Posted by Editoress on 05/13/12
Welcome to our coverage from Nove Mesto na Morave in the Czech Republic
The women's race is about to start with 89 85 entries (4 DNS)
Canada has 7 Entries: Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team), Emily Batty (Subaru - Trek), Marie-Helene Premont (Rocky Mountain), Amanda Sin (Scott-3Roxracing), Catherine Vipond (Team Canada), Jean Ann Berkenpas (Team Canada), Mikaela Kofman (Scott-3Roxracing). Pendrel is the World Cup leader, so she will be looking to hold onto the jersey.
They will do a start loop (3.2 km) and 5 full laps of the 4.46 km circuit
It is a beautiful sunny day, but with a cool breeze blowing. In the open feels like 8-9C, but in the woods warmer. Ground is drying well after yesterday's rain.
Theft is once again a problem - thieves broke into locked storage room and stole all the British junior bikes, other teams have had wheels and stuff stolen, and SRAM had a bike stolen last night. Teams worried about security at feedzone, tying stuff down. Remember that Sam Schultz's bike stolen out of his room while he was in the shower last year (but recovered).
Should be big crowd - already pre-sold over 8,000 tickets for today.
A crash at the start with Catherine Vipond going down.
Annie Last (Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team) gets the holeshot and as they head up the first climb it is Elisabeth Osl (Ghost Factory Racing Team) at the front with Maja Wloszczowska (CCC Polkowice) and Last at the front
Lap 1 4:19 am
Heading out onto the first lap and Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) leading Blaza Klemencic (Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team) at 1 sec. Maja Wloszczowska (CCC Polkowice) 3rd at 7 sec, Julie Bresset (BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry) at 13 sec, Katrin Leumann (Ghost Factory Racing Team) s.t.
Emily Batty (Subaru - Trek) 9th at 20 sec, Marie-Helene Premont (Rocky Mountain) 14th at 44 sec, Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) 18th at 52 sec
Nash is setting a fast pace and hasopened up a gap on a chase group of 4
Wloszczowska, Bresset, Klemencic, Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida Biking Team) at 12 sec
Katrin Leumann (Ghost Factory Racing Team), Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon Racing Team) and Batty at 29 sec
Premont at 47 sec, Pendrel at 49 sec
Nash still leading bu Bresset is cloing the gap. Wloszczowska 3rd
Through the Rock and Roll and heading to the End of Lap 1
Nash leading Bresset with a gap of 14 sec, Wloszczowska, Klemencic and Dahle Flesjaa at 25 sec
Kalentieva & Batty 6th at 38 sec
Pendrel 10th at 59 sec
Premont 12th at 1 min
Sin 49th, Berkenpas 50th, Kofman 57th
Catherine Vipond has dropped out after the start line crash
Nash leading, but Bresset is closing with Dahl Flesja 3rd, Wloszczowska 4th, Klemencic 5th, Leumann 6th, Kalentieva 7th, Batty 8th, Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) 9th, Pendrel 10th at 48 sec, Premont 11th at 56 sec
4:48 am - Through the BMX section. Pendrel has caught & passed Batty and Gould
Bresset has caught Nash
Theough AC/DC and Nash has opened a small gap again on Bresset
Dahl Flesja in 3rd and Klemencic 4th
Heading out Nash and Bresset are together. Dahle at 2 sec, Klemencic and Wloszczowska at 13 sec, Kalentiva at 16 sec, Leumann 7th at 25 sec, Pendrel 8th Batty 9th both at 35 sec, Gould 10th at 39 sec, Premont 11th at 50 sec
Berkenpas 42nd at 5:08, Sin 46th at 5:13, Kofman 55th at 7 min
Now a group of 6 at the front: Nash, Bresset, Kalentieva, Wloszczowska, Dahle, Klemencic
Pendrel 7th at 17 sec, Gould 8th at 18 sec, Batty 9th at 32 sec, Premont 10th at 42 sec
Through the BMX, Bresset has gone to the front and is starting to push the pace on the descent. End of lap 3 coming up.
GOOD crowds line the forest and Nash is getting a lot up support.
Nash went down at the Rock and Roll holding up the bunch and Pendrel is closing the gap to the leaders even more
2 to go
Bresset and Kalentieva now leading. Nash and Wloszczowska at 9 sec. Klemencic 5th at 12 sec, Pendrel 6th at 14 sec, Dahle 7th at s.t.
Goud 8th at 20 sec, Batty 9th at 44 sec, Premont 10th at 53 sec
Pendrel on a charge and is challenging for 3rd
Bresset, Kalentieva , Pendrel, are the leaders. Nash, Wloszczowska, Gould, Klemencic Chasing at 17 sec
Dahl at 19 sec
Premont 9th at 57 sec
Batty 10th at 1:18
3 leaders have gapped Nash through the BMX. Nash starting to struggle a bit on the more technical sections .
Gould 5th, Klemencic 6th, Wloszczowska 7th
Lap 5 Last Lap start
Bresset leading Kalenetieva
Pendrel 3rd at 15 sec. Nash 4th at 23 sec, Gould 5th at 27 sec, Klemencic 6th at 33 sec, Wloszczowska 7th at 34 sec, Dahle 8th at 39 sec, Prmont 9th at 1:17, batty 10th at 1:43
Bresset has dropped Kalentieva. Pendrel has been caught by her teammates Gould and Nash as Pendrel stumbles on a technical section
1/2 way through the lap and Bresset has 21 sec on Kalentieva. Nash 3rd at 40 sec, Gould at 44 sec, Pendrel at 44 sec
Klemencic 6th at 56 sec, Wloszczowska 7th at1 min, Dahle 8th at 1:15, Premont 9th at 1:48, Batty 10th at 2:37
Bresset has a large gap (~28 sec) now on Kalentieva. Nash 3rd, Gould 4th, Pendrel 5th as they head to the finishline
1 Julie Bresset (BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry), 1:29:17
2 Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon Racing Team) at 29 sec
3 Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) at 48 sec
4 Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team), at 59 sec
5 Blaza Klemencic (Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team) at s.t.
6 Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) at 1:10
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