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Fort William, Scotland, Great Britain, June 5-7, 2009

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Race 3 - June 6: Elite women four cross

With win, Kintner takes over World Cup lead

Beerten knocked out before finals

By Rob Jones in Fort William

Women's podium
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Round four of the UCI World Cup for four cross in Fort William, Scotland saw a familar face back on the top of the podium, as Jill Kintner (Red Bull-Oakley) won before large crowds on the slopes of Ben Nevis. The rain of the night before had also let up, with the sun even peeking out at times.

Both the men and women saw top favourites exit early, as the redesigned track gave few options for passing. In the women's competition, World Cup leader Anneke Beerten (Suspension Center) went out in the semi-final round, missing the final for the first time this season. Beerten won the consolation race, taking the fifth and final spot on the podium, but it wasn't enough to save her World Cup jersey, as Kintner grabbed it with her second win of the season.

"I really wanted to win here," said Kintner. "For me, this is a special course, because I won the world title here [in 2007].

Anneke Beerten leads Jana Horakova and Anita Molcik
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Kintner, Caroline Buchanan (Australia), round three winner Fionn Griffiths (Norco World Team) and world champion Melissa Buhl (KHS) made to the final four, with Kintner easily taking the gate and cruising to the win ahead of Buchanan and Griffiths.

The win gave Kintner 270 points to Beerten's 255 in the World Cup standings, with Griffiths the only other rider to crack 200 points at 225.

"I just didn't have enough power in the first straightaway," shrugged Beerten. "I prefer it when the tracks are way steeper and more technical. It's too bad to lose the jersey, but there is still half a season to go, so it isn't over."


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1 Jill Kintner (USA)                                               
2 Caroline Buchanan (Aus)                                          
3 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team                           
4 Melissa Buhl (USA)                                               
5 Anneke Beerten (Ned) Suspension Center                           
6 Jana Horakova (Cze)                                              
7 Anita Molcik (Aut)                                               
8 Mio Suemasa (Jpn)                                                
9 Rachel Seydoux (Swi)                                             
10 Lucia Oetjen (Swi)                                              
11 Katy Curd (GBr)                                                 
12 Steffi Marth (Ger)                                              
13 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center                          
14 Joanna Petterson (RSA)                                          
15 Charlie Phillips (GBr)                                          
16 Helene Valerie Fruhwirth (Aut)                                  


1 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team                                  
2 Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense                                    
3 Team Sunn                                                        
4 Norco World Team                                                 
5 GT Bicycles                                                      
6 Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team                                            
7 Specialized Factory Racing                                       
8 Suspension Center                                                
9 Rocky Mountain UK                                                
10 Animal Commencal  

World Cup standings after four events

1 Jill Kintner (USA)                                               270 pts
2 Anneke Beerten (Ned) Suspension Center                           255
3 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team                           225
4 Jana Horakova (Cze)                                              185
5 Melissa Buhl (USA)                                               100
6 Romana Labounkova (Cze)                                           90
7 Caroline Buchanan (Aus)                                           85
8 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center                            60
9 Anita Molcik (Aut)                                                30
10 Mio Suemasa (Jpn)                                                 5
11 Rachel Seydoux (Swi)                                              5
12 Lucia Oetjen (Swi)                                                5
13 Helene Valerie Fruhwirth (Aut)                                    5


1 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team                                  150 pts
2 Suspension Center                                                140
3 GT Bicycles                                                      111
4 Team Sunn                                                         99
5 Norco World Team                                                  95
6 Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team                                             77
7 Animal Commencal                                                  74
8 Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense                                     60
9 Specialized Factory Racing                                        46
10 Rocky Mountain UK                                                30
11 MS Evil Racing                                                   25