— Blaza Klemencic
of the Felt Otztal X-Bionic
mountain bike team finished the 2010 UCI MTB World Cup Series
on a high note, scoring a fourth-place
finish at the finals on Saturday in Windham, New York. The Slovenian rode her Felt Six
to her best World Cup finish of the year.
The World Cup finals, the first mountain bike World Cup in the U.S. in five years, were held near Albany, New York, one week before the World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada.
The 30-year-old Klemencic showed she’s in great form and a real contender for a medal at next week’s Worlds Championships. She battled to her strong fourth place finish and eventually finished the five-lap race 3:17 behind Canadian Catharine Pendrel, who won the finals and took the overall. Klemenic ended up 18th overall in the final World Cup standings. UCI WORLD CUP FINALS
Windham, New YorkWomen’s Elite XC
1. Catharine Pendrel (Can), Luna, 1:39:48
2. Marie-Helene Premont (Can), Maxxis-Rocky Mountain, at 0:04
3. Georgia Gould (USA), Luna, at 2:074. Blaza Klemencic (Slo), Felt Otztal-X-Bionic, at 3:17
5. Elisabeth Osl (Aut), Central Pro Team, at 3:41