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April 25, Elite men cross country:

Schurter sprints to World Cup win

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
April 25, 2010, 21:28 BST,
Updated:
April 26, 2010, 20:04 BST

World champion bests Absalon for hard-fought victory

Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) proved that there was no "rainbow curse" on him as he matched women's world champion Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon) in swapping his rainbow jersey for the World Cup leader's one.

The Swiss rider won the men's 43km race in a finish very similar to last year's World Championships, when he outsprinted Olympic champion Julien Absalon (Orbea). Again, it came down to a sprint between the two, with Schurter winning by less than a wheel length. Burry Stander (Specialized) of South Africa took third, 14 seconds behind the front two.

The six lap men's race started very fast, with eight riders initially making the selection at the front, but by the fourth lap that was whittled down to just Schurter, Absalon and Stander. The South African looked to be the strongest, but he made a mistake on the last lap, allowing the other two to get away.

Absalon took the lead, setting the pace, but could not shake Schurter, and when they turned onto the gravel finishing straight, the Swiss rider came up alongside his French rival and pulled ahead in the final 10 metres to take the win.

"This is an incredible victory, to win the World Cup and take the leader's jersey is very special," said Schurter. "I hoped to do well here, but there was a very, very strong field, so I was only looking to make the podium. I was dying out there, to stay with Julien, but I knew that if it came to a sprint I was a little bit faster."

Absalon, for his part, revealed that he was quite content with second. "I have been sick this week, so I didn't know if I could race in the middle of the week. But each day I got a little bit better, and by Saturday I was okay again. I didn't know how strong I was going to be, and I was just hoping to get on the podium."

"But it was good for me when the three of us went away, because I was able to rest a bit at the back. I think Stander was the strongest, but maybe he did too much work, and then made a little mistake that allowed Nino and I to get away. At the finish I tried to control it, but Nino was just to strong."

For Geoff Kabush Maxxis-Rocky Mountain), it was a disappointing day to finish 28th, after riding so strongly a week earlier at Sea Otter. "I definitely didn't have the form that I had at Sea Otter. I had a good start, but then I just didn't have the power to keep up. Maybe it was because of all the travel problems to get here; it took me three days, and that didn't help."

Kabush was the second North American, behind Todd Wells (Specialized) in 19th.

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing 1:54:52  
2 Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea 0:00:01  
3 Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Factory Racing 0:00:14  
4 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team 0:00:28  
5 Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:00:41  
6 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:00:52  
7 Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea 0:00:55  
8 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 0:01:19  
9 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:01:37  
10 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:01:45  
11 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team 0:01:54  
12 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing 0:02:17  
13 Mathias Flückiger* (Swi) Trek World Racing 0:02:32  
14 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo 0:02:42  
15 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi 0:02:48  
16 Christoph Soukup (Aut) Merida Biking Team 0:02:54  
17 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:03:03  
18 Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea 0:03:24  
19 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing 0:03:49  
20 Roel Paulissen (Bel) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:03:53  
21 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 0:04:18  
22 Marek Konwa* (Pol) Elettroveneta-Corratec 0:04:23  
23 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Factory Racing 0:04:25  
24 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:04:32  
25 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) 0:04:45  
26 Alexis Vuillermoz* (Fra) Lapierre International 0:05:04  
27 François Bailly Maitre (Fra) Scott Les Saisies 0:05:06  
28 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 0:05:28  
29 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) MSC Bikes 0:05:29  
30 Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 0:05:43  
31 Maxime Marotte (Fra) Bh-Suntour 0:06:03  
32 Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:06:30  
33 Tony Longo (Ita) 0:06:37  
34 Derek Zandstra (Can) 0:06:44  
35 Robert Mennen (Ger) 0:07:04  
36 Martin Fanger* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team    
37 Oliver Beckingsale (GBr) Giant Factory Team 0:07:06  
38 Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 0:07:16  
39 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 0:07:25  
40 Martino Fruet (Ita) 0:07:38  
41 Henk Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 0:07:45  
42 Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Team New Cycling 0:07:49  
43 Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 0:07:50  
44 Cristian Cominelli* (Ita) Tx Active Bianchi 0:07:53  
45 Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita) Hard Rock Frw A.S.D. 0:07:57  
46 Marc Colom (Fra) 0:08:01  
47 Patrik Gallati* (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing 0:08:05  
48 Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 0:08:07  
49 Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team 0:08:14  
50 Liam Killeen (GBr) 0:08:18  
51 Piotr Brzozka* (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team 0:08:19  
52 Bas Peters (Ned) Team Merida Combee 0:08:34  
53 Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 0:08:35  
54 Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team 0:08:36  
55 Sebastien Carabin* (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team 0:08:37  
56 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) 0:08:42  
57 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition 0:08:57  
58 Cédric Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International 0:09:07  
59 Markus Bauer* (Ger) 0:09:20  
60 Irjan Luttenberg* (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 0:09:44  
61 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Surfing Shop 0:09:55  
62 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) 0:10:00  
63 Guillaume Vinit (Fra) BH-Suntour 0:10:04  
64 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team 0:10:06  
65 Lukas Kaufmann (Swi) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 0:10:08  
66 Thomas Litscher* (Swi) M.I.G. Team 0:10:21  
67 Niels Wubben* (Ned) Team Merida Combee 0:10:27  
68 Johnny Cattaneo (Ita) 0:10:42  
69 Lachlan Norris (Aus) 0:10:50  
70 Nicolas Vermeulen (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team 0:10:54  
71 Diego Rosa* (Ita) Giant Italia Team 0:10:58  
72 Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 0:11:04  
73 Andy Eyring* (Ger) 0:11:05  
74 Anders Hovdenes (Nor) Team United Bakeries, Hoydahl MTB Racing 0:11:09  
75 Andrew Watson (Can) 0:11:15  
76 Paul Van Der Ploeg* (Aus) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 0:11:28  
77 Yader Zoli (Ita) Surfing Shop 0:11:34  
78 Pascal Meyer* (Swi) M.I.G. Team 0:11:40  
79 David Fletcher* (GBr)    
80 Fabien Canal* (Fra) Keops Itwo 0:12:10  
81 Simon Scheiber* (Aut) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 0:12:13  
82 Adrian Brzozka (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team 0:12:21  
83 Erik Groen* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 0:12:29  
84 Torsten Marx (Ger) 0:12:34  
85 Benjamin Buchi* (Swi) 0:12:50  
86 Klaus Nielsen (Den) 0:13:01  
87 Magnus Darvell (Swe) 0:13:14  
88 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team 0:13:15  
89 Kornel Osicki* (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team 0:13:18  
90 Mattias Nilsson* (Swe) 0:13:35  
91 Silvio Bundi (Swi) 0:13:42  
92 Fabian Strecker* (Ger) 0:13:43  
93 Kristian Hynek (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 0:13:44  
94 Manfred Reis* (Ger) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 0:13:46  
95 Jérémy Huguenin* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team 0:13:54  
96 Marcel Fleschhut* (Ger) 0:14:06  
97 Balz Weber (Swi) 0:14:08  
98 Tim Lemmers* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 0:14:11  
99 Alessandro Gambino (Ita) GT Brondello Team 0:14:15  
100 Dries Govaerts* (Bel) Team Saeco 0:14:25  
101 Matthew Hadley (Can) 0:14:32  
102 Rene Tann (Ger) 0:14:36  
103 Konny Looser* (Swi) 0:14:37  
104 Mattias Wengelin* (Swe) Team Firebike-Droessiger 0:14:52  
105 Jelmer Jubbega* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 0:14:56  
106 Michael Broderick (USA) 0:14:59  
107 Paul Oldham (GBr) 0:15:02  
108 Ondrej Cink* (Cze) Merida Biking Team 0:15:04  
109 Pierre Lebreton (Fra) BH-Suntour    
110 Sebastian Szraucner (Ger) 0:15:13  
111 Ricardo Paulo Reis Marinheiro* (Por) TX Active Bianchi 0:15:21  
112 Tiago Jorge Oliveira Ferreira* (Por) 0:15:25  
113 Jiri Hudecek (Cze) 0:15:31  
114 Patxi Cia Apezteguia (Spa) MSC Bikes 0:15:43  
115 Matthias Stirnemann* (Swi) 0:15:47  
116 Matej Nepustil* (Cze) Merida Biking Team 0:16:09  
117 Joris Massaer (Bel) G-Skin-Deforche MTB Racing Team 0:16:11  
118 Robert Gehbauer (Aut) 0:16:31  
119 Marco Schätzing (Ger) Team Firebike-Droessiger 0:16:40  
120 Severin Disch* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team 0:16:52  
121 Christopher Maletz (Ger) 0:17:57  
122 Jakub Magnusek* (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 0:18:08  
123 Freddy Betremieux* (Fra) 0:18:35  
124 Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta-Corratec 0:19:22  
125 Nicolas Jeantet* (Ita) ISD Cycling Team 0:19:37  
126 Laurent Mineur* (Bel) -1lap  
127 Daniel Eymann* (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team    
128 Alexander Gehbauer* (Aut)    
129 Wolfgang Krenn (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team    
130 Marco Arnold* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team    
131 Tim Dunford (GBr) Torq Performance Nutrition    
132 Sebastian Batchelor* (GBr) Infotre - Leecougan    
133 Florian Thie* (Swi)    
134 Thomas Lapeyrie* (Fra) Scott Les Saisies    
135 Jonas De Backer* (Bel) Team Saeco    
136 Andrew Blair (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition    
137 Dave Henderson (GBr)    
138 Ben Thomas* (GBr) Torq Performance Nutrition    
139 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team    
140 Robin Roelofs* (Ned) Stappenbelt Specialized MTB Team -2laps  
141 Cody Canning* (Can)    
142 Amaury Gernez Aurenge* (Fra) Keops Itwo    
143 Dror Pekatch (Isr) Subaru-Gary Fisher    
144 Billy Joe Whenman* (GBr)    
145 Rob Vangenechten* (Bel) Team Saeco    
146 Chris Andrews (GBr)    
147 Travis Frisby* (Aus)    
148 Richard Felle (Irl) -3laps  
149 Pascal Hossay (Bel) G-Skin-Deforche MTB Racing Team    
150 Allan Clark (GBr) -4laps  
DNF Ludovic Dubau (Fra) Team New Cycling    
DNF Moritz Milatz (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team    
DNF Jiri Friedl (Cze) Merida Biking Team    
DNF Jimmy Tielens (Bel) Team Saeco    
DNF Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team    
DNF Bjorn Brems (Bel) G-Skin-Deforche MTB Racing Team    
DNF Tim Wynants (Bel) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team    
DNF John Whittington* (GBr)    
DNF Anthony O'boyle (GBr) Torq Performance Nutrition    
DNF Lee Williams (GBr)    
DNF Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc) GT Brondello Team    
DNF Umberto Corti (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.    
DNF Ryan Sherlock (Irl)    
DNF Julien Fillion (Can)    
DNS Frank Beemer (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Orbea 72  pts
2 Multivan Merida Biking Team 64  
3 Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing 59  
4 Cannondale Factory Racing 58  
5 Specialized Factory Racing 52  
6 Trek World Racing 41  
7 Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team 30  
8 Giant Italia Team 20  
9 Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo 17  
10 TX Active Bianchi 16  
11 Merida Biking Team 15  
12 Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 10  
13 Elettroveneta-Corratec 9  
14 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 7  
15 Lapierre International 5  
16 Scott Les Saisies 4  
17 Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 3  
18 MSC Bikes 2  
19 Subaru-Gary Fisher 1  
World Cup individual standings after one round
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing 250  pts
2 Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea 200  
3 Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Factory Racing 160  
4 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team 150  
5 Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 140  
6 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 130  
7 Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea 120  
8 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 110  
9 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 100  
10 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 95  
11 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team 90  
12 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing 85  
13 Mathias Flückiger* (Swi) Trek World Racing 80  
14 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo 78  
15 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi 76  
16 Christoph Soukup (Aut) Merida Biking Team 74  
17 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 72  
18 Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea 70  
19 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing 68  
20 Roel Paulissen (Bel) Cannondale Factory Racing 66  
21 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 64  
22 Marek Konwa* (Pol) Elettroveneta-Corratec 62  
23 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Factory Racing 60  
24 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 58  
25 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) 56  
26 Alexis Vuillermoz* (Fra) Lapierre International 54  
27 François Bailly Maitre (Fra) Scott Les Saisies 52  
28 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 50  
29 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) MSC Bikes 48  
30 Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 46  
31 Maxime Marotte (Fra) Bh-Suntour 44  
32 Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 42  
33 Tony Longo (Ita) 40  
34 Derek Zandstra (Can) 38  
35 Robert Mennen (Ger) 36  
36 Martin Fanger* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team 34  
37 Oliver Beckingsale (GBr) Giant Factory Team 32  
38 Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 30  
39 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 29  
40 Martino Fruet (Ita) 28  
41 Henk Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 27  
42 Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Team New Cycling 26  
43 Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 25  
44 Cristian Cominelli* (Ita) Tx Active Bianchi 24  
45 Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita) Hard Rock Frw A.S.D. 23  
46 Marc Colom (Fra) 22  
47 Patrik Gallati* (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing 21  
48 Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 20  
49 Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team 19  
50 Liam Killeen (GBr) 18  
51 Piotr Brzozka* (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team 17  
52 Bas Peters (Ned) Team Merida Combee 16  
53 Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 15  
54 Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team 14  
55 Sebastien Carabin* (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team 13  
56 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) 12  
57 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition 11  
58 Cédric Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International 10  
59 Markus Bauer* (Ger) 9  
60 Irjan Luttenberg* (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 8  
World Cup team standings after one round
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Orbea 72  pts
2 Multivan Merida Biking Team 64  
3 Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing 59  
4 Cannondale Factory Racing 58  
5 Specialized Factory Racing 52  
6 Trek World Racing 41  
7 Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team 30  
8 Giant Italia Team 20  
9 Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo 17  
10 TX Active Bianchi 16  
11 Merida Biking Team 15  
12 Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 10  
13 Elettroveneta-Corratec 9  
14 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 7  
15 Lapierre International 5  
16 Scott Les Saisies 4  
17 Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 3  
18 MSC Bikes 2  
19 Subaru-Gary Fisher 1