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MTB World Cup Cross Country #7, Eliminator #6 & Downhill #7 - Meribel 2014

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August 22-24

August 24, Elite men cross country:

Schurter victorious in Méribel cross country World Cup

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
August 24, 2014, 21:22 BST,
Updated:
August 25, 2014, 17:14 BST

Absalon and Fumic round out podium

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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The men's cross country World Cup has been dominated by two riders all season - Julien Absalon (BMC) and Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo), each with three wins apiece. Absalon was virtually assured the overall title, since Schurter had missed the second round, but it did not affect his desire to win the final round before his compatriots in Méribel, France.

Schurter is always a fast starter, and had a 20-second lead by the end of the first lap on a chase group initially containing Absalon, Mathias Fluckiger (Stockli), Lukas Fluckiger (BMC), Emil Lindgren (Giant Pro XC), Dan McConnell (Trek Factory Racing) and Manuel Fumic (Cannondale Factory).

While Absalon was driving the chase on the climbs, with only Fumic able to match him, Schurter was clearly faster on the descents, maintaining a 30-second gap at the start of each lap after final long descent. On the final lap, Absalon finally managed to drop Fumic on the climb to solo in 13 seconds behind Schurter, as he took the 14th World Cup win of his career.

"It's an awesome feeling to win my third [World Cup] in a row, I feel super lucky," said Schurter. "I felt pretty confident on this tricky track. It was a really technical downhill and I chose the full suspension bike, which I think was the right decision, since I think I gained a lot of time on the downhill. I'm really looking forward to the Worlds next, I want to defend my title there."

Absalon won the World Cup title, the sixth of his career but first since 2009, with 1490 points, followed by Schurter at 1330. McConnell finished third with 970 points, while Fumic jumped from fifth to fourth with 856 points after finishing third in the final round.

"I'm really happy to win the title," said Absalon. "I have had it five times, but the last time was a long time ago [2009], so I'm happy to have such a good season. It was really good to have the final here in France with lots of spectators and the ambiance all around the track. It was difficult to fight and still do a safe race."

"For sure it is more pressure for me to race in France; it would be easy for me to do a top-30 to win the [overall] trophy, but in France, for me, it would not be possible to ride in 30th position. For the public I have to fight to be in front. I didn't want to flat, I didn't want to crash or have any technical problems, so I lost lots of time in the downhill. It was a little bit like Windham [round 6], where Nino was also fast in the downhill."

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team 1:33:06  
2 Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:00:13  
3 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:00:37  
4 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:00:46  
5 Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) I.Idro Drain Bianchi 0:01:12  
6 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:17  
7 Ralph Naef (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:01:48  
8 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team 0:02:06  
9 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team 0:02:07  
10 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:02:11  
11 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Giant Pro XC Team 0:02:34  
12 Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:02:35  
13 Fabian Giger (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team 0:02:48  
14 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:02:51  
15 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-Suntour-KMC 0:03:15  
16 Luca Braidot (Ita) 0:04:12  
17 Martin Fanger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:04:21  
18 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing    
19 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:04:40  
20 Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:05:06  
21 Markus Bauer (Ger) 0:05:42  
22 Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:05:45  
23 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team 0:05:53  
24 Daniele Braidot (Ita) 0:05:58  
25 Henrique Avancini (Bra) Caloi Team 0:06:01  
26 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) BH-Suntour-KMC 0:06:05  
27 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Tropix-Frm 0:06:07  
28 Martin Gujan (Swi) Orange Monkey Pro Team    
29 Hugo Drechou (Fra) Calvisson VTT 0:06:08  
30 Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus XC Team 0:06:10  
31 Reto Indergand (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:06:15  
32 Matthias Wengelin (Swe) 0:06:43  
33 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Sram Rubena Trek 0:06:52  
34 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) 0:06:59  
35 Rourke Croeser (RSA) Kargo Pro MTB Team 0:07:01  
36 Calle Friberg (Swe) 0:07:03  
37 Michal Lami (Svk) 0:07:17  
38 Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team 0:07:24  
39 Alexander Gehbauer (Aut) I.Idro Drain Bianchi 0:07:35  
40 Ismael Ventura Sanchez (Spa) 0:07:44  
41 Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTB 0:08:01  
42 Miguel Martinez (Fra) Tropix-Frm 0:08:08  
43 David Valero (Spa) 0:08:22  
44 Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Team Bulls 0:08:29  
45 Marc Stutzmann (Swi) Giant-Swiss-Team 0:08:42  
46 Frank Beemer (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team 0:08:49  
47 Daniel Eymann (Swi) Giant-Swiss-Team 0:08:58  
48 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing XC 0:09:00  
49 Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team 0:09:20  
50 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Mmr Bikes Pro Team 0:09:27  
51 Anton Gogolev (Rus) 0:09:54  
52 David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por) 0:10:01  
53 Hans Becking (Ned) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team 0:10:15  
54 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Mmr Bikes Pro Team 0:10:32  
55 Simon Scheiber (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team 0:10:40  
56 Christian Helmig (Lux) 0:11:22  
57 Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Btwin MTB Racing Team 0:11:58  
58 Anton Sintsov (Rus) Titici Lgl International Team 0:12:40  
59 Alexis Chenevier (Fra) Scott - La Clusaz 0:13:09  
-1lap Rotem Ishay (Isr)    
-1lap Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team    
-1lap Martino Fruet (Ita)    
-1lap Ruben Scheire (Bel) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team    
-1lap Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)    
-1lap Andras Parti (Hun) Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team    
-1lap Martin Loo (Est) Merida Italia Team    
-1lap Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Focus XC Team    
-1lap Ramon Sagues Portabella (Spa)    
-1lap Cristofer Bosque Ruano (Spa)    
-1lap Steffen Thum (Ger)    
-1lap Robby De Bock (Bel) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team    
-2laps Karl Markt (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team    
-2laps Ricardo Paulo Reis Marinheiro (Por)    
-2laps Jonas De Backer (Bel)    
-2laps Jorgen Flion (Bel)    
-2laps Tomas Tvrdik (Cze)    
-2laps Marek Konwa (Pol) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team    
-2laps Michele Casagrande (Ita)    
-2laps Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita)    
-2laps Jason Bouttell (GBr)    
-2laps Marco Schätzing (Ger)    
-3laps Kornel Osicki (Pol) Kross Racing Team    
-3laps Simon Gegenheimer (Ger)    
-3laps Cristobal Silva Ibaceta (Chi) Tropix-Frm    
-3laps José Alberto Gonzalez Merchan (Ecu)    
-3laps Mario Luis Miranda Costa (Por)    
-3laps Marcin Kawalec (Pol) Sante-Bsa Whistle Team    
-3laps Jan Withaar (RSA)    
-3laps Zdenek Vobecky (Cze)    
-3laps Fabian Rabensteiner (Ita) Focus XC Italy Team    
-3laps Martin Haring (Svk)    
-3laps Titouan Perrin Ganier (Fra) Focus Rotor Coaching-System    
-3laps Piotr Kurczab (Pol)    
DNF Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team    
DNF Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing XC    
DNS Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team    
DNS Martin Gluth (Ger)    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 89  pts
2 Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team 62  
3 Cannondale Factory Racing 45  
4 Trek Factory Racing 43  
5 Multivan Merida Biking Team 42  
6 Giant Pro Xc Team 38  
7 I.Idro Drain Bianchi 28  
8 Stöckli Pro Team 23  
9 BH-Suntour-KMC 21  
10 Versluys Team 8  
11 Caloi Team 6  
12 Tropix-FRM 4  
13 Orange Monkey Pro Team 3  
14 Calvisson Vtt 2  
15 Focus Xc Team 1  
Elite men final World Cup standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 1490  pts
2 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team 1330  
3 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing 970  
4 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 856  
5 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) BH-Suntour-KMC 785  
6 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team 785  
7 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 767  
8 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 709  
9 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 683  
10 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-Suntour-KMC 668  
11 Fabian Giger (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team 656  
12 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team 566  
13 Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 545  
14 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Giant Pro XC Team 512  
15 Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) I.Idro Drain Bianchi 509  
16 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 496  
17 Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 464  
18 Ralph Naef (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 428  
19 Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team 416  
20 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Tropix-Frm 381  
21 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 364  
22 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team 327  
23 Alexander Gehbauer (Aut) I.Idro Drain Bianchi 326  
24 Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 321  
25 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Mmr Bikes Pro Team 310  
26 Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus XC Team 303  
27 Martin Gujan (Swi) Orange Monkey Pro Team 300  
28 Martin Fanger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 278  
29 Michal Lami (Svk) 260  
30 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing XC 259  
31 Raphael Gagne (Can) 255  
32 Reto Indergand (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 226  
33 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) 224  
34 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing XC 224  
35 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Sram Rubena Trek 218  
36 Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing 215  
37 Ruben Scheire (Bel) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team 208  
38 David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por) 186  
39 Luca Braidot (Ita) 184  
40 Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing 178  
41 Hugo Drechou (Fra) Calvisson VTT 173  
42 Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team 169  
43 Miguel Martinez (Fra) Tropix-Frm 163  
44 Daniele Braidot (Ita) 158  
45 Henrique Avancini (Bra) Caloi Team 152  
46 Karl Markt (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team 141  
47 Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTB 139  
48 Sven Nys (Bel) 132  
49 Martin Gluth (Ger) 130  
50 Matiss Preimanis (Lat) Dpa 128  
51 Marc Stutzmann (Swi) Giant-Swiss-Team 124  
52 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 118  
53 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Mmr Bikes Pro Team 112  
54 Anton Sintsov (Rus) Titici Lgl International Team 112  
55 Jonas De Backer (Bel) 106  
56 Martin Loo (Est) Merida Italia Team 105  
57 Russell Finsterwald (USA) Sram/Tld Racing 104  
58 Matthias Wengelin (Swe) 102  
59 Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Focus XC Team 101  
60 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team 99  
61 Markus Bauer (Ger) 85  
62 Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team 82  
63 Frank Beemer (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team 80  
64 Ismael Ventura Sanchez (Spa) 80  
65 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Focus XC Team 74  
66 Michele Casagrande (Ita) 70  
67 Andrew Blair (Aus) 64  
68 Andras Parti (Hun) Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team 63  
69 Hector Riveros (Col) 60  
70 Hans Becking (Ned) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team 60  
71 Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team 59  
72 Kerry Werner (USA) 58  
73 Evan Guthrie (Can) 58  
74 Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc) 57  
75 Christian Helmig (Lux) 57  
76 Simon Scheiber (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team 56  
77 Marek Konwa (Pol) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team 55  
78 Kristian Hynek (Cze) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 52  
79 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) 51  
80 Robby De Bock (Bel) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team 51  
81 Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Team Bulls 49  
82 Rourke Croeser (RSA) Kargo Pro MTB Team 47  
83 Mark Tupalski (Aus) 47  
84 Carl Jones (NZl) 44  
85 Jan Nesvadba (Cze) 40  
86 Paul Oldham (GBr) 37  
87 David Valero (Spa) 37  
88 Brendan Johnston (Aus) 35  
89 Calle Friberg (Swe) 34  
90 Daniel Eymann (Swi) Giant-Swiss-Team 32  
91 Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Btwin MTB Racing Team 32  
92 Tom Meeusen (Bel) 32  
93 Mario Luis Miranda Costa (Por) 31  
94 Andrew Watson (Can) 31  
95 Matous Ulman (Cze) 30  
96 Philip Buys (RSA) 29  
97 Dirk Peters (NZl) 29  
98 Shaun Lewis (Aus) 28  
99 Steffen Thum (Ger) 26  
100 Fabian Rabensteiner (Ita) Focus XC Italy Team 25  
101 Cory Wallace (Can) Kona Factory Team 25  
102 Ryo Saito (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team 24  
103 Ivan Seledkov (Rus) 23  
104 Paul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) 23  
105 Daniel Federspiel (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team 22  
106 Filip Eberl (Cze) Remerx-Merida Team Kolin 21  
107 Simon Gegenheimer (Ger) 21  
108 Travis Frisby (Aus) 19  
109 Matthys Beukes (RSA) 18  
110 Mitchell Hoke (USA) 18  
111 Anton Gogolev (Rus) 17  
112 Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona Factory Team 16  
113 Jochen Kass (Ger) 16  
114 Ola Kjören (Nor) 16  
115 Ramon Sagues Portabella (Spa) 15  
116 David Fletcher (GBr) Orange Monkey Pro Team 15  
117 Cameron Dodge (USA) 14  
118 Ricardo Pscheidt (Bra) 13  
119 Oleksandr Gerashchenko (Ukr) Isd MTB Team 11  
120 Martin Haring (Svk) 10  
121 Renay Groustra (RSA) 10  
122 Alexis Chenevier (Fra) Scott - La Clusaz 9  
123 Hamish Batchelor (GBr) Fluid Fin Race Team 9  
124 Rotem Ishay (Isr) 8  
125 Cameron Jette (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing 8  
126 Jiri Novak (Cze) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team 8  
Team final World Cup standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 581  pts
2 Multivan Merida Biking Team 372  
3 Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team 344  
4 Trek Factory Racing 334  
5 BH-Suntour-KMC 280  
6 Cannondale Factory Racing 252  
7 Giant Pro Xc Team 234  
8 Stöckli Pro Team 172  
9 I.Idro Drain Bianchi 148  
10 Tropix-FRM 73  
11 Scott-3Rox Racing 68  
12 Specialized Racing Xc 61  
13 Mmr Bikes Pro Team 49  
14 Orange Monkey Pro Team 26  
15 Versluys Team 25  
16 Focus Xc Team 23  
17 Sram Rubena Trek 23  
18 Calvisson Vtt 9  
19 Titici Lgl International Team 7  
20 Caloi Team 6  
21 Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team 6  
22 Dpa 5  
23 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 5  
24 Sram/Tld Racing 4  
25 Ötztal Scott Racing Team 2  
26 Giant-Swiss-Team 2