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August 2/09 11:08 am - Bromont World Cup: Women's XC UPDATES

Posted by Editoress on 08/2/09

The women are just getting called up, and will start in 5 min. The wind has picked up a bit and there is a bit more cloud cover than earlier.  Temperature is ~ 22 and very humid.


Women will do 5 laps


Lap 1


They are off and Katrin Leumann gets the holeshot.  Margarita Fullana (Massi )sitting ~ 4th with Marie-Helene Premont (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles ) and Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team ) right behind her. Katherine Compton crashed just after the start (in the feedzone)


Up over the top of the climb it is Fullana, followed by Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon Racing Team ) and Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team )


At the end of lap 1 it is Willow Koerber (Subaru-Gary Fisher ) leading with 15 seconds on Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team ), Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon Racing Team ).  At another 12 seconds is  Margarita Fullana (Massi ).  Mary Mcconneloug (Kenda Seven NoTubes) is just behind.  Lene Byberg (Specialized Factory Racing ) 6th, Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost Pro Team ) 7th, Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team ) 8th, Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Gary Fisher ) 9th, Cécile Rode Ravanel (Lapierre International ) 10th

Marie-Helene Premont (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles ) is 13th 1:40 back.  Emily Batty 15th 1:55


Lap 2


Down the descent it is Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team ) leading with Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon Racing Team ) cahsing at a few seconds back,  Marga Fullana is climbing well, but having difficulty in the technical sections and is losing time on the leaders


At the 3/4 way through the lap,  Kalentieva has moved to the front with Pendrel in 2nd.  Willow Koerber (Subaru-Gary Fisher ) in 3rd spot with Lene Byberg (Specialized Factory Racing ) moving up


At the end of the lap it is Kalentieva with Pendrel at 3 seconds.  Byberg at 9 seconds and Koerber at 13 sec.  Mcconneloug 5th, Osl 6th


And it has just started to drizzle


Up the climb it is Kalentieva, Pendrel and Byberg.  McConneloug at 35 sec, Koerber at 45 sec, Osl at 1:05, Katie Compton at 1:35, Gould at 1:40, Cécile Rode Ravanel (Lapierre International ) at 1:50, then Nash in 10th and Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Gary Fisher ) 11th  . Batty now 14th


Premont seems to be having some difficulties breathing, and is over 6 min back in 20th


At the end of the lap, Byberg has attacked and dropped Kalentieva and Pendrel


Lap 3


Byberg is riding very well through the technical sections in the last 1/3 f the course.  Kalentieva is struggling


At the end of the lap it is Byberg, Kalentieva at 1 second, Pendrel at 40 seconds.  McConneloug 4th at 1:19, Koerber 5th at  1:20, Osl 6th at 1:56, Compton 7th, Gould 8th, Nash 10th at nearly 4 min.  Batty is 14th, Premont 15th at 7 min back, Amanda Sin is 16th


Lap 4


The rain is really starting to come down now


Over the top of the climb and Byberg has dropped Kalentieva by a good gap.


Tereza Hurikova  (Ceska Sporitelna Mtb ) has crashed and is bleeding from her knee


Lap 5


As the set out for the final lap,  Byberg's lead is 52 seconds on Kalentieva.  Pendrel at 1:57, McConneloug 4th at 2:27 seconds behind Pendrel.  Koerber 6th at 2:42, Osl at 2:52, Kompton at 2:59. Premont 13th,  Batty 15th,  Sin 16th


Fullana has dropped out


It has been announced that the men will now do 6 laps (instead of 7) because of the rain


Byber has just claimed her first ever win of a World Cup


Final (Unofficial)

1 Lene Byberg (Specialized Factory Racing), 1:45:58

2 Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon Racing Team ) at 2:35

3 Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team ), 3:13

4 Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost Pro Team ), 3:31

5 Mary Mcconneloug (Kenda Seven NoTubes), 3:50

6 Katherine Compton (USA) , 4:08

7 Willow Koerber (Subaru-Gary Fisher), 4:41

8 Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team), 5:46



Unofficially Lene Byberg will take over the lead in teh World Cup







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