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First-year elite rider Miranda Miller posted some great results this year but was recently hospitalized due to an acute renal condition. She has mostly recovered and returned home but is out of the racing circuit for now.
Pendrel wins World Cup
The top Canadian riders remained in Quebec following the national championships to compete in World Cup events.
Pendrel claimed the Women's Elite cross country race at Mont Ste Anne on Sunday, the second World Cup win of her career. She beat Russian Irina Kalentieva by 1:31. Katerina Nash of the Czech Republic was third.
Kabush was third in the Elite Men's cross country. The race was won by France's Julien Absalon, his fourth consecutive World Cup victory. Spain's Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos was 32 seconds behind Absalon, while Kabush was 2:48 behind the winner.
The Women's Elite downhill was dominated by French riders, who took four of the top five spots Saturday at Mont Ste. Anne. Sabrina Jonnier led the way in 5:26.50. Teammate Emmelina Ragot was second, 3.79 seconds slower. Tracy Moseley of Great Britain was third.
Whistler's Claire Buchar finished 13 th after a crash.
"Although I had a very disappointing crash in my final here in Mont Saint Anne, I know I am riding fast. I qualified seventh on Friday, right up there with the top women, and according to my split times and calculated time lost during my crash, I am confident that I would have finished seventh in the final," Buchar wrote in an e-mail.
"It is rare for me to crash in my final, usually I am so miserabley consistent! I am a bit bruised up and have an appointment with the chiropractor but I am looking forward to next weekend in Bromont."
Katrina Strand ran into all kinds of bad luck and didn't qualify for the finals.
"After a slew of mechanicals during practice, a huge crash in practice that left me with a black eye, hematoma, bruised ribs, and probably a slight concussion, I had a horrible qualifying run to add insult to injury," she wrote in an e-mail. "I crashed near the top, slid through the mud and had to ride the following 3/4 of the course with crooked handlebars. It really couldn't get much worse. Needless to say, I did not qualify and am soooo disappointed as this is my only World Cup this year and I've never not qualified for a World Cup."