Pendrel repeats victory in Mont-Sainte-Anne

Catharine Pendrel (Luna) won her second consecutive Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup on Saturday. She finished ahead of teammate Georgia Gould and local crowd favorite Marie-Helene Premont (Rocky Mountain).

Gould led for most of the race, but on the fourth of five laps, she started to cramp. Behind her, Pendrel steadily moved up throughout the race and overtook Gould on the final lap.

"I didn't have the pace early on, and I thought that lost me the race," said Pendrel. "But luckily for me, the pace made Georgia suffer, too, and I was able to reel her back in."

From the gun, Gould set a blistering pace. It had started raining due to a passing shower just prior to the women's start, and the course was freshly wetted and slick. Her early move wasn't so much deliberate as a strategic effort to stay out of trouble at the front.

"I didn't know what was going on behind me. I just tried to focus on riding smoothly and riding my own race," said Gould. "I went to the front - in that stuff, it's better to pick your own line than watch what somebody else is doing. Marie-Helen was with me for a little bit and then I got a gap, so I was surprised and I decided to go with it."

Gould has led other World Cups though never for as long a period of time or with as much of a gap as today. At one point she had 53 seconds on her nearest chaser.

It seemed like Gould had a real shot at winning her first World Cup, but that's not how it worked out.

"I was feeling good until the fourth lap. I was cramping. I was like 'uh oh', that's not good.' There are some many of the short punchy efforts with those bridges," said Gould. "There were places where it was faster for me to get off and run, but when I would do that, my legs were twinging up."

"I tried to ride my own race and focus on being as smooth as I could through the technical sections," said Gould. "I saved as much as I could for those bridges - I didn't want to have to get off and walk. Catharine was just stronger on the last few laps. It was disappointing to lead for so long and lose it in the last lap. But I'm happy my form was good. I didn't make any mistakes, I just wasn't fast enough."

Fueled by the raucous cheers of a local crowd, Premont initially led the charge behind Gould. On the third lap, Pendrel passed her and the world champion was appearing stronger lap by lap.

"I didn't have the pace early on and I thought that lost me the race," said Pendrel. "But luckily for me, the pace made Georgia suffer too and I was able to reel her back in."

"I realized I wasn't riding the course as well as I could early on. I was attacking the obvious sections, but not the unobvious sections. I knew that I had to find seconds where I could and that became my focus."

Nash looked fairly comfortable in fourth until the fourth lap when she suddenly lost about a minute and a half.

One of her cleats had become clogged and loosened, and she could not clip in. Asked about it afterward, she said, "It was a mystery. Stuff sometimes happens and you just deal with it. We're lucky to have these tech zones where you can get help. I went in and got help. I felt like a Formula one driver as I pulled in and out."

The time loss was enough to ensure Premont a third place finish after a tough week in which she was not selected for the Canadian Olympic team.

"It was a hard week emotionally. I knew my form was good and getting better and better. I didn't know if I could deal with the pressure psychologically, but it worked out," said Premont. "I'm happy with my third place."

"It was a very hard race today but a fun course, and I gave everything I had. I knew it would be difficult. I knew I was strong physically so I gave 100 percent. Until the end, I knew I could be on the podium if I stayed focused. It's good to be at home and have the crowd with me. Today was good for me after the week I had." Premont said she will shift her focus to the world championships in Austria in September.

Pendrel moved into the lead on the final lap, and a disappointed Gould toughed it out for second.

"I was just hanging on at the end. I'm glad I was able to hang onto second considering my state," said Gould. "I was crying on the inside on those last laps."

"I'm stoked she held on for second - that's great," said Pendrel.

Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida), who won the last World Cup in La Bresse, France, rode solidly in fifth place throughout the race and crossed the line for the final podium spot.

"It was tough. I had a hard day. I wasn't 100 percent recovered from Europeans two weeks ago. I caught a cold and the week at home was tough. I tried to do everything perfect, but that's how the situation was. Getting over here with the time change and fighting for top five was good, but I didn't have the legs to be in the front and fight for the top three. That was for sure."

She is hoping to recover this week and fight for the win in Windham next weekend.

There were a few big names missing from the women's race including Julie Bressett (BH-SR Suntour-Peissey Vallandry), Maja Wloszczowska (CCC Polkwice) and Eva Lechner (Colnago Sudtirol).

With Bresset absent, Pendrel took over the World Cup lead with 940 points. Bresset is second at 750. Dahle Flesjaa jumped up one spot to third with 678 points. Wloszczowska with 670 points fell to fourth from third while Nash stepped up one place to fifth with 659.

Full Results

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Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team1:41:40
2Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:00:23
3Marie-Helene Premont (Can)0:01:51
4Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:03:16
5Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:03:26
6Emily Batty (Can) Subaru - Trek0:03:35
7Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing0:03:52
8Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:05:12
9Annie Last* (GBr) Milka Brentjens Mtb Racing Team0:06:35
10Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:06:57
11Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry0:07:30
12Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:08:09
13Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Salcano Factory Team0:08:19
14Mary Mcconneloug (USA)0:08:24
15Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team0:09:00
16Sandra Walter (Can)0:09:09
17Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Roxracing0:09:46
18Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Specialized Solodet Vosges0:11:34
19Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:12:19
20Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice0:12:41
21Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru - Trek0:14:00
22Jean Ann Berkenpas (Can)0:14:35
23Anne Terpstra* (Ned)0:18:16
24Annika Langvad (Den) Team Fujibikes Rockets0:19:15
25Fanny Bourdon (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:21:09
-1lapBlaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
-1lapNoelia Rodriguez (Arg)Row 26 - Cell 2
-1lapLee Craigie (GBr)Row 27 - Cell 2
-1lapAleksandra Mooradian (Pol)Row 28 - Cell 2
-1lapMandy Dreyer (Can)Row 29 - Cell 2
-1lapAgustina Maria Apaza (Arg)Row 30 - Cell 2
-2lapsKatherine O'shea (Aus)Row 31 - Cell 2
-2lapsAdriana Rojas (CRc)Row 32 - Cell 2
-2lapsElisabeth Brandau (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
-2lapsMikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3RoxracingRow 34 - Cell 2
-2lapsErin Huck (USA)Row 35 - Cell 2
-2lapsSarah Kaufmann (USA)Row 36 - Cell 2
-2lapsMaxine Filby (GBr)Row 37 - Cell 2
-3lapsCaroline Villeneuve (Can)Row 38 - Cell 2
-4lapsKatherine Herrera (CRc)Row 39 - Cell 2
DNFCindy Montambault (Can)Row 40 - Cell 2
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Luna Pro Team105pts
2Ghost Factory Racing Team52Row 1 - Cell 3
3Subaru - Trek36Row 2 - Cell 3
4Multivan Merida Biking Team28Row 3 - Cell 3
5Specialized Racing24Row 4 - Cell 3
6Topeak Ergon Racing Team23Row 5 - Cell 3
7Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team22Row 6 - Cell 3
8BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry20Row 7 - Cell 3
9Salcano Factory Team18Row 8 - Cell 3
10Sabine Spitz Haibike Team16Row 9 - Cell 3
11Scott-3Roxracing14Row 10 - Cell 3
12Specialized Solodet Vosges13Row 11 - Cell 3
13CCC Polkowice11Row 12 - Cell 3
14Team Fujibikes Rockets7Row 13 - Cell 3
15GT Skoda Chamonix6Row 14 - Cell 3
16Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team5Row 15 - Cell 3
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Elite women individual World Cup standings after five rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Catharine Pendrel (Can)940pts
2Julie Bresset (Fra)750Row 1 - Cell 3
3Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor)678Row 2 - Cell 3
4Maja Wloszczowska (Pol)670Row 3 - Cell 3
5Katerina Nash (Cze)659Row 4 - Cell 3
6Emily Batty (Can)645Row 5 - Cell 3
7Georgia Gould (USA)593Row 6 - Cell 3
8Irina Kalentieva (Rus)535Row 7 - Cell 3
9Marie-Helene Premont (Can)466Row 8 - Cell 3
10Katrin Leumann (Swi)447Row 9 - Cell 3
11Annie Last* (GBr)442Row 10 - Cell 3
12Blaza Klemencic (Slo)402Row 11 - Cell 3
13Elisabeth Osl (Aut)398Row 12 - Cell 3
14Pauline* Ferrand Prevot (Fra)374Row 13 - Cell 3
15Lea Davison (USA)372Row 14 - Cell 3
16Sabine Spitz (Ger)349Row 15 - Cell 3
17Esther Süss (Swi)332Row 16 - Cell 3
18Sabrina Enaux (Fra)296Row 17 - Cell 3
19Eva Lechner (Ita)295Row 18 - Cell 3
20Tanja Zakelj (Slo)276Row 19 - Cell 3
21Alexandra Engen (Swe)267Row 20 - Cell 3
22Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra)266Row 21 - Cell 3
23Heather Irmiger (USA)243Row 22 - Cell 3
24Mary Mcconneloug (USA)235Row 23 - Cell 3
25Karen Hanlen (NZl)234Row 24 - Cell 3
26Adelheid Morath (Ger)230Row 25 - Cell 3
27Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi)209Row 26 - Cell 3
28Annika Langvad (Den)208Row 27 - Cell 3
29Nathalie Schneitter (Swi)207Row 28 - Cell 3
30Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)197Row 29 - Cell 3
31Amanda Sin (Can)196Row 30 - Cell 3
32Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol)196Row 31 - Cell 3
33Rosara Joseph (NZl)182Row 32 - Cell 3
34Tereza Hurikova (Cze)181Row 33 - Cell 3
35Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi)179Row 34 - Cell 3
36Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol)170Row 35 - Cell 3
37Julie Krasniak (Fra)155Row 36 - Cell 3
38Nataliya Krompets (Ukr)153Row 37 - Cell 3
39Anne Terpstra* (Ned)143Row 38 - Cell 3
40Lene Byberg (Nor)142Row 39 - Cell 3
41Vera Andreeva (Rus)126Row 40 - Cell 3
42Laura Turpijn (Ned)125Row 41 - Cell 3
43Anna Szafraniec (Pol)120Row 42 - Cell 3
44Cécile Ravanel (Fra)119Row 43 - Cell 3
45Janka Stevkova (Svk)118Row 44 - Cell 3
46Hanna Klein (Ger)118Row 45 - Cell 3
47Rie Katayama (Jpn)114Row 46 - Cell 3
48Jean Ann Berkenpas (Can)112Row 47 - Cell 3
49Elisabeth Sveum (Nor)111Row 48 - Cell 3
50Sarah Koba (Swi)110Row 49 - Cell 3
51Qinglan Shi (Chn)105Row 50 - Cell 3
52Fanny Bourdon (Fra)103Row 51 - Cell 3
53Silke Schmidt (Ger)103Row 52 - Cell 3
54Heidi Sandsto Rosaasen (Nor)93Row 53 - Cell 3
55Judy Freeman (USA)91Row 54 - Cell 3
56Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol)84Row 55 - Cell 3
57Laura Metzler (Fra)80Row 56 - Cell 3
58Sandra Walter (Can)74Row 57 - Cell 3
59Anja Gradl (Ger)70Row 58 - Cell 3
60Corina Gantenbein (Swi)63Row 59 - Cell 3
61Mikaela Kofman (Can)60Row 60 - Cell 3
62Katherine O'shea (Aus)54Row 61 - Cell 3
63Noelia Rodriguez (Arg)52Row 62 - Cell 3
64Katherine Compton (USA)51Row 63 - Cell 3
65Rowena Fry (Aus)51Row 64 - Cell 3
66Lee Craigie (GBr)50Row 65 - Cell 3
67Aleksandra Mooradian (Pol)48Row 66 - Cell 3
68Githa Michiels (Bel)47Row 67 - Cell 3
69Mandy Dreyer (Can)46Row 68 - Cell 3
70Agustina Maria Apaza (Arg)44Row 69 - Cell 3
71Adriana Rojas (CRc)40Row 70 - Cell 3
72Pavla Havlikova (Cze)38Row 71 - Cell 3
73Chloe Woodruff (USA)36Row 72 - Cell 3
74Samantha Sanders (RSA)36Row 73 - Cell 3
75Erin Huck (USA)34Row 74 - Cell 3
76Sarah Kaufmann (USA)32Row 75 - Cell 3
77Jenni King (Aus)31Row 76 - Cell 3
78Maxine Filby (GBr)30Row 77 - Cell 3
79Caroline Villeneuve (Can)29Row 78 - Cell 3
80Katherine Herrera (CRc)28Row 79 - Cell 3
81Caroline Mani (Fra)25Row 80 - Cell 3
82Anna Villar Argente (Spa)24Row 81 - Cell 3
83Ivonne Kraft (Ger)20Row 82 - Cell 3
84Nicoletta De Jager (Ned)15Row 83 - Cell 3
85Willow Rockwell (USA)14Row 84 - Cell 3
86Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe)13Row 85 - Cell 3
87Jodie Willett (Aus)13Row 86 - Cell 3
88Lucie Vesela (Cze)12Row 87 - Cell 3
89Pavlina Sulcova (Cze)10Row 88 - Cell 3
90Franziska Brun (Swi)9Row 89 - Cell 3
91Catherine Vipond (Can)9Row 90 - Cell 3
92Julia Colvin (RSA)9Row 91 - Cell 3
93Judith Pollinger (Ita)8Row 92 - Cell 3
94Jane Nussli (GBr)8Row 93 - Cell 3
95Melanie Palframan (RSA)8Row 94 - Cell 3
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Team World Cup standings after round 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Luna Pro Team401pts
2Ghost Factory Racing Team216Row 1 - Cell 3
3CCC Polkowice187Row 2 - Cell 3
4BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry175Row 3 - Cell 3
5Subaru - Trek155Row 4 - Cell 3
6Multivan Merida Biking Team126Row 5 - Cell 3
7Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team116Row 6 - Cell 3
8Rabobank Giant Offroad Team105Row 7 - Cell 3
9Topeak Ergon Racing Team105Row 8 - Cell 3
10Sabine Spitz Haibike Team101Row 9 - Cell 3
11Colnago Sudtirol91Row 10 - Cell 3
12Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team89Row 11 - Cell 3
13Specialized Racing68Row 12 - Cell 3
14Wheeler - Ixs Team55Row 13 - Cell 3
15Salcano Factory Team40Row 14 - Cell 3
16Team Fujibikes Rockets38Row 15 - Cell 3
17Specialized Solodet Vosges38Row 16 - Cell 3
18ISD MTB Team31Row 17 - Cell 3
19Bikepark.Ch Craft28Row 18 - Cell 3
20GT Skoda Chamonix24Row 19 - Cell 3
21Notebooksbilliger.De Team22Row 20 - Cell 3
22Scott-3Roxracing15Row 21 - Cell 3
23Focus MIG Team7Row 22 - Cell 3
24Team Bulls6Row 23 - Cell 3
25Team Crampfix Nakamura2Row 24 - Cell 3

 

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