Schurter races to birthday win in Nove Mesto cross country

Specialized rounds out top three with Kulhavy, Stander

As the end of the Olympic qualification period approaches, the intensity of racing keeps increasing at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. In round 3 of the elite men's cross country series, in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic, Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) increased his lead in the men's series, after a fierce battle with defending champion Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized), who was racing before a home crowd.

In the men's field, the competition was expected to be between Schurter, Julien Absalon (Orbea) - the winner of round two - and Kulhavy, who won here last year and was expected to up his game considerably for this race.

Five riders opened a gap after the start loop, but Absalon wasn't one of them; after a crash in the rock garden and struggling to stay in the mid-20s, the rumoured to be sick French champion abandoned on lap four.  The lead group of five included Schurter, Kulhavy, Marco Fontana (Cannondale), Burry Stander (Specialized) and Ralf Naef (Multivan Merida).  Florian Vogel (Scott Swisspower) had been in the top five on the first lap, but faded from the leaders.

At the front, Kulhavy and Fontana opened a small gap after one lap on a chase group containing Schurter, Burry Stander (Specialized), and Ralph Naef (Multivan Merida), but all five riders would regroup repeatedly after many of them took turns attacking at various times.  For the first four laps, they mostly stayed together.

On lap five, first Naef and then Fontana were dropped by the other three.  Stander tried an early attack on the final lap, but couldn't hold the pace and dropped off Kulhavy and Schurter.  Then Schurter attacked the former world champion to record the only sub-13 minute lap of the race. It was only slightly faster than Kulhavy, pushed along by the roar of the crowd, but it was enough to give the Swiss rider a six-second gap on his rival, and his second win of the season; on his birthday, no less. Stander soloed in for third, with Fontana finishing just ahead of Naef for fourth and fifth respectively.

"It was a real hard race," said Schurter. "I had a small mechanical on the first lap; my chain dropped off and then I had to gain connection with the leading group, and that was quite hard for me. It was a really awesome race here in front of the Czech crowd. The crowd here is unbelievable, so great. On the uphill it was so loud - everybody was cheering - it makes it fun to race in front of a crowd like this. And they are really fair, they cheer for a Swiss guy too, not just for Kulhavy."

"The best is when you can win on your birthday," said Schurter. "I had some more energy today, being my birthday, and I wanted to win. It is really a great feeling to win a World Cup on your birthday."

Schurter leads the overall World Cup rankings with 700 points, followed by Burry Stander with 510 and Kulhavy at 425. Absalon dropped from second to fifth, behind Fontana.

Specialized topped the team results for the day and the overall World Cup standings.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team1:26:46 
2Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing0:00:06 
3Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing0:00:17 
4Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing0:00:46 
5Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:00:47 
6Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:01:14 
7Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:01:20 
8Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team0:01:32 
9Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing0:01:43 
10José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:01:47 
11Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing0:02:03 
12Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing0:02:15 
13Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing0:02:23 
14Max Plaxton (Can)0:02:32 
15Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing0:02:57 
16Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:03:13 
17Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra)0:03:15 
18Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Roxracing0:03:17 
19Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:03:28 
20Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek0:03:29 
21Jiri Novak (Cze)0:03:36 
22Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi  
23Sven Nys (Bel)0:03:51 
24Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec  
25Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Lapierre International0:04:24 
26Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:04:25 
27Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:04:31 
28Henk Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:04:39 
29Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Elettroveneta - Corratec0:04:42 
30Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry0:05:04 
31Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized0:05:08 
32Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing0:05:10 
33Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:05:11 
34Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing0:05:19 
35Marek Konwa* (Pol) Milka- Superior MTB Racing Team0:05:25 
36Lukas Sablik (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized0:05:26 
37Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing0:05:27 
38Daniel Mcconnell (Aus)0:05:33 
39Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing0:05:50 
40Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop0:06:00 
41Periklis Ilias (Gre) Team Protek0:06:10 
42Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Milka- Superior MTB Racing Team  
43Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:06:11 
44Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea Racing Team0:06:17 
45Tony Longo (Ita) TX Active Bianchi  
46Umberto Corti (Ita) Team Cbe Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.0:06:19 
47Martino Fruet (Ita)0:06:20 
48Kristian Hynek (Cze)0:06:26 
49Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru - Trek0:06:27 
50Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:06:34 
51Andras Parti (Hun)0:06:38 
52Jürg Graf (Swi) Bskgraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team0:06:44 
53Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:06:51 
54Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team0:06:54 
55Philip Buys (RSA)  
56Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing0:06:55 
57Kevin Pauwels (Bel)0:07:01 
58Michal Lami (Svk)  
59Jérémy Huguenin (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour0:07:16 
60Martin Loo (Est) Hard Rock Canossa Merida0:07:24 
61Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) ISD MTB Team0:07:31 
62Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team  
63Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Focus MIG Team0:07:36 
64Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour0:07:46 
65Pavel Boudny (Cze)0:07:55 
66Robert Mennen (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team  
67Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:08:09 
68Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:08:16 
69Lachlan Norris (Aus) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:08:23 
70Ludovic Dubau (Fra) Team Newcycling0:08:42 
71Cameron Jette (Can) Scott-3Roxracing0:09:15 
72Tom Meeusen (Bel)0:09:22 
73Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Versluys Team0:09:26 
74Giancarlo Sax (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team0:09:35 
75Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:09:41 
76Hector Leonardo Paez Leon (Col) TX Active Bianchi0:09:44 
77Simon Scheiber (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:09:50 
78Oleksandr Gerashchenko (Ukr) ISD MTB Team0:09:54 
79Marc Bassingthwaighte (Nam)0:10:06 
80Markus Bauer (Ger)0:10:20 
81Paul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:10:31 
82David Fletcher (GBr) Orange Monkey-Cannondale0:10:36 
83David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por)  
84Adam Morka (Can)0:10:38 
85Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing0:10:39 
86Pascal Meyer (Swi)0:10:58 
87Jan Jobanek (Cze) Merida Biking Team0:11:02 
88Andy Eyring (Ger)0:11:09 
89Tiago Jorge Oliveira Ferreira (Por) Bi&Esse - Infotre Protek0:11:21 
90Daniel Geismayr (Aut)0:11:22 
91Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:11:31 
92Dariusz Batek (Pol)0:12:01 
93Fabien Canal (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:12:14 
94Hannes Metzler (Aut)0:12:58 
-1lapSid Taberlay (Aus)  
-1lapDaniel Eymann (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team  
-1lapHans Becking (Ned) Milka- Superior MTB Racing Team  
-1lapSpencer Paxson (USA) Kona  
-1lapLukas Kaufmann (Swi) Team Fujibikes Rockets  
-1lapMartin Haring (Svk)  
-1lapTim Lemmers (Ned) Feenstra Stevens Bike Team  
-1lapPierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Lapierre International  
-1lapPaolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc)  
-1lapMichael Broderick (USA)  
-1lapPatrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team  
-1lapRafal Hebisz (Pol)  
-1lapJavier Eduardo Puschel (Chi)  
-1lapMatous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team  
-1lapSang Hoon Na (Kor)  
-1lapDavid Escolar Ballesteros (Spa)  
-2lapsDerek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Roxracing  
-2lapsSteffen Thum (Ger)  
-2lapsMariusz Gil (Pol)  
-2lapsRafal Alchimowiz (Pol)  
-2lapsMilan Barenyi (Svk)  
-2lapsAdrien Niyonshuti (Rwa)  
-2lapsJan Fojtik (Cze)  
-2lapsChristopher Maletz (Ger)  
-2lapsGiuseppe Lamastra (Ita)  
-2lapsCristobal Silva Ibaceta (Chi)  
-2lapsVitalii Zubchenko (Ukr) ISD MTB Team  
-2lapsSimon Seehofer (Aut)  
-2lapsKirill Kazantsev (Kaz)  
-2lapsWeisong Tong (Chn)  
-2lapsTomasz Drozdz (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team  
-3lapsFelix Euteneuer (Ger)  
-3lapsMatthias Waldhart (Aut)  
-3lapsBostjan Hribovsek (Slo)  
-3lapsZdenek Mlynar (Cze)  
-3lapsFrantisek Zilak (Cze)  
-3lapsIoan Tudor Radu (Rom)  
-3lapsBrian Lopes (USA)  
-3lapsGabor Bogar (Hun)  
-3lapsArtyom Golovaschenko (Kaz)  
-4lapsElisei Miron (Rom)  
-4lapsMiha Halzer (Slo) Energijateam.Com  
-4lapsGeorge Vlad Sabau (Rom)  
-4lapsLubomir Vojta (Cze)  
-4lapsBesik Gavasheli (Geo)  
DNFPiotr Brzozka (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team  
DNFKazuhiro Yamamoto (Jpn)  
DNFKevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team  
DNFSeverin Disch (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team  
DNFJulien Absalon (Fra) Orbea Racing Team  
DNFMarek Galinski (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team  
DNFChristoph Soukup (Aut)  
DNFMatthias Wengelin (Swe) Team Herbalife 24 Raumerrittet  
DNFAdrian Brzozka (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team  
DNFDavy Huygens (Bel)  
DNFSimon Gegenheimer (Ger)  
DNFSepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team  
DNFUwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team  
DNFRobby De Bock (Bel)  
DNSOla Kjören (Nor) Team Herbalife 24 Raumerrittet  
DNSMarco Schätzing (Ger)  
DNSMarkus Loisl (Aut)  
DNSDennis Ebert (Ned)  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Specialized Racing87 pts
2Multivan Merida Biking Team64 
3Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team63 
4Cannondale Factory Racing49 
5Rabobank Giant Offroad Team29 
6BMC Mountainbike Racing Team26 
8Trek World Racing18 
10Giant Factory Off-Road Team12 
11Subaru - Trek11 
12TX Active Bianchi9 
13Elettroveneta - Corratec9 
14Lapierre International6 
15Topeak Ergon Racing Team4 
16BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry1 
Elite men individual World Cup standings after three rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team700 pts
2Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing510 
3Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing425 
4Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing410 
5Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea Racing Team400 
6Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing385 
7José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team315 
8Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team300 
9Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi292 
10Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team290 
11Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing290 
12Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team240 
13Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team235 
14Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing234 
15Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team216 
16Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R211 
17Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry204 
18Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing200 
19Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing198 
20Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Roxracing192 
21Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team182 
22Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea Racing Team160 
23Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing160 
24Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team158 
25Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team150 
26Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing149 
27Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team149 
28Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Elettroveneta - Corratec148 
29Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team148 
30Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek124 
31Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing118 
32Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team117 
33Max Plaxton (Can)112 
34Tony Longo (Ita) TX Active Bianchi111 
35Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Lapierre International105 
36Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized104 
37Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec103 
38Sven Nys (Bel)100 
39Henk Jaap * Moorlag (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team100 
40Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team98 
41Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing94 
42Marek * Konwa (Pol) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team93 
43Jiri Novak (Cze)91 
44Daniel Mcconnell (Aus)88 
45Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Roxracing76 
46Fabien Canal (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix74 
47Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team68 
48Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing65 
49Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team56 
50Jürg Graf (Swi) Bskgraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team54 
51Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix53 
52Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team48 
53Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss Sr - Suntour46 
54Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team46 
55Lukas Sablik (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized42 
56Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop42 
57Piotr Brzozka (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team41 
58Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team40 
59Umberto Corti (Ita) Team Cbe Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.34 
60Martino Fruet (Ita)32 
61Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team30 
62Robert Mennen (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team30 
63Philip Buys (RSA)30 
64Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team29 
65Periklis Ilias (Gre) Team Protek27 
66Patrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team24 
67Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team20 
68Kristian Hynek (Cze)20 
69Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru - Trek19 
70Andras Parti (Hun) Euroone-Waberer's-Cube MTB Team17 
71Paul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team16 
72Lachlan Norris (Aus) Giant Factory Off-Road Team16 
73Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team14 
74Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team13 
75Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)12 
76Kevin Pauwels (Bel)11 
77Michal Lami (Svk)10 
78David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por)10 
79Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Versluys Team10 
80Jérémy Huguenin (Swi) Giant Swiss Sr - Suntour9 
81Martin Loo (Est) Hard Rock Canossa Merida8 
Elite men team World Cup standings after three rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Specialized Racing227 pts
2Cannondale Factory Racing181 
3Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team164 
4Multivan Merida Biking Team163 
5Orbea Racing Team94 
6Rabobank Giant Offroad Team92 
7Trek World Racing82 
8TX Active Bianchi60 
9BMC Mountainbike Racing Team59 
10Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing51 
11Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team39 
12BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry36 
13Scott-3Roxracing35 
14Elettroveneta - Corratec24 
15Giant Factory Off-Road Team14 
16Subaru - Trek11 
17Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized8 
18Lapierre International6 
19S&H Superior MTB Team5 
20Topeak Ergon Racing Team4 
21Giant Swiss SR - Suntour1 

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