Beerten bests full women's field

Crashes ruin the chances of favorites Buhl and Kintner

A brand new World Cup four cross track at Mont Sainte Anne yielded a victory and the World Cup lead for Anneke Beerten (Suspension Center) on Saturday evening during the sixth round of the World Cup series.

In an event that is often hampered by a lack of participants, it was great to see 12 women racers and three full rounds of racing. The main contenders were Beerten, former World Champion and World Cup leader Jill Kintner, and current World Champion Melissa Buhl (KHS). However, a number of crashes ultimately had an effect on the outcome.

Buhl was one of the victims of a crash in the semi-finals. She came back to win the small final for the evening securing a fifth place overall. This set up a final of Beerten, Kintner, Fionn Griffiths (Norco World Team) and Joanna Petterson. Early in the final, Kintner crashed about halfway down and got up quickly only to crash again lower on the course. Griffiths followed Beerten in for second place, with Petterson in third as Kintner limped in for fourth, losing her World Cup lead.

Beerten assumed the World Cup lead with her win. "This course is really technical and quite difficult. It has a lot of mountain bike features in it, especially with the little bit of rain we had today which made it slippery. It was a really fun course to ride. I like the more downhill style courses, so this was maybe a little better for me. I love riding this track."

"Gates have been so important for me to improve on and I was so focused on the final," said Beerten. "I was surprised and happy with this one. I'm back in the lead, but the points are so close its all going to come down to the final."

Kintner was clearly disappointed. "We came out of the gate pretty even. We banged bars on the first straight and she got a little ahead. So I decided to hang back a little bit and wait until I could get by. Then my front wheel just washed out in one of the corners and that was it. I couldn't get my foot clipped back in and I crashed again. I can't catch a break here. I either win or I crash."

Results

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anneke Beerten (Ned) Suspension Center  
2Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team  
3Joanna Petterson (RSA)  
4Jill Kintner (USA)  
5Melissa Buhl (USA)  
6Anita Molcik (Aut) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team  
7Sarsha Huntington (Aus)  
8Mio Suemasa (Jpn)  
9Lucia Oetjen (Swi)  
10Eva Castro Fernandez (Spa)  
11Neven Steinmetz (USA)  
12Anne Laplante (Can)  
Team
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team50 pts
2Suspension Center40 
3Specialized Factory Racing35 
4Norco World Team30 
5GT Bicycles26 
6Animal Commencal22 
7MS Evil Racing18 
8Team Sunn14 
9Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team12 
10Rocky Mountain UK10 
11Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense7 
World Cup standings after six rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anneke Beerten (Ned) Suspension Center405 pts
2Jill Kintner (USA)350 
3Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team300 
4Jana Horakova (Cze)205 
5Melissa Buhl (USA)205 
6Caroline Buchanan (Aus)185 
7Romana Labounkova (Cze)90 
8Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center90 
9Joanna Petterson (RSA)50 
10Anita Molcik (Aut) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team50 
11Mio Suemasa (Jpn)20 
12Sarsha Huntington (Aus)10 
13Diana Marggraff (Ecu)5 
14Rachel Seydoux (Swi)5 
15Lucia Oetjen (Swi)5 
16Helene Valerie Fruhwirth (Aut)5 
Team World Cup standings after six rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team235 pts
2Suspension Center220 
3GT Bicycles167 
4Team Sunn139 
5Norco World Team125 
6Animal Commencal116 
7Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team109 
8Specialized Factory Racing95 
9Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense67 
10MS Evil Racing53 
11Rocky Mountain UK40 
12Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team9 

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