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MTB World Cup XC #3 & 4X #2 - CDM - CDM

Houffalize, Belgium, May 2-3, 2009

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Race 3 - May 2: Elite women four cross

Kintner returns to the top

By Rob Jones in Houffalize

Podium (L-R): Romana Labounkova, Jana Horakova, Jill Kintner,
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American Jill Kintner (Red Bull-Intense) came back from a disappointing first round to decisively put herself back into the fight for the women's World Cup. Anneke Beerten (Suspension Center) held onto the women's overall series lead after finishing third.

Kintner's run to the final wasn't quite as smooth. After winning her first two heats, Jana Horakova (Czech Republic) managed to get by her in the semi-final, and Kintner had to battle for that second spot to make the medal round.

In the medal race, it was Kintner, Beerten, Horakova and Romana Labounkova (Czech Republic). Kintner jumped into the lead followed by Beerten, but the World Cup leader miscalculated the first corner and had to brake, allowing Horakova to slip into the second position.

"I came on the inside of Jill, thinking that she would go higher through the corner, but she went in a straight line, and I had nowhere to go," explained Beerten. "But it was great racing, and I kept my jersey."

For Kintner it was a sign that she was truly back in the mix of four cross after taking last season off to prepare for the BMX event at the Olympic Games where she won the bronze medal. After a disappointing race at the World Cup opener in South Africa, where she finished fifth, the win in Houffalize was a big confidence booster.

"It felt good to get the monkey off my back," said Kintner.


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1 Jill Kintner (USA)                                                
2 Jana Horakova (Cze)                                               
3 Anneke Beerten (Ned) Suspension Center                            
4 Romana Labounkova (Cze)                                           
5 Melissa Buhl (USA)                                                
6 Anita Molcik (Aut)                                                
7 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center                            
8 Lucia Oetjen (Swi)                                                
9 Diana Marggraff (Ecu)                                             
10 Joanna Petterson (RSA)                                           
11 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team                           
12 Helene Valerie Fruhwirth (Aut)                                   
13 Mio Suemasa (Jpn)                                                
14 Katarina Tothova (Cze)                                           
15 Steffi Marth (Ger)                                               
16 Rachel Seydoux (Swi)                                             
17 Sarsha Huntington (Aus)                                          
18 Angelika Hohenwarter (Aut)                                       
19 Marielle Jonker (Ned)                                            
20 Eva Castro Fernandez (Spa)                                       
21 Tereza Votavova (Cze)                                            
22 Elfriede Lehmann (Ger)                                           
23 Stephanie Teltscher (Ger)                                        
24 Neza Knez (Slo)        


1 Animal Commencal                            53 pts
2 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team             40
3 GT Bicycles                                 30
4 Suspension Center                           30
5 Team Sunn                                   22
6 Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team                       19

World Cup Standings after two rounds


1 Anneke Beerten (Ned) Suspension Center                                        150 pts
2 Jill Kintner (USA)                                                            130
3 Jana Horakova (Cze)                                                           115
4 Romana Labounkova (Cze)                                                        90
5 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team                                         75
6 Melissa Buhl (USA)                                                             40
7 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center                                         30
8 Anita Molcik (Aut)                                                             20
9 Lucia Oetjen (Swi)                                                              5
10 Helene Valerie Fruhwirth (Aut)                                                 5


1 Suspension Center                                                              80 pts
2 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team                                                80
3 Animal Commencal                                                               67
4 Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team                                                          47
5 Team Sunn                                                                      44
6 GT Bicycles                                                                    30
7 Norco World Team                                                               30
8 Specialized Factory Racing                                                     30
9 Rocky Mountain UK                                                              18
10 Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense                                                 15
11 MS Evil Racing                                                                 7