UCI ACTION RETURNS TO NORTH AMERICA AT MONT-SAINTE-ANNE, CANADA; 7TH STOP ON 2012 UCI MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CUP CIRCUIT
North American riders felt right at home and showed strong finishes at the 2012 RockyRoads.net UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada.
To the cheers of home country crowds, world champion Catharine Pendrel (Luna, CAN) took her second consecutive victory in the Women’s Elite cross country category and took the overall lead in the series. Teammate Georgia Gould (Luna, USA) came in second and Marie-Helene Premont (Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain, CAN) took third.
Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower, SUI) earned his third victory of the season in the Men's Elite cross country and extended his overall points lead for the series. Josa Antonio Hermida Ramos (Multivan Merida, ESP) took second and Jaroslav Khulavy, (Specialized, CZE) came in third.
U.S cross country racers placed well. On the men’s side, Sam Schultz (Subaru-Trek) finished 18th, Todd Wells (Specialized) placed 20th and Adam Craig (Rabobank Giant Off-Road Team) came in 22nd. On the women’s side, Lea Davison came in 7th (Specialized), Mary McConneloug came in 14th (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) and Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Trek) came in 21st.
The downhill spotlight was on Men’s Elite Aaron Gwin (Trek World Racing, USA) who successfully defended his 2011 win at Mont-Sainte-Anne. This is his third straight win for the 2012 season; he has racked up an impressive eight wins out of 11 World Cup races during the past two seasons. Greg Minaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate, RSA) came in second and Danny Hart (Giant Factory, GBR) came in third.
Rachel Atherton (GT Factory, GBR) was the one to watch for the Women’s Elite Downhill and leads the overall points for the series. Myriam Nicole (Commencal/Riding Addiction, FRA) came in second and Emmeline Ragot (MS Mondraker, FRA) came in third. U.S. rider Jill Kintner (Team Norco International) came in 7th.
Cross country and downhill events will return to the U.S. June 28 – July 1 at Windham, N.Y. Windham is the eighth stop on a tour that also visits Pietermaritzburg, South Africa; Houffalize, Belgium; Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic; Val di Sole, Italy; La Bresse, France; Fort William, Great Britain; Mt. Sainte-Anne, Canada; Val d’Isere, France; and Hafjell, Norway.