Engen wins women's eliminator at Nove Mesto World Cup

World champ continues to lead World Cup standings

In round 2 of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup eliminator on Friday, Alexandra Engen (Ghost Factory) went two-for-two among the women, in a performance that shows the Swedish rider is clearly the dominant rider in the sport right now.

Engen, the world champion in the discipline, was clearly in control, qualifying first and then only working as hard as necessary to make it through each round on her way the final. She was joined in the final by the next fastest qualifiers: Kathrin Stirnemann (Sabine Spitz Haibike), Ingrid Boe Jacobsen (Sepura XC Superior) and Peta Mullens (Colnago Sudtirol).

Stirnemann took charge in the start of the final; however, Engen was just biding her time, and swept by on the finishing straight to easily win.

"It was so crazy, so nice [to win]," Engen said. "Kathrin [Stirnemann] did a marvelous race. I know she wanted to jump to the right side, so I braked and wanted to hold her back and she jumped to the left side instead. Then she went full gas, which was more or less my tactic. When I caught her, I thought it might last and it did."

Engen now has a perfect 120 points in the World Cup standings, with Stirnemann a distant second at 65 points and Jenny Rissveds (Scott-Odlo) at 60. Mullens, who missed the first round, is eighth, with 25 points.


Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing  
2Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team  
3Ingrid Boe Jacobsen (Nor) Sepura XC Superior  
4Peta Mullens (Aus) Team Colnago Sudtirol  
5Jenny Rissveds (Swe) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team  
6Aline Seitz (Swi) Switzerland  
7Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau (Can)  
8Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol  
9Kate Courtney (USA) Specialized Racing XC  
10Anne Terpstra (Ned) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team  
11Andréanne Pichette (Can)  
12Rachel Pageau (Can)  
13Nadine Rieder (Ger)  
14Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus XC Team  
15Pierina Beeli (Swi) Switzerland  
16Lena Putz (Ger) Genesis Mountainbike Racing Team  
17Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team  
18Sina Frei (Swi) Switzerland  
19Irena Berkova (Cze)  
20Anna Oberparleiter (Ita)  
21Iryna Popova (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team  
22Hielke Elferink (Ned)  
23Iwona Kurczab (Pol)  
24Paula Gorycka (Pol) 4F Racing Team  
25Nicole Koller (Swi) Switzerland  
26Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Specialized Racing XC  
27Pavlina Sulcova (Cze)  
28Michelle Andres (Swi) Switzerland  
29Anna Konovalova (Rus) Format-Udmurtia  
30Maxine Filby (GBr)  
31Jelena Eric (Srb) Serbia  
32Amber Johnston (NZl)  
Elite women World Cup standings after two rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing120 pts
2Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team65 
3Jenny Rissveds (Swe) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team60 
4Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol34 
5Ingrid Boe Jacobsen (Nor) Sepura XC Superior30 
6Jolanda Neff* (Swi) Liv Pro XC Team30 
7Kate Courtney (USA) Specialized Racing XC30 
8Peta Mullens (Aus) Team Colnago Sudtirol25 
9Aline Seitz (Swi) Switzerland18 
10Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau (Can)16 
11Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team16 
12Jovana Crnogorac (Srb) Salcano Alanya14 
13Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus XC Team13 
14Helen Grobert (Ger) Focus XC Team12 
15Anne Terpstra (Ned) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team10 
16Andréanne Pichette (Can)8 
17Emily Parkes (Aus)8 
18Rachel Pageau (Can)6 
19Paula Gorycka (Pol) 4F Racing Team6 
20Nadine Rieder (Ger)4 
21Amber Johnston (NZl)4 
22Pierina Beeli (Swi) Switzerland2 
23Lena Putz (Ger) Genesis Mountainbike Racing Team1 
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