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April 20, Eliminator:

Engen wins Bike the Rock eliminator

Cycling News
April 22, 2013, 16:20 BST,
April 22, 2013, 17:25 BST

Stiebjahn takes his first eliminator win in men's race

Alexandra Engen (Ghost Factory Racing) and Simon Stiebjahn (Team Bulls) won the eliminator race at the Bike the Rock in Germany on Saturday.


In the women's eliminator, a handful of top sprinters took to the start. In muddy conditions on a fair and interesting track, eliminator world champion Alexandra Engen (Ghost Factory Racing) took her second eliminator victory after Münsingen one week before.

The Swede had a pretty good start, defending her lead with a powerful race, despite the fact that the course offered some good opportunities for overtaking.

"I am very happy to take the win against such important competitors," Engen said. Kathrin Stirnemann (Sabine Spitz-Haibike), fifth at the worlds 2012, finished second in front of her Swiss country-mate Katrin Leumann (Ghost Factory Racing), while Jenny Rissveds (Scott), World Cup winner at La Bresse last year, took the fourth spot on the podium in front of Jolanda Neff (Giant Pro XC).


The men's eliminator went to Simon Stiebjahn (Team Bulls). The 23-year-old won his first ever Bundesliga eliminator, by passing German champion Simon Gegenheimer (Ultrasports-Rose) in a smart manoeuvre. Heiko Gutmann (Lexware-Rothaus) took his third place just ahead of Markus Schulte-Lünzum (Focus).

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Team Bulls    
2 Simon Gegenheimer (Ger) Rose UltraSports    
3 Heiko Gutmann (Ger) Lexware Rothaus Team    
4 Markus Schulte-Lünzum (Ger) Focus XC Team    
5 Wenzel Boehm (Ger) Focus XC Elite Team    
6 Andy Eyring (Ger) Bergamont    
7 Marco Schätzing (Ger) FujiBikes Rockets    
8 Jonas Pedersen (Den) Danish National Team    
9 Timo Häfner (Ger) Radwerk Racing Team    
10 Gustav Höög (Swe) ck bure    
11 Niklas Petersen (Den) Dmk    
12 Nicklas Gormsen (Den) DMK SRAM    
13 Sam Weber (Ger) MHW-Cube-Racing-Team    
14 Ludwig Söderquist (Swe) Cykloteket Racing Team    
15 Pascal Ketterer (Ger) Wheeler- iXS Team    
16 Louis Bendixen (Den) Danish National Team    
17 Robin Thyrstedt (Swe) Allebike Sweden    
18 Pirmin Kuss (Ger) Wheeler- iXS Team    
Elite women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing    
2 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitze Haibike Pro Team    
3 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing    
4 Jenny Rissveds (Swe) Falu CK Sweden    
5 Jolanda Neff (Swi) Area Giant Pro XC Team    
6 Nadine Rieder (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team    
7 Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus XC Team    
8 Majlen Müller (Ger) Fujibikes Rockets / Landeskader NRW    
9 Sofia Wiedenroth (Ger) Team Fiat Rotwild    
10 Lena Wehrle (Ger) Lexware Rothaus Team    
11 Lena Putz (Ger) SolutionXXL    
12 Frida Rönning (Nor) Norwegische Nationalmannschaft