2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #6 - Vallnord (AND) - XCO

Final round World Cup victory for Jolanda Neff in Vallnord. Catherine Penderal seals overall World Cup title.

2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #6 - Vallnord (AND) - XCO


Pendrel attacked at the start of the race, hoping to put a gap between herself and World Cup leader Annika Langvad (DEN), who began the race with a 56 point lead. Only Dahle Flesjaa was initially able to stay with Pendrel, and the duo began to open a gap until Pendrel crashed on the roots and was overtaken by Neff. The Swiss rider caught a fading Dahle Flesjaa on the fifth lap and then attacked on the sixth and final lap to win by 36 seconds, with Pendrel coming in at 1:21. Langvad struggled all race and could only manage 13th, to drop to second in the overall standings.

"It was incredibly tough" said Neff. "I rode a new bike, a full suspension, so I didn't have back pain and that was better but my legs had to work in a different position so it was harder. It is incredible. I couldn't be happier about the win. After having so many problems with my back that I could not solve, this gives me so much confidence for the winter to finish this season, to win a World Cup, I'm happy."

Pendrel won the overall title, her third, with 1030 points, in a season that included one World Cup victory, a second place and two third places. Annika Langvad was second with 1006 points, and Canadian national champion Emily Batty finished third with 710 points, including two third place results.

"World Cup Champion feels so good after the suffer fest out there today," said Pendrel. "This is an incredibly hard race. My start was amazing and I felt really good, but I definitely ran out of oxygen on the second lap. I had trouble staying up on the second descent, was kind of all over the place. I had to really regroup to get my breath. Then it was just about damage control; going as slow as I could just to stay upright on the descent and then hammer on the climb. It wasn't the prettiest race but it got the job done."

Start

Gunn-Rita Dahle-Flesjaa

Catharine Pendrel

 

Results:

1. NEFF Jolanda (SUI)
2. DAHLE FLESJAA Gunn-Rita (NOR)
3. PENDREL Catharine (CAN)
4. RISSVEDS Jenny (SWE)
5. WLOSZCZOWSKA Maja (POL)
6. CAMPUZANO CHAVEZ PEON Daniela (MEX)
7. BELOMOINA Yana (UKR)
8. ZAKELJ Tanja (SLO)
9. DAVISON Lea (USA)
10.KALENTYEVA Irina (RUS)

Standings:

1. PENDREL Catharine (CAN)
2. LANGVAD Annika (DEN)
3. BATTY Emily (CAN)
4. RISSVEDS Jenny (SWE)
5. DAHLE FLESJAA Gunn-Rita (NOR)
6. NEFF Jolanda (SUI)
7. NASH Katerina (CZE)
8. INDERGAND Linda (SUI)
9. HENDERSON Rebecca (AUS)
10. DAVISON Lea (USA)
1030
1006
710
700
694
660
630
583
561
523

 

Sina Frei (FRA) won women's race in the Under-23 category ahead of Anne Tauber (USA); third place for Nicole Koller from Switzerland.

U23 Results

1. FREI Sina (SUI)
2. TAUBER Anne (NED)
3. KOLLER Nicole (SUI)
4. PRUDKOVA Barbora (CZE)
5. COURTNEY Kate (USA)
6. SEITZ Aline (SUI)
7. GERAULT Lena (FRA)
8. DEGN Malene (DEN)
9. FORCHINI Ramona (SUI)
10.TEOCCHI Chiara (ITA)

 

Photos: Matthew DeLorme / Red Bull Content Pool

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