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MTB World Cup Cross Country #6, Eliminator #5 & Downhill #5 - Hafjell 2013

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September 12-15, 2013

September 14, Elite men cross country:

Kulhavy wins elite men's cross country at Hafjell World Cup

By:
Rob Jones and Sue George
Published:
September 14, 2013, 14:22 BST,
Updated:
September 15, 2013, 11:43 BST

Schurter claims World Cup overall title

Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing) wins the elite men's World Cup cross country in Hafjell, Norway

Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing) wins the elite men's World Cup cross country in Hafjell, Norway

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Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing) won the elite men's cross country World Cup in Hafjell, Norway on Saturday afternoon. He triumphed in the two-man battle with Nino Schurter (Scott Swisspower) for the top spot on the podium. Manuel Fumic (Cannondale), Mathias Flueckiger (Stockli) and Marco Fontana (Cannondale) rounded out the top five.

It was Kulhavy's first World Cup win of the season and his first since 2011. The Czech rider showed good form at Worlds two weeks ago, but didn't have great luck there after an otherwise lackluster season.

"It's amazing because I had a crazy season. This is the last race and I'm back in my old shape," said Kulhavy. "It's important for me for going into the winter time. It was a nice fight with Nino - I'm very happy. I don't know who is best, maybe me."

The race was largely between Schurter and Kulhavy. In the early laps of the eight-lap race, a few other riders took turns joining them, including Marco Fontana (Cannondale), Ondrej Cink (Multivan Merida) and Mathias Flueckiger (Stockli).

The race was absent Schurter's usual rival, Julien Absalon (BMC), who did not start after breaking his ribs at the world championships. Schurter had already won the World Cup mathematically, with the absence of Absalon, but Kulhavy, the Olympic champion and 2011 World Cup champion, stepped up in this last race of the year to show the form that previously made him unstoppable.

The men raced on what was a rough course. Schurter and Kulhavy were joined at the front in the opening laps by Cink and Fontana, with Fumic and Flueckiger chasing up through the field to join the leaders by the halfway mark.

"It was a hard course. It was bumpy and rocky and there were a lot of sharp stones, which meant a big chance of a flat tire. It was a good course for my full suspension," said Kulhavy. "I look forward to next year and the world championships that will be here."

With two laps to go, Schurter turned on the afterburners and decisively opened a permanent gap on everyone but Kulhavy. The two came through the start/finish together with one to go. Neither of the leaders could crack the other, with Schurter stronger in the technical sections, and Kulhavy showing power on the climbs.

Schurter had seemed to be saving something during most of the race. He strategically stayed near the front and answered all the attacks. During the first half of the last lap, Schurter and Kulhavy traded leads, each attacking the other to get the coveted front spot, but on the final big climb, Kulhavy powered around Schurter for good. The world champion was unable to answer the Olympic champion's attack.

Fumic dropped Fluckiger in the last lap to take third.

Schurter was happy to bask in the glory of the World Cup overall win, just two weeks after re-staking his claim on the rainbow jersey for another year.

"I'm really not disappointed. After Worlds, it's hard to stay focused and to work hard again. I'm super happy about the second place," said Schurter. "It was a nice battle with Jaro. I had a little bit of a flashback to the Olympics. I was sad that Absalon wasn't here - it's always good to race him. But the chance to win a World Cup is always enough motivation."

"It's an awesome feeling to win the world champs and win the World Cup," said Schurter. "It's the perfect season for me. The world championships is maybe the bigger victory because you get to wear the rainbow jersey all year, but the World Cup, you have to do well all season to win it.

While Schurter had locked up the title prior to the race, there was a battle for the remaining top spots, with round one winner Daniel McConnell (Trek Factory) finishing seventh and taking second place overall from the absent Absalon, who dropped to third, while Kulhavy climbed from seventh to fourth with his win.

Race note

Lukas Flueckiger, brother of Mathias, did not start due to broken ribs sustained in a crash at the world championships.

Full Results

Elite men cross country
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing XC 1:36:19  
2 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 0:00:07  
3 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:01:34  
4 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team 0:01:46  
5 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:02:07  
6 Matthias Wengelin (Swe) 0:02:17  
7 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing 0:02:28  
8 Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:02:38  
9 Miguel Martinez (Fra) 0:02:46  
10 Fabian Giger (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team 0:03:02  
11 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Giant Pro XC Team 0:03:21  
12 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 0:03:31  
13 Gerhard Kerschbaumer* (Ita) TX Active Bianchi 0:04:01  
14 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:04:18  
15 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Sram Rubena Trek 0:04:47  
16 Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:04:53  
17 Ralph Naef (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:05:21  
18 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing XC 0:05:37  
19 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Focus XC Team 0:05:49  
20 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC 0:07:01  
21 Karl Markt (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team 0:07:18  
22 Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Team Bulls 0:07:34  
23 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Controltech Nevi 0:07:39  
24 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team 0:07:51  
25 Markus Bauer (Ger) 0:08:24  
26 Piotr Brzozka (Pol) Jbg - 2 Professional MTB Team 0:08:39  
27 Michal Lami (Svk) 0:08:48  
28 Calle Friberg (Swe) 0:09:06  
29 Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Focus XC Team 0:09:16  
30 David Valero (Spa) 0:09:24  
31 Martin Fanger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:09:36  
32 Marek Konwa (Pol) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 0:09:47  
33 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC 0:10:00  
34 Hans Becking (Ned) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 0:10:31  
35 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing 0:11:04  
36 Daniel Eymann (Swi) 0:11:17  
37 Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team 0:11:29  
38 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:12:04  
39 Fabian Rabensteiner (Ita) Focus XC Italy Team 0:12:19  
-1lap Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra)    
-1lap Kornel Osicki (Pol)    
-1lap Simon Scheiber (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team    
-1lap Philip Buys (RSA)    
-1lap Frank Beemer (Ned) Mpl Specialized MTB Team    
-1lap Robby De Bock (Bel) Feenstra Felt Powered By Kenda    
-1lap David Fletcher (GBr) Orange Monkey Pro Team    
-2laps Benjamin Wittrup Justesen (Den)    
-2laps Fredrik Edin (Swe)    
-2laps Gerrit Rosenkranz (Ger)    
-2laps Andy Eyring (Ger)    
-2laps Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Elettroveneta-Corratec    
-2laps Ola Kjören (Nor) Team Herbalife 24 Raumerrittet    
-2laps Jiri Novak (Cze) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team    
-2laps Hamish Batchelor (GBr)    
-2laps Gareth Montgomerie (GBr)    
-2laps Pavel Priadein (Rus)    
-3laps Michael Broderick (USA)    
-3laps Brice Scholtes (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTB    
-3laps Zdenek Vobecky (Cze)    
-3laps Henrik Kippernes (Nor)    
-4laps Johan J. Stroemberg (Nor)    
-4laps Tomasz Drozdz (Pol) Jbg - 2 Professional MTB Team    
-4laps Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTB    
-4laps Jonas De Backer (Bel)    
-5laps Simon Qvortrup (Den)    
-6laps George-Vlad Sabau (Rom)    
DNF Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing    
DNF Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Goldwurst-Power / Stöckli    
DNF Fredrik Ericsson (Swe)    
DNF Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing    
DNF Giancarlo Sax (Swi)    
DNF Martin Loo (Est) Merida Italia Team    
DNF Alexander Gehbauer (Aut) TX Active Bianchi    
DNF Klaus Nielsen (Den)    
DNF Ervins Smolins (Lat)    
DNF Patrik Gallati (Swi) Focus XC Team    
DNF Casper Saltoft (Den)    
DNF Daniel Federspiel (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team    
DNS Lukas Flückiger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team    
DNS Timofei Ivanov (Rus) Forward - Udmurtia    
DNS Sebastian Batchelor (GBr)    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Cannondale Factory Racing 60  pts
2 Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 54  
3 Specialized Racing XC 53  
4 Giant Pro XC Team 41  
5 Multivan Merida Biking Team 40  
6 Stöckli Pro Team 30  
7 BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 29  
8 Trek Factory Racing 24  
9 TX Active Bianchi 18  
10 Sram Rubena Trek 16  
11 Focus XC Team 14  
12 BH - SR Suntour - KMC 11  
13 Ötztal Scott Racing Team 10  
14 Team Bulls 9  
15 Controltech Nevi 8  
16 Versluys Team 7  
17 Jbg - 2 Professional MTB Team 5  
Elite men cross country World Cup final standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nino Schurter (Swi) 1180  pts
2 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) 800  
3 Julien Absalon (Fra) 760  
4 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) 736  
5 Ondrej Cink (Cze) 705  
6 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) 643  
7 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) 616  
8 Fabian Giger (Swi) 555  
9 Maxime Marotte (Fra) 551  
10 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) 542  
11 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) 502  
12 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) 415  
13 Florian Vogel (Swi) 405  
14 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) 398  
15 Thomas Litscher (Swi) 374  
16 Gerhard Kerschbaumer* (Ita) 373  
17 Max Plaxton (Can) 360  
18 Manuel Fumic (Ger) 350  
19 Martin Fanger (Swi) 349  
20 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) 344  
21 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) 340  
22 Ralph Naef (Swi) 338  
23 Miguel Martinez (Fra) 305  
24 Emil Lindgren (Swe) 300  
25 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) 298  
26 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) 295  
27 Geoff Kabush (Can) 293  
28 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) 286  
29 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) 284  
30 Martin Loo (Est) 284  
31 Alexander Gehbauer (Aut) 282  
32 Martin Gujan (Swi) 271  
33 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) 226  
34 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) 225  
35 Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) 215  
36 Marek Konwa (Pol) 213  
37 Moritz Milatz (Ger) 210  
38 Shlomi Haimy (Isr) 171  
39 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) 167  
40 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) 158  
41 Matthias Wengelin (Swe) 154  
42 Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) 148  
43 Derek Zandstra (Can) 146  
44 Michal Lami (Svk) 144  
45 Jiri Novak (Cze) 144  
46 Karl Markt (Aut) 142  
47 Andras Parti (Hun) 134  
48 Hans Becking (Ned) 123  
49 Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) 121  
50 Jürg Graf (Swi) 106  
51 Fabien Canal (Fra) 104  
52 Sebastien Carabin (Bel) 102  
53 Henrique Avancini (Bra) 94  
54 Patrik Gallati (Swi) 94  
55 David Valero (Spa) 90  
56 David Fletcher (GBr) 86  
57 Daniel Eymann (Swi) 85  
58 Markus Bauer (Ger) 81  
59 Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) 79  
60 Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc) 78  
61 David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por) 70  
62 Raphael Gagne (Can) 70  
63 Stephen Ettinger (USA) 66  
64 Anton Sintsov (Rus) 66  
65 Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) 62  
66 Michele Casagrande (Ita) 61  
67 Kornel Osicki (Pol) 59  
68 Robby De Bock (Bel) 59  
69 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) 56  
70 Cameron Jette (Can) 55  
71 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) 55  
72 Philip Buys (RSA) 55  
73 Piotr Brzozka (Pol) 54  
74 Calle Friberg (Swe) 50  
75 Fabio Hernando Castaneda Monsalve (Col) 50  
76 Alban Lakata (Aut) 50  
77 Oleksandr Gerashchenko (Ukr) 48  
78 Mitchell Hoke (USA) 47  
79 Jochen Kass (Ger) 46  
80 Giancarlo Sax (Swi) 46  
81 Frank Beemer (Ned) 44  
82 Pascal Meyer (Swi) 43  
83 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) 43  
84 Sherman De Paiva (Bra) 42  
85 Umberto Corti (Ita) 42  
86 Simon Scheiber (Aut) 42  
87 Lucien Besancon (Swi) 42  
88 Michael Broderick (USA) 39  
89 Hamish Batchelor (GBr) 39  
90 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) 36  
91 Filip Eberl (Cze) 35  
92 Andy Eyring (Ger) 35  
93 Rubens Valeriano (Bra) 34  
94 Jonas De Backer (Bel) 32  
95 Pavel Priadein (Rus) 31  
96 Ricardo Pscheidt (Bra) 30  
97 Alexis Chenevier (Fra) 30  
98 Matous Ulman (Cze) 30  
99 Fabian Rabensteiner (Ita) 29  
100 Sebastian Batchelor (GBr) 29  
101 Ramon Sagues Portabella (Spa) 28  
102 Andrew Watson (Can) 26  
103 Thomas Sampson (USA) 24  
104 Jean-Philippe Thibault-Roberge (Can) 23  
105 Christopher Hamlin (USA) 22  
106 Benjamin Wittrup Justesen (Den) 21  
107 Fredrik Edin (Swe) 20  
108 William Melone (USA) 20  
109 Gerrit Rosenkranz (Ger) 19  
110 Mathieu Belanger Barrette (Can) 19  
111 Mario Matijevic (Bel) 18  
112 Pavel Boudny (Cze) 18  
113 Filippo Barbieri (Bra) 17  
114 Cristofer Bosque Ruano (Spa) 17  
115 Todd Wells (USA) 17  
116 Ola Kjören (Nor) 16  
117 Francesc Guerra (Spa) 15  
118 Mykhaylo Batsutsa (Ukr) 14  
119 Carl Jones (NZl) 14  
120 Gareth Montgomerie (GBr) 13  
121 Ismael Ventura Sanchez (Spa) 12  
122 Marcel Fleschhut (Ger) 11  
123 Brice Scholtes (Bel) 10  
124 Ludovic Dubau (Fra) 10  
125 Tim Wynants (Bel) 10  
126 Zdenek Vobecky (Cze) 9  
127 Kristian Hynek (Cze) 9  
128 Henrik Kippernes (Nor) 8  
129 Dmytro Titarenko (Ukr) 8  
Teams World Cup final standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 364  pts
2 Multivan Merida Biking Team 343  
3 Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 297  
4 Giant Pro XC Team 208  
5 Cannondale Factory Racing 200  
6 BH - SR Suntour - KMC 187  
7 Specialized Racing XC 186  
8 Trek Factory Racing 151  
9 TX Active Bianchi 150  
10 Stöckli Pro Team 129  
11 Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing 68  
12 Scott-3Roxracing 63  
13 Controltech Nevi 46  
14 Sram Rubena Trek 45  
15 Merida Italia Team 37  
16 Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 35  
17 Focus XC Team 35  
18 Versluys Team 34  
19 Goldwurst-Power / Stöckli 25  
20 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 21  
21 Cycling Club Roma MTB Team 14  
22 Elettroveneta-Corratec 12  
23 Titici Lgl International Team 11  
24 Ötztal Scott Racing Team 10  
25 Team Bulls 9  
26 Bsk Graf-Rollmat-Koba MTB Team 9  
27 Asptt Definitive Tec 8  
28 Jbg - 2 Professional MTB Team 5  
29 Caloi 3  
30 Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team 3  
31 Isd MTB Team 2