Hermida unbeatable in Austria

Spaniard Ruzafa Cueto takes silver ahead of Flückiger

José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Multivan Merida Biking Team) bracketed the 2009 World Cup, winning the first round in South Africa and the last on Saturday in Schladming, Austria. The win moved him from fourth to second in the overall standings behind Julien Absalon (Orbea)

Absalon locked up the World Cup title a week earlier. However, second for fifth in the series were still in play among seven riders, and it was Hermida who took control.

Spanish compatriot Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Orbea) took second for his first World Cup podium, followed by Trek's Mathias Flückiger, the first Under 23 rider. Absalon, after racing at the front three for most of the six-lap race retired after a flat just before the start of the final lap. Adam Craig (Giant) was the top North American in 21st, two spots ahead of Canada's Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain).

The short men's race started very aggressively, with a group of eight forming at the front. World Champion Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) and Roel Paulissen (Cannondale) set the early pace, joined by Hermida, Absalon, Ralph Näf (Multivan Merida), Florian Vogel (Scott-Swisspower), Flückiger and Alexis Vuillermoz (Lapierre). Early in lap two, Absalon decided it was time to shake things up a bit, and attacked on one of the steep climbs.

The Olympic champion opened a small 10-second gap on Hermida and Flückiger, who were the only two able to respond initially to his attack after Näf broke his chain. Hermida, the winner of the opening round of the World Cup, five long months ago in South Africa, slowly closed the gap, and joined Absalon early in lap four. After a brief time together, Hermida launched the attack which would put him into the lead for good.

"Between Pietermaritzburg [South Africa] and here, it has been a long season," said Hermida, "but my balance through the year has been very good, very stable. I came to this race feeling pretty good, and looking for a final strong result. When I caught Julien, I took a short rest of maybe 30 seconds, and then I attacked again, and he could not come with me. Today was the final exams for the season, and I wanted a strong result."

Behind, Absalon was at 20 seconds at the start of lap five, but Flückiger and Ruzafa Cueto were gaining ground. While the French rider would not give in easily, he did not feel the pressure to come back from his flat.

"I was without pressure," Absalon said. "The plan was if I felt good, then (I would) fight for victory. So I went to the front and got a little gap, but Jose came up. I was thinking that second would be good at the end of the season, but I got my flat tire at the end of the fifth lap, and I knew it would not be possible to get back up there with one lap left in the race."

Ruzafa Cueto was suddenly into second, having passed Flückiger midway through the lap, and the front three were set, with Schurter just holding off Vuillermoz for fourth place.

Hermida's victory moved him up to second in the final standings, as he bumped the Under 23 champion Burry Stander down to third, with Näf fourth and Schurter fifth. Geoff Kabush remained in eighth overall for the series.

"I didn't have the legs today," said Kabush. "I felt really bad last week [in Champery], so I rested all this week. But for this course you needed wings, and I didn't have them. The first lap I made a big effort and milked out everything, but I didn't have it. It's hard to have a mediocre end to the season."

"My goal this year was to win a World Cup, and I achieved that, which was a pretty big dream, and then fifth at the Worlds was big, so I would definitely have to say that this has been my best year ever, and I'll just keep trying to improve for next year."

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team1:40:42 
2Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea0:00:30 
3Mathias Flückiger* (Swi) Trek World Racing0:01:26 
4Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing0:01:52 
5Alexis Vuillermoz* (Fra) Lapierre International0:01:58 
6Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Massi0:02:25 
7Roel Paulissen (Bel) Cannondale Factory Racing0:02:29 
8Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Cemelorca-Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo0:02:41 
9Moritz Milatz (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:03:15 
10Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:03:26 
11Cédric Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International0:03:51 
12Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Factory Racing0:04:04 
13Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing0:04:05 
14Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea0:04:06 
15Burry Stander* (RSA) Specialized Factory Racing0:04:23 
16Guillaume Vinit* (Fra) Team Scott Valloire Galibier0:04:28 
17Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Msc Bikes0:04:36 
18Fabian Giger* (Swi) SKS M.I.G. Team0:05:10 
19Oliver Beckingsale (GBr) Giant Mountain Bike Team0:05:16 
20Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:05:31 
21Adam Craig (USA) Giant Mountain Bike Team0:05:39 
22Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-Suntour0:05:45 
23Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles0:05:53 
24Christoph Soukup (Aut) Merida Biking Team0:06:02 
25Marek Konwa* (Pol)0:06:12 
26Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Central Ghost Pro Team0:06:38 
27Robert Mennen (Ger)0:06:56 
28Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing0:07:04 
29Martin Fanger* (Swi) Giant Mountain Bike Team0:07:08 
30Liam Killeen (GBr) Trek World Racing0:07:42 
31Patrik Gallati* (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing0:07:49 
32Yader Zoli (Ita) Torpado-4Us0:08:12 
33Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Giant Mountain Bike Team0:08:27 
34Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition0:08:44 
35Thomas Litscher* (Swi) SKS M.I.G. Team  
36Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita)  
37Fabien Canal* (Fra) Lapierre International0:08:46 
38Bjorn Brems (Bel) Team Saeco0:08:49 
39Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Tea0:09:21 
40Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher0:09:22 
41Lukas Kaufmann* (Swi)0:09:39 
42Sebastien Carabin* (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team0:09:52 
43Filip Eberl (Cze)0:09:58 
44Pascal Meyer* (Swi) SKS M.I.G. Team0:10:16 
45Piotr Brzozka* (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team0:10:43 
46Rene Tann (Ger)0:10:46 
47Emil Lindgren (Swe) De Brink-Ten Tusscher0:10:52 
48Marti Gispert Labarta (Spa) Msc Bikes0:10:53 
49François Bailly Maitre (Fra) Team Scott Valloire Galibier0:10:56 
50Torsten Marx (Ger) Ds-Rennsport0:10:59 
51Stéphane Tempier (Fra) Tx Active Bianchi0:11:05 
52Karl Markt (Aut) Srm Stevens Team0:11:13 
53Henk Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) De Brink-Ten Tusscher0:11:19 
54Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team0:11:28 
55Marc Colom (Fra)0:11:57 
56Lachlan Norris* (Aus) Discovertasmania.Com0:11:58 
57Matous Ulman (Cze) Scott & Hagget MTB Team0:12:05 
58Nicolas Vermeulen (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team0:12:17 
59Christof Bischof (Swi) ISD Cycling Team0:12:41 
60Anders Hovdenes* (Nor) Team Etto Hoydahl0:13:13 
61Simon Scheiber* (Aut) Sunshine Racers Asv Nals0:13:21 
62Kristian Hynek (Cze) Scott & Hagget MTB Team0:13:33 
63Catriel Andres Soto* (Arg) Infotre - Leecougan0:14:01 
64Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut)0:14:37 
65Severin Disch* (Swi) Giant Mountain Bike Team0:15:12 
66Tim Wynants* (Bel) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Tea0:15:55 
-1lapAndras Parti (Hun) Srm Stevens Team  
-1lapDerek Zandstra (Can)  
-1lapIrjan Luttenberg* (Ned)  
-1lapAdrian Brzozka* (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team  
-1lapZsolt Juhasz* (Hun)  
-1lapPeriklis Ilias (Gre) ISD Cycling Team  
-1lapLudovic Mottet (Bel)  
-1lapMarcel Fleschhut* (Ger)  
-1lapFabian Strecker* (Ger)  
-1lapMichael Broderick (USA)  
-1lapPeter Glassford (Can)  
-1lapNiels Wubben* (Ned)  
-1lapSergiy Rusenko (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team  
-1lapOleksandr Gerashenko (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team  
-1lapAndrew Blair (Aus)  
-1lapConnor Mcconvey* (Irl) De Brink-Ten Tusscher  
-1lapDario Alejandro Gasco* (Arg) Massi  
-1lapCristobal Silva Ibaceta (Chi)  
-1lapMatej Nepustil* (Cze) Ceska Sporitelna MTB  
-1lapErik Groen* (Ned) De Brink-Ten Tusscher  
-1lapMatthys Beukes* (RSA)  
-1lapMatthias Hoi* (Aut)  
-1lapSepp Freiburghaus* (Swi)  
-1lapThibaut Bellanger* (Fra)  
-1lapAlexis Swetloff (Fra) Keops  
-1lapRob Vangenechten* (Bel) Team Saeco  
-1lapRobert Kircher (Aut)  
-1lapLuka Mezgec* (Slo) Mbk Orbea  
-1lapJiri Hudecek (Cze) Scott & Hagget MTB Team  
-1lapMarco Minnaard* (Ned) De Brink-Ten Tusscher  
-2lapsFelix Euteneuer* (Ger)  
-2lapsDavid Fletcher* (GBr)  
-2lapsSilvio Bundi (Swi) Giant Mountain Bike Team  
-2lapsMatej Lovse (Slo)  
-2lapsHenrique Avancini* (Bra) ISD Cycling Team  
-2lapsKornel Osicki* (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team  
-2lapsDaniel Eymann* (Swi)  
-2lapsGuido Thaler (Aut)  
-2lapsRenay Groustra (RSA)  
-2lapsAndrew Watson (Can)  
-2lapsMichael Wiessner (Ger)  
-2lapsJan Jobanek (Cze) Merida Biking Team  
-2lapsHeiko Gutmann* (Ger)  
-2lapsMatej Mugerli (Slo)  
-2lapsDaniel Kaufmann* (Swi)  
-2lapsBenjamin Buchi* (Swi)  
-2lapsAmaury Gernez Aurenge* (Fra) Keops  
-2lapsRoberto Crisi* (Ita)  
-2lapsMirco Widmer* (Swi)  
-2lapsTim Lemmers* (Ned) De Brink-Ten Tusscher  
-2lapsManfred Zöger* (Aut)  
-2lapsOleksandr Kachanov* (Ukr)  
-2lapsSimon Stiebjahn* (Ger)  
-2lapsCameron Jette* (Can)  
-2lapsPatxi Cia Apezteguia (Spa) Conor - Camping La Siesta  
-2lapsHermann Pernsteiner* (Aut)  
-2lapsZsolt Szlobodnyik (Hun)  
-2lapsLeni Trudel* (Can)  
-2lapsValentin Fiderer* (Ger)  
-2lapsEric Batty (Can)  
-3lapsMarkus Bauer* (Ger)  
-3lapsGeorgios Pattes-Toumanis (Gre)  
-3lapsDennis Ebert* (Ned)  
-3lapsJonas De Backer* (Bel)  
-3lapsMatthias Grick* (Aut)  
-3lapsNejc Cernilogar* (Slo)  
-3lapsDavid Puskas* (Hun)  
-3lapsLukas Sablik* (Cze)  
-3lapsAlexios Kokovikas* (Gre)  
-4lapsFrank Beemer* (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Tea  
-5lapsRoman Rametsteiner (Aut)  
DNFJulien Absalon (Fra) Orbea  
DNFTony Longo (Ita)  
DNFJiri Friedl (Cze) Merida Biking Team  
DNFJosef Kamler* (Cze) Ceska Sporitelna MTB  
DNFFlorian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing  
DNFRalph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team  
DNFMarco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing  
DNFMilan Spesny (Cze) Ceska Sporitelna MTB  
DNFPierre Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Lapierre International  
DNFBenjamin Sonntag (Ger)  
DNFLee Williams (GBr)  
DNFTodd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing  
DNFManfred Reis* (Ger) Team Marin Bikes  
DNFOndrej Cink* (Cze) Merida Biking Team  
DNFCalle Friberg (Swe)  
DNFAlexander Gehbauer* (Aut)  
DNFBalint Lukacs* (Hun)  
DNFBalz Weber (Swi) Ds-Rennsport  
DNFRudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team  
DNSRobert Gehbauer* (Aut) Multivan Merida Biking Team  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Multivan Merida Biking Team73 pts
2Orbea52 
3Trek World Racing51 
4Lapierre International48 
5Specialized Factory Racing35 
6Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing30 
7Cannondale Factory Racing27 
8Massi26 
9Giant Mountain Bike Team24 
10Cemelorca-Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo23 
11Topeak Ergon Racing Team21 
12Team Scott Valloire Galibier15 
13MSC Bikes14 
14SKS M.I.G. Team13 
15BH-Suntour9 
16Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles8 
17Merida Biking Team7 
18Central Ghost Pro Team5 
Elite men final World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea1472 pts
2José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team1190 
3Burry Stander* (RSA) Specialized Factory Racing1166 
4Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team970 
5Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing859 
6Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team796 
7Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing794 
8Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles741 
9Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Massi720 
10Roel Paulissen (Bel) Cannondale Factory Racing663 
11Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Factory Racing654 
12Alexis Vuillermoz* (Fra) Lapierre International644 
13Moritz Milatz (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team596 
14Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Cemelorca-Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo580 
15Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing542 
16Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi541 
17Cédric Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International537 
18Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea522 
19Adam Craig (USA) Giant Mountain Bike Team519 
20Mathias Flückiger* (Swi) Trek World Racing507 
21Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing481 
22Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing446 
23Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team423 
24Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea418 
25Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) MSC Bikes381 
26Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing366 
27Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team354 
28Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team352 
29Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher336 
30Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team319 
31Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze)304 
32Jiri Friedl (Cze) Merida Biking Team296 
33Christoph Soukup (Aut) Merida Biking Team271 
34Oliver Beckingsale (GBr) Giant Mountain Bike Team265 
35Manuel Fumic (Ger) Fumic.Brothers.International261 
36Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Giant Mountain Bike Team249 
37Milan Spesny (Cze) Ceska Sporitelna MTB249 
38Guillaume Vinit* (Fra) Team Scott Valloire Galibier246 
39Liam Killeen (GBr) Trek World Racing244 
40Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-Suntour237 
41Ludovic Dubau (Fra)212 
42Hector Leonardo Paez Leon (Col) TX Active Bianchi202 
43Christof Bischof (Swi) ISD Cycling Team199 
44Emil Lindgren (Swe) De Brink-Ten Tusscher195 
45Derek Zandstra (Can)191 
46Marc Colom (Fra)190 
47Martin Fanger* (Swi) Giant Mountain Bike Team188 
48Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher170 
49Pierre Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Lapierre International165 
50Bas Peters (Ned)162 
51Fabian Giger* (Swi) SKS M.I.G. Team151 
52Robert Mennen (Ger)150 
53Lukas Kaufmann* (Swi)149 
54Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition143 
55Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita)136 
56Fabien Canal* (Fra) Lapierre International128 
57Umberto Corti (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.123 
58Marek Konwa* (Pol)122 
59Bjorn Brems (Bel) Team Saeco115 
60Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team112 
61François Bailly Maitre (Fra) Team Scott Valloire Galibier108 
62Seamus Mcgrath (Can)106 
63Karl Markt (Aut) SRM Stevens Team99 
64Thomas Litscher* (Swi) SKS M.I.G. Team97 
65Andrea Tiberi (Ita) TX Active Bianchi94 
66Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team89 
67Yader Zoli (Ita) Torpado-4US88 
68Irjan Luttenberg* (Ned)88 
69Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Central Ghost Pro Team85 
70Anders Hovdenes* (Nor) Team Etto Hoydahl84 
71Cristian Cominelli* (Ita) TX Active Bianchi84 
72Sergiy Rusenko (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team83 
73Andrew Watson (Can)80 
74Filip Eberl (Cze)80 
75Hannes Metzler (Aut)77 
76Jürg Graf (Swi)71 
77Michael Broderick (USA)71 
78Raphael Gagne* (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles68 
79Lachlan Norris* (Aus) Discovertasmania.com68 
80Sven Nys (Bel)62 
81Patrik Gallati* (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing61 
82Sebastien Carabin* (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team57 
83Pascal Meyer* (Swi) SKS M.I.G. Team57 
84Lado Fumic (Ger) Fumic.Brothers.International55 
85Carl Decker (USA) Giant Mountain Bike Team55 
86Balz Weber (Swi) DS-Rennsport51 
87Rotem Ishai (Isr)43 
88Stefan Widmer (Can)43 
89Renay Groustra (RSA)42 
90Johnny Cattaneo (Ita)38 
91Matthew Hadley (Can)35 
92Connor Mcconvey* (Irl) De Brink-Ten Tusscher34 
93Matous Ulman (Cze) Scott & Hagget MTB Team34 
94Marti Gispert Labarta (Spa) MSC Bikes33 
95Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona33 
96Severin Disch* (Swi) Giant Mountain Bike Team32 
97Markus Bauer* (Ger)30 
98Periklis Ilias (Gre) ISD Cycling Team29 
99Dries Govaerts* (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team29 
100Silvio Bundi (Swi) Giant Mountain Bike Team29 
101Barry Wicks (USA) Kona29 
102Henk Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) De Brink-Ten Tusscher29 
103Sepp Freiburghaus* (Swi)28 
104Torsten Marx (Ger) DS-Rennsport27 
105Juan Pedro Trujillo Hernandez (Spa) Cemelorca-Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo24 
106Piotr Brzozka* (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team23 
107Rene Tann (Ger)22 
108Niels Wubben* (Ned)22 
109Andrew Blair (Aus)22 
110Dario Alejandro Gasco* (Arg) Massi20 
111Nicolas Vermeulen (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team20 
112Josef Kamler* (Cze) Ceska Sporitelna MTB19 
113Frank Schotman (Ned)19 
114Eric Batty (Can)18 
115Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team18 
116Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc) Giant Italia Team18 
117Benoit Simard (Can)16 
118Cristobal Silva Ibaceta (Chi)15 
119Paul Van Der Ploeg* (Aus) Discovertasmania.com14 
120Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn)14 
121Robbie Squire* (USA)13 
122Peter Sagan* (Svk)13 
123Martin Lazarski (Can)12 
124Roan Exelby (RSA)12 
125Felix Euteneuer* (Ger)10 
126Nicolas Jeantet* (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.9 
127Julien Fillion (Can)9 
128Klaus Nielsen (Den)9 
129Nathan Haas* (Aus) Discovertasmania.com8 
130Colin Cares* (USA)8 
Team final World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Multivan Merida Biking Team603 pts
2Specialized Factory Racing429 
3Orbea391 
4Cannondale Factory Racing296 
5Trek World Racing276 
6Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing262 
7Lapierre International227 
8Giant Mountain Bike Team153 
9Topeak Ergon Racing Team138 
10TX Active Bianchi136 
11Massi136 
12Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles113 
13Cemelorca-Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo109 
14Giant Italia Team73 
15Merida Biking Team68 
16Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team67 
17MSC Bikes63 
18Fumic.Brothers.International57 
19Subaru-Gary Fisher57 
20BH-Suntour26 
21Team Scott Valloire Galibier22 
22De Brink-Ten Tusscher20 
23JBG-2 Professional MTB Team14 
24SKS M.I.G. Team13 
25Ceska Sporitelna MTB11 
26Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.10 
27Felt International MTB Team6 
28Central Ghost Pro Team5 

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