Andorra World Cup Action
Oakley’s Marie-Helene Premont (Rocky Mountain) finished third in Saturday’s Cross Country race at VallNord, but added to her lead. Premont is number one on the World Cup and currently ranked first in the world. Oakley’s Catharine Pendrel (Luna) put a second Canadian rider on the podium with her best ever World Cup result in fourth place.
For Premont, the rain wasn’t as big of a problem as the cold. She had an uncharacteristically slow start, back in eighth place by the halfway point of the first lap, while Fullana and Lechner were charging off the front.
“I was very, very cold,” she said afterwards, still shivering despite a jacket. “I could not feel my fingers for the first three laps, and I could not shift or brake. Without the cold I think I could have done much better.”
For Oakley’s Pendrel, it was another breakthrough in a breakthrough season, as she recorded the fastest lap of the race (the second, as she chased up to the leaders).
“I had a really poor start because I couldn’t clip in, but that may have been a blessing, because I was able to start a little slower and pace myself as I moved up. When I caught up to Marie-Helene’s wheel with two laps to go, and then we caught Eva, I could see that a podium was possible. It was just so close!”
Oakley’s Anneke Beerten showed that she is the leading woman in 4X this year by taking her second consecutive World Cup win in Andorra, and sweeping all three rides on the way to victory.
“It was a challenging course to race,” commented Beerten “with big ruts that could throw you off your line. It was all about a good snap out of the gate and pedal, pedal, pedal. It worked out very well for me.”
Beerten’s Oakley teammate Mio Suemasa took second, as did Oakley’s Brian Lopes on the men’s side.
Cedric Gracia (Oakley) was clearly the crowd favorite, as the locally-based pro, and took some aggressive chances to make to the final, including the move of the night in the quarterfinals, when he jumped a triple after the third turn to go from last to first in his heat. In the semifinal he tried it again, but it failed, and he was relegated to the consolation round, to eventually finish sixth overall.
MTB World Cup XC #4 & DH #2 – CDM
Women’s Cross Country
|1. Margarita Fullana||(Spa)||Massi||1.44.34|
|2. Eva Lechner||(Ita)||Colnago Cap Arreghini||1.43|
|3. Marie-Helene Premont||(Can)||Rocky Mountain||1.55-Oakley|
|4. Catherine Pendrel||(Can)||Luna Womens MTB Team||2.19-Oakley|
|5. Nathalie Schneitter||(Swi)||Colnago Cap Arreghini||3.16|
|6. Katerina Nash||(Cze)||Luna Womens MTB Team||3.41-Oakley|
|7. Tereza Hurikova||(Cze)||Ceska Sporitelna MTB||4.14-Oakley|
Men’s Cross Country
|1. Christoph Sauser||(Swi)||Specialized Factory Racing||2.02.16|
|2. Burry Stander||(RSA)||GT Bicycle||0.09-Oakley|
|3. Geoff Kabush||(Can)||Team Maxxis||0.18-Oakley|
|4. Lukas Flückiger||(Swi)||Athleticum-MTB-Team||1.09|
|5. Cédric Ravanel||(Fra)||Team Lapierre International||1.42|
|6. Todd Wells||(USA)||GT Bicycle||2.17-Oakley|
|1. Dan Atherton||(GBr)||Animal Commencal|
|2. Brian Lopes||(USA)||Oakley|
|3. Guido Tschugg||(Ger)|
|4. Rastislav Pirman||(Svk)||4 Elements Yeti/Hotec/Rsp|
|5. Kamil Tatarkovic||(Cze)||Suzuki-Rb -Oakley|
|6. Cédric Gracia||(Fra)||Commencal – Furious – Oakley Team -Oakley|
|1. Anneke Beerten||(Ned)||MS-Intense Factory-Racing-Oakley|
|2. Mio Suemasa||(Jpn)||MS-Intense Factory-Racing-Oakley||
| 3. Fionn Griffiths
|(GBr)||Norco World Team|