Van Der Ploeg wins Dalby Eliminator

Schneitter captures women's victory

Women's race

The new eliminator series in the UCI mountain bike World Cup had a highly successful debut at the Dalby World Cup on Friday evening. Twenty six women and 42 men took part in the qualifying time trial, with all of the women and the top 32 men moving on to the heats competition. Nathalie Schneitter (Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol) took the women's victory and Paul van der Ploeg (Felt Oetztal X - Bionic) won the men's.

After later afternoon rain showers threatened to impact the event, the skies cleared up and the roads dried out just before the start. Held in the north Yorkshire town of Pickering, the course took riders on a winding up-and-down course, through a church cemetery and down a set of stairs. The key was a strong start in the top two positions, since passing was difficult. Thousands of spectators came out to watch, lining the finishing uphill straightaway.

British rider Annie Last qualified first for the women, Sweden's Alexandra Engen. Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing), the reigning downhill world champion qualified fourth, and four cross World Cup leader Anneke Beerten (Milka Trek) was ninth.

In the four rider heats, Moseley, her British teammate Annie Last and Katerina Nash (Luna) looked to be the strongest, but Schneitter was more consistent. Moseley rode to set up her teammate Last in the semi-final ride, but knocked herself out of the final in the process. Last and Schneitter were joined by Katrin Leumann (Ghost Factory) and Engen made up the other members of the final. Schneitter went to the front on the first short climb, and easily held off Last for the victory, with Leumann taking third.

Men's race

In the men's race, defending champion Thomas Litscher (Felt Oetztal X - Bionic) appear to be well on his way to another win, as he qualified first and won his intermediate heats easily. Also riding well were Marco Fontana (Cannondale) and Sepp Freiburghas, which made up the final foursome.

Surprisingly, pre-race favourite Brian Lopes went out in the first round, with Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) the only North American to make it out of the first round. Also going out early were cross country World Cup leader Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) and his teammate Florian Vogel.

In the final, Litscher got an uncharacteristically slow start, allowing his teammate to take the lead. Van der Ploeg led from start to finish, with Litscher striving to overtake him on the final climb to the finish, but just falling short.

Big Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Paul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team  
2Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team  
3Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing  
4Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team  
Small Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
5Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team  
6Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing  
7Marco Schätzing (Ger) Team Firebike - Droessiger  
8Daniel Federspiel (Aut)  
1/4 Finals
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
9Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing  
10Severin Disch (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team  
11Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Elettroveneta - Corratec  
12Moritz Milatz (Ger) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team  
13Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain  
14Steven James (GBr)  
15David Collins (GBr)  
16Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing  
1/8 Finals
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
17Brian Lopes (USA)  
18Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys - Evenza Team  
19Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team  
20Robby De Bock (Bel)  
21Michal Lami (Svk)  
22Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona  
23Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower Mtb - Racing  
24John Whittington (GBr)  
25Magnus Darvell (Swe)  
26Ben Thomas (GBr)  
27Mattias Wengelin (Swe)  
28Francis Morin (Can) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry  
29Dave Henderson (GBr)  
30Fredrik Edin (Swe)  
31Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing  
DNFMilan Dolezal (Cze) GT Czech Team  

Elite women

Big Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol  
2Annie Last (GBr)  
3Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team  
4Alexandra Engen (Swe)  
Small Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
5Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team  
6Pavla Havlikova (Cze)  
7Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing  
8Chloe Forsman (USA)  
1/4 Finals
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
9Katherine O'Shea (Aus)  
10Lisa Mitterbauer (Aut) Bikepark.Ch Scott  
11Anneke Beerten (Ned) Milka Trek Mtb Racing Team  
12Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol  
13Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice  
14Lee Craigie (GBr)  
15Anna Szafraniec (Pol) CCC Polkowice  
16Lucie Vesela (Cze) GT Czech Team  
1/8 Finals
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
17Karen Hanlen (NZl)  
18Nicoletta De Jager (Ned)  
19Hana Jezkova (Cze) GT Czech Team  
20Krista Park (USA)  
21Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice  
22Maxine Filby (GBr)  
23Amy Dombroski (USA)  
24Janka Stevkova (Svk)  
25Vendula Kuntova (Cze) GT Czech Team  


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