Compton finishes fourth at Val di Sole UCI World Cup #8

Val di Sole, Italy—Five American cyclists finished among the top 20 riders, the most of any country, in the women’s elite cross country race at this weekend’s (July 31-Aug. 1) penultimate event in the 2010 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Planet Bike) led the world’s No. 1-ranked nation in women’s mountain biking, finishing fourth in the elite women’s cross country contest at the Val di Sole World Cup. The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup will now head to the United States for the series finale, Aug. 28-29 in Windham, N.Y.
Along with Compton, USA Cycling Pro XCT champion Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./Luna Pro Team) finished seventh.  Coming off a third-place finish the week before in Champéry, Switzerland, Willow Koerber (Durango, Colo./Subaru-Trek) finished 10th in Val di Sole. Mary McConneloug (Fairfax, Calif./Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) came in 13th, and Heather Irmiger (Boulder, Colo./Subaru-Trek) was 18th.   
In the men’s elite cross country competition, three Americans finished in the top 25. Adam Craig (Bend, Ore./Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team) came in 17th, while Pro XCT winner Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Factory Racing) was 19th and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo./Subaru-Trek) finished 24th.
Five American men finished in the top 50 in the downhill event, led by Aaron Gwin (Morongo Valley, Calif./Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team) in 14th place.
Following the Val di Sole race, Koerber stands sixth in the women’s World Cup cross country overall rankings, while Gould is 11th and Irmiger is 19th. In the men’s cross country rankings, Wells stands 12th overall, with Craig in 33rd place, Schultz in 34th and Horgan-Kobelski in 37th. Gwin is primed to finish on the final podium in the men’s downhill competition, as he is third heading into the final event. Meanwhile, Strobel is 26th and Kyle Strait (Huntington Beach, Calif.) is in 40th place.
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #8
Val di Sole, Italy
July 31-Aug. 1, 2010
Elite Women’s Cross Country
1. Maja Wloszczowska (POL/CCC Polkowice) 1:23:00
2. Catharine Pendrel (CAN/Luna Pro Team) +0:05
3. Irina Kalentieva (RUS/Topeak Ergon Racing Team) +0:14
4. Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Planet Bike) +0:20
7. Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./Luna Pro Team) +1:31
10. Willow Koerber (Durango, Colo./Subaru-Trek) +2:30
13. Mary McConneloug (Fairfax, Calif./Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) +2:59
18. Heather Irmiger (Boulder, Colo./Subaru-Trek) +4:24
41. *Chloe Forsman (Tucson, Ariz./Specialized Designs for Women-Bicycle Haus) +10:11
Elite Men’s Cross Country
1. Nino Schurter (SUI/Scott-Swisspower) 1:44:09
2. Julien Absalon (FRA/Orbea) +0:04
3. Florian Vogel (SUI/Scott-Swisspower) +0:20
17. Adam Craig (Bend, Ore./Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team) +5:10
19. Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Factory Racing) +5:34
24. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo./Subaru-Trek) +6:55
41. Sam Schultz (Missoula, Mont./Subaru-Trek) +9:41
82. Michael Broderick (Chilmark, Mass./Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) +15:52
86. *Stephen Ettinger (Cashmere, Wash./Arlberg Sports) +16:41
120. *Russell Finsterwald (Colorado Springs, Colo./Subaru-Trek) -1 lap
146. *Jack Hinkens (Edenprairie, Minn./Trek Co-op) -2 laps
158. *Dana Weber (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) -3 laps
159. *Kerry Werner (Banner Elk, N.C./Christiana Cycling) -3 laps
Elite Men’s Downhill
1. Marc Beaumont (GBR/GT Bicycles) 3:17.85
2. Greg Minnaar (RSA/Santa Cruz Syndicate) +0:01.40
3. Gee Atherton (GBR/Commencal) +0:02.66
14. Aaron Gwin (Morongo Valley, Calif./Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team) +0:07.67
26. Luke Strobel (Issaquah, Wash./Evil Bikes) +0:11.87
29. Bradley Benedict (Auburn, Calif./Specialized) +0:13.50
33. Duncan Riffle (Santa Barbara, Calif./Giant Mountain Bike Team) +0:15.87
48. Curtis Keene (Fremont, Calif.) +0:20.70
67. Eliot Jackson (West Lake Village, Calif.) +0:28.72

*Denotes USA Cycling National Development Program athletes

**Report compiled by Ryan Schmitz, Communications Intern
Photo caption: Adam Craig finished 17th in the men's elite cross country race to pace a group of three American men in the top 25. 

Photo credit: Rob Jones,  

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