Kerschbaumer seals World Cup victory

Italian beats Konwa at Val di Sole

World Cup leader Gerhard Kerschbaumer (TX Active Bianchi) easily took his fifth victory of the U23 cross country World Cup series at the final round in Val di Sole, Italy. Kerschbaumer had already won the overall title coming into the race, but was clearly anxious to win in front of his home fans. Marek Konwa (Milka Trek) took second and Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Focus MIG) was third.

A lead group of 10 broke away on the first lap of the five lap race, which was whittled down to six men by lap two: Kerschbaumer, Konwa, Schulte-Luenzum, Fabien Canal (GT Skoda Chamonix), Reto Indergand (MK-Zentralschweiz) and Matthias Stirnemann (Thoemus Racing). This group stayed intact until late in lap three, when Kerschbaumer attacked and soloed away to victory. The chasers stayed together until the final lap.

In the final standings, Kerschbaumer finished with 542 points, nearly double the total of second place Canal (274), while Konwa finished third with 260 points. The top North American was Stephen Ettinger (BMC) in eighth overall.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) TX Active Bianchi1:14:41 
2Marek Konwa (Pol) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team0:00:09 
3Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus MIG Team0:00:19 
4Reto Indergand (Swi) MK - Zentralschweiz0:00:30 
5Fabien Canal (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:00:44 
6Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team0:00:48 
7Ruben Scheire (Bel)0:01:07 
8Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Development Team0:01:12 
9Piotr Brzozka (Pol) Jbg - 2 Professional MTB Team0:01:19 
10Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:01:28 
11Jeff Luyten (Bel) MPL Specialized MTB Team0:01:37 
12Andy Eyring (Ger)0:01:47 
13Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Focus MIG Team0:02:10 
14Ondrej Cink (Cze) Merida Biking Team0:02:17 
15Marco Minnaard (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:02:23 
16Marcel Fleschhut (Ger)0:02:30 
17Diego Rosa (Ita) Giant Italia Team0:02:47 
18Olof Jonsson (Swe) Rocky Roads - Orbea0:02:54 
19Jordan Sarrou (Fra) Scott Les Saisies0:03:00 
20Marek Rauchfuss (Cze)0:03:06 
21Hugo Drechou (Fra)0:03:10 
22Luca Braidot (Ita)0:03:14 
23Nicholas Pettina (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec0:03:33 
24Benjamin Buchi (Swi)0:03:42 
25Dmytro Titarenko (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team  
26Jhonnatan Botero Villegas (Col)0:03:43 
27Jérémy Huguenin (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour0:03:50 
28Jan Nesvadba (Cze)0:03:51 
29Jaime Yesid Chia Amaya (Col)0:04:03 
30Kenta Gallagher (GBr)0:04:27 
31Timofei Ivanov (Rus)0:04:32 
32Markus Bauer (Ger)  
33Erik Groen (Ned) Feenstra Stevens Bike Team0:04:42 
34Tomas Paprstka (Cze)0:04:47 
35Thomas Lapeyrie (Fra) Lapierre International0:04:52 
36Marc Stutzmann (Swi)0:04:54 
37Evan Mcneely (Can)0:04:55 
38Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) Euro One - Cube MTB Team0:05:00 
39Dirk Peters (NZl)0:05:01 
40Matej Nepustil (Cze) Merida Biking Team0:05:06 
41Cristofer Bosque Ruano (Spa)  
42Marc Metzler (Swi)0:05:47 
43Thibaut Bellanger (Fra) Team Veloroc Lapierre0:05:54 
44James Reid (RSA)0:05:58 
45Felix Euteneuer (Ger)0:06:01 
46Jose Maria Sanchez Ruiz (Spa)0:06:04 
47Mirco Widmer (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour0:06:16 
48Martino Di Pierdomenico (Ita) Infotre - Bi & Esse - Leecougan0:06:43 
49Simon Stiebjahn (Ger)0:06:47 
50Wenzel Böhm-Gräber (Ger)0:06:48 
51Claude Koster (Swi)0:07:04 
52Tim Lemmers (Ned)0:07:14 
53Henrique Avancini (Bra) ISD Cycling Team0:07:17 
54Martin Gluth (Ger)0:07:21 
55Sebastian Batchelor (GBr) Infotre - Bi & Esse - Leecougan0:07:49 
56Ivan Smirnov (Rus)0:08:15 
57Rens De Bruin (Ned)0:08:20 
58Maximilian Vieider (Ita)0:08:51 
59Emilien Barben (Swi)0:09:03 
60Fabian Rabensteiner (Ita)0:09:23 
61Brad Hudson (NZl)0:09:41 
62Michael Crosbie (Aus)0:09:55 
63Roger Walder (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing0:10:01 
64Mike Schuler (Swi) MK - Zentralschweiz  
65Maximilian Holz (Ger)0:10:26 
66Andrea Cina (Ita) Team Dayco Titici0:10:43 
67Trenton Day (Aus)0:11:12 
68Fabrice Mels (Bel) Rocky Roads - Orbea0:11:17 
69Adrian Sauer (Ger)0:11:18 
70Matthias Hoi (Aut)0:11:22 
71Samuel Shaw (NZl)0:12:26 
72Lucas Garbellotto (Fra)0:12:29 
73Cameron Ivory (Aus)0:12:32 
74Mykhaylo Batsutsa (Ukr) Infotre - Bi & Esse - Leecougan0:13:13 
75Urban Ferencak (Slo) Torpado Surfing Shop0:13:20 
76Ludwig Döhl (Ger)0:13:29 
-1 lapFederico Andres Mallo (Arg)  
-1l apMerlin Spranz (Aus)  
-1 lapFabian Strecker (Ger)  
-1 lapMarcus Nicolai (Ger)  
-2 lapsDominic Furkert (NZl)  
DNFDavid Simon (Ger) Team Firebike - Droessiger  
DNFDaniele Braidot (Ita)  
DNFRourke Croeser (RSA) Orange Monkey / Cannondale  
DNFPaul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team  
DNFSebastien Carabin (Bel) Versluys - Evenza Team  
DNFJakub Magnusek (Cze) S&H Superior Mtb Team  
DNFMatthias Rupp (Swi) Team Firebike - Droessiger  
DNFBart De Vocht (Bel)  
DNFSascha Bleher (Ger)  
DNFAnton Liyubuy (Ukr)  
DNFGiacomo Antonello (Ita) Giant Italia Team  
DNFJan Svorada (Cze) Merida Biking Team  
DNSLeandre Bouchard (Can)  
U23 cross country World Cup final standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) TX Active Bianchi542 pts
2Fabien Canal (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix274 
3Marek Konwa (Pol) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team260 
4Alexander Gehbauer (Aut)250 
5Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team215 
6Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus MIG Team208 
7Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Versluys-Evenza Team199 
8Stephen Ettinger (USA)174 
9Ruben Scheire (Bel) MPL Specialized MTB Team171 
10David Fletcher (GBr)137 
11Ondrej Cink (Cze) Merida Biking Team132 
12Piotr Brzozka (Pol) JGB-2 Professional MTB Team120 
13Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team116 
14Marco Minnaard (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team111 
15Markus Bauer (Ger)100 
16Reto Indergand (Swi) MK-Zentralschweiz80 
17Jordan Sarrou (Fra) Scott Les Saisies76 
18Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) Euro One-Cube MTB Team64 
19Diego Rosa (Ita) Giant Italia Team61 
20Jérémy Huguenin (Swi) Giant Swiss SR-Suntour58 
21Jeff Luyten (Bel) MPL Specialized MTB Team58 
22Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Focus MIG Team53 
23Andy Eyring (Ger)48 
24Erik Groen (Ned) Feenstra Stevens Bike Team34 
25Evan Mcneely (Can)33 
26Marcel Fleschhut (Ger)33 
27Olof Jonsson (Swe) Rocky Roads-Orbea30 
28Leandre Bouchard (Can)28 
29Russell Finsterwald (USA) Subaru-Trek27 
30Benjamin Buchi (Swi)26 
31Julian Schelb (Ger)24 
32Dmytro Titarenko (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team23 
33Marc Metzler (Swi)23 
34Fabian Strecker (Ger)21 
35Jeremy Martin (Can)18 
36Kerry Werner (USA)18 
37Felix Euteneuer (Ger)16 
38Rourke Croeser (RSA) Orange Monkey / Cannondale16 
39Kornel Osicki (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team16 
40Mitchell Bailey (Can)14 
41Ivan Smirnov (Rus)14 
42Matthias Rupp (Swi) Team Firebike-Droessiger13 
43Daniel Geismayr (Aut)12 
44Evan Guthrie (Can)12 
45Marek Rauchfuss (Cze)12 
46Luca Braidot (Ita)11 
47Daniel Eymann (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team10 
48Julien Trarieux (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix10 
49Cristofer Bosque Ruano (Spa)8 
50Tyson Wagler (Can)8 
51Henrique Avancini (Bra) ISD Cycling Team7 
52Hugo Drechou (Fra)6 
53Jack Hinkens (USA)5 
54Kenta Gallagher (GBr)5 
55Bart De Vocht (Bel)5 
56Gilles Sarrazin (Fra) Team Veloroc Lapierre5 
57Simon Stiebjahn (Ger)5 
58Bryan Falaschi (Ita)4 
59Martin Gluth (Ger)4 
60Nicholas Pettina (Ita) Elettroveneta-Corratec3 
61Mirco Widmer (Swi) Giant Swiss SR-Suntour3 
62Thomas Sampson (USA)3 
63Pete Ostroski (USA)3 
64Jonas Pedersen (Den)2 
65Paul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team2 
66Thibaut Bellanger (Fra) Team Veloroc Lapierre2 
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