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09/05/2015 23:49 EDT | Updated 09/05/2016 01:12 EDT

Road cyclist Pendrel earns spot at Rio Olympics with top 5 finish at worlds

VALLNORD, Andorra — Catharine Pendrel will be racing in her third Olympic Games next summer.

The Kamloops, B.C., resident earned her spot at the Rio Olympics — the first Canadian cyclist to do so — by posting a top-five result at the UCI World Championships on Saturday.

Pendrel finished the road race in one hour 54.59 minutes to take fifth place. Emily Batty of Oshawa, Ont., finished seventh, posing a time of 1:56.26. French rider Pauline Ferrand-Prevot was crowned the new world champion.

In the men's race, Quebec City's Raphael Gagne ended the season with an 18th-place finish. Gagne flirted with the top 12 in the third and fourth laps, but dropped a few positions towards the end. He crossed the finish line just over five minutes after Nino Schurter of Switzerland.

 

The Canadian Press