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MTB World Cup Cross Country #1 & Eliminator #1 - Albstadt 2013

Date range:
May 17-19, 2013

May 19, Elite women cross country:

Lechner wins elite women's cross country in Albstadt

By:
Rob Jones and Sue George
Published:
May 19, 2013, 12:04 BST,
Updated:
May 20, 2013, 7:03 BST

Wloszczowska and Leumann finish a close second and and third

Eva Lechner (Colnago Sudtirol) took her first World Cup win since 2010 at the opening round of the 2013 cross country World Cup in Albstadt, Germany. On the final lap, Lechner proved the strongest of the five-woman lead group that dominated the race. She finished just eight seconds ahead of Maja Wloszczowska (Giant Pro XC) and 16 seconds up on Katrin Leumann (Ghost Factory Racing Team).

"I can't believe it. I had a really good start and good legs from the beginning. It was a fast pace. It's a victory and I wanted that victory," said Lechner to Redbull.tv interviewers after winning. "I'm so happy to be back up here after the last season. I can't describe it in words."

U23 world champion Jolanda Neff (Giant Pro XC Team), who was riding up a category with the elites, and Alexandra Engen (Ghost Factory Team) set a blistering pace at the start. Neff couldn't quite maintain the pace after the first few laps of the six-lap race and dropped back slightly, but Engen stayed with the front contenders for the duration.

At the front, Engen, who won the eliminator World Cup on Friday, was joined by Leumann, Lechner, Wloszczowska and Tanja Zakelj (Unior Tools).

The five women kept the pace high throughout and prevented any other big name favorites from catching up to them. Rain began to fall on the final lap, which made the technical course extremely slippery. Lechner powered away to a slight gap on a climb and held off her chasers to the finish. The last lap effort strung out the top five women a bit, but all finished within a minute of each other.

"The last lap was slippery," said Lechner, who last won a World Cup in Houffalize in 2010. "It was like ice. I had to be so careful. I had a little gap on the last uphill and I tried to go for it. I tried to ride without risk on the last descent."

Notably absent from the race were Olympic and world champion Julie Bresset - out with a broken collarbone - and local favorite Sabine Spitz, who injured herself in a crash during training this week.

In her first Mountain Bike World Cup appearance, Marianne Vos (Rabobank/Giant) steadily rode herself up through the field after a less than optimal starting position into an impressive 11th placed finish.

Full Results

Elite women cross country
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol 1:33:52  
2 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Giant Pro XC Team 0:00:08  
3 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:00:16  
4 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team 0:00:25  
5 Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:00:59  
6 Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:39  
7 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:01:50  
8 Jolanda Neff* (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team 0:02:18  
9 Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 0:02:39  
10 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 0:02:40  
11 Marianne Vos (Ned) 0:02:46  
12 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 0:02:49  
13 Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - IXS Team 0:03:24  
14 Annika Langvad (Den) Team Davinci - Specialized 0:03:32  
15 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Calcit Bike Team 0:04:07  
16 Pauline Ferrand Prevot* (Fra) Giant Pro XC Team 0:05:12  
17 Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing XC 0:05:29  
18 Vera Andreeva (Rus) Team Protek    
19 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Specialized Racing XC 0:05:35  
20 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 0:06:01  
21 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:06:52  
22 Hanna Klein (Ger) 0:07:01  
23 Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer-BMC 0:07:12  
24 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 0:07:27  
25 Annie Last (GBr) Trek Factory Racing 0:07:33  
26 Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) Bi&Esse Carrera 0:07:54  
27 Mary Mcconneloug (USA) 0:08:26  
28 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol 0:09:03  
29 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:09:13  
30 Paula Gorycka (Pol) 4F Racing Team 0:09:30  
31 Daniela Campuzano (Mex) 0:10:06  
32 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) 0:10:22  
33 Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol) 0:10:49  
34 Lene Byberg (Nor) 0:10:54  
35 Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 0:10:59  
36 Fanny Bourdon (Fra) Look - Beaumes De Venise 0:11:16  
37 Nikki Harris (GBr) 0:11:43  
38 Nina Wrobel (Ger) 0:12:05  
39 Sarah Koba (Swi) JB Felt Team 0:13:02  
40 Githa Michiels (Bel) Toka Print MTB Team 0:13:24  
41 Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus XC Team 0:13:45  
42 Lee Craigie (GBr) 0:14:16  
43 Anja Gradl (Ger) Team Bulls 0:14:41  
-1lap Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Roxracing    
-1lap Anna Oberparleiter (Ita)    
-1lap Anna Villar Argente (Spa)    
-1lap Nadine Rieder (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team    
-1lap Jacquelina Alvarez (Arg)    
-1lap Kate Fluker (NZl)    
-1lap Laura Metzler (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC    
-1lap Jitka Skarnitzlova (Cze)    
-1lap Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC    
-1lap Judy Freeman (USA)    
-1lap Hielke Elferink (Ned)    
-1lap Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)    
-2laps Judith Pollinger (Ita)    
-2laps Samara Sheppard (NZl) Toka Print MTB Team    
-2laps Erin Huck (USA)    
-2laps Franziska Brun (Swi)    
-2laps Laura Turpijn (Ned) SBJ Bike Team    
-2laps Katherine O'neill (NZl)    
-2laps Helle Qvortrup Bachmann (Den)    
-2laps Lucie Vesela (Cze)    
-2laps Manon Van Hees (Ned)    
-2laps Lucia Vazquez Crespo (Spa)    
-3laps Maaris Meier (Est)    
-3laps Nicoletta De Jager (Ned)    
-4laps Virginie Pointet (Swi) JB Felt Team    
-4laps Asuman Bura Balci (Tur)    
DNF Serena Calvetti (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop    
DNF Maxine Filby (GBr)    
DNS Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team    
DNS Chloe Woodruff (USA)    
DNS Daniela Storch (Ger)    
DNS Jane Nussli (GBr) Fischer-BMC    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Giant Pro XC Team 73  pts
2 Ghost Factory Racing Team 62  
3 Luna Pro Team 47  
4 Team Colnago Sudtirol 43  
5 Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 33  
6 Trek Factory Racing 32  
7 Unior Tools Team 30  
8 Specialized Racing XC 26  
9 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 24  
10 Wheeler - IXS Team 18  
11 Team Davinci - Specialized 17  
12 Calcit Bike Team 16  
13 Team Protek 13  
14 Multivan Merida Biking Team 10  
15 Fischer-BMC 8  
16 Bi&Esse Carrera 5  
17 4F Racing Team 1  
Elite women cross country World Cup standings after round 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol 250  pts
2 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Giant Pro XC Team 200  
3 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team 160  
4 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team 150  
5 Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team 140  
6 Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing 130  
7 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 120  
8 Jolanda Neff* (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team 110  
9 Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 100  
10 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 95  
11 Marianne Vos (Ned) 90  
12 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 85  
13 Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - IXS Team 80  
14 Annika Langvad (Den) Team Davinci - Specialized 78  
15 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Calcit Bike Team 76  
16 Pauline Ferrand Prevot* (Fra) Giant Pro XC Team 74  
17 Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing XC 72  
18 Vera Andreeva (Rus) Team Protek 70  
19 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Specialized Racing XC 68  
20 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 66  
21 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 64  
22 Hanna Klein (Ger) 62  
23 Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer-BMC 60  
24 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 58  
25 Annie Last (GBr) Trek Factory Racing 56  
26 Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) Bi&Esse Carrera 54  
27 Mary Mcconneloug (USA) 52  
28 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol 50  
29 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team 48  
30 Paula Gorycka (Pol) 4F Racing Team 46  
31 Daniela Campuzano (Mex) 44  
32 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) 42  
33 Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol) 40  
34 Lene Byberg (Nor) 38  
35 Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 36  
36 Fanny Bourdon (Fra) Look - Beaumes De Venise 34  
37 Nikki Harris (GBr) 32  
38 Nina Wrobel (Ger) 30  
39 Sarah Koba (Swi) JB Felt Team 29  
40 Githa Michiels (Bel) Toka Print MTB Team 28  
41 Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus XC Team 27  
42 Lee Craigie (GBr) 26  
43 Anja Gradl (Ger) Team Bulls 25  
44 Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 24  
45 Anna Oberparleiter (Ita) 23  
46 Anna Villar Argente (Spa) 22  
47 Nadine Rieder (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 21  
48 Jacquelina Alvarez (Arg) 20  
49 Kate Fluker (NZl) 19  
50 Laura Metzler (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC 18  
51 Jitka Skarnitzlova (Cze) 17  
52 Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC 16  
53 Judy Freeman (USA) 15  
54 Hielke Elferink (Ned) 14  
55 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) 13  
56 Judith Pollinger (Ita) 12  
57 Samara Sheppard (NZl) Toka Print MTB Team 11  
58 Erin Huck (USA) 10  
59 Franziska Brun (Swi) 9  
60 Laura Turpijn (Ned) SBJ Bike Team 8  
Team World Cup standings after round 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Giant Pro XC Team 73  pts
2 Ghost Factory Racing Team 62  
3 Luna Pro Team 47  
4 Team Colnago Sudtirol 43  
5 Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 33  
6 Trek Factory Racing 32  
7 Unior Tools Team 30  
8 Specialized Racing XC 26  
9 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 24  
10 Wheeler - IXS Team 18  
11 Team Davinci - Specialized 17  
12 Calcit Bike Team 16  
13 Team Protek 13  
14 Multivan Merida Biking Team 10  
15 Fischer-BMC 8  
16 Bi&Esse Carrera 5  
17 4F Racing Team 1