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MTB World Cup Cross Country #1, Downhill #1 & Four Cross #1 2011

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April 21-24, 2011

April 23, Elite men cross country:

Schurter takes off with a bang in opening World Cup

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
April 23, 2011, 18:29 BST,
Updated:
April 25, 2011, 16:45 BST

Absalon, Kulhavy round out top three

The first round of the cross country UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, held in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, served notice that riders are entering the season in top form, with the elite men averaging over 20 kilometre per hour for their 31.8-kilometre race.

In the elite men's cross country race, the top three finishers in the 2010 World Cup standings finished in exactly that order, with Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) beating rival Julien Absalon (Orbea) of France by a meager 16 seconds, with Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) of the Czech Republic in third at 1:07. World Champion Jose Hermida (Multivan Merida Mountain Bike Team) and Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing) claimed the final two podium spots.

Constant rivals Schurter and Absalon rode away from the rest of the field, with Kulhavy only able to hold on for the first half of the race before the duo dropped him. Absalon had the power on the climbs, but it was in the all important technical sections where Schurter held the advantage.

In the Treehouse rock garden section, Schurter was noticeably smoother, and it was here on lap five of the six-lap race that the Swiss rider made his move.

"Again, it was a great fight between Julien and me," said Schurter. "We are so close, but I was a little faster in the technical section and was able to get a gap, which I could hold to the finish line. I could see that he was coming back a bit on the climbs on the last lap, but it was just enough to hold on. It is always special to win against Julien."

Schurter entered the last lap 20 seconds ahead of Absalon, a gap which shrunk to only a handful of seconds by the top of the climb before he was able to open it again to finish 16 seconds ahead.

"I expected Nino would do well," said Absalon. "This track suited him very well, and I was having trouble with the rocky section each time. On lap five, I didn't crash, but I hit a tree and lost some time. And after that, we were both going full gas, so there was no chance to catch him."

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing 1:34:50  
2 Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea 0:00:16  
3 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing 0:01:07  
4 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:01:15  
5 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:01:46  
6 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:01:48  
7 Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea 0:01:51  
8 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi 0:01:54  
9 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf-Trek Racing 0:02:33  
10 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing 0:02:36  
11 Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing 0:02:45  
12 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-Suntour-Peisey Vallandry 0:02:57  
13 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing 0:03:08  
14 Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:03:11  
15 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 0:03:30  
16 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team 0:03:45  
17 Patrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team 0:03:53  
18 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf-Trek Racing 0:04:08  
19 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 0:04:22  
20 Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:04:47  
21 Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 0:05:11  
22 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 0:05:32  
23 Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team 0:05:36  
24 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) 0:05:44  
25 Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team 0:05:56  
26 Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss SR-Suntour 0:05:59  
27 Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team    
28 Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 0:06:06  
29 Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Team Newcycling 0:06:14  
30 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing 0:06:34  
31 Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea 0:06:53  
32 Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:07:06  
33 Lukas Kaufmann (Swi) 0:07:18  
34 Derek Zandstra (Can) 0:07:28  
35 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:07:37  
36 Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 0:07:51  
37 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Trek 0:07:52  
38 Jukka Vastaranta (Fin) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team 0:08:08  
39 Tony Longo (Ita) TX Active Bianchi 0:08:20  
40 Oliver Beckingsale (GBr) 0:08:23  
41 Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team    
42 Andras Parti (Hun) Euro One-Cube MTB Team 0:08:27  
43 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Elettroveneta-Corratec 0:08:29  
44 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys-Evenza Team    
45 Jiri Friedl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team 0:08:30  
46 Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 0:08:34  
47 Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team    
48 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) 0:09:02  
49 Pascal Meyer (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team 0:09:03  
50 Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 0:09:26  
51 Jiri Novak (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 0:09:41  
52 Martino Fruet (Ita) 0:09:58  
53 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team 0:10:07  
54 Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru-Trek 0:10:13  
55 Chris Jongewaard (Aus)    
56 Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team 0:10:22  
57 Marc Colom (Fra) Team Newcycling 0:10:24  
58 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 0:10:45  
59 Umberto Corti (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D. 0:11:02  
60 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 0:11:13  
61 Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:11:18  
62 Rene Tann (Ger) 0:11:48  
63 Simon Scheiber (Aut) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 0:12:03  
64 Robert Mennen (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:12:20  
65 Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team 0:12:22  
66 Matthias Leisling (Ger) Muskelkater Genesis Team 0:12:23  
67 Ben Henderson (Aus) 0:12:29  
68 Andrew Watson (Can) 0:12:33  
69 Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita) Elettroveneta-Corratec 0:12:42  
70 Adam Morka (Can) 0:13:10  
71 Matthys Beukes (RSA) 0:13:41  
72 Martin Loo (Est) Infotre - Bi&Esse- Leecougan 0:14:02  
73 Torsten Marx (Ger) 0:14:14  
74 Evgeniy Pechenin (Rus) Forward-Udmurtia 0:14:25  
75 Ludovic Dubau (Fra) Team Newcycling 0:14:42  
76 Steffen Thum (Ger) 0:14:59  
77 Magnus Darvell (Swe) 0:15:21  
78 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop 0:15:56  
79 Simon Gegenheimer (Ger) -1 lap  
80 Frank Schotman (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team    
81 Christopher Maletz (Ger)    
82 Irjan Luttenberg (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team    
83 Michael Broderick (USA) Kenda/Seven/No Tubes    
84 Severin Disch (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team    
85 Troy Wells (USA)    
86 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor    
87 Mattias Wengelin (Swe)    
88 Lee Williams (GBr)    
89 Bjorn Brems (Bel) Versluys-Evenza Team    
90 Renay Groustra (RSA)    
91 Oliver Munnik (RSA)    
92 Pierre Lebreton (Fra) BH-Suntour-Peisey Vallandry    
93 Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta-Corratec  -2 laps  
94 Ben Melt Swanepoel (RSA)    
95 Alexey Medvedev (Rus) Elettroveneta-Corratec    
96 Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) MTN Qhubeka    
97 Matthias Waldhart (Aut)    
98 Lachlan Norris (Aus) Giant Factory Off-Road Team  -3 laps  
99 Jelmer Jubbega (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team    
100 Christoph Soukup (Aut)    
101 Lee John (Zim)    
102 Martinus Esmeyer (RSA)    
103 Christopher Wolhuter (RSA)  -4 laps  
104 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team    
DNF Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Lapierre International    
DNF Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team    
DNF Philip Buys (RSA)    
DNF Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team    
DNF Cédric Ravanel (Fra) Gt Skoda Chamonix    
DNF Adrian Brzozka (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team    
DNF Brandon Stewart (RSA)    
DNF Marc Bassingthwaighte (Nam)    
DNF Francois Theron (RSA)    
DNS Max Knox (RSA)    
Elite men cross country World Cup 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 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing 160  
4 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 150  
5 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 140  
6 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 130  
7 Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea 120  
8 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi 110  
9 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf-Trek Racing 100  
10 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing 95  
11 Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing 90  
12 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-Suntour-Peisey Vallandry 85  
13 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing 80  
14 Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing 78  
15 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 76  
16 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team 74  
17 Patrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team 72  
18 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf-Trek Racing 70  
19 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 68  
20 Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 66  
21 Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 64  
22 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 62  
23 Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team 60  
24 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) 58  
25 Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team 56  
26 Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss SR-Suntour 54  
27 Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 52  
28 Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 50  
29 Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Team Newcycling 48  
30 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing 46  
31 Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea 44  
32 Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 42  
33 Lukas Kaufmann (Swi) 40  
34 Derek Zandstra (Can) 38  
35 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 36  
36 Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 34  
37 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Trek 32  
38 Jukka Vastaranta (Fin) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team 30  
39 Tony Longo (Ita) TX Active Bianchi 29  
40 Oliver Beckingsale (GBr) 28  
41 Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team 27  
42 Andras Parti (Hun) Euro One-Cube MTB Team 26  
43 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Elettroveneta-Corratec 25  
44 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys-Evenza Team 24  
45 Jiri Friedl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team 23  
46 Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 22  
47 Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 21  
48 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) 20  
49 Pascal Meyer (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team 19  
50 Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 18  
51 Jiri Novak (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 17  
52 Martino Fruet (Ita) 16  
53 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team 15  
54 Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru-Trek 14  
55 Chris Jongewaard (Aus) 13  
56 Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team 12  
57 Marc Colom (Fra) Team Newcycling 11  
58 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 10  
59 Umberto Corti (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D. 9  
60 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 8  
Elite men cross country teams World Cup standings after one round
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Specialized Racing 73  pts
2 Cannondale Factory Racing 71  
3 Orbea 59  
4 Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing 41  
5 Multivan Merida Biking Team 41  
6 Wildwolf-Trek Racing 35  
7 Trek World Racing 25  
8 TX Active Bianchi 23  
9 BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team 22  
10 BH-Suntour-Peisey Vallandry 19  
11 Giant Italia Team 15  
12 Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 12  
13 Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 10  
14 Milka Trek MTB Racing Team 6  
15 Giant Swiss SR-Suntour 5  
16 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 4  
17 Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 3  
18 Team Newcycling 2