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MTB World Cup Cross Country #3, Eliminator #3 & Downhill #2 - Val di Sole 2013

Date range:
June 13-16, 2013

June 13, Elite women eliminator:

Engen wins Val di Sole eliminator

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
June 13, 2013, 18:13 BST,
Updated:
June 14, 2013, 18:33 BST

World Cup overall leader outsprints Stirnemann for victory

Alexandra Engen (Ghost Factory Racing Team) wins the elite women's eliminator at the Val di Sole World Cup

Alexandra Engen (Ghost Factory Racing Team) wins the elite women's eliminator at the Val di Sole World Cup

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In the third round of the eliminator at the Mountain Bike World Cup, world champion Alexandra Engen (Ghost Factory) won her second World Cup of the year.

The Val di Sole, Italy course was very different from the preceding two rounds, with a steep climb followed by jumps and banked turns on a four cross circuit, and finally a long grass straightaway to the finish. The winning tactic - for those who were strong enough - was to reach the top of the climb in first place, and then open a gap in the four cross section.

Engen qualified first among the women, and then won each of her heats on the way to the final. The Swedish rider was joined in the final by three Swiss riders - Kathrin Stirnemann (Sabine Spitz Haibike), Linda Indergand (Strubi MTB Kader) and Jolanda Neff (Giant Pro XC). Engen got the lead up the climb, but Stirnemann was hot on her wheel, forcing Engen to sprint all the way to the line. Indergand took third, followed by Neff.

"It was really, really tough," said Engen. "The uphill is really something. I wanted to be at the front on the top because I know then I can hold my lines. I really fought like a maniac so they wouldn't pass me But it was terribly hard."

"Of course, the final was the hardest one, I know the Switzerland mafia are really good starters. In the other heats, I could take the first position before we went onto the road and here it was a fight almost all the way to the top, to see would would make the first turn, but I took it."

Engen now leads the overall World Cup standings with 150 points, followed by Stirnemann at 120 and Jenny Rissveds (Swedish National) at 80. Rissveds, who won round 2, was absent writing school exams. Pichette is the top Canadian in the rankings, in 15th place. No Americans are ranked in the World Cup standings.

Full Results

Elite women eliminator
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team    
2 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team    
3 Linda Indergand* (Swi) Strübi MTB Kader    
4 Jolanda Neff* (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team    
5 Ingrid Sofie Jacobsen* (Nor)    
6 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team    
7 Andréanne Pichette (Can)    
8 Anna Oberparleiter (Ita)    
9 Anne Terpstra* (Ned) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team    
10 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol    
11 Elisabeth Sveum (Nor)    
12 Alessia Bulleri* (Ita)    
13 Nadine Rieder (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team    
14 Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) Bi&Esse Carrera    
15 Ramona Forchini* (Swi) Strübi MTB Kader    
16 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Calcit Bike Team    
17 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team    
18 Rachel Pageau° (Can)    
19 Deidre York* (USA)    
20 Kate Courtney° (USA)    
21 Sabrina Maurer (Swi) BSK Graf-Rollmat-Koba MTB Team    
22 Iryna Popova* (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team    
23 Yana Belomoyna* (Ukr) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team    
24 Tina Kindlhofer* (Aut)    
25 Shayna Powless* (USA)    
26 Marta Tereshchuk* (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team    
27 Frederique Trudel* (Can)    
28 Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Roxracing    
DNS Sabrina Enaux (Fra)    
DNS Alice Barnes° (GBr)    
Elite women World Cup standings after three rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team 150  pts
2 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 120  
3 Jenny Rissveds* (Swe) 80  
4 Jolanda Neff* (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team 51  
5 Linda Indergand* (Swi) Strübi MTB Kader 50  
6 Nadine Rieder (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 44  
7 Ingrid Sofie Jacobsen* (Nor) 39  
8 Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol 37  
9 Anne Terpstra* (Ned) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 28  
10 Cécile Ravanel (Fra) Team GT Skoda 25  
11 Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) Bi&Esse Carrera 22  
12 Anna Oberparleiter (Ita) 22  
13 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 20  
14 Pauline Ferrand Prevot * (Fra) Giant Pro XC Team 18  
15 Andréanne Pichette (Can) 16  
16 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol 16  
17 Ramona Forchini* (Swi) Strübi MTB Kader 16  
18 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team 14  
19 Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau* (Can) 14  
20 Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) 8  
21 Alessia Bulleri* (Ita) 6  
22 Lena Putz* (Ger) 6  
23 Elvira Khayrullina (Rus) 3  
24 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Calcit Bike Team 1  
25 Laura Turpijn (Ned) SBJ Bike Team 1