Leumann sprints to win in European cross country championships

The elite women's race was by far the race of the week with the battle coming right down to the line with Switzerland's Katrin Leumann taking the victory.

It was fast from the start, with three riders coming over the line together after the first lap. The experienced Esther Suss came (Swizterland) passed the line for the first time in the lead along with teammate Leumann and Italian Eva Lechner.

Throughout the race, riders swapped places, but the one to watch was Sabine Spitz (Germany), who seemed to be gunning for the podium after a slow start. Unfortunately, she left her final surge a bit late, but she did catch and pass Suss en route to a fourth place.

Lechner held on for a well deserved third place while the battle royale was taking place up ahead.

Poland's Maja Wloszczowska showed her strength after a slow start and worked her way to the front of the race while Leumann slipped to second, but was riding consistently throughout. The Swiss racer had apparently left her best for last because she not only closed the final five-second gap but still had enough left in the tank for a sprint finish in the end.

Leumann gave a bike throw that would make any sprinter pround and climbed to the top step of the podium with Wloszczowska in second and Lechner in third.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katrin Leumann (Switzerland)1:47:26
2Maja Wloszczowska (Poland)Row 1 - Cell 2
3Eva Lechner (Italy)0:00:23
4Sabine Spitz (Germany)0:00:35
5Esther Suss (Switzerland)0:00:53
6Lene Byberg (Norway)0:01:14
7Nathalie Schneitter (Switzerland)0:02:52
8Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Poland)0:03:57
9Elisabeth Osl (Austria)0:05:33
10Gunn Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Norway)0:05:46
11Laura Turpijn (Netherlands)0:06:15
12Anja Gradl (Germany)0:07:18
13Janka Stevkova (Slovakia)0:07:58
14Rocio Gamonal Ferrera (Spain)0:08:56
15Annika Langvad (Denmark)0:09:52
16Anna Villar Argente (Spain)0:09:59
17Evelyn Staffler (Italy)0:10:48
18Hanna Klein (Germany)0:12:30
19Daniela Veronesi (San Marino)0:12:38
20Magdalena Sadlecka (Poland)0:13:52
21Stefanie Wiedner (Austria)0:14:22
22Maria Osl (Austria)0:15:41
23Oxana Rybakova (Russian Federation)0:15:59
24Anna Szafraniec (Poland)0:16:18
25Eszter Erdelyi (Hungary)0:16:55
26Margarita Fullana Riera (Spain)0:17:54
27Nina Homovec (Slovenia)0:18:24
-1lapKrompets Natalia (Ukraine)Row 27 - Cell 2
-1lapMaaris Meier (Estonia)Row 28 - Cell 2
-1lapInbar Ronen (Israel)Row 29 - Cell 2
-2lapsElena Gogoleva (Russian Federation)Row 30 - Cell 2
-2lapsIdit Shub (Israel)Row 31 - Cell 2
DNFBlaza Klemencic (Slovenia)Row 32 - Cell 2
DNFTereza Hurikova (Czech Republic)Row 33 - Cell 2


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