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Litscher claims men's sprint eliminator

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Thomas Litscher (MIG Team) wins.

Thomas Litscher (MIG Team) wins.
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Thomas Litscher (MIG Team) led in all his heats.

Thomas Litscher (MIG Team) led in all his heats.
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Eva Lechner (Colnago Arreghini Suditrol) easily won the women's final and 1000 Euros.

Eva Lechner (Colnago Arreghini Suditrol) easily won the women's final and 1000 Euros.
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Maja Wloszczowska

Maja Wloszczowska
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Katerina Nash (luna) finish third.

Katerina Nash (luna) finish third.
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Eva Lechner (Colnago Arreghini Suditrol) gets away fastest in the women's final.

Eva Lechner (Colnago Arreghini Suditrol) gets away fastest in the women's final.
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Men's podium: Manuel Fumic, Thomas Litscher, Ralph Naef

Men's podium: Manuel Fumic, Thomas Litscher, Ralph Naef
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A sizable crowd gathered in the cemetery.

A sizable crowd gathered in the cemetery.
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Marco Fontana exits the urban 'singletrack'.

Marco Fontana exits the urban 'singletrack'.
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Second place finisher Manuel Fumic (Cannondale) in his qualifying time trial

Second place finisher Manuel Fumic (Cannondale) in his qualifying time trial
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Men's semi-final start.

Men's semi-final start.
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Manuel Fumic took second.

Manuel Fumic took second.
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Marco Fontana

Marco Fontana
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Women's podium: Nathalie Schneitter, Eva Lechner, Katerina Nash

Women's podium: Nathalie Schneitter, Eva Lechner, Katerina Nash
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Before the opening ceremony of the UCI Cross Country World Cup, professional riders competed Friday evening in the Pro Sprint Eliminator in front of thousands of spectators through the streets of Pickering.

The Pro Eliminator saw the top 16 women and top 32 men from a time trial run of the sub-two minute circuit go into 4-Cross style four rider heats to compete for a top prize of 1000 Euros ($1500). The circuit took riders around narrow streets, through a single person wide path between houses, into a church cemetery (!) and through someone's backyard before a final lung-busting uphill sprint to the finish.

Thomas Litscher (MIG Bike Team) took the men's title ahead of Manuel Fumic (Cannondale) and Ralph Näf (Multivan-Merida), with Eva Lechner (Colnago Arrehini Sudtirol) easily winning the women's final over teammate Nathalie Schneitter and Katerina Nash (Luna).

Men's Final
1Thomas Litscher (Sui) MIG Team
2Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale
3Ralph Naef (Sui) Multivan Merida
4Jose Hermida (Esp) Multivan Merida

Women's Final
1Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Arreghini Suditrol
2Nathalie Schneitter (Sui) Colnago Arreghini Suditrol
3Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna

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