Jill Kintner is back on top!
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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