Stirnemann upsets Engen to win Albstadt eliminator

Engen retains World Cup overall lead

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 ( 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.


Elite women eliminator finals
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team  
2Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing  
3Linda Indergand (Swi) Strüby-Bixs Team  
4Anne Terpstra (Ned) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens Mtb Racing Team  
5Ingrid Boe Jacobsen (Nor) Sepura XC Superior  
6Ramona Forchini (Swi) Strüby-Bixs Team  
7Anna Oberparleiter (Ita)  
8Lena Putz (Ger) Genesis Mountainbike Racing Team  
9Lisa Mitterbauer (Aut) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team  
10Veronika Brüchle* (Ger)  
11Elvira Khayrullina (Rus)  
12Jelena Eric (Srb) Serbia  
13Aline Seitz (Swi) Switzerland  
14Nadine Rieder (Ger)  
15Peta Mullens (Aus) Team Colnago Sudtirol  
16Hielke Elferink (Ned)  
17Cindy Montambault (Can)  
18Iwona Kurczab* (Pol)  
19Laura Charles* (Fra) Focus Rotor Coaching-System  
20Rachel Pageau (Can)  
21Tina Kindlhofer (Aut)  
22Iryna Popova (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma Mtb Team  
23Jennifer Kupferschmied (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team  
24Janina Wust (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team  
25Maxine Filby (GBr)  
26Lucie Vesela (Cze)  
27Nina Homovec (Slo)  
28Anna Villar Argente (Spa)  
29Anna Konovalova (Rus) Format-Udmurtia  
30Stephanie Dohrn (Ger)  
31Milica Rakic (Srb) Serbia  
Elite women World Cup standings after three rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing160 pts
2Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team125 
3Jenny Rissveds (Swe) Scott-Odlo Mtb Racing Team60 
4Ingrid Boe Jacobsen (Nor) Sepura XC Superior50 
5Anne Terpstra (Ned) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens Mtb Racing Team35 
6Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol34 
7Linda Indergand (Swi) Strüby-Bixs Team30 
8Jolanda Neff* (Swi) Liv Pro XC Team30 
9Kate Courtney (USA) Specialized Racing XC30 
10Peta Mullens (Aus) Team Colnago Sudtirol27 
11Aline Seitz (Swi) Switzerland22 
12Ramona Forchini (Swi) Strüby-Bixs Team18 
13Anna Oberparleiter (Ita)16 
14Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau (Can)16 
15Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team16 
16Lena Putz (Ger) Genesis Mountainbike Racing Team15 
17Jovana Crnogorac (Srb) Salcano Alanya14 
18Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus XC Team13 
19Lisa Mitterbauer (Aut) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team12 
20Helen Grobert (Ger) Focus XC Team12 
21Veronika Brüchle* (Ger)10 
22Elvira Khayrullina (Rus)8 
23Andréanne Pichette (Can)8 
24Emily Parkes (Aus)8 
25Nadine Rieder (Ger)7 
26Jelena Eric (Srb) Serbia6 
27Rachel Pageau (Can)6 
28Paula Gorycka (Pol) 4F Racing Team6 
29Amber Johnston (NZl)4 
30Pierina Beeli (Swi) Switzerland2 
31Hielke Elferink (Ned)1 
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