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

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August 8-10

August 08, Elite men eliminator:

Soto wins his first eliminator World Cup in Windham

By:
Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor
Published:
August 09, 2014, 1:43 BST,
Updated:
August 09, 2014, 12:40 BST

Mels defends World Cup overall lead

Catriel Andres Soto (MMR Bikes Pro Team) sprints to win the eliminator World Cup in Windham, New York

Catriel Andres Soto (MMR Bikes Pro Team) sprints to win the eliminator World Cup in Windham, New York

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Catriel Andres Soto (MMR Bikes Pro Team) won his first eliminator World Cup on Friday evening in Windham, New York. The Argentinian rider beat Simon Gegenheimer, Fabrice Mels (Salcano Alanya) and Daniel Federspiel (Otztal Scott Racing Team) in the Big Final.

"This is my first time on the top step of the podium and I can't believe it," Soto told Cyclingnews while still catching his breath.

Soto, who was also the fastest qualifier of the day, surged to the front early in the heat and held off a tenacious Gegenheimer for the win.

"I had good legs for the final, but this course was hard. It was the same final four as last week and while the others have more experience in finals, this was only my second time this year in an eliminator World Cup final."

World Cup leader Mels was in second place, but Gegenheimer got around him. Still, it was enough for Mels to finish third and defend his lead in the overall World Cup series.

Geigenheimer said, "Last week I won, but this was good, too. The first half of the season was not good for me. The goal for me was to catch up in the standings in Canada last weekend and here in the US this weekend, and it's been going well."

Mels said, "I had some bad luck and hit the back wheel of Soto just before a very technical point. I had to clip out with one foot and Simon came through. I tried to follow and sprint as fast as possible, but they were stronger today.

"But I keep the leader's jersey with one more World Cup to go, so I'm happy. It's looking good for the overall."

Federspiel rolled in for fourth place.

Current eliminator World Champion Paul van der Ploeg earned the final spot on the podium by winning the Small Final.

"I was 21st in the qualifying time trial and it wasn't confidence-inspiring to be 10 seconds slower than everyone else. Each heat, I'd hold my position and try to stay in the top two. I was just a bit too far back for the final kick over the hill in the semi-final, and the rider in front of me sat up, and I couldn't get around him quick enough. But I managed to win the B final and get on the podium. Any day you're on a World Cup podium is a good day."

Van der Ploeg talked about the course. "It didn't ride well, but it was quite nice to race. It wasn't technically difficult, but it was physically difficult and there were a lot of tactics which made it fun. The race was much more tactical than I thought it would be."

Full Results

Big Final
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) MMR Bikes Pro Team    
2 Simon Gegenheimer (Ger)    
3 Fabrice Mels* (Bel) Salcano Alanya    
4 Daniel Federspiel (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team    
Small Final
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
5 Paul Van Der Ploeg (Aus)    
6 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Giant Pro XC Team    
7 Jeroen Van Eck* (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team    
8 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team    
1/4 Finals
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
9 Andri Frischknecht* (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team    
10 Patricio Maximiliano Farias Diaz (Chi)    
11 Simon Scheiber (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team    
12 Michal Lami (Svk)    
13 Christian Helmig (Lux)    
14 Ismael Ventura Sanchez (Spa)    
15 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi)    
16 Gregor Raggl* (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team    
1/8 Finals
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
17 Leandre Bouchard* (Can)    
18 Frantisek Lami* (Svk)    
19 Cole Oberman (USA)    
20 Samuel Tremblay* (Can)    
21 Steffen Thum (Ger)    
22 Dario Alejandro Gasco (Arg)    
23 Adrian Retief (NZl)    
24 Casey Williams* (USA)    
25 Christian Pfäffle* (Ger)    
26 Luciano Caraccioli (Arg)    
27 Andrew Watson (Can)    
28 Alexandre Vialle* (Can)    
29 Patricio Andres Campbell Vilches (Chi)    
Elite men eliminator World Cup standings with one round remaining
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Fabrice Mels* (Bel) 157  pts
2 Paul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) 138  
3 Daniel Federspiel (Aut) 130  
4 Simon Gegenheimer (Ger) 124  
5 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) 114  
6 Emil Lindgren (Swe) 71  
7 Samuel Gaze (NZl) 64  
8 Miha Halzer (Slo) 63  
9 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) 36  
10 Leandre Bouchard* (Can) 33  
11 Patrick Lüthi* (Swi) 30  
12 Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) 28  
13 Gregor Raggl* (Aut) 21  
14 Marek Konwa (Pol) 20  
15 Julian Schelb (Ger) 20  
16 Heiko Gutmann (Ger) 18  
17 Krystof Bogar* (Cze) 18  
18 Simon Scheiber (Aut) 18  
19 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) 17  
20 Jeroen Van Eck* (Ned) 16  
21 Samuel Tremblay* (Can) 16  
22 Elia Silvestri (Ita) 16  
23 Philip Buys (RSA) 16  
24 Kevin Miquel (Fra) 16  
25 Matthias Wengelin (Swe) 14  
26 Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) 14  
27 Andri Frischknecht* (Swi) 12  
28 Roger Jenny* (Swi) 12  
29 Patricio Maximiliano Farias Diaz (Chi) 12  
30 Andy Eyring (Ger) 10  
31 Shaun Lewis (Aus) 10  
32 Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) 8  
33 Michal Lami (Svk) 6  
34 Nicolas Lüthi (Swi) 6  
35 Lehvi Braam* (Ned) 6  
36 Fabian Giger (Swi) 6  
37 Christian Helmig (Lux) 4  
38 Tristan Ward (Aus) 4  
39 Ismael Ventura Sanchez (Spa) 3  
40 Antoine Caron (Can) 3  
41 Stefan Peter* (Swi) 3  
42 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) 3  
43 Borys Goral (Pol) 3  
44 Miguel Martinez (Fra) 2  
45 Steffen Thum (Ger) 2  
46 Payson Mcelveen (USA) 1