Horakova wins in Fort William

Mocik, Labounkova net podium placings

There were no surprises in round three of the four cross Mountain Bike World Cup at Fort William, Scotland, with Jana Horakova (Duratec) taking her second victory of the year before a crowd of 8,000 spectators.

Fort Bill was uncharacteristically warm and dry, making the course dusty and loose, and causing numerous washouts in the corners. The organizers also replaced a rock garden halfway down the course with extra turns, after rider complaints that it was too narrow. Despite the conditions, the top four qualifiers in the women's field made it through to the finals.

The women's defending World Cup champion, Anneke Beerten (Suspension Centre) qualified fastest, and easily made it to the final, along with Horakova, Anita Molcik (Yeti) and Czech rider Romana Labounkova. One rider missing from the final was Australian Sarsha Huntington - Huntington has been consistently among the top riders this season, but crashed hard in the small final for fifth place while leading, and had to be carried off the course on a backboard.

In the final, Horakova was first out of the gate, followed by Molcik, and these two held their positions to the finish. Beerten had a poor start, and struggled all the way down the course, finishing fourth and last behind Labounkova. Lucia Oetjen (Thoemus Racing) won the small final for the remaining podium spot.

"I'm very happy, I didn't expect this," said Horakova. "I didn't have a very good gate, I thought, so I am surprised to win here."

Horakova also said that this will be her last World Cup until the final round in Windham, New York, as she switches to BMX for the upcoming world championships in South Africa. She now leads the series with 220 points to Molcik's 180, with Beerten a distant third at 130 points.

Full Results

Big Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jana Horakova (Cze) Duratec  
2Anita Molcik (Aut) Yeti  
3Romana Labounkova (Cze)  
4Anneke Beerten (Ned) Suspension Center  
Small Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
5Lucia Oetjen (Sui) Thoemus Racing Team  
6Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team  
7Katy Curd (GBr)  
8Sarsha Huntington (Aus)  
1/4 Finals
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
9Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center  
10Steffi Marth (Ger)  
11Eva Castro Fernandez (Esp)  
12Susanne Lacey (GBr)  
13Angelika Hohenwarter (Aut)  
14Neven Steinmetz (USA)  
15Dana Elena Schweika (Ger)  
16Stephanie Teltscher (Ger) Dr-Gravity Union  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1RSP 4 Cross Racing Team71 pts
2Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team40 
3Agang Racing30 
4Team Sunn Montgenevre26 
5Suspension Center20 
6Thoemus Racing Team15 
8Norco World Team10 
9Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team7 
10Rocky Mountain UK6 
Individual World Cup Standings after round 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jana Horakova (Cze) Duratec220 pts
2Anita Molcik (Aut) Yeti180 
3Anneke Beerten (Ned) Suspension Center130 
4Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team120 
5Sarsha Huntington (Aus)100 
6Romana Labounkova (Cze)80 
7Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center60 
8Caroline Buchanan (Aus) Commencal40 
9Lucia Oetjen (Sui) Thoemus Racing Team35 
10Katy Curd (GBr)20 
11Angelika Hohenwarter (Aut)5 
Team World Cup standings after three rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1RSP 4 Cross Racing Team231 pts
2Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team115 
3Suspension Center95 
4Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team61 
5Agang Racing60 
6Norco World Team50 
8Team Sunn Montgenevre26 
9Rocky Mountain UK26 
10Thoemus Racing Team18 
11RC Alpine Commencal Austria12 
122Stage Factory5 
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