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MTB World Cup Cross Country #4 & Eliminator #3 - Albstadt 2014

Date range:
May 30 - June 1

May 30, Elite women eliminator:

Stirnemann upsets Engen to win Albstadt eliminator

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
May 30, 2014, 22:58 BST,
Updated:
May 31, 2014, 3:47 BST

Engen retains World Cup overall lead

Kathrin Stirnemann (Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team) wins

Kathrin Stirnemann (Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team) wins

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Kathrin Stirnemann (Sabine Spitz Haibike) proved that eliminator world champion and World Cup leader Alexandra Engen (Ghost Factory) can be beaten when she decisively won the third round of the eliminator World Cup in Albstadt, Germany.

Engen, the winner of the first two rounds, looked to be on her way to a third straight victory after qualifying fastest among the women. The Ghost rider conserved her energy in the first two rounds, before winning her semi-final heat to make the final. Stirnemann, by contrast, won every heat on her way to the final. The pair were joined by Linda Indergand (Struby-Bixs) and Anne Terpstra (Betch.nl Superior Brentjens) for the podium race.

Stirnemann easily outdistanced Engen and Indergand, with the World Cup leader barely outkicking her rival at the line for second.

"It is so unbelievable," said Stirnemann. "I felt good. It is just great. It was important to get the win [over Engen] because she has had two victories, and I am still trying to catch her in the overall."

At the halfway point in the World Cup series, Engen has 160 points, with Stirnemann only 35 points back. Jenny Rissveds (Scott-Odlo), who did not race in Albstadt, sits third with 60 points.

Results

Elite women eliminator finals
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team    
2 Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing    
3 Linda Indergand (Swi) Strüby-Bixs Team    
4 Anne Terpstra (Ned) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens Mtb Racing Team    
5 Ingrid Boe Jacobsen (Nor) Sepura XC Superior    
6 Ramona Forchini (Swi) Strüby-Bixs Team    
7 Anna Oberparleiter (Ita)    
8 Lena Putz (Ger) Genesis Mountainbike Racing Team    
9 Lisa Mitterbauer (Aut) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team    
10 Veronika Brüchle* (Ger)    
11 Elvira Khayrullina (Rus)    
12 Jelena Eric (Srb) Serbia    
13 Aline Seitz (Swi) Switzerland    
14 Nadine Rieder (Ger)    
15 Peta Mullens (Aus) Team Colnago Sudtirol    
16 Hielke Elferink (Ned)    
17 Cindy Montambault (Can)    
18 Iwona Kurczab* (Pol)    
19 Laura Charles* (Fra) Focus Rotor Coaching-System    
20 Rachel Pageau (Can)    
21 Tina Kindlhofer (Aut)    
22 Iryna Popova (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma Mtb Team    
23 Jennifer Kupferschmied (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team    
24 Janina Wust (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team    
25 Maxine Filby (GBr)    
26 Lucie Vesela (Cze)    
27 Nina Homovec (Slo)    
28 Anna Villar Argente (Spa)    
29 Anna Konovalova (Rus) Format-Udmurtia    
30 Stephanie Dohrn (Ger)    
31 Milica Rakic (Srb) Serbia    
Elite women World Cup standings after three rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing 160  pts
2 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 125  
3 Jenny Rissveds (Swe) Scott-Odlo Mtb Racing Team 60  
4 Ingrid Boe Jacobsen (Nor) Sepura XC Superior 50  
5 Anne Terpstra (Ned) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens Mtb Racing Team 35  
6 Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol 34  
7 Linda Indergand (Swi) Strüby-Bixs Team 30  
8 Jolanda Neff* (Swi) Liv Pro XC Team 30  
9 Kate Courtney (USA) Specialized Racing XC 30  
10 Peta Mullens (Aus) Team Colnago Sudtirol 27  
11 Aline Seitz (Swi) Switzerland 22  
12 Ramona Forchini (Swi) Strüby-Bixs Team 18  
13 Anna Oberparleiter (Ita) 16  
14 Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau (Can) 16  
15 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 16  
16 Lena Putz (Ger) Genesis Mountainbike Racing Team 15  
17 Jovana Crnogorac (Srb) Salcano Alanya 14  
18 Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus XC Team 13  
19 Lisa Mitterbauer (Aut) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team 12  
20 Helen Grobert (Ger) Focus XC Team 12  
21 Veronika Brüchle* (Ger) 10  
22 Elvira Khayrullina (Rus) 8  
23 Andréanne Pichette (Can) 8  
24 Emily Parkes (Aus) 8  
25 Nadine Rieder (Ger) 7  
26 Jelena Eric (Srb) Serbia 6  
27 Rachel Pageau (Can) 6  
28 Paula Gorycka (Pol) 4F Racing Team 6  
29 Amber Johnston (NZl) 4  
30 Pierina Beeli (Swi) Switzerland 2  
31 Hielke Elferink (Ned) 1