Schurter seals World Cup with second place

Kulhavy claims final round

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) TeamResult
1Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Rubena-Birell-Specialized Cycling Team1:39:28 
2Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing0:00:14 
3Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing0:00:15 
4Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Factory Racing0:00:17 
5Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing0:00:44 
6Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea0:01:11 
7José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:01:19 
8Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Factory Racing0:01:57 
9Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing0:02:31 
10Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo0:02:41 
11Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing0:02:49 
12Liam Killeen (GBr)0:02:54 
13Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing0:03:15 
14Cédric Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International0:03:56 
15Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team0:04:20 
16Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea0:04:38 
17Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-Suntour0:04:49 
18Mathias Flückiger* (Swi) Trek World Racing0:04:58 
19Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:05:42 
20Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea0:06:24 
21Patrik Gallati* (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing0:06:34 
22Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru-Trek0:06:47 
23Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team0:06:51 
24Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing0:07:05 
25Umberto Corti (Ita) Team Cbe Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.0:07:23 
26Jukka Vastaranta (Fin) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team0:07:24 
27Alexis Vuillermoz* (Fra) Lapierre International0:07:33 
28Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) MSC Bikes0:07:46 
29Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:08:08 
30Henk Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:08:14 
31Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team0:08:28 
32Magnus Darvell (Swe)0:08:37 
33Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:08:56 
34Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:09:21 
35Jelmer Jubbega* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:09:29 
36Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:09:34 
37Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn)0:10:08 
38Matthew Hadley (Can)0:10:29 
39Oliver Beckingsale (GBr) Giant Factory Team0:10:32 
40Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi0:10:38 
41Derek Zandstra (Can)0:10:52 
42Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Trek0:10:58 
43Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:11:06 
44Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:11:12 
45Moritz Milatz (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:11:21 
46Jan Skarnitzl (Cze)0:11:28 
47Michael Broderick (USA)0:11:41 
48Robert Mennen (Ger)0:12:07 
49Martin Loo* (Est) Infotre - Leecougan0:12:10 
50David Fletcher* (GBr)0:12:54 
51Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team0:12:56 
52Lachlan Norris (Aus)0:12:59 
53Carl Decker (USA) Giant Factory Team0:13:13 
54Spencer Paxson (USA)0:13:36 
55Rotem Ishai (Isr)0:14:12 
56Cameron Jette (Can)0:14:41 
57Kyosuke Takei (Jpn)0:14:52 
58Troy Wells (USA)0:15:17 
-1lapFabian Strecker* (Ger)  
-1lapMichael Northcott (NZl)  
-1lapFelix Euteneuer* (Ger)  
-1lapPierre Lebreton (Fra) BH-Suntour  
-1lapEric Batty (Can)  
-1lapEmil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team  
-1lapZhen Wang* (Chn)  
-1lapBenjamin Buchi* (Swi)  
-1lapStephen Ettinger* (USA)  
-1lapJianhua Ji (Chn)  
-1lapKarl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team  
-1lapAndy Eyring* (Ger)  
-1lapPeter Glassford (Can)  
-1lapMichael Mccalla (USA)  
-1lapCarl Jones* (NZl)  
-1lapFélix Cote* (Can)  
-1lapBryan Alders (USA)  
-1lapMitch Hoke* (USA)  
-2lapsJack Hinkens* (USA)  
-2lapsPete Ostroski* (USA)  
-2lapsThomas Sampson* (USA)  
-2lapsZsolt Juhasz* (Hun) Euro One-Cube MTB Team  
-2lapsMarkus Bauer* (Ger)  
-2lapsYu Takenouchi* (Jpn)  
-2lapsKerry Werner* (USA)  
-2lapsRussell Finsterwald* (USA) Subaru-Trek  
-2lapsSeamus Powell* (USA)  
-2lapsRyan Atkins (Can)  
-2lapsEthan Gilmour* (USA)  
-3lapsStuart Houltham (NZl)  
-3lapsScott Green* (NZl)  
-3lapsAdam Morka (Can)  
-3lapsRobbie Squire* (USA)  
-3lapsEudaldo Asencio Rosario (PuR)  
-3lapsCal Britten* (Aus)  
-3lapsAdrian Retief* (NZl)  
-3lapsAndy Schultz (USA)  
-3lapsAlex Ryan* (USA)  
DNFZachary Hughes* (Can)  
DNFNicolas Jeantet* (Ita) ISD Cycling Team  
DNFGeoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain  
DNFAdam Snyder (USA)  
DNFAndrew Watson (Can)  
DNFZhiqiang Duan (Chn)  
DNSMattias Wengelin* (Swe) Team Firebike-Droessiger  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing77 pts
2Specialized Factory Racing60 
3Cannondale Factory Racing60 
5Trek World Racing41 
6Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team40 
7Multivan Merida Biking Team36 
8Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo21 
9Lapierre International21 
10JBG-2 Professional MTB Team16 
12Subaru-Gary Fisher9 
13Giant Italia Team8 
14Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.6 
15Trek-Brentjens Mountain Bike Racing Team5 
16MSC Bikes3 
17Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team3 
Final World Cup individual standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing1136 pts
2Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea1040 
3Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team1040 
4Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing795 
5José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team795 
6Mathias Flückiger* (Swi) Trek World Racing710 
7Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Factory Racing590 
8Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing570 
9Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Factory Racing567 
10Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea494 
11Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing489 
12Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team488 
13Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo429 
14Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team384 
15Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi372 
16Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing368 
17Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-Suntour354 
18Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team342 
19Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing341 
20Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team332 
21Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) MSC Bikes322 
22Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea321 
23Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team318 
24Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team300 
25Moritz Milatz (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team287 
26Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing286 
27Cédric Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International278 
28Henk Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team269 
29Alexis Vuillermoz* (Fra) Lapierre International263 
30Roel Paulissen (Bel) Cannondale Factory Racing229 
31Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain228 
32Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher203 
33Martin Fanger* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team202 
34Jan Skarnitzl (Cze)198 
35Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Team New Cycling198 
36Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher185 
37Patrik Gallati* (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing183 
38Tony Longo (Ita)182 
39Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team175 
40Marek Konwa* (Pol) Elettroveneta-Corratec172 
41Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team165 
42Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountain Bike Racing Team160 
43Thomas Litscher* (Swi) M.I.G. Team152 
44Christoph Soukup (Aut) Merida Biking Team148 
45Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team143 
46Robert Mennen (Ger)138 
47François Bailly Maitre (Fra) Scott Les Saisies136 
48Sven Nys (Bel)132 
49Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team132 
50Liam Killeen (GBr)130 
51Umberto Corti (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.118 
52Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn)114 
53Oliver Beckingsale (GBr) Giant Factory Team114 
54Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team113 
55Derek Zandstra (Can)113 
56Jelmer Jubbega* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team109 
57Martino Fruet (Ita)108 
58Johnny Cattaneo (Ita)102 
59Jukka Vastaranta (Fin) Trek-Brentjens Mountain Bike Racing Team102 
60Bas Peters (Ned) Team Merida Combee102 
61Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)96 
62Gerhard Kerschbaumer* (Ita)88 
63Magnus Darvell (Swe)77 
64Niels Wubben* (Ned) Team Merida Combee75 
65Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team75 
66Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra)70 
67Pascal Meyer* (Swi) M.I.G. Team63 
68Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing62 
69Fabien Canal* (Fra) Keops ITWO54 
70Marc Colom (Fra)52 
71Filip Eberl (Cze)49 
72Lukas Kaufmann (Swi) Trek-Brentjens Mountain Bike Racing Team49 
73Frank Schotman (Ned) Stappenbelt Specialized MTB Team48 
74Alexander Gehbauer* (Aut)48 
75Michael Broderick (USA)47 
76Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita) Hard Rock FRW A.S.D.46 
77Alexey Medvedev (Rus) Elettroveneta-Corratec44 
78Marco Minnaard* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team40 
79Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team38 
80Piotr Brzozka* (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team37 
81Cristian Cominelli* (Ita) TX Active Bianchi34 
82Christof Bischof (Swi)33 
83Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Surfing Shop32 
84Matthew Hadley (Can)30 
85Robert Gehbauer (Aut)29 
86Sebastien Carabin* (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team28 
87Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team27 
88Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team26 
89Lachlan Norris (Aus)24 
90Jiri Novak (Cze)22 
91Guillaume Vinit (Fra) BH-Suntour21 
92Balz Weber (Swi)20 
93Martin Loo* (Est) Infotre - Leecougan19 
94Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team19 
95David Fletcher* (GBr)18 
96Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team18 
97Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team17 
98Carl Decker (USA) Giant Factory Team15 
99Bjorn Brems (Bel) G-Skin-Deforche MTB Racing Team15 
100Spencer Paxson (USA)14 
101Rubens Valeriano (Bra)14 
102Matthias Rupp* (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing14 
103Rotem Ishai (Isr)13 
104Jiri Friedl (Cze) Merida Biking Team13 
105Cameron Jette (Can)12 
106Rene Tann (Ger)12 
107Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta-Corratec12 
108Kyosuke Takei (Jpn)11 
109Severin Disch* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team11 
110Maxim Gogolev (Rus)11 
111Sebastian Szraucner (Ger)11 
112Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition11 
113Troy Wells (USA)10 
114Andrew Watson (Can)10 
115Fabian Strecker* (Ger)9 
116Thomas Lapeyrie* (Fra) Scott Les Saisies9 
117David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por)9 
118Markus Bauer* (Ger)9 
119Michael Northcott (NZl)8 
120Irjan Luttenberg* (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountain Bike Racing Team8 
Final World Cup team standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Multivan Merida Biking Team374 pts
2Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing359 
4Specialized Factory Racing286 
5Cannondale Factory Racing261 
6Trek World Racing243 
7Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team193 
8Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team107 
9Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo91 
10Lapierre International87 
11TX Active Bianchi66 
12Topeak Ergon Racing Team61 
13Giant Italia Team58 
15MSC Bikes45 
16Merida Biking Team30 
17Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain29 
18M.I.G. Team27 
19Subaru-Gary Fisher26 
20Giant Swiss Team25 
22JBG-2 Professional MTB Team16 
23Scott Les Saisies11 
24Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.7 
25Team New Cycling7 
26Trek-Brentjens Mountain Bike Racing Team5 
27Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team5 
28S&H Superior MTB Team4 
29Team Merida Combee3 

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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!

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