By Rob Jones, Cyclingnews
Monday, June 21, 2010 9.25am
Defending champion wins her first four-cross round of 2010
Anneke Beerten (Suspension Center) topped the women's four-cross podium in Leogang, Austria Rob Jones
Defending women's four-cross champion Anneke Beerten (Suspension Center) finally won her first World Cup of 2010 in the cold temperatures and mud of Leogang, Austria.
Beerten's win also vaulted her into the lead of the overall series. Previous frontrunner Jana Horakova was absent, preparing for the BMX World Championships.
Local favourite Molcik crashed out in the slippery conditions in the semi final round, setting up a final with Beerten, Labounkova, Fionn Griffiths (Norco World Team) and South African Joanna Petterson.
Beerten got a good start gate and led from start to finish, while Griffiths and Labounkova fought for second. The pair tangled on the last turn, allowing Petterson to squeak by for second, with Labounkova having to settle for third. Molcik won the small final for fifth place.
The win put Beerten into the series lead, 10 points ahead of the absent Horakova, with Molcik a further 10 points back in third.
WOMEN'S FOUR-CROSS (4X) #4 RESULTS
|1 ||Anneke Beerten (Ned|Suspension Center) |
|2 ||Joanna Petterson (RSA) |
|3 ||Romana Labounkova (Cze) |
|4 ||Fionn Griffiths (GBr|Norco World Team) |
|5 ||Anita Molcik (Aut|Yeti) |
|6 ||Katy Curd (GBr) |
|7 ||Sarsha Huntington (Aus) |
|8 ||Neza Knez (Slo|Unior Tools Team) |
|9 ||Steffi Marth (Ger) |
|10 ||Lucia Oetjen (Sui|Thoemus Racing Team) |
|11 ||Helene Valerie Fruhwirth (Aut|RCAlpine Commencal Austria) |
|12 ||Tereza Votavova (Cze) |
|13 ||Laura Brethauer (Ger) |
|14 ||Neven Steinmetz (USA) |
|15 ||Lea Schleifenbaum (Ger) |