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MTB World Cup Cross Country #6 2011

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August 12-14, 2011

August 14, Elite men cross country:

Kulhavy crushes the competition for solo win on home turf

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
August 14, 2011, 14:53 BST,
Updated:
August 15, 2011, 3:56 BST

Schurter earns silver nine seconds ahead of Absalon

Czech World Cup winner Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) greets the fans as he finishes

Czech World Cup winner Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) greets the fans as he finishes

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World Cup leader Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) had stated before the sixth round of the series, held in his home country of the Czech Republic, that he considered winning this event more important than a victory at the world championships. He did not disappoint nearly 20,000 of his compatriots in Nove Mesto na Morave, with a dominant performance that also locked up the World Cup title, with one race still remaining in the series. Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) secured second in the overall standings with his second place in Nove Mesto, while Julien Absalon (Orbea) took third.

The pressure was on Kulhavy to win the first cross country World Cup to be held in the Czech Republic in 14 years, with his face plastered on posters and billboards in the surrounding towns and countryside. On paper, it was almost a sure thing, since Kulhavy has been so dominant this year, and he admitted, the night before the race, that this was more important than the world championships for him.

One thing he was certainly not lacking was confidence. "When I heard and saw all the people cheering for me, I knew I would win for sure," he said.

He took no chances, attacking on the start loop and opening a gap of eight seconds on Nino Schurter by the start of the first lap, and then extending it steadily through the rest of the seven laps. Schurter, fighting an infection and having just finished a training camp at altitude, dropped back after he realized he could not match Kulhavy's pace.

"I wanted to get away early," said Kulhavy, "so that I could avoid any traffic and ride at my own pace. It was almost a perfect race for me, with only some little mistakes. It was incredible."

Absalon, another favourite, had a slow start to the race, commenting afterward, "That was the worst start I have ever had for a World Cup! I did not have the power to be able to follow, so I started losing places. It was not until maybe halfway through the race that I began to feel better and could move up again."

While Schurter and Absalon were fading, world champion Jose Hermida (Multivan Merida) took up the chase, closing to within 31 seconds by the end of lap two. However, that was as close as he would get to Kulhavy, and he was eventually picked up and dropped by Schurter and Absalon as they recovered and began moving back through the chasers.

By the end of lap five, the pair was back with Hermida, and then dropped him in lap six. Schurter had opened a small gap on Absalon as they began the sixth lap, but the Frenchman quickly closed it up again, and the pair started the seventh and final lap together, one minute and 15 seconds down on Kulhavy. Kulhavy was beginning to cruise on the last lap, confident of his victory, and enjoying the cheers of his compatriots.

He rolled into the finishing stadium to the roar of over 5,000 people in the stands, and lifted his bike over his head to stride across the finish line, with a wide grin cracking his normally serious demeanor.

Behind, Schurter had finally managed to drop Absalon in the last kilometres to claim second by nine seconds over Absalon. Hermida hung on for fourth, and a last lap surge by Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Wild Wolf-Trek) gave the Spaniard the final podium spot - his first ever World Cup podium finish.

Race Notes

- Kulhavy's fourth win (plus a second and a third) give him 1360 points to Schurter's 1070 and Absalon's 810 (Absalon skipped the two North American rounds). With a win worth 250 points, the Czech rider now has an unassailable lead in the standings. Schurter is also assured of second by the same margin, but Absalon is not as secure in third, going into next weekend's final in Val di Sole, Italy. Maxime Marotte (BH-Suntour-Peisey Vallandry) is 70 points in back of Absalon, Hermida is 82 points behind and Burry Stander (Specialized) is at 102 points back.

- Sam Schultz (Subaru-Trek) was the top North American finisher, in 15th, his best ever World Cup result. He was followed by teammate Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski in 22nd, and Canada's Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) in 30th. Todd Wells (Specialized) remains the top North American in the overall standings, despite missing the race (to compete in and win Leadville), in 21st, followed by Kabush in 24th place.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing 1:41:52  
2 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing 0:00:45  
3 Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea 0:00:54  
4 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:01:23  
5 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Racing 0:01:51  
6 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 0:02:11  
7 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 0:02:32  
8 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing 0:02:46  
9 Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:02:54  
10 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 0:03:03  
11 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:03:16  
12 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing 0:03:23  
13 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:03:25  
14 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Racing 0:03:37  
15 Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek 0:03:43  
16 Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:04:35  
17 Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea 0:04:47  
18 Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 0:05:02  
19 Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing 0:05:10  
20 Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 0:05:14  
21 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi 0:05:19  
22 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru - Trek 0:05:27  
23 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:05:36  
24 Kristian Hynek (Cze) 0:05:39  
25 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys - Evenza Team 0:05:51  
26 Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 0:05:56  
27 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:06:20  
28 Jiri Friedl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team 0:06:28  
29 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team 0:06:34  
30 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 0:06:41  
31 Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea    
32 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop 0:06:52  
33 Jukka Vastaranta (Fin) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team 0:06:59  
34 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Team Protek 0:07:03  
35 Christoph Soukup (Aut)    
36 Lukas Kaufmann (Swi) 0:07:18  
37 Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 0:07:33  
38 Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:07:50  
39 Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team 0:08:02  
40 Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 0:08:10  
41 Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 0:08:25  
42 Anton Sintsov (Rus) 0:08:34  
43 Derek Zandstra (Can) 0:08:37  
44 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor 0:08:42  
45 Umberto Corti (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.    
46 Filip Eberl (Cze) 0:09:02  
47 Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 0:09:22  
48 Martino Fruet (Ita) 0:09:40  
49 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team 0:09:53  
50 Balz Weber (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:10:00  
51 Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:10:08  
52 Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team 0:10:09  
53 Robert Gehbauer (Aut) 0:10:41  
54 Robert Mennen (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:10:58  
55 Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team 0:11:01  
56 Tony Longo (Ita) TX Active Bianchi 0:11:34  
57 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 0:12:30  
58 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team 0:13:09  
-1lap Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team    
-1lap Simon Scheiber (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team    
-1lap Rene Tann (Ger)    
-1lap Michal Lami (Svk)    
-1lap Sid Taberlay (Aus)    
-1lap Andras Parti (Hun) Euro One - Cube MTB Team    
-1lap Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona    
-1lap Michael Broderick (USA)    
-1lap Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team    
-1lap Adam Morka (Can)    
-1lap Pascal Meyer (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team    
-1lap Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec    
-1lap Robby De Bock (Bel)    
-1lap Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team    
-2laps Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Elettroveneta - Corratec    
-2laps Steffen Thum (Ger)    
-2laps Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team    
-2laps Szilard Buruczki (Hun)    
-2laps Carl Jones (NZl)    
-2laps Kazuhiro Yamamoto (Jpn)    
-2laps Cameron Jette (Can)    
-2laps Matthias Waldhart (Aut)    
-3laps Ken Onodera (Jpn)    
-3laps Oleksandr Gerashchenko (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team    
-3laps Sang Hoon Na (Kor)    
-3laps Simon Gegenheimer (Ger)    
-3laps Eddie Andres Rendon (Col)    
-3laps Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss Sr - Suntour    
-3laps Martin Loo (Est) Infotre - Bi & Esse - Leecougan    
-3laps Seiya Hirano (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor    
-3laps Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Lapierre International    
-3laps Chun Hing Chan (HKg)    
-3laps Kyosuke Takei (Jpn)    
-3laps Renay Groustra (RSA)    
-3laps Giancarlo Sax (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team    
-3laps Cristobal Silva Ibaceta (Chi)    
-3laps Ludovic Dubau (Fra) Team Newcycling    
-3laps Marco Schätzing (Ger) Team Firebike - Droessiger    
-3laps Luis Anderson Mejia Sanchez (Col) Asptt Definitive Gitane    
-3laps Gabor Bogar (Hun) Euro One - Cube MTB Team    
-3laps Lukas Sablik (Cze)    
-3laps Periklis Ilias (Gre) Team Protek    
-4laps Martin Haring (Svk)    
-4laps Oliver Munnik (RSA)    
-4laps Georgios Pattes-Toumanis (Gre) Team Protek    
-4laps Marc Colom (Fra) Team Newcycling    
-4laps Paul Remy (Fra)    
-4laps Severin Disch (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team    
-5laps John Whittington (GBr)    
DNF Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team    
DNF Patrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team    
DNF Oliver Beckingsale (GBr)    
DNF Irjan Luttenberg (Ned) Mpl Specialized MTB Team    
DNF Sven Nys (Bel)    
DNF Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team    
DNF Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec    
DNF Daniel Mcconnell (Aus)    
DNF Jiri Novak (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team    
DNF Michal Prokop (Cze)    
DNS Ola Kjören (Nor) Team Fokus - Danica    
DNS Daniel Federspiel (Aut)    
DNS Pierre Lebreton (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Specialized Racing 75  pts
2 Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing 54  
3 Multivan Merida Biking Team 48  
4 Trek World Racing 47  
5 Orbea 46  
6 Wildwolf - Trek Racing 45  
7 Cannondale Factory Racing 43  
8 Subaru - Trek 25  
9 BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 24  
10 BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 22  
11 Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 18  
12 Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 11  
13 TX Active Bianchi 10  
14 Versluys - Evenza Team 6  
15 Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team 5  
16 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 4  
17 Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 1  
Elite men cross country World Cup standings after six rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing 1360  pts
2 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing 1070  
3 Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea 810  
4 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 740  
5 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 728  
6 Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing 708  
7 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing 650  
8 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 600  
9 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 568  
10 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi 532  
11 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing 498  
12 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 496  
13 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Racing 488  
14 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 478  
15 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 450  
16 Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 437  
17 Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 434  
18 Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 431  
19 Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing 413  
20 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Racing 392  
21 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing 369  
22 Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea 367  
23 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team 358  
24 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 327  
25 Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 318  
26 Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 304  
27 Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 249  
28 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team 249  
29 Patrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 241  
30 Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 235  
31 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru - Trek 228  
32 Derek Zandstra (Can) 225  
33 Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss Sr - Suntour 214  
34 Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek 213  
35 Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 204  
36 Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 182  
37 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 179  
38 Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea 174  
39 Jiri Friedl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team 173  
40 Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 169  
41 Lukas Kaufmann (Swi) 168  
42 Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 142  
43 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys - Evenza Team 142  
44 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor 141  
45 Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team 137  
46 Oliver Beckingsale (GBr) 135  
47 Andras Parti (Hun) Euro One - Cube MTB Team 134  
48 Marc Colom (Fra) Team Newcycling 130  
49 Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Lapierre International 125  
50 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Elettroveneta - Corratec 125  
51 Severin Disch (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team 114  
52 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team 109  
53 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) 100  
54 Martino Fruet (Ita) 99  
55 Jiri Novak (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 90  
56 Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team 85  
57 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Team Protek 84  
58 Irjan Luttenberg (Ned) Mpl Specialized MTB Team 82  
59 Christoph Soukup (Aut) 78  
60 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) 73  
61 Jukka Vastaranta (Fin) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team 70  
62 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team 68  
63 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 65  
64 Kristian Hynek (Cze) 58  
65 Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 54  
66 Robert Mennen (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 52  
67 Pascal Meyer (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team 51  
68 Balz Weber (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 50  
69 Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team 47  
70 Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team 46  
71 Adam Morka (Can) 43  
72 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop 42  
73 Tony Longo (Ita) TX Active Bianchi 41  
74 Filip Eberl (Cze) 38  
75 Michal Lami (Svk) 38  
76 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 37  
77 Matthew Hadley (Can) 34  
78 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) 32  
79 Umberto Corti (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D. 32  
80 Andrew Watson (Can) 32  
81 Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona 30  
82 Lachlan Norris (Aus) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 30  
83 Anton Sintsov (Rus) 26  
84 Peter Glassford (Can) 25  
85 Periklis Ilias (Gre) Team Protek 21  
86 Max Plaxton (Can) 20  
87 Eric Batty (Can) 19  
88 Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec 19  
89 Rotem Ishai (Isr) 17  
90 Martin Loo (Est) Infotre - Bi & Esse - Leecougan 17  
91 Robert Gehbauer (Aut) 15  
92 Benjamin Wittrup Justesen (Den) 15  
93 Raphael Gagne (Can) 13  
94 Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 13  
95 Joshua Carlson (Aus) 11  
96 Rene Tann (Ger) 10  
97 Michael Broderick (USA) 9  
98 Simon Scheiber (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 8