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MTB World Cup XC #7 & DH #5 - CDM
Bromont, Canada, August 1-3, 2008
Race 2 - August 2: Elite women 4X
Beerten rides smoothly to win
By Sue George in Bromont, Québec
Dutch woman Anneke Beerten (MS Intense Factory Racing) rode away from her competition in the rainy big final of the elite women's race. On her way to a comfortable win, she defeated Anita Molcik (4 Elements Yeti) and Mio Suemesa (MS Intense Factory Racing). 17 year-old Caroline Buchanan finished fourth in her first-ever big-final appearance at a World Cup.
"The last race was hard for me and this one I just wanted to keep it together," said an elated Beerten after her win. She crashed in the big finals at last week's World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne.
"I took all the inside lines and just kept it going. I'm pretty stoked with winning tonight. It was such a hard course, but it was fun for sure." Beerten won both her semi-final heat and the Big Final.
The Austrian Molcik liked the challenging course, which was new for this World Cup and will become in the future a part of a new Canadian national training center going forward. The course featured rocky sections, logs, a bridge, jumps and even a corkscrew. Many of the sections offered a variety of lines from which to pick.
"The section with the stones was good for me. I made passes in both of my runs at that section," said Molcik, who finished second in the semi-finals, too. Both the semi-finals and the finals were conducted in a steady rain as it was getting dark.
After Suemasa in third, Buchanan finished fourth in what was her second-ever World Cup. Her first was last weekend at Mont-Sainte-Anne, and unfortunately, there she suffered two flats.
"The course was very different than what I've ever ridden," said the young Buchanan. "They put a lot of effort into the course and it held up well in the rain."
"To make the [Big] Final, I'm over the moon," Buchanan said, elated with her performance.
World Champion and last weekend's 4X winner Melissa Buhl (KHS) was absent from competition for the weekend. She returned home early after Mont-Sainte-Anne to deal with family affairs.
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Big final 1 Anneke Beerten (Ned) MS Intense Factory Racing 2 Anita Molcik (Aut) 4 Elements Yeti 3 Mio Suemasa (Jpn) MS Intense Factory Racing 4 Caroline Buchanan (Aus) Small final 5 Angelika Hohenwarter (Aut) 6 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team 7 Eva Castro Fernandez (Spa) 8 Neven Steinmetz (USA) 9 Jessica Voigt (USA) Teams 1 MS-Intense Factory-Racing 85 pts 2 Commencal - Furious - Oakley Team 35 3 4 Elements Yeti/Hotec/RSP 30 4 Team Ghost International 26 5 Cannondale Factory Racing 22 6 Team Sunn 18 7 Norco World Team 17 8 Kenda Tomac 16 9 Animal Commencal 14 10 Rocky Mountain UK 12 11 Team Bike Radar 10 12 Suzuki-RB 9 World Cup stadnings after five rounds 1 Anneke Beerten (Ned) MS-Intense Factory-Racing 930 pts 2 Anita Molcik (Aut) 4 Elements Yeti/Hotec/Rsp 460 3 Mio Suemasa (Jpn) MS-Intense Factory-Racing 440 4 Melissa Buhl (USA) 420 5 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team 340 6 Jana Horakova (Cze) Suzuki-RB 250 7 Rachel Seydoux (Swi) 150 8 Caroline Buchanan (Aus) 120 9 Angelika Hohenwarter (Aut) 80 10 Diana Marggraff (Ecu) 70 11 Eva Castro Fernandez (Spa) 60 12 Romana Labounkova (Cze) 60 13 Lucia Oetjen (Swi) 60 14 Katarina Tothova (Cze) 40 15 Helene Valerie Fruhwirth (Aut) 40 16 Neven Steinmetz (USA) 20 17 Sarsha Huntington (Aus) 10 Team standings 1 MS-Intense Factory-Racing 280 pts 2 4 Elements Yeti/Hotec/RSP 126 3 Commencal - Furious - Oakley Team 119 4 Suzuki-RB 107 5 Animal Commencal 104 6 Norco World Team 92 7 Team Ghost International 80 8 Team Sunn 73 9 Cannondale Factory Racing 64 10 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 64 11 Kenda Tomac 56 12 Rocky Mountain UK 28 13 Team Bike Radar 19 14 Tomac Factory Racing 5 15 Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 5