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

Date range:
April 21-24, 2011

April 22, Elite men four cross:

Graves crushes the competition en route to first 2011 World Cup victory

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
April 22, 2011, 16:06 BST,
Updated:
April 23, 2011, 4:08 BST

Prokop, Fischbach round out top three

Jared Graves well ahead of Michael Prokop

Jared Graves well ahead of Michael Prokop

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The first World Cup titles of the 2011 season were awarded today in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, with the four cross competition. To absolutely no one's surprise, defending World Cup champion Jared Graves (Yeti Fox Shox) won the men's title without difficulty.

The key factor was to enter the first corner in the lead before hitting the rock garden, and Graves did that consistently through each of his four heats. If you were in front, you also missed the crashes that occurred behind, one of which took out world champion Tomas Slavik (RSP 4 Cross) in the second round.

Graves was joined in the Big Final by Michal Prokop (Specialized), Johannes Fischbach (Ghost) and Michal Marosi (RSP 4 Cross), but none of the others could match his speed out of the gate. Prokop fought off a late charge by Fischbach to take second.

"[My run] was pretty good," said Graves. "I hit the gate a bit on the final, a bit anxious to get going, so my start wasn't the best. I just concentrated on getting the power down. I knew all my lines, I was comfortable with them. It got a little sketchy on one of the jumps in the third straight.

"I'm really happy with this start of the season."

Full Results

Big Final
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team    
2 Michal Prokop (Cze)    
3 Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team    
4 Michal Marosi (Cze) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team    
Small Final
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
5 David Graf (Swi)    
6 Kamil Tatarkovic (Cze)    
7 Joost Wichman (Ned) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team    
8 Roger Rinderknecht (Swi)    
1/4 Finals
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
9 Guido Tschugg (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team    
10 Scott Beaumont (GBr)    
11 Quentin Derbier (Fra)    
12 Scott Roberts (GBr)    
13 Tomas Slavik (Cze) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team    
14 Graeme Mudd (Aus)    
15 Lukas Mechura (Cze) Chain Reaction Cycles/Nukeproof    
16 Jordan O'keeffe (RSA)    
1/8 Finals
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
17 Premek Tejchman (Cze)    
18 Petr Muhlhans (Cze)    
19 Nico Seidel (Ger)    
20 Petrik Brückner (Ger)    
21 Tom Dowie (GBr)    
22 Mark Milward (GBr)    
23 Jérôme Leocadie (Fra)    
24 Werner Muther (Swi)    
25 Blake Carney (USA)    
26 Michael Mechura (Cze) Chain Reaction Cycles/Nukeproof    
27 Steve Jackson (RSA)    
28 Jarrod Jakubiak (USA)    
29 Mirco Weiss (Swi) Scott 11    
Elite men four cross World Cup standings afer one round
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 125  pts
2 Michal Prokop (Cze) 100  
3 Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team 75  
4 Michal Marosi (Cze) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team 60  
5 David Graf (Swi) 50  
6 Kamil Tatarkovic (Cze) 40  
7 Joost Wichman (Ned) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team 30  
8 Roger Rinderknecht (Swi) 25  
9 Guido Tschugg (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team 20  
10 Scott Beaumont (GBr) 17  
11 Quentin Derbier (Fra) 14  
12 Scott Roberts (GBr) 11  
13 Tomas Slavik (Cze) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team 8  
14 Graeme Mudd (Aus) 6  
15 Lukas Mechura (Cze) Chain Reaction Cycles/Nukeproof 4  
16 Jordan O'Keeffe (RSA) 2