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May 13, Elite men cross country:

Schurter races to birthday win in Nove Mesto cross country

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
May 13, 2012, 13:38,
Updated:
May 14, 2012, 15:07

Specialized rounds out top three with Kulhavy, Stander

Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) celebrates victory in the Nove Mesto na Morave round of the World Cup.

Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) celebrates victory in the Nove Mesto na Morave round of the World Cup.

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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) Team Result
1 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team 1:26:46  
2 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing 0:00:06  
3 Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing 0:00:17  
4 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:00:46  
5 Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:00:47  
6 Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:01:14  
7 Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 0:01:20  
8 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team 0:01:32  
9 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 0:01:43  
10 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:01:47  
11 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing 0:02:03  
12 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:02:15  
13 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 0:02:23  
14 Max Plaxton (Can) 0:02:32  
15 Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:02:57  
16 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:03:13  
17 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) 0:03:15  
18 Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 0:03:17  
19 Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:03:28  
20 Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek 0:03:29  
21 Jiri Novak (Cze) 0:03:36  
22 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi    
23 Sven Nys (Bel) 0:03:51  
24 Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec    
25 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Lapierre International 0:04:24  
26 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 0:04:25  
27 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:04:31  
28 Henk Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 0:04:39  
29 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Elettroveneta - Corratec 0:04:42  
30 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 0:05:04  
31 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized 0:05:08  
32 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing 0:05:10  
33 Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:05:11  
34 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 0:05:19  
35 Marek Konwa* (Pol) Milka- Superior MTB Racing Team 0:05:25  
36 Lukas Sablik (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized 0:05:26  
37 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 0:05:27  
38 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) 0:05:33  
39 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 0:05:50  
40 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop 0:06:00  
41 Periklis Ilias (Gre) Team Protek 0:06:10  
42 Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Milka- Superior MTB Racing Team    
43 Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 0:06:11  
44 Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea Racing Team 0:06:17  
45 Tony Longo (Ita) TX Active Bianchi    
46 Umberto Corti (Ita) Team Cbe Tecnoimpianti A.S.D. 0:06:19  
47 Martino Fruet (Ita) 0:06:20  
48 Kristian Hynek (Cze) 0:06:26  
49 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru - Trek 0:06:27  
50 Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 0:06:34  
51 Andras Parti (Hun) 0:06:38  
52 Jürg Graf (Swi) Bskgraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team 0:06:44  
53 Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 0:06:51  
54 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team 0:06:54  
55 Philip Buys (RSA)    
56 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing 0:06:55  
57 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) 0:07:01  
58 Michal Lami (Svk)    
59 Jérémy Huguenin (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour 0:07:16  
60 Martin Loo (Est) Hard Rock Canossa Merida 0:07:24  
61 Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) ISD MTB Team 0:07:31  
62 Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team    
63 Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Focus MIG Team 0:07:36  
64 Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour 0:07:46  
65 Pavel Boudny (Cze) 0:07:55  
66 Robert Mennen (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team    
67 Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 0:08:09  
68 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:08:16  
69 Lachlan Norris (Aus) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:08:23  
70 Ludovic Dubau (Fra) Team Newcycling 0:08:42  
71 Cameron Jette (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 0:09:15  
72 Tom Meeusen (Bel) 0:09:22  
73 Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Versluys Team 0:09:26  
74 Giancarlo Sax (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team 0:09:35  
75 Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 0:09:41  
76 Hector Leonardo Paez Leon (Col) TX Active Bianchi 0:09:44  
77 Simon Scheiber (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 0:09:50  
78 Oleksandr Gerashchenko (Ukr) ISD MTB Team 0:09:54  
79 Marc Bassingthwaighte (Nam) 0:10:06  
80 Markus Bauer (Ger) 0:10:20  
81 Paul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 0:10:31  
82 David Fletcher (GBr) Orange Monkey-Cannondale 0:10:36  
83 David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por)    
84 Adam Morka (Can) 0:10:38  
85 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:10:39  
86 Pascal Meyer (Swi) 0:10:58  
87 Jan Jobanek (Cze) Merida Biking Team 0:11:02  
88 Andy Eyring (Ger) 0:11:09  
89 Tiago Jorge Oliveira Ferreira (Por) Bi&Esse - Infotre Protek 0:11:21  
90 Daniel Geismayr (Aut) 0:11:22  
91 Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:11:31  
92 Dariusz Batek (Pol) 0:12:01  
93 Fabien Canal (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 0:12:14  
94 Hannes Metzler (Aut) 0:12:58  
-1lap Sid Taberlay (Aus)    
-1lap Daniel Eymann (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team    
-1lap Hans Becking (Ned) Milka- Superior MTB Racing Team    
-1lap Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona    
-1lap Lukas Kaufmann (Swi) Team Fujibikes Rockets    
-1lap Martin Haring (Svk)    
-1lap Tim Lemmers (Ned) Feenstra Stevens Bike Team    
-1lap Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Lapierre International    
-1lap Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc)    
-1lap Michael Broderick (USA)    
-1lap Patrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team    
-1lap Rafal Hebisz (Pol)    
-1lap Javier Eduardo Puschel (Chi)    
-1lap Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team    
-1lap Sang Hoon Na (Kor)    
-1lap David Escolar Ballesteros (Spa)    
-2laps Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Roxracing    
-2laps Steffen Thum (Ger)    
-2laps Mariusz Gil (Pol)    
-2laps Rafal Alchimowiz (Pol)    
-2laps Milan Barenyi (Svk)    
-2laps Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa)    
-2laps Jan Fojtik (Cze)    
-2laps Christopher Maletz (Ger)    
-2laps Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita)    
-2laps Cristobal Silva Ibaceta (Chi)    
-2laps Vitalii Zubchenko (Ukr) ISD MTB Team    
-2laps Simon Seehofer (Aut)    
-2laps Kirill Kazantsev (Kaz)    
-2laps Weisong Tong (Chn)    
-2laps Tomasz Drozdz (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team    
-3laps Felix Euteneuer (Ger)    
-3laps Matthias Waldhart (Aut)    
-3laps Bostjan Hribovsek (Slo)    
-3laps Zdenek Mlynar (Cze)    
-3laps Frantisek Zilak (Cze)    
-3laps Ioan Tudor Radu (Rom)    
-3laps Brian Lopes (USA)    
-3laps Gabor Bogar (Hun)    
-3laps Artyom Golovaschenko (Kaz)    
-4laps Elisei Miron (Rom)    
-4laps Miha Halzer (Slo) Energijateam.Com    
-4laps George Vlad Sabau (Rom)    
-4laps Lubomir Vojta (Cze)    
-4laps Besik Gavasheli (Geo)    
DNF Piotr Brzozka (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team    
DNF Kazuhiro Yamamoto (Jpn)    
DNF Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team    
DNF Severin Disch (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team    
DNF Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea Racing Team    
DNF Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team    
DNF Christoph Soukup (Aut)    
DNF Matthias Wengelin (Swe) Team Herbalife 24 Raumerrittet    
DNF Adrian Brzozka (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team    
DNF Davy Huygens (Bel)    
DNF Simon Gegenheimer (Ger)    
DNF Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team    
DNF Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team    
DNF Robby De Bock (Bel)    
DNS Ola Kjören (Nor) Team Herbalife 24 Raumerrittet    
DNS Marco Schätzing (Ger)    
DNS Markus Loisl (Aut)    
DNS Dennis Ebert (Ned)    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Specialized Racing 87  pts
2 Multivan Merida Biking Team 64  
3 Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team 63  
4 Cannondale Factory Racing 49  
5 Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 29  
6 BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 26  
8 Trek World Racing 18  
10 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 12  
11 Subaru - Trek 11  
12 TX Active Bianchi 9  
13 Elettroveneta - Corratec 9  
14 Lapierre International 6  
15 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 4  
16 BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 1  
Elite men individual World Cup standings after three rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team 700  pts
2 Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing 510  
3 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing 425  
4 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 410  
5 Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea Racing Team 400  
6 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 385  
7 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 315  
8 Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 300  
9 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi 292  
10 Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 290  
11 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 290  
12 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team 240  
13 Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 235  
14 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing 234  
15 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 216  
16 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R 211  
17 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 204  
18 Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing 200  
19 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 198  
20 Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 192  
21 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 182  
22 Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea Racing Team 160  
23 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 160  
24 Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 158  
25 Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 150  
26 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 149  
27 Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 149  
28 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Elettroveneta - Corratec 148  
29 Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 148  
30 Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek 124  
31 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing 118  
32 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 117  
33 Max Plaxton (Can) 112  
34 Tony Longo (Ita) TX Active Bianchi 111  
35 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Lapierre International 105  
36 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized 104  
37 Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec 103  
38 Sven Nys (Bel) 100  
39 Henk Jaap * Moorlag (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 100  
40 Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 98  
41 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 94  
42 Marek * Konwa (Pol) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team 93  
43 Jiri Novak (Cze) 91  
44 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) 88  
45 Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 76  
46 Fabien Canal (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 74  
47 Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 68  
48 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing 65  
49 Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 56  
50 Jürg Graf (Swi) Bskgraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team 54  
51 Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 53  
52 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team 48  
53 Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss Sr - Suntour 46  
54 Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team 46  
55 Lukas Sablik (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized 42  
56 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop 42  
57 Piotr Brzozka (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team 41  
58 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 40  
59 Umberto Corti (Ita) Team Cbe Tecnoimpianti A.S.D. 34  
60 Martino Fruet (Ita) 32  
61 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team 30  
62 Robert Mennen (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 30  
63 Philip Buys (RSA) 30  
64 Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 29  
65 Periklis Ilias (Gre) Team Protek 27  
66 Patrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 24  
67 Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team 20  
68 Kristian Hynek (Cze) 20  
69 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru - Trek 19  
70 Andras Parti (Hun) Euroone-Waberer's-Cube MTB Team 17  
71 Paul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 16  
72 Lachlan Norris (Aus) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 16  
73 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team 14  
74 Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 13  
75 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) 12  
76 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) 11  
77 Michal Lami (Svk) 10  
78 David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por) 10  
79 Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Versluys Team 10  
80 Jérémy Huguenin (Swi) Giant Swiss Sr - Suntour 9  
81 Martin Loo (Est) Hard Rock Canossa Merida 8  
Elite men team World Cup standings after three rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Specialized Racing 227  pts
2 Cannondale Factory Racing 181  
3 Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team 164  
4 Multivan Merida Biking Team 163  
5 Orbea Racing Team 94  
6 Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 92  
7 Trek World Racing 82  
8 TX Active Bianchi 60  
9 BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 59  
10 Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 51  
11 Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 39  
12 BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 36  
13 Scott-3Roxracing 35  
14 Elettroveneta - Corratec 24  
15 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 14  
16 Subaru - Trek 11  
17 Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized 8  
18 Lapierre International 6  
19 S&H Superior MTB Team 5  
20 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 4  
21 Giant Swiss SR - Suntour 1  

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