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MTB World Cup Cross Country #1, Downhill #1 & Four Cross #1 2011

Date range:
April 21-24, 2011

April 22, Elite women four cross:

Beerten cruises to opening four cross World Cup win

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
April 22, 2011, 15:59 BST,
Updated:
April 23, 2011, 4:10 BST

Griffiths, Gros race to second, third

The small women's field of eight riders meant that there was only a semi-final before heading straight to the podium round. Anneke Beerten (Milka Trek), after qualifying first, ahead of world champion Anita Molcik, rode away from the rest in her heat to cruise into the Big Final.

She was joined by Fionn Griffiths (Team GR), Céline Gros (Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute Savoie) and the Swiss rider Lucia Oetjen.

Missing from the medal round was Molcik, who struggled in her semi-final heat, and had to be content with winning the small final for fifth.

Beerten again rode away from her competition in the Big Final, while Griffiths and Gros battled for second, with Griffiths just pulling away at the end.

"I felt so much pressure," said Beerten. "[It's] another year, and all the girls are racing really well. This track is so hard and so fast, so to win the first round is just the best. I am stoked!"

Full Results

Big Final
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Anneke Beerten (Ned) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team    
2 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Team GR    
3 Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie    
4 Lucia Oetjen (Swi)    
Small Final
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
5 Anita Molcik (Aut)    
6 Katy Curd (GBr)    
7 Melissa Buhl (USA)    
Elite women four cross World Cup standings after one round
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Anneke Beerten (Ned) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team 100  pts
2 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Team GR 75  
3 Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie 50  
4 Lucia Oetjen (Swi) 40  
5 Anita Molcik (Aut) 30  
6 Katy Curd (GBr) 20  
7 Melissa Buhl (USA) 10