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MTB World Cup Cross Country #4, Downhill #4 & Four Cross #4 2011

Date range:
July 1- 3, 2011

July 02, Elite men cross country:

Kulhavy dominates cross country World Cup

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
July 02, 2011, 21:12 BST,
Updated:
July 03, 2011, 5:25 BST

Czech racer leads from start to finish

Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing) wins the World Cup cross country in Mont-Sainte-Anne

Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing) wins the World Cup cross country in Mont-Sainte-Anne

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The fourth round of the men's World Cup cross country was dominated by Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized), who rode away from the rest of the field to win by nearly two minutes. In the absence of World Cup leader Julien Absalon (Orbea), who had stated that he would not attend Monte-Sainte-Anne or Windham [New York] as he prepared for the world championships, Kulhavy easily resumed the lead in the standings.

While Kulhavy rode away from the rest of the field on the first lap, behind him it was carnage on the infamous "Beatrice" rock garden descent, with almost every rider in the top-20 crashing at least once, many suffering mechanical problems, or cuts and bruises as they went tumbling down the rocks.

Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) took control of second place immediately, with four riders fighting for the remaining podium spots - world champion Jose Hermida (Multivan-Merida), Mathias Flückiger (Trek World Racing), Florian Vogel (Scott-Swisspower) and Burry Stander (Specialized). The four rode consistently together until Stander crashed heavily on Beatrice on lap three, and dropped off the back of the chase group to limp home in sixth.

Hermida, who won the world title here last year, was conserving energy, and attacked very hard with a lap and a half to go, moving into third for the final lap, and almost catching Schurter in second at the line. Flückiger and Vogel rounded out the top-five.

"I knew that it would be better to be front," said Kulhavy, "so that I could avoid the traffic that would be a problem at the Beatrice. So I went hard on the first climb to get in front, and then I could go my own pace. This is a very hard course, but I like it, and I knew that I could take back the [World Cup] lead here."

Race Notes

- Kulhavy now leads the men's standings with 860 points, followed by Schurter at 670 and Absalon falls to third with 650 points.

- Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) was the top North American, finishing in seventh after a strong final lap and a half. Kabush jumped 10 spots in the standings, to 25th with 211 points. "I'm really glad to be back running with the top guys at the front, after a frustrating early season in Europe," said Kabush. "I've had a really good month of training in June, and this course suits me well. I hope this is the start of a strong second half to the season."

- Gerhard Kerschbaumer (TX Active Bianchi) won the Under 23 race earlier in the day, riding away from Fabien Canal (GT Skoda Chamonix) on the third lap. He took over the World Cup lead with his win.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing 1:35:51  
2 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing 0:01:42  
3 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:01:54  
4 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 0:02:33  
5 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing 0:02:51  
6 Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing 0:03:42  
7 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 0:04:14  
8 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing 0:04:31  
9 Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 0:04:33  
10 Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing    
11 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi 0:04:56  
12 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 0:05:09  
13 Patrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:05:20  
14 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:05:48  
15 Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:06:56  
16 Severin Disch (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team 0:07:09  
17 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 0:07:38  
18 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing 0:07:43  
19 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:07:51  
20 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team 0:08:34  
21 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Racing 0:08:42  
22 Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek    
23 Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea 0:08:47  
24 Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 0:09:03  
25 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru - Trek 0:09:07  
26 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Racing 0:09:20  
27 Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 0:09:40  
28 Jiri Friedl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team 0:09:59  
29 Lukas Kaufmann (Swi) 0:10:04  
30 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor 0:10:21  
31 Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:10:44  
32 Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 0:11:16  
33 Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:12:02  
34 Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:12:16  
35 Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 0:12:32  
36 Irjan Luttenberg (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team 0:12:50  
37 Jiri Novak (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 0:13:37  
38 Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona 0:13:49  
39 Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 0:13:55  
40 Marc Colom (Fra) Team Newcycling 0:14:08  
41 Adam Morka (Can) 0:14:10  
42 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Elettroveneta - Corratec 0:14:33  
43 Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team 0:15:39  
44 Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Lapierre International 0:16:06  
-1lap Jeremiah Bishop (USA)    
-1lap Andrew Watson (Can)    
-1lap Andras Parti (Hun) Euro One - Cube MTB Team    
-1lap Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team    
-1lap Eric Batty (Can)    
-1lap Derek Zandstra (Can)    
-1lap Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team    
-1lap Peter Glassford (Can)    
-1lap Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team    
-2laps Matthew Hadley (Can)    
-2laps Raphael Gagne (Can)    
-2laps Lachlan Norris (Aus) Giant Factory Off-Road Team    
-2laps Joshua Carlson (Aus)    
-2laps Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team    
-2laps Michael Broderick (USA)    
-2laps Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team    
-2laps Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team    
-2laps Seiya Hirano (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor    
-2laps Cameron Jette (Can)    
-2laps Marc-Andre Daigle (Can)    
-2laps Félix Cote (Can)    
-3laps Rotem Ishai (Isr)    
-3laps Travis Woodruff (USA)    
-3laps Christian Bickel (Swi)    
-3laps Pierre Lebreton (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry    
-3laps Sid Taberlay (Aus)    
-3laps Michal Lami (Svk)    
-4laps Christopher Hamlin (USA)    
DNF Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss Sr - Suntour    
DNF Pascal Meyer (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team    
DNF Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing    
DNF Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team    
DNF Cristobal Silva Ibaceta (Chi)    
DNF Troy Wells (USA)    
DNF Leni Trudel (Can)    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Specialized Racing 89  pts
2 Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing 63  
3 Multivan Merida Biking Team 60  
4 Trek World Racing 44  
5 Cannondale Factory Racing 38  
6 Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 29  
7 Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 24  
8 TX Active Bianchi 20  
9 BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 19  
10 BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 18  
11 Thoemus Racing Team 15  
12 Wildwolf - Trek Racing 15  
13 Subaru - Trek 15  
14 Giant Italia Team 11  
15 Orbea 8  
16 Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 4  
17 Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team 3  
18 Team Bridgestone Anchor 1  
Elite men World Cup standings after four rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing 860  pts
2 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing 670  
3 Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea 650  
4 Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing 490  
5 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 480  
6 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 458  
7 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 410  
8 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 398  
9 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Racing 389  
10 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing 380  
11 Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 359  
12 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi 358  
13 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing 328  
14 Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 312  
15 Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing 309  
16 Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 306  
17 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team 297  
18 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 294  
19 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 288  
20 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing 279  
21 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 266  
22 Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea 265  
23 Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 226  
24 Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 216  
25 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 211  
26 Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 190  
27 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Racing 190  
28 Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss Sr - Suntour 168  
29 Patrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 167  
30 Derek Zandstra (Can) 162  
31 Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 158  
32 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team 137  
33 Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 127  
34 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru - Trek 126  
35 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Elettroveneta - Corratec 125  
36 Jiri Friedl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team 123  
37 Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek 114  
38 Lukas Kaufmann (Swi) 112  
39 Oliver Beckingsale (GBr) 108  
40 Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 104  
41 Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea 102  
42 Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Lapierre International 99  
43 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 99  
44 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team 99  
45 Andras Parti (Hun) Euro One - Cube MTB Team 98  
46 Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team 90  
47 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys - Evenza Team 86  
48 Severin Disch (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team 85  
49 Jiri Novak (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 82  
50 Martino Fruet (Ita) 79  
51 Marc Colom (Fra) Team Newcycling 76  
52 Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 75  
53 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor 73  
54 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) 73  
55 Irjan Luttenberg (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team 71  
56 Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team 56  
57 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team 55  
58 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) 52  
59 Chris Jongewaard (Aus) 47  
60 Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 47  
61 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Team Protek 46  
62 Christoph Soukup (Aut) 42  
63 Robert Mennen (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 38  
64 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 37  
65 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 35  
66 Balz Weber (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 32  
67 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) 32  
68 Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona 30  
69 Jukka Vastaranta (Fin) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team 30  
70 Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team 30  
71 Tony Longo (Ita) TX Active Bianchi 29  
72 Adam Morka (Can) 27  
73 Michal Lami (Svk) 24  
74 Andrew Watson (Can) 22  
75 Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 22  
76 Periklis Ilias (Gre) Team Protek 21  
77 Max Plaxton (Can) 20  
78 Eric Batty (Can) 19  
79 Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec 19  
80 Pascal Meyer (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team 19  
81 Martin Loo (Est) Infotre - Bi & Esse - Leecougan 17  
82 Peter Glassford (Can) 16  
83 Eberl Filip (Cze) 16  
84 Hadley Matthew (Can) 14  
85 Gagne Raphael (Can) 13  
86 Lakata Alban (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 13  
87 Norris Lachlan (Aus) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 12  
88 Carlson Joshua (Aus) 11  
89 Tann Rene (Ger) 10  
90 Broderick Michael (USA) 9  
91 Corti Umberto (Ita) Team Cbe Tecnoimpianti A.S.D. 9