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MTB World Cup Cross Country #6, Downhill #6 & Four Cross #6 2010

Date range:
August 27-30, 2010

August 28, Elite women four cross:

Molcik makes World Cup her own

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
August 29, 2010, 23:34 BST,
Updated:
August 30, 2010, 16:39 BST

Beerten bumped off top spot in finale

The final World Cup podium: Fionn Griffiths, Anneke Beerten, Anita Molcik, Jana Horakova, Romana Labunkova.

The final World Cup podium: Fionn Griffiths, Anneke Beerten, Anita Molcik, Jana Horakova, Romana Labunkova.

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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) Team Result
1 Anita Molcik (Aut)    
2 Caroline Buchanan (Aus)    
3 Jana Horakova (Cze)    
4 Anneke Beerten (Ned) Suspension Center    
5 Katy Curd (GBr)    
6 Romana Labounkova (Cze)    
7 Angelika Hohenwarter (Aut)    
8 Joanna Petterson (RSA)    
9 Steffi Marth (Ger)    
10 Sarsha Huntington (Aus)    
11 Anne Laplante (Can)    
12 Neza Knez (Slo) Unior Tools Team    
13 Lucia Oetjen (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team    
14 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 RSP 4 Cross Racing Team 78  pts
2 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 40  
3 Agang Racing 35  
4 Suspension Center 20  
5 Blackmountain Morewood United 16  
6 MS Evil Racing 8  
Final World Cup individual standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Anita Molcik (Aut) 385  pts
2 Anneke Beerten (Ned) Suspension Center 370  
3 Jana Horakova (Cze) 270  
4 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team 160  
5 Romana Labounkova (Cze) 150  
6 Joanna Petterson (RSA) 120  
7 Katy Curd (GBr) 120  
8 Caroline Buchanan (Aus) 115  
9 Sarsha Huntington (Aus) 110  
10 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center 60  
11 Lucia Oetjen (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team 55  
12 Steffi Marth (Ger) 30  
13 Angelika Hohenwarter (Aut) 15  
14 Morgane Charre (Fra) 10  
15 Helene Valerie Fruhwirth (Aut) RC Alpine Commencal Austria 5  
16 Neza Knez (Slo) Unior Tools Team 5  
Final World Cup team standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 RSP 4 Cross Racing Team 455  pts
2 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 221  
3 Suspension Center 195  
4 Agang Racing 133  
5 Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team 90  
6 Norco World Team 70  
7 Team Sunn Montgenevre 46  
8 Commencal 44  
9 Rocky Mountain UK 40  
10 Thoemus Racing Team 28  
11 MS Evil Racing 26  
12 Blackmountain Morewood United 16  
13 RC Alpine Commencal Austria 15  
14 2Stage Factory 5  
15 Unior Tools Team 3