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MTB World Cup XC #6 & DH #4 - CDM
Mont Sainte Anne, Canada, July 25-27, 2008
By Sue George
After more than a month off the World Cup Circuit, racers will return for the next round in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada. For cross country racers, it will be round six and for gravity racers, round four. Mont-Sainte-Anne is just 40km from Quebec City, which just celebrated earlier this month the 400th anniversary of its founding by Samuel de Champlain.
Although a North American World Cup entails extra travel for racers from Europe, many will make the trip, especially with the next World Cup in Bromont, Quebec one week later.
The last round of the World Cup was contested in Fort William, Scotland, the first week of June. During the break in the World Cup schedule, racers have been busy at the World Championships in Val di Sole, Italy, and many have also been contesting their national championships, too.
Mont-Sainte-Anne is the only venue to have hosted either a World Cup or World Championship every year since the UCI's first mountain bike calendar in 1991. It will again host the World Championships in 2010. It is part of a three-week festival known as Velirium, which also includes the Canadian National Championships and Quebec Cup racing. More than 2,500 athletes are expected to compete.
Racing action will kick off with the 4X. Riders will qualify on Friday evening and compete in the finals on Saturday evening. World champions Melissa Buhl and Rafael Alvarez De Lara Luca are the clear favourites going into the race.
In the women's 4X race, American Buhl will see tough challenge from Dutch woman Anneke Beerten, who is ranked number one in the world, Austrian Anita Molcik and Japan's Mio Suemesa. Not yet on the start list, Czech's Jana Horakova could also challenge for a medal. And wouldn't be a surprise if some downhill stars like Sabrina Jonnier decided to also race the 4X.
On the men's side Spaniard Alvarez de Lara Luca will face France's young Romain Saladin, Dutchman Joost Wichman and Germany's Guido Tschugg. Former World Champion and American Brian Lopes is believed to be skipping this round while attending the Kenda Festival in Massachusetts.
Gravity racers will see plenty of action Saturday as downhillers will undertake qualifying and finals in the same day on a 3.1km course dropping 650m. The Atherton siblings Gee and Rachel will be looking to repeat their World Championship-winning performances. They sit first and second respectively in the men's and women's world rankings.
In the women's downhill race, former World Champion and number-one ranked Sabrina Jonnier of France will look for a win after a disappointing loss to Atherton at the Worlds Championships in June. Tracy Moseley will look to bring home a second medal for Great Britain while France will also bring Emmeline Ragot and Japan's Mio Suemasa will look to follow on a strong ride at Worlds that saw her in the hot seat for awhile after a solid ride.
The men's downhill race will be filled with a large and deep field, the largest of this World Cup round. Second place at the World Championships Steve Peat, who was crowned British National Champion last weekend, will be aiming for a win. Look out for his South African team-mate Greg Minnaar, too.
Former World Champion Sam Hill, an Australian ranked second in the world, isn't on the start list at the time of this writing, but it'd be surprising if he didn't make it to Canada for both this and next weekend's World Cup rounds. Frenchman Fabien Barel will be looking to do well after an unfortunate collision last weekend with a slower racer at the French National Championship. Barel injured, but fortunately did not break his ankle in the incident with a slower rider who took an alternate line and then merged back onto the main track.
Plenty of others could make a trip to the podium including Finland's Matti Lehikoinen, Great Britain's Brendan Fairclough and Josh Bryceland, Australia's Nathan Rennie, New Zealand's Justin Leov and Sam Blenkinsop, Slovakia's Filip Polc and Switzerland's Nick Beer, just to name a few.
Unlike the gravity disciplines, many of the cross country contenders will have their sights firmly set on the Olympic Games in Beijing, China, next month. That means some of the fastest racers will not be focused on a top result at Mont-Sainte-Anne as a top priority goal, but no doubt many of them will be in fine form with just a few weeks to go before the big day in China. There will also be a collection of racers not going to the Olympics who whill be giving it 100% for a chance at a World Cup medal.
North Americans historically do better in the Canadian World Cups than the European World Cups, so look out for a possible surprise break-out or even career-best World Cup performance from a young Canadian or American racer.
Cross country racers will compete on a 6.3km course with three major climbs and several smaller ones. Each lap begins with a substantial climb to separate the strong from the not-so-strong.
The elite women have taken turns winning World Cups this year, so it's impossible to predict a favourite. If she attends, World Champion and Spaniard Margarita Fullana is an obvious candidate, but so are seven-time German National Champion Sabine Spitz, who finished second at marathon and cross country worlds, former world champion Irina Kalentieva, and "local" and Canadian National Champion Marie Helen Premont along with compatriot Catherine Prendrel.
If the Chinese women make an appearance rather than staying home for final preparations for the Olympics, they could also take home a win or a medal. Likewise, Mary McConneloug, fresh off defending her US National cross country title, or Georgia Gould, both who will be attending the Olympics for the US, could excel on Sunday. Others not going to the Olympics will want to prove themselves - including Willow Koerber, Lea Davison, Heather Irminger, and Kelli Emmett.
Not to be forgotten are newly crowned marathon world champion Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa or Czech Katerina Nash, who has plenty of North American and World Cup racing experience. Dahle Flesjaa has shown herself on a trajectory back to the peak form that previously saw her dominate the elite women's field - she may arrive there just in time for the Olympics.
In the men's race, World Champion Christoph Sauser will be wrapping up final preparations before the Olympics as will Frenchman Julien Absalon, Swede Fredrik Kessiakoff, and Dane Jakob Fuglsang. Sauser's Swiss team-mates are always a force to be reckoned with, which means U23 World Champion Nino Schurter, Swiss National Champion Florian Vogel or Ralf Naef could win a spot on the podium.
Canada's Geoff Kabush is another to watch along with Matthieu Tolouse, who recently had a break-out race at the Windham NMBS round in New York two weeks ago.
For the Americans, Adam Craig, who defended his national title last week, will be on a final push toward Beijing along with Todd Wells. Jermiah Bishop has proven with recent national short track and marathon national titles that he is in fine form after a tough spring. And you can't count out Jeremy Horgan Kobelski racing on North American turf.
Youngster and South African Burry Stander, Jean-Christophe Peraud, Cedric Ravenel and Jose Antonio Hermida are others to watch.
Cross country Downhill 4X Cross country Elite men cross country 2 Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea 5 Burry Stander (RSA) GT Bicycle 6 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Orbea 7 Cédric Ravanel (Fra) Team Lapierre International 9 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis 10 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 11 Todd Wells (USA) GT Bicycle 12 Christoph Soukup (Aut) 13 Martin Gujan (Swi) Athleticum-MTB-Team 14 Kashi Leuchs (NZl) Cannondale-Vredestein 16 Adam Craig (USA) Giant Mountain Bike Team 18 Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea 20 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Athleticum-MTB-Team 21 Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea 24 Seamus Mcgrath (Can) 34 Hannes Metzler (Aut) Giant Mountain Bike Team 35 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 37 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) 40 Karl Markt (Aut) 45 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 56 Bas Peters (Ned) 60 Frank Schotman (Ned) 61 Cristobal Silva (Chi) 62 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) 63 Raphael Gagne (Can) Rocky Mountain 64 Jiri Friedl (Cze) Merida Biking Team 65 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Trek-VW 66 Michael Broderick (USA) 67 Kenji Takeya (Jpn) 68 Derek Zandstra (Can) 69 Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 70 Sam Jurekovic (USA) 71 Max Plaxton (Can) Rocky Mountain 72 Matous Ulman (Cze) 73 Connor Mcconvey (Irl) 74 Martin Lazarski (Can) 75 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona 76 Andrew Watson (Can) 77 Matthew Hadley (Can) 78 Anders Hovdenes (Nor) Team Etto Hoydahl 79 Martin Loo (Est) Merida Biking Team 80 Mathieu Toulouse (Can) Team Maxxis 81 John Gray (NZl) 82 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-SR. Suntour 83 Stepfan Widmer (Can) 84 Pierre Lebreton (Fra) BH-SR. Suntour 85 Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona 86 Carl Decker (USA) Giant Mountain Bike Team 87 Timothy Madgwick (NZl) 88 Adam Morka (Can) 89 Daniel Sessford (Can) 90 Ola Kjören (Nor) 91 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Central Ghost Pro Team 92 Craig Richey (Can) 93 Eric Batty (Can) 94 Peter Glassford (Can) 95 Martin Fanger (Swi) 96 Julien Fillion (Can) 97 Josef Kamler (Cze) Ceska Sporitelna MTB 98 Francis Morin (Can) 99 Leni Gelinas-Trudel (Can) 100 Mitchell Peterson (USA) 101 Jonathan Boulanger (Can) 102 Ross Schnell (USA) Trek-VW 103 Freddy Betremieux (Fra) BH-SR. Suntour 104 Adam Snydor (USA) 105 Kyle Douglas (Can) 106 Ryan Atkins (Can) 107 Tad Elliot (USA) 108 Calle Friberg (Swe) 109 Troy Wells (USA) 110 Spencer Paxson (USA) 111 Ethan Gilmour (USA) 112 Pablo Roberto Voigt Rodriguez (Mex) Elite women cross country 1 Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Rocky Mountain 6 Catherine Pendrel (Can) Luna Womens MTB Team 8 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Womens MTB Team 9 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 14 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Womens MTB Team 16 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Ceska Sporitelna MTB 17 Mary McConneloug (USA) 18 Katrin Leumann (Swi) 19 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Team Ghost International 21 Cécile Rode Ravanel (Fra) Team Lapierre International 25 Kiara Bisaro (Can) 26 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Team Lapierre International 29 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 31 Wendy Simms (Can) Kona 32 Sandra Walter (Can) 35 Laura Turpijn (Ned) 38 Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 41 Emiliy Batty (Can) 42 Julie Krasniak (Fra) Team Lapierre International 43 Mical Dyck (Can) 44 Laura Metzler (Fra) BH-SR. Suntour 45 Jaqueline Mourao (Bra) 46 Helene Marcouyre (Fra) BH-SR. Suntour 47 Lea Davison (USA) Trek-VW 48 Rie Katayama (Jpn) 49 Amanda Sin (Can) 50 Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex) 51 Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant Mountain Bike Team 52 Jean Ann Mc Kirdy (Can) Rocky Mountain 53 Lisa Morgan (NZl) 54 Catherine Vipond (Can) 55 Caroline Villeneuve (Can) 56 Marie-Claude Surprenant (Can) 57 Marie Kunst (Den) 58 Julie Sanders (Can) 59 Joanna Harrington (Aus) 60 Mikaela Kofman (Can) 61 Kathleen Villeneuve (Can) 62 Karine Travaillaud (Can) 63 Kyia Anderson (USA) 64 Jamie Dinkins (USA) 65 Marie Allaire (Can) 66 Kaitlin Michener (Can) 67 Caitlyn Tuel (USA) 68 Véronique Fournier (Can) 69 Carla Salgado Gonzalez (Mex) Downhill Elite men downhill 1 Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy / Iron Horse 2 Matti Lehikoinen (Fin) MS-Intense Factory-Racing 3 Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 4 Gee Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal 8 Fabien Barel (Fra) Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team 12 Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Monster Energy / Iron Horse 13 Nathan Rennie (Aus) Santa Cruz Syndicate 14 Fabien Pedemanaud (Fra) Team Pyrenees Morewood 15 Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 16 Florent Payet (Fra) Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team 18 Dan Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal 20 Andrew Neethling (RSA) GT Bicycle 22 Pasqual Canals Flix (Spa) Massi 23 Justin Leov (NZl) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 24 Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 25 Ivan Oulego Moreno (Spa) Massi 26 Nick Beer (Swi) IXS Sports Division Racing Team 27 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 28 Filip Polc (Svk) Kenda Tomac 29 Kieran Bennett (NZl) 30 Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team 31 Chris Kovarik (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 32 Dominik Gspan (Swi) 33 Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) 34 Oscar Saiz Castane (Spa) Giant Mountain Bike Team 35 Alan Beggin (Ita) 36 Ben Cathro (GBr) Mojo Orange 37 Nathan Rankin (NZl) Playbiker - Iron Horse 38 Markolf Berchtold (Bra) 39 Cameron Cole (NZl) Team Maxxis 40 Mauricio Andres Acuna Quintana (Chi) 41 Michael Skinner (NZl) Playbiker - Iron Horse 42 Samuel Zbinden (Swi) Argentina Bike Gravity Team 43 Amiel Cavalier (Aus) Giant Mountain Bike Team 44 Markus Pekoll (Aut) Solid Aclass Factory Team 45 Jared Rando (Aus) Giant Mountain Bike Team 46 Cédric Gracia (Fra) Commencal - Furious - Oakley Team 47 Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 48 Luke Strobel (USA) Team Maxxis 49 Steve Smith (Can) 50 Pedro Antonio Ferreira Landskran (Chi) 51 Bryn Atkinson (Aus) GT Bicycle 52 Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Kenda Tomac 53 Matej Charvat (Cze) 54 Markus Schwab (Swi) 55 Claudio Caluori (Swi) Tomac Factory Racing 56 Duncan Riffle (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing 57 Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra) 58 Rémi Thirion (Fra) Team Sunn 59 Hans Lambert (Can) Norco World Team 60 Nico Vink (Bel) Dolphin-Trek Mountainbike Racing Team 61 Fabien Cousinie (Fra) 62 Joris Bigoni (Fra) 63 Chris Hutchens (GBr) Mojo Orange 64 Tim Eaton (Aus) 65 Erik Irmisch (Ger) 66 Cody Warren (USA) 67 Jonty Neethling (RSA) 68 Andrew Mitchell (Can) 69 John Swanguen (USA) MS-Intense Factory-Racing 70 Georg Sieder (Aut) Solid Aclass Factory Team 71 Geritt Beytagh (USA) 72 Thomas Braithwaite (GBr) 73 Lars Peyer (Swi) Suspension Center 74 Richard Lee (Aus) 75 Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 76 Danny Hart (GBr) Lapierre Dh Powered By Saab Salomon 77 Mario Sieder (Aut) Solid Aclass Factory Team 78 Lorenzo Suding (Ita) Playbiker - Iron Horse 79 Adam Brayton (GBr) Playbiker - Iron Horse 80 Ruben Garcia Ramon (Spa) Motril-Sierra Nevada Bike Park 81 Will Rischbieth (Aus) 82 Maxime Remy (Fra) Team Sunn 83 Johan Alejandro Leon Marambio (Chi) 84 Joseph Smith (GBr) Tomac Factory Racing 85 Luca Bertocchi (Ita) Playbiker - Iron Horse 86 Toni Berg (Fin) 87 Louis-Philippe Leonard (Can) 88 Sam Dale (GBr) Cannondale Factory Racing 89 Jorge Alejandro Acuna Quintana (Chi) 90 Joshua Button (Aus) 91 Ewan Farfard (Can) 92 Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa) Massi 93 Valentin Juillard (Fra) Team Sunn 94 Charles-Alexandre Dube (Can) 95 Mathieu Troquier (Fra) Solid Aclass Factory Team 96 Ryan Condrashoff (USA) 97 Bradley Benedict (USA) 98 Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) 99 Cody Eichhorn (Aus) 100 Dean Tennant (Can) 101 Jason Memmelaar (USA) 102 Esteban Deronzier (Fra) Sport Promotion 103 Thomas Jeandin (Swi) Argentina Bike Gravity Team 104 Ralph Jones (GBr) 105 Thomas Rose (Aus) 106 Loïc Delteil (Fra) 107 Nick Dent (Can) 108 Daniel Critchlow (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 109 Chris Heath (USA) 110 David Camp (USA) Team Sol Vista Basin 111 Julien Camellini (Fra) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 112 Guillaume Soucy Alarie (Can) 113 Mathieu Laurin (Can) 114 Kévin Danh Pha (Fra) Team Pyrenees Morewood 115 Ludovic May (Swi) 116 Nicolas Gspan (Swi) 117 Jamie Biluk (Can) Mojo Orange 118 Stuart Jenkinson (GBr) Printexpress UK MTB Team 119 Ben Ineson (GBr) Reverse Components 120 Eli Krahenbuhl (USA) 121 Brad Oien (USA) 122 Scott Mears (GBr) 123 Arnaud Delente (Fra) 124 Scott Beaumont (GBr) Rocky Mountain UK 125 Pierre Laurent Bucci (Fra) Corsica Fed Consulting 126 Matthieu Gallean (Fra) Argentina Bike Gravity Team 127 Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Solid Aclass Factory Team 128 Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) 129 Justin Brown (Can) 130 Javier Ignacio Cozar Hernandez (Chi) 131 Thomas Warmuth (Aut) 4 Elements Yeti/Hotec/Rsp 132 Rhys Willemse (Aus) Tomac Factory Racing 133 Edoardo Franco (Ita) Playbiker - Iron Horse 134 Marco Fernandez Garcia (Spa) Motril-Sierra Nevada Bike Park 135 Laurie Dinham (Aus) Tomac Factory Racing 136 Geoffrey Arthur Ulmer (USA) Playbiker - Iron Horse 137 Tamryn Murrell (Aus) Tomac Factory Racing 138 Fisher Matt (USA) The Fix 139 Sasa Merljak (Slo) Solid Aclass Factory Team 140 Caleb Cambern (USA) The Fix 141 Steve Wentz (USA) Team Sol Vista Basin 142 Mads Weidemann (Den) 143 Alastair Parkin (GBr) Reverse Components 144 Joey Schusler (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 145 Alastair Wilson (GBr) 146 Scott Laughland (GBr) Reverse Components 147 Andrew Phillips (GBr) Reverse Components 148 Thiago Velardi (Bra) 149 Alexi Felipe Garcia Aros (Chi) 150 Alex Prochazka (Can) 151 Clément Benoit (Fra) 152 Tom Patton (Aus) 153 Yann Gauvin (Can) 154 James Jeannet (Can) Transcend Magazine 155 Philip Wheeler (USA) The Fix 156 Gaetan Reilhan (Fra) 157 Aaron Gwin (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 158 John Farrow (Aus) 159 Matthew Thompson (USA) Team Sol Vista Basin 160 Mitchell Mckinlay (Aus) 161 Chris Shewmake (USA) Team Sol Vista Basin 162 Philippe Cyrenne Blanchard (Can) 163 Andrew Pierce (USA) 164 Douglas Ewer (USA) Team Sol Vista Basin 165 Evan Turpen (USA) 166 Alexander Vidal (USA) The Fix 167 Derrick Nobman (USA) 168 Dylan Morley (Can) Playbiker - Iron Horse 169 Drew Pautler (Can) 170 Dave Trumpore (USA) Transcend Magazine 171 Lee Trumpore (USA) Transcend Magazine 172 Matthew Johnston (USA) 173 Emmanuel Daoust (Can) Transcend Magazine Elite women downhill 1 Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis 2 Tracy Moseley (GBr) Kona 4 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center 6 Céline Gros (Fra) Solid Aclass Factory Team 7 Mio Suemasa (Jpn) MS-Intense Factory-Racing 8 Helen Gaskell (GBr) 9 Floriane Pugin (Fra) Playbiker - Iron Horse 10 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team 11 Rachel Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal 12 Scarlett Hagen (NZl) 13 Claire Buchar (Can) 14 Kathleen Pruitt (USA) 15 Micayla Gatto (Can) 16 Melissa Buhl (USA) 17 Anita Molcik (Aut) 4 Elements Yeti/Hotec/Rsp 18 Elisa Canepa (Ita) Playbiker - Iron Horse 19 Amy Laird (NZl) 20 Helene Fruhwirth (Aut) 21 Myriam Nicole (Fra) 22 Daniela Bossard (Swi) 23 Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Suspension Center 24 Harriet Harper (NZl) 25 Joanna Petterson (RSA) 26 Danice Uyesugi (Can) 27 Sheila Morris (Can) 28 Kim Huard (Can) 29 Darian Harvey (USA) 30 Jessica Vogt (USA) 31 Katrina Strand (Can) 32 Miranda Miller (Can) 33 Anka Martin (RSA) 34 Anne Laplante (Can) 35 Amber Zirnhelt (Can) 36 Jacqueline Harmony (USA) 37 Wendy Reynolds (USA) 38 Diana Lorena Dromundo (Mex) 39 Marie-Eve Marcotte (Can) 4X Elite men 4X 65 Rafael Alvarez De Lara Lucas (Spa) 66 Romain Saladini (Fra) Team Sunn 67 Joost Wichman (Ned) Cannondale Factory Racing 68 Guido Tschugg (Ger) 69 Jurg Meijer (Ned) 70 Scott Beaumont (GBr) Rocky Mountain UK 71 Dan Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal 72 Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Team Ghost International 73 Tomas Slavik (Cze) 74 Cédric Gracia (Fra) Commencal - Furious - Oakley Team 75 Dominik Gspan (Swi) 76 Lewis Lacey (GBr) 77 Filip Polc (Svk) Kenda Tomac 78 Sascha Meyenborg (Ger) 79 William Evans (GBr) 80 Michael Robert Haderer (USA) 81 Joey Van Veghel (Ned) 82 Lukas Mechura (Cze) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 83 Jared Rando (Aus) Giant Mountain Bike Team 84 Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 85 Adrian Weiss (Swi) Tomac Factory Racing 86 Michael Garcia (Ned) 87 Thomas Tokarczyk (USA) 88 Ludovic Gadois (Fra) 89 Cody Eichhorn (Aus) 90 Erik Nelson (USA) 91 Amiel Cavalier (Aus) Giant Mountain Bike Team 92 Nicolas Gspan (Swi) 93 Bruno Boissin (Fra) 94 Joey Schusler (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 95 Scott Roberts (GBr) 96 Heikki Hall (USA) 97 Chris Kovarik (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 98 George Stephenson (USA) 99 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 100 Thomas Warmuth (Aut) 4 Elements Yeti/Hotec/Rsp 101 Adrian Hanko (Ger) Solid Aclass Factory Team 102 Fabien Cousinie (Fra) 103 Cody Warren (USA) Elite women 4X 17 Anneke Beerten (Ned) MS-Intense Factory-Racing 18 Melissa Buhl (USA) 19 Anita Molcik (Aut) 4 Elements Yeti/Hotec/Rsp 20 Mio Suemasa (Jpn) MS-Intense Factory-Racing 21 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team 22 Caroline Buchanan (Aus) 23 Elisa Canepa (Ita) Playbiker - Iron Horse 24 Neven Steinmetz (USA) 25 Eva Castro Fernandez (Spa) 26 Joanna Petterson (RSA) 27 Jessica Vogt (USA)