Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Catharine Pendrel of Fredericton, New Brunswick won the bronze medal in a women’s mountain biking World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec on Sunday. For Pendrel, it was her first podium finish of the 2017 season.
Pendrel posted a time of 1:19.04 and was 35 seconds faster than her Canadian teammate, Pan American Games champion Emily Batty of Brooklin, Ontario, who was in fourth place with a time of 1:19.39.
Yana Belomoina of the Ukraine won the gold medal with a time of 1:17.50. Pauline Ferrand Prevot of France won the silver medal with a time of 1:18.34.
It has been an excellent year for Belomoyna. The 2017 European champion has now won three of the five women’s mountain biking World Cup races this season. She also won in Albstadt, Germany and Vallnord, Andorra. Belomoyna also won bronze in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
However Belomoyna does not have the most World Cup mountain biking cross-country victories this season. That belongs to reigning Olympic champion Nino Schurter of Switzerland who has won all five World Cups this season, including the men’s elite cross country mountain biking World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec on Sunday.
There is one more World Cup this season. It will take place Val di Sole, Italy in late August.