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UCI Mountain Bike World Championships 2009

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September 1- 6, 2009

September 04, Under 23 men cross country:

Stander wins Under 23 title Down Under

Rob Jones
September 03, 2009, 14:03 BST,
September 04, 2009, 17:30 BST

French, Swiss can't follow speedy South African

Burry Stander (South Africa) wins his first Under 23 world championship title.

Burry Stander (South Africa) wins his first Under 23 world championship title.

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To the surprise of absolutely no one, Burry Stander (South Africa) successfully took his first title in the Under 23 men's cross country on Friday at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Canberra, Australia. Alexis Vuillermoz (France) took second at 1:21, with Switzerland's Thomas Litscher winning the bronze medal, 2:46 down. The top North American was US rider Robbie Squire in 32nd, 11:25 behind Stander.

"Yeah, the couple of days leading up to the race was pretty nerve wracking, and today I was just focused on the start," said Stander. "I knew it would play a vital part of the race. Unfortunately, we had a really strong headwind so it wasn't possible to try to take the lead from the beginning. You had to try to take your chances in the group, and then wait just before the singletrack to make your move."

"Fortunately for me, things worked out, and I got into the trail second, and from there the race went perfect," he said. "I just tried to keep it smooth, and my full suspension just worked great out there. The course was getting tougher and tougher, and really bumpy, and to me, it went perfect and I am really, really happy."

The six-lap race saw Litscher attack strongly in the first lap, with Stander glued to his wheel. A chase group of six formed 25 seconds behind, including Mattias Wengelin (Sweden), Marek Konwa (Poland), Vuillermoz, Peter Sagan, Mathias Flückiger (Switzerland) and Catriel Andres Soto (Argentina).

"[The overnight rain] made the course quite a bit better I think, the course was getting really loose out there and for the first couple of laps, it was really compacted and fast, and towards the end it started getting pretty loose and ridden out again,” said Stander. I think the rain did it a bit of good.

"My biggest fear was the start, but they [the Swiss] controlled the race from the beginning after the first straight and they got the first guy into the singletrack and I almost let another guy go in front of me, and I only just managed to get past the second Swiss guy going into the trail and from there it was perfect," he said. "On the singletrack there is not much you can do as a team. On the switchback climb we set such a quick pace that it immediately opened up to the next group."

Then Stander opened it up on the Cardiac Arrest climb, and that was it ... the rest of the race was for second as the number two rider in the overall World Cup standings steadily increased his lead through the remainder of the race.

Vuillermoz overtook a fading Litscher in the third lap, with Sagan and Konwa chasing for third. As the race continued, the front three continued to distance themselves from the chasers, with Sagan and Konwa managing to hold on for fourth and fifth respectively.


# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Burry Stander (South Africa) 1:47:26  
2 Alexis Vuillermoz (France) 0:01:21  
3 Thomas Litscher (Switzerland) 0:02:46  
4 Peter Sagan (Slovakia) 0:04:15  
5 Marek Konwa (Poland) 0:04:45  
6 Guillaume Vinit (France) 0:04:59  
7 Mattias Wengelin (Sweden) 0:05:14  
8 Fabian Giger (Switzerland) 0:05:32  
9 Lukas Kaufmann (Switzerland) 0:05:57  
10 Catriel Andres Soto (Argentina) 0:06:31  
11 Lachlan Norris (Australia) 0:07:33  
12 Anders Hovdenes (Norway) 0:07:54  
13 Tom Meeusen (Belgium) 0:08:11  
14 Mathias Flückiger (Switzerland) 0:08:15  
15 Henk Jaap Moorlag (Netherlands) 0:08:28  
16 Paul Van Der Ploeg (Australia) 0:08:31  
17 Sepp Freiburghaus (Switzerland) 0:08:57  
18 Markus Bauer (Germany) 0:09:01  
19 Cal Britten (Australia) 0:09:03  
20 Dario Alejandro Gasco (Argentina) 0:09:05  
21 Simon Scheiber (Austria) 0:09:16  
22 Irjan Luttenberg (Netherlands) 0:09:36  
23 Johannes Schweiggl (Italy) 0:09:42  
24 Robert Gehbauer (Austria) 0:09:50  
25 Marco Minnaard (Netherlands) 0:09:54  
26 Piotr Brzozka (Poland) 0:10:08  
27 Luka Mezgec (Slovenia) 0:10:19  
28 Sebastien Carabin (Belgium) 0:10:30  
29 David Fletcher (Great Britain) 0:10:46  
30 Niels Wubben (Netherlands) 0:11:01  
31 Sergey Nikolaev (Russian Federation) 0:11:19  
32 Robbie Squire (United States Of America) 0:11:25  
33 Marcel Fleschhut (Germany) 0:11:36  
34 Charlton Durie (Australia) 0:11:37  
35 Lukas Sablik (Czech Republic) 0:11:46  
36 Tad Elliott (United States Of America) 0:11:47  
37 Pascal Meyer (Switzerland) 0:12:45  
38 Raphael Gagne (Canada) 0:12:55  
39 Erik Groen (Netherlands) 0:13:01  
40 Cristian Cominelli (Italy) 0:13:19  
41 Fabian Strecker (Germany) 0:13:22  
42 Evgeniy Nikolaev (Russian Federation) 0:14:16  
43 Roman Orlov (Russian Federation) 0:14:31  
One lap behind
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
44 Manfred Reis (Germany)    
45 Sebastian Szraucner (Germany)    
46 Carl Jones (New-Zealand)    
47 Colin Cares (United States Of America)    
48 Nathan Haas (Australia)    
49 Vasilis Adamou (Cyprus)    
50 Tim Wynants (Belgium)    
51 Ashley Hough (New-Zealand)    
52 Seiya Hirano (Japan)    
Two laps behind
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
53 Scott Green (New-Zealand)    
54 Yu Takenouchi (Japan)    
55 Keisuke Goda (Japan)    
Three laps behind
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
56 Scott Thwaites (Great Britain)    
DNF Martin Fanger (Switzerland)    
DNF Dries Govaerts (Belgium)    
DNF Daniel Vivanco (Chile)    
DNF Andy Eyring (Germany)    
DNF Sherman Paiva (Brazil)    
DNF Connor Mcconvey (Ireland)    
DNS Henrique Avancini (Brazil)    
DNS Shlomi Haimy (Israel)    
DNS Martin Loo (Estonia)