Rissveds wins Windham eliminator World Cup

Jenny Rissveds (Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team) won the elite women's eliminator World Cup on Friday evening in Windham, New York. With the impending end to World Cup eliminator racing at the end of this season, it was both the first-ever and last-ever eliminator World Cup in Windham.

"I was tired in the final, but I could make it," said Rissveds to Cyclingnews. "I had a tough start to the season, and it's good to feel like I'm back again."

Rissveds and Kathrin Stirnemann (Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team) dominated the various heats on their way to the final, and the big final turned out to be a contest between the two favorites.

Stirnemann won the race for the lead spot on the first corner, but Rissveds eventually overtook her on the climb.

"I pushed as hard as I could from the start - I was trying to be the first one in the first corner, and it was a tough battle between us," said Rissveds. "Then when I was behind her, I was just on her wheel and had to change my tactic. I felt strong in the semi-finals so I tried to do the same in the finals and pass her in the same place, but it cost a lot."

Stirnmann said, "My strategy was to have a good start and try to take the lead, but Jenny was stronger on the uphills today. I'm happy to take the overall World Cup."

Cindy Montambault and Chloe Woodruff (Backcountry.com/USA) were also in the final, finishing third and fourth respectively for Canada and the USA. Each woman was enjoying her career best World Cup result to date.

"It was my best-ever eliminator. I just took it heat by heat and I spun a lot between my heats and ate between my heats," said Montambault. "I pedalled hard on the uphills and tried to be safe. It wasn't technical, so you had to be very strong."

A beaming Woodruff said, "I made the podium - I'm pumped! I haven't done one of these in over a year, and it's fun. I felt great until the last round, and then I cracked."

Lisa Mitterbauer (Feenstra Felt pb Kenda Bike Team) earned the final spot on the podium by virtue of winning the Small Final.

Stirnemann was delighted to clinch the overall World Cup win with her second place finish. Just one round remains in Meribel, France in two weeks. Alexandra Engen, who was absent in Windham, and Rissveds are tied for second overall in the World Cup standings.

Full Results

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Big Final
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Jenny Rissveds* (Swe) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team
2Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team
3Cindy Montambault (Can)
4Chloe Woodruff (USA)
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Small Final
#Rider Name (Country) Team
5Lisa Mitterbauer* (Aut) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team
6Ingrid Boe Jacobsen* (Nor) Sepura XC Superior
7Kate Courtney* (USA) Specialized Racing XC
8Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau* (Can)
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1/4 Finals
#Rider Name (Country) Team
9Helen Grobert* (Ger) Focus XC Team
10Andréanne Pichette (Can)
11Catherine Fleury* (Can)
12Rachel Pageau* (Can)
13Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team
14Maghalie Rochette* (Can) Luna Pro Team
15Karlee Gendron (Can)
16Janka Keseg Stevkova (Svk)
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Elite women eliminator World Cup standings with one round remaining
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi)225pts
2Alexandra Engen (Swe)160Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jenny Rissveds* (Swe)160Row 2 - Cell 3
4Ingrid Boe Jacobsen* (Nor)68Row 3 - Cell 3
5Kate Courtney* (USA)64Row 4 - Cell 3
6Lisa Mitterbauer* (Aut)62Row 5 - Cell 3
7Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau* (Can)55Row 6 - Cell 3
8Sabine Spitz (Ger)36Row 7 - Cell 3
9Anne Terpstra (Ned)35Row 8 - Cell 3
10Eva Lechner (Ita)34Row 9 - Cell 3
11Andréanne Pichette (Can)34Row 10 - Cell 3
12Cindy Montambault (Can)30Row 11 - Cell 3
13Linda Indergand* (Swi)30Row 12 - Cell 3
14Jolanda Neff* (Swi)30Row 13 - Cell 3
15Peta Mullens (Aus)27Row 14 - Cell 3
16Chloe Woodruff (USA)25Row 15 - Cell 3
17Helen Grobert* (Ger)24Row 16 - Cell 3
18Rachel Pageau* (Can)24Row 17 - Cell 3
19Aline Seitz° (Swi)22Row 18 - Cell 3
20Jovana Crnogorac* (Srb)20Row 19 - Cell 3
21Ramona Forchini* (Swi)18Row 20 - Cell 3
22Catherine Fleury* (Can)18Row 21 - Cell 3
23Anna Oberparleiter (Ita)16Row 22 - Cell 3
24Lena Putz* (Ger)15Row 23 - Cell 3
25Elodie Bernier° (Can)14Row 24 - Cell 3
26Barbara Benko (Hun)13Row 25 - Cell 3
27Veronika Brüchle* (Ger)10Row 26 - Cell 3
28Haley Smith (Can)8Row 27 - Cell 3
29Elvira Khayrullina (Rus)8Row 28 - Cell 3
30Emily Parkes (Aus)8Row 29 - Cell 3
31Nadine Rieder (Ger)7Row 30 - Cell 3
32Jelena Eric° (Srb)6Row 31 - Cell 3
33Paula Gorycka (Pol)6Row 32 - Cell 3
34Katerina Nash (Cze)4Row 33 - Cell 3
35Fernanda Castro (Chi)4Row 34 - Cell 3
36Amber Johnston (NZl)4Row 35 - Cell 3
37Maghalie Rochette* (Can)3Row 36 - Cell 3
38Karlee Gendron (Can)2Row 37 - Cell 3
39Pierina Beeli (Swi)2Row 38 - Cell 3
40Janka Keseg Stevkova (Svk)1Row 39 - Cell 3
41Hielke Elferink (Ned)1Row 40 - Cell 3


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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.

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