Catharine Pendrel queen of mountain biking
Mon, 02 Jul 2012 11:08a.m.
Catharine Pendrel won the World Cup cross-country event in Windham, USA on to seal the overall title.
Burry Stander won the elite men's race and closed to within 12 points of overall standings Nino Schurter - who sat out the event - with one round left in the season.
It was the penultimate World Cup cross-country event of the season.
First up, the elite women's race.
Home favourite Georgia Gould took an early lead which she hoped to cling on to this time around.
The American led for most of the previous race in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada before suffering cramp in the final lap and conceding victory to Catharine Pendrel.
Canadian Pendrel gave chase, alongside Luna Pro team-mate Katerina Nash of the Czech Republic, and for a second race in succession fortune handed her the win.
Gould suffered a puncture in the closing stages, allowing Pendrel and Nash to power through and contest the victory.
Pendrel claimed the honours in a time of one hour, 37 minutes and 53 seconds, with Nash finishing a second off the pace in second.
Gould then pushed her bike over the line in third place, barely able to hide her tears of disappointment.
A fourth win from this season's first six races saw Pendrel seal the World Cup title.
So to the elite men's race, which was held without standings leader Nino Schurter.
The Swiss rider opted to miss out the Windham leg in order to concentrate on his Olympic Games preparations.
German Manuel Fumic looked to take advantage of Schurter's absence and pressed into an early lead, only for a puncture to allow his pursuers to catch up and overtake.
At the head of that group was Burry Stander, who was followed by Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez and Marco Aurelio Fontana.
South African Stander eventually dropped his rivals and went on to win the race in one hour, 38 minutes and nine seconds.
Spain's Mantecon Gutierrez took second place 17 seconds behind Stander with Fontana taking third, a further 14 seconds off the pace.
Stander's first win of the World Cup season lifted him to within 12 points of Schurter heading into the final round of the season in Val d'Isere, France on July 29th.
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