Wednesday, May 27, 2009

MTB World Cup XC #4 Madrid, Spain

MTB World Cup XC #4 - CDM Madrid, Spain, May 23-24, 2009

Race 3 - May 24: Elite women cross country

Fullana wins at home

Madrid proved to be an good venue for the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.  World Cup leader Marga Fullana (Massi) extended her lead in the overall standings, but the World Champion won by only four seconds over the defending World Cup champion Marie-Helene Premont (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain).

Two nights of heavy rain, and the decision was made to shorten the women's race from five laps to four.  The wet ground made some of the climbs unrideable, and every corner had to be negotiated with care.  

Fullana's win increased her lead in the World cup standings to 850 points, 190 over second place Osl, with Byberg in third at 565 points.  Pendrel moves to fifth at 470 points, and Premont jumps from 16th to ninth in the standings with 408 points.

Georgia Gould (Luna & WN & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish) was the top American finisher in 14th place after having a flat on the first lab!  Ouch!  It's not easy to race when you know the leaders are gone!  However she hammered a top honor for the US. 


1 Margarita Fullana Riera (Spa) Massi                                     1.28.24 
2 Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles             0.04 
3 Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Factory Racing                               0.15
 4 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Ghost Pro Team                                  2.17
 5 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team                                      2.19 
6 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Central Ghost Pro Team                                 2.47 
7 Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Cap Arreghini                                    3.54 
8 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Cap Arreghini                            4.06 
9 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice                                      4.11 
10 Petra Henzi (Swi) Fischer-BMC                                             4.21 

11 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team                           4.41 
12 Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Team Bikepark.Ch                           4.49 
13 Katrin Leumann (Swi)                                                      4.54 
14 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna WN & Myo-facts  sEMG/Dartfish                    5.00 
15 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) Jbg-2 Professional Mtb Team                         5.02 
16 Caroline Mani (Fra) Team Bikepark.Ch                                      5.26 
17 Adelheid Morath (Ger)                                                     5.34 
18 Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher                                   5.39 
19 Mary Mcconneloug (USA) Seven                                              5.40

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