Austrian Osl wins final World Cup round at home

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."


Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Central Ghost Pro Team1:19:10 
2Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Factory Racing0:01:05 
3Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team0:01:13 
4Anna Szafraniec (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team0:01:41 
5Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles0:01:53 
6Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:03:10 
7Aleksandra Dawidowicz* (Pol) Ccc Polkowice0:03:21 
8Petra Henzi (Swi) Fischer-BMC0:03:50 
9Cécile Rode Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International0:03:59 
10Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Cap Arreghini0:04:36 
11Anja Gradl (Ger) Central Ghost Pro Team0:04:48 
12Lea Davison (USA) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles0:04:50 
13Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Ghost Pro Team0:05:08 
14Mary McConneloug (USA)0:05:21 
15Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt International MTB Team0:05:39 
16Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Cap Arreghini0:05:45 
17Katrin Leumann (Swi)0:05:53 
18Sabrina Enaux (Fra) BH-Suntour0:06:03 
19Tanja Zakelj* (Slo) MBK Orbea0:06:12 
20Sarah Koba (Swi)0:06:43 
21Paula Gorycka* (Pol)0:07:49 
22Vivienne Meyer* (Swi) Colnago Cap Arreghini0:08:41 
23Janka Stevkova (Svk)0:08:49 
24Rowena Fry (Aus) Discovertasmania.Com0:08:57 
25Emily Batty* (Can)0:09:08 
26Hanna Klein* (Ger)0:09:15 
27Anna Villar Argente (Spa) Massi0:09:38 
28Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Team Bikepark.ch0:09:43 
29Amanda Sin (Can)0:10:00 
30Nataliya Krompets* (Ukr)0:10:29 
31Laura Metzler (Fra) BH-Suntour0:10:47 
32Kate Potter (Aus)0:10:57 
33Adelheid Morath (Ger)0:11:06 
34Maria Osl (Aut) Fischer-BMC0:11:17 
35Annie Last* (GBr)0:11:31 
36Barbara Benko* (Hun)0:12:01 
37Sandra Walter (Can)0:12:23 
38Githa Michiels (Bel) Team Saeco0:12:32 
39Monique Zeldenrust (Ned)0:12:47 
40Judith Pollinger* (Ita) Sunshine Racers Asv Nals0:12:48 
41Suzanne Clarke (GBr)0:13:37 
42Coralie Redelsperger (Fra)0:13:43 
43Fabienne Niederberger (Swi)0:14:12 
44Stephanie Wiedner* (Aut) DS-Rennsport0:14:33 
45Silke Schmidt* (Ger)0:15:16 
46Jennifer Sagesser* (Swi)0:15:17 
47Katherine O'shea (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition0:15:37 
48Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa) Cemelorca-Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo0:15:53 
49Alexandra Engen* (Swe)0:16:47 
50Virginie Pointet* (Swi) Team Bikepark.ch0:16:54 
51Nadine Rieder* (Ger) Fumic.Brothers.International0:17:14 
52Karin Groen (Ned)0:17:29 
53Corina Gantenbein (Swi)0:17:58 
54Alexa Hüni (Ger)0:18:10 
55Lucie Vesela (Cze)0:18:20 
56Irina Slobodyan* (Ukr)0:18:41 
57Maaike Polspoel* (Bel)0:18:46 
58Martina Nemcova (Cze)0:20:32 
59Gracie Elvin* (Aus) Discovertasmania.Com0:20:38 
60Jean Ann Mckirdy (Can)0:21:53 
-1lapAnna Oberparleiter* (Ita)  
-1lapNicoletta De Jager (Ned)  
-1lapCatherine Lohri (Swi)  
-1lapRebecca Beaumont* (Can)  
-1lapNina Homovec (Slo) MBK Orbea  
-1lapChristina Verhas (Aut)  
-1lapKiona Harbers (Ned)  
-1lapLenka Bulisova* (Cze)  
DNFTatjana Dold (Ger)  
DNFKathrin Stirnemann* (Swi)  
DNFInbar Ronen (Isr)  
DNSKristien Nelen (Bel)  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Central Ghost Pro Team78 pts
2Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles47 
3Colnago Cap Arreghini45 
4Specialized Factory Racing35 
5Luna Pro Team32 
6JBG-2 Professional MTB Team30 
7Topeak Ergon Racing Team26 
8Ccc Polkowice24 
10Lapierre International22 
11Felt International MTB Team16 
13MBK Orbea12 
16Team Bikepark.ch3 
Elite women final World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Central Ghost Pro Team1440 pts
2Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Factory Racing1325 
3Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team1135 
4Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team1070 
5Margarita Fullana Riera (Spa) Massi912 
6Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles813 
7Katrin Leumann (Swi)694 
8Anna Szafraniec (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team686 
9Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Ghost Pro Team680 
10Mary Mcconneloug (USA)664 
11Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Cap Arreghini660 
12Cécile Rode Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International635 
13Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher612 
14Aleksandra Dawidowicz* (Pol) CCC Polkowice546 
15Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team515 
16Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice464 
17Petra Henzi (Swi) Fischer-BMC459 
18Emily Batty* (Can)449 
19Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Cap Arreghini447 
20Rowena Fry (Aus) Discovertasmania.com444 
21Lea Davison (USA) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles437 
22Sabrina Enaux (Fra) BH-Suntour433 
23Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher418 
24Chengyuan Ren (Chn)410 
25Adelheid Morath (Ger)367 
26Laura Metzler (Fra) BH-Suntour367 
27Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Team Bikepark.ch364 
28Caroline Mani* (Fra) Team Bikepark.ch363 
29Laura Turpijn (Ned)358 
30Janka Stevkova (Svk)351 
31Julie Bresset* (Fra) Breiz Mountain338 
32Anna Villar Argente (Spa) Massi299 
33Hanna Klein* (Ger)294 
34Amanda Sin (Can)287 
35Kate Potter (Aus)283 
36Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt International MTB Team264 
37Julie Krasniak* (Fra)262 
38Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team260 
39Helene Marcouyre (Fra) BH-Suntour251 
40Anja Gradl (Ger) Central Ghost Pro Team232 
41Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice230 
42Vivienne Meyer* (Swi) Colnago Cap Arreghini216 
43Katherine O'shea (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition214 
44Tereza Hurikova* (Cze) Ceska Sporitelna MTB192 
45Tanja Zakelj* (Slo) MBK Orbea186 
46Barbara Benko* (Hun)160 
47Githa Michiels (Bel) Team Saeco158 
48Mical Dyck (Can)151 
49Alexandra Engen* (Swe)150 
50Maria Osl (Aut) Fischer-BMC145 
51Suzanne Clarke (GBr)145 
52Fanny Bourdon* (Fra)142 
53Nataliya Krompets* (Ukr)139 
54Gracie Elvin* (Aus) Discovertasmania.com135 
55Sarah Koba (Swi)134 
56Katherine Compton (USA)130 
57Esther Süss (Swi)130 
58Ivonne Kraft (Ger)127 
59Sandra Walter (Can)127 
60Vera Andreeva* (Rus)97 
61Nicola Leary (NZl)96 
62Paula Gorycka* (Pol)91 
63Chloe Forsman* (USA) Luna Pro Team88 
64Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa) Cemelorca-Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo86 
65Annie Last* (GBr)84 
66Virginie Pointet* (Swi) Team Bikepark.ch84 
67Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)73 
68Stephanie Wiedner* (Aut) DS-Rennsport73 
69Caroline Villeneuve (Can)71 
70Karine Travaillaud (Can)68 
71Judith Pollinger* (Ita) Sunshine Racers ASV Nals66 
72Fabienne Niederberger (Swi)65 
73Yolande Speedy (RSA)64 
74Joanna Wall (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition64 
75Coralie Redelsperger (Fra)63 
76Jean Ann Mckirdy (Can)63 
77Rebecca Beaumont* (Can)57 
78Marie-Claude Surprenant* (Can)57 
79Cindy Montambault (Can)56 
80Maaike Polspoel* (Bel)55 
81Daniela Campuzano (Mex)55 
82Zoe King (Aus)55 
83Nadine Rieder* (Ger) Fumic.Brothers.International53 
84Fiona Macdermid (GBr)52 
85Josiane Mathieu (Can)51 
86Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex)50 
87Rosara Joseph (NZl)49 
88Kathleen Villeneuve (Can)45 
89Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant Mountain Bike Team44 
90Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe) Subaru-Gary Fisher44 
91Anna Oberparleiter* (Ita)43 
92Jennifer Sagesser* (Swi)40 
93Kathrin Stirnemann* (Swi)39 
94Evelyn Staffler (Ita) Colnago Cap Arreghini38 
95Oksana Rybakova (Rus)37 
96Melanie Spath (Ger)36 
97Silke Schmidt* (Ger)36 
98Therese Rhodes* (Aus)35 
99Inbar Ronen (Isr)34 
100Tatjana Dold (Ger)31 
101Monique Zeldenrust (Ned)29 
102Tania Raats (RSA)29 
103Corina Gantenbein (Swi)29 
104Cristina Mascarreras Sabria (Spa) Conor - Camping La Siesta28 
105Sara Muhl (RSA)28 
106Kajsa Snihs* (Swe)27 
107Shawna Thunder (RSA)27 
108Alexa Hüni (Ger)27 
109Joanna Harrington (Aus)26 
110Janneke Leask* (RSA)26 
111Heletje Van Staden* (Nam)25 
112Hilana Marais (RSA)24 
113Tory Thomas (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition23 
114Kristien Nelen (Bel)23 
115Carmen Bassingthwaighte (Nam)22 
116Carla Freysen (RSA)21 
117Truong Lorraine* (Swi)19 
118Katrin Schwing (Ger)19 
119Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Team Scott Valloire Galibier17 
120Karin Groen (Ned)16 
121Stephanie Lacoursiere* (Can)16 
122Lily Matthews* (GBr)15 
123Camille Pousse* (Fra)14 
124Lucie Vesela (Cze)13 
125Jeanette Gerrie (NZl)13 
126Irina Slobodyan* (Ukr)12 
127Laure Boulay (Fra) Keops12 
128Joana Barbosa* (Por)11 
129Martina Nemcova (Cze)10 
130Catherine Lohri (Swi)10 
131Sarka Chmurova (Cze)10 
132Lenka Bulisova* (Cze)9 
133Elena Ondasova (Svk)9 
134Nicoletta De Jager (Ned)8 
Team final World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Central Ghost Pro Team431 pts
2Luna Pro Team378 
3Specialized Factory Racing252 
4Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles250 
5Colnago Cap Arreghini230 
6Ccc Polkowice228 
7Topeak Ergon Racing Team203 
8Subaru-Gary Fisher184 
10JBG-2 Professional MTB Team139 
12Lapierre International114 
13Team Bikepark.ch104 
15Breiz Mountain59 
17Felt International MTB Team44 
18Ceska Sporitelna MTB30 
19MBK Orbea18 
20Team Saeco10 
21Torq Performance Nutrition9 

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