Kulhavy continues winning ways in Windham cross country

Schurter and Sauser round out top three

World Cup cross country series leader Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) led the fifth race of the 2011 World Cup in Windham from start to finish. His race was one of true dominance, with the Czech rider able to open a lead on the first climb, stretching it to 11 seconds by the end of the first lap and increasing it every lap from there.

It was a truly dominating performance, affording Kulhavy the luxury of backing off on the final lap but still winning by a margin of 29 seconds over second place. Kulhavy's winning time was 1:35:34 for six laps of the race course, as he took his third World Cup victory of the season.

"This course does not suit me as well as Mont-Sainte-Anne last week," said Kulhavy. "But I decided that I would try to take the lead on the first lap on the climb, and it worked."

With Kulhavy running away from the field, it became very serious business to claim that second place. By lap four, there was a chase group of eight men hoping to claim a podium spot. Marco Fontana (Cannondale) and Nino Schurter and Florian Vogel (Scott-Swisspower) had a small lead over Christoph Sauser (Specialized) and Maxime Marotte (BH-Suntour-Peisey Vallandry), with Burry Stander (Specialized), Jose Hermida (Multivan Merida), and Manuel Fumic (Cannondale) just a few seconds behind.

From this select group, which included current (Hermida) and past (Sauser) World Champions, a fight was going to be waged over the last two laps. Schurter and Stander were the first to gain a few seconds of advantage, with Sauser in hot pursuit as Fontana began to fade.

On the last lap, it was Sauser who made the initial attack, with Schurter responding as Stander and Fontana were dropped. Shortly after this move, Stander left Fontana behind. Schurter and Sauser battled hard through the final descent, with Schurter claiming second place, only one second clear of Sauser. Stander soloed in alone for fourth, 18 seconds behind third place and Marotte hung on for fifth to complete the podium.

With his third win of the season, Kulhavy now has 1110 points in the World Cup series to second placed Schurter's 870. In third place in the points race is Julien Absalon, who decided not to race in North America this or last weekend. Even with only three races to his credit this season, Absalon has 650 points.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing1:35:34 
2Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing0:00:29 
3Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing0:00:30 
4Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing0:00:48 
5Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry0:01:14 
6Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing0:01:24 
7José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:01:33 
8Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi0:02:39 
9Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing0:02:49 
10Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing0:02:52 
11Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing0:03:04 
12Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing0:03:24 
13Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing  
14Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:03:36 
15Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:03:45 
16Patrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:03:47 
17Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:04:01 
18Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain0:04:18 
19Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:04:26 
20Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:04:30 
21Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team0:04:51 
22Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Racing0:04:57 
23Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:05:04 
24Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea0:05:10 
25Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:05:14 
26Marc Colom (Fra) Team Newcycling0:05:18 
27Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:05:21 
28Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team  
29Jeremiah Bishop (USA)0:05:37 
30Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss Sr - Suntour0:05:51 
31Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor0:06:05 
32Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team0:06:41 
33Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru - Trek0:06:56 
34Derek Zandstra (Can)0:07:04 
35Andras Parti (Hun) Euro One - Cube MTB Team0:07:13 
36Marek Galinski (Pol) Jbg - 2 Professional MTB Team0:07:25 
37Pascal Meyer (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team0:07:35 
38Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing0:07:38 
39Severin Disch (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team0:07:43 
40Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:07:54 
41Oliver Beckingsale (GBr)0:08:08 
42Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Lapierre International0:08:49 
43Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:09:05 
44Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:09:16 
45Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek0:09:24 
46Lukas Kaufmann (Swi)0:09:29 
47Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Racing0:09:42 
48Matthew Hadley (Can)0:09:46 
49Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:10:02 
50Lachlan Norris (Aus) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:10:06 
51Rotem Ishai (Isr)0:10:14 
52Adam Morka (Can)0:10:20 
53Benjamin Wittrup Justesen (Den)0:10:24 
54Michal Lami (Svk)0:10:42 
55Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team0:10:43 
56Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:10:51 
57Irjan Luttenberg (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team0:11:04 
58Andrew Watson (Can)0:11:29 
59Peter Glassford (Can)0:11:56 
60Jiri Novak (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:12:28 
61Eric Batty (Can)0:12:32 
62Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona0:13:10 
63Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:14:00 
64Pierre Lebreton (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry0:14:19 
-1lapUwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team  
-1lapJosé Juan Escarcega (Mex)  
-1lapCristobal Silva Ibaceta (Chi)  
-1lapJustin Lindine (USA)  
-1lapSeiya Hirano (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor  
-1lapTroy Wells (USA)  
-1lapTravis Woodruff (USA)  
-1lapMichael Broderick (USA)  
-1lapKlaus Nielsen (Den)  
-1lapNicola Rohrbach (Swi) Elettroveneta - Corratec  
-1lapCameron Jette (Can)  
-2lapsIgnacio Torres (Mex) Turbo Bike Team  
-2lapsChristian Bickel (Swi)  
-2lapsMarc-Andre Daigle (Can)  
-2lapsLeni Trudel (Can)  
-2lapsEmmanuel Valencia (Mex) Turbo Bike Team  
-2lapsChristopher Hamlin (USA)  
-3lapsMichael Mccalla (USA)  
-3lapsAlex Ryan (USA)  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Specialized Racing102 pts
2Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing54 
3Multivan Merida Biking Team48 
4Cannondale Factory Racing44 
5Trek World Racing43 
6BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry28 
7TX Active Bianchi23 
8Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team17 
9Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team16 
10BMC Mountainbike Racing Team15 
11Giant Factory Off-Road Team14 
12Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain13 
13GT Skoda Chamonix11 
14Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team10 
15Wildwolf - Trek Racing9 
17S&H Superior MTB Team6 
18Team Newcycling5 
19Giant Swiss SR - Suntour1 
Elite men World Cup standings after five rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing1110 pts
2Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing870 
3Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea650 
4Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing640 
5Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry620 
6José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team578 
7Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing540 
8Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing540 
9Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing478 
10Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi468 
11Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team437 
12Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing413 
13Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Racing410 
14Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing383 
15Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team370 
16Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing369 
17Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing366 
18Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team364 
19Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing339 
20Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team339 
21Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team331 
22Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea323 
23Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team288 
24Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain281 
25Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Racing252 
26Patrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team241 
27Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team240 
28Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team238 
29Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team218 
30Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss Sr - Suntour214 
31Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team201 
32Derek Zandstra (Can)200 
33Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team183 
34Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru - Trek166 
35Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix141 
36Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek137 
37Oliver Beckingsale (GBr)135 
38Lukas Kaufmann (Swi)134 
39Andras Parti (Hun) Euro One - Cube MTB Team134 
40Marc Colom (Fra) Team Newcycling130 
41Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team128 
42Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team127 
43Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Lapierre International125 
44Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Elettroveneta - Corratec125 
45Marek Galinski (Pol) Jbg - 2 Professional MTB Team124 
46Jiri Friedl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team123 
47Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor117 
48Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team115 
49Severin Disch (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team114 
50Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea102 
51Jeremiah Bishop (USA)100 
52Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team99 
53Jiri Novak (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team90 
54Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys - Evenza Team86 
55Irjan Luttenberg (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team82 
56Martino Fruet (Ita)79 
57Daniel Mcconnell (Aus)73 
58Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team68 
59Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team56 
60Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team54 
61Pascal Meyer (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team51 
62Chris Jongewaard (Aus)47 
63Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Team Protek46 
64Adam Morka (Can)43 
65Christoph Soukup (Aut)42 
66Robert Mennen (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team38 
67Michal Lami (Svk)38 
68Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team37 
69Matthew Hadley (Can)34 
70Balz Weber (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team32 
71Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra)32 
72Andrew Watson (Can)32 
73Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona30 
74Jukka Vastaranta (Fin) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team30 
75Lachlan Norris (Aus) Giant Factory Off-Road Team30 
76Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team30 
77Tony Longo (Ita) TX Active Bianchi29 
78Peter Glassford (Can)25 
79Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team22 
80Periklis Ilias (Gre) Team Protek21 
81Max Plaxton (Can)20 
82Eric Batty (Can)19 
83Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec19 
84Rotem Ishai (Isr)17 
85Martin Loo (Est) Infotre - Bi & Esse - Leecougan17 
86Filip Eberl (Cze)16 
87Benjamin Wittrup Justesen (Den)15 
88Raphael Gagne (Can)13 
89Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team13 
90Joshua Carlson (Aus)11 
91Rene Tann (Ger)10 
92Michael Broderick (USA)9 
93Umberto Corti (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.9 
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