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Beerten bests full women's field

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World Champion Melissa Buhl (KHS Bicycles) later crashed but was OK.

World Champion Melissa Buhl (KHS Bicycles) later crashed but was OK. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Anita Molcik in a very close heat

Anita Molcik in a very close heat (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Jill Kintner (Intense-Red Bull) wins a heat.

Jill Kintner (Intense-Red Bull) wins a heat. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Sarsha Huntington flyies over a jump.

Sarsha Huntington flyies over a jump. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Fionn Griffiths (Norco World Team) on her way to second place.

Fionn Griffiths (Norco World Team) on her way to second place. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Anneke Beerten (Suspension Center) races to victory

Anneke Beerten (Suspension Center) races to victory (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Jill Kintner did an endo and face plant at the bottom of the course. She appeared to be unhurt.

Jill Kintner did an endo and face plant at the bottom of the course. She appeared to be unhurt. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Downhiller Kathy Pruitt (Jamis) was one of the spectators.

Downhiller Kathy Pruitt (Jamis) was one of the spectators. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Women's podium: Melissa Buhl, Fionn Griffiths, Anneke Beerten, Joanna Petterson, Jill Kintner

Women's podium: Melissa Buhl, Fionn Griffiths, Anneke Beerten, Joanna Petterson, Jill Kintner (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Fionn Griffiths woud take 2nd in the final

Fionn Griffiths woud take 2nd in the final (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Jill Kintner, Sarsha Huntington, Eva Castro Fernandez in 1/4 finals

Jill Kintner, Sarsha Huntington, Eva Castro Fernandez in 1/4 finals (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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World Champion Melissa Buhl crashed in semi's, and would finish 5th

World Champion Melissa Buhl crashed in semi's, and would finish 5th (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Anneke Beerten, Joanna Petterson and Lucia Oetjen 1/4 finals

Anneke Beerten, Joanna Petterson and Lucia Oetjen 1/4 finals (Image credit: Tour of Japan)

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."

Results

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)

Team
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team50pts
2Suspension Center40
3Specialized Factory Racing35
4Norco World Team30
5GT Bicycles26
6Animal Commencal22
7MS Evil Racing18
8Team Sunn14
9Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team12
10Rocky Mountain UK10
11Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense7

World Cup standings after six rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anneke Beerten (Ned) Suspension Center405pts
2Jill Kintner (USA)350
3Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team300
4Jana Horakova (Cze)205
5Melissa Buhl (USA)205
6Caroline Buchanan (Aus)185
7Romana Labounkova (Cze)90
8Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center90
9Joanna Petterson (RSA)50
10Anita Molcik (Aut) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team50
11Mio Suemasa (Jpn)20
12Sarsha Huntington (Aus)10
13Diana Marggraff (Ecu)5
14Rachel Seydoux (Swi)5
15Lucia Oetjen (Swi)5
16Helene Valerie Fruhwirth (Aut)5

Team World Cup standings after six rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team235pts
2Suspension Center220
3GT Bicycles167
4Team Sunn139
5Norco World Team125
6Animal Commencal116
7Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team109
8Specialized Factory Racing95
9Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense67
10MS Evil Racing53
11Rocky Mountain UK40
12Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team9

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