Upsets in four cross qualifying

Slavik fails to finish; Graf pulls out

Qualifying is supposed to be pretty straightforward for the top riders, with only some jockeying for start positions. However, the four cross qualifying at Mont Ste Anne saw a couple of big upsets in the men's field, with world champion Thomas Slavik (RSP 4 Cross) crashing high on the course and Switzerland's David Graf, who was ranked second in the overall standings, not finishing. Graf has been sick all week, and then crashed low on the course, hitting his head and pulling out.

Jared Graves (Yeti Fox Shox) was again the strongest rider in the men's field, as he has been for most of the season. Joost Wichman (RSP 4 Cross) and Guido Tschugg (Ghost Factory) tied for second, 0.614 seconds behind Graves.

The small, seven rider women's field was led by World Cup leader Anneke Beerten (Milka-Trek), who finished over two seconds ahead of Celine Gros (Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie), with Great Britian's Katy Curd third.

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:00:46.775 
2Joost Wichman (Ned) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team0:00:00.614 
3Guido Tschugg (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team  
4Roger Rinderknecht (Swi)0:00:00.760 
5Michal Prokop (Cze)0:00:00.897 
6Kamil Tatarkovic (Cze)0:00:01.059 
7Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:00:01.456 
8Michael Mechura (Cze) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof0:00:01.535 
9Quentin Derbier (Fra)0:00:01.982 
10Graeme Mudd (Aus)0:00:01.987 
11Dave Ziegman (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:00:02.510 
12Michal Marosi (Cze) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team0:00:02.535 
13Scott Roberts (GBr)0:00:02.646 
14Bernard Kerr (GBr)0:00:02.892 
15Lukas Mechura (Cze) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof0:00:03.196 
16Blake Carney (USA)0:00:03.204 
17Jurg Meijer (Ned) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team0:00:03.220 
18Harold Woolnough (Can)0:00:03.462 
19Matthieu Faury (Fra)0:00:03.516 
20Jarrod Adcock (USA)0:00:03.753 
21Will Longden (GBr)0:00:03.826 
22Erik Nelson (USA)0:00:03.896 
23Petr Muhlhans (Cze)0:00:04.168 
24Nathan Parsons (GBr)0:00:04.222 
25Yuuki Kushima (Jpn)0:00:04.443 
26Santa Kushima (Jpn)0:00:04.737 
27Scott Beaumont (GBr)0:00:04.758 
28Mark Milward (GBr)0:00:05.240 
29Ludovic Gadois (Fra) Ryde - Racing0:00:05.242 
30Tom Dowie (GBr)0:00:05.296 
31Nico Seidel (Ger)0:00:05.705 
32Tyler Paksi (Can)0:00:06.459 
33Damian Groves (GBr)0:00:06.491 
34David Roberts (GBr)0:00:08.245 
35Ashley Gray (Aus)0:00:09.114 
36Adrian Weiss (Swi) Scott 110:00:19.330 
37Tomas Slavik (Cze) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team0:00:24.031 
38Alex Brancier (Can)0:00:26.477 
39Peter-John Wegrynowski (Can)0:00:45.981 
DNFDavid Graf (Swi)  
DNSMirco Weiss (Swi) Scott 11  
Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anneke Beerten (Ned) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team0:00:53.820 
2Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie0:00:02.255 
3Katy Curd (GBr)0:00:02.262 
4Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Team GR0:00:02.660 
5Lucia Oetjen (Swi)0:00:03.130 
6Melissa Buhl (USA)0:00:03.346 
7Anne Laplante (Can)0:00:04.533 
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