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MTB World Cup Cross Country #5 & Downhill #4 - Mont-Sainte-Anne 2013

Date range:
August 9-11, 2013

August 10, Elite men cross country:

Absalon wins men's cross country World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne

By:
Rob Jones and Sue George
Published:
August 10, 2013, 20:21 BST,
Updated:
August 11, 2013, 16:09 BST

Schurter retains lead in World Cup standings

Julien Absalon (BMC) wins the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup

Julien Absalon (BMC) wins the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup

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Julien Absalon (BMC) won his first World Cup of the season and the 26th of his career, in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada on Saturday afternoon. Jose Hermida (Multivan Merida) rode away from Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) for third place.

"Finally, I did it. I'm happy because I had bad luck at other World Cups this season," said Absalon to Redbull.tv. "I'm also happy because I like to race here. Mont-Sainte-Anne is special. The track here is beautiful. I won the Worlds here 15 years ago when I was junior - my first big victory."

Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) set the pace from the gun, leaving many to wonder whether he'd found his good form from last year, which has otherwise been lacking this season. But before the first lap was over, the clear leaders of the race were Absalon and Schurter at the front. Kulhavy started to fade and would drop out of podium contention.

It looked like it might be another Absalon-Schurter duel throughout the seven-lap race, but Absalon had no interest in getting beat by Schurter in an end-of-the-race sprint. He executed the perfect race, attacking until he put enough pressure on Schurter to get away.

"I did an attack on the climb on the third lap," said Absalon, "but I only got five seconds. So I did it again on the next lap and I got 15 seconds to take into the technical section."

He made his move on the steep, switchback climb. "I like this kind of steep climb," Absalon said.

The Frenchman quickly established a gap as Schurter could not follow. Then the gap grew more quickly after Schurter flatted. After a stop in the tech zone to get a new rear wheel, he was about a minute behind Schurter by the end of that lap.

"I attacked on the climb, and maybe he took some risks on the downhill to catch me?" said Absalon of Schurter's flat. "I saw then that he had a flat tire. I had maybe 10 seconds, so I pushed pretty hard to stay in front. I had a perfect race - no mistakes."

Absalon took his first World Cup victory since signing for BMC this past winter. He'd come close in Albstadt but his chances were ruined after a broken frame. He was also close in the most recent World Cup round Vallnord, but broke his chain.

Hermida, who won the world championships at Mont-Sainte-Anne in 2010, eventually caught Schurter and the two raced together for awhile until Hermida got away from Schurter on the switchback climb on the final lap. Hermida rode in alone for second - for the fourth time in his career at Mont-Sainte-Anne, while Schurter hung on for third.

Ralph Naef (BMC) got stronger as the race went on and finished on the podium in fourth place. Daniel McConnell (Trek Factory) also had a strong later part of the race and rode himself to his second World Cup podium in fifth place.

Max Plaxton (Sho-Air/Cannondale) was the top North American, starting in the fourth row. He quickly made it up into the teens, moving into the top-10 on lap four. He was riding with Naef when he crashed, losing contact with the Swiss rider who continued to move up to finish on the podium. In the crash, Plaxton broke the fastener on his shoe, which didn't help matters.

Schurter has an almost insurmountable lead in the World Cup series with one race remaining. He is ahead of Absalon by 220 points. Absalon moves into second with his victory, 80 points ahead of round one winner McConnell. Plaxton moves from 17th to 15th in the standings.

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 1:28:17  
2 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:01:04  
3 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 0:01:40  
4 Ralph Naef (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:01:49  
5 Daniel McConnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:59  
6 Fabian Giger (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team 0:02:13  
7 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC 0:02:22  
8 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:02:25  
9 Max Plaxton (Can) 0:02:28  
10 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:02:30  
11 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team 0:02:58  
12 Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:03:07  
13 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC 0:03:14  
14 Martin Gujan (Swi) TX Active Bianchi 0:03:42  
15 Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 0:03:57  
16 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing XC 0:04:14  
17 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 0:04:20  
18 Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:04:33  
19 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing XC 0:04:35  
20 Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:05:16  
21 Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Focus XC Team 0:05:27  
22 Martin Loo (Est) Merida Italia Team 0:05:29  
23 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Goldwurst-Power / Stöckli 0:05:58  
24 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing 0:06:00  
25 Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Roxracing    
26 Martin Fanger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:06:19  
27 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 0:06:45  
28 Henrique Avancini (Bra) Caloi 0:06:56  
29 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Sram Rubena Trek 0:07:39  
30 Cameron Jette (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 0:07:52  
31 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) 0:07:59  
32 Sherman De Paiva (Bra) Caloi 0:08:13  
33 David Fletcher (GBr) Orange Monkey Pro Team 0:09:14  
34 Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc) 0:09:23  
35 Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTB 0:09:42  
36 Rubens Valeriano (Bra) 0:10:06  
37 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Focus XC Team 0:10:19  
38 Ricardo Pscheidt (Bra) 0:11:24  
39 Sebastian Batchelor (GBr) 0:11:52  
-1lap Michael Broderick (USA)    
-1lap Raphael Gagne (Can)    
-1lap Andrew Watson (Can)    
-1lap Hamish Batchelor (GBr)    
-2laps Thomas Sampson (USA)    
-2laps Jean-Philippe Thibault-Roberge (Can)    
-2laps Christopher Hamlin (USA)    
-2laps Mitchell Hoke (USA)    
-2laps William Melone (USA)    
-3laps Mathieu Belanger Barrette (Can)    
-3laps Mario Matijevic (Bel)    
-5laps Filippo Barbieri (Bra)    
DNF Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team    
DNF Joseph Maloney (USA)    
DNS Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 83  pts
2 Multivan Merida Biking Team 54  
3 Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 50  
4 Cannondale Factory Racing 44  
5 BH - SR Suntour - KMC 42  
6 Trek Factory Racing 28  
7 Specialized Racing XC 27  
8 Giant Pro XC Team 26  
9 Scott-3Roxracing 23  
10 Stöckli Pro Team 20  
11 TX Active Bianchi 17  
12 Focus XC Team 10  
13 Merida Italia Team 9  
14 Goldwurst-Power / Stöckli 8  
15 Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing 7  
16 Caloi 3  
17 Sram Rubena Trek 2  
Elite men World Cup standings after five rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 980  pts
2 Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 760  
3 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing 680  
4 Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team 595  
5 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 502  
6 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team 493  
7 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing XC 486  
8 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC 485  
9 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 476  
10 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 464  
11 Fabian Giger (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team 460  
12 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing 398  
13 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC 375  
14 Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 374  
15 Max Plaxton (Can) 360  
16 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 320  
17 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 310  
18 Martin Fanger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 305  
19 Gerhard * Kerschbaumer (Ita) TX Active Bianchi 293  
20 Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 293  
21 Martin Loo (Est) Merida Italia Team 284  
22 Alexander Gehbauer (Aut) TX Active Bianchi 282  
23 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing XC 274  
24 Martin Gujan (Swi) TX Active Bianchi 271  
25 Ralph Naef (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 266  
26 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Focus XC Team 230  
27 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Controltech Nevi 226  
28 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team 226  
29 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Goldwurst-Power / Stöckli 226  
30 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 225  
31 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Sram Rubena Trek 219  
32 Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Giant Pro XC Team 215  
33 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Giant Pro XC Team 210  
34 Miguel Martinez (Fra) 205  
35 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 190  
36 Marek Konwa (Pol) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 171  
37 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 158  
38 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Elettroveneta-Corratec 150  
39 Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 146  
40 Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 136  
41 Andras Parti (Hun) Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team 134  
42 Jiri Novak (Cze) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 129  
43 Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Focus XC Team 123  
44 Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team 116  
45 Jürg Graf (Swi) Bsk Graf-Rollmat-Koba MTB Team 106  
46 Fabien Canal (Fra) Asptt Definitive Tec 104  
47 Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTB 102  
48 Henrique Avancini (Bra) Caloi 94  
49 Patrik Gallati (Swi) Focus XC Team 94  
50 Michal Lami (Svk) 92  
51 Hans Becking (Ned) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 85  
52 Karl Markt (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team 78  
53 Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc) 78  
54 David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por) 70  
55 Raphael Gagne (Can) 70  
56 Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 66  
57 Anton Sintsov (Rus) Titici Lgl International Team 66  
58 David Fletcher (GBr) Orange Monkey Pro Team 64  
59 Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team 62  
60 Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta-Corratec 61  
61 Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Team Bulls 59  
62 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) 56  
63 Cameron Jette (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 55  
64 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) 55  
65 Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) 51  
66 Daniel Eymann (Swi) 51  
67 Fabio Hernando Castaneda Monsalve (Col) 50  
68 Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 50  
69 Oleksandr Gerashchenko (Ukr) Isd MTB Team 48  
70 Mitchell Hoke (USA) 47  
71 Jochen Kass (Ger) 46  
72 Giancarlo Sax (Swi) 46  
73 David Valero (Spa) 44  
74 Pascal Meyer (Swi) Jb Felt Team 43  
75 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing 43  
76 Sherman De Paiva (Bra) Caloi 42  
77 Umberto Corti (Ita) Controltech Nevi 42  
78 Lucien Besancon (Swi) 42  
79 Robby De Bock (Bel) Feenstra Felt Powered By Kenda 36  
80 Filip Eberl (Cze) 35  
81 Rubens Valeriano (Bra) 34  
82 Jonas De Backer (Bel) 32  
83 Kornel Osicki (Pol) 32  
84 Ricardo Pscheidt (Bra) 30  
85 Alexis Chenevier (Fra) Scott La Clusaz 30  
86 Matous Ulman (Cze) 30  
87 Philip Buys (RSA) 30  
88 Sebastian Batchelor (GBr) 29  
89 Michael Broderick (USA) 28  
90 Ramon Sagues Portabella (Spa) 28  
91 Andrew Watson (Can) 26  
92 Hamish Batchelor (GBr) 25  
93 Markus Bauer (Ger) 25  
94 Thomas Sampson (USA) 24  
95 Matthias Wengelin (Swe) 24  
96 Jean-Philippe Thibault-Roberge (Can) 23  
97 Christopher Hamlin (USA) 22  
98 William Melone (USA) 20  
99 Frank Beemer (Ned) Mpl Specialized MTB Team 20  
100 Mathieu Belanger Barrette (Can) 19  
101 Pavel Priadein (Rus) 19  
102 Mario Matijevic (Bel) 18  
103 Pavel Boudny (Cze) 18  
104 Filippo Barbieri (Bra) 17  
105 Cristofer Bosque Ruano (Spa) 17  
106 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing XC 17  
107 Andy Eyring (Ger) 17  
108 Simon Scheiber (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team 16  
109 Francesc Guerra (Spa) 15  
110 Mykhaylo Batsutsa (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team 14  
111 Carl Jones (NZl) 14  
112 Ismael Ventura Sanchez (Spa) 12  
113 Marcel Fleschhut (Ger) 11  
114 Ludovic Dubau (Fra) Newcycling 10  
115 Tim Wynants (Bel) Toka Print MTB Team 10  
116 Kristian Hynek (Cze) Elettroveneta-Corratec 9  
117 Dmytro Titarenko (Ukr) Isd MTB Team 8  
Team World Cup standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 335  pts
2 Multivan Merida Biking Team 303  
3 Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 243  
4 BH - SR Suntour - KMC 176  
5 Giant Pro XC Team 167  
6 Cannondale Factory Racing 140  
7 Specialized Racing XC 133  
8 TX Active Bianchi 132  
9 Trek Factory Racing 127  
10 Stöckli Pro Team 99  
11 Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing 68  
12 Scott-3Roxracing 63  
13 Controltech Nevi 38  
14 Merida Italia Team 37  
15 Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 35  
16 Sram Rubena Trek 29  
17 Versluys Team 27  
18 Goldwurst-Power / Stöckli 25  
19 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 21  
20 Focus XC Team 21  
21 Cycling Club Roma MTB Team 14  
22 Elettroveneta-Corratec 12  
23 Titici Lgl International Team 11  
24 Bsk Graf-Rollmat-Koba MTB Team 9  
25 Asptt Definitive Tec 8  
26 Caloi 3  
27 Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team 3  
28 Isd MTB Team 2