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MTB World Cup Cross Country #8 & Downhill & Four Cross #8 2009

Date range:
September 18-20, 2009

September 19, Elite women cross country:

Austrian Osl wins final World Cup round at home

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
September 19, 2009, 15:01 BST,
Updated:
September 21, 2009, 16:55 BST

Elisabeth Osl wins eighth and final round in Schladming, Austria

Elisabeth "Lisi" Osl gave the Austrian crowd what they had hoped: a home win and the World Cup title at the eighth and final round in Schladming, Austria. Osl took her third World Cup win of the season after an impressive start to finish ride on the front.

Lene Byberg (Specialized) confirmed her second place overall by catching Canada's Catharine Pendrel (Luna) on the final climb to take second, while Pendrel hung on for third in both the race and the overall standings. Lea Davison (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) was the top US finisher in 12th, two spots ahead of Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven). Emily Batty (Team Canada) finished 25th, and took second overall in the Under 23 final World Cup standings behind World Champion Aleksandra Dawidowicz (CCC Polkowice).

Osl came into the final round of the World Cup with a 65-point lead over Byberg. Pendrel was mathematically still in the running to win the title, but more concerned with holding onto third ahead of World Champion Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon). The only other rider who could have been in the mix - Marga Fullana (Massi) - was out after fracturing a vertebra in a crash a week earlier prior to the Champery, Switzerland, round.

The steep climbs of Schladming certainly suited the diminutive Osl, who was out in front by the top of the first climb of the four-lap race. Premont gamely hung on for most of the first lap, joined by Pendrel, but then slipped back to join a chase group with Byberg, Anna Szafraniec (JBG-2) and Kalentieva. Pendrel was gaining on Osl after the technical, muddy descents, but would lose time on each climb. The Austrian was steadily extending her lead, to eventually finish more than a minute ahead.

"I have no words," said Osl, who was emotional on the podium during the Austrian national anthem. "It has been a fantastic season, and I have surprised myself this year. My tactic today was just to give it my best. My legs felt bad before the start in the warm-up, so I just decided to go out hard and see what would happen. But the pressure, it was not easy. To come to Austria in the leader's jersey and hold onto it ... this was great pressure."

The effort the Canadian champion was expending would eventually catch up with her, as Byberg, Premont and Szafraniec slowly began reeling her in. Premont was at the front of the trio on the last lap when she slid out in a corner, giving Byberg to opportunity to attack and finally bridge up to Pendrel for the final climb of the race. The pair swapped attacks until Byberg was able to just get ahead and finish eight seconds in front of Pendrel. Szafraniec came in for fourth, less than 30 seconds later, closely followed by Premont. The four chasers were separated by less than 50 seconds.

"I'm pretty pleased," said Pendrel, "I just wish that I could have held Lene [Byberg] off on that last climb! For a while I was able to keep Lisi [Osl] in sight, but the steep climbs suited her a lot more than me, and I had to back off a bit and go my own pace. Then Lene caught me, and we attacked each other a couple of times until she managed to get in front. But, overall, this is my best season ever, with a World Cup victory, the national title, third in the series and sixth at the World Championships, so, I'm satisfied."

For Premont, who has struggled with breathing problems all season, it was a strong end to the season. "Yes, I am happy with this result. It has been a hard season for me, with good results, then bad, then good. So, this shows me that I am on the right track and I go into the preparation for next season with a good feeling."

Results

Elite women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Central Ghost Pro Team 1:19:10  
2 Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Factory Racing 0:01:05  
3 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 0:01:13  
4 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team 0:01:41  
5 Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles 0:01:53  
6 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:03:10  
7 Aleksandra Dawidowicz* (Pol) Ccc Polkowice 0:03:21  
8 Petra Henzi (Swi) Fischer-BMC 0:03:50  
9 Cécile Rode Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International 0:03:59  
10 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Cap Arreghini 0:04:36  
11 Anja Gradl (Ger) Central Ghost Pro Team 0:04:48  
12 Lea Davison (USA) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles 0:04:50  
13 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Ghost Pro Team 0:05:08  
14 Mary McConneloug (USA) 0:05:21  
15 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt International MTB Team 0:05:39  
16 Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Cap Arreghini 0:05:45  
17 Katrin Leumann (Swi) 0:05:53  
18 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) BH-Suntour 0:06:03  
19 Tanja Zakelj* (Slo) MBK Orbea 0:06:12  
20 Sarah Koba (Swi) 0:06:43  
21 Paula Gorycka* (Pol) 0:07:49  
22 Vivienne Meyer* (Swi) Colnago Cap Arreghini 0:08:41  
23 Janka Stevkova (Svk) 0:08:49  
24 Rowena Fry (Aus) Discovertasmania.Com 0:08:57  
25 Emily Batty* (Can) 0:09:08  
26 Hanna Klein* (Ger) 0:09:15  
27 Anna Villar Argente (Spa) Massi 0:09:38  
28 Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Team Bikepark.ch 0:09:43  
29 Amanda Sin (Can) 0:10:00  
30 Nataliya Krompets* (Ukr) 0:10:29  
31 Laura Metzler (Fra) BH-Suntour 0:10:47  
32 Kate Potter (Aus) 0:10:57  
33 Adelheid Morath (Ger) 0:11:06  
34 Maria Osl (Aut) Fischer-BMC 0:11:17  
35 Annie Last* (GBr) 0:11:31  
36 Barbara Benko* (Hun) 0:12:01  
37 Sandra Walter (Can) 0:12:23  
38 Githa Michiels (Bel) Team Saeco 0:12:32  
39 Monique Zeldenrust (Ned) 0:12:47  
40 Judith Pollinger* (Ita) Sunshine Racers Asv Nals 0:12:48  
41 Suzanne Clarke (GBr) 0:13:37  
42 Coralie Redelsperger (Fra) 0:13:43  
43 Fabienne Niederberger (Swi) 0:14:12  
44 Stephanie Wiedner* (Aut) DS-Rennsport 0:14:33  
45 Silke Schmidt* (Ger) 0:15:16  
46 Jennifer Sagesser* (Swi) 0:15:17  
47 Katherine O'shea (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition 0:15:37  
48 Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa) Cemelorca-Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo 0:15:53  
49 Alexandra Engen* (Swe) 0:16:47  
50 Virginie Pointet* (Swi) Team Bikepark.ch 0:16:54  
51 Nadine Rieder* (Ger) Fumic.Brothers.International 0:17:14  
52 Karin Groen (Ned) 0:17:29  
53 Corina Gantenbein (Swi) 0:17:58  
54 Alexa Hüni (Ger) 0:18:10  
55 Lucie Vesela (Cze) 0:18:20  
56 Irina Slobodyan* (Ukr) 0:18:41  
57 Maaike Polspoel* (Bel) 0:18:46  
58 Martina Nemcova (Cze) 0:20:32  
59 Gracie Elvin* (Aus) Discovertasmania.Com 0:20:38  
60 Jean Ann Mckirdy (Can) 0:21:53  
-1lap Anna Oberparleiter* (Ita)    
-1lap Nicoletta De Jager (Ned)    
-1lap Catherine Lohri (Swi)    
-1lap Rebecca Beaumont* (Can)    
-1lap Nina Homovec (Slo) MBK Orbea    
-1lap Christina Verhas (Aut)    
-1lap Kiona Harbers (Ned)    
-1lap Lenka Bulisova* (Cze)    
DNF Tatjana Dold (Ger)    
DNF Kathrin Stirnemann* (Swi)    
DNF Inbar Ronen (Isr)    
DNS Kristien Nelen (Bel)    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Central Ghost Pro Team 78  pts
2 Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles 47  
3 Colnago Cap Arreghini 45  
4 Specialized Factory Racing 35  
5 Luna Pro Team 32  
6 JBG-2 Professional MTB Team 30  
7 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 26  
8 Ccc Polkowice 24  
9 Fischer-BMC 23  
10 Lapierre International 22  
11 Felt International MTB Team 16  
12 BH-Suntour 13  
13 MBK Orbea 12  
14 Discovertasmania.Com 7  
15 Massi 4  
16 Team Bikepark.ch 3  
Elite women final World Cup standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Central Ghost Pro Team 1440  pts
2 Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Factory Racing 1325  
3 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 1135  
4 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 1070  
5 Margarita Fullana Riera (Spa) Massi 912  
6 Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles 813  
7 Katrin Leumann (Swi) 694  
8 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team 686  
9 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Ghost Pro Team 680  
10 Mary Mcconneloug (USA) 664  
11 Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Cap Arreghini 660  
12 Cécile Rode Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International 635  
13 Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 612  
14 Aleksandra Dawidowicz* (Pol) CCC Polkowice 546  
15 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 515  
16 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice 464  
17 Petra Henzi (Swi) Fischer-BMC 459  
18 Emily Batty* (Can) 449  
19 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Cap Arreghini 447  
20 Rowena Fry (Aus) Discovertasmania.com 444  
21 Lea Davison (USA) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles 437  
22 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) BH-Suntour 433  
23 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 418  
24 Chengyuan Ren (Chn) 410  
25 Adelheid Morath (Ger) 367  
26 Laura Metzler (Fra) BH-Suntour 367  
27 Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Team Bikepark.ch 364  
28 Caroline Mani* (Fra) Team Bikepark.ch 363  
29 Laura Turpijn (Ned) 358  
30 Janka Stevkova (Svk) 351  
31 Julie Bresset* (Fra) Breiz Mountain 338  
32 Anna Villar Argente (Spa) Massi 299  
33 Hanna Klein* (Ger) 294  
34 Amanda Sin (Can) 287  
35 Kate Potter (Aus) 283  
36 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt International MTB Team 264  
37 Julie Krasniak* (Fra) 262  
38 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 260  
39 Helene Marcouyre (Fra) BH-Suntour 251  
40 Anja Gradl (Ger) Central Ghost Pro Team 232  
41 Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice 230  
42 Vivienne Meyer* (Swi) Colnago Cap Arreghini 216  
43 Katherine O'shea (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition 214  
44 Tereza Hurikova* (Cze) Ceska Sporitelna MTB 192  
45 Tanja Zakelj* (Slo) MBK Orbea 186  
46 Barbara Benko* (Hun) 160  
47 Githa Michiels (Bel) Team Saeco 158  
48 Mical Dyck (Can) 151  
49 Alexandra Engen* (Swe) 150  
50 Maria Osl (Aut) Fischer-BMC 145  
51 Suzanne Clarke (GBr) 145  
52 Fanny Bourdon* (Fra) 142  
53 Nataliya Krompets* (Ukr) 139  
54 Gracie Elvin* (Aus) Discovertasmania.com 135  
55 Sarah Koba (Swi) 134  
56 Katherine Compton (USA) 130  
57 Esther Süss (Swi) 130  
58 Ivonne Kraft (Ger) 127  
59 Sandra Walter (Can) 127  
60 Vera Andreeva* (Rus) 97  
61 Nicola Leary (NZl) 96  
62 Paula Gorycka* (Pol) 91  
63 Chloe Forsman* (USA) Luna Pro Team 88  
64 Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa) Cemelorca-Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo 86  
65 Annie Last* (GBr) 84  
66 Virginie Pointet* (Swi) Team Bikepark.ch 84  
67 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) 73  
68 Stephanie Wiedner* (Aut) DS-Rennsport 73  
69 Caroline Villeneuve (Can) 71  
70 Karine Travaillaud (Can) 68  
71 Judith Pollinger* (Ita) Sunshine Racers ASV Nals 66  
72 Fabienne Niederberger (Swi) 65  
73 Yolande Speedy (RSA) 64  
74 Joanna Wall (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition 64  
75 Coralie Redelsperger (Fra) 63  
76 Jean Ann Mckirdy (Can) 63  
77 Rebecca Beaumont* (Can) 57  
78 Marie-Claude Surprenant* (Can) 57  
79 Cindy Montambault (Can) 56  
80 Maaike Polspoel* (Bel) 55  
81 Daniela Campuzano (Mex) 55  
82 Zoe King (Aus) 55  
83 Nadine Rieder* (Ger) Fumic.Brothers.International 53  
84 Fiona Macdermid (GBr) 52  
85 Josiane Mathieu (Can) 51  
86 Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex) 50  
87 Rosara Joseph (NZl) 49  
88 Kathleen Villeneuve (Can) 45  
89 Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant Mountain Bike Team 44  
90 Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe) Subaru-Gary Fisher 44  
91 Anna Oberparleiter* (Ita) 43  
92 Jennifer Sagesser* (Swi) 40  
93 Kathrin Stirnemann* (Swi) 39  
94 Evelyn Staffler (Ita) Colnago Cap Arreghini 38  
95 Oksana Rybakova (Rus) 37  
96 Melanie Spath (Ger) 36  
97 Silke Schmidt* (Ger) 36  
98 Therese Rhodes* (Aus) 35  
99 Inbar Ronen (Isr) 34  
100 Tatjana Dold (Ger) 31  
101 Monique Zeldenrust (Ned) 29  
102 Tania Raats (RSA) 29  
103 Corina Gantenbein (Swi) 29  
104 Cristina Mascarreras Sabria (Spa) Conor - Camping La Siesta 28  
105 Sara Muhl (RSA) 28  
106 Kajsa Snihs* (Swe) 27  
107 Shawna Thunder (RSA) 27  
108 Alexa Hüni (Ger) 27  
109 Joanna Harrington (Aus) 26  
110 Janneke Leask* (RSA) 26  
111 Heletje Van Staden* (Nam) 25  
112 Hilana Marais (RSA) 24  
113 Tory Thomas (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition 23  
114 Kristien Nelen (Bel) 23  
115 Carmen Bassingthwaighte (Nam) 22  
116 Carla Freysen (RSA) 21  
117 Truong Lorraine* (Swi) 19  
118 Katrin Schwing (Ger) 19  
119 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Team Scott Valloire Galibier 17  
120 Karin Groen (Ned) 16  
121 Stephanie Lacoursiere* (Can) 16  
122 Lily Matthews* (GBr) 15  
123 Camille Pousse* (Fra) 14  
124 Lucie Vesela (Cze) 13  
125 Jeanette Gerrie (NZl) 13  
126 Irina Slobodyan* (Ukr) 12  
127 Laure Boulay (Fra) Keops 12  
128 Joana Barbosa* (Por) 11  
129 Martina Nemcova (Cze) 10  
130 Catherine Lohri (Swi) 10  
131 Sarka Chmurova (Cze) 10  
132 Lenka Bulisova* (Cze) 9  
133 Elena Ondasova (Svk) 9  
134 Nicoletta De Jager (Ned) 8  
Team final World Cup standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Central Ghost Pro Team 431  pts
2 Luna Pro Team 378  
3 Specialized Factory Racing 252  
4 Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles 250  
5 Colnago Cap Arreghini 230  
6 Ccc Polkowice 228  
7 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 203  
8 Subaru-Gary Fisher 184  
9 Massi 180  
10 JBG-2 Professional MTB Team 139  
11 BH-Suntour 125  
12 Lapierre International 114  
13 Team Bikepark.ch 104  
14 Fischer-BMC 99  
15 Breiz Mountain 59  
16 Discovertasmania.Com 49  
17 Felt International MTB Team 44  
18 Ceska Sporitelna MTB 30  
19 MBK Orbea 18  
20 Team Saeco 10  
21 Torq Performance Nutrition 9