Molcik makes World Cup her own

Beerten bumped off top spot in finale

The four cross World Cup series concluded on Saturday evening, with the crowning of a new champion. Austrian rider Anita Molcik overtook defending champion Anneke Beerten (Suspension Centre) to win both the final event and the overall title.

The natural terrain that highlighted the Windham course made for some tight racing, with passes and crashes meaning that no one was assured of moving on through the heats until they actually crossed the finish line.

The women's field was one of the biggest of the season, with quarter final heats being contested, as well as the usual semifinals. Beerten and Molcik had qualified one-two, but others who could potentially be spoilers were world champion Caroline Buchanan of Australia, Czech rider Jana Horakova and her compatriot Romana Labounkova.

In the final it came down to Beerten, Molcik, Buchanan and Horakova. Buchanan had a bit of a rocky route to the final - she finished third in her opening heat after tangling with Fionn Griffiths (Norco) and crashing, but was reinstated when Griffiths was disqualified.

Out of the gate in the final Beerten took the lead, but Molcik was right with her. Then the Dutch woman's front wheel slid out, she was down and Molcik went on to win the race and the title. Buchanan took second, Horakova third, and Beerten limped in fourth, in shock at the way her World Cup season had ended. For Molcik, it was the first win of her career.

In the final standings, it was Molcik with 385 points, Beerten at 370 and Horakova at 270.

"Overall champion. it is so unbelievable. It was so hard, because I knew that if Anneke got to the finals, I had to get a victory, and she only needed to finish third for the overall, and I didn't think it would happen for me," said Molcik.

"Some of the other girls are faster, so maybe not, I thought. This is the first victory in my life for me at a World Cup and then the World Cup overall, it is so amazing."

Full restuls

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anita Molcik (Aut)  
2Caroline Buchanan (Aus)  
3Jana Horakova (Cze)  
4Anneke Beerten (Ned) Suspension Center  
5Katy Curd (GBr)  
6Romana Labounkova (Cze)  
7Angelika Hohenwarter (Aut)  
8Joanna Petterson (RSA)  
9Steffi Marth (Ger)  
10Sarsha Huntington (Aus)  
11Anne Laplante (Can)  
12Neza Knez (Slo) Unior Tools Team  
13Lucia Oetjen (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team  
14Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1RSP 4 Cross Racing Team78 pts
2Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team40 
3Agang Racing35 
4Suspension Center20 
5Blackmountain Morewood United16 
6MS Evil Racing8 
Final World Cup individual standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anita Molcik (Aut)385 pts
2Anneke Beerten (Ned) Suspension Center370 
3Jana Horakova (Cze)270 
4Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team160 
5Romana Labounkova (Cze)150 
6Joanna Petterson (RSA)120 
7Katy Curd (GBr)120 
8Caroline Buchanan (Aus)115 
9Sarsha Huntington (Aus)110 
10Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center60 
11Lucia Oetjen (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team55 
12Steffi Marth (Ger)30 
13Angelika Hohenwarter (Aut)15 
14Morgane Charre (Fra)10 
15Helene Valerie Fruhwirth (Aut) RC Alpine Commencal Austria5 
16Neza Knez (Slo) Unior Tools Team5 
Final World Cup team standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1RSP 4 Cross Racing Team455 pts
2Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team221 
3Suspension Center195 
4Agang Racing133 
5Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team90 
6Norco World Team70 
7Team Sunn Montgenevre46 
8Commencal44 
9Rocky Mountain UK40 
10Thoemus Racing Team28 
11MS Evil Racing26 
12Blackmountain Morewood United16 
13RC Alpine Commencal Austria15 
142Stage Factory5 
15Unior Tools Team3 
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