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

Date range:
July 25-28, 2013

July 25, Elite women eliminator:

Stirnemann takes first World Cup win at Vallnord eliminator

Rob Jones
July 25, 2013, 21:00 BST,
July 26, 2013, 16:08 BST

Runner-up Engen continues to lead World Cup standings

Kathrin Stirnemann (Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team) wins the Vallnord eliminator World Cup

Kathrin Stirnemann (Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team) wins the Vallnord eliminator World Cup

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The eliminator at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup had a new face at the top of the podium for round 4 at Vallnord, Andorra. Kathrin Stirnemann (Sabine Spitz Haibike) won the women's race, and now trails World Cup leader Alexandra Engen (Ghost Factory) by a slim 10 points in the overall standings.

Stirnemann, who qualified first for the women, was unbeaten through the heats on her way to the final. She was joined in the final four by world champion Engen, round 2 winner Jenny Rissveds (Swedish National) and second place qualifier Jolanda Neff (Giant Pro). Rissveds and Neff took the early lead in the final and, going into the singletrack section 500 metres from the finish, looked to have the top two spots locked up. However, both Stirnemann and Engen passed the front runners with the World Cup leader running out of track as she tried to chase down Stirnemann.

"I think this is the best race I've had this season," said a very pleased Stirnemann. "I am so happy to win, even though I had to wait for this moment a long time. It is just the best day in my career."

"In the trees, I was the only one who took the upper line and caught Alex [Engen], then on the asphalt I had the best power and made it to the finish as the best. On this course it is not possible to do any tactics. You just have to go full the whole race. It was such a nice fight. The four strongest girls made the final and it was an amazing day."

Engen now leads Stirnemann in the overall standings by a slim margin of 10 points, with 190 to her rival's 180 with one race remaining. Rissveds is a distant third at 110 points.

Full Results

Big Final
1 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team    
2 Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team    
3 Jenny Rissveds (Swe)    
4 Jolanda Neff (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team    
Small Final
5 Linda Indergand (Swi) Strübi MTB Kader    
6 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol    
7 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team    
8 Nadine Rieder (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team    
1/4 Finals
9 Elisabeth Sveum (Nor)    
10 Anne Terpstra (Ned) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team    
11 Ann Berglund (Swe)    
12 Oksana Rybakova (Rus)    
13 Elvira Khayrullina (Rus)    
14 Pauline° Pajot (Fra) ASPTT Definitive Tec    
15 Alessia Bulleri (Ita)    
Overall Eliminator Standings
1 Alexandra Engen (Swe) 190 pts
2 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) 180  
3 Jenny Rissveds (Swe) 110  
4 Jolanda Neff (Swi) 76  
5 Linda Indergand (Swi) 70  
6 Nadine Rieder (Ger) 58  
7 Ingrid Sofie Jacobsen (Nor) 39  
8 Anne Terpstra (Ned) 38  
9 Eva Lechner (Ita) 37  
10 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) 34  
11 Cécile Ravanel (Fra) 25  
12 Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) 22  
13 Anna Oberparleiter (Ita) 22  
14 Katerina Nash (Cze) 20  
15 Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) 20  
16 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) 18  
17 Georgia Gould (USA) 16  
18 Andréanne Pichette (Can) 16  
19 Ramona Forchini (Swi) 16  
20 Katrin Leumann (Swi) 14  
21 Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau (Can) 14  
22 Ann Berglund (Swe) 8  
23 Alessia Bulleri (Ita) 8  
24 Elvira Khayrullina (Rus) 7  
25 Oksana Rybakova (Rus) 6  
26 Lena Putz (Ger) 6  
27 Pauline° Pajot (Fra) 3  
28 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) 1  
29 Laura Turpijn (Ned) 1