World Champion Graves cruises to win

Czechs take second, third in four cross World Cup opener

Jared Graves (Yeti Fox Shox), the current World Champion, 2009 World Cup champion and defending Houffalize champion easily repeated to take the win in the first round of the 2010 four cross World Cup.  The victory also gave him the lead in the men's series.

The Houffalize World Cup is run at night, under lights, with fans pouring into the small Ardennes village to hang out course side, drink the local Chouffe beer, and eat frites.

The spectators are there to cheer any daring pass, and, of course, the inevitable crashes. The race course was almost unchanged from last season. However, dry weather had turned the track into a dust bowl, with the final rider of any foursome almost completely obscured by billowing dust. Loose gravel made every corner treacherous, and there were multiple crashes.

"On those first two turns you had to be careful," said Graves, "because anything could happen there. A good start definitely helps on this course, but you still aren't completely safe, because there are plenty of spots to get passed. It is definitely good to start the season off with a win, because it takes the pressure off, so I'm pretty happy right now."

Graves was untouchable in the men's heats, often three or four bike lengths clear of his competitors by the first corner. He was joined in the final by Tomas Slavik (RSP 4 Cross Racing), Michal Prokop (Agang Racing) and Dutch mainstay Roger Rinderknecht. Once again, Graves got the holeshot, with the two Czech riders Slavik and Prokop bumping elbows through the first couple of corners before Slavik finally pulled ahead in the lower half of the run for second place.

Full Results

Big Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team  
2Tomas Slavik (Cze) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team  
3Michal Prokop (Cze) Agang Racing  
4Roger Rinderknecht (Swi)  
Small Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
5Joost Wichman (Ned) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team  
6Scott Beaumont (GBr) Rocky Mountain Uk  
7Dan Atherton (GBr) Commencal  
8Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team  
1/4 Finals
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
9Mickael Deldycke (Fra)  
10Sidney Gerber (Swi)  
11Kamil Tatarkovic (Cze)  
12Clément Doby (Fra)  
13Petr Muhlhans (Cze)  
14Michal Marosi (Cze) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team  
15Hannes Slavik (Aut) RC Alpine Commencal Austria  
16Marek Pesko (Svk)  
1/8 Finals
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
17David Graf (Swi)  
18Premek Tejchman (Cze)  
19Adam Stasek (Cze)  
20Jurg Meijer (Ned) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team  
21Petrik Brückner (Ger)  
22Nico Vink (Bel)  
23Kristof Lenssens (Bel)  
24Florian Gottschlich (Ger)  
25Filip Polc (Svk) MS Evil Racing  
26Lukas Mechura (Cze)  
27Martin Söderström (Swe)  
28Pascal Seydoux (Swi)  
29Stepan Novotny (Cze)  
30Lukasz Baran (Pol)  
31Aiko Göhler (Ger)  
32Jan Novak (Cze)  
1/16 Finals
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
33Jakub Riha (Cze)  
34Jakub Hnidak (Cze)  
35Matthieu Faury (Fra)  
36Nico Seidel (Ger)  
37Daniel Prijkel (Ned)  
38Jake Ward (GBr)  
39Jakub Pytlik (Cze)  
40Benoit Bresset (Fra)  
41Stephen Simms (GBr)  
42Bernard Kerr (GBr) Norco World Team  
43Duncan Ferris (GBr)  
44Benoît Quaegebeur (Fra)  
45Kieran Mcavoy (GBr)  
46Richard Norton (GBr)  
47Will Longden (GBr)  
48Laurent Georges (Bel)  
49Johnny Magis (Bel)  
50Scott Roberts (GBr)  
51Patrick Campbell-Jenner (GBr)  
52William Evans (GBr)  
53Renato Rufener (Swi)  
54Maximilian Wrstala (Ger)  
55Felix Beckeman (Swe)  
56Benjamin Kistner (Sui)  
57Jeremy Morland (Fra)  
58Ziga Knez (Slo) Unior Tools Team  
59Werner Muther (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team  
60Ludovic Gadois (Fra)  
61Dominik Gladen (Ger)  
62Ghislain Ricci (Fra)  
63Stefan Scherz (Ger)  
64Joey Van Veghel (Ned)  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1RSP 4 Cross Racing Team64 pts
2Suspension Center45 
3Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team40 
4Agang Racing30 
5Rocky Mountain UK20 
6Commencal18 
7Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team16 
8RC Alpine Commencal Austria6 
92Stage Factory5 
10Thoemus Racing Team3 
World Cup standings for Individuals after one round
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team125 pts
2Tomas Slavik (Cze) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team100 
3Michal Prokop (Cze) Agang Racing75 
4Roger Rinderknecht (Swi)60 
5Joost Wichman (Ned) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team50 
6Scott Beaumont (GBr) Rocky Mountain UK40 
7Dan Atherton (GBr) Commencal30 
8Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team25 
9Mickael Deldycke (Fra)20 
10Sidney Gerber (Swi)17 
11Kamil Tatarkovic (Cze)14 
12Clément Doby (Fra)11 
13Petr Muhlhans (Cze)8 
14Michal Marosi (Cze) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team6 
15Hannes Slavik (Aut) RC Alpine Commencal Austria4 
16Marek Pesko (Svk)2 
World Cup standings for Teams after one round
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1RSP 4 Cross Racing Team64 pts
2Suspension Center45 
3Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team40 
4Agang Racing30 
5Rocky Mountain UK20 
6Commencal18 
7Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team16 
8RC Alpine Commencal Austria6 
92Stage Factory5 
10Thoemus Racing Team3 
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