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By Jason Sumner, VeloNews Associate Editor
It’s been a good swing up the East Coast for Canadian Chrissy Redden. A week after the Ontario resident won the cross-country and short track at the NORBA finals in Mount Snow, Vermont, Redden thrilled the home-country fans, winning the cross-country at the World Cup finals in Mont-Ste-Anne, Quebec.
Redden (Subaru-Gary Fisher) trailed an on-form Caroline Alexander (Specialized) for much of the six-lap, 32.5km race. But Alexander dropped her chain on the final trip up race’s main climb, and surrendered all but 15 seconds of what had been a 30-second lead. From there, Redden was able to close down on Alexander, taking advantage of her superior descending skills on the tight, technical track.
“All the sudden I felt better,” said Redden about her burst near the end of the race.
At the finish Redden came across 23 seconds ahead of Great Britain’s Alexander. The win was Redden’s first on the World Cup circuit.
Barbara Blatter, who had already wrapped up the overall World Cup title two weeks earlier in Kaprun, finished third, 1:52 behind. The rest of the top 10 was Alison Sydor (Trek-Volkswagen, Annabella Stropparo (Be-One), Sabine Spitz (Merida), Alison Dunlap (GT), Ruthie Matthes (Trek-Volkswagen), Audrey Augustin (Zeal-GT), and Leslie Tomlinson (Rocky Mountain). Throw in Kiara Bisaro’s 12th-place finish, and there were four Canadian women in the top 12.
At the end of the fourth lap on Sunday Alexander was out front, with Blatter in second at :37, followed Redden at :58. But Redden caught Blatter on the ensuing lap, and said their battle for second place helped her eventually catch Alexander too.
“We were really attacking each other,” Redden said. “That allowed me to close some on Caroline.”
Alexander’s dropped chain didn’t hurt matters either, and by the halfway point of the final lap Redden had a 10-second advantage on Alexander. She would add 13 more by the finish.
“I’m not blaming my chain,” Alexander said. “This course really suited Chrissy, and without many hard climbs, it wasn’t the best course for me.”
TISSOT-UCI WORLD CUP CROSS COUNTRY/DOWNHILL/DUAL NO. 8, Mont-Ste-Anne, Quebec. August 25-26.; Cross country; Women; 1. Chrissy Redden (Can), Subaru-Gary Fisher, 32.5km in 2:03:34; 2. Caroline Alexander (GB), Specialized, at :23; 3. Barbara Blatter (Swi), Specialized, at 1:52; 4. Alison Sydor (Can), Trek-Volkswagen, at 3:15; 5. Annabella Stropparo (I), Be-One, at 4:40; 6. Sabine Spitz (G), Merida, at 5:44; 7. Alison Dunlap (USA), GT, at 7:23; 8. Ruthie Matthes (USA), Trek-Volkswagen, at 7:55; 9. Audrey Augustin (USA), Zeal-GT-Shimano, at 9:51; 10. Lesley Tomlinson (Can), Rocky Mountain, at 10:22; Other North Americans; 11. Gretchen Reeves (USA), Tokyo Joe’s, at 11:50; 12. Kiara Bisaro (Can), Independent, at 12:18; 13. Trish Sinclair (Can), Ford-Devinci, at 12:23; 15. Marie-Helene Premont (Can), ORYX, at 14:15; 16. Willow Koeber (USA), Cane Creek, at 14:39; 18. Kyia Malenkovich (USA), Dogfish-Trek, at 15:25; 19. Melissa Thomas (USA), Red Hook, at 16:16; 21. Rachel lloyd (USA), SunRace-Santa Cruz, at 17:46Final overall standings; 1. Blatter, 1485 points; 2. Alexander, 1015; 3. Marga Fullana (Sp), Specialized, 950; 4. Stropparo, 893; 5. Spitz, 890; 6. Dunlap, 890; 7. Redden, 788; 8. Sydor, 660; 9. Mary Grigson (Aus), Subaru-Gary Fisher, 545; 10. Laurence Leboucher (F), MTB 72, 475; Others; 13. Jimena Florit (Arg), RLX-Polo Sport, 389; 14. Matthes, 375; 20. Lesley Tomlinson (Can), Rocky Mountain, 252; 22. Kelli Emmett (USA), GT, 245; 24. Augustin, 218; 25. Susan Haywood (USA), Trek-West Virginia, 215