Rinderknecht wins with aggressive ride

Graves takes fourth to secure World Cup title

Jared Graves (Yeti Fox Shox) locked up the men's overall four cross title despite finishing fourth behind Swiss champion Roger Rinderknecht, at round five of the World Cup in Val di Sole, Italy.

A large crowd came out in the warm evening sun of the Italian Dolomite Mountains to cheer on the 64 men who had made it through qualifying to contest the heats competition. The track was the same as used for the World Championships in 2008, with most contests decided within the first two corners.

Rinderknecht had the rare distinction of beating Graves for the number one seed in qualifying. Both riders advanced steadily to the final by winning all of their heats, and were joined by Tomas Slavik (RSP 4 Cross) and Michal Prokop (Agang Racing) in the men's final.

Out of the gate, through the first corner and the small jumps of the second straight, Graves had a clear lead on Rinderknecht, but coming out of the second corner, the World Cup leader and World Champion had suddenly dropped to fourth.

Video showed afterward that Rinderknecht and Graves had clashed in the corner, with the Swiss rider on the inside coming up on Graves and sticking his elbow right up into the Australian's throat. Just the rough and tumble of four cross or a foul? Officials did not sanction it, and Graves didn't protest, so Rinderknecht took the win, ahead of Slavik and Prokop, with Graves rolling in fourth.

Graves was nonetheless angry with the move by Rinderknecht. "He stepped over the line, I think. It's all part of racing, but that was pretty dodgy."

With Graves' only potential rival for the overall title, Slavik, finishing second, Graves now has 535 points to Slavik's 400. With 125 points for a win, it means that the Australian has won the men's title with one race remaining.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Roger Rinderknecht (Swi)  
2Tomas Slavik (Cze) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team  
3Michal Prokop (Cze) Agang Racing  
4Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team  
5Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team  
6Joost Wichman (Ned) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team  
7Quentin Derbier (Fra)  
8Robert Kulesza (Pol)  
9Scott Beaumont (GBr) Rocky Mountain UK  
10Jakub Hnidak (Cze)  
11Jakub Riha (Cze)  
12Peter Prajczer (Hun)  
13Petr Muhlhans (Cze)  
14Johnny Magis (Bel)  
15Michael Mechura (Cze)  
16Simon Waldburger (Swi)  
17Kamil Tatarkovic (Cze)  
18Michal Marosi (Cze) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team  
19Cédric Gracia (Fra)  
20Sidney Gerber (Swi)  
21Duncan Ferris (GBr)  
22Daniel Prijkel (Ned)  
23Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Blackmountain Morewood United  
24Premek Tejchman (Cze)  
25Scott Roberts (GBr)  
26Will Longden (GBr)  
27William Evans (GBr)  
28Aiko Göhler (Ger)  
29Jakub Pytlik (Cze)  
30Livio Zampieri (Ita)  
31Nico Seidel (Ger)  
32Richard Cunynghame (GBr)  
33Reto Schmid (Swi)  
34Jelle Van Den Elzen (Ned)  
35Adrian Kiener (Swi)  
36Kristjan Medvescek (Slo)  
37Piotr Paradowski (Pol)  
38Tom Dowie (GBr)  
39Renato Rufener (Swi)  
40Vincent Rasera (Fra)  
41Attila Kovacs (Hun)  
42Lukasz Baran (Pol)  
43Markus Sedlak (Aut)  
44Andrej Bratina (Slo)  
45Jules Grimaldi (Fra)  
46Rick Schubert (Ger)  
47Quentin Geynet (Fra) US Cagnes VTT  
48Daniel Fülle (Ger)  
49Pascal Seydoux (Swi)  
50Patrick Campbell-Jenner (GBr)  
51Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team  
52Hannes Slavik (Aut) RC Alpine Commencal Austria  
53Benjamin Kistner (Swi)  
54Marko Runst (Ger)  
55Felix Beckeman (Swe)  
56Werner Muther (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team  
57Adrian Weiss (Swi) Scott 11  
58Fabian Kuttel (Swi)  
59Gabor Vigh-Kiss (Hun)  
60Gaetan Ruffin (Fra) Commencal Superiders  
61Lee Feery (GBr)  
62Iakov Auster (Rus)  
63Luca Fusani (Ita)  
64Romain Saladini (Fra) Team Sunn Montgenevre  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1RSP 4 Cross Racing Team55 pts
2Suspension Center40 
3Agang Racing30 
4Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team26 
5Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team22 
6Rocky Mountain UK14 
7Thoemus Racing Team10 
8RC Alpine Commencal Austria3 
World Cup individual standings after round 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team535 pts
2Tomas Slavik (Cze) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team400 
3Joost Wichman (Ned) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team325 
4Michal Prokop (Cze) Agang Racing233 
5Michal Marosi (Cze) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team206 
6Roger Rinderknecht (Swi)205 
7Kamil Tatarkovic (Cze)134 
8Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team111 
9Romain Saladini (Fra) Team Sunn Montgenevre100 
10Dan Atherton (GBr) Commencal67 
11Jakub Riha (Cze)64 
12Scott Beaumont (GBr) Rocky Mountain UK64 
13David Graf (Swi)58 
14Quentin Derbier (Fra)49 
15Guido Tschugg (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team46 
16Filip Polc (Svk) MS Evil Racing30 
17Lukas Mechura (Cze)30 
18Cédric Gracia (Fra)28 
19Robert Kulesza (Pol)25 
20Jurg Meijer (Ned) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team25 
21Jakub Hnidak (Cze)21 
22Mickael Deldycke (Fra)20 
23Premek Tejchman (Cze)17 
24Sidney Gerber (Swi)17 
25Petr Muhlhans (Cze)16 
26William Evans (GBr)14 
27Peter Prajczer (Hun)11 
28Tom Dowie (GBr)11 
29David Habicht (Aus)11 
30Felix Beckeman (Swe)11 
31Clément Doby (Fra)11 
32Reto Schmid (Swi)8 
33Hannes Slavik (Aut) RC Alpine Commencal Austria8 
34Johnny Magis (Bel)6 
35Luka Novak (Slo)6 
36Michael Mechura (Cze)4 
37Simon Waldburger (Swi)2 
38Richard Levinson (Aus)2 
39Daniel Fülle (Ger)2 
40Marek Pesko (Svk)2 
World Cup team standings after round 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1RSP 4 Cross Racing Team377 pts
2Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team181 
3Suspension Center175 
4Agang Racing98 
5Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team90 
6Norco World Team70 
7Team Sunn Montgenevre46 
8Commencal44 
9Rocky Mountain UK40 
10Thoemus Racing Team28 
11MS Evil Racing18 
12RC Alpine Commencal Austria15 
132Stage Factory5 
14Unior Tools Team3 

 

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