Beerten bombs to four cross gold

Austrian Molcik claims silver over Curd

World Cup champion Anneke Beerten (Suspension Centre) confirmed her four cross World Cup title on the Planai ski slope in Schladming, Austria, on Saturday night.

Unlike the men's series, there were still three riders in contention for the overall win – Beerten, Fionn Griffiths (Norco) and American Jill Kintner. However, Griffiths crashed the day before at qualifying and could not race while Kintner crashed in her first round heat and did not finish. Therefore, Beerten won her third consecutive title without even racing.

Despite that, the women's race saw its own action, with Beerten only scrapping through the semi-final round in second place after a serious challenge from the Czech rider Romana Labounkova. In the final, up against Austrian favourite Anita Molcik (Yeti Fox Shox), British newcomer Katy Curd and Japan's Mio Suemasa, Beerten left nothing to chance, grabbing the hole shot and riding it to her third win of the season.

Griffiths and Kintner were tied for points and number of wins at two apiece, but Griffiths took second in the final overall standings by virtue of two second places (Kintner had none). An absent Melissa Buhl finished fourth.

"This is my third title in a row, and it probably means the most," said Beerten. "This year, everyone was here, everyone was racing, so it was the biggest challenge to win. After [Fionn Griffiths] crashed, everyone was congratulating me, but I had to keep telling myself, 'remain focussed'. I still wanted to win, and Labounkova gave me a pretty hard time in the semi-final."

Results

Big Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anneke Beerten (Ned) Suspension Center  
2Anita Molcik (Aut) Yeti Fox Shox Racing Team  
3Katy Curd (GBr)  
4Mio Suemasa (Jpn)  
Small Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
5Romana Labounkova (Cze)  
6Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center  
7Rachel Seydoux (Swi)  
8Lucia Oetjen (Swi)  
1/4 Finals
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
9Helene Valerie Fruhwirth (Aut)  
10Eva Castro Fernandez (Spa)  
11Tereza Votavova (Cze)  
12Neven Steinmetz (USA)  
13Laura Brethauer (Ger)  
14Stephanie Teltscher (Ger)  
15Neza Knez (Slo)  
DNFJill Kintner (USA)  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team70 pts
2Suspension Center50 
3Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team50 
4Team Sunn35 
5Animal Commencal22 
6MS Evil Racing18 
7Rocky Mountain UK16 
8Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team9 
Elite women final World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anneke Beerten (Ned) Suspension Center580 pts
2Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team400 
3Jill Kintner (USA)400 
4Melissa Buhl (USA)235 
5Jana Horakova (Cze)205 
6Caroline Buchanan (Aus)185 
7Anita Molcik (Aut) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team125 
8Romana Labounkova (Cze)120 
9Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center110 
10Joanna Petterson (RSA)90 
11Mio Suemasa (Jpn)60 
12Katy Curd (GBr)50 
13Sarsha Huntington (Aus)30 
14Rachel Seydoux (Swi)15 
15Lucia Oetjen (Swi)15 
16Eva Castro Fernandez (Spa)10 
17Diana Marggraff (Ecu)5 
18Helene Valerie Fruhwirth (Aut)5 
Team final World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team305 pts
2Suspension Center300 
3Team Sunn182 
4Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team176 
5GT Bicycles174 
6Animal Commencal168 
7Norco World Team165 
8Specialized Factory Racing109 
9Rocky Mountain UK72 
10MS Evil Racing71 
11Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense67 
12Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team18 
13Kenda Morewood9 

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