Kulhavy outsprints Schurter

Czech rider seals World Cup overall

Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) topped off his incredible World Cup season by winning the his fifth race in seven rounds at the World Cup final in Val di Sole. Kulhavy fended off a strong challenge by the Swiss duo of Nino Schurter and Florian Vogel (both Scott-Swisspower) to outsprint Schurter for the win.

In previous races this year, Kulhavy has attacked early, riding away from the rest of the field. This time, he allowed Schurter and Vogel to set the pace over the six laps, content to follow them up the steep climbs and never looking to be in difficulty.

The trio dropped Julien Absalon (Orbea) by the second lap, and the Frenchman chased in vain all race, eventually finishing fourth. Behind Absalon, a chase group formed, containing world champion Jose Hermida (Multivan Merida), Lukas and Matthias Flückiger (Trek World Racing), Stephane Tempier (TX Active Bianchi), Christoph Sauser (Specialized), Todd Wells (Specialized), Thomas Litscher (Felt Oetztal X-Bionic), Manuel Fumic (Cannondale) and Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Wildwolf-Trek).

This group was steadily losing ground, and started shedding riders as the race wore on, with Lukas Flückiger eventually dropping the remaining members to take the fifth and final podium spot.

A crash on the start loop also took out of contention some top riders.  Burry Stander (Specialized) found himself with a broken chain just after the start and rode an amazing race, moving up from 120th on the first lap to finish 23rd.

In the front trio, Vogel was finally dropped on the fifth lap, leaving Schurter to try and ditch Kulhavy, without success. Kulhavy attacked in the final kilometre and easily outsprinted Schurter, popping a wheelie as he crossed the line.

"He was playing with us," said Schurter, a little bitterly. "I tried to attack, but he just sat on, and I could not drop him. I will have to think about what I can do in the next two weeks, to be able to beat him at the Worlds, but it will be hard."

"I am very happy to have won the World Cup," said Kulhavy, "but I am surprised that I was able to ride so well on a course with so much climbing. This has been a perfect season for me."

Kulhavy finished the series with five first places, one second place and a third place, for a total of 1610 points. Schurter was a distant second, with 1270 and Absalon held onto third with 960 points. Hermida took fourth with 813 points, just squeaking ahead of Maxime Marotte (BH-Suntour-Peisey Vallandry) at 810. Todd Wells was the top North American, in 21st, followed by Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) in 24th.

Full results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing1:25:08 
2Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing  
3Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing0:01:21 
4Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea0:02:05 
5Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing0:02:37 
6Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi0:02:45 
7Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing0:02:49 
8Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing0:02:51 
9Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:03:00 
10Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:03:04 
11Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing0:03:06 
12José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:03:10 
13Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:03:14 
14Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Racing0:03:43 
15Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Team Protek  
16Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:03:44 
17Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing0:04:06 
18Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry0:04:29 
19Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing0:05:00 
20Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek0:05:13 
21Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys - Evenza Team0:05:29 
22Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Racing  
23Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing0:05:48 
24Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor0:05:58 
25Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:06:08 
26Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea0:06:11 
27Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing0:06:15 
28Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:06:27 
29Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:06:43 
30Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:06:55 
31Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team0:07:06 
32Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec0:07:15 
33Jukka Vastaranta (Fin) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team0:07:24 
34Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:07:32 
35Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain0:07:36 
36Sid Taberlay (Aus)0:07:39 
37Christoph Soukup (Aut)0:07:41 
38Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:07:44 
39Andras Parti (Hun) Euro One - Cube MTB Team  
40Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:07:52 
41Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop0:08:01 
42Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:08:02 
43Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional Mtb Team0:08:04 
44Robby De Bock (Bel)0:08:12 
45Umberto Corti (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.0:08:13 
46Derek Zandstra (Can)  
47Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:08:29 
48Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team  
49Daniel Mcconnell (Aus)0:08:44 
50Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team0:08:53 
51Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru - Trek0:09:08 
52Lukas Kaufmann (Swi)0:09:14 
53Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Lapierre International0:09:18 
54Martino Fruet (Ita)0:09:26 
55Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:09:36 
56Pascal Meyer (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team0:09:46 
57Patrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:10:04 
58Hector Leonardo Paez Leon (Col)0:10:07 
59Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec0:10:12 
60Michal Lami (Svk)0:10:26 
61Tony Longo (Ita) TX Active Bianchi0:10:31 
62Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:11:00 
63Bas Peters (Ned) Team Merida Combee0:11:14 
64Giancarlo Sax (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team0:11:23 
65Adam Morka (Can)0:11:46 
66Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team0:12:05 
67Adrian Brzozka (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team0:13:23 
68Irjan Luttenberg (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team  
69Johannes Schweiggl (Ita)  
70Mario Alberto Rojas Rojas (Col)0:14:14 
71Michael Broderick (USA)0:14:38 
-1 lapBenjamin Wittrup Justesen (Den)  
-1 lapFabio Ursi (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.  
-1 lapKazuhiro Yamamoto (Jpn)  
-1 lapRenay Groustra (RSA)  
-1 lapMatthew Hadley (Can)  
-1 lapPaolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc) GT Stacplastic Team  
-1 lapRobert Gehbauer (Aut)  
-1 lapLudovic Dubau (Fra) Team Newcycling  
-1 lapHannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team  
-1 lapMirko Pirazzoli (Ita)  
-1 lapJiri Novak (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team  
-1 lapYader Zoli (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop  
-1 lapDavide Di Marco (Ita)  
-1 lapSeiya Hirano (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor  
-1 lapSang Hoon Na (Kor)  
-1 lapMatthias Waldhart (Aut)  
-1 lapPascal Hossay (Bel) G - Skin - Deforche MTB Racing Team  
-2 lapsChun Hing Chan (HKg)  
-2 lapsChris Jongewaard (Aus) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team  
-2 lapsOliver Munnik (RSA)  
-2 lapsKen Onodera (Jpn)  
-2 lapsPierre Lebreton (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry  
-2 lapsSeverin Disch (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team  
-2 lapsJiri Friedl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team  
-2 lapsOleksandr Gerashchenko (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team  
-2 lapsPaul Remy (Fra)  
-2 lapsRoberto Crisi (Ita)  
-2 lapsSamuele Porro (Ita)  
-2 lapsPeriklis Ilias (Gre) Team Protek  
-3 lapsCarl Jones (NZl)  
-3 lapsBalz Weber (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team  
-3 lapsEmmanuel Valencia Guadarrama (Mex) Turbo Bike Team  
-3 lapsNicola Rohrbach (Swi) Elettroveneta - Corratec  
-3 lapsCameron Jette (Can)  
-3 lapsDror Pekatch (Isr)  
-4 lapsJohn Whittington (GBr)  
-5 lapsMartin Loo (Est) Infotre - Bi & Esse - Leecougan  
DNFMarc Colom (Fra) Team Newcycling  
DNFJelmer Pietersma (Ned) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team  
DNFSepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team  
DNFMartin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour  
DNFAnton Sintsov (Rus)  
DNFPierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Lapierre International  
DNFLuis Anderson Mejia Sanchez (Col) ASPTT Definitive Gitane  
DNFIvan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team  
DNFRene Tann (Ger)  
DNFAlexey Medvedev (Rus) Elettroveneta - Corratec  
DNFSimon Scheiber (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team  
DNFRamon Sagues Portabella (Spa)  
DNFEddie Andres Rendon (Col)  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Specialized Racing77 pts
2Scott - Swisspower MTB- Racing67 
3Trek World Racing52 
4Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team36 
5Cannondale Factory Racing36 
6Orbea35 
7TX Active Bianchi26 
8Wildwolf - Trek Racing26 
9Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team22 
10Multivan Merida Biking Team20 
11BMC Mountainbike Racing Team18 
12Team Protek16 
13BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry13 
14Subaru - Trek11 
15Versluys - Evenza Team10 
16Team Bridgestone Anchor7 
17Topeak Ergon Racing Team6 
18Giant Factory Off-Road Team3 
19S&H Superior MTB Team2 
Elite men cross country final World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing1610 pts
2Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing1270 
3Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea960 
4José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team813 
5Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-Suntour-Peisey Vallandry810 
6Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing768 
7Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing760 
8Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing668 
9Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi662 
10Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing658 
11Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing658 
12Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing636 
13Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing598 
14Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf-Trek Racing550 
15Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team537 
16Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team529 
17Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team511 
18Rudi Van Houts (Ned)496 
19Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf-Trek Racing470 
20Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing465 
21Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing441 
22Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea421 
23Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team368 
24Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain363 
25Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team358 
26Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team334 
27Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru-Trek279 
28Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team273 
29Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team267 
30Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team256 
31Patrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team252 
32Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team252 
33Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team249 
34Derek Zandstra (Can)247 
35Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Trek245 
36Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team235 
37Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss SR-Suntour214 
38Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys-Evenza Team206 
39Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor199 
40Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix197 
41Lukas Kaufmann (Swi)184 
42Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea174 
43Jiri Friedl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team173 
44Andras Parti (Hun) Euro One-Cube MTB Team163 
45Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team162 
46Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team162 
47Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Team Protek160 
48Oliver Beckingsale (GBr)135 
49Marc Colom (Fra) Team Newcycling130 
50Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Team Newcycling125 
51Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Elettroveneta-Corratec125 
52Severin Disch (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team114 
53Martino Fruet (Ita)113 
54Christoph Soukup (Aut)110 
55Jukka Vastaranta (Fin) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team110 
56Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team109 
57Jeremiah Bishop (USA)100 
58Daniel Mcconnell (Aus)92 
59Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team91 
60Jiri Novak (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team90 
61Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team85 
62Irjan Luttenberg (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team82 
63Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop69 
64Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team68 
65Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team67 
66Pascal Meyer (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team63 
67Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta-Corratec61 
68Kristian Hynek (Cze)58 
69Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team58 
70Umberto Corti (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.55 
71Robert Mennen (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team52 
72Balz Weber (Swi) BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team50 
73Chris Jongewaard (Aus)47 
74Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team46 
75Michal Lami (Svk)46 
76Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team44 
77Adam Morka (Can)43 
78Tony Longo (Ita) TX Active Bianchi41 
79Filip Eberl (Cze)38 
80Sid Taberlay (Aus) Kenda/H2O Overdrive34 
81Matthew Hadley (Can)34 
82Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra)32 
83Andrew Watson (Can)32 
84Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona30 
85Lachlan Norris (Aus) Giant Factory Off-Road Team30 
86Anton Sintsov (Rus)26 
87Peter Glassford (Can)25 
88Robby De Bock (Bel)24 
89Periklis Ilias (Gre) Team Protek21 
90Max Plaxton (Can)20 
91Eric Batty (Can)19 
92Rotem Ishai (Isr)17 
93Martin Loo (Est) Infotre - Bi&Esse- Leecougan17 
94Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Lapierre International15 
95Robert Gehbauer (Aut)15 
96Benjamin Wittrup Justesen (Den)15 
97Raphael Gagne (Can)13 
98Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team13 
99Joshua Carlson (Aus)11 
100Hector Leonardo Paez Leon (Col)10 
101Rene Tann (Ger)10 
102Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita) Elettroveneta-Corratec9 
103Michael Broderick (USA)9 
104Simon Scheiber (Aut) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team8 

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