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MTB World Cup Cross Country #6, Eliminator #5 & Downhill #6 - Windham 2014

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Schurter wins Windham cross country World Cup

By:
Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor
Published:
August 11, 2014, 0:08 BST,
Updated:
August 11, 2014, 2:51 BST

Absalon defends lead in overall standings

Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team) wins the elite men's World Cup in Windham, New York

Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team) wins the elite men's World Cup in Windham, New York

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Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo MTB Racing) won the elite men's cross country race at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Windham, New York on Sunday afternoon. World Cup overall leader Julien Absalon (BMC) finished second, just six seconds after Schurter while Absalon's teammate Lukas Flückiger was third another 10 seconds later.

"It was a hard battle with Absalon, but I'd say I'd made it happen on the downhill," said Schurter to Cyclingnews. "I'm super stoked to win here on a course that's maybe not the best suited for me."

The "old school" course featured one long climb followed by one long downhill.  It was less technical than many other recent World Cups and had more concentrated climbing.  The downhills were super fast.

Sergio Mantecon (Trek Factory Racing) led the men at the end of the uphill starting section ahead of the first of the seven laps, but soon after, Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox) surged to the front to mix it up with Schurter and Absalon.

"I felt solid and while I wasn't as sharp as last week, I got lucky at the start," said Kabush. "It's been frustrating getting caught in the middle of the field in the starts, so when it opened up, I went to the front and rode some smooth lines."

However, it wasn't long before a lead group of four men established themselves during lap one: Schurter, Absalon, Lukas Flückiger and his brother Mathias Flückiger (Stöckli Pro Team).

For much of the first part of the race, the four lined up in that order although Absalon was sometimes leading on the climb while Schurter usually led the descent.

On lap three, Lukas Flückiger went for it at the top of the downhill. The Swiss rider was descending very well and moved to the front, forcing the others to chase. The move proved decisive, perhaps not in the way that he expected, as it forced a gap to him that the other three had to close.

"I had more confidence than last week, so I started better in the race," said Lukas Flückiger. "I felt good on the downhills but was suffering hard on the uphills. So on the third lap, I tried to go, but I wasn't strong enough on the uphill so it was hard to take my speed into the next lap. It was good to try it though as it gave me still more confidence for the next race."

Schurter was not surprised to see his Swiss compatriot make a move. "Lukas is always a strong guy. It was nice when he attacked because he opened up the gap to Absalon so it was great for me."

Schurter was the first to close the gap to Lukas Flückiger and from that point in the race, he was always at the front with Absalon dangling just behind him. Once both riders passed Lukas Flückiger, Absalon would tend to close slightly the gap to Schurter on the climbs, but he'd always lose a bit of time on the next descent. Following his teammate's attack, Absalon was never again at the front of the race.

With the course featuring one big long climb and one big long descent, the differences in riding styles of the two favorites were more pronounced, magnified by the fact that Absalon was on a hardtail and Schurter was on a full suspension.

Schurter said, "It was quite an advantage to have the full suspension on the downhill. I was able to always open the gap, maybe 10 to 15 seconds, and then I'd try to hold it on the uphill."

Absalon said, "I tried to push back to regain the 10-12 seconds I lost on every downhill. I knew that second position would still be good for the World Cup overall and a crash would have been a disaster. I was definitely thinking about the World Cup overall."

"For Nino, it was different. He had nothing to lose," said Absalon. Schurter had skipped a round of the World Cup earlier this season. "If you want to win the overall, you need to do all the races. Two win any race, you have to take risks, but for me that was not the good option."

Behind the leaders, four men chased together for much of the race: Dan McConnell (Trek Factory Racing), Stephane Tempier (BH-Suntour-KMC), Mantecon and Manuel Fumic (Cannondale Factory Racing).

Although the time gaps were never large, Schurter, Absalon and Lukas Flückiger maintained their places in the final few laps, with Absalon always getting close, but never managing to pass Schurter on the climbs and Schurter gaining time back on the descents. Lukas Flückiger kept losing a bit of time on the climbs and making that time back on the descents.

McConnell's strong finish was enough for him to overtake Mathias Flückiger for fourth place. Mathias Flückiger ended up fifth.

"It was a hard seven laps. It was another long race," said McConneloug. "I was lucky enough to have my teammate Sergio in the group so one of us would make the move and the other would sit in and get towed along. That helped. It was about three laps to go that I could sneak away and push toward the top three."

"You have to go into the red on the climbs and then just hold on during the descents. I'm happy to come away with a podium here."

Kabush and Derek Zandstra (Scott-3Rox) led the North Americans in finishing 12th and 13th while Stephen Ettinger (BMC) was the top American finisher on home World Cup soil. Ettinger flatted early in the race.

"I paid a little for my fast start, but 12th is a good result for me, and it was my teammate Derek Zandstra's best World Cup finish with a 13th. It was nice to fight toward the podium - it was a good result, and I'll take it."

Another pre-race favorite Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) was never seen near the front after he was held up in a crash just following the start line.

US National Champion Stephen Ettinger (BMC) was the top American finisher at the US's home World Cup, despite a flat tire.

"I felt good, but when I flatted on lap one, I probably went back to 50th or 60th position. When that happens, you just have to do damage control. I think I made it back to 27th. It was a hard, long race. Seven laps of that was tough though in the end, but if it had been six, it wouldn't have changed much for me."

Absalon's second place meant that he kept his position as leader of the World Cup standings. He has 1290 points to Schurter's 1080 after Schurter skipped a round in Australia to race the road instead. McConnell is third in the standings with 840 points.

"It will be nice to finish the World Cup season in France," said Absalon.

Full Results

Elite men cross country
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team 1:40:58  
2 Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:00:06  
3 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:00:16  
4 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:22  
5 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team 0:01:12  
6 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:01:27  
7 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:02:04  
8 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) BH-Suntour-KMC 0:02:27  
9 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team 0:02:40  
10 Ralph Naef (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:03:16  
11 Fabian Giger (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team 0:03:40  
12 Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing 0:03:44  
13 Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing    
14 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:03:59  
15 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:04:12  
16 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:04:14  
17 Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:04:39  
18 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-Suntour-KMC 0:04:46  
19 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Giant Pro XC Team 0:04:54  
20 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Tropix-Frm 0:04:57  
21 Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team 0:05:23  
22 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) MMR Bikes Pro Team 0:05:34  
23 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Sram Rubena Trek 0:05:55  
24 Michal Lami (Svk) 0:06:10  
25 Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus XC Team 0:06:33  
26 Martin Gujan (Swi) Orange Monkey Pro Team 0:06:59  
27 Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:07:13  
28 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team 0:07:27  
29 Marc Stutzmann (Swi) Giant-Swiss-Team 0:07:33  
30 Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) I.Idro Drain Bianchi 0:07:38  
31 Ruben Scheire (Bel) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team 0:07:41  
32 Henrique Avancini (Bra) Caloi Team 0:08:04  
33 Hector Riveros (Col) 0:08:06  
34 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing XC 0:08:13  
35 Martin Loo (Est) Merida Italia Team 0:08:17  
36 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing XC 0:08:21  
37 Hans Becking (Ned) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team 0:08:22  
38 Matiss Preimanis (Lat) DPA 0:08:29  
39 Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:08:44  
40 Christian Helmig (Lux) 0:09:13  
41 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) 0:09:21  
42 Karl Markt (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team 0:09:22  
43 Russell Finsterwald (USA) Sram/Tld Racing    
44 Evan Guthrie (Can) 0:09:34  
45 Hugo Drechou (Fra) Calvisson VTT 0:09:41  
46 Ismael Ventura Sanchez (Spa) 0:09:53  
47 Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team 0:10:00  
48 Martin Gluth (Ger) 0:10:07  
49 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team 0:10:41  
50 Miguel Martinez (Fra) Tropix-Frm 0:11:05  
51 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) 0:11:22  
52 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Focus XC Team 0:11:42  
53 Raphael Gagne (Can) 0:11:48  
54 Cameron Dodge (USA) 0:11:51  
55 Ricardo Pscheidt (Bra) 0:12:32  
56 Andrew Watson (Can) 0:12:36  
57 Simon Scheiber (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team 0:13:04  
58 David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por) 0:13:35  
-1lap Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTB    
-1lap Mitchell Hoke (USA)    
-1lap Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc)    
-1lap Seiya Hirano (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team    
-1lap Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team    
-1lap Steffen Thum (Ger)    
-1lap Peter Glassford (Can)    
-1lap Luciano Caraccioli (Arg)    
-1lap Kerry Werner (USA)    
-1lap Patrick Chartrand (Can)    
-1lap William Melone (USA)    
-1lap Dario Alejandro Gasco (Arg)    
-1lap Patricio Maximiliano Farias Diaz (Chi)    
-2laps Robby De Bock (Bel) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team    
-2laps Simon Gegenheimer (Ger)    
-2laps Ryo Saito (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team    
-2laps Thomas Sampson (USA)    
-2laps Fabio Hernando Castaneda Monsalve (Col)    
-2laps Adrian Retief (NZl)    
-2laps Rubens Valeriano (Bra)    
-2laps Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) MMR Bikes Pro Team    
-2laps Andrew L'esperance (Can)    
-2laps Cole Oberman (USA)    
-3laps Patricio Andres Campbell Vilches (Chi)    
-3laps Christopher Hamlin (USA)    
-3laps Marco Antonio Escarcega (Mex)    
-3laps Joseph Clemenzi (USA)    
-3laps Daniel Federspiel (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team    
-3laps Aaron Oakes (USA)    
-4laps Javier Fiallo (Ecu)    
-4laps Ernie Watenpaugh (USA)    
-4laps Noah Tautfest (USA)    
-4laps Jean-Philippe Thibault-Roberge (Can)    
-4laps Besik Gavasheli (Geo)    
DNF Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team    
DNF Cameron Jette (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing    
DNF Andras Parti (Hun) Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team    
DNF Marek Konwa (Pol) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team    
DNF José Juan Escarcega (Mex)    
DNS Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Focus XC Team    
DNS Max Plaxton (Can) Cannondale Factory Racing    
DNS José Alberto Gonzalez Merchan (Ecu)    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 88  pts
2 Scott-Odlo Mtb Racing Team 62  
3 Trek Factory Racing 54  
4 Multivan Merida Biking Team 46  
5 Cannondale Factory Racing 42  
6 Stöckli Pro Team 38  
7 Scott-3Rox Racing 37  
8 BH-Suntour-KMC 36  
9 Giant Pro XC Team 32  
10 Tropix-Frm 11  
11 MMR Bikes Pro Team 9  
12 Sram Rubena Trek 8  
13 Focus XC Team 6  
14 Orange Monkey Pro Team 5  
15 Versluys Team 3  
16 Giant-Swiss-Team 2  
17 I.Idro Drain Bianchi 1  
Elite men cross country World Cup standings with one round remaining
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 1290  pts
2 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team 1080  
3 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing 840  
4 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) BH-Suntour-KMC 731  
5 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 696  
6 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team 675  
7 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 672  
8 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 605  
9 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-Suntour-KMC 592  
10 Fabian Giger (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team 576  
11 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 559  
12 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team 466  
13 Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 464  
14 Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 460  
15 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 426  
16 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Giant Pro XC Team 422  
17 Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) I.Idro Drain Bianchi 369  
18 Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team 354  
19 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Tropix-Frm 329  
20 Ralph Naef (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 308  
21 Alexander Gehbauer (Aut) I.Idro Drain Bianchi 297  
22 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 296  
23 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) MMR Bikes Pro Team 292  
24 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team 267  
25 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing XC 259  
26 Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus XC Team 257  
27 Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 255  
28 Raphael Gagne (Can) 255  
29 Martin Gujan (Swi) Orange Monkey Pro Team 250  
30 Michal Lami (Svk) 228  
31 Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing 215  
32 Ruben Scheire (Bel) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team 208  
33 Martin Fanger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 206  
34 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing XC 204  
35 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) 186  
36 Reto Indergand (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 182  
37 Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing 178  
38 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Sram Rubena Trek 178  
39 David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por) 170  
40 Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team 150  
41 Karl Markt (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team 141  
42 Miguel Martinez (Fra) Tropix-Frm 137  
43 Sven Nys (Bel) 132  
44 Martin Gluth (Ger) 130  
45 Matiss Preimanis (Lat) DPA 128  
46 Hugo Drechou (Fra) Calvisson VTT 125  
47 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 118  
48 Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTB 112  
49 Luca Braidot (Ita) 110  
50 Jonas De Backer (Bel) 106  
51 Martin Loo (Est) Merida Italia Team 105  
52 Russell Finsterwald (USA) Sram/Tld Racing 104  
53 Anton Sintsov (Rus) Titici Lgl International Team 102  
54 Marc Stutzmann (Swi) Giant-Swiss-Team 101  
55 Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Focus XC Team 101  
56 Daniele Braidot (Ita) 100  
57 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team 99  
58 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) MMR Bikes Pro Team 98  
59 Henrique Avancini (Bra) Caloi Team 96  
60 Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team 82  
61 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Focus XC Team 74  
62 Michele Casagrande (Ita) 70  
63 Andrew Blair (Aus) 64  
64 Andras Parti (Hun) Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team 63  
65 Hector Riveros (Col) 60  
66 Matthias Wengelin (Swe) 60  
67 Frank Beemer (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team 58  
68 Kerry Werner (USA) 58  
69 Evan Guthrie (Can) 58  
70 Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc) 57  
71 Marek Konwa (Pol) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team 55  
72 Kristian Hynek (Cze) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 52  
73 Ismael Ventura Sanchez (Spa) 52  
74 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) 51  
75 Robby De Bock (Bel) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team 51  
76 Mark Tupalski (Aus) 47  
77 Hans Becking (Ned) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team 45  
78 Christian Helmig (Lux) 45  
79 Carl Jones (NZl) 44  
80 Simon Scheiber (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team 43  
81 Jan Nesvadba (Cze) 40  
82 Paul Oldham (GBr) 37  
83 Brendan Johnston (Aus) 35  
84 Tom Meeusen (Bel) 32  
85 Mario Luis Miranda Costa (Por) 31  
86 Andrew Watson (Can) 31  
87 Matous Ulman (Cze) 30  
88 Philip Buys (RSA) 29  
89 Dirk Peters (NZl) 29  
90 Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team 29  
91 Shaun Lewis (Aus) 28  
92 Steffen Thum (Ger) 26  
93 Fabian Rabensteiner (Ita) Focus XC Italy Team 25  
94 Cory Wallace (Can) Kona Factory Team 25  
95 Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Team Bulls 25  
96 Ryo Saito (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team 24  
97 Ivan Seledkov (Rus) 23  
98 Paul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) 23  
99 Daniel Federspiel (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team 22  
100 Filip Eberl (Cze) Remerx-Merida Team Kolin 21  
101 Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Btwin MTB Racing Team 21  
102 Simon Gegenheimer (Ger) 21  
103 Markus Bauer (Ger) 21  
104 Travis Frisby (Aus) 19  
105 Matthys Beukes (RSA) 18  
106 Mitchell Hoke (USA) 18  
107 Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona Factory Team 16  
108 Jochen Kass (Ger) 16  
109 Ola Kjören (Nor) 16  
110 Ramon Sagues Portabella (Spa) 15  
111 David Fletcher (GBr) Orange Monkey Pro Team 15  
112 Cameron Dodge (USA) 14  
113 Ricardo Pscheidt (Bra) 13  
114 David Valero (Spa) 12  
115 Oleksandr Gerashchenko (Ukr) Isd MTB Team 11  
116 Rourke Croeser (RSA) Kargo Pro MTB Team 11  
117 Daniel Eymann (Swi) Giant-Swiss-Team 11  
118 Martin Haring (Svk) 10  
119 Renay Groustra (RSA) 10  
120 Hamish Batchelor (GBr) Fluid Fin Race Team 9  
121 Cameron Jette (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing 8  
122 Jiri Novak (Cze) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team 8  
Team World Cup standings with one round remaining
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 492  pts
2 Multivan Merida Biking Team 330  
3 Trek Factory Racing 291  
4 Scott-Odlo Mtb Racing Team 282  
5 BH-Suntour-KMC 259  
6 Cannondale Factory Racing 207  
7 Giant Pro XC Team 196  
8 Stöckli Pro Team 149  
9 I.Idro Drain Bianchi 120  
10 Tropix-Frm 69  
11 Scott-3Rox Racing 68  
12 Specialized Racing XC 61  
13 MMR Bikes Pro Team 49  
14 Sram Rubena Trek 23  
15 Orange Monkey Pro Team 23  
16 Focus XC Team 22  
17 Versluys Team 17  
18 Titici Lgl International Team 7  
19 Calvisson Vtt 7  
20 Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team 6  
21 DPA 5  
22 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 5  
23 Sram/Tld Racing 4  
24 Ötztal Scott Racing Team 2  
25 Giant-Swiss-Team 2