September 4, 2005 — Norway’s Gunn-Rita Dahle (NOR) rode to her third cross-country World Championship title today in Livigno, Italy, a few weeks after winning the rainbow jersey in the mountain bike marathon discipline.
Canada’s women didn’t fare as well as hoped, with Marie-Helene Premont possessing a definite chance at the World Championship title. She beat Dahle in two World Cup events this season. Premont still put in a solid performance, with a fourth-place finish.
Maja Wloszczowska (POL) of Poland finished second, 2:09 minutes behind Dahle. Switzerland’s Petra Henzi (SUI) was third.
Alison Sydor (CAN) rode into sixth place. Trish Sinclair (CAN) finished 31st, Mical Dyck (CAN) was 49th, Catharine Pendrel (CAN) placed 52nd and Amanda Sin (CAN) was 58th. Kiara Bisaro (CAN) had to abandon, reportedly due to a broken derailleur.
The race consisted of 2.5 laps of an extremely physically demanding 12-kilometre course in which altitude was a major factor. The route was not considered technical, but it contained steep climbs and long, flat sections favouring powerful riders.
Results, 30.45 km
1. Gunn-Rita Dahle (NOR) 1:47:19
2. Maja Wloszczowska (POL) at 2:09
3. Petra Henzi (SUI) 3:07
4. Marie-Helene Premont (CAN) 4:14
5. Sabine Spitz (GER) 5:27
6. Alison Sydor (CAN) 5:49
7. Mary McConneloug (USA) 6:14
8. Severine Hansen (FRA) 7:01
9. Irina Kalentieva (RUS) 7:25
10. Anna Enocsson (SWE) 7:36
31. Trish Sinclair (CAN) 14:19
49. Mical Dyck (CAN) 21:13
52. Catharine Pendrel (CAN) 22:37
58. Amanda Sin (CAN) 28:38
DNF Kiara Bisaro (CAN)