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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 four cross:

Windham the icing on Graves' World Cup cake

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
August 29, 2010, 23:37 BST,
Updated:
August 30, 2010, 16:42 BST

Australian wraps up series with a win

The final World Cup podium: Michal Prokop, Tomas Slavik, Jared Graves, Joost Wichman, Michal Marosi.

The final World Cup podium: Michal Prokop, Tomas Slavik, Jared Graves, Joost Wichman, Michal Marosi.

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The four cross World Cup series concluded on Saturday evening, with the crowning of Jared Graves (Yeti Fox Shox), who had already locked up the title, as he finished the season the way he started it - taking a victory.

The natural terrain that highlighted the Windham course made for some tight racing, with passes and crashes meaning that no one was assured of moving on through the heats until they crossed the finish line.

Graves qualified first and then easily rode away from everyone in each heat. There were no real surprises in the line up for the final, with Graves joined by his regular rivals from RSP 4 Cross Racing - Tomas Slavik and Joost Wichman - plus Michal Prokop (Agang Racing).

Out of the gate it was Graves and Wichman battling, with Prokop and Slavik just behind. Wichman hit the corner too hot and had to go wide, allowing Graves to get by. The other three got tangled up fighting for position, but in the end Prokop took the silver medal, followed by Slavik and Wichman.

Graves finished the season with four wins in six races, for 660 points, followed by Slavik at 475 and Wichman at 385.

"That final was pretty crazy up at the top. I saw Joost coming in [to the first corner] foot out, sliding, and I sort of had a feeling something like that was gonna happen," said Graves.

"Lane one was the inside, but it lined up terribly with the first corner, which made it really hard. But I saw him early enough that I could get on the brakes a bit and let him go, knew he was gonna come out wide and then go back past him on the second straight. From there is was smooth and good, so I'm really happy with that one.

"My goal was to get a win, here especially with the world championships next week. It is really good for the confidence. [I'm] really happy to get a win here. First time back in America for a World Cup in five years, and with Yeti being an American company, it's great to get the win for them."

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team    
2 Michal Prokop (Cze) Agang Racing    
3 Tomas Slavik (Cze) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team    
4 Joost Wichman (Ned) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team    
5 Kamil Tatarkovic (Cze)    
6 Carlos Mario Oquendo Zabala (Col)    
7 Quentin Derbier (Fra)    
8 Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Blackmountain Morewood United    
9 Cédric Gracia (Fra)    
10 Michal Marosi (Cze) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team    
11 Jurg Meijer (Ned) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team    
12 Harold Woolnough (Can)    
13 Filip Polc (Svk) MS Evil Racing    
14 Blake Carney (USA)    
15 Randal Huntington (Aus)    
16 Jamas Stiber (USA)    
17 Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team    
18 Jakub Riha (Cze)    
19 Barry Nobles (USA)    
20 Nico Seidel (Ger)    
21 Cody Eichhorn (Aus)    
22 Ryan Hunt (Aus)    
23 Erik Nelson (USA)    
24 Lear Miller (USA)    
25 Scott Roberts (GBr)    
26 Roger Rinderknecht (Swi)    
27 Hannes Slavik (Aut) RC Alpine Commencal Austria    
28 William Evans (GBr)    
29 Scott Beaumont (GBr) Rocky Mountain UK    
30 Matt Zdriluk (Can)    
31 Daniel Franks (NZl)    
32 Petr Hanák (Cze)    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 RSP 4 Cross Racing Team 78  pts
2 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 40  
3 Agang Racing 35  
4 Suspension Center 20  
5 Blackmountain Morewood United 16  
6 MS Evil Racing 8  
Final World Cup individual standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 660  pts
2 Tomas Slavik (Cze) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team 475  
3 Joost Wichman (Ned) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team 385  
4 Michal Prokop (Cze) Agang Racing 333  
5 Michal Marosi (Cze) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team 223  
6 Roger Rinderknecht (Swi) 205  
7 Kamil Tatarkovic (Cze) 184  
8 Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team 111  
9 Romain Saladini (Fra) Team Sunn Montgenevre 100  
10 Quentin Derbier (Fra) 79  
11 Dan Atherton (GBr) Commencal 67  
12 Jakub Riha (Cze) 64  
13 Scott Beaumont (GBr) Rocky Mountain UK 64  
14 David Graf (Swi) 58  
15 Cédric Gracia (Fra) 48  
16 Guido Tschugg (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team 46  
17 Carlos Mario Oquendo Zabala (Col) 40  
18 Jurg Meijer (Ned) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team 39  
19 Filip Polc (Svk) MS Evil Racing 38  
20 Lukas Mechura (Cze) 30  
21 Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Blackmountain Morewood United 25  
22 Robert Kulesza (Pol) 25  
23 Jakub Hnidak (Cze) 21  
24 Mickael Deldycke (Fra) 20  
25 Premek Tejchman (Cze) 17  
26 Sidney Gerber (Swi) 17  
27 Petr Muhlhans (Cze) 16  
28 William Evans (GBr) 14  
29 Harold Woolnough (Can) 11  
30 Peter Prajczer (Hun) 11  
31 Tom Dowie (GBr) 11  
32 David Habicht (Aus) 11  
33 Felix Beckeman (Swe) 11  
34 Clément Doby (Fra) 11  
35 Reto Schmid (Swi) 8  
36 Hannes Slavik (Aut) RC Alpine Commencal Austria 8  
37 Blake Carney (USA) 6  
38 Johnny Magis (Bel) 6  
39 Luka Novak (Slo) 6  
40 Randal Huntington (Aus) 4  
41 Michael Mechura (Cze) 4  
42 Jamas Stiber (USA) 2  
43 Simon Waldburger (Swi) 2  
44 Richard Levinson (Aus) 2  
45 Daniel Fülle (Ger) 2  
46 Marek Pesko (Svk) 2  
Final World Cup team standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 RSP 4 Cross Racing Team 455  pts
2 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 221  
3 Suspension Center 195  
4 Agang Racing 133  
5 Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team 90  
6 Norco World Team 70  
7 Team Sunn Montgenevre 46  
8 Commencal 44  
9 Rocky Mountain UK 40  
10 Thoemus Racing Team 28  
11 MS Evil Racing 26  
12 Blackmountain Morewood United 16  
13 RC Alpine Commencal Austria 15  
14 2Stage Factory 5  
15 Unior Tools Team 3