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May 23, Elite men cross country:

Absalon grabs another World Cup win

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
May 23, 2010, 17:08 BST,
Updated:
May 24, 2010, 21:28 BST

World Champ Schurter in second in Offenburg

France's Julien Absalon (Orbea) won by 49 seconds over his Swiss rival.

France's Julien Absalon (Orbea) won by 49 seconds over his Swiss rival.

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Olympic champion Julien Absalon (Orbea) continued his unbeaten streak at Offenburg with a fourth consecutive victory in the seven-lap German World Cup event.

The French maestro, who uncharacteristically hadn't hithereto won a World Cup race this season, moved to the front of the race on the first lap with World Champion Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower), who had won the first round of the series.

The pair began to distance themselves from a chase group containing Jaroslav Kulhavy (Rubena-Birrell-Specialized), Christoph Sauser (Specialized) and Florian Vogel (Scott-Swisspower). Sauser was leading the chase, but the group was making no time on the front duo.

On the third lap, Absalon managed to gain a small advantage on Schurter, and then steadily extended it through the remainder of the race, to roll across the finish line 49 seconds in front of the Swiss rider. Kulhavy attacked his break companions in the final lap to take third, followed by Sauser and then Vogel.

Absalon's third lap was the fastest of the race (15:24), and he gained almost all of his winning margin in the this one-lap blitz. However, it was the technical riding of the French champion that were most noticable; in the slippery, rooty Snake Pit descent, Absalon rode the shortest line, while Schurter, Sauser and others were all going wider (and slower). The only other top-20 riders to consistently take the same line as Absalon were Kabush and Marco Fontana (Cannondale).

"I like this course very much," said Absalon. "It has very technical sections, plus good climbing. And the spectators are also very good here. It was a very close race with Nino at the beginning, but I attacked on the third lap on the beginning of the longer climb, and he came back, and I attacked again to get a small gap. After that, I gained a little bit more and a little bit more each lap. It was a perfect race for me."

Matthias Flückiger had been a member of the chase group until late in the race, when he had to stop for a rear wheel change, while series leader Jose Antonio Hermida (Multivan Merida) joined the chase for the first few laps before fading. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Gary Fisher) was the top American rider, in 40th place.

Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) was the top North American, in 15th place.

"I definitely felt better in this race, and it is good to finish off this part of the season with a strong result," said Kabush. "With a front row start, I think I could have had a top-10 result, but I didn't have a good start, dropping back a few spots and then first few laps some jitbag battles in the singletrack, but after that I felt I could open up the throttle and settle into my own pace."

Absalon now leads Schurter by 44 points in the overall standings.

"I like this course very much," said Absalon. "It has very technical sections, plus good climbing. And the spectators are also very good here. It was a very close race with Nino at the beginning, but I finally managed to get a little gap on him on the longer climb and was then able to increase it a little more every lap."

Race Notes

- Absalon said that the next race "will be very different. I will be a father for the first time, because my son will be born before [Champéry], and maybe it will give me more motivation." Just what the rest of the field needs to hear - Absalon more motivated...

- Ralph Näf (Multivan Merida) did not start. A week earlier, just prior to a German national series race he became ill. He is recovering now, but not quickly enough to start in Offenburg.

- A number of riders who had done well in the first two races struggled in Offenburg -, Hermida and Manuel Fumic (Cannondale), Fontana were a few. Some complained of "dead legs" or no power, and few admitted that they may have overtrained.

- The cross country series now takes a very long break - until late July. Most riders say that they will take a break, get a good training block in and then race national series races (plus national championships) before returning to the World Cup for the final three rounds prior to the Worlds in Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec.

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea 1:53:36  
2 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing 0:00:49  
3 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team 0:01:08  
4 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Factory Racing 0:01:24  
5 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing 0:01:35  
6 Mathias Flückiger* (Swi) Trek World Racing 0:02:20  
7 José Antonio Hermida (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:02:25  
8 Ruben Ruzafa (Spa) Orbea 0:03:27  
9 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:03:38  
10 Inaki Lejarreta (Spa) Orbea 0:03:46  
11 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:04:29  
12 Roel Paulissen (Bel) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:04:32  
13 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi    
14 Moritz Milatz (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:04:47  
15 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 0:04:56  
16 Christoph Soukup (Aut) Merida Biking Team 0:05:11  
17 Alexis Vuillermoz* (Fra) Lapierre International 0:05:28  
18 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) 0:05:43  
19 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 0:05:53  
20 Thomas Litscher* (Swi) M.I.G. Team 0:05:59  
21 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) 0:06:18  
22 Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 0:06:19  
23 Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:06:23  
24 Sven Nys (Bel) 0:06:29  
25 Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:06:35  
26 Henk Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 0:06:42  
27 Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team    
28 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:07:08  
29 Bas Peters (Ned) Team Merida Combee 0:08:01  
30 Umberto Corti (Ita) Team Cbe Tecnoimpianti A.S.D. 0:08:08  
31 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team 0:08:10  
32 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) 0:08:18  
33 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:08:21  
34 Filip Eberl (Cze) 0:08:22  
35 Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Team New Cycling 0:08:23  
36 Johnny Cattaneo (Ita) 0:08:25  
37 Lukas Kaufmann (Swi) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 0:08:27  
38 Martin Fanger* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team    
39 Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 0:08:39  
40 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 0:08:52  
41 Liam Killeen (GBr) 0:09:00  
42 Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team 0:09:15  
43 Patrik Gallati* (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing 0:09:26  
44 Robert Mennen (Ger) 0:09:29  
45 Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita) Hard Rock Frw A.S.D. 0:09:34  
46 Pascal Meyer* (Swi) M.I.G. Team 0:09:40  
47 Cédric Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International 0:09:48  
48 Balz Weber (Swi) 0:10:03  
49 Jelmer Jubbega* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 0:10:13  
50 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Surfing Shop 0:10:19  
51 Magnus Darvell (Swe) 0:10:20  
52 Tony Longo (Ita)    
53 Bjorn Brems (Bel) G-Skin-Deforche MTB Racing Team 0:10:26  
54 Rubens Valeriano (Bra) 0:10:34  
55 Frank Schotman (Ned) Stappenbelt Specialized MTB Team 0:10:39  
56 Christof Bischof (Swi) 0:10:55  
57 Maxim Gogolev (Rus) 0:11:01  
58 Cristian Cominelli* (Ita) TX Active Bianchi 0:11:07  
59 David Joao Serralheier Rosa (Por) 0:11:11  
60 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing 0:11:12  
61 Anders Hovdenes (Nor) Team United Bakeries, Hoydahl MTB Racing 0:11:21  
62 François Bailly Maitre (Fra) Scott Les Saisies 0:11:45  
63 Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:11:57  
64 Andras Parti (Hun) 0:12:03  
65 Lachlan Norris (Aus) 0:12:05  
66 Derek Zandstra (Can) 0:12:14  
67 Robert Gehbauer (Aut) 0:12:20  
68 Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team 0:12:23  
69 Niels Wubben* (Ned) Team Merida Combee 0:12:31  
70 Marcus Schulte-Luenzum* (Ger) M.I.G. Team    
71 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) 0:12:43  
72 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing 0:12:53  
73 Stefan Sahm (Ger) Team Bulls 0:13:14  
74 Fabian Strecker* (Ger) 0:13:41  
75 Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 0:13:51  
76 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Infotre - Leecougan 0:14:01  
77 Jiri Hudecek (Cze) 0:14:53  
78 Samuele Porro* (Ita) 0:15:18  
79 Irjan Luttenberg* (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 0:16:07  
80 Fabien Canal* (Fra) Keops Itwo 0:16:27  
81 Sebastian Szraucner (Ger) 0:16:48  
82 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-Suntour 0:16:53  
83 Alexander Gehbauer* (Aut) 0:17:50  
84 Jimmy Tielens (Bel) Team Saeco -1lap  
85 Marco Minnaard* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team    
86 Frank Beemer (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team -2laps  
87 Jérémy Huguenin* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team    
88 Martino Fruet (Ita)    
89 Rene Tann (Ger)    
90 Oleksandr Gerashchenko (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team    
91 Anton Gogolev (Rus)    
92 Erik Groen* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team    
93 Tim Wynants (Bel) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team    
94 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition    
95 Gerhard Kerschbaumer* (Ita)    
96 Matthias Stirnemann* (Swi)    
97 Ludovic Dubau (Fra) Team New Cycling    
98 Marc Colom (Fra)    
99 Michael Broderick (USA)    
100 Marcel Fleschhut* (Ger)    
101 Edivando De Souza Cruz (Bra)    
102 Sherman Paiva* (Bra)    
103 Cristobal Silva (Chi)    
104 Olof Jonsson* (Swe)    
105 Alexis Chenevier* (Fra) Scott Les Saisies    
106 Adrian Brzozka (Pol) Jbg-2 Professional MTB Team    
107 Shlomi Haimy* (Isr) Infotre - Leecougan    
108 Thomas Lapeyrie* (Fra) Scott Les Saisies    
109 Marzio Deho (Ita)    
110 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team    
111 Kornel Osicki* (Pol) Jbg-2 Professional MTB Team    
112 Martin Loo* (Est) Infotre - Leecougan    
113 Thibaut Bellanger* (Fra)    
114 Nicolas Jeantet* (Ita) ISD Cycling Team    
115 Ricardo Paulo Reis Marinheiro* (Por) TX Active Bianchi    
116 Gilles Sarrazin* (Fra)    
117 Marc Bassingthwaighte (Nam)    
118 Yader Zoli (Ita) Surfing Shop    
119 Silvio Bundi (Swi)    
120 Benjamin Buchi* (Swi)    
121 Andrew Blair (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition    
122 Manfred Reis* (Ger) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team    
123 Torsten Marx (Ger)    
124 Mattias Nilsson* (Swe)    
125 Mattias Wengelin* (Swe) Team Firebike-Droessiger    
126 Felix Euteneuer* (Ger)    
127 Olaf Rochow (Ger)    
128 Zsolt Juhasz* (Hun) Euro One-Cube MTB Team    
129 Eddie Andres Rendon (Col)    
130 Reto Indergand* (Swi) Frm Tg Zentralschweiz    
131 Markus Bauer* (Ger)    
132 Severin Disch* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team    
133 Periklis Ilias (Gre) ISD Cycling Team    
134 Christopher Maletz (Ger)    
135 Martin Gluth* (Ger)    
136 Dmytro Titarenko* (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team    
137 Daniel Geismayr* (Aut) -3laps  
138 Pierre Lebreton (Fra) BH-Suntour    
139 David Miguel Costa Rodrigues* (Por) Infotre - Leecougan    
140 Marco Schätzing (Ger) Team Firebike-Droessiger    
141 Jhon Jairo Botero (Col)    
142 Ricardo Pscheidt (Bra)    
143 Ondrej Cink* (Cze) Merida Biking Team    
144 Mykhaylo Batsutsa* (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team    
145 Freddy Betremieux* (Fra)    
146 Ivan Smirnov* (Rus)    
147 Lee Williams (GBr)    
148 Artem Orlov (Rus)    
149 Joris Massaer (Bel) G-Skin-Deforche MTB Racing Team    
150 Ruben Scheire* (Bel) Team Saeco    
151 Matej Nepustil* (Cze) Merida Biking Team    
152 Martin Haring (Svk)    
153 Tobias Ludvigsson* (Swe)    
154 Luca Braidot* (Ita)    
155 Stephen Ettinger* (USA)    
156 Mario Luis Mirando Costa* (Por)    
157 Sergey Nikolaev* (Rus)    
158 Titouan Perrin Ganier* (Fra)    
159 Evgeny Nikolaev (Rus)    
160 Mirco Widmer* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team    
161 Tim Lemmers* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team    
162 Henrique Avancini* (Bra) ISD Cycling Team    
163 Tad Elliott* (USA)    
164 Ethan Gilmour* (USA)    
165 Daniel Eymann* (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team    
166 Tim Dunford (GBr) Torq Performance Nutrition    
167 Diego Rosa* (Ita) Giant Italia Team    
168 Anders Ljungberg (Swe) Team Firebike-Droessiger    
169 Valentin Fiderer* (Ger)    
170 Markus Preiss* (Aut)    
171 Marcus Nicolai* (Ger)    
172 Jakub Magnusek* (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team    
173 Hugo Drechou* (Fra)    
174 Oleksandr Kachanov* (Ukr)    
175 Manfred Zöger* (Aut)    
176 Marc Stutzmann* (Swi)    
177 Anthony O'boyle (GBr) Torq Performance Nutrition    
178 Giancarlo Sax* (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team    
179 Ivan Rybarik (Cze) Merida Biking Team    
180 Simon Stiebjahn* (Ger)    
181 Tim Bohme (Ger) Team Bulls -4laps  
182 Sebastian Batchelor* (GBr) Infotre - Leecougan    
183 Travis Livermon* (USA)    
184 Thomas Decugis* (Fra)    
185 Tristan Cowie* (USA)    
186 Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta-Corratec    
187 Marco Arnold* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team    
188 Ben Thomas* (GBr) Torq Performance Nutrition    
189 Dror Pekatch (Isr) Subaru-Gary Fisher    
190 Timofei Ivanov* (Rus)    
191 Amotz Nehoray* (Isr)    
192 Gabor Bogar (Hun) Euro One-Cube MTB Team    
193 Volodymyr Zinovkin* (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team    
194 Russell Finsterwald* (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher    
195 Aurenge Amaruy Gernez* (Fra) Keops Itwo    
196 Mitch Hoke* (USA)    
197 Rob Vangenechten* (Bel) Team Saeco    
198 Matthias Rupp* (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing    
199 Mark Csielka* (Hun) Euro One-Cube MTB Team    
200 Matthias Waldhart* (Aut)    
201 Andras Szatmary* (Hun) Euro One-Cube MTB Team    
DNF Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Factory Racing    
DNF Jorge Oliveira Ferreira* (Por)    
DNF Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team    
DNF Marek Konwa* (Pol) Elettroveneta-Corratec    
DNF Jiri Novak (Cze)    
DNF Carlos Coloma (Spa) Msc Bikes    
DNF Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team    
DNF Oliver Beckingsale (GBr) Giant Factory Team    
DNF Kristian Hynek (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team    
DNF Jonas De Backer* (Bel) Team Saeco    
DNF Alexey Medvedev (Rus) Elettroveneta-Corratec    
DNF Sergio Mantecon (Spa) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo    
DNF Pavel Boudny (Cze)    
DNF David Fletcher* (GBr)    
DNF Patrick Tresch (Swi)    
DNF Guillaume Vinit (Fra) BH-Suntour    
DNF Andy Eyring* (Ger)    
DNF Alexander Blomqvist* (Swe)    
DNF Francois Theron* (RSA)    
DNF Simon Seehofer* (Aut)    
DNF Wolfgang Krenn (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team    
DNF Philip Buys* (RSA)    
DNF Paul Van Der Ploeg* (Aus) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team    
DNF Fabio Hernando Castaneda (Col) Infotre - Leecougan    
DNF Gerald Burgsteiner (Aut)    
DNS Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team    
DNS Robbie Squire* (USA)    
Elite men's teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Orbea 84  pts
2 Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing 63  
3 Multivan Merida Biking Team 49  
4 Cannondale Factory Racing 48  
5 Trek World Racing 38  
6 Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team 32  
7 Specialized Factory Racing 30  
8 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 22  
9 TX Active Bianchi 18  
10 Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 16  
11 Merida Biking Team 15  
12 Lapierre International 14  
13 Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 14  
14 M.I.G. Team 11  
15 S&H Superior MTB Team 4  
16 Team Merida Combee 2  
17 Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D. 1  
World Cup elite men's standings after three rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea 570  pts
2 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing 526  
3 José Antonio Hermida (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 470  
4 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team 460  
5 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 380  
6 Mathias Flückiger* (Swi) Trek World Racing 340  
7 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Factory Racing 320  
8 Ruben Ruzafa (Spa) Orbea 320  
9 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 318  
10 Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 280  
11 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 273  
12 Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Factory Racing 232  
13 Roel Paulissen (Bel) Cannondale Factory Racing 229  
14 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing 225  
15 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 212  
16 Alexis Vuillermoz* (Fra) Lapierre International 211  
17 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team 204  
18 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi 192  
19 Sergio Mantecon (Spa) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo 178  
20 Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 166  
21 Inaki Lejarreta (Spa) Orbea 165  
22 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 164  
23 Christoph Soukup (Aut) Merida Biking Team 148  
24 Moritz Milatz (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 144  
25 Henk Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 143  
26 Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 142  
27 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) 132  
28 Tony Longo (Ita) 130  
29 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing 130  
30 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-Suntour 124  
31 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 122  
32 Martin Fanger* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team 122  
33 Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 114  
34 Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Team New Cycling 110  
35 Carlos Coloma (Spa) MSC Bikes 108  
36 Robert Mennen (Ger) 104  
37 Johnny Cattaneo (Ita) 102  
38 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) 96  
39 Cédric Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International 87  
40 Martino Fruet (Ita) 80  
41 Bas Peters (Ned) Team Merida Combee 79  
42 François Bailly Maitre (Fra) Scott Les Saisies 78  
43 Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 76  
44 Patrik Gallati* (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing 71  
45 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) 70  
46 Thomas Litscher* (Swi) M.I.G. Team 66  
47 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 64  
48 Marek Konwa* (Pol) Elettroveneta-Corratec 62  
49 Umberto Corti (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D. 62  
50 Oliver Beckingsale (GBr) Giant Factory Team 60  
51 Sven Nys (Bel) 58  
52 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) 58  
53 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 57  
54 Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing 56  
55 Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountain Bike Racing Team 54  
56 Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 53  
57 Lukas Kaufmann (Swi) Trek-Brentjens Mountain Bike Racing Team 49  
58 Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita) Hard Rock FRW A.S.D. 46  
59 Liam Killeen (GBr) 45  
60 Jelmer Jubbega* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 43  
61 Gerhard Kerschbaumer* (Ita) 40  
62 Filip Eberl (Cze) 38  
63 Derek Zandstra (Can) 38  
64 Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team 37  
65 Piotr Brzozka* (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team 37  
66 Cristian Cominelli* (Ita) TX Active Bianchi 34  
67 Christof Bischof (Swi) 33  
68 Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team 26  
69 Pascal Meyer* (Swi) M.I.G. Team 22  
70 Jiri Novak (Cze) 22  
71 Marc Colom (Fra) 22  
72 Balz Weber (Swi) 20  
73 Alexander Gehbauer* (Aut) 19  
74 Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team 19  
75 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Surfing Shop 18  
76 Fabien Canal* (Fra) Keops ITWO 18  
77 Magnus Darvell (Swe) 17  
78 Bjorn Brems (Bel) G-Skin-Deforche MTB Racing Team 15  
79 Rubens Valeriano (Bra) 14  
80 Matthias Rupp* (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing 14  
81 Frank Schotman (Ned) Stappenbelt Specialized MTB Team 13  
82 Jiri Friedl (Cze) Merida Biking Team 13  
83 Sebastien Carabin* (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team 13  
84 Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta-Corratec 12  
85 Maxim Gogolev (Rus) 11  
86 Sebastian Szraucner (Ger) 11  
87 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition 11  
88 David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por) 9  
89 Markus Bauer* (Ger) 9  
90 Lachlan Norris (Aus) 8  
91 Irjan Luttenberg* (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountain Bike Racing Team 8  
World Cup elite men's team standings after three rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Multivan Merida Biking Team 202  pts
2 Orbea 200  
3 Cannondale Factory Racing 158  
4 Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing 138  
5 Trek World Racing 126  
6 Specialized Factory Racing 124  
7 Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team 92  
8 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 61  
9 Lapierre International 44  
10 Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo 39  
11 Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 36  
12 TX Active Bianchi 34  
13 Giant Italia Team 33  
14 Merida Biking Team 30  
15 Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 19  
16 BH-Suntour 18  
17 M.I.G. Team 11  
18 MSC Bikes 10  
19 Elettroveneta-Corratec 9  
20 Giant Swiss Team 7  
21 S&H Superior MTB Team 4  
22 Scott Les Saisies 4  
23 Team Merida Combee 2  
24 Team New Cycling 2  
25 Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D. 1  
26 Subaru-Gary Fisher 1