Hermida wins for the second time in Houffalize

Fumic, Kurschat round out top three

Round Two of the cross country World Cup in Houffalize, Belgium saw the overall series leads change in the men's category, with Jose Antonio Hermida (Multivan Merida) taking a come-from-behind victory in the men's cross country and donning the World Cup leader's jersey.

The men's six-lap race produced a series of upsets, with eventual fourth place finisher Jaroslav Kulhavy (Rubena-Birell-Specialized) crashing on the start line, blocking many of the top riders on the left side of the road, including Canadian Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain), American Todd Wells (Specialized and former Houffalize winner Christoph Sauser (Specialized).

Manuel Fumic (Cannondale Factory) was one rider who wasn't blocked, and he immediately opened a 25-second-plus gap on chasers Julien Absalon (Orbea), Wolfram Kurschat (Topeak-Ergon) and top Under 23 rider Matthias Flückiger (Trek World Racing).

The chase received a blow when Absalon flatted late in the first lap. The defending Houffalize champion had to run for almost half a lap to the tech zone, dropping into the 30s before he began an impressive chase back to finish seventh. The Under 23 world champion, Burry Stander (Specialized), also flatted, eventually finishing 17th.

Meanwhile, Fumic was continuing to hold down the lead lap after lap, as Kurschat and Flückiger couldn't close the gap without Absalon. It took Hermida, coming back from the mid-teens after having been caught by the start crash, to finally catch the chasers and then Fumic as he started the final lap. After that, it was just a matter of time before the 2007 Houffalize winner was able to pull away from his rival to win the sixth World Cup of his career.

"After the start problem, I knew that I just had to be patient," explained Hermida. "I did not know who was in front, but once I caught him, I knew, that on this course I could not be beaten. I'm extremely happy to have won here in Houffalize for a second time.

"Houffalize is considered as mountain biking’s cathedral, which gave me a lot of motivation, and to take the World Cup lead going into to Offenburg, in front our sponsors, is incredible."

Wells was the top North American finisher, in 19th place, and holding onto 19th in the overall standings.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team1:44:19 
2Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing0:00:57 
3Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:01:25 
4Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team0:01:38 
5Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:01:54 
6Mathias Flückiger* (Swi) Trek World Racing0:01:57 
7Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea0:02:16 
8Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Factory Racing0:02:23 
9Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo0:02:29 
10Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing0:03:14 
11Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea0:03:39 
12Alexis Vuillermoz* (Fra) Lapierre International0:04:05 
13Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-Suntour0:04:13 
14Roel Paulissen (Bel) Cannondale Factory Racing0:04:41 
15Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing0:04:52 
16Tony Longo (Ita)0:05:01 
17Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Factory Racing0:05:02 
18Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team0:05:58 
19Johnny Cattaneo (Ita)0:06:03 
20Moritz Milatz (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:06:12 
21Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:06:26 
22Henk Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:06:27 
23Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Msc Bikes0:06:46 
24Martin Fanger* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team0:06:56 
25Cédric Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International0:07:14 
26Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing0:07:19 
27Martino Fruet (Ita)0:07:28 
28Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:07:37 
29Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Team New Cycling0:07:50 
30Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn)0:08:09 
31Robert Mennen (Ger)0:08:13 
32Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:08:30 
33Gerhard Kerschbaumer* (Ita)0:08:37 
34Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain0:08:41 
35Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi0:08:44 
36Jan Skarnitzl (Cze)0:08:49 
37Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)0:08:50 
38Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher  
39Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team0:09:17 
40Oliver Beckingsale (GBr) Giant Factory Team0:09:20 
41Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing0:09:37 
42François Bailly Maitre (Fra) Scott Les Saisies0:09:38 
43Patrik Gallati* (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing0:09:52 
44Jelmer Jubbega* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:09:54 
45Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team  
46Jiri Novak (Cze)0:09:59 
47Christof Bischof (Swi)0:10:08 
48Piotr Brzozka* (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team0:10:19 
49Alexander Gehbauer* (Aut)0:10:25 
50Fabien Canal* (Fra) Keops Itwo0:10:30 
51Lukas Kaufmann (Swi) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team0:10:36 
52Umberto Corti (Ita) Team Cbe Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.0:10:37 
53Bas Peters (Ned) Team Merida Combee  
54Matthias Rupp* (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing0:10:45 
55Jiri Friedl (Cze) Merida Biking Team0:10:53 
56Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta-Corratec0:10:54 
57Sebastian Szraucner (Ger)  
58Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:11:14 
59Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team0:11:16 
60Lachlan Norris (Aus)  
61Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Infotre - Leecougan0:11:25 
62Simon Scheiber* (Aut) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team0:11:28 
63Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher0:11:33 
64Kristian Hynek (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:11:46 
65Marek Konwa* (Pol) Elettroveneta-Corratec0:11:48 
66Derek Zandstra (Can)0:11:53 
67Jérémy Huguenin* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team0:12:05 
68Sebastien Carabin* (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team0:12:08 
69Alexey Medvedev (Rus) Elettroveneta-Corratec0:12:11 
70Silvio Bundi (Swi)0:12:15 
71Frank Schotman (Ned) Stappenbelt Specialized MTB Team0:12:23 
72Michal Lami (Svk)0:12:30 
73Filip Eberl (Cze)0:12:42 
74Pavel Boudny (Cze)0:12:52 
75Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Surfing Shop0:12:55 
76Klaus Nielsen (Den)0:13:00 
77Nicolas Vermeulen (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team0:13:04 
78Alexis Chenevier* (Fra) Scott Les Saisies0:13:08 
79Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:13:12 
80Raphael Gagne (Can)0:13:14 
81Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team0:13:21 
82Robert Gehbauer (Aut)0:13:34 
83Marcel Fleschhut* (Ger)0:13:40 
84Kornel Osicki* (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team0:13:55 
85Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team0:13:58 
86Gilles Sarrazin* (Fra)0:14:01 
87Marcus Schulte-Luenzum* (Ger) M.I.G. Team0:14:07 
88Joris Massaer (Bel) G-Skin-Deforche MTB Racing Team0:14:11 
89Magnus Darvell (Swe)0:14:12 
90Niels Wubben* (Ned) Team Merida Combee0:14:13 
91Tim Lemmers* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team  
92Fabio Hernando Castaneda Monsalve (Col) Infotre - Leecougan0:14:30 
93Ludovic Dubau (Fra) Team New Cycling0:14:31 
94Bjorn Brems (Bel) G-Skin-Deforche MTB Racing Team0:14:32 
95Freddy Betremieux* (Fra)0:14:34 
96Rene Tann (Ger)0:14:46 
97Mattias Nilsson* (Swe)0:15:01 
98Liam Killeen (GBr)0:15:17 
99Robbie Squire* (USA)0:15:25 
100Ivan Rybarik (Cze) Merida Biking Team0:15:31 
101Marco Minnaard* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:15:37 
102Henrique Avancini* (Bra) ISD Cycling Team0:15:43 
103Shlomi Haimy* (Isr) Infotre - Leecougan0:16:02 
104Andrew Watson (Can)  
105Yader Zoli (Ita) Surfing Shop0:16:28 
106Pascal Hossay (Bel) G-Skin-Deforche MTB Racing Team0:16:35 
107Peter Glassford (Can)0:16:38 
108Ruben Scheire* (Bel) Team Saeco0:16:57 
109Michael Broderick (USA)0:17:15 
110Erik Groen* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:17:26 
111Tim Wynants (Bel) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team0:17:33 
112Szilard Buruczki (Hun)0:17:40 
113Juri Ragnoli* (Ita)0:17:44 
114Thibaut Bellanger* (Fra)0:18:19 
115Jimmy Tielens (Bel) Team Saeco0:18:46 
116David Fletcher* (GBr)0:19:00 
117Martin Loo* (Est) Infotre - Leecougan0:19:04 
118Nicolas Jeantet* (Ita) ISD Cycling Team0:19:15 
119Andras Parti (Hun)0:20:06 
120Tad Elliott* (USA)-1 lap 
121Cristian Cominelli* (Ita) TX Active Bianchi  
122Anthony Grenet* (Fra)  
123Patrick Gaudy (Bel)  
124Hugo Drechou* (Fra)  
125Matthew Hadley (Can)  
126Irjan Luttenberg* (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team  
127Simon Stiebjahn* (Ger)  
128Alessandro Gambino (Ita) GT Brondello Team  
129Reto Indergand* (Swi) FRM Tg Zentralschweiz  
130Mirco Widmer* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team  
131Laurent Mineur* (Bel)  
132Thomas Lapeyrie* (Fra) Scott Les Saisies  
133Matej Nepustil* (Cze) Merida Biking Team  
134Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc) GT Brondello Team  
135Marcus Nicolai* (Ger)  
136Pierre Lebreton (Fra) BH-Suntour  
137Ricardo Paulo Reis Marinheiro* (Por) TX Active Bianchi  
138Rob Vangenechten* (Bel) Team Saeco  
139Zsolt Juhasz* (Hun) Euro One-Cube MTB Team  
140Tomas Pesek* (Cze)  
141Matthias Hoi* (Aut)  
142Florian Thie* (Swi)  
143Wolfgang Krenn (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team  
144Benjamin Buchi* (Swi)  
145Marc Colom (Fra)  
146Ethan Gilmour* (USA)  
147Markus Bauer* (Ger)  
148Pascal Meyer* (Swi) M.I.G. Team  
149Daniel Eymann* (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team  
150Patxi Cia Apezteguia (Spa) Msc Bikes  
151Cody Canning* (Can)  
152Olof Jonsson* (Swe)  
153Fabian Strecker* (Ger)  
154Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team  
155Cameron Jette (Can)-2 laps 
156Mattias Wengelin* (Swe) Team Firebike-Droessiger  
157Sebastian Batchelor* (GBr) Infotre - Leecougan  
158Jiri Hudecek (Cze)  
159Sébastien Hansen (Fra)  
160Matthias Stirnemann* (Swi)  
161Travis Livermon* (USA)  
162Tristan Cowie* (USA)  
163Periklis Ilias (Gre) ISD Cycling Team  
164Zachary Hughes* (Can)  
165Anders Hovdenes (Nor) Team United Bakeries, Hoydahl MTB Racing  
166Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita) Hard Rock Frw A.S.D.  
167Christopher Maletz (Ger)  
168Andrew Blair (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition  
169Christopher Minter (GBr)  
170Joris Bagnol* (Fra)  
171Rafal Hebisz (Pol)  
172Ben Thomas* (GBr) Torq Performance Nutrition  
173Jakub Magnusek* (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team  
174Gabor Bogar (Hun) Euro One-Cube MTB Team  
175Andras Szatmary* (Hun) Euro One-Cube MTB Team  
176Amaury Gernez Aurenge* (Fra) Keops Itwo  
177Amotz Nehoray* (Isr)  
178Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team  
179Jakub Silar* (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team-3 laps 
180Tim Dunford (GBr) Torq Performance Nutrition  
181Dror Pekatch (Isr) Subaru-Gary Fisher  
182Oleksandr Kachanov* (Ukr)  
183Jonas De Backer* (Bel) Team Saeco  
184Chris Andrews (GBr)  
185John Whittington* (GBr)  
186Diego Rosa* (Ita) Giant Italia Team  
187Jean-François Bossler (Fra)  
188Travis Frisby* (Aus)  
189Andy Eyring* (Ger)  
190Dries Govaerts* (Bel) Team Saeco  
191Georgios Pattes-Toumanis (Gre)  
192Manfred Reis* (Ger) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team-4 laps 
DNFThomas Litscher* (Swi) M.I.G. Team  
DNFInaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea  
DNFMartin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing  
DNFSeverin Disch* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team  
DNFOlivier Labie* (Bel) Vzw Goeman Scott Cycling Team  
DNFEmil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team  
DNFBalz Weber (Swi)  
DNFCristobal Silva Ibaceta (Chi)  
DNFStephen Ettinger* (USA)  
DNFAnthony O'boyle (GBr) Torq Performance Nutrition  
DNFMarcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing  
DNFTorsten Marx (Ger)  
DNFFlorian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing  
DNFGuillaume Vinit (Fra) BH-Suntour  
DNFAdrian Brzozka (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team  
DNFDaniel Mcconnell (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition  
DNFSimon Gegenheimer* (Ger)  
DNFChristoph Soukup (Aut) Merida Biking Team  
DNFPaul Van Der Ploeg* (Aus) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Multivan Merida Biking Team89 pts
2Cannondale Factory Racing52 
3Trek World Racing47 
4Orbea44 
5Specialized Factory Racing42 
6Topeak Ergon Racing Team32 
7Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team30 
8Lapierre International25 
9Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo22 
10BH-Suntour18 
11Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing16 
12Giant Italia Team13 
13Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team12 
14MSC Bikes8 
15Giant Swiss Team7 
16Team New Cycling2 
World Cup individual standings after two rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team350 pts
2Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing330 
3Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing326 
4Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea320 
5Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team300 
6Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team280 
7Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Factory Racing232 
8Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team218 
9Mathias Flückiger* (Swi) Trek World Racing210 
10Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea210 
11Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing205 
12Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo178 
13Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Factory Racing170 
14Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team160 
15Roel Paulissen (Bel) Cannondale Factory Racing144 
16Alexis Vuillermoz* (Fra) Lapierre International139 
17Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-Suntour124 
18Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing122 
19Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing122 
20Tony Longo (Ita)114 
21Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi112 
22Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) MSC Bikes108 
23Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team106 
24Martin Fanger* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team92 
25Jan Skarnitzl (Cze)90 
26Henk Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team89 
27Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain88 
28Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing85 
29Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team82 
30Martino Fruet (Ita)80 
31Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team80 
32Robert Mennen (Ger)80 
33François Bailly Maitre (Fra) Scott Les Saisies78 
34Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher76 
35Christoph Soukup (Aut) Merida Biking Team74 
36Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Team New Cycling74 
37Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea70 
38Johnny Cattaneo (Ita)68 
39Moritz Milatz (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team66 
40Cédric Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International66 
41Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team64 
42Marek Konwa* (Pol) Elettroveneta-Corratec62 
43Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team62 
44Oliver Beckingsale (GBr) Giant Factory Team60 
45Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn)58 
46Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountain Bike Racing Team54 
47Patrik Gallati* (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing46 
48Gerhard Kerschbaumer* (Ita)40 
49Derek Zandstra (Can)38 
50Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team37 
51Piotr Brzozka* (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team37 
52Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)32 
53Bas Peters (Ned) Team Merida Combee31 
54Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher29 
55Jelmer Jubbega* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team24 
56Cristian Cominelli* (Ita) TX Active Bianchi24 
57Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team24 
58Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita) Hard Rock FRW A.S.D.23 
59Jiri Novak (Cze)22 
60Marc Colom (Fra)22 
61Christof Bischof (Swi)21 
62Alexander Gehbauer* (Aut)19 
63Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team19 
64Fabien Canal* (Fra) Keops ITWO18 
65Liam Killeen (GBr)18 
66Lukas Kaufmann (Swi) Trek-Brentjens Mountain Bike Racing Team17 
67Umberto Corti (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.16 
68Matthias Rupp* (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing14 
69Jiri Friedl (Cze) Merida Biking Team13 
70Sebastien Carabin* (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team13 
71Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta-Corratec12 
72Sebastian Szraucner (Ger)11 
73Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition11 
74Markus Bauer* (Ger)9 
75Lachlan Norris (Aus)8 
76Irjan Luttenberg* (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountain Bike Racing Team8 
World Cup Team standings after two rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Multivan Merida Biking Team153 pts
2Orbea116 
3Cannondale Factory Racing110 
4Specialized Factory Racing94 
5Trek World Racing88 
6Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing75 
7Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team60 
8Topeak Ergon Racing Team39 
9Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo39 
10Giant Italia Team33 
11Lapierre International30 
12Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team22 
13BH-Suntour18 
14TX Active Bianchi16 
15Merida Biking Team15 
16MSC Bikes10 
17Elettroveneta-Corratec9 
18Giant Swiss Team7 
19Scott Les Saisies4 
20Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain3 
21Team New Cycling2 
22Subaru-Gary Fisher1 

 

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