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Beerten tops Gough

Once again, Fort William, Scotland, provided some of the most exciting racing of the season, with a new winner for this second round of the four cross UCI World Cup. At the 10th anniversary event for Fort William, Anneke Beerten (Milka-Trek) finally won this round of the World Cup for the first time in her career.

The redesigned course proved to be a winner, with lots of passing and lead changes through the races. While there were still a few muddy, low-lying sections, most of the course had dried up enough to make many of the corners dusty and slippery, causing more than a few riders to slide out. The rock garden at the halfway point also proved to be a key factor, as numerous riders lost speed or crashed after choosing the wrong line.

The women's competition lost one rider before the competition had even started, with British rider Katy Curd breaking her arm in downhill training earlier in the day. The first round of competition saw one favourite not make it through, when round one second place finisher Fionn Griffiths (Team GR) flatted in her heat. Despite the flat, she managed to hold onto second place until the final straight. Melissa Buhl (KHS - Azonic), the fastest qualifier, also flatted in her heat, but it was close enough to the finish that she still managed to win and move on.

In the semi-final round, Buhl's luck ran out when she slid as she was entering the rock garden, forcing her to put her foot down, losing speed. The American managed to win the small final for fifth place. The rest of the top qualifiers all moved on to the final, with the new British sensation Joey Gough joining Beerten, along with Lucia Oetjen of Switzerland and Celine Gros (Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie).

The amazingly fast Gough took the holeshot from Beerten, but the highly experienced Dutch rider just bided her time, cutting inside of Gough on the corner just before the rock garden to take the lead and then hold it to the line. Oetjen took third, ahead of Gros.

"It's unbelievable, I've been coming here so many years, and I've never won," said Beerten. "They made some changes to the track, and I really like the new track. To finally win in Fort William ... I was really working hard to get this one, and now I've finally got it."

In the overall World Cup standings after two rounds, Beerten has a commanding lead, with 200 points to the 90 of both Oetjen and Gros.

Elite Women - Big Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anneke Beerten (Ned) Milka Trek Mtb Racing Team100pts
2Joey Gough (GBr)75
3Lucia Oetjen (Swi)50
4Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie40

Elite Women - Small Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
5Melissa Buhl (USA)30pts
6Steffi Marth (Ger)20
7Luana Maria De Souza Oliveira (Bra)10
8Nichola Anderson (GBr)5

Elite Women - 1/4 Finals
#Rider Name (Country) Team
9Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Team Gr
10Helene Valerie Fruhwirth (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria
11Neza Knez (Slo) Unior Tools Team
12Morgane Charre (Fra) Passion Velo Thiers Stemtee
13Suzanne Lacey (GBr)
14Eva Castro Fernandez (Spa)
15Alia Marcellini (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop
DNSKaty Curd (GBr)

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1RSP 4 Cross Racing Team65pts
2Milka Trek MTB Racing Team40
3Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof24
4Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team22
5Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie20
6Team Merida Combee14
7Ghost Factory Racing Team8

Elite Women World Cup standings after 2 rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anneke Beerten (Ned) Milka Trek Mtb Racing Team200pts
2Lucia Oetjen (Swi)90
3Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie90
4Joey Gough (GBr)75
5Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Team Gr75
6Melissa Buhl (USA)40
7Anita Molcik (Aut)30
8Steffi Marth (Ger)20
9Katy Curd (GBr)20
10Luana Maria De Souza Oliveira (Bra)10
11Nichola Anderson (GBr)5

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