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MTB World Cup Cross Country #6, Downhill #6 & Four Cross #6 2010

Date range:
August 27-30, 2010

August 28, Elite men cross country:

Schurter seals World Cup with second place

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
August 28, 2010, 22:37 BST,
Updated:
August 30, 2010, 17:47 BST

Kulhavy claims final round

Jaroslav Kulhavy (Rubina/Birell/Specialized) wins his first world cup race at Windham Mountain after escaping on the last lap.

Jaroslav Kulhavy (Rubina/Birell/Specialized) wins his first world cup race at Windham Mountain after escaping on the last lap.

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The 2010 UCI cross country Mountain Bike World Cup concluded on Saturday in Windham, New York, and a new champion was crowned: Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower). Schurter had to settle for second place in the final race behind first time World Cup winner Jaroslav Kulhavy (Rubena-Birell-Specialized), who became the first Czech rider to win a World Cup cross country event.

"I was more conservative in the beginning, to preserve my third place [in the overall standings] from [Jose] Hermida," said Kulhavy. "But we dropped him, and I could see that I was riding the technical sections better than the others, so I was able to move up there.

"I tried to get by Nino before the downhill, but he beat me there, so I just had to wait for the right moment," he said. "This is an incredible win, the highest of my career, and it is very good timing, just before the world championships."

The 5.4-kilometre course was straightforward: a long climb followed by a quick descent. The riders zig-zagged their way up the climb, alternating open double track with loose, rocky and rooty single track, then descended through more of the same back to the start.

The six-lap race pitted Schurter against his season-long rival Julien Absalon (Orbea), the defending champion, with only 26 points separating the pair. Coming through the finish line at the end of the first lap, a group of five riders were at the front - Schurter, his teammate Florian Vogel, Burry Stander (Specialized), Manuel Fumic (Cannondale) and Martin Gujan (Cannondale). Absalon was just behind, having had a slightly slower start.

The race also saw the beginning of a flurry of flats and mechanicals, especially among the North Americans, with Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain), Adam Craig (Giant), Todd Wells (Specialized), Adam Morka and Peter Glassford (Toronto Trek Store) and Andrew Watson (Norco) all affected. Kabush pulled out after a very lengthy stop in the pits that dropped him to the back of the field.

However Absalon was the most significant, flatting on the second lap, having to run to the pits for service, and dropping to the high teens. There then became two races - the one at the front, and the one behind as Absalon tried to claw his way back into contention, working his way through the traffic of slower riders. He made a magnificent effort, turning in some of the fastest laps of the race, but could only move up as high as sixth by the finish.

Schurter and Vogel were the only consistent riders to stay at the front of the race, as they poured on the power to keep Absalon at bay. Stander, Gujan and Fumic eventually burned out, and were replaced by Christoph Sauser (Specialized), Lukas Flückiger (Trek World Racing) and Kulhavy, who joined the leaders on the fourth lap.

By the final lap, it was still these five, with Vogel doing the pace making. Kulhavy finally made his move just before the top of the climb, but Schurter immediately responded, taking the lead into the descent. Kulhavy then made a brilliant pass on the descent to take the lead. Sauser also managed to get by Schurter, but then crashed, allowing both Schurter and Vogel to pass as Kulhavy extended his lead. This would be the final order, with Schurter taking second, Vogel third and Sauser fourth. Flückiger held off Absalon by 26 seconds for the final podium spot.

Schurter took the overall title with 1136 points, followed by Absalon at 1040 and Kulhavy, also at 1040 points. Absalon got the nod for second, but it took some calculating: they both had one win, but Absalon had two second places results to Kuhavy's one making it a very tight finish to the season. Vogel jumped from sixth to fourth overall and Jose Hermida (Multivan Merida) took the fifth and final podium spot.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Rubena-Birell-Specialized Cycling Team 1:39:28  
2 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing 0:00:14  
3 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing 0:00:15  
4 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Factory Racing 0:00:17  
5 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 0:00:44  
6 Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea 0:01:11  
7 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:01:19  
8 Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Factory Racing 0:01:57  
9 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:02:31  
10 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo 0:02:41  
11 Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:02:49  
12 Liam Killeen (GBr) 0:02:54  
13 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:03:15  
14 Cédric Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International 0:03:56  
15 Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team 0:04:20  
16 Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea 0:04:38  
17 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-Suntour 0:04:49  
18 Mathias Flückiger* (Swi) Trek World Racing 0:04:58  
19 Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:05:42  
20 Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea 0:06:24  
21 Patrik Gallati* (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing 0:06:34  
22 Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru-Trek 0:06:47  
23 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team 0:06:51  
24 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing 0:07:05  
25 Umberto Corti (Ita) Team Cbe Tecnoimpianti A.S.D. 0:07:23  
26 Jukka Vastaranta (Fin) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 0:07:24  
27 Alexis Vuillermoz* (Fra) Lapierre International 0:07:33  
28 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) MSC Bikes 0:07:46  
29 Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 0:08:08  
30 Henk Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 0:08:14  
31 Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 0:08:28  
32 Magnus Darvell (Swe) 0:08:37  
33 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:08:56  
34 Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 0:09:21  
35 Jelmer Jubbega* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 0:09:29  
36 Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:09:34  
37 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) 0:10:08  
38 Matthew Hadley (Can) 0:10:29  
39 Oliver Beckingsale (GBr) Giant Factory Team 0:10:32  
40 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi 0:10:38  
41 Derek Zandstra (Can) 0:10:52  
42 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Trek 0:10:58  
43 Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 0:11:06  
44 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:11:12  
45 Moritz Milatz (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:11:21  
46 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) 0:11:28  
47 Michael Broderick (USA) 0:11:41  
48 Robert Mennen (Ger) 0:12:07  
49 Martin Loo* (Est) Infotre - Leecougan 0:12:10  
50 David Fletcher* (GBr) 0:12:54  
51 Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team 0:12:56  
52 Lachlan Norris (Aus) 0:12:59  
53 Carl Decker (USA) Giant Factory Team 0:13:13  
54 Spencer Paxson (USA) 0:13:36  
55 Rotem Ishai (Isr) 0:14:12  
56 Cameron Jette (Can) 0:14:41  
57 Kyosuke Takei (Jpn) 0:14:52  
58 Troy Wells (USA) 0:15:17  
-1lap Fabian Strecker* (Ger)    
-1lap Michael Northcott (NZl)    
-1lap Felix Euteneuer* (Ger)    
-1lap Pierre Lebreton (Fra) BH-Suntour    
-1lap Eric Batty (Can)    
-1lap Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team    
-1lap Zhen Wang* (Chn)    
-1lap Benjamin Buchi* (Swi)    
-1lap Stephen Ettinger* (USA)    
-1lap Jianhua Ji (Chn)    
-1lap Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team    
-1lap Andy Eyring* (Ger)    
-1lap Peter Glassford (Can)    
-1lap Michael Mccalla (USA)    
-1lap Carl Jones* (NZl)    
-1lap Félix Cote* (Can)    
-1lap Bryan Alders (USA)    
-1lap Mitch Hoke* (USA)    
-2laps Jack Hinkens* (USA)    
-2laps Pete Ostroski* (USA)    
-2laps Thomas Sampson* (USA)    
-2laps Zsolt Juhasz* (Hun) Euro One-Cube MTB Team    
-2laps Markus Bauer* (Ger)    
-2laps Yu Takenouchi* (Jpn)    
-2laps Kerry Werner* (USA)    
-2laps Russell Finsterwald* (USA) Subaru-Trek    
-2laps Seamus Powell* (USA)    
-2laps Ryan Atkins (Can)    
-2laps Ethan Gilmour* (USA)    
-3laps Stuart Houltham (NZl)    
-3laps Scott Green* (NZl)    
-3laps Adam Morka (Can)    
-3laps Robbie Squire* (USA)    
-3laps Eudaldo Asencio Rosario (PuR)    
-3laps Cal Britten* (Aus)    
-3laps Adrian Retief* (NZl)    
-3laps Andy Schultz (USA)    
-3laps Alex Ryan* (USA)    
DNF Zachary Hughes* (Can)    
DNF Nicolas Jeantet* (Ita) ISD Cycling Team    
DNF Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain    
DNF Adam Snyder (USA)    
DNF Andrew Watson (Can)    
DNF Zhiqiang Duan (Chn)    
DNS Mattias Wengelin* (Swe) Team Firebike-Droessiger    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing 77  pts
2 Specialized Factory Racing 60  
3 Cannondale Factory Racing 60  
4 Orbea 52  
5 Trek World Racing 41  
6 Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team 40  
7 Multivan Merida Biking Team 36  
8 Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo 21  
9 Lapierre International 21  
10 JBG-2 Professional MTB Team 16  
11 BH-Suntour 14  
12 Subaru-Gary Fisher 9  
13 Giant Italia Team 8  
14 Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D. 6  
15 Trek-Brentjens Mountain Bike Racing Team 5  
16 MSC Bikes 3  
17 Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 3  
Final World Cup individual standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing 1136  pts
2 Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea 1040  
3 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team 1040  
4 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing 795  
5 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 795  
6 Mathias Flückiger* (Swi) Trek World Racing 710  
7 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Factory Racing 590  
8 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 570  
9 Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Factory Racing 567  
10 Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea 494  
11 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 489  
12 Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 488  
13 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo 429  
14 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 384  
15 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi 372  
16 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 368  
17 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-Suntour 354  
18 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team 342  
19 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing 341  
20 Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 332  
21 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) MSC Bikes 322  
22 Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea 321  
23 Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 318  
24 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 300  
25 Moritz Milatz (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 287  
26 Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing 286  
27 Cédric Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International 278  
28 Henk Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 269  
29 Alexis Vuillermoz* (Fra) Lapierre International 263  
30 Roel Paulissen (Bel) Cannondale Factory Racing 229  
31 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 228  
32 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 203  
33 Martin Fanger* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team 202  
34 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) 198  
35 Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Team New Cycling 198  
36 Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 185  
37 Patrik Gallati* (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing 183  
38 Tony Longo (Ita) 182  
39 Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 175  
40 Marek Konwa* (Pol) Elettroveneta-Corratec 172  
41 Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 165  
42 Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountain Bike Racing Team 160  
43 Thomas Litscher* (Swi) M.I.G. Team 152  
44 Christoph Soukup (Aut) Merida Biking Team 148  
45 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 143  
46 Robert Mennen (Ger) 138  
47 François Bailly Maitre (Fra) Scott Les Saisies 136  
48 Sven Nys (Bel) 132  
49 Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 132  
50 Liam Killeen (GBr) 130  
51 Umberto Corti (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D. 118  
52 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) 114  
53 Oliver Beckingsale (GBr) Giant Factory Team 114  
54 Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team 113  
55 Derek Zandstra (Can) 113  
56 Jelmer Jubbega* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 109  
57 Martino Fruet (Ita) 108  
58 Johnny Cattaneo (Ita) 102  
59 Jukka Vastaranta (Fin) Trek-Brentjens Mountain Bike Racing Team 102  
60 Bas Peters (Ned) Team Merida Combee 102  
61 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) 96  
62 Gerhard Kerschbaumer* (Ita) 88  
63 Magnus Darvell (Swe) 77  
64 Niels Wubben* (Ned) Team Merida Combee 75  
65 Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team 75  
66 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) 70  
67 Pascal Meyer* (Swi) M.I.G. Team 63  
68 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing 62  
69 Fabien Canal* (Fra) Keops ITWO 54  
70 Marc Colom (Fra) 52  
71 Filip Eberl (Cze) 49  
72 Lukas Kaufmann (Swi) Trek-Brentjens Mountain Bike Racing Team 49  
73 Frank Schotman (Ned) Stappenbelt Specialized MTB Team 48  
74 Alexander Gehbauer* (Aut) 48  
75 Michael Broderick (USA) 47  
76 Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita) Hard Rock FRW A.S.D. 46  
77 Alexey Medvedev (Rus) Elettroveneta-Corratec 44  
78 Marco Minnaard* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 40  
79 Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 38  
80 Piotr Brzozka* (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team 37  
81 Cristian Cominelli* (Ita) TX Active Bianchi 34  
82 Christof Bischof (Swi) 33  
83 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Surfing Shop 32  
84 Matthew Hadley (Can) 30  
85 Robert Gehbauer (Aut) 29  
86 Sebastien Carabin* (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team 28  
87 Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 27  
88 Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team 26  
89 Lachlan Norris (Aus) 24  
90 Jiri Novak (Cze) 22  
91 Guillaume Vinit (Fra) BH-Suntour 21  
92 Balz Weber (Swi) 20  
93 Martin Loo* (Est) Infotre - Leecougan 19  
94 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team 19  
95 David Fletcher* (GBr) 18  
96 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team 18  
97 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team 17  
98 Carl Decker (USA) Giant Factory Team 15  
99 Bjorn Brems (Bel) G-Skin-Deforche MTB Racing Team 15  
100 Spencer Paxson (USA) 14  
101 Rubens Valeriano (Bra) 14  
102 Matthias Rupp* (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing 14  
103 Rotem Ishai (Isr) 13  
104 Jiri Friedl (Cze) Merida Biking Team 13  
105 Cameron Jette (Can) 12  
106 Rene Tann (Ger) 12  
107 Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta-Corratec 12  
108 Kyosuke Takei (Jpn) 11  
109 Severin Disch* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team 11  
110 Maxim Gogolev (Rus) 11  
111 Sebastian Szraucner (Ger) 11  
112 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition 11  
113 Troy Wells (USA) 10  
114 Andrew Watson (Can) 10  
115 Fabian Strecker* (Ger) 9  
116 Thomas Lapeyrie* (Fra) Scott Les Saisies 9  
117 David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por) 9  
118 Markus Bauer* (Ger) 9  
119 Michael Northcott (NZl) 8  
120 Irjan Luttenberg* (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountain Bike Racing Team 8  
Final World Cup team standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Multivan Merida Biking Team 374  pts
2 Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing 359  
3 Orbea 335  
4 Specialized Factory Racing 286  
5 Cannondale Factory Racing 261  
6 Trek World Racing 243  
7 Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team 193  
8 Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 107  
9 Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo 91  
10 Lapierre International 87  
11 TX Active Bianchi 66  
12 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 61  
13 Giant Italia Team 58  
14 BH-Suntour 57  
15 MSC Bikes 45  
16 Merida Biking Team 30  
17 Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 29  
18 M.I.G. Team 27  
19 Subaru-Gary Fisher 26  
20 Giant Swiss Team 25  
21 Elettroveneta-Corratec 20  
22 JBG-2 Professional MTB Team 16  
23 Scott Les Saisies 11  
24 Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D. 7  
25 Team New Cycling 7  
26 Trek-Brentjens Mountain Bike Racing Team 5  
27 Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team 5  
28 S&H Superior MTB Team 4  
29 Team Merida Combee 3  

Race notes

Nino Schurter raced in the world champion's rainbow stripes rather than the World Cup leader's jersey, a big no-no, for which he received a substantial 5000 Swiss Franc ($4865 US) fine. Team director Thomas Frischknecht claimed that the leader's jersey he had been provided with was too small to race in. Frischknecht also pointed to Julien Absalon as the source of the protest that saw Schurter fined, sending out an inflammatory e-mail:

Julien was at all times a great sportsmen when I raced against him and after too. I did not only respect him for his great results, I liked him as a person as well. Now he showed his real face of a sorry loser. Nino beat him over the whole season fair and square. A wrong jersey does not change the fact that Nino was better in 2010.

When I raced against the French armada with Martinez, Dupouey, Chiotti and Absalon I had to live with a second place many times. Sometimes even under special circumstances [when Chiotti won the world title and later admitted to doping]. But I tried to be a fair loser. A champion, and as such I counted Julien up ‘til today, also is a champion in losing.

Sorry Julien. I don't know what you were thinking!