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Austrian Osl wins final World Cup round at home

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Elisabeth Osl wins the Austrian world cup.

Elisabeth Osl wins the Austrian world cup. (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Central Ghost Pro Team top team

Central Ghost Pro Team top team (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Anna Szafraniec, Lene Byberg, Elisabeth Osl, Catharine Pendrel, Marie-Helene Premont

Anna Szafraniec, Lene Byberg, Elisabeth Osl, Catharine Pendrel, Marie-Helene Premont (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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World Cup overall: Irina Kalentieva, Lene Byberg, Elisabeth Osl, Catharine Pendrel Marga Fullana missing

World Cup overall: Irina Kalentieva, Lene Byberg, Elisabeth Osl, Catharine Pendrel Marga Fullana missing (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Fans of the Osl sisters

Fans of the Osl sisters (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Start of the women's race

Start of the women's race (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Elisabeth Osl

Elisabeth Osl (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Catharine Pendrel

Catharine Pendrel (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Lene Byberg

Lene Byberg (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Aleksandra Dawidowicz U23 World Cup winner

Aleksandra Dawidowicz U23 World Cup winner (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Mary McConneloug

Mary McConneloug (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Lene Byberg

Lene Byberg (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Marie-Helene Premont

Marie-Helene Premont (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Irina Kalentieva

Irina Kalentieva (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Lene Byberg, Anna Szafraniec and Marie-Helene Premont

Lene Byberg, Anna Szafraniec and Marie-Helene Premont (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Anna Szafraniec

Anna Szafraniec (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Emily Batty

Emily Batty (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Elisabeth Osl greets her fans

Elisabeth Osl greets her fans (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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A big crowd around Osl after her win

A big crowd around Osl after her win (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Catherine Pendrel (Luna Women's MTB) takes third place

Catherine Pendrel (Luna Women's MTB) takes third place (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost) has two wins going into today's race

Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost) has two wins going into today's race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Lene Byberg (Specialized) is proving to be an all-around racer

Lene Byberg (Specialized) is proving to be an all-around racer (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Marie-Helene Premont (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) at the start

Marie-Helene Premont (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) at the start (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Catherine Pendrel (Luna Women's MTB) is one of the favorites on this steep course

Catherine Pendrel (Luna Women's MTB) is one of the favorites on this steep course (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Women's start line with all the heavy hitters

Women's start line with all the heavy hitters (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) on a steep climb

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) on a steep climb (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Elite women head uphill

Elite women head uphill (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Lea Davison (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) climbing

Lea Davison (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) climbing (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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U-23 Emily Batty (Trek Toronto) on a steep climb

U-23 Emily Batty (Trek Toronto) on a steep climb (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost) leading on lap two

Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost) leading on lap two (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Catherine Pendrel (Luna Women's MTB) chasing Osl

Catherine Pendrel (Luna Women's MTB) chasing Osl (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Marie-Helene Premont (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) riding third

Marie-Helene Premont (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) riding third (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Lene Byberg (Specialized) riding fourth

Lene Byberg (Specialized) riding fourth (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Cecile Rode Revanel (Lapierre Intl.)

Cecile Rode Revanel (Lapierre Intl.) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) on flyover

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) on flyover (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Sabine Spitz (Central Ghost) riding to 13th place today

Sabine Spitz (Central Ghost) riding to 13th place today (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Lea Davison (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) riding to 12th place

Lea Davison (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) riding to 12th place (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Robobank rider descending a gully

Robobank rider descending a gully (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Elisabeth Osl on a long climb with one minute lead

Elisabeth Osl on a long climb with one minute lead (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost) on a steep descent

Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost) on a steep descent (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Catherine Pendrel (Luna Women's MTB) descending

Catherine Pendrel (Luna Women's MTB) descending (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Marie-Helene Premont (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) descending in 3rd place

Marie-Helene Premont (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) descending in 3rd place (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) riding to 14th place

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) riding to 14th place (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Sabine Spitz (Central Ghost) cornering

Sabine Spitz (Central Ghost) cornering (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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The venue at Schladming

The venue at Schladming (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Lea Davison and Mary McConneloug were together the whole race

Lea Davison and Mary McConneloug were together the whole race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Elite Women pushing their bikes at times

Elite Women pushing their bikes at times (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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One fo the grassy climbs

One fo the grassy climbs (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost) wins her third world cup this year

Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost) wins her third world cup this year (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost) leapfrogs her handlebars at the finish!

Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost) leapfrogs her handlebars at the finish! (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost) celebrating her win

Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost) celebrating her win (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)

Elisabeth "Lisi" Osl gave the Austrian crowd what they had hoped: a home win and the World Cup title at the eighth and final round in Schladming, Austria. Osl took her third World Cup win of the season after an impressive start to finish ride on the front.

Lene Byberg (Specialized) confirmed her second place overall by catching Canada's Catharine Pendrel (Luna) on the final climb to take second, while Pendrel hung on for third in both the race and the overall standings. Lea Davison (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) was the top US finisher in 12th, two spots ahead of Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven). Emily Batty (Team Canada) finished 25th, and took second overall in the Under 23 final World Cup standings behind World Champion Aleksandra Dawidowicz (CCC Polkowice).

Osl came into the final round of the World Cup with a 65-point lead over Byberg. Pendrel was mathematically still in the running to win the title, but more concerned with holding onto third ahead of World Champion Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon). The only other rider who could have been in the mix - Marga Fullana (Massi) - was out after fracturing a vertebra in a crash a week earlier prior to the Champery, Switzerland, round.

The steep climbs of Schladming certainly suited the diminutive Osl, who was out in front by the top of the first climb of the four-lap race. Premont gamely hung on for most of the first lap, joined by Pendrel, but then slipped back to join a chase group with Byberg, Anna Szafraniec (JBG-2) and Kalentieva. Pendrel was gaining on Osl after the technical, muddy descents, but would lose time on each climb. The Austrian was steadily extending her lead, to eventually finish more than a minute ahead.

"I have no words," said Osl, who was emotional on the podium during the Austrian national anthem. "It has been a fantastic season, and I have surprised myself this year. My tactic today was just to give it my best. My legs felt bad before the start in the warm-up, so I just decided to go out hard and see what would happen. But the pressure, it was not easy. To come to Austria in the leader's jersey and hold onto it ... this was great pressure."

The effort the Canadian champion was expending would eventually catch up with her, as Byberg, Premont and Szafraniec slowly began reeling her in. Premont was at the front of the trio on the last lap when she slid out in a corner, giving Byberg to opportunity to attack and finally bridge up to Pendrel for the final climb of the race. The pair swapped attacks until Byberg was able to just get ahead and finish eight seconds in front of Pendrel. Szafraniec came in for fourth, less than 30 seconds later, closely followed by Premont. The four chasers were separated by less than 50 seconds.

"I'm pretty pleased," said Pendrel, "I just wish that I could have held Lene [Byberg] off on that last climb! For a while I was able to keep Lisi [Osl] in sight, but the steep climbs suited her a lot more than me, and I had to back off a bit and go my own pace. Then Lene caught me, and we attacked each other a couple of times until she managed to get in front. But, overall, this is my best season ever, with a World Cup victory, the national title, third in the series and sixth at the World Championships, so, I'm satisfied."

For Premont, who has struggled with breathing problems all season, it was a strong end to the season. "Yes, I am happy with this result. It has been a hard season for me, with good results, then bad, then good. So, this shows me that I am on the right track and I go into the preparation for next season with a good feeling."

Results

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Central Ghost Pro Team1:19:10
2Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Factory Racing0:01:05
3Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team0:01:13
4Anna Szafraniec (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team0:01:41
5Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles0:01:53
6Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:03:10
7Aleksandra Dawidowicz* (Pol) Ccc Polkowice0:03:21
8Petra Henzi (Swi) Fischer-BMC0:03:50
9Cécile Rode Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International0:03:59
10Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Cap Arreghini0:04:36
11Anja Gradl (Ger) Central Ghost Pro Team0:04:48
12Lea Davison (USA) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles0:04:50
13Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Ghost Pro Team0:05:08
14Mary McConneloug (USA)0:05:21
15Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt International MTB Team0:05:39
16Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Cap Arreghini0:05:45
17Katrin Leumann (Swi)0:05:53
18Sabrina Enaux (Fra) BH-Suntour0:06:03
19Tanja Zakelj* (Slo) MBK Orbea0:06:12
20Sarah Koba (Swi)0:06:43
21Paula Gorycka* (Pol)0:07:49
22Vivienne Meyer* (Swi) Colnago Cap Arreghini0:08:41
23Janka Stevkova (Svk)0:08:49
24Rowena Fry (Aus) Discovertasmania.Com0:08:57
25Emily Batty* (Can)0:09:08
26Hanna Klein* (Ger)0:09:15
27Anna Villar Argente (Spa) Massi0:09:38
28Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Team Bikepark.ch0:09:43
29Amanda Sin (Can)0:10:00
30Nataliya Krompets* (Ukr)0:10:29
31Laura Metzler (Fra) BH-Suntour0:10:47
32Kate Potter (Aus)0:10:57
33Adelheid Morath (Ger)0:11:06
34Maria Osl (Aut) Fischer-BMC0:11:17
35Annie Last* (GBr)0:11:31
36Barbara Benko* (Hun)0:12:01
37Sandra Walter (Can)0:12:23
38Githa Michiels (Bel) Team Saeco0:12:32
39Monique Zeldenrust (Ned)0:12:47
40Judith Pollinger* (Ita) Sunshine Racers Asv Nals0:12:48
41Suzanne Clarke (GBr)0:13:37
42Coralie Redelsperger (Fra)0:13:43
43Fabienne Niederberger (Swi)0:14:12
44Stephanie Wiedner* (Aut) DS-Rennsport0:14:33
45Silke Schmidt* (Ger)0:15:16
46Jennifer Sagesser* (Swi)0:15:17
47Katherine O'shea (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition0:15:37
48Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa) Cemelorca-Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo0:15:53
49Alexandra Engen* (Swe)0:16:47
50Virginie Pointet* (Swi) Team Bikepark.ch0:16:54
51Nadine Rieder* (Ger) Fumic.Brothers.International0:17:14
52Karin Groen (Ned)0:17:29
53Corina Gantenbein (Swi)0:17:58
54Alexa Hüni (Ger)0:18:10
55Lucie Vesela (Cze)0:18:20
56Irina Slobodyan* (Ukr)0:18:41
57Maaike Polspoel* (Bel)0:18:46
58Martina Nemcova (Cze)0:20:32
59Gracie Elvin* (Aus) Discovertasmania.Com0:20:38
60Jean Ann Mckirdy (Can)0:21:53
-1lapAnna Oberparleiter* (Ita)
-1lapNicoletta De Jager (Ned)
-1lapCatherine Lohri (Swi)
-1lapRebecca Beaumont* (Can)
-1lapNina Homovec (Slo) MBK Orbea
-1lapChristina Verhas (Aut)
-1lapKiona Harbers (Ned)
-1lapLenka Bulisova* (Cze)
DNFTatjana Dold (Ger)
DNFKathrin Stirnemann* (Swi)
DNFInbar Ronen (Isr)
DNSKristien Nelen (Bel)

Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Central Ghost Pro Team78pts
2Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles47
3Colnago Cap Arreghini45
4Specialized Factory Racing35
5Luna Pro Team32
6JBG-2 Professional MTB Team30
7Topeak Ergon Racing Team26
8Ccc Polkowice24
9Fischer-BMC23
10Lapierre International22
11Felt International MTB Team16
12BH-Suntour13
13MBK Orbea12
14Discovertasmania.Com7
15Massi4
16Team Bikepark.ch3

Elite women final World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Central Ghost Pro Team1440pts
2Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Factory Racing1325
3Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team1135
4Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team1070
5Margarita Fullana Riera (Spa) Massi912
6Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles813
7Katrin Leumann (Swi)694
8Anna Szafraniec (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team686
9Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Ghost Pro Team680
10Mary Mcconneloug (USA)664
11Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Cap Arreghini660
12Cécile Rode Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International635
13Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher612
14Aleksandra Dawidowicz* (Pol) CCC Polkowice546
15Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team515
16Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice464
17Petra Henzi (Swi) Fischer-BMC459
18Emily Batty* (Can)449
19Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Cap Arreghini447
20Rowena Fry (Aus) Discovertasmania.com444
21Lea Davison (USA) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles437
22Sabrina Enaux (Fra) BH-Suntour433
23Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher418
24Chengyuan Ren (Chn)410
25Adelheid Morath (Ger)367
26Laura Metzler (Fra) BH-Suntour367
27Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Team Bikepark.ch364
28Caroline Mani* (Fra) Team Bikepark.ch363
29Laura Turpijn (Ned)358
30Janka Stevkova (Svk)351
31Julie Bresset* (Fra) Breiz Mountain338
32Anna Villar Argente (Spa) Massi299
33Hanna Klein* (Ger)294
34Amanda Sin (Can)287
35Kate Potter (Aus)283
36Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt International MTB Team264
37Julie Krasniak* (Fra)262
38Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team260
39Helene Marcouyre (Fra) BH-Suntour251
40Anja Gradl (Ger) Central Ghost Pro Team232
41Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice230
42Vivienne Meyer* (Swi) Colnago Cap Arreghini216
43Katherine O'shea (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition214
44Tereza Hurikova* (Cze) Ceska Sporitelna MTB192
45Tanja Zakelj* (Slo) MBK Orbea186
46Barbara Benko* (Hun)160
47Githa Michiels (Bel) Team Saeco158
48Mical Dyck (Can)151
49Alexandra Engen* (Swe)150
50Maria Osl (Aut) Fischer-BMC145
51Suzanne Clarke (GBr)145
52Fanny Bourdon* (Fra)142
53Nataliya Krompets* (Ukr)139
54Gracie Elvin* (Aus) Discovertasmania.com135
55Sarah Koba (Swi)134
56Katherine Compton (USA)130
57Esther Süss (Swi)130
58Ivonne Kraft (Ger)127
59Sandra Walter (Can)127
60Vera Andreeva* (Rus)97
61Nicola Leary (NZl)96
62Paula Gorycka* (Pol)91
63Chloe Forsman* (USA) Luna Pro Team88
64Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa) Cemelorca-Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo86
65Annie Last* (GBr)84
66Virginie Pointet* (Swi) Team Bikepark.ch84
67Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)73
68Stephanie Wiedner* (Aut) DS-Rennsport73
69Caroline Villeneuve (Can)71
70Karine Travaillaud (Can)68
71Judith Pollinger* (Ita) Sunshine Racers ASV Nals66
72Fabienne Niederberger (Swi)65
73Yolande Speedy (RSA)64
74Joanna Wall (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition64
75Coralie Redelsperger (Fra)63
76Jean Ann Mckirdy (Can)63
77Rebecca Beaumont* (Can)57
78Marie-Claude Surprenant* (Can)57
79Cindy Montambault (Can)56
80Maaike Polspoel* (Bel)55
81Daniela Campuzano (Mex)55
82Zoe King (Aus)55
83Nadine Rieder* (Ger) Fumic.Brothers.International53
84Fiona Macdermid (GBr)52
85Josiane Mathieu (Can)51
86Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex)50
87Rosara Joseph (NZl)49
88Kathleen Villeneuve (Can)45
89Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant Mountain Bike Team44
90Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe) Subaru-Gary Fisher44
91Anna Oberparleiter* (Ita)43
92Jennifer Sagesser* (Swi)40
93Kathrin Stirnemann* (Swi)39
94Evelyn Staffler (Ita) Colnago Cap Arreghini38
95Oksana Rybakova (Rus)37
96Melanie Spath (Ger)36
97Silke Schmidt* (Ger)36
98Therese Rhodes* (Aus)35
99Inbar Ronen (Isr)34
100Tatjana Dold (Ger)31
101Monique Zeldenrust (Ned)29
102Tania Raats (RSA)29
103Corina Gantenbein (Swi)29
104Cristina Mascarreras Sabria (Spa) Conor - Camping La Siesta28
105Sara Muhl (RSA)28
106Kajsa Snihs* (Swe)27
107Shawna Thunder (RSA)27
108Alexa Hüni (Ger)27
109Joanna Harrington (Aus)26
110Janneke Leask* (RSA)26
111Heletje Van Staden* (Nam)25
112Hilana Marais (RSA)24
113Tory Thomas (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition23
114Kristien Nelen (Bel)23
115Carmen Bassingthwaighte (Nam)22
116Carla Freysen (RSA)21
117Truong Lorraine* (Swi)19
118Katrin Schwing (Ger)19
119Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Team Scott Valloire Galibier17
120Karin Groen (Ned)16
121Stephanie Lacoursiere* (Can)16
122Lily Matthews* (GBr)15
123Camille Pousse* (Fra)14
124Lucie Vesela (Cze)13
125Jeanette Gerrie (NZl)13
126Irina Slobodyan* (Ukr)12
127Laure Boulay (Fra) Keops12
128Joana Barbosa* (Por)11
129Martina Nemcova (Cze)10
130Catherine Lohri (Swi)10
131Sarka Chmurova (Cze)10
132Lenka Bulisova* (Cze)9
133Elena Ondasova (Svk)9
134Nicoletta De Jager (Ned)8

Team final World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Central Ghost Pro Team431pts
2Luna Pro Team378
3Specialized Factory Racing252
4Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles250
5Colnago Cap Arreghini230
6Ccc Polkowice228
7Topeak Ergon Racing Team203
8Subaru-Gary Fisher184
9Massi180
10JBG-2 Professional MTB Team139
11BH-Suntour125
12Lapierre International114
13Team Bikepark.ch104
14Fischer-BMC99
15Breiz Mountain59
16Discovertasmania.Com49
17Felt International MTB Team44
18Ceska Sporitelna MTB30
19MBK Orbea18
20Team Saeco10
21Torq Performance Nutrition9

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