Lechner wins women's cross country at Cairns World Cup

The women's five-lap race at round 2 of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Cairns, Australia, started out as expected, with a battle between World Cup leader Jolanda Neff (Liv Pro XC) and Eva Lechner, who quickly opened a gap on the rest of the field. However, Neff began to struggle on the climbs in the second lap, allowing the Italian champion to open a 26-second gap by the start of the third lap. Lechner never looked back, as she soloed in for the third World Cup victory of her career.

Behind it was a different story, with Neff fading to finish ninth and barely hanging onto her leader's jersey. Sabine Spitz (Sabine Spitz Haibike) moved into second, followed by Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) and Russian national champion Irina Kalentieva. Batty flatted on lap three allowing Kalentieva to catch up, but the Russian then made a mistake on lap four, with Batty once again moving clear in third. 

The position shuffling still wasn't done, with Spitz also flatting in lap four, and getting passed by both Batty and Kalentieva. Batty was gradually pulling clear of the other two to lock down second, but Spitz was in third on a climb, only to lose it in a crash on a descent in the last lap, giving Kalentieva third place.

"I really cannot believe it," said Lechner, "because I was expecting a bigger group in the front. I was leading the whole race alone, which was a surprise to me. By the second lap I was looking back, and I couldn't believe the gap I had. Usually I don't like conditions like this, with the humidity and the heat, I like it more when it's raining and it's cold. So I'm very happy to be able to win a World Cup in these conditions."

"It was a pretty solid start for me," said Batty, who equalled her best ever finish in a World Cup. "Leading into the first climb, I was top six or seven and feeling really strong. I burped my wheel in a corner, but it worked out fine, because I was able to get to the tech zone and get a fast wheel change without losing too many positions. Thankfully it was on the second lap, early enough in the race that I was able to regain the places I lost."

After two rounds, Neff continues to lead the World Cup overall with 350 points, however, Spitz has moved into second with 330 and Batty into third at 300 points.

Full results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol1:38:48
2Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing0:00:52
3Irina Kalentieva (Rus)0:01:07
4Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team0:01:19
5Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team0:02:07
6Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team0:02:24
7Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing0:03:45
8Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing0:04:04
9Jolanda Neff (Swi) Liv Pro Xc Team0:04:36
10Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing0:05:03
11Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:05:28
12Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team0:06:10
13Hanna Klein (Ger) Bh-Suntour-Kmc0:07:59
14Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Liv Pro Xc Team0:08:28
15Serena Calvetti (Ita)0:08:51
16Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing0:09:32
17Kate Fluker (NZl)0:10:10
18Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus Xc Team0:10:42
19Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Specialized Racing Xc0:11:03
20Samara Sheppard (NZl) Ktm Houffalize Team0:12:45
21Ekateryna Anoshina (Rus)0:13:16
22Vera Andreeva (Rus)0:13:39
23Alice Pirard (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie Mtb0:14:32
24Tory Thomas (Aus)0:15:14
25Katherine O'neill (NZl)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Mio Suemasa (Jpn) Unior Tools TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Paula Gorycka (Pol) 4F Racing TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Sarah Riley (Aus)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory RacingRow 28 - Cell 2
DNF3Julie Bresset (Fra) Bh-Suntour-KmcRow 29 - Cell 2
DNF1Karen Hill (Aus)Row 30 - Cell 2
DNSJodie Willett (Aus)Row 31 - Cell 2
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team75pts
2Trek Factory Racing56Row 1 - Cell 3
3Ghost Factory Racing49Row 2 - Cell 3
4Team Colnago Sudtirol40Row 3 - Cell 3
5Liv Pro Xc Team39Row 4 - Cell 3
6Unior Tools Team33Row 5 - Cell 3
7Luna Pro Team20Row 6 - Cell 3
8Bh-Suntour-Kmc18Row 7 - Cell 3
9Scott-3Rox Racing15Row 8 - Cell 3
10Focus Xc Team13Row 9 - Cell 3
11Specialized Racing Xc12Row 10 - Cell 3
12Ktm Houffalize Team11Row 11 - Cell 3
13Team Merida Wallonie Mtb8Row 12 - Cell 3
144F Racing Team4Row 13 - Cell 3
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Elite women cross country World Cup standings after two rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jolanda Neff (Swi) Liv Pro Xc Team350pts
2Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol330Row 1 - Cell 3
3Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing300Row 2 - Cell 3
4Irina Kalentieva (Rus)280Row 3 - Cell 3
5Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team280Row 4 - Cell 3
6Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Liv Pro Xc Team238Row 5 - Cell 3
7Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team218Row 6 - Cell 3
8Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team200Row 7 - Cell 3
9Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing196Row 8 - Cell 3
10Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing195Row 9 - Cell 3
11Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing188Row 10 - Cell 3
12Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team186Row 11 - Cell 3
13Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing169Row 12 - Cell 3
14Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Specialized Racing Xc163Row 13 - Cell 3
15Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team154Row 14 - Cell 3
16Annika Langvad (Den) Specialized Racing Xc150Row 15 - Cell 3
17Hanna Klein (Ger) Bh-Suntour-Kmc150Row 16 - Cell 3
18Serena Calvetti (Ita)136Row 17 - Cell 3
19Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus Xc Team122Row 18 - Cell 3
20Paula Gorycka (Pol) 4F Racing Team114Row 19 - Cell 3
21Vera Andreeva (Rus)112Row 20 - Cell 3
22Julie Bresset (Fra) Bh-Suntour-Kmc110Row 21 - Cell 3
23Ekateryna Anoshina (Rus)106Row 22 - Cell 3
24Tory Thomas (Aus)102Row 23 - Cell 3
25Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team90Row 24 - Cell 3
26Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team85Row 25 - Cell 3
27Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing74Row 26 - Cell 3
28Kate Fluker (NZl)72Row 27 - Cell 3
29Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer-Bmc72Row 28 - Cell 3
30Mariske Strauss (RSA) Orange Monkey Pro Team68Row 29 - Cell 3
31Samara Sheppard (NZl) Ktm Houffalize Team66Row 30 - Cell 3
32Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team66Row 31 - Cell 3
33Alice Pirard (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie Mtb60Row 32 - Cell 3
34Michelle Hediger (Swi) Fischer-Bmc58Row 33 - Cell 3
35Katherine O'neill (NZl)56Row 34 - Cell 3
36Mio Suemasa (Jpn) Unior Tools Team54Row 35 - Cell 3
37Karen Hanlen (NZl)54Row 36 - Cell 3
38Sarah Riley (Aus)50Row 37 - Cell 3
39Tracy Moseley (GBr)48Row 38 - Cell 3
40Cindy Montambault (Can)46Row 39 - Cell 3
41Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)40Row 40 - Cell 3
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Women's World Cup team standings after two rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Ghost Factory Racing112pts
2Liv Pro Xc Team111Row 1 - Cell 3
3Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team107Row 2 - Cell 3
4Trek Factory Racing93Row 3 - Cell 3
5Specialized Racing Xc63Row 4 - Cell 3
6Team Colnago Sudtirol58Row 5 - Cell 3
7Bh-Suntour-Kmc54Row 6 - Cell 3
8Unior Tools Team50Row 7 - Cell 3
9Multivan Merida Biking Team35Row 8 - Cell 3
10Luna Pro Team30Row 9 - Cell 3
11Fischer-Bmc21Row 10 - Cell 3
12Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team20Row 11 - Cell 3
13Focus Xc Team17Row 12 - Cell 3
14Scott-3Rox Racing15Row 13 - Cell 3
154F Racing Team13Row 14 - Cell 3
16Orange Monkey Pro Team12Row 15 - Cell 3
17Ktm Houffalize Team11Row 16 - Cell 3
18Wheeler - Ixs Team11Row 17 - Cell 3
19Team Merida Wallonie Mtb8Row 18 - Cell 3


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