Gehbauer wins second straight Under 23 men's World Cup

Austrian extends World Cup overall lead

Alexander Gehbauer (Austria National Team) extended his lead in the men's under 23 cross country World Cup series at round three in Offenburg, Germany, with his second straight victory in a blazing fast race.

After rain earlier in the week, the skies cleared and the sun came out for the start of racing on Saturday. This led to the track drying out and lap times in the sub-16 minute range for the five-lap race. A group of 11 riders formed at the front on the first lap, and were still together on lap two. It wasn't until the third lap that the pace began to reduce the numbers at the front.

Gerhard Kerschbaumer (TX Active Bianchi), the winner of round one and tied for points with Gehbauer after round two, crashed heavily through the rough, rooty Snake Pit section on lap two and backed off after that, eventually finishing 10th.

Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Focus MIG), Fabien Canal (GT Skoda Chamonix), Markus Bauer (German National Team), Matthias Stirnemann (Thoemus Racing), Diego Rosa (Giant Italia), Ondrej Cink (Merida) and Stephen Ettinger (US National Team) remained at the front and taking turns setting the pace with Gehbauer.

Rosa tried an attack in the third lap, but Gehbauer chased him down and the group stayed together until the final climb on the last lap, when it exploded under a series of attacks, with Gehbauer carving out a slim nine-second victory over a chase group led by Schulte-Luenzum, who beat Canal for second. Ettinger came in just behind the group for sixth.

Gehbauer now holds a 68-point lead in the World Cup standings over Kerschbaumer, with Schulte-Luenzum a distant 120 points back.

Ettinger moved up from his second row start position to join the leaders on lap two, managing to stay in contention until the final climb. "I had a much better start position than last week," the Washington rider said, "and it made a big difference passing people. I got up to the leaders, but I was yo-yoing off the back on the climbs, and I just didn't have it for the attacks on the last climb. It would have been great to finish top-five, but I'm really happy with this, it's my best finish ever."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alexander Gehbauer (Aut)1:20:05 
2Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus MIG Team0:00:09 
3Fabien Canal (Fra) Gt Skoda Chamonix0:00:10 
4Markus Bauer (Ger)  
5Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team0:00:11 
6Stephen Ettinger (USA)0:00:18 
7Ondrej Cink (Cze) Merida Biking Team0:00:49 
8Diego Rosa (Ita) Giant Italia Team0:01:06 
9Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:01:24 
10Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) TX Active Bianchi0:01:31 
11Jordan Sarrou (Fra) Scott Les Saisies0:01:32 
12Marek Konwa (Pol) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team0:01:34 
13Ruben Scheire (Bel) MPL Specialized MTB Team0:01:35 
14Ivan Smirnov (Rus)0:01:38 
15Jérémy Huguenin (Swi) Giant Swiss Sr - Suntour0:01:40 
16Jeff Luyten (Bel) MPL Specialized MTB Team0:01:49 
17Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) Euro One - Cube MTB Team0:01:52 
18Marco Minnaard (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:02:11 
19Luca Braidot (Ita)0:02:38 
20Marek Rauchfuss (Cze)0:02:39 
21Marcel Fleschhut (Ger)0:02:43 
22Bryan Falaschi (Ita)0:02:55 
23Reto Indergand (Swi) MK - Zentralschweiz0:03:11 
24Piotr Brzozka (Pol) Jbg - 2 Professional MTB Team0:03:18 
25Julian Schelb (Ger)0:03:21 
26Julien Trarieux (Fra) Gt Skoda Chamonix  
27Hugo Drechou (Fra)0:03:24 
28Nicholas Pettina (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec0:03:26 
29Sascha Bleher (Ger)0:03:29 
30Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Focus MIG Team  
31Emilien Barben (Swi)0:03:32 
32Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Versluys - Evenza Team0:03:34 
33David Fletcher (GBr)0:03:46 
34Felix Euteneuer (Ger)0:03:55 
35Daniel Eymann (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team0:04:30 
36Olof Jonsson (Swe) Rocky Roads - Orbea0:04:42 
37Matej Nepustil (Cze) Merida Biking Team0:04:55 
38Mikhail Baryshnikov (Rus)0:05:02 
39Jonas Pedersen (Den)0:05:06 
40Daniele Braidot (Ita)0:05:13 
41Timofei Ivanov (Rus)0:05:15 
42Kerry Werner (USA)0:05:16 
43Thibaut Bellanger (Fra) Team Veloroc Lapierre0:05:28 
44Rens De Bruin (Ned)0:05:30 
45Kornel Osicki (Pol) Jbg - 2 Professional MTB Team0:05:45 
46Jakub Magnusek (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:05:46 
47Stefan Peter (Swi) MK - Zentralschweiz0:05:52 
48Fabrice Mels (Bel) Rocky Roads - Orbea  
49David Simon (Ger) Team Firebike - Droessiger0:05:56 
50Evan Mcneely (Can)0:05:58 
51Gregor Raggl (Aut)  
52Matthias Hoi (Aut)  
53Gilles Sarrazin (Fra) Team Veloroc Lapierre0:06:03 
54Tomas Pesek (Cze)0:06:04 
55Trenton Day (Aus)0:06:13 
56Ludwig Döhl (Ger)0:06:28 
57Kenta Gallagher (GBr)0:06:36 
58Bart De Vocht (Bel)0:06:46 
59Jack Hinkens (USA)0:06:52 
60Sebastian Batchelor (GBr) Infotre - Bi & Esse - Leecougan0:06:55 
61Thomas Lapeyrie (Fra) Lapierre International0:07:05 
62Kevin Krieg (Swi)0:07:09 
63Jonas De Backer (Bel) Rocky Roads - Orbea0:07:16 
64Marvin Gruget (Fra)0:07:24 
65Russell Finsterwald (USA) Subaru - Trek  
66Marcus Nicolai (Ger)0:07:28 
67Rourke Croeser (RSA) Orange Monkey / Cannondale0:07:34 
68Marc Stutzmann (Swi)0:07:38 
69Cameron Ivory (Aus)0:07:45 
70Vasilis Adamou (Cyp)0:07:48 
71Tomas Paprstka (Cze)0:08:05 
72Kenneth Hansen (Den)0:08:09 
73Manfred Zöger (Aut)0:08:14 
74Christopher Schwab (Aut)0:08:38 
75Mirco Widmer (Swi) Giant Swiss Sr - Suntour0:08:44 
76Martino Di Pierdomenico (Ita) Infotre - Bi & Esse - Leecougan0:08:47 
77Michael Crosbie (Aus)0:08:56 
78Maximilian Holz (Ger)0:09:07 
79Dominic Calitz (RSA) Team Protek0:09:38 
80Andy Eyring (Ger)0:09:51 
81Paul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:10:21 
82Samuel Shaw (NZl)0:10:25 
83Idan Shapira (Isr)0:10:43 
84Dimitrios Antoniadis (Gre)0:11:01 
85Mykhaylo Batsutsa (Ukr) Infotre - Bi & Esse - Leecougan0:11:26 
86Pietro Sarai (Ita) Giant Italia Team0:11:42 
87Urban Ferencak (Slo) Torpado Surfing Shop0:12:35 
88Roger Walder (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing0:13:18 
89Kyle Ward (Aus)0:13:42 
90Anton Liyubuy (Ukr)0:14:59 
91Mark Csielka (Hun) Euro One - Cube MTB Team  
92Merlin Spranz (Aus)0:15:00 
93Michalis Kittis (Cyp)0:15:50 
94Nikolay Zaitsev (Kaz)0:16:22 
95Simon Stiebjahn (Ger)  
96Timotheos Skettos (Cyp)  
97Jan Svorada (Cze) Merida Biking Team  
DNFDaniel Geismayr (Aut)  
DNFFabian Strecker (Ger)  
DNFWenzel Böhm-Gräber (Ger)  
DNFSimon Seehofer (Aut)  
DNFHenrique Avancini (Bra) ISD Cycling Team  
DNFMarc Metzler (Swi)  
DNFMartin Gluth (Ger)  
DNFBenjamin Buchi (Swi)  
DNFJose Maria Sanchez Ruiz (Spa)  
DNFAndras Szatmary (Hun) Euro One - Cube MTB Team  
DNFMarkus Preiss (Aut)  
DNFDmytro Titarenko (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team  
DNFJan Nesvadba (Cze)  
DNSNicolas Jeantet (Ita) ISD Cycling Team  
DNSFrancis Morin (Can) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry  

Under 23 men individual World Cup standings after three rounds

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alexander Gehbauer (Aut)250 pts
2Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) TX Active Bianchi182 
3Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus MIG Team130 
4Fabien Canal (Fra) Gt Skoda Chamonix110 
5Markus Bauer (Ger)100 
6Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team94 
7Marek Konwa (Pol) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team78 
8Jordan Sarrou (Fra) Scott Les Saisies69 
9David Fletcher (GBr)62 
10Jérémy Huguenin (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour58 
11Stephen Ettinger (USA)57 
12Marco Minnaard (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team52 
13Diego Rosa (Ita) Giant Italia Team51 
14Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team50 
15Ondrej Cink (Cze) Merida Biking Team48 
16Piotr Brzozka (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team40 
17Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Versluys - Evenza Team39 
18Ruben Scheire (Bel) MPL Specialized MTB Team32 
19Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) Euro One - Cube MTB Team24 
20Marcel Fleschhut (Ger)23 
21Olof Jonsson (Swe) Rocky Roads - Orbea22 
22Erik Groen (Ned) Feenstra Stevens Bike Team20 
23Jeff Luyten (Bel) MPL Specialized MTB Team18 
24Rourke Croeser (RSA) Orange Monkey / Cannondale16 
25Kornel Osicki (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team14 
26Ivan Smirnov (Rus)14 
27Matthias Rupp (Swi) Team Firebike - Droessiger13 
28Andy Eyring (Ger)12 
29Julien Trarieux (Fra) Gt Skoda Chamonix10 
30Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Focus MIG Team7 
31Henrique Avancini (Bra) ISD Cycling Team7 
32Luca Braidot (Ita)7 
33Marek Rauchfuss (Cze)6 
34Gilles Sarrazin (Fra) Team Veloroc Lapierre5 
35Bart De Vocht (Bel)5 
36Bryan Falaschi (Ita)4 
37Martin Gluth (Ger)4 
38Simon Stiebjahn (Ger)4 
39Reto Indergand (Swi) MK - Zentralschweiz3 
40Marc Metzler (Swi)3 
41Paul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team2 
42Thibaut Bellanger (Fra) Team Veloroc Lapierre2 
43Hugo Drechou (Fra)1 
44Julian Schelb (Ger)1 
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