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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 four cross finals:

Beerten bombs to four cross gold

Rob Jones
September 20, 2009, 15:12 BST,
September 21, 2009, 17:55 BST

Austrian Molcik claims silver over Curd

Anneke Beerten on her way to the win in Austria

Anneke Beerten on her way to the win in Austria

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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."


Big Final
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Anneke Beerten (Ned) Suspension Center    
2 Anita Molcik (Aut) Yeti Fox Shox Racing Team    
3 Katy Curd (GBr)    
4 Mio Suemasa (Jpn)    
Small Final
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
5 Romana Labounkova (Cze)    
6 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center    
7 Rachel Seydoux (Swi)    
8 Lucia Oetjen (Swi)    
1/4 Finals
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
9 Helene Valerie Fruhwirth (Aut)    
10 Eva Castro Fernandez (Spa)    
11 Tereza Votavova (Cze)    
12 Neven Steinmetz (USA)    
13 Laura Brethauer (Ger)    
14 Stephanie Teltscher (Ger)    
15 Neza Knez (Slo)    
DNF Jill Kintner (USA)    
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 70  pts
2 Suspension Center 50  
3 Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team 50  
4 Team Sunn 35  
5 Animal Commencal 22  
6 MS Evil Racing 18  
7 Rocky Mountain UK 16  
8 Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team 9  
Elite women final World Cup standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Anneke Beerten (Ned) Suspension Center 580  pts
2 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team 400  
3 Jill Kintner (USA) 400  
4 Melissa Buhl (USA) 235  
5 Jana Horakova (Cze) 205  
6 Caroline Buchanan (Aus) 185  
7 Anita Molcik (Aut) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 125  
8 Romana Labounkova (Cze) 120  
9 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center 110  
10 Joanna Petterson (RSA) 90  
11 Mio Suemasa (Jpn) 60  
12 Katy Curd (GBr) 50  
13 Sarsha Huntington (Aus) 30  
14 Rachel Seydoux (Swi) 15  
15 Lucia Oetjen (Swi) 15  
16 Eva Castro Fernandez (Spa) 10  
17 Diana Marggraff (Ecu) 5  
18 Helene Valerie Fruhwirth (Aut) 5  
Team final World Cup standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 305  pts
2 Suspension Center 300  
3 Team Sunn 182  
4 Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team 176  
5 GT Bicycles 174  
6 Animal Commencal 168  
7 Norco World Team 165  
8 Specialized Factory Racing 109  
9 Rocky Mountain UK 72  
10 MS Evil Racing 71  
11 Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 67  
12 Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team 18  
13 Kenda Morewood 9