Beerten bests full women's field

A brand new World Cup four cross track at Mont Sainte Anne yielded a victory and the World Cup lead for Anneke Beerten (Suspension Center) on Saturday evening during the sixth round of the World Cup series.

In an event that is often hampered by a lack of participants, it was great to see 12 women racers and three full rounds of racing. The main contenders were Beerten, former World Champion and World Cup leader Jill Kintner, and current World Champion Melissa Buhl (KHS). However, a number of crashes ultimately had an effect on the outcome.

Buhl was one of the victims of a crash in the semi-finals. She came back to win the small final for the evening securing a fifth place overall. This set up a final of Beerten, Kintner, Fionn Griffiths (Norco World Team) and Joanna Petterson. Early in the final, Kintner crashed about halfway down and got up quickly only to crash again lower on the course. Griffiths followed Beerten in for second place, with Petterson in third as Kintner limped in for fourth, losing her World Cup lead.

Beerten assumed the World Cup lead with her win. "This course is really technical and quite difficult. It has a lot of mountain bike features in it, especially with the little bit of rain we had today which made it slippery. It was a really fun course to ride. I like the more downhill style courses, so this was maybe a little better for me. I love riding this track."

"Gates have been so important for me to improve on and I was so focused on the final," said Beerten. "I was surprised and happy with this one. I'm back in the lead, but the points are so close its all going to come down to the final."

Kintner was clearly disappointed. "We came out of the gate pretty even. We banged bars on the first straight and she got a little ahead. So I decided to hang back a little bit and wait until I could get by. Then my front wheel just washed out in one of the corners and that was it. I couldn't get my foot clipped back in and I crashed again. I can't catch a break here. I either win or I crash."


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Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Anneke Beerten (Ned) Suspension Center
2Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team
3Joanna Petterson (RSA)
4Jill Kintner (USA)
5Melissa Buhl (USA)
6Anita Molcik (Aut) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team
7Sarsha Huntington (Aus)
8Mio Suemasa (Jpn)
9Lucia Oetjen (Swi)
10Eva Castro Fernandez (Spa)
11Neven Steinmetz (USA)
12Anne Laplante (Can)
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team50pts
2Suspension Center40Row 1 - Cell 3
3Specialized Factory Racing35Row 2 - Cell 3
4Norco World Team30Row 3 - Cell 3
5GT Bicycles26Row 4 - Cell 3
6Animal Commencal22Row 5 - Cell 3
7MS Evil Racing18Row 6 - Cell 3
8Team Sunn14Row 7 - Cell 3
9Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team12Row 8 - Cell 3
10Rocky Mountain UK10Row 9 - Cell 3
11Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense7Row 10 - Cell 3
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World Cup standings after six rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Anneke Beerten (Ned) Suspension Center405pts
2Jill Kintner (USA)350Row 1 - Cell 3
3Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team300Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jana Horakova (Cze)205Row 3 - Cell 3
5Melissa Buhl (USA)205Row 4 - Cell 3
6Caroline Buchanan (Aus)185Row 5 - Cell 3
7Romana Labounkova (Cze)90Row 6 - Cell 3
8Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center90Row 7 - Cell 3
9Joanna Petterson (RSA)50Row 8 - Cell 3
10Anita Molcik (Aut) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team50Row 9 - Cell 3
11Mio Suemasa (Jpn)20Row 10 - Cell 3
12Sarsha Huntington (Aus)10Row 11 - Cell 3
13Diana Marggraff (Ecu)5Row 12 - Cell 3
14Rachel Seydoux (Swi)5Row 13 - Cell 3
15Lucia Oetjen (Swi)5Row 14 - Cell 3
16Helene Valerie Fruhwirth (Aut)5Row 15 - Cell 3
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Team World Cup standings after six rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team235pts
2Suspension Center220Row 1 - Cell 3
3GT Bicycles167Row 2 - Cell 3
4Team Sunn139Row 3 - Cell 3
5Norco World Team125Row 4 - Cell 3
6Animal Commencal116Row 5 - Cell 3
7Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team109Row 6 - Cell 3
8Specialized Factory Racing95Row 7 - Cell 3
9Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense67Row 8 - Cell 3
10MS Evil Racing53Row 9 - Cell 3
11Rocky Mountain UK40Row 10 - Cell 3
12Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team9Row 11 - Cell 3

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