader Jolanda Neff (Kross Racing Team)

World Cup leader Jolanda Neff (Kross Racing Team) (Image credit: Rob Jones)

Jolanda Neff (Kross Racing) took her second World Cup win of the season on Sunday at Mont Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Round 6 of the UCI Mountain Bike XCO World Cup. With her win, Neff solidified her lead in the overall standings with one race remaining. Annika Langvad (Specialized) came in almost two minutes behind Neff to take second with Emily Batty (Trek Factory) a few seconds behind her to complete the podium. 

Mont-Ste-Anne is a classic venue, with riders facing roots, rocks, steep climbs, rough descents and, in this edition, punishing heat. It has been around since the start of the World Cup in 1991, and is considered one of the most prestigious to win. After a one kilometre start loop, riders raced six laps of the 4.1-kilometre circuit.

Neff took an early lead and never looked back, increasing her time gap every lap and setting the fastest lap splits for every lap but one. It was her third win at Mont-Ste-Anne, tying her with Canada's Marie-Helene Premont, and one win behind Canadian rider Catharine Pendrel (Clif Pro Team).

Behind, Specialized teammates Langvad and Kate Courtney rode together for the first three laps before Langvad dropped her American teammate. Canadian champion Batty caught and dropped Courtney on Lap 5, and the fading American champion eventually dropped to sixth. Batty was slowly reeling Langvad in, but ran out of laps.

"I've been dreaming of this win for a long time," said Neff. "This is my 11th [World Cup] win. I was so close earlier this year in Nove Mesto, Val di Sole and Vallnord, and I've been working so hard for this. Today was so hard; on the third lap I felt like I was stunned because it was so hot. I had to keep telling myself to slow down because the heat was so extreme. The last three laps were just about managing my speed to keep a gap."

In the overall standings, Neff now has 1,600 points, followed by Langvad at 1,458. Maja Wloszczowska (Kross Racing) remains in third at 1,077, but Batty jumps from eighth to fourth, only seven points behind Wloszczowska.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jolanda Neff (Swi)1:29:27
2Annika Langvad (Den)0:01:52
3Emily Batty (Can)0:02:06
4Yana Belomoina (Ukr)0:02:59
5Anne Tauber (Ned)0:04:00
6Kate Courtney (USA)0:04:01
7Alessandra Keller (Swi)0:05:00
8Haley Smith (Can)0:05:10
9Maja Wloszczowska (Pol)0:05:51
10Linda Indergand (Swi)0:07:03
11Lea Davison (USA)0:07:19
12Tanja Žakelj (Slo)0:07:54
13Erin Huck (USA)0:08:23
14Katerina Nash (Cze)0:08:54
15Irina Kalentyeva (Rus)0:09:20
16Catharine Pendrel (Can)0:09:47
17Daniela Campuzano Chavez Peon (Mex)0:11:15
18Karla Štepánová (Cze)0:11:39
19Ellen Noble (USA)0:12:39
20Sofia Gomez Villafane (Arg)0:12:54
21Annie Last (GBr)0:13:12
22Jaqueline Mourao (Bra)0:13:37
23Jovana Crnogorac (Srb)0:14:34
24Cindy Montambault (Can)
25Elisabeth Osl (Aut)
26Elyse Nieuwold (Can)
27Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)
28Jitka Škarnitzlová (Cze)
29Agustina Maria Apaza (Arg)
30Hannah Finchamp (USA)
31Rebecca Beaumont (Can)
32Alexis Skarda (USA)
33Holly Harris (Aus)
34Sarah Claudie Dostie Menard (Can)
DNFJenn Jackson (Can)
DNFKaysee Armstrong (USA)
DNFBarbara Benkó (Hun)
DNFCatherine Fleury (Can)
DNFSandra Walter (Can)
DNFEvelyn Dong (USA)
DNFHeather Gray (Can)

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