Kulhavy wins Lenzerheide World Cup

Czech rider takes over World Cup lead from Absalon

Swiss hopes of victory on home soil were dashed on Sunday, at Round 3 of the Cross-country series of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano in Lenzerheide, when Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) took his second win of the season. Kulhavy regains the men's lead from Julien Absalon (BMC) with his second win of the series.

The men's race was expected to be a three-way battle between Kulhavy, winner of the opening round, World Cup leader and Round 2 winner Absalon and Swiss favourite Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo).

That was the way it initially played out, with Schurter getting his usual fast start and the other two bridging up to him. Florian Vogel (Focus XC) and Mathias Fluckiger (Stoeckli) were also in the front group after the first lap, but then Schurter attacked again, dropping Fluckiger from the group, and Vogel crashed, leaving just three at the front.

Kulhavy and Schurter were doing the pacemaking, with Absalon losing ground on the descents but making much of it back on the climbs. However, the World Cup leader and world champion was gradually losing a few seconds every lap, and it looked like he would have to settle for third, until Lap 6, when both Absalon and Schurter had rear wheel flats.

Absalon suffered his puncture at the far end of the course from the tech zone, dropping him to 12th before he was able to get a wheel change. Schurter's flat was just before the tech zone, and he was 17 seconds down by the end of the lap after a quick change, but he could not make up ground on the 2012 Olympic champion and, in fact, lost time over the remaining two laps to finish 33 seconds back for his third consecutive second place result.

Ondrej Cink (Multivan Merida), the 2012 Under-23 world champion, had caught Absalon just as he flatted and took third, ahead of Fluckiger and Maxime Marotte (BH-SR Suntour-KMC). Absalon managed to recover to ninth.

"When Nino flatted I just kept my own tempo," explained Kulhavy. "It wasn't so good for the spectators, with Nino being at home here, so that was too bad, but I'm really satisfied with my performance here, because it was a really hard race with nowhere to rest. I had a really bad year last season, but I'm at the top again, I'm healthy, and it's really great."

With his second victory, Kulhavy moves back into the leader's jersey with 660 points. Schurter remains in second with 600 points and Absalon drops to third with 510 points.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing1:29:00 
2Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Odlo Mtb Racing Team0:00:33 
3Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:01:47 
4Mathias Fluckiger (Swi) Stoeckli Pro Team0:01:49 
5Maxime Marotte (Fra) Bh-Sr Suntour-Kmc0:01:51 
6Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing Xc0:01:56 
7Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek Factory Racing0:02:15 
8Jordan Sarrou (Fra) Bh-Sr Suntour-Kmc0:02:35 
9Julien Absalon (Fra) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team0:02:52 
10Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa)0:02:56 
11Ralph Naef (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team0:03:23 
12Catriel Andres Soto (Arg)0:03:47 
13Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:04:03 
14Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing Xc0:04:13 
15Alexander Gehbauer (Aut) Bianchi I.Idro Drain0:04:15 
16Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:04:17 
17Hugo Drechou (Fra) Calvisson Vtt0:04:23 
18Reto Indergand (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team0:04:33 
19Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Sram Mitas Trek0:04:48 
20Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Frm Factory Racing Team0:05:07 
21Florian Vogel (Swi) Focus Xc Team0:05:18 
22Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team0:05:25 
23Luca Braidot (Ita)0:05:31 
24Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing0:05:38 
25Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing0:05:45 
26Jeff Luyten (Bel)  
27Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) Bianchi I.Idro Drain0:05:48 
28Martin Gujan (Swi) Novus Omx Pro Team0:05:53 
29Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Moebel Maerki Mtb Pro Team0:05:58 
30Frank Beemer (Ned)0:06:04 
31David Valero (Spa)0:06:07 
32Bart De Vocht (Bel) Goeman Scott Cycling Team Vzw0:06:29 
33Lukas Kaufmann (Swi)0:06:39 
34Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi)0:07:04 
35Andrea Righettini (Ita)0:07:05 
36Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Scott-Odlo Mtb Racing Team  
37Henrique Avancini (Bra) Cannondale Factory Racing Xc0:07:20 
38Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)0:07:27 
39James Reid (RSA)0:07:35 
40Marc Stutzmann (Swi) Giant Swiss Team0:07:42 
41Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) Waberer's Areus Mtb Team0:07:52 
42Martin Loo (Est)0:07:57 
43Gregor Raggl (Aut) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team0:08:24 
44Markus Bauer (Ger)  
45Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Odlo Mtb Racing Team0:08:28 
46Martin Gluth (Ger) Novus Omx Pro Team0:08:38 
47Andras Parti (Hun) Waberer's Areus Mtb Team0:08:50 
48David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por)0:09:05 
49Fabian Giger (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol0:09:13 
50Miguel Martinez (Fra)0:09:19 
51Michal Lami (Svk)0:09:24 
52Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Btwin Mtb Racing Team0:09:25 
53Michael Stunzi (Swi)0:09:26 
54Ruben Scheire (Bel) Habitat Mountainbiketeam0:09:51 
55Christian Helmig (Lux)0:10:00 
56Leandre Bouchard (Can)0:10:10 
57Simon Gegenheimer (Ger) Rose Vaujany Fueled By Ultrasports0:10:37 
58Nicholas Pettina (Ita)0:11:28 
59Tom Meeusen (Bel)  
60Tomas Paprstka (Cze) Remerx-Merida Team Kolin  
61Hans Becking (Ned) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens Mtb Racing Team  
62Phillip Pearce (GBr)  
63Lukas Winterberg (Swi)  
64Daniel Eymann (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team  
65Julian Schelb (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team  
66Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Merida-Wallonie Mountain Bike Team  
67Emilien Barben (Swi)  
68Daniele Braidot (Ita)  
69Emil Lindgren (Swe) Kargo Pro Mtb Team  
71Jiri Novak (Cze) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens Mtb Racing Team  
72Matthias Wengelin (Swe)  
73Ivan Diaz (Spa)  
74Karl Markt (Aut) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team  
75Ricardo Paulo Reis Marinheiro (Por)  
76Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Titici Factory Team Lgl  
77Florian Thie (Swi)  
78Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)  
79Maximilian Holz (Ger)  
80Fabian Paumann (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team  
81Zdenek Vobecky (Cze)  
82Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Koch Engineering / Muesing Racing Team  
83Michael Broderick (USA)  
84Guy Diaz Grollier (And)  
85Mario Luis Miranda Costa (Por)  
86Jonas De Backer (Bel)  
87Kirill Kazantsev (Kaz)  
88Mathias Alig (Swi)  
89Rick Reimann (Swi)  
90Oriol Domenech (Spa)  
91Kornel Osicki (Pol) Kross Racing Team  
92Fabian Obrist (Swi)  
93Jan Schaer (Swi)  
94Maximilian Maier (Ger)  
95Rourke Croeser (RSA)  
96Lysander Kiesel (Ger)  
97Motoshi Kadota (Jpn)  
98Artyom Golovaschenko (Kaz)  
99Nino Surban (Phi)  
DNF7Lukas Fluckiger (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team  
DNF5Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team  
DNF4Travis Walker (RSA)  
DNF3Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus Xc Team  
DNF3Moritz Milatz (Ger) Koch Engineering / Muesing Racing Team  
DNF1Martin Fanger (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team  
DNSStephane Tempier (Fra) Bh-Sr Suntour-Kmc  
World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing660 pts
2Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Odlo Mtb Racing Team600 
3Julien Absalon (Fra) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team510 
4Mathias Fluckiger (Swi) Stoeckli Pro Team430 
5Florian Vogel (Swi) Focus Xc Team364 
6Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing Xc340 
7Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team292 
8Maxime Marotte (Fra) Bh-Sr Suntour-Kmc284 
9Ralph Naef (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team270 
10Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Frm Factory Racing Team260 
11Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek Factory Racing252 
12Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing236 
13Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team233 
14Fabian Giger (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol225 
15Hugo Drechou (Fra) Calvisson Vtt225 
16Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa)223 
17Reto Indergand (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team216 
18Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Moebel Maerki Mtb Pro Team211 
19Lukas Fluckiger (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team205 
20Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) Bianchi I.Idro Drain198 
21Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing Xc175 
22David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por)164 
23Bart De Vocht (Bel) Goeman Scott Cycling Team Vzw162 
24Jordan Sarrou (Fra) Bh-Sr Suntour-Kmc154 
25Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team152 
26Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Sram Mitas Trek142 
27Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team135 
28Jeff Luyten (Bel)124 
29Raphael Gagne (Can)116 
30Catriel Andres Soto (Arg)110 
31Martin Loo (Est)109 
32Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team108 
33Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Scott-Odlo Mtb Racing Team107 
34Frank Beemer (Ned)107 
35Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing102 
36Martin Gujan (Swi) Novus Omx Pro Team100 
37Leandre Bouchard (Can)96 
38Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)94 
39Alexander Gehbauer (Aut) Bianchi I.Idro Drain86 
40Andrea Righettini (Ita)85 
41Rourke Croeser (RSA)84 
42Moritz Milatz (Ger) Koch Engineering / Muesing Racing Team80 
43Karl Markt (Aut) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team80 
44David Valero (Spa)80 
45Michal Lami (Svk)80 
46Stephen Ettinger (USA) Teamshoair/Cannondale75 
47Luca Braidot (Ita)70 
48Nicholas Pettina (Ita)66 
49Anton Sintsov (Rus) Titici Factory Team Lgl64 
50Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing58 
51Ruben Scheire (Bel) Habitat Mountainbiketeam54 
52Martin Fanger (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team52 
53Marc Stutzmann (Swi) Giant Swiss Team51 
54Mario Luis Miranda Costa (Por)50 
55Timofei Ivanov (Rus) Format-Udmurtia50 
56Martin Gluth (Ger) Novus Omx Pro Team50 
57Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)47 
58Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) Waberer's Areus Mtb Team44 
59Lukas Kaufmann (Swi)40 
60Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Team Bulls40 
61Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi)38 
62Tom Meeusen (Bel)37 
63Henrique Avancini (Bra) Cannondale Factory Racing Xc32 
64James Reid (RSA)29 
65Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Koch Engineering / Muesing Racing Team27 
66Daniele Braidot (Ita)26 
67Jhonnatan Botero Villegas (Col)26 
68Gregor Raggl (Aut) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team25 
69Markus Bauer (Ger)24 
70Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Odlo Mtb Racing Team23 
71Andras Parti (Hun) Waberer's Areus Mtb Team21 
72Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Novus Omx Pro Team20 
73Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus Xc Team19 
74Miguel Martinez (Fra)18 
75Jiri Novak (Cze) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens Mtb Racing Team17 
76Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Btwin Mtb Racing Team16 
77Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Merida-Wallonie Mountain Bike Team16 
78Michael Stunzi (Swi)15 
79Marek Konwa (Pol)15 
80Christian Helmig (Lux)13 
81Martino Fruet (Ita)12 
82Simon Gegenheimer (Ger) Rose Vaujany Fueled By Ultrasports11 
83Kerry Werner (USA)11 
84Maximilian Vieider (Ita)9 
85Tomas Paprstka (Cze) Remerx-Merida Team Kolin8 
86Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Nilfisk Alto Pro Cycling8 
87Philip Buys (RSA) Scott Factory Racing Powered By Lcb8 
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