Stirnemann wins eliminator at Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup

Rissveds and Mitterbauer on podium

On Switzerland's national day, Swiss rider Kathrin Stirnemann (Sabine Spitz Haibike) celebrated by winning the fourth round of the eliminator World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec in Canada. Stirnemann also took the leaders jersey in the absence of former leader Alexandra Engen (Ghost Factory), who did not race.

Surprisingly, this was the first time that Mont-Sainte-Anne had hosted an eliminator and, in true MSA fashion, they made it tough, with a long opening climb, BMX descent and then a pumptrack section before the sprint to the finish.

Stirnemann was clearly the strongest, qualifying fastest and winning both of her heats on the way to the final. Jenny Rissveds (Scott -Odlo), after qualifying second did the same on the other side of the draw. Lisa Mitterbauer (Feenstra Felt p/b Kenda) and local Canadian hope Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau (Rocky Mountain) were the other two riders to make up the final heat.

Stirnemann rode from the front to win solo, with enough time over Rissveds to roll across the line with her arms in the air. Mitterbauer took third.

"I just felt great the whole day, and already in the morning it was good," said Stirnemann. "I think the start was the most important part here. I got the hole shot and made it to the finish, so I'm super happy to take the win. It was perfect to get the jersey today. It's sad to miss Alex, so I hope she will get well."

Stirnemann now leads the standings with 185 points, followed by Engen at 160 and Rissveds at 100.

Elite women eliminator

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team  
2Jenny Rissveds (Swe) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team  
3Lisa Mitterbauer (Aut) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team  
4Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau (Can)  
5Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team  
6Kate Courtney (USA) Specialized Racing XC  
7Andréanne Pichette (Can)  
8Elodie Bernier (Can)  
9Rachel Pageau (Can)  
10Catherine Fleury (Can)  
11Haley Smith (Can)  
12Jovana Crnogorac (Srb) Salcano Alanya  
13Fernanda Castro (Chi)  
Elite women eliminator UCI World Cup Standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team  
2Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing  
3Jenny Rissveds (Swe) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team  
4Ingrid Boe Jacobsen (Nor) Sepura XC Superior  
5Kate Courtney (USA) Specialized Racing XC  
6Lisa Mitterbauer (Aut) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team  
7Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau (Can)  
8Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team  
9Anne Terpstra (Ned) Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team  
10Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol  
11Linda Indergand (Swi) Strüby-Bixs Team  
12Jolanda Neff (Swi) Liv Pro XC Team  
13Peta Mullens (Aus) Team Colnago Sudtirol  
14Andréanne Pichette (Can)  
15Aline Seitz (Swi) Switzerland  
16Jovana Crnogorac (Srb) Salcano Alanya  
17Ramona Forchini (Swi) Strüby-Bixs Team  
18Rachel Pageau (Can)  
19Anna Oberparleiter (Ita)  
20Lena Putz (Ger) Genesis Mountainbike Racing Team  
21Elodie Bernier (Can)  
22Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus XC Team  
23Helen Grobert (Ger) Focus XC Team  
24Catherine Fleury (Can)  
25Veronika Brüchle (Ger)  
26Haley Smith (Can)  
27Elvira Khayrullina (Rus)  
28Emily Parkes (Aus)  
29Nadine Rieder (Ger)  
30Jelena Eric (Srb) Serbia  
31Paula Gorycka (Pol) 4F Racing Team  
32Fernanda Castro (Chi)  
33Amber Johnston (NZl)  
34Pierina Beeli (Swi) Switzerland  
35Hielke Elferink (Ned)  


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