Elisabeth Osl wins World Cup after skipping last week's World Championship

Austrian takes over World Cup lead heading into final round at home in Austria (updated)

Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost Team) decided to skip the World Championships last weekend in Australia to focus on the World Cup, and it paid dividends on Sunday at round seven in Champéry, Switzerland, when she decisively won and took the lead in the overall standings with one race remaining. Anna Szafraniec (JBG-2 Pro MTB Team) finished second, with Lene Byberg (Specialized Factory Racing), in the World Cup leader's jersey, finishing third.

The top North American finisher was Canadian National Champion Catharine Pendrel (Luna) in 10th, followed one spot behind by Marie-Helene Premont (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain). Pendrel moves up to third in the World Cup standings, behind Osl and Byberg.

The five lap race began with sprint on pavement into the long 1,200-metre start loop. Traditional fast starter Eva Lechner (Colnago Cap Arreghini) took the lead into the first lap, closely followed by Swiss champion Katrin Leumann, Osl's teammate Sabine Spitz and Osl.

A number of top riders were struggling, including newly crowned World Champion Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon), Byberg, Marga Fullana (Massi) and Pendrel. Kalentieva crashed on the second lap, landing on her knee, and was taken to hospital; it was an inauspicious start to her reign as World Champion. Fullana pulled out on the same lap with, as it turned out, a back injury. According to her team, she crashed in training two days before the race, damaging a vertebra. She will now see a specialist to assess the severity of the injury.

Osl and Lechner moved into the lead on the first lap, already 40 seconds ahead of Leumann, Szafraniec and Spitz by the start of the second lap, with Byberg 1:21 back and seeing her World Cup lead disappearing. Osl took the lead on the second lap, but it was a slim five to 10 second gap that did not change until just before the start of the last lap, when Lechner flatted, letting Szafraniec move into second place. The Italian managed to get to the pit in fourth and hold onto that spot, but her chances of winning were finished.

Byberg had a strong race coming from behind. She moved up to join a chase group of Spitz, Pendrel and Leumann mid-race, and then dropped them to move into third. However, anything other than a win would have dropped her out of the lead, so she goes into the final round 65 points behind Osl, who will be racing in front of her native Austrian fans.

"Yesterday I woke up with a cold, and my head felt thick," said Osl, "so I didn't think it was possible to win here. When Eva and I were away in front, I was being more cautious in the technical sections, because it would have been easy to make a mistake, and lose a lot of time."

"But I was faster [than Lechner] on the climb, and when I went into the lead, it wasn't really an attack. I could see that she was at her limit and I was still able to go harder. The gap was small until Eva flatted, and it was only then that I knew that I could win."

"It is really cool to win, and become the leader as the World Cup goes to my home country. This makes me happy with my decision not to go to the World Championships."

The final lap took its toll on Pendrel, who slipped down to 10th.

"That was really hard!," she exclaimed after crossing the line. "I had a good race, I was climbing and descending well, but I think we are staring to see some riders coming into form who weren't as strong earlier into the season. This just shows the depth of the women's field."

Emily Batty (Team Canada) finished 20th, the fourth Under 23 rider. Her results leaves her in second overall in the Under 23 standings, 33 points behind World Champion Aleksandra Dawidowicz (CCC Polkowice), who was ninth in today's race and the highest-placing Under 23 racer. Batty goes into the final round with a 31-point advantage over third placed Caroline Mani (Team Bikepark.ch).

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Central Ghost Pro Team1:39:39 
2Anna Szafraniec (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team0:00:54 
3Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Factory Racing0:01:23 
4Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Cap Arreghini0:02:18 
5Katrin Leumann (Swi)0:02:27 
6Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Ghost Pro Team0:02:40 
7Cécile Rode Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International0:02:43 
8Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Cap Arreghini0:03:25 
9Aleksandra Dawidowicz* (Pol) CCC Polkowice0:03:38 
10Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team0:04:23 
11Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles0:05:05 
12Lea Davison (USA) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles0:05:54 
13Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Team Bikepark.ch0:06:22 
14Julie Bresset* (Fra) Breiz Mountain0:06:36 
15Sabrina Enaux (Fra) BH-Suntour0:07:02 
16Hanna Klein* (Ger)0:07:37 
17Laura Metzler (Fra) BH-Suntour0:08:29 
18Anna Villar Argente (Spa) Massi0:08:37 
19Sarah Koba (Swi)0:09:04 
20Emily Batty* (Can)0:09:23 
21Amanda Sin (Can)0:09:36 
22Mary McConneloug (USA)0:10:00 
23Vivienne Meyer* (Swi) Colnago Cap Arreghini0:10:33 
24Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)0:10:52 
25Tanja Zakelj* (Slo) MBK Orbea0:12:06 
26Kate Potter (Aus)0:12:19 
27Anja Gradl (Ger) Central Ghost Pro Team0:12:45 
28Nataliya Krompets* (Ukr)0:12:56 
29Annie Last* (GBr)0:13:31 
30Fanny Bourdon* (Fra)0:13:41 
31Rowena Fry (Aus) Discovertasmania.com0:14:00 
32Janka Stevkova (Svk)0:14:13 
33Fabienne Niederberger (Swi)0:14:44 
34Suzanne Clarke (GBr)0:15:17 
35Sandra Walter (Can)0:16:00 
36Maria Osl (Aut) Fischer-BMC0:16:46 
37Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:17:05 
38Barbara Benko* (Hun)0:17:29 
39Stephanie Wiedner* (Aut) DS-Rennsport0:17:33 
40Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa) Cemelorca-Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo0:18:02 
41Paula Gorycka* (Pol)0:18:30 
42Coralie Redelsperger (Fra)0:18:51 
43Jean Ann Mckirdy (Can)0:19:09 
44Virginie Pointet* (Swi) Team Bikepark.ch  
45Nadine Rieder* (Ger) Fumic.Brothers.International0:19:23 
46Helene Marcouyre (Fra) BH-Suntour0:19:36 
47Tatjana Dold (Ger)0:20:05 
48Adelheid Morath (Ger)0:21:01 
49Truong Lorraine * (Swi)0:21:31 
50Jennifer Sagesser* (Swi)0:22:14 
51Judith Pollinger* (Ita) Sunshine Racers ASV Nals0:22:23 
-1lapKatherine O'Shea (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition  
-1lapLily Matthews* (GBr)  
-1lapCorina Gantenbein (Swi)  
-2lapsAlexa Hüni (Ger)  
-2lapsGitha Michiels (Bel) Team Saeco  
-2lapsCaroline Mani* (Fra) Team Bikepark.ch  
-2lapsGracie Elvin* (Aus) Discovertasmania.com  
-2lapsLenka Bulisova* (Cze)  
-2lapsNicoletta De Jager (Ned)  
-2lapsRebecca Beaumont* (Can)  
-2lapsCatherine Lohri (Swi)  
-2lapsIrina Slobodyan* (Ukr)  
-3lapsAna Rita Vigario (Por)  
DNFAlexandra Engen* (Swe)  
DNFMartina Giovanniello* (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.  
DNFMargarita Fullana Riera (Spa) Massi  
DNFPetra Henzi (Swi) Fischer-BMC  
DNFIrina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team  
DNFMagdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice  
DNFKathrin Stirnemann* (Swi)  
DNFAnna Oberparleiter* (Ita)  
DNSFabienne Heinzmann (Swi) Team Bikepark.ch  
DNSDaniela Veronesi (SMr)  
DNSRoberta Monaldini (SMr)  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Central Ghost Pro Team70 pts
2Colnago Cap Arreghini61 
3Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles39 
4JBG-2 Professional MTB Team35 
5Specialized Factory Racing32 
6BH-Suntour30 
7Lapierre International24 
8CCC Polkowice22 
9Luna Pro Team21 
10Team Bikepark.ch18 
11Breiz Mountain17 
12Massi13 
13MBK Orbea6 
Elite women individual World Cup standings after seven rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Central Ghost Pro Team1190 pts
2Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Factory Racing1125 
3Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team975 
4Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team940 
5Margarita Fullana Riera (Spa) Massi912 
6Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles673 
7Katrin Leumann (Swi)622 
8Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher612 
9Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Ghost Pro Team600 
10Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Cap Arreghini586 
11Mary Mcconneloug (USA)586 
12Anna Szafraniec (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team536 
13Cécile Rode Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International535 
14Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team515 
15Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice464 
16Aleksandra Dawidowicz* (Pol) CCC Polkowice426 
17Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher418 
18Chengyuan Ren (Chn)410 
19Emily Batty* (Can)393 
20Rowena Fry (Aus) Discovertasmania.com386 
21Sabrina Enaux (Fra) BH-Suntour363 
22Caroline Mani* (Fra) Team Bikepark.ch363 
23Laura Turpijn (Ned)358 
24Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Cap Arreghini352 
25Lea Davison (USA) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles352 
26Petra Henzi (Swi) Fischer-BMC349 
27Julie Bresset* (Fra) Breiz Mountain338 
28Adelheid Morath (Ger)327 
29Laura Metzler (Fra) BH-Suntour323 
30Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Team Bikepark.ch314 
31Janka Stevkova (Svk)291 
32Julie Krasniak* (Fra)262 
33Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team260 
34Helene Marcouyre (Fra) BH-Suntour251 
35Anna Villar Argente (Spa) Massi247 
36Kate Potter (Aus)241 
37Hanna Klein* (Ger)240 
38Amanda Sin (Can)239 
39Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice230 
40Katherine O'Shea (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition193 
41Tereza Hurikova* (Cze) Ceska Sporitelna MTB192 
42Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt International MTB Team188 
43Vivienne Meyer* (Swi) Colnago Cap Arreghini154 
44Mical Dyck (Can)151 
45Anja Gradl (Ger) Central Ghost Pro Team142 
46Fanny Bourdon* (Fra)142 
47Alexandra Engen* (Swe)131 
48Katherine Compton (USA)130 
49Esther Süss (Swi)130 
50Githa Michiels (Bel) Team Saeco128 
51Ivonne Kraft (Ger)127 
52Barbara Benko* (Hun)126 
53Gracie Elvin* (Aus) Discovertasmania.com126 
54Tanja Zakelj* (Slo) MBK Orbea118 
55Suzanne Clarke (GBr)118 
56Maria Osl (Aut) Fischer-BMC107 
57Vera Andreeva* (Rus)97 
58Nicola Leary (NZl)96 
59Sandra Walter (Can)95 
60Nataliya Krompets* (Ukr)93 
61Chloe Forsman* (USA) Luna Pro Team88 
62Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)73 
63Caroline Villeneuve (Can)71 
64Sarah Koba (Swi)68 
65Karine Travaillaud (Can)68 
66Virginie Pointet* (Swi) Team Bikepark.ch66 
67Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa) Cemelorca-Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo66 
68Yolande Speedy (RSA)64 
69Joanna Wall (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition64 
70Rebecca Beaumont* (Can)57 
71Marie-Claude Surprenant* (Can)57 
72Cindy Montambault (Can)56 
73Daniela Campuzano (Mex)55 
74Zoe King (Aus)55 
75Jean Ann Mckirdy (Can)55 
76Fiona Macdermid (GBr)52 
77Josiane Mathieu (Can)51 
78Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex)50 
79Stephanie Wiedner* (Aut) DS-Rennsport49 
80Rosara Joseph (NZl)49 
81Annie Last* (GBr)48 
82Kathleen Villeneuve (Can)45 
83Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant Mountain Bike Team44 
84Maaike Polspoel* (Bel)44 
85Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe) Subaru-Gary Fisher44 
86Anna Oberparleiter* (Ita)43 
87Fabienne Niederberger (Swi)40 
88Kathrin Stirnemann* (Swi)39 
89Evelyn Staffler (Ita) Colnago Cap Arreghini38 
90Judith Pollinger* (Ita) Sunshine Racers ASV Nals38 
91Coralie Redelsperger (Fra)37 
92Oksana Rybakova (Rus)37 
93Melanie Spath (Ger)36 
94Nadine Rieder* (Ger) Fumic.Brothers.International36 
95Therese Rhodes* (Aus)35 
96Inbar Ronen (Isr)34 
97Tatjana Dold (Ger)31 
98Tania Raats (RSA)29 
99Cristina Mascarreras Sabria (Spa) Conor - Camping La Siesta28 
100Sara Muhl (RSA)28 
101Paula Gorycka* (Pol)27 
102Kajsa Snihs* (Swe)27 
103Shawna Thunder (RSA)27 
104Joanna Harrington (Aus)26 
105Janneke Leask* (RSA)26 
106Heletje Van Staden* (Nam)25 
107Hilana Marais (RSA)24 
108Tory Thomas (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition23 
109Kristien Nelen (Bel)23 
110Carmen Bassingthwaighte (Nam)22 
111Carla Freysen (RSA)21 
112Lorraine Truong* (Swi)19 
113Katrin Schwing (Ger)19 
114Jennifer Sagesser* (Swi)18 
115Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Team Scott Valloire Galibier17 
116Stephanie Lacoursiere* (Can)16 
117Lily Matthews* (GBr)15 
118Corina Gantenbein (Swi)14 
119Camille Pousse* (Fra)14 
120Alexa Hüni (Ger)13 
121Jeanette Gerrie (NZl)13 
122Silke Schmidt* (Ger)13 
123Laure Boulay (Fra) Keops12 
124Joana Barbosa* (Por)11 
125Catherine Lohri (Swi)10 
126Sarka Chmurova (Cze)10 
127Lenka Bulisova* (Cze)9 
128Elena Ondasova (Svk)9 
129Nicoletta De Jager (Ned)8 
Elite women team World Cup standings after seven rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Central Ghost Pro Team353 pts
2Luna Pro Team346 
3Specialized Factory Racing217 
4CCC Polkowice204 
5Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles203 
6Colnago Cap Arreghini185 
7Subaru-Gary Fisher184 
8Topeak Ergon Racing Team177 
9Massi176 
10BH-Suntour112 
11JBG-2 Professional MTB Team109 
12Team Bikepark.ch101 
13Lapierre International92 
14Fischer-BMC76 
15Breiz Mountain59 
16Discovertasmania.com42 
17Ceska Sporitelna MTB30 
18Felt International MTB Team28 
19Team Saeco10 
20Torq Performance Nutrition9 
21MBK Orbea6 

 

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