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XC World Cup #2 - CDM

Houffalize, Belgium, May 26, 2002

Results    World Cup standings

Dream come true for Sauser; Fullana makes it two-for-two

Christophe Sauser (Volvo-Cannondale) and Marga Fullana (Orbea) won the men's and women's races respectively in this weekend's round of the MTB cross-country world cup in the Ardennes hills of Houffalize, Belgium.

The men's race saw a huge field, 209 riders, making the start even more crucial than usual. Houffalize's initial paved climb followed by singletrack promised to be a bottleneck, and this motivated a frantic start led by Julien Absalon (Motorex-Bianchi).

The initial selection was a seven-rider pack: Roel Paulissen (Rainer-Wurz), Bart Brentjens (Giant Bicycle), Christoph Sauser (Volvo Cannondale), Roland Green (Trek-Volkswagen), Marco Bui (Lanabau/Rainer-Wurz), Jose Hermida (Motorex-Bianchi) and Absalon. Chasing hard a few second back were Filip Meirhaeghe (Specialized) and French rider Peter Pouly.

Meirhaghe caught the leaders, led by Green, on lap three and Absalon lost contact. On the next lap the seven reduced to six as Bui faded and Sauser took over the lead from Green.

After four laps of high-speed follow-my-leader, the attacks came on the fifth and final circuit, along with the rain that had been threatening all race. Green went first, but was unable to get away, then Sauser counter-attacked taking Meirhaeghe, Brentjens and Paulissen with him.

When Sauser attacked again, only Paulissen had the legs to go with him, and the two quickly built a 20 second gap on Meirhaeghe and Brentjens.

The lead pair arrived in the finish area together, with Sauser leading, and the huge Belgian crowd began to rev up to cheer for their man Paulissen in a sprint when disaster struck. Paulisson crashed on rocks made slippery by the rain, leaving Sauser with an unchallenged run at the finish.

Afterwards, Sauser said winning Houffalize – perhaps the closest thing in mountain biking to a Belgian Classic – was a "dream come true. I saw the big crowds on TV other years and how much attention the winner gets, and I was jealous." Sauser hadn't realised Paulisson was closing on him. "I thought I had it," he said. "Thank god for the rain."

Fullana too quick for 'cautious' Alexander

Last week's winner Marga Fullana (Orbea) didn't have quite such an easy time of it at Houffalize, as Caroline Alexander (British National Team), Sabine Spitz (Merida) and Annabella Stropparo (Be-One) all battled to stay in touch with the Spanish former world champ.

Only Alexander was able to keep Fullana in her sights, though, as the Spanish rider expended exactly as much effort as necessary to maintain a reasonable margin and gradually extend it.

By lap three it was obvious that Fullana was once again in charge, with Alexander 16 seconds behind, followed by Stropparo and Barbara Blatter (Specialized) making a return to the World Cup after missing round one due to illness.

As the bell went for the fourth and final lap, Fullana had eased out to a 25 second lead over Alexander who still led Stropparo and Blatter.

Alexander later admitted she had probably been too cautious and should have taken the race to Fullana earlier, but by the last lap it was too late and Fullana added another few seconds to her margin to win by 40 second.

Meanwhile, Alison Dunlap found some late-race strength and powered past Blatter to take fourth spot, with Stropparo third.

Fullana said she was aware that the job of pace-setter had been hers. "Everybody waited for me to make my pace today, but nobody came up when I set my rhythm, except for Caroline. . . I only did enough to win."

Results

Elite Men

1 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Volvo-Cannondale          1.49.37
2 Roel Paulissen (Bel) Lanabau-Rw                     0.11
3 Filip Meirhaeghe (Bel) Specialized                  0.19
4 Bart Brentjens (Ned) Giant Global                   0.20
5 Roland Green (Can) Trek Volkswagen                  0.58
6 Julien Absalon (Fra) Motorex-Bianchi                1.00
7 Lado Fumic (Ger) Team-T-Mobile                      1.08
8 Jose Antonio Hermida (Spa) Motorex-Bianchi          1.33
9 Marco Bui (Ita) Lanabau-Rw                          1.40
10 Ludovic Dubau (Fra) Orbea                          2.24
11 Christophe Dupouey (Fra) Giant Global              2.42
12 Peter Pouly (Fra)                                  3.11
13 Marek Galinski (Pol) Ccc-Polsat Road               3.17
14 Martino Fruet (Ita)                                3.29
15 Marcin Karczynski (Pol) Lotto-Pzu                  3.55
16 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Subaru-Gary Fisher            4.00
17 Thomas Kalberer (Swi) Arrow                        4.11
18 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Team-T-Mobile                   4.12
19 Mariusz Kowal (Pol) Lotto-Pzu                      4.42
20 Massimo De Bertolis (Ita)                          5.26
21 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Team Crescent             5.45
22 Jerome Chevallier (Fra)                            5.51
23 Kashi Leuchs (NZl) Volvo-Cannondale                5.52
24 Ziranda Madrigal (Mex)                             5.53
25 Salvador Barriga (Mex)                             6.57
26 Torsten Marx (Ger)                                 7.13
27 Seamus Mcgrath (Can) Haro Lee Dungarees            7.15
28 Todd Wells (USA) Mongoose-Hyundai                  7.20
29 Jochen Kass (Ger) Team-T-Mobile                    7.33
30 Andreas Dilger (Ger)                               7.53
31 Silvio Bundi (Swi)                                 8.11
32 Josh Fleming (Aus)                                 8.12
33 Carlos Coloma (Spa) Orbea                          8.25
34 Antonio Ortiz (Spa)                                8.32
35 Hakon Austad (Nor) Merida Inter.                   8.48
36 Karl Platt (Ger)                                   8.56
37 Alejandro Diaz De La Pena (Spa)                    9.11
38 Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea                9.15
39 Christian Poulsen (Den)                            9.23
40 Sid Taberlay (Aus)                                 9.34
41 Liam Killeen (GBr) Subaru-Garyfish                 9.46
42 Andrej Kaiser (Pol) Lotto-Pzu                     10.07
43 Daniel Soler (Swi)                                10.14
44 Jimmy Tielens (Bel)                               10.20
45 Frederick Ericsson (Swe)                          10.25
46 Bas Peters (Ned)                                  10.34
47 Magnus Palmberg (Swe)                             10.35
48 Christoph Soukup (Aut)                            10.35
49 Milan Spesny (Cze)                                10.36
50 Craig Gordon (Aus)                                10.37
51 Barrie Clarke (GBr)                               10.52
52 Ronny Poelvoorde (Bel)                            10.58
53 Thomas Hochstrasser (Swi) Giant Global            11.19
54 Jorg Scheiderbauer (Aut) Be One Xc                11.25
55 Julien Girard (Swi)                               11.27
56 Julian Adrada Rodriguez (Spa)                     11.53
57 Marcel Heller (Swi) Arrow                         11.54
58 Nick Craig (GBr)                                  11.56
59 José Marquez (Spa)                                11.58
60 Marc Golz (Ger) Team-T-Mobile                     12.27
61 Christof Bischof (Swi)                            12.36
62 Tim Bohme (Ger)                                   12.38
63 Marti Gispert Labarta (Spa) Giant Global          12.39
64 Eloj Gispert Labarta (Spa)                        12.53
65 Thomas Nesset Sundal (Nor)                        13.05
66 Thomas Bonne (Den)                                13.15
67 Oliver Beckingsale (GBr)                          13.17
68 Michael Weiss (Aut)                               13.34
69 Klaus Nielsen (Den)                               13.42
70 Marcin Przybyla (Pol)                             13.47
71 Yader Zoli (Ita)                                  14.26
72 Jurg Graf (Swi)                                   14.27
73 Armando Zacarias (Mex)                            14.39
74 Martin Kraler (Aut)                               14.40
75 Micha De Vries (Ned)                              14.59
76 Andreas Hestler (Can)                             15.03
77 Frederik Stormo (Nor)                             15.12
78 Hannes Genze (Ger)                                15.12
79 Roman Rametsteiner (Aut)                          15.21
80 Gregory Bombardo (Fra)                            15.32
81 Magnus Darvell (Swe)                              15.36
82 Phil Dixon (GBr)                                  15.38
83 Tim Morley (GBr)                                  15.39
84 Damien Bynens (Bel)                               15.56
85 Mannie Heymans (Nam)                              15.59
86 Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa)                          16.04
87 Diego Javier Garavito Barragan (Col)              16.05
88 Erwin Bakker (Ned)                                16.25
89 Remy Grosdidier (Fra)                             17.01
90 Li Fuyu (Chn)                                     17.08
91 Petter Jorgensen (Nor)                            17.09
92 Rob Reuvers (Ned)                                 17.10
93 Frode Michaelsen (Nor)                            17.17
94 Simon Richli (Swi)                                17.20
95 Jody Crawforth (GBr)                              17.21
96 Friedeman Schmude (Ger)                           17.40
97 Piotr Formicki (Pol) Ccc-Polsat                   18.19
98 Florian Eschenbach (Ger)                          18.25
99 Matthias Knaubert (Aut)                           18.30
100 Tim Heemskerk (Ned)                              18.38
101 Jose Ignacio Arevalo (Spa)                       18.55
102 Nelio Simao (Por)                                19.02
103 Stephane Benoit (Swi)                            19.26
104 Christian Helning (Ger)                          19.38
105 Zhu Yongbia (Chn)                                19.39
106 Alexander Gatterer (Aut)                         19.43
107 Atze Dijkhuis (Ned)                              20.33
108 Steve Farmer (GBr)                               21.07
109 Sigvard Kukk (Est) Kayaba-Yema                   21.14
110 Daniel Eriksson (Swe)                            21.21
111 Zak Toogood (GBr)                                21.29
112 Ludwig Binder (Ger)                              21.36
113 Mark Leis (Aus)                                  21.54
114 Cristobal Silva (Chi)                            22.00
115 Philip Spencer (GBr)                             22.30
116 Tommy Nielsen (Den)                              22.52
117 Alexander Eiler (Aut)                            23.45
118 Calle Friberg (Swe)                              23.51
119 Gerald Hauer (Aut)                            - 1 lap
120 Mathijs Wagenaar (Ned)
121 Aiden Lefmann (Aus)
122 Fabien Bourly (Fra)
123 David Galle (Bel) Orbea
124 Sam Gardner (GBr)
125 Steve Appermans (Bel)
126 Simon Dona (Ned)
127 Marten Tjallingii (Ned)
128 Roland Muller (Swi)
129 Thomas Felkel (Ger)
130 Frederic Tollitte (Fra)
131 Roland Plank (Aut)
132 Guido Thaler (Aut)
133 Sascha Prigge (Ger)
134 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger)
135 Pascal Van Bussel (Ned)
136 Martijn Roelefs (Ned)
137 Arne Broekmans (Bel)
138 Kris Henderieckx (Bel)
139 Tim Dunford (GBr)
140 Dirk Van De Walle (Ned)
141 Philip Cooper (GBr)
142 Franck Faoro (Bel)
143 Primoz Grkman (Slo)
144 Onno Reijnhout (Ned)
145 Jai Crawford (Aus)
146 Ben Melt Swanepoel (Rsa)
147 Dion Gilissen (Ned)                          - 2 laps
148 Havard Sefland (Nor)
149 Konstantinos Kaskanis (Gre)
150 Joris Massaer (Bel)
151 Steve De Schoesitter (Bel)
DNF Dario Acquaroli (Ita)
DNF Philip Tavell (Swe) Merida Inter.
DNF Carsten Bresser (Ger) Team-T-Mobile
DNF Nicolas Filippi (Fra) Motorex-Bianchi
DNF Chris Sheppard (Can) Haroleedungaree
DNF Peter Riis Andersen (Den) Team-T-Mobile
DNF Siegfried Bauer (Aut)
DNF Rune Hoydahl (Nor) Giant Global
DNF Davy Coenen (Bel)
DNF Thomas Frischknecht (Swi)
DNF Miguel Martinez (Fra) Mapei - Quick Step
DNF Cedric Ravanel (Fra) Orbea
DNF Peter Presslauer (Aut)
DNF Marc Hanisch (Ger)
DNF Thys Al (Ned)
DNF Reto Manetsch (Swi)
DNF Robin Seymour (Irl)
DNF Radim Korinek (Cze) Ceskasporitelna
DNF Walker Ferguson (USA) Subaru-Garyfish
DNF Patrick Trevisan (Bel)
DNF Johann Pallhuber (Ita) Lanabau-Rw
DNF Johannes Sickmueller (Ger)
DNF Ralph Naf (Swi)
DNF Valentin Girard (Swi)
DNF Balz Weber (Swi) Arrow
DNF Pierre Lebreton (Fra)
DNF Kostas Simelidis (Gre)
DNF Lars Petter Stormo (Nor)
DNF Emmanouil Kotoulas (Gre)
DNF Dave Collins (GBr)
DNF David Hankart (Bel)
DNF Jostein Hole (Nor)
DNF Tomas Dolezal (Cze)
DNF Lukas Mueller (Swi)
DNF Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor)
DNF Henrik Sparr (Swe)
DNF Martin Gujan (Swi)
DNF Peter Ven (Bel)
DNF Jorn Espen Bolstad (Nor)
DNF Klaus Vesterlund (Den)
DNF Hannes Hamberger (Aut)
DNF Maarten Wijnants (Bel)
DNF Jelmer Pietersma (Ned)
DNF Adrian Lansley (GBr)
DNF Marc Hug (Ger)
DNF Benjamin Joerges (Ger)
DNF John Mason (Irl)
DNF Stefan Losch (Ger)
DNF Patrick Gaudy (Bel)
DNF René Gaastra (Ned)
DNF Gody Jacobs (Bel)
DNF Ismael Esteban (Spa)
DNF Frank Kessler (Ger)
DSQ Jakob Kjeldsen (Den)
DNS Robert Kircher (Aut) Lanabau-Rw
DNS Ludovic Fahrni (Swi)
DNS Paul Oldham (GBr)
DNS Arnaud Carion (Bel)

Teams

1 Lanabau-Rw                                         107 pts
2 Orbea                                              106
3 Motorex-Bianchi                                     93
4 Trek-Volkswagen                                     91
5 Giant Global                                        85
6 Merida Inter.                                       83
7 Specialized                                         81
8 Volvo-Cannondal                                     70
9 Luna Womens Mtb                                     64
10 Team-T-Mobile                                      53
11 Be One Xc                                          33
12 Lotto-Pzu                                          14
13 Ccc-Polsat Road                                    13
14 Haroleedungaree                                    11
15 Subaru-Garyfish                                    10
16 Arrow                                               6

Elite Women

1 Marga Fullana (Spa) Orbea                        1.46.20
2 Caroline Alexander (GBr)                            0.40
3 Annabella Stropparo (Ita)                           0.48
4 Alison Dunlap (USA)                                 1.21
5 Barbara Blatter (Swi)                               1.26
6 Sabine Spitz (Ger)                                  1.32
7 Regina Marunde (Ger)                                2.54
8 Gunn-Rita Dahle (Nor)                               4.09
9 Alison Sydor (Can)                                  4.36
10 Maria Ostergren (Swe)                              4.39
11 Laurence Leboucher (Fra)                           5.10
12 Elena Giacomuzzi (Ita)                             5.23
13 Mary Grigson (Aus)                                 6.05
14 Petra Henzi (Swi)                                  6.25
15 Chrissy Redden (Can)                               7.05
16 Marie-Helene Premont (Can)                         7.39
17 Alla Epifanova (Rus)                               7.55
18 Silvia Rovira Planas (Spa)                         8.04
19 Marion Thevenet (Fra)                              8.21
20 Helene Marcouyre (Fra)                             8.33
21 Maroussia Rusca (Swi)                              8.52
22 Sandra Klose (Ger)                                 9.03
23 Yvonne Kraft (Ger)                                 9.04
24 Katrin Schwing (Ger)                               9.22
25 Sonja Traxel (Swi)                                 9.30
26 Anna Enocsson (Swe)                                9.38
27 Birgit Braumann (Aut)                              9.57
28 Janka Stevkova (Svk)                              10.38
29 Anna Szafraniec (Pol)                             10.39
30 Hildegard Embacher (Aut)                          10.50
31 Kiara Bisaro (Can)                                11.04
32 Janet Puiggros Miranda (Spa)                      11.21
33 Daniela Porta (Ita)                               11.59
34 Dellys Franke (Aus)                               12.06
35 Nadja Walker (Swi)                                12.17
36 Jacqueline Mourao (Bra)                           12.36
37 Yan Ping Ma (Chn)                                 13.15
38 Sue Thomas (GBr)                                  13.24
39 Petra Schorkmayer (Aut)                           13.32
40 Trish Sinclair (Can)                              14.09
41 Mette Andersen (Den)                              14.10
42 Ragnhild Kostol (Nor)                             14.22
43 Katrin Leumann (Swi)                              14.35
44 Barbel Jungmeier (Aut)                            14.58
45 Virginie Souchon (Fra)                            15.00
46 Marta Vajda (Hun)                                 15.12
47 Hiroko Nambu (Jpn)                                15.30
48 Sabrina Enaux (Fra)                               16.36
49 Carolin Rahner (Ger)                              16.44
50 Jaci Low (Aus)                                    16.57
51 Gina Hall (USA)                                   17.35
52 Hilda Quintens (Bel)                              17.42
53 Vivianne Baud (Fra)                               17.45
54 Anna Baylis (Aus)                                 18.01
55 Joelle Fahrni (Swi)                               18.31
56 Sonia Clolus-Rochet (Fra)                         18.35
57 Na Zhang (Chn)                                    18.36
58 Karen Masson (Aus)                                18.47
59 Sandrine Guirronnet (Fra)                         19.12
60 Jenny Copnall (GBr)                               19.26
61 Julie Pesenti (Fra)                               19.55
62 Li Jing (Chn)                                     20.33
63 Valentina Pazitova (Rus)                          20.56
64 Severine Hansen (Fra)                             20.57
65 Tarja Owens (Irl)                                 21.11
66 Laurie Copans (Isr)                               22.05
67 Nadine Bruhn (Den)                                22.32
68 Mirjam Dieleman (Ned)                             22.35
69 Maaris Meier (Est)                                22.43
70 Catherine Delfosse (Bel)                          23.37
71 Wendy Walker (Aus)                                23.55
72 Laura Turpijn (Ned)                               24.58
73 Renate Van Gerven (Ned)                           25.02
74 Victoria Wilkinson (GBr)                          27.32
75 Hazel Wakefield (GBr)                           -1 Lap
76 Ingrid Van Der Vlist (Ned)
DNF Susan Haywood (USA)
DNF Corine Dorland (Ned)
DNF Hilde Van Deun (Bel)
DNF Camilla Bertossi (Ita)
DNF Katerina Hanusova (Cze)
DNF Daniela Louis (Swi)
DNF Sabine Gentieu (Fra)
DNF Daniela Luckinger (Aut)
DNF Lene Byberg (Nor)
DNF Petra Hofs (Ned)
DNF Sandra Gockert (Ger)
DNS Bernardine Boog Rauwerda (Ned)
DNS Gitta Michiels (Bel)

World Cup standings after round 2

Elite Men

1 Bart Brentjens (Ned) Giant Global                   400 pts
2 Roel Paulissen (Bel) Lanabau-Rw                     370
3 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Volvo-Cannondale             340
4 Roland Green (Can) Trek Volkswagen                  330
5 Filip Meirhaeghe (Bel) Specialized                  265
6 Jose Antonio Hermida (Spa) Motorex-Bianchi          235
7 Lado Fumic (Ger) Team-T-Mobile                      220
8 Julien Absalon (Fra) Motorex-Bianchi                170
9 Ludovic Dubau (Fra) Orbea                           137
10 Martino Fruet (Ita)                                133
11 Jerome Chevallier (Fra)                            121
12 Marek Galinski (Pol) Ccc-Polsat Road               120
13 Mariusz Kowal (Pol) Lotto-Pzu                      117
14 Kashi Leuchs (NZl) Volvo-Cannondale                114
15 Seamus Mcgrath (Can) Haroleedungaree               112
16 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Team-T-Mobile                   109
17 Ziranda Madrigal (Mex)                             108
18 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Subaru-Garyfish               107
19 Salvador Barriga (Mex)                             101
20 Todd Wells (USA) Mongoosehyundai                    97
21 Alejandro Diaz De La Pena (Spa)                     93
22 Marcin Karczynski (Pol) Lotto-Pzu                   92
23 Antonio Ortiz (Spa)                                 87
24 Dario Acquaroli (Ita)                               85
25 Silvio Bundi (Swi)                                  84
26 Liam Killeen (GBr) Subaru-Garyfish                  81
27 Sid Taberlay (Aus)                                  80
28 Marco Bui (Ita) Lanabau-Rw                          80
29 Marco Bui (Ita) Lanabau-Rw                          80
30 Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea                 79
31 Thomas Hochstrasser (Swi) Giant Global              75
32 Hakon Austad (Nor) Merida Inter.                    73
33 Bas Peters (Ned)                                    73
34 Christophe Dupouey (Fra) Giant Global               71
35 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Team Crescent              70
36 Josh Fleming (Aus)                                  69
37 Karl Platt (Ger)                                    69
38 Peter Pouly (Fra)                                   67
39 Thomas Kalberer (Swi) Arrow                         59
40 Peter Pouly (Fra)                                   59
41 Philip Tavell (Swe) Merida Inter.                   58
42 Massimo De Bertolis (Ita)                           56
43 Barrie Clarke (GBr)                                 55
44 Carsten Bresser (Ger) Team-T-Mobile                 55
45 Christian Poulsen (Den)                             54
46 Nicolas Filippi (Fra) Motorex-Bianchi               53
47 Torsten Marx (Ger)                                  50
48 Julian Adrada Rodriguez (Spa)                       48
49 Chris Sheppard (Can) Haroleedungaree                48
50 Jochen Kass (Ger) Team-T-Mobile                     47
51 Andreas Dilger (Ger)                                46
52 Jimmy Tielens (Bel)                                 45
53 Carlos Coloma (Spa) Orbea                           43
54 Daniel Soler (Swi)                                  43
55 Peter Riis Andersen (Den) Team-T-Mobile             42
56 Tim Bohme (Ger)                                     40
57 Siegfried Bauer (Aut)                               40
58 Jochen Kass (Ger) Team-T-Mobile                     38
59 Rune Hoydahl (Nor) Giant Global                     37
60 Magnus Palmberg (Swe)                               36
61 Davy Coenen (Bel)                                   36
62 Eloj Gispert Labarta (Spa)                          35
63 Robert Kircher (Aut) Lanabau-Rw                     35
64 Andrej Kaiser (Pol) Lotto-Pzu                       34
65 Thomas Frischknecht (Swi)                           34
66 Stefan Sahm (Ger) Team-T-Mobile                     33
67 Christof Bischof (Swi)                              31
68 Frederick Ericsson (Swe)                            31
69 Julien Girard (Swi)                                 30
70 Christoph Soukup (Aut)                              28
71 Milan Spesny (Cze)                                  27
72 Torsten Marx (Ger)                                  27
73 Craig Gordon (Aus)                                  26
74 Jorg Scheiderbauer (Aut) Be One Xc                  26
75 Ronny Poelvoorde (Bel)                              24
76 Ralph Naf (Swi)                                     24
77 Marc Hanisch (Ger)                                  22
78 Armando Zacarias (Mex)                              21
79 Gregory Bombardo (Fra)                              21
80 Szilard Burucki (Hun)                               20
81 Marcel Heller (Swi) Arrow                           19
82 Thys Al (Ned)                                       19
83 Nick Craig (GBr)                                    18
84 José Marquez (Spa)                                  17
85 Thomas Nesset Sundal (Nor)                          17
86 Marc Golz (Ger) Team-T-Mobile                       16
87 Jose Ignacio Arevalo (Spa)                          14
88 Marti Gispert Labarta (Spa) Giant Global            13
89 Johann Pallhuber (Ita) Lanabau-Rw                   12
90 Balz Weber (Swi) Arrow                              11
91 Thomas Bonne (Den)                                  10
92 Oliver Beckingsale (GBr)                             9
93 Michael Weiss (Aut)                                  8
94 Roman Rametsteiner (Aut)                             8
95 Klaus Nielsen (Den)                                  7
96 Marcin Przybyla (Pol)                                6
97 Martin Kraler (Aut)                                  5
98 Yader Zoli (Ita)                                     5
99 Johannes Sickmueller (Ger)                           5
100 Jurg Graf (Swi)                                     4
101 Juan Carlos Garro (Spa)                             2
102 Micha De Vries (Ned)                                1
103 Lars Petter Stormo (Nor)                            1

Elite Women

1 Marga Fullana (Spa) Orbea                           500  pts
2 Caroline Alexander (GBr)                            350
3 Alison Dunlap (USA) Luna Womens Mtb                 350
4 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Merida Inter.                    265
5 Alison Sydor (Can) Trek Volkswagen                  210
6 Regina Marunde (Ger)                                185
7 Annabella Stropparo (Ita) Be One Xc                 170
8 Gunn-Rita Dahle (Nor) Merida Inter.                 170
9 Mary Grigson (Aus) Subaru-Garyfish                  143
10 Laurence Leboucher (Fra)                           142
11 Barbara Blatter (Swi) Specialized                  130
12 Maroussia Rusca (Swi) Arrow                        130
13 Petra Henzi (Swi) Fischer-K2                       129
14 Elena Giacomuzzi (Ita)                             123
15 Alla Epifanova (Rus)                               122
16 Chrissy Redden (Can) Subaru-Garyfish               118
17 Sandra Klose (Ger)                                 115
18 Sonja Traxel (Swi)                                 111
19 Marion Thevenet (Fra)                              109
20 Marie-Helene Premont (Can)                         107
21 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) Lotto-Pzu                    106
22 Helene Marcouyre (Fra)                             104
23 Katrin Schwing (Ger)                               102
24 Barbel Jungmeier (Aut) Merida Inter.                94
25 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Merida Inter.                90
26 Dellys Franke (Aus)                                 88
26 Daniela Porta (Ita)                                 88
26 Janet Puiggros Miranda (Spa) Orbea                  88
29 Petra Schorkmayer (Aut)                             88
30 Jacqueline Mourao (Bra)                             83
31 Hiroko Nambu (Jpn) Trek Volkswagen                  83
32 Kiara Bisaro (Can)                                  82
33 Mette Andersen (Den)                                77
34 Maria Ostergren (Swe)                               75
35 Ragnhild Kostol (Nor)                               73
36 Sue Thomas (GBr)                                    70
37 Trish Sinclair (Can)                                67
38 Silvia Rovira Planas (Spa)                          58
39 Susan Haywood (USA) Trek Volkswagen                 58
40 Carolin Rahner (Ger)                                57
41 Ivonne Kraft (Ger) Orv Bank Austria                 55
42 Yvonne Kraft (Ger)                                  53
43 Corine Dorland (Ned)                                53
44 Anna Enocsson (Swe)                                 50
45 Birgit Braumann (Aut)                               49
46 Hannele Steyen-Kotze (Rsa)                          49
47 Janka Stevkova (Svk)                                48
48 Hildegard Embacher (Aut)                            46
49 Nadja Walker (Swi)                                  41
50 Hilde Van Deun (Bel)                                41
51 Jaci Low (Aus)                                      40
52 Yan Ping Ma (Chn)                                   39
53 Gina Hall (USA) Luna Womens Mtb                     38
54 Jenny Copnall (GBr) Motorex-Bianchi                 36
55 Valentina Pazitova (Rus)                            35
56 Yanping Ma (Chn)                                    34
57 Katrin Leumann (Swi)                                33
58 Bernardine Boog Rauwerda (Ned)                      33
59 Virginie Souchon (Fra)                              31
60 Marta Vajda (Hun)                                   30
61 Laurie Copans (Isr)                                 29
62 Sabrina Enaux (Fra)                                 28
63 Sandrine Guirronnet (Fra)                           28
64 Aida Nuno Palacio (Spa)                             27
65 Jaci Low (Aus)                                      26
66 Na Zhang (Chn)                                      26