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Lechner wins elite women's cross country in Albstadt

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Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Sudtirol) wins the cross country World Cup in Albstadt

Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Sudtirol) wins the cross country World Cup in Albstadt
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World Cup leader Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Sudtirol)

World Cup leader Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Sudtirol)
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The start of the elite women's race

The start of the elite women's race
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The elite women take off in Albstadt

The elite women take off in Albstadt
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Eva Lechner

Eva Lechner
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Adelheid Morath

Adelheid Morath
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Eva Lechner

Eva Lechner
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Eva Lechner

Eva Lechner
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Adelheid Morath

Adelheid Morath
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Eva Lechner

Eva Lechner
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Eva Lechner wins in Albstadt

Eva Lechner wins in Albstadt
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Adelheid Morath finishes up

Adelheid Morath finishes up
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Eva Lechner on the podium

Eva Lechner on the podium
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Elite women's podium in Albstadt: Tanja Zakelji, Maja Wloszczowska, Eva Lechner, Katrin Leumann, Alexandra Engen

Elite women's podium in Albstadt: Tanja Zakelji, Maja Wloszczowska, Eva Lechner, Katrin Leumann, Alexandra Engen
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The start of the elite women's race at Albstadt

The start of the elite women's race at Albstadt
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Katrin Leumann (Ghost Factory Racing Team) and Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Sudtirol)

Katrin Leumann (Ghost Factory Racing Team) and Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Sudtirol)
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Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Giant Pro Xc Team)

Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Giant Pro Xc Team)
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Tanja Zakelj (Unior Tools Team)

Tanja Zakelj (Unior Tools Team)
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Alexandra Engen (Ghost Factory Racing Team)

Alexandra Engen (Ghost Factory Racing Team)
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Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team)

Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team)
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Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) was top North American

Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) was top North American
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It was a beautiful course

It was a beautiful course
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Maja Wloszczowska (Giant Pro Xc Team)

Maja Wloszczowska (Giant Pro Xc Team)
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Adelheid Morath (Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team)

Adelheid Morath (Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team)
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Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Sudtirol) took her first World Cup win since 2010

Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Sudtirol) took her first World Cup win since 2010
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Jolanda Neff (Giant Pro Xc Team) took the early lead

Jolanda Neff (Giant Pro Xc Team) took the early lead
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Annie Last (Trek Factory Racing)

Annie Last (Trek Factory Racing)
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team)

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team)
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World Cup leader Eva Lechner

World Cup leader Eva Lechner
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The Giant Pro XC team topped the women's XC team standings.

The Giant Pro XC team topped the women's XC team standings.
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Tanja Zakelj (Unior Tools Team) claiming fourth place

Tanja Zakelj (Unior Tools Team) claiming fourth place
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Katrin Leumann (Ghost Factory Team) descending from the top of the course

Katrin Leumann (Ghost Factory Team) descending from the top of the course
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) having a good outing

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) having a good outing
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Alexandra Engen (Ghost Factory Team) racing to a podium position

Alexandra Engen (Ghost Factory Team) racing to a podium position
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Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Sudtirol) getting air off a drop

Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Sudtirol) getting air off a drop
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Riders snake their way up switchbacks

Riders snake their way up switchbacks
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Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida) riding well on lap one

Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida) riding well on lap one
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Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Sudtirol) leading on lap one

Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Sudtirol) leading on lap one
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Jolanda Neff (Giant Pro Team) coming off a drop on lap one

Jolanda Neff (Giant Pro Team) coming off a drop on lap one
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Lea Davison (Specialized) went into the race as the favorite today.

Lea Davison (Specialized) went into the race as the favorite today.
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Marianne Vos (Rabo/Giant)

Marianne Vos (Rabo/Giant)
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Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) riding to a 7th place finish

Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) riding to a 7th place finish
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Katrin Leumann (Ghost Factory Team) riding down a series of rock gardens and jumps

Katrin Leumann (Ghost Factory Team) riding down a series of rock gardens and jumps
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The women had excellent conditions until rain started on lap four

The women had excellent conditions until rain started on lap four
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A riders take the "B" line through the woods

A riders take the "B" line through the woods
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Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Sudtirol) in a group of five at the top of the course

Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Sudtirol) in a group of five at the top of the course
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Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) on a bridge at the top of the course

Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) on a bridge at the top of the course
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Katrin Leumann (Ghost Factory Team) leading Lechner through a rock garden

Katrin Leumann (Ghost Factory Team) leading Lechner through a rock garden
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Lea Davison (Specialized) being cheered by the massive crowd

Lea Davison (Specialized) being cheered by the massive crowd
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Lea Davison (Specialized) muscling her way up a steep section

Lea Davison (Specialized) muscling her way up a steep section
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Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon Racing) at the start

Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon Racing) at the start
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Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) descending over a series of drops

Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) descending over a series of drops
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Tanja Zakelj (Unior Tools Team) riding in fourth place

Tanja Zakelj (Unior Tools Team) riding in fourth place
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Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Suditrol) wins in the rain at Albstadt

Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Suditrol) wins in the rain at Albstadt
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Elite women's cross country Albstadt World cup podium: Tanja Zakelj, Maja Wloszczowska, Eva Lechner, Katrin Leumann, Alexandra Engen

Elite women's cross country Albstadt World cup podium: Tanja Zakelj, Maja Wloszczowska, Eva Lechner, Katrin Leumann, Alexandra Engen
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Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Suditrol) is elated with her victory

Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Suditrol) is elated with her victory
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Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Suditrol) wins the World Cup in Albstadt

Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Suditrol) wins the World Cup in Albstadt
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Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Suditrol) riding a section of rocks on lap three

Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Suditrol) riding a section of rocks on lap three
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Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Suditrol) with the race lead at the big drop

Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Suditrol) with the race lead at the big drop
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Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Suditrol) on the front row of the start

Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Suditrol) on the front row of the start
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Eva Lechner (Colnago Sudtirol) took her first World Cup win since 2010 at the opening round of the 2013 cross country World Cup in Albstadt, Germany. On the final lap, Lechner proved the strongest of the five-woman lead group that dominated the race. She finished just eight seconds ahead of Maja Wloszczowska (Giant Pro XC) and 16 seconds up on Katrin Leumann (Ghost Factory Racing Team).

"I can't believe it. I had a really good start and good legs from the beginning. It was a fast pace. It's a victory and I wanted that victory," said Lechner to Redbull.tv interviewers after winning. "I'm so happy to be back up here after the last season. I can't describe it in words."

U23 world champion Jolanda Neff (Giant Pro XC Team), who was riding up a category with the elites, and Alexandra Engen (Ghost Factory Team) set a blistering pace at the start. Neff couldn't quite maintain the pace after the first few laps of the six-lap race and dropped back slightly, but Engen stayed with the front contenders for the duration.

At the front, Engen, who won the eliminator World Cup on Friday, was joined by Leumann, Lechner, Wloszczowska and Tanja Zakelj (Unior Tools).

The five women kept the pace high throughout and prevented any other big name favorites from catching up to them. Rain began to fall on the final lap, which made the technical course extremely slippery. Lechner powered away to a slight gap on a climb and held off her chasers to the finish. The last lap effort strung out the top five women a bit, but all finished within a minute of each other.

"The last lap was slippery," said Lechner, who last won a World Cup in Houffalize in 2010. "It was like ice. I had to be so careful. I had a little gap on the last uphill and I tried to go for it. I tried to ride without risk on the last descent."

Notably absent from the race were Olympic and world champion Julie Bresset - out with a broken collarbone - and local favorite Sabine Spitz, who injured herself in a crash during training this week.

In her first Mountain Bike World Cup appearance, Marianne Vos (Rabobank/Giant) steadily rode herself up through the field after a less than optimal starting position into an impressive 11th placed finish.

Full Results

Elite women cross country
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol1:33:52
2Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Giant Pro XC Team0:00:08
3Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:00:16
4Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team0:00:25
5Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:00:59
6Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing0:01:39
7Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:01:50
8Jolanda Neff* (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team0:02:18
9Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team0:02:39
10Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:02:40
11Marianne Vos (Ned)0:02:46
12Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team0:02:49
13Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - IXS Team0:03:24
14Annika Langvad (Den) Team Davinci - Specialized0:03:32
15Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Calcit Bike Team0:04:07
16Pauline Ferrand Prevot* (Fra) Giant Pro XC Team0:05:12
17Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing XC0:05:29
18Vera Andreeva (Rus) Team Protek
19Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Specialized Racing XC0:05:35
20Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team0:06:01
21Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:06:52
22Hanna Klein (Ger)0:07:01
23Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer-BMC0:07:12
24Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:07:27
25Annie Last (GBr) Trek Factory Racing0:07:33
26Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) Bi&Esse Carrera0:07:54
27Mary Mcconneloug (USA)0:08:26
28Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol0:09:03
29Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:09:13
30Paula Gorycka (Pol) 4F Racing Team0:09:30
31Daniela Campuzano (Mex)0:10:06
32Sabrina Enaux (Fra)0:10:22
33Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol)0:10:49
34Lene Byberg (Nor)0:10:54
35Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Roxracing0:10:59
36Fanny Bourdon (Fra) Look - Beaumes De Venise0:11:16
37Nikki Harris (GBr)0:11:43
38Nina Wrobel (Ger)0:12:05
39Sarah Koba (Swi) JB Felt Team0:13:02
40Githa Michiels (Bel) Toka Print MTB Team0:13:24
41Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus XC Team0:13:45
42Lee Craigie (GBr)0:14:16
43Anja Gradl (Ger) Team Bulls0:14:41
-1lapAmanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Roxracing
-1lapAnna Oberparleiter (Ita)
-1lapAnna Villar Argente (Spa)
-1lapNadine Rieder (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team
-1lapJacquelina Alvarez (Arg)
-1lapKate Fluker (NZl)
-1lapLaura Metzler (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC
-1lapJitka Skarnitzlova (Cze)
-1lapLucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC
-1lapJudy Freeman (USA)
-1lapHielke Elferink (Ned)
-1lapElisabeth Brandau (Ger)
-2lapsJudith Pollinger (Ita)
-2lapsSamara Sheppard (NZl) Toka Print MTB Team
-2lapsErin Huck (USA)
-2lapsFranziska Brun (Swi)
-2lapsLaura Turpijn (Ned) SBJ Bike Team
-2lapsKatherine O'neill (NZl)
-2lapsHelle Qvortrup Bachmann (Den)
-2lapsLucie Vesela (Cze)
-2lapsManon Van Hees (Ned)
-2lapsLucia Vazquez Crespo (Spa)
-3lapsMaaris Meier (Est)
-3lapsNicoletta De Jager (Ned)
-4lapsVirginie Pointet (Swi) JB Felt Team
-4lapsAsuman Bura Balci (Tur)
DNFSerena Calvetti (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop
DNFMaxine Filby (GBr)
DNSSabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team
DNSChloe Woodruff (USA)
DNSDaniela Storch (Ger)
DNSJane Nussli (GBr) Fischer-BMC

Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giant Pro XC Team73pts
2Ghost Factory Racing Team62
3Luna Pro Team47
4Team Colnago Sudtirol43
5Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team33
6Trek Factory Racing32
7Unior Tools Team30
8Specialized Racing XC26
9Topeak Ergon Racing Team24
10Wheeler - IXS Team18
11Team Davinci - Specialized17
12Calcit Bike Team16
13Team Protek13
14Multivan Merida Biking Team10
15Fischer-BMC8
16Bi&Esse Carrera5
174F Racing Team1

Elite women cross country World Cup standings after round 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol250pts
2Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Giant Pro XC Team200
3Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team160
4Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team150
5Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team140
6Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing130
7Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team120
8Jolanda Neff* (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team110
9Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team100
10Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team95
11Marianne Vos (Ned)90
12Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team85
13Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler - IXS Team80
14Annika Langvad (Den) Team Davinci - Specialized78
15Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Calcit Bike Team76
16Pauline Ferrand Prevot* (Fra) Giant Pro XC Team74
17Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing XC72
18Vera Andreeva (Rus) Team Protek70
19Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Specialized Racing XC68
20Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team66
21Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team64
22Hanna Klein (Ger)62
23Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer-BMC60
24Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team58
25Annie Last (GBr) Trek Factory Racing56
26Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) Bi&Esse Carrera54
27Mary Mcconneloug (USA)52
28Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol50
29Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team48
30Paula Gorycka (Pol) 4F Racing Team46
31Daniela Campuzano (Mex)44
32Sabrina Enaux (Fra)42
33Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol)40
34Lene Byberg (Nor)38
35Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Roxracing36
36Fanny Bourdon (Fra) Look - Beaumes De Venise34
37Nikki Harris (GBr)32
38Nina Wrobel (Ger)30
39Sarah Koba (Swi) JB Felt Team29
40Githa Michiels (Bel) Toka Print MTB Team28
41Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus XC Team27
42Lee Craigie (GBr)26
43Anja Gradl (Ger) Team Bulls25
44Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Roxracing24
45Anna Oberparleiter (Ita)23
46Anna Villar Argente (Spa)22
47Nadine Rieder (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team21
48Jacquelina Alvarez (Arg)20
49Kate Fluker (NZl)19
50Laura Metzler (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC18
51Jitka Skarnitzlova (Cze)17
52Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC16
53Judy Freeman (USA)15
54Hielke Elferink (Ned)14
55Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)13
56Judith Pollinger (Ita)12
57Samara Sheppard (NZl) Toka Print MTB Team11
58Erin Huck (USA)10
59Franziska Brun (Swi)9
60Laura Turpijn (Ned) SBJ Bike Team8

Team World Cup standings after round 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giant Pro XC Team73pts
2Ghost Factory Racing Team62
3Luna Pro Team47
4Team Colnago Sudtirol43
5Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team33
6Trek Factory Racing32
7Unior Tools Team30
8Specialized Racing XC26
9Topeak Ergon Racing Team24
10Wheeler - IXS Team18
11Team Davinci - Specialized17
12Calcit Bike Team16
13Team Protek13
14Multivan Merida Biking Team10
15Fischer-BMC8
16Bi&Esse Carrera5
174F Racing Team1

 

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