Stirnemann wins eliminator world championship title

Switzerland opens medal account with gold and silver

Kathrin Stirnemann (Switzerland) rode to win the first gold medal of the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships on Tuesday evening in Lillehammer. Linda Indergand gave Switzerland another medal with a second place finish while Norway's Ingrid Boe Jacobsen delighted the home crowd with a bronze medal.

"To win is unbelievable - a dream come true for me," said Stirnemann. "When I was a little girl, I always wanted to become world champion, and now I have a jersey."

"It was our goal to go for a double and once we were in the final, Linda and I tried our best. We told each other which line we'd take in the forest and it worked out. I'm proud to be Swiss and I think the Swiss team is on fire now for the world champs. This morning, our coach told us we'd won 103 medals in history at the world championships and now we've won 105."

Stirnemann and Rissveds, the two favorites, marched steadily through their heats. Both riders rode strategically, obviously saving some effort for the final round.

Clearly motivated in front of her home crowd, Boe Jacobsen sprinted to the front, but Stirnemann wasn't about to let her go and quickly came around her to take over at the front. From then on, it was Stiremann at the front, controlling the race.

Close behind her, Swiss teammate Indergand went around Boe Jacobsen and chased in second.

Rissevds seemed to lack her usual power and was in fourth place, trailing the others from early in the heat. However, she made a resurgence, catching Boe Jacobsen on the final turn, but the two tangled and then Rissveds was the slower to get going afterward.

Boe Jacobsen beamed upon finishing third. "I'm very excited. It was fun to race on my home field," said the Norwegian. "There were a lot of people her cheering me on. It was amazing. My goal was to make it to the final here in Norway. Of ocurse, I can't complain about a bronze medal."

Four of the top five qualifiers made the final, with only Ramona Forchini (Switzerland) missing out; however, she won the small final.

Race notes

- The eliminator was held at the Maihaugen museeum in Lillehammer, a unique venue containing sample houses from throughout Norway's history. The race course wound through the forested grounds and around a peaceful lake on a chilly September evening.

- Defending eliminator world champion Alexandra Engen (Sweden) did not race. She has missed the second half of the season due to fatigue.

- Scandanavia was well represented in the women's racing with four of the top eight riders, including two Norwegians and two Swedes.

Full Results

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kathrin Stirnemann (Switzerland)  
2Linda Indergand* (Switzerland)  
3Ingrid Boe Jacobsen* (Norway)  
4Jenny Rissveds* (Sweden)  
5Ramona Forchini* (Switzerland)  
6Anna Oberparleiter (Italy)  
7Elisabeth Sveum (Norway)  
8Kajsa Snihs (Sweden)  
9Lisa Mitterbauer* (Austria)  
10Anne Terpstra (Netherlands)  
11Greta Seiwald° (Italy)  
12Barbara Benko (Hungary)  
13Lucie Vesela (Czech Republic)  
14Rachel Pageau* (Canada)  
15Kaylee Blevins* (United States Of America)  
16Lena Putz* (Germany)  
17Emily Parkes* (Australia)  
18Holly Harris* (Australia)  
19Peta Mullens (Australia)  
20Kate Courtney* (United States Of America)  
21Shayna Powless* (United States Of America)  
22Maaris Meier (Estonia)  
23Evelyn Dong (United States Of America)  
24Ellie Wale° (Australia)  
25Eri Yonamine (Japan)  
Nations
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Switzerland70 pts
2Norway42 
3Sweden40 
4Italy35 
5Australia24 
6United States Of America22 
7Austria17 
8Netherlands16 
9Hungary14 
10Czech Republic13 
11Canada12 
12Germany10 
13Estonia4 
14Japan1 
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