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MTB World Cup Cross Country #4, Eliminator #4 & Downhill #3 - Vallnord 2013

Date range:
July 25-28, 2013

July 27, Elite women cross country:

Spitz wins Vallnord women's cross country World Cup

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
July 27, 2013, 13:39 BST,
Updated:
July 28, 2013, 3:45 BST

Zakelj continues as World Cup leader

Sabine Spitz (Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team) wins the elite women's World Cup in Vallnord

Sabine Spitz (Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team) wins the elite women's World Cup in Vallnord

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Sabine Spitz (Sabine Spitz Haibike) made a strong return to competition, after missing the first half of the season due to injury, by winning the fourth round of the UCI Cross Country Mountain Bike World Cup in Vallnord, Andorra. Altitude, heat and strong winds all played a factor in making this one of the hardest races of the season. Tanja Zakelj (Unior Tools) held onto the women's overall lead with a fifth place result.

Katerina Nash (Luna) set an aggressive pace in the first lap of the women's race, quickly shattering the field. Five riders joined Nash at the front of the race by lap two: Spitz, Eva Lechner (Colnago Sudtirol), Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida), Maja Wloszczowska (Giant Pro XC) and Jolanda Neff (Giant Pro XC). Zakelj was just behind, but losing ground.

A lap later, both Neff and Wloszczowska were gone, unable to hold the pace. The front four stayed together through most of lap four until Nash attacked, opening a five-second gap as she began the final lap. The Luna rider extended her lead to 10 seconds by the halfway mark of the lap, as the chase began to fall apart.

Spitz, who is just back from shoulder surgery that took her out of action just before the start of the World Cup season, began to surge in the final two kilometres, catching Nash in the final 600 metres as the pair entered the last section of singletrack before a short climb to the finish.

Spitz, the 2008 Olympic champion, put in a last effort over the final 200 metres to take her first World Cup win since 2002, finishing just one second in front of Nash, with Lechner at four seconds and Dahle Flesjaa at nine seconds - one of the closest finishes in recent history.

"With the headwind, nobody wanted to go into the lead," said Spitz. "Eight weeks ago I crashed on my home course in Albstadt [before the World Cup], and, yeah, it's amazing to win. I never expected to come back like this."

"I had hoped for a top ten place...but this win is unbelievable. It [the win] means so much because when you have an accident and have to go out of competition, then you are not sure how your fitness is when you get back to the World Cup circuit. It means so much to me."

Zakelj now leads the women's World Cup standings with 790 points, with two races remaining. Lechner moves up from third to second, 160 points back, and Nash moves up a spot to third, a further 15 points in arrears.

Full Results

Elite women cross country
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 1:26:54  
2 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 0:00:01  
3 Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol 0:00:04  
4 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:00:09  
5 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team 0:01:24  
6 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:01:35  
7 Jolanda * Neff (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team 0:01:49  
8 Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:02:20  
9 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Calcit Bike Team 0:02:32  
10 Julie Bresset (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC 0:02:43  
11 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Giant Pro XC Team 0:02:54  
12 Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team 0:03:05  
13 Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 0:03:09  
14 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:03:20  
15 Hanna Klein (Ger) 0:03:23  
16 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:04:01  
17 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol 0:04:43  
18 Jacquelina Alvarez (Arg) 0:05:17  
19 Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer-BMC 0:05:38  
20 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 0:05:47  
21 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) 0:05:52  
22 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 0:06:13  
23 Marianne Vos (Ned) 0:06:18  
24 Annika Langvad (Den) Team Davinci - Specialized 0:06:26  
25 Agustina Maria Apaza (Arg) 0:08:17  
26 Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) 0:08:37  
27 Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC 0:08:57  
28 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) 0:09:20  
29 Githa Michiels (Bel) Toka Print MTB Team 0:09:40  
30 Nadine Rieder (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:09:58  
31 Fanny Bourdon (Fra) Look - Beaumes De Venise 0:10:20  
32 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Specialized Racing XC 0:10:25  
33 Jitka Skarnitzlova (Cze) 0:10:44  
34 Anna Villar Argente (Spa) 0:10:51  
35 Judy Freeman (USA) 0:11:06  
36 Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa) 0:11:11  
37 Lee Craigie (GBr) 0:11:16  
38 Ann Berglund (Swe) 0:11:39  
39 Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus XC Team 0:12:26  
40 Oksana Rybakova (Rus) 0:13:15  
41 Lucia Vazquez Crespo (Spa) 0:15:38  
42 Joana Barbosa (Por) 0:15:55  
-2laps Elvira Khayrullina (Rus)    
DNF Kate Fluker (NZl)    
DNF Samara Sheppard (NZl) Toka Print MTB Team    
DNS Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing    
Elite Women Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 67  pts
2 Ghost Factory Racing Team 64  
3 Luna Pro Team 46  
4 Team Colnago Sudtirol 46  
5 Giant Pro XC Team 44  
6 Multivan Merida Biking Team 30  
7 Unior Tools Team 28  
8 BH - SR Suntour - KMC 25  
9 Calcit Bike Team 22  
10 Wheeler - Ixs Team 19  
11 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 18  
12 Fischer-BMC 12  
13 Team Davinci - Specialized 7  
14 Toka Print MTB Team 2  
Elite women individual World Cup standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team 790  pts
2 Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol 630  
3 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 615  
4 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Giant Pro XC Team 580  
5 Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team 495  
6 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team 456  
7 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 449  
8 Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 406  
9 Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing 390  
10 Jolanda * Neff (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team 386  
11 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 375  
12 Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team 365  
13 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 328  
14 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Calcit Bike Team 298  
15 Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing XC 292  
16 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 267  
17 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 250  
18 Annika Langvad (Den) Team Davinci - Specialized 250  
19 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Specialized Racing XC 244  
20 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 244  
21 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol 242  
22 Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer-BMC 242  
23 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team 236  
24 Hanna Klein (Ger) 218  
25 Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) Bi&Esse Carrera 194  
26 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) 194  
27 Vera Andreeva (Rus) Team Protek 182  
28 Githa Michiels (Bel) Toka Print MTB Team 180  
29 Mary Mcconneloug (USA) 168  
30 Pauline * Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Giant Pro XC Team 164  
31 Daniela Campuzano (Mex) 154  
32 Marianne Vos (Ned) 150  
33 Annie Last (GBr) Trek Factory Racing 141  
34 Julie Bresset (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC 124  
35 Anna Villar Argente (Spa) 123  
36 Jacquelina Alvarez (Arg) 117  
37 Fanny Bourdon (Fra) Look - Beaumes De Venise 104  
38 Nina Wrobel (Ger) 99  
39 Nadine Rieder (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 95  
40 Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 90  
41 Agustina Maria Apaza (Arg) 88  
42 Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol) 88  
43 Lene Byberg (Nor) 84  
44 Judy Freeman (USA) 81  
45 Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) ISD MTB Team 79  
46 Jitka Skarnitzlova (Cze) 79  
47 Lee Craigie (GBr) 79  
48 Anja Gradl (Ger) Team Bulls 79  
49 Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus XC Team 79  
50 Kate Fluker (NZl) 78  
51 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) 77  
52 Paula Gorycka (Pol) 4F Racing Team 75  
53 Chengyuan Ren (Chn) 74  
54 Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) 74  
55 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) 70  
56 Serena Calvetti (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop 70  
57 Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC 68  
58 Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 66  
59 Samara Sheppard (NZl) Toka Print MTB Team 64  
60 Elvira Khayrullina (Rus) 57  
61 Kateryna Naberezhna (Ukr) ISD MTB Team 49  
62 Judith Pollinger (Ita) 48  
63 Franziska Brun (Swi) 45  
64 Katherine O'neill (NZl) 44  
65 Lucia Vazquez Crespo (Spa) 41  
66 Lucie Vesela (Cze) 39  
67 Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa) 34  
68 Erin Huck (USA) 34  
69 Nikki Harris (GBr) 32  
70 Ann Berglund (Swe) 30  
71 Sarah Koba (Swi) JB Felt Team 29  
72 Oksana Rybakova (Rus) 28  
73 Irina Slobodyan (Ukr) 28  
74 Joana Barbosa (Por) 26  
75 Anna Oberparleiter (Ita) 23  
76 Andréanne Pichette (Can) 18  
77 Laura Metzler (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC 18  
78 Helle Qvortrup Bachmann (Den) 17  
79 Hielke Elferink (Ned) 14  
80 Lenka Bulisova (Cze) 13  
81 Ruth Owen-Evans (GBr) 12  
82 Asuman Bura Balci (Tur) 11  
83 Laura Turpijn (Ned) SBJ Bike Team 8  
Elite Women World Cup Team Standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Giant Pro XC Team 226  pts
2 Luna Pro Team 226  
3 Ghost Factory Racing Team 226  
4 Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 170  
5 Team Colnago Sudtirol 151  
6 Unior Tools Team 138  
7 Trek Factory Racing 105  
8 Specialized Racing XC 95  
9 Multivan Merida Biking Team 89  
10 Wheeler - Ixs Team 79  
11 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 68  
12 Calcit Bike Team 55  
13 Team Davinci - Specialized 37  
14 Fischer-BMC 33  
15 Bi&Esse Carrera 31  
16 BH - SR Suntour - KMC 25  
17 Team Protek 25  
18 Toka Print MTB Team 14  
19 ISD MTB Team 8  
20 Scott-3Roxracing 5  
21 4F Racing Team 1