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MTB World Cup Cross Country #6 & Downhill #5 - Windham 2012

Date range:
June 29 - July 1, 2012

June 30, Elite men cross country:

Stander victorious in Windham World Cup

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
June 30, 2012, 23:45 BST,
Updated:
July 02, 2012, 16:01 BST

Schurter remains overall World Cup leader

The men's cross country at round six of the UCI World Cup in Windham, New York, became a case of the last man standing taking the win. A combination of heat and technical problems decimated the field, with Burry Stander (Specialized) taking only the second World Cup win of his career.

Extreme heat, plus a dry and dusty course with lots of climbing, made for hard conditions. Riders had to drink constantly, and avoid going out too hard, too early if they didn't want to "blow up".

In the men's race, a small group of favourites took the lead in the early laps of the six-lap race, including Stander, Manuel Fumic (Cannondale Factory), Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized), Florian Vogel (Scott - Swisspower), Sergio Mantecon (Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing), Rudi Van Houts (Multivan Merida), José Hermida (Multivan Merida), Fabian Giger (Rabobank Giant) and Marco Fontana (Cannondale Factory).

Gradually, riders fell off the pace, either through mechanical problems (Fumic and Hermida), or because they were unable to handle the heat. World champion Kulhavy, who with a first or second place could take the World Cup lead from the absent Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower), just disappeared part way through one lap, and even his team didn't know where he went. he eventually Tweeted that he had been feeling sick before the start and was suffering from diarrhea.

It came down to three riders: Stander, Mantecon and Fontana, and then Stander upped the pace with a lap and a half to go, steadily increasing his lead on Mantecon, with Fontana holding onto third. The three finished in this order, with Stander taking his first World Cup win since 2009.

"I have always done well on this course and always been in the lead group," said Stander, "but then had problems at the end. This is a course where it is easy to crash, because it's very high speed. Easy to push too hard and get a flat tire. Today I just decided to ride my own speed and not worry about anyone else, just ride controlled. I made sure at the top of the climb that I went into the singletrack first and I could control the speed on the way down, not taking any chances. Then, yah, toward the end, I knew with the endurance coming into play and the heat it would be good for me."

American champion Todd Wells (Specialized), after struggling for much of the season after a crash prior to the opening round of the World Cup back in March, is finally seeing his form come around. He worked his way up through the field to finish fourth, with Mathias Fluckiger (Trek World Racing) taking fifth.

The absent Nino Schurter (Scott Swisspower) retained his lead in the standings, by a slim 12 points over Stander, with Jaroslav Kulhavy a distant third.

Race Notes

- Adam Craig (Rabobank Giant) rode the race on a singlespeed, finishing 37th, and getting a lot of support from the crowd. "As I wind down my World Cup career, I have a checklist of things I'd like to do, and this is one of them," he said. Craig is a former Singlespeed World Champion.

Full results

Elite men
1 Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing 1:38:09  
2 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 0:00:17  
3 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:00:31  
4 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing 0:00:34  
5 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 0:00:49  
6 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team 0:01:08  
7 Max Plaxton (Can) 0:01:22  
8 Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 0:01:27  
9 Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:01:36  
10 Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek 0:01:39  
11 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 0:01:49  
12 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 0:02:40  
13 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:02:48  
14 Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour 0:02:57  
15 Philip Buys (RSA) 0:03:12  
16 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing 0:03:28  
17 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 0:04:12  
18 Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 0:04:15  
19 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing    
20 Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:05:12  
21 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing 0:05:26  
22 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 0:05:27  
23 Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team    
24 Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team    
25 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:05:40  
26 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized 0:05:50  
27 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:05:55  
28 Martin Loo (Est) Hard Rock Canossa Merida 0:06:03  
29 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru - Trek 0:06:07  
30 Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:06:17  
31 Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team    
32 Jérémy Huguenin (Swi) Giant Swiss Sr - Suntour 0:06:40  
33 Raphael Gagne (Can) 0:06:52  
34 Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea Racing Team 0:07:03  
35 Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc) 0:07:10  
36 Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 0:07:16  
37 Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 0:07:51  
38 David Fletcher (GBr) Orange Monkey-Cannondale 0:07:56  
39 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team    
40 Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team    
41 Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:07:57  
42 Adam Morka (Can) 0:08:12  
43 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi 0:08:31  
44 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team 0:08:47  
45 Hector Riveros (Col) 0:08:51  
46 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:09:05  
47 Matthys Beukes (RSA) 0:09:47  
48 Rotem Ishai (Isr) 0:10:06  
49 Mitchell Hoke (USA) 0:10:08  
50 Alex Grant (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:10:10  
51 Peter Glassford (Can) 0:11:06  
52 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 0:12:40  
53 Rubens Valeriano (Bra) 0:12:45  
54 Ignacio Torres (Mex) 0:13:15  
55 Fabien Canal (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 0:14:27  
56 Michael Broderick (USA) 0:15:13  
57 Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona  -1lap  
58 Andrew Watson (Can)  -1lap  
59 Justin Lindine (USA)  -1lap  
60 Luciano Caraccioli (Arg)  -1lap  
61 Daniel Eymann (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team

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62 Pete Ostroski (USA)  -1lap  
63 Andras Parti (Hun)  -1lap  
64 Dave Henderson (GBr)  -2laps  
65 Nathan Guerra (USA)  -2laps  
66 Lee Williams (GBr)  -2laps  
67 Thomas Sampson (USA)  -2laps  
68 Cameron Jette (Can) Scott-3Roxracing  -3laps  
69 Sid Taberlay (Aus)  -3laps  
70 Besik Gavasheli (Geo)  -4laps  
71 Filippo Barbieri (Bra)  -4laps  
DNF Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing    
DNF Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing    
DNF Marcos Escarcega (Mex)    
DNF Troy Wells (USA)    
DNF Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team    
DNF Severin Disch (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team    
DNF Andy Eyring (Ger)    
DNF Daniel McConnell (Aus)    
DNF Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team    
Teams
1 Specialized Racing 85 pts
2 Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 64  
3 Cannondale Factory Racing 44  
4 Trek World Racing 42  
5 Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team 26  
6 Scott-3Roxracing 23  
7 Subaru - Trek 23  
8 Multivan Merida Biking Team 23  
9 Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team 22  
10 BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 19  
11 Giant Swiss SR - Suntour 17  
12 GT Skoda Chamonix 13  
13 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 11  
14 Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 8  
15 Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 7  
16 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 6  
17 Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized 5  
18 Hard Rock Canossa Merida 3  
World Cup standings - Individuals after six rounds
1 Nino Schurter (Swi) 950 pts
2 Burry Stander (RSA) 938  
3 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) 785  
4 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) 670  
5 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) 657  
6 Julien Absalon (Fra) 650  
7 Florian Vogel (Swi) 630  
8 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) 602  
9 Fabian Giger (Swi) 570  
10 Manuel Fumic (Ger) 565  
11 Ralph Naef (Swi) 485  
12 Maxime Marotte (Fra) 477  
13 Max Plaxton (Can) 472  
14 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) 467  
15 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) 457  
16 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) 456  
17 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) 429  
18 Christoph Sauser (Swi) 428  
19 Martin Gujan (Swi) 392  
20 Moritz Milatz (Ger) 390  
21 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) 383  
22 Geoff Kabush (Can) 376  
23 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) 331  
24 Jochen Kass (Ger) 328  
25 Samuel Schultz (USA) 323  
26 Emil Lindgren (Swe) 318  
27 Liam Killeen (GBr) 304  
28 Todd Wells (USA) 295  
29 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) 290  
30 Thomas Litscher (Swi) 284  
31 Karl Markt (Aut) 258  
32 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) 243  
33 Martin Fanger (Swi) 240  
34 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) 228  
35 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) 220  
36 Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) 199  
37 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) 190  
38 Fabien Canal (Fra) 162  
39 Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) 160  
40 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) 158  
41 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) 158  
42 Derek Zandstra (Can) 144  
43 Marek Konwa (Pol) 143  
44 Michele Casagrande (Ita) 135  
45 Milan Spesny (Cze) 124  
46 Cédric Ravanel (Fra) 123  
47 Adam Craig (USA) 119  
48 Tony Longo (Ita) 111  
49 Stephen Ettinger (USA) 111  
50 Philip Buys (RSA) 106  
51 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) 105  
52 Raphael Gagne (Can) 104  
53 Sven Nys (Bel) 100  
54 Martin Loo (Est) 100  
55 Martino Fruet (Ita) 98  
56 Jürg Graf (Swi) 98  
57 Jiri Novak (Cze) 91  
58 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) 91  
59 Jérémy Huguenin (Swi) 90  
60 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) 88  
61 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) 84  
62 Chris Jongewaard (Aus) 82  
63 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) 71  
64 David Fletcher (GBr) 70  
65 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) 70  
66 Matous Ulman (Cze) 68  
67 Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) 67  
68 Andras Parti (Hun) 63  
69 Severin Disch (Swi) 56  
70 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) 56  
71 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) 53  
72 Piotr Brzozka (Pol) 51  
73 Adam Morka (Can) 48  
74 Umberto Corti (Ita) 48  
75 Andrew Watson (Can) 46  
76 Lukas Sablik (Cze) 42  
77 Lachlan Norris (Aus) 41  
78 Marek Galinski (Pol) 37  
79 Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc) 36  
80 Mitchell Hoke (USA) 36  
81 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) 34  
82 Michael Broderick (USA) 32  
83 Peter Glassford (Can) 31  
84 Robert Mennen (Ger) 30  
85 Alex Grant (USA) 29  
86 Alban Lakata (Aut) 29  
87 Andy Eyring (Ger) 27  
88 Periklis Ilias (Gre) 27  
89 Neal Kindree (Can) 26  
90 Spencer Paxson (USA) 24  
91 Patrik Gallati (Swi) 24  
92 Hector Riveros (Col) 23  
93 Cameron Jette (Can) 23  
94 Matthys Beukes (RSA) 21  
95 Rotem Ishai (Isr) 20  
96 Kristian Hynek (Cze) 20  
97 Alexis Chenevier (Fra) 19  
98 Daniel Eymann (Swi) 18  
99 Paul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) 16  
100 Rubens Valeriano (Bra) 15  
101 Matthew Hadley (Can) 15  
102 Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) 15  
103 Ignacio Torres (Mex) 14  
104 Pete Ostroski (USA) 13  
105 Ruben Almeida (Por) 13  
106 Sid Taberlay (Aus) 12  
107 Hannes Metzler (Aut) 12  
108 Kris Sneddon (Can) 11  
109 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) 11  
110 Craig Richey (Can) 10  
111 Michal Lami (Svk) 10  
112 David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por) 10  
113 Sebastien Carabin (Bel) 10  
114 Justin Lindine (USA) 9  
115 Marc Bassingthwaighte (Nam) 9  
116 Luciano Caraccioli (Arg) 8  
117 Dave Henderson (GBr) 8  
World Cup team standings after six rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Specialized Racing 445  pts
2 Cannondale Factory Racing 344  
3 Multivan Merida Biking Team 318  
4 Scott - Swisspower Mtb Racing Team 285  
5 Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 207  
6 Trek World Racing 179  
7 Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 167  
8 Orbea Racing Team 134  
9 BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 95  
10 BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 81  
11 TX Active Bianchi 74  
12 Scott-3Roxracing 73  
13 Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 63  
14 Subaru - Trek 45  
15 Giant Swiss Sr - Suntour 32  
16 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 31  
17 Elettroveneta - Corratec 24  
18 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 23  
19 GT Skoda Chamonix 14  
20 Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized 13  
21 Thoemus Racing Team 6  
22 Lapierre International 6  
23 S&H Superior MTB Team 5  
24 Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team 3  
25 Hard Rock Canossa Merida 3  
26 Euroone-Waberer's-Cube MTB Team 1