Koerber Takes Third in Champéry at UCI World Cup Cross Country #4

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Koerber takes third in Champéry at UCI World Cup Cross Country #4

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Champéry, Switzerland (July 25, 2010) – The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup series began the second half of its season with a cross-country and downhill event in the Alpine resort town of Champéry, Switzerland.

Willow Koerber (Durango, Colo./Subaru-Trek) finished third in the women’s cross-country race, two minutes, 29 seconds behind winner Natalie Schneitter of Switzerland and 16 seconds behind second-place Eva Lechner of Italy. Koerber is now second overall in the UCI World Cup cross-country standings, 14 points behind Lechner and 46 points ahead of Catharine Pendrel of Canada.

In the men’s cross-country race, Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Factory Racing) was the top American at 12th place, followed five seconds behind by Adam Craig (Bend, Oregon/Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team) in 14th.

Aaron Gwin (Morongo Valley, Calif./Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team) was the top American in the men’s downhill, coming in eighth. Jacqueline Harmony (Sedona, Ariz./Vixen Racing) was the highest-placed American woman in the downhill, finishing 17th.

Champéry will play host to the 2011 Mountain Bike World Championships. The World Cup curcuit continues July 31 through August 1 in Val de Sole, Italy, and wraps up at Windham Mountain in Windham, New York, on August 28 and 29.

UCI World Cup Cross Country #4/Downhill #4

Champéry, Switzerland

July 23-25, 2010

Elite Men’s Cross Country

1. Florian Vogel (SUI) 1:44:08

2. Jaroslav Kulhavy (CZE) +00:11

3. Nino Schurter (SUI) +00:35

12. Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Factory Racing) +04:27

14. Adam Craig (Bend, Oregon/Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team) +04:33

22. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo./Subaru-Trek) +07:03

42: Michael Broderick (Chilmark, Mass./Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) +11:09

48. Samuel Schultz (Missoula, Mont./Subaru-Trek) +11:37

Elite Women’s Cross Country

1. Nathalie Schneitter (SUI) 1:45:40

2. Eva Lechner (ITA) +02:13

3. Willow Koerber (Durango, Colo./Subaru-Trek) +02:29

11. Georgia Gould (Ketchum, Idaho/Luna) +05:40

12. Mary McConneloug (Fairfax, Calif./Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) +05:47

22. Katherine Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Planet Bike) +11:45

43. Heather Irmiger (Boulder, Colo./Subaru-Gary Fisher) +17.29

Elite Men’s Downhill

1. Gee Atherton (GBR) 4:02.19
2. Greg Minnaar (RSA) +02.79
3. Brendan Fairclough (GBR) +04.56

8. Aaron Gwin (Morongo Valley, Calif./Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team) +11.56

46. Luke Strobel (Issaquah, Wash./MS Evil Racing) +34.04
67. Kyle Strait (Huntington Beach, Calif.) +48.03
74. Neko Mulally (Reading, Penn./Trek World Racing) +54.83
78. Duncan Riffle (Santa Barbara, Calif./Giant Factory Team) +1:08.78

Elite Women’s Downhill

1. Emmeline Ragot (FRA) 5:27.25
2. Sabrina Jonnier (FRA) +04.87
3. Myriam Nicole (FRA) +09.72

17. Jacqueline Harmony (Sedona, Ariz./Vixen Racing)    +1:38.21

Photo caption: Willow Koerber rides during the elite women’s cross-country race.

Photo courtesy Robert Jones, CanadianCyclist.com

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Source:

Jesse Hammond

New Media Manager

USA Cycling

www.usacycling.org

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