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MTB World Cup XC # 2 - CDM
Madrid, Spain, May 13-14, 2006
Race 1 - Women
Dahle wins from Fullana, Premont unlucky to miss second
By Rob Jones in Madrid
Gunn-Rita Dahle (Merida) started the World Cup season in Curacao as she left off last season: in the leader's jersey. However, it has been six weeks since that race, and a lot of the top women have been preparing hard for Madrid, the first of three consecutive World Cup races in Europe, so Dahle couldn't relax.
The Norwegian got off to her usual fast start, but was joined by local favourite Marga Fullana for the first half lap of the five lap race. Fullana bobbled a corner, and that was all Dahle needed to open up a gap.
"I was going the maximum on the first lap - in the second (lap) I thought maybe it was too hard - and Marga did a little mistake in a corner," said Dahle. "That gave me 10 seconds, and it was enough, since it is so hard to make up time here."
A bigger worry for Dahle was Canadian Marie-Helene Premont (Rocky Mountain-Business Objects), who is the only rider to have beaten Dahle for the last couple of years - twice last season. Premont was coming up fast from a slower start, and moved to within 25 seconds by the middle of the second lap.
"Marie-Helene was chasing at 25 or 30 seconds for a long time, and I was nervous with her on my back wheel, because one little mistake would be all it would take for her to catch me." admitted Dahle.
Dahle did gradually up the gap in the third lap to 40 seconds, with Fullana in third at 1:30, and a chase trio of Sabine Spitz (Specialized), Maja Wloszczowska (Lotto) and Irina Kalentieva (Topeak-Ergon) at three minutes. It looked like the front three were set, but then disaster struck for Premont, in the form of a rear flat halfway through the fourth lap.
"There was a lot of glass on the course, and it punctured my tyre," explained Premont. "It was a slow leak at first and I tried my CO2 cartridge but it wouldn't keep the tire up. Then in a corner the tire came off and I crashed. So I had to run for a long time (to the technical zone), maybe almost two kilometres. I was feeling so good, I would have had second for sure."
Premont dropped from second to the high teens with only a lap to go. Remarkably, she was able to recover to tenth by the finish.
"I caught many people, I gave it everything in the last lap. It (flats) happens, but I know now that I am strong, so there is another race next weekend (in Spa, Belgium)."
Fullana easily cruised in for second, but there was a battle underway for third between Spitz, Kalentieva and Wloszczowska. Kalentieva won the fight after attacks and counterattacks between Spitz and herself.
"It was a hard fight," said Kalentieva. "I was behind Sabine and first Maja (Wloszczowska) attacked. I caught her and then Sabine passed me. It was only on the final uphill that I was able to pass her again, and I managed to hold until the finish."
Wloszczowska took fourth and Spitz fifth.
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1 Gunn-Rita Dahle (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 1.39.11 2 Margarita Fullana Riera (Spa) Spiuk Illes Balears 1.55 3 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) 3.09 4 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Lotto 5 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Specialized Factory Racing 3.13 6 Lene Byberg (Nor) Bikin'cyprus Int. 4.40 7 Petra Henzi (Swi) Fischer-Bmc 4.53 8 Maroussia Rusca (Swi) Team Bikepark.Ch Tui 5.11 9 Rosara Joseph (NZl) 5.17 10 Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Rocky Mountain Business Objects 5.28 11 Ren Chengyuan (Chn) 5.34 12 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Sportsstar Focus 13 Nina Grohl (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 5.51 14 Shonny Vanlandingham (USA) 6.00 15 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) Lotto 6.03 16 Mary McConneloug (USA) 6.09 17 Maria Ostergren (Swe) 6.15 18 Saskia Elemans (Ned) 6.24 19 Jingling Wang (Chn) 6.40 20 Bńrbel Jungmeier (Aut) 6.52 21 Adelheid Morath (Ger) 6.56 22 Ivonne Kraft (Ger) 7.07 23 Willow Koerber (USA) 7.10 24 Anna Enocsson (Swe) Ghost International Racing Team 7.13 25 Katrin Schwing (Ger) 26 Eva Lechner (Ita) 7.34 27 Alison Sydor (Can) Rocky Mountain Business Objects 7.47 28 Katerina Nash (Cze) 7.55 29 Jaqueline Mourao (Bra) 8.01 30 Annika Smail (NZl) 8.20 31 Elena Giacomuzzi (Ita) 8.27 32 Kelli Emmett (USA) 8.48 33 Laura Turpijn (Ned) 8.57 34 Heather Irmiger (USA) 9.04 35 Wendy Simms (Can) 9.06 36 Renata Bucher (Swi) 9.21 37 Rocio Gamonal Ferrera (Spa) 9.37 38 Susan Haywood (USA) Trek Volkswagen Pro Factory Team 9.48 39 Githa Michiels (Bel) 9.57 40 Nina Homovec (Slo) 9.59 41 Pia Sundstedt (Fin) Rocky Mountain Business Objects 10.18 42 Kiara Bisaro (Can) 10.24 43 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Team Lapierre International 10.28 44 Cristina Mascarreras Sabria (Spa) 10.36 45 Esther SŘss (Swi) Ghost International Racing Team 46 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Ceska Sporitelna Mtb 10.37 47 Daniela Louis (Swi) 10.40 48 Evelyn Staffler (Ita) 10.49 49 AriŰlle Van Meurs (Ned) 10.59 50 SÚverine Hansen (Fra) Scott Les 2 Alpes 11.24 51 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Pintatim Full-Dynamix 11.37 52 Janka Stevkova (Svk) Max Cursor 11.46 53 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Tonis Pro Team Kirchberg 11.49 54 Jenny Copnall (GBr) 11.53 55 Helene Marcouyre (Fra) Bh-Sr. Suntour 12.03 56 Maria Erlandsson Asa (Swe) 12.16 57 Elina Sophokleous (Cyp) Bikin'cyprus Int. 12.37 58 Sara Bresnick (USA) 12.50 59 Maria Osl (Aut) Tonis Pro Team Kirchberg 12.51 60 Sarah Koba (Swi) 13.02 61 Ruth Moll Marques (Spa) 13.13 62 Sheju Mei (Chn) 13.18 63 Elena Gaddoni (Ita) 13.37 64 Franziska R÷thlin (Swi) Kona Verbier Factory Team 14.02 65 Patricia Sinclair (Can) 14.04 66 Sue Thomas (GBr) Massi-Abarth 14.23 67 Bettina Schmid (Swi) 14.42 68 Jimena Florit (Arg) 15.00 69 CÚcile Rode (Fra) Team Lapierre International 15.13 70 Sandra Walter (Can) 15.19 71 Wei Fang (Chn) 15.42 72 Inbar Ronen (Isr) 16.01 73 Sarka Chmurova (Cze) Max Cursor 16.14 74 Catherine Delfosse (Bel) Massi-Abarth 17.17 75 Caroline Mani (Fra) Massi-Abarth 17.26 76 Caroline Jackson (GBr) 17.52 77 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) 18.00 78 Lucia Vasquez Crespo (Spa) 18.08 79 Emma Colson (Aus) 18.29 80 Neus Parcerisses (Spa) Msc Bikes 18.35 81 Kristine Danielson (USA) 18.43 82 Ivanda Eiduka (Lat) 18.51 83 Claire Baxter (Aus) 19.29 84 Ying Liu (Chn) 19.37 85 Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa) Massi-Abarth 19.42 86 Francisca Campos Salas (Chi) 87 Nekane Lasa (Spa) 19.50 88 Olivia Cascino (Fra) Egobike - 06 - Msc 20.02 89 Anna Villar (Spa) Massi-Abarth 20.10 90 Carla Salgado (Mex) 20.35 91 Linda Larsen (Nor) 20.51 92 Amy Hunt (GBr) 21.27 93 Sonja Traxel (Swi) Kona Verbier Factory Team 22.22 94 Maria Bravo Soba Rosa (Spa) 22.47 1 lap down 95 Kristien Nelen (Bel) 96 Genevieve Whitson (NZl) 97 Elena Babikova Gogoleva (Rus) 98 Marion Valette (Fra) 99 Stephanie Wiedner (Aut) 100 Muriel Bouhet (Fra) 2 laps down 101 Audrey Wilst (Fra) 102 Sarah Tescher (USA) 103 Vanesa Fernandez Vidueira (Spa) 104 Julie Cartner (GBr) DNF Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) Lotto DNF Katrin Leumann (Swi) Team Bikepark.Ch Tui DNF Martina Feldmann (Can) DNF Audrey Wilst (Fra)