Canadians Podium at Mont Ste Anne World Cup

Provided bt the Canadian Cycling Association

MONT- STE-ANNE, Que. – Catharine Pendrel of Kamloops, B.C., won the gold medal Sunday in the women’s cross country race at a mountain bike World Cup competition while Geoff Kabush of Victoria added a bronze in the men’s race.

In the women’s race, Pendrel clocked the 22.8 kilometre course in one hour and 37 minutes and 42 seconds for her second World Cup medal this season. Irina Kalentieva of Russia finished second 1:31 behind Pendrel while Katerina Nash of the Czech Republic was third 1:49 behind the winner.

“It was a great day,” said Pendrel. “I was a little worried at the start because I didn’t start as fast as I would have liked. But I was able to use the climbs to bridge up to the leaders. Once I was at the front I wanted just to hang on and make as few mistakes as possible.”

Pendrel was fourth at last year’s Olympic Games and is currently ranked number-one in the world. She won the Canadian title two weeks ago.

Last year’s overall World Cup champion Marie-Hélène Prémont of nearby Chateau-Richer, Que., ran into mechanical problems after a strong start and was 10th. Emily Batty of Toronto was 15th.

“I was feeling good on the first lap and I was riding well on the technical sections,” said Prémont. ‘’I thought I had a flat but it was my tire coming off its rim and I lost a lot of air. So I slowed down and headed to the repair zone.’’

In the men’s race, Olympic champion Julien Absalon of France was the victor clocking 2:06:05 over 34.2 kilometres. Jose Hermida of Spain was second 0:32 seconds behind and Kabush was 2:48 behind the winner.

Kabush won the national title two weeks ago and is currently ranked sixth in the world.

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