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MTB World Cup Downhill #1 & Four Cross #2 2010

Date range:
May 14-16, 2010

May 15, Elite men four cross:

Marosi surprises for a win in the men's four cross

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
May 15, 2010, 17:08 BST,
Updated:
May 17, 2010, 18:08 BST

Three RSP 4 Cross Racing Team riders take on Yeti Fox Shox's Graves in final

Men's World Cup four cross winner Michal Marosi of RSP in Maribor, Slovenia

Men's World Cup four cross winner Michal Marosi of RSP in Maribor, Slovenia

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Rain and mud ruled the day in Maribor, Slovenia, for round two of the four cross UCI Mountain Bike World Cup on Saturday. The foul conditions led to an upset in the men's race, with Michal Marosi (RSP 4 Cross) beating World Champion Jared Graves (Yeti Fox Shox).

The incredibly sloppy conditions meant that riders were sliding and crashing in every round. A strong start at least kept a rider out of the battle behind, but was no guarantee that an error wouldn't take him out anyway. Among the top riders going out in early rounds were Michal Prokop (Agang Racing), Roger Rinderknecht, Cedric Gracia, Mickael Deldycke and Dan Atherton (Commencal).

However, Graves, defending Maribor champion Joost Wichman (RSP 4 Cross) and Tomas Slavik (RSP 4 Cross) all made it through to the final, putting Graves up against a trio of teammates.

Marosi seemed to use the same "wait and see" tactic as women's winner Griffiths (Norco World Racing) in his march to the win - he won only one heat prior to final, after barely qualifying for racing, at 59th out of 64 starters. But it was enough, and he stuck to Graves' wheel out of the gate, and was ready to pounce when a crash by Slavik forced the Australian to hesitate a bit in one of the corners. Once in front, Marosi just held on to take the win.

"That was crazy!," said the Czech rider Marosi. "It was a funny race; anyone could have been first. The course changed every time, so it was like poker, or maybe roulette. First place is so great, that who cares if [you are] wet and dirty!"

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Michal Marosi (Cze) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team    
2 Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team    
3 Joost Wichman (Ned) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team    
4 Tomas Slavik (Cze) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team    
5 Kamil Tatarkovic (Cze)    
6 Guido Tschugg (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team    
7 Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team    
8 David Graf (Swi)    
9 Dan Atherton (GBr) Commencal    
10 Premek Tejchman (Cze)    
11 William Evans (GBr)    
12 Felix Beckeman (Swe)    
13 Reto Schmid (Swi)    
14 Luka Novak (Slo)    
15 Hannes Slavik (Aut) RC Alpine Commencal Austria    
16 Daniel Fülle (Ger)    
17 Mickael Deldycke (Fra)    
18 Filip Polc (Svk) MS Evil Racing    
19 Petrik Brückner (Ger)    
20 Zdenek Plasil (Cze)    
21 Adrian Weiss (Swi) Scott 11    
22 Andreas Dotzauer (Ger)    
23 Stepan Novotny (Cze)    
24 Sidney Gerber (Swi)    
25 Roger Rinderknecht (Swi)    
26 Tomas Haluza (Cze)    
27 Brook Macdonald (NZl) MS Evil Racing    
28 Livio Zampieri (Ita)    
29 Jurg Meijer (Ned) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team    
30 Kieran Mcavoy (GBr)    
31 Werner Muther (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team    
32 Piotr Paradowski (Pol)    
33 Cédric Gracia (Fra)    
34 Florian Gottschlich (Ger)    
35 Jakub Hnidak (Cze)    
36 Matej Stapic (Slo)    
37 Petr Muhlhans (Cze)    
38 Gabor Vigh-Kiss (Hun)    
39 Jakub Riha (Cze)    
40 Duncan Ferris (GBr)    
41 Jakub Pytlik (Cze)    
42 Wyn Masters (NZl) Kenda-Playbiker    
43 Dale Russell (GBr)    
44 Kristjan Medvescek (Slo)    
45 Edoardo Franco (Ita) Kenda-Playbiker    
46 Matija Stupar (Slo)    
47 Lovro Dejak (Slo)    
48 Marko Runst (Ger)    
49 Michal Prokop (Cze) Agang Racing    
50 Barry Nobles (USA)    
51 Mitch Ropelato (USA) Ex Drinks    
52 Scott Beaumont (GBr) Rocky Mountain UK    
53 Patrick Campbell-Jenner (GBr)    
54 Jan Novak (Cze)    
55 Giacomo Fantoni (Ita)    
56 Aiko Göhler (Ger)    
57 Tom Dowie (GBr)    
58 Francesco Gargaglia (Ita)    
59 Benjamin Ehrlich (Ger)    
60 Dominik Gladen (Ger)    
61 Benjamin Kistner (Swi)    
62 Scott Roberts (GBr)    
63 Will Longden (GBr)    
64 Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Blackmountain Morewood United    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 RSP 4 Cross Racing Team 96  pts
2 Norco World Team 40  
3 Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team 38  
4 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 35  
5 Suspension Center 30  
6 Commencal 14  
7 RC Alpine Commencal Austria 6  
Elite men - World cup individual standings after two rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 225  pts
2 Tomas Slavik (Cze) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team 160  
3 Michal Marosi (Cze) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team 131  
4 Joost Wichman (Ned) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team 125  
5 Michal Prokop (Cze) Agang Racing 75  
6 Kamil Tatarkovic (Cze) 64  
7 Roger Rinderknecht (Swi) 60  
8 Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team 55  
9 Dan Atherton (GBr) Commencal 50  
10 Guido Tschugg (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team 40  
11 Scott Beaumont (GBr) Rocky Mountain UK 40  
12 David Graf (Swi) 25  
13 Mickael Deldycke (Fra) 20  
14 Premek Tejchman (Cze) 17  
15 Sidney Gerber (Swi) 17  
16 William Evans (GBr) 14  
17 Felix Beckeman (Swe) 11  
18 Clément Doby (Fra) 11  
19 Reto Schmid (Swi) 8  
20 Petr Muhlhans (Cze) 8  
21 Hannes Slavik (Aut) RC Alpine Commencal Austria 8  
22 Luka Novak (Slo) 6  
23 Daniel Fülle (Ger) 2  
24 Marek Pesko (Svk) 2  
Teams - World Cup standings after two rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 RSP 4 Cross Racing Team 160  pts
2 Suspension Center 75  
3 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 75  
4 Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team 54  
5 Norco World Team 40  
6 Commencal 32  
7 Agang Racing 30  
8 Rocky Mountain UK 20  
9 RC Alpine Commencal Austria 12  
10 2Stage Factory 5  
11 Thoemus Racing Team 3