(Quebec) At two weeks of the Olympic race, Catharine Pendrel has proved its worth on Sunday, leading from start to finish the stage of the World Cup cross-country presented to Mont Sainte-Anne.
Québec mountain biking enthusiasts, many like the day before, had good reason to shout their joy. The other Olympian, Emily Batty, had a second half of thunder race to climb the third step of the podium.
But that was the day Pendrel. A few minutes after the start of the test, she had already built a comfortable lead of 30 seconds. household before Rio? No question, the Canadian replied by the mouth of his bike.
It was feared still a lack of energy in the second half of this route of 23.8 kilometers, but his lead by 43 seconds at the finish on the Dean Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa demonstrates the excellent race of the New Management -Brunswickoise. Pendrel covered the distance in 1:31: 31, en route to his fourth victory in Mont Sainte-Anne.
“I thought I would have more rivals, the race would remain tight for thirty minutes, but that is often how to win the cross country races,” responded Pendrel after having slashed champagne on podium. “I really wanted to win this race. I had to prove I could do it. ”
This victory is good for confidence, but also brings a certain pressure for Rio, said the winner of the day. “That’s the advantage of going to the Olympics for the third time I’ve been in this position before. I know that every day is different. I just have to give my best every time. ”
For its part, Batty ended up fifth after two rounds, but she opened the machine later, catching the Czech Katerina Nash (5th) and the Danish Annika Langvad (4th), yet leader overall in the Cup world. She surpassed Landvad on foot, while the two cyclists were down from their bike in a complex way. Batty finished the race 1:38 behind Pendrel.
“I am known to finish races in force. And that’s exactly what I managed to do. I did a clean race, without error, and I am very proud, “said the athlete Oshawa.
Like last year, the pretty blonde has again relied on noisy fans, some of whom had spelled his name on their chest. Batty has also posed for photographers with this group, at the finish line.
“It means a lot to me,” said Ontarian speaking of the crowd support. “This enthusiasm gave me that extra energy that allowed me to fill my delay.”
As for Dahle Flesjaa, former rival of Marie-Helene Premont second place attests that she has not lost its luster, despite his 43 years.
“I work 360 days a year just to have a day like that, and I think it is worth it. I always enjoy doing this sport and I think I proved today. […] My age is just a number, “said the lady of the mountain bike, which has a long and sincere hug Pendrel at the finish line. “No one deserves it more. I told him I was almost happier for her than for me, “said the Norwegian, quadruple world champion (2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006).
Gold medalist at the Athens Olympics in 2004 – just before Premont – Dahle Flesjaa participate Aug. 20 in his fifth Olympics. His first dating back to 1996, fourth place in Atlanta.
Of Quebec women side, Rebecca Beaumont (Alma) took 24 th place, 13 minutes behind Pendrel while Cindy Montambault (Val-d’Or) finished 31 th with a lap behind. Maghalie Rochette (St. Jerome) had to retire due to a mechanical failure.