Kulhavy solos to victory

Absalon chases alone into second; Fontana takes sprint for third

The men's six-lap World Cup race in Dalby Forest was a one man show, with Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) getting into the lead after the start loop. Kulhavy would race solo for the duration of the race, taking the victory on Sunday afternoon.  Julien Absalon (Orbea) also spent much of the race on his own and finished second.   Marco Fontana (Cannondale) won the sprint for third ahead of Maxime Marotte (BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry) and Manuel Fumic (Cannondale).

A chase group formed behind Kulhavy, with Fontana and his Cannondale teammate Fumic doing much of the work. Round one winner Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower), who won at Dalby last year, was having an uncharacteristically off day and struggled even to stay with the group.

Absalon, after a poor start that put him well back on the start loop, chased back to the group and immediately went to the front, but Kulhavy was gone. Absalon dropped the rest of the chase group on the second lap, and chased hard for the next two laps, but could only close to within 20 seconds of Kulhavy and, by lap four, was losing ground to the big Czech rider.

Kulhavy and Absalon continued to pull away from the rest of the field, and the chase group disintegrated in the final lap. Fontana out-kicked Marotte for third, and Fumic took the final podium spot ahead of Moritz Milatz (BMC).

"This is a course that suits me," said Kulhavy, who took the World Cup lead from Schurter, only 10 points in front of Absalon. "I knew before the start that this would be a good course for me, and it was my plan to attack right from the start of the race."

Absalon was not too upset after getting second for the second consecutive year.

"Second is okay, I am happy with second. I had a bad start, so by the time I got to the front [of the chasers] Kulhavy was gone. It was a good race for me, and I am only 10 points behind, and next week is Offenburg," a race where Absalon has had a perfect winning record for the last four years.

Race notes

- Kulhavy won the race on a full suspension 29er.  It was the first cross country UCI World Cup win on a 29er.

- World Champion Jose Antonio Hermida (Multivan Merida) had a tough day.  On the third lap, a stick got stuck in his derailleur.  Hermida estimated that he lost 30-40 seconds when he stopped to clear the stick and straighten out his derailleur. "I lost some time on the leaders, but I believed that I could get back to them. But I was not feeling my best and didn't have the strength to connect with the riders (in the main chase group) fighting for the third place."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing1:40:53 
2Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea0:00:50 
3Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing0:01:39 
4Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry  
5Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing0:01:40 
6Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team  
7Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing0:01:51 
8Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing0:01:52 
9Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing0:01:58 
10Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:02:00 
11Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi0:02:24 
12Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Racing0:02:29 
13Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:02:41 
14Rudi Van Houts (Ned)0:02:56 
15Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing0:03:06 
16Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing0:03:07 
17José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:03:38 
18Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing0:04:02 
19Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing  
20Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team  
21Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team  
22Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team0:04:54 
23Oliver Beckingsale (GBr)0:05:03 
24Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea0:05:12 
25Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss Sr - Suntour0:05:19 
26Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:05:50 
27Derek Zandstra (Can)0:06:00 
28Jiri Friedl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team0:06:08 
29Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Elettroveneta - Corratec0:06:11 
30Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:06:12 
31Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:06:19 
32Christoph Soukup (Aut)0:06:21 
33Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:06:22 
34Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru - Trek0:06:25 
35Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team0:06:28 
36Chris Jongewaard (Aus)0:06:32 
37Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra)0:06:38 
38Robert Mennen (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team  
39Jeremiah Bishop (USA)0:06:42 
40Marc Colom (Fra) Team Newcycling0:06:45 
41Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Team Newcycling0:06:51 
42Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys - Evenza Team0:06:59 
43Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:07:07 
44Daniel Mcconnell (Aus)0:07:10 
45Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain0:07:11 
46Jiri Novak (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team  
47Martino Fruet (Ita)0:07:18 
48Max Plaxton (Can)0:07:26 
49Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec0:07:31 
50Irjan Luttenberg (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team0:07:33 
51Andras Parti (Hun) Euro One - Cube MTB Team0:07:45 
52Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:07:51 
53Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek0:07:55 
54Marek Galinski (Pol) Jbg - 2 Professional MTB Team0:07:59 
55Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:08:17 
56Lukas Kaufmann (Swi)0:08:42 
57Severin Disch (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team0:08:48 
58Michal Lami (Svk)0:08:53 
59Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:08:55 
60Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:08:56 
61Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team0:09:36 
62Rene Tann (Ger)0:09:47 
63Jukka Vastaranta (Fin) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team0:09:57 
64Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:10:03 
65Bart Aernouts (Bel)0:10:04 
66Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team0:10:10 
67Robby De Bock (Bel)0:10:19 
68Tony Longo (Ita) TX Active Bianchi0:10:20 
69Cristian Cominelli (Ita) TX Active Bianchi0:10:25 
70Simon Scheiber (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:10:28 
71David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por)0:10:29 
72Frank Schotman (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team0:10:39 
73Tiago Jorge Oliveira Ferreira (Por)0:11:04 
74Marc Bassingthwaighte (Nam)0:11:06 
75Torsten Marx (Ger)0:11:12 
76Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team0:11:29 
77Pascal Meyer (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team  
78Gerben De Knegt (Ned)0:11:39 
79Mattias Wengelin (Swe)0:11:41 
80Christopher Maletz (Ger)0:11:42 
81Nicholas Craig (GBr)0:11:48 
82Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:11:50 
83Fredrik Edin (Swe)0:11:51 
84Jorgen Flion (Bel)0:12:12 
85Philip Buys (RSA)0:12:14 
86Bjorn Brems (Bel) Versluys - Evenza Team0:12:16 
87Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec0:12:21 
88Matthias Leisling (Ger) Muskelkater Genesis Team0:12:35 
89Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona0:12:42 
90Giancarlo Sax (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team0:12:55 
91Andrew Watson (Can)0:13:00 
92Ole Christian Fagerli (Nor)0:13:02 
93Simon Gegenheimer (Ger)  
94Lee Williams (GBr)0:13:05 
95Magnus Darvell (Swe)0:13:39 
96David Collins (GBr)0:14:05 
97Steffen Thum (Ger)0:14:26 
98Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor0:15:28 
-1lapPascal Hossay (Bel) G - Skin - Deforche MTB Racing Team  
-1lapDave Henderson (GBr)  
-1lapMartin Loo (Est) Infotre - Bi & Esse - Leecougan  
-1lapKazuhiro Yamamoto (Jpn)  
-1lapLudovic Dubau (Fra) Team Newcycling  
-1lapPierre Lebreton (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry  
-1lapMichael Broderick (USA)  
-1lapSeiya Hirano (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor  
-1lapRoss Adams (GBr)  
-1lapRaphael Gagne (Can)  
-1lapMarco Schätzing (Ger) Team Firebike - Droessiger  
-2lapsAndrew Cockburn (GBr)  
-2lapsBrian Lopes (USA)  
-2lapsDaniel Federspiel (Aut)  
-2lapsMatthias Waldhart (Aut)  
-2lapsGareth Montgomerie (GBr)  
-2lapsJohn Whittington (GBr)  
-2lapsSang Hoon Na (Kor)  
-2lapsBrice Scholtes (Bel) G - Skin - Deforche MTB Racing Team  
-2lapsPaul Robertson (GBr)  
-3lapsJody Crawforth (GBr)  
DNFSven Nys (Bel)  
DNFAndrea Tiberi (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop  
DNFInaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea  
DNFBas Peters (Ned) Team Merida Combee  
DNFPatrik Gallati (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team  
DNFSergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Racing  
DNFRuben Almeida (Por)  
DNFBen Thomas (GBr)  
DNFMathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing  
DNFRalph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team  
DNFTom Meeusen (Bel)  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Specialized Racing87 pts
2Cannondale Factory Racing76 
4Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing35 
5Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team31 
6BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry30 
7BMC Mountainbike Racing Team26 
8TX Active Bianchi20 
9Wildwolf - Trek Racing19 
10Multivan Merida Biking Team19 
11Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team18 
12Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team14 
13Trek World Racing12 
14Giant Italia Team9 
15Giant Swiss SR - Suntour6 
16Elettroveneta - Corratec2 
17Giant Factory Off-Road Team1 
Elite men World Cup standings after two rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing410 pts
2Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea400 
3Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing350 
4Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing300 
5Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing270 
6Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry235 
7José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team222 
8Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing210 
9Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi200 
10Moritz Milatz (Ger) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team190 
11Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing190 
12Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Racing185 
13Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing169 
14Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team159 
15Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing154 
16Rudi Van Houts (Ned)136 
17Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team136 
18Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team130 
19Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing130 
20Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea120 
21Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing116 
22Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss Sr - Suntour110 
23Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea102 
24Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team98 
25Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team98 
26Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team96 
27Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain91 
28Derek Zandstra (Can)90 
29Oliver Beckingsale (GBr)88 
30Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing76 
31Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Team Newcycling75 
32Jiri Friedl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team73 
33Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Elettroveneta - Corratec73 
34Patrik Gallati (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team72 
35Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Racing70 
36Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru - Trek70 
37Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team66 
38Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team66 
39Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team61 
40Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team56 
41Lukas Kaufmann (Swi)52 
42Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team51 
43Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys - Evenza Team50 
44Chris Jongewaard (Aus)47 
45Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team45 
46Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team44 
47Daniel Mcconnell (Aus)44 
48Andras Parti (Hun) Euro One - Cube MTB Team43 
49Christoph Soukup (Aut)42 
50Marek Galinski (Pol) Jbg - 2 Professional MTB Team41 
51Marc Colom (Fra) Team Newcycling39 
52Jiri Novak (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team39 
53Martino Fruet (Ita)37 
54Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team35 
55Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra)32 
56Robert Mennen (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team30 
57Jukka Vastaranta (Fin) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team30 
58Jeremiah Bishop (USA)29 
59Tony Longo (Ita) TX Active Bianchi29 
60Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek29 
61Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team24 
62Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team22 
63Max Plaxton (Can)20 
64Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec19 
65Pascal Meyer (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team19 
66Irjan Luttenberg (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team18 
67Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team18 
68Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team13 
69Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team12 
70Severin Disch (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team11 
71Michal Lami (Svk)10 
72Umberto Corti (Ita) Team Cbe Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.9 
73Cédric Ravanel (Fra) Gt Skoda Chamonix8 


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