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MTB World Cup Cross Country #7 & Downhill #6 - Val d'Isère 2012

Date range:
July 27-29, 2012

July 28, Elite men cross country:

Schurter wins last World Cup of the season

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
July 28, 2012, 13:39,
Updated:
July 29, 2012, 14:38

Swiss rider celebrates World Cup overall title

Nino Schurter (Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team) wins the World Cup in Val d'Isere, France

Nino Schurter (Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team) wins the World Cup in Val d'Isere, France

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In the final round of the UCI cross country World Cup in Val d'Isere, France, Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) earned his fourth win of the season, as many riders put the final touches on their form for the Olympic Games coming up in two weeks. Schurter took his second World Cup series title with his victory.

Schurter, who skipped the previous round in Windham, New York, for Olympic preparation, showed that his form is better than ever by leading the men's race from start to finish. The newly titled national Swiss champion rocketed off the front of the field on the first lap, opening up a gap on a chase group containing teammate Florian Vogel, Marco Fontana (Cannondale), Ralf Naef (Multivan-Merida), Sergio Gutierrez (Wildwolf-Trek), Windham winner Burry Stander (Specialized) and Julien Absalon (Orbea).

Vogel and Fontana steadily began to gain ground on Schurter, while the others fell back, with Absalon struggling in particular in the muddy conditions, eventually pulling into the pit to change tires and then abandoning.

Fontana and Vogel bridged up to Schurter by mid-race, but Vogel was gapped after crashing and never regained the leaders.   Lukas Flückiger (Trek World Racing) moved forward into third and Fontana's teammate Manuel Fumic into fourth as others faded from the intense pace. On the final lap, Schurter attacked again to solo in for victory, while Flückiger caught the fading Fontana for second.

"My tactic today was to start really fast," said Schurter, "Because Burry always has problems at the beginning of the race when it's really fast, as does Absalon. So I decided to start very fast and that strategy was quite good. Neither Burry nor Absalon were in the leading group after the first lap. It was a perfect race for me. With Marco (Fontana) and Flo (Florian Vogel) together, we were a strong group in the lead."

"It is awesome for me to win the World Cup in an Olympic year," said Schurter. " It gives me a good feeling now for the upcoming Olympic Games. It was not my biggest target to win the World Cup, but now I am super happy; it is a bit of a surprise for me."

Schurter finishes the season with 1200 points to Stander's 1058, with defending champion Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) third at 865 points.

Looking ahead to the Olympic race in two weeks, for which Schurter is the obvious favorite by virtue of recent race performances, he said, "The Olympics will be different than here. It was a hard race here because of the altitude. The Olympics will be a much faster race, and I hope I can perform as well as here."

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team 1:34:03  
2 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 0:00:13  
3 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:00:33  
4 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:01:17  
5 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:01:22  
6 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team 0:01:49  
7 Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing 0:02:16  
8 Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:02:28  
9 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi 0:02:54  
10 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 0:03:08  
11 Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 0:03:37  
12 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 0:04:05  
13 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing 0:05:11  
14 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing 0:05:12  
15 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 0:05:20  
16 Marek Konwa* (Pol) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team 0:05:21  
17 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized 0:05:23  
18 Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 0:05:43  
19 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team 0:05:52  
20 Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:06:02  
21 Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour 0:06:05  
22 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 0:06:22  
23 Michal Lami (Svk) 0:06:57  
24 Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:06:58  
25 Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea Racing Team    
26 Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 0:07:08  
27 Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 0:07:15  
28 Martin Loo (Est) Hard Rock Canossa Merida 0:07:29  
29 Periklis Ilias (Gre) Team Protek 0:07:51  
30 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team    
31 Martino Fruet (Ita) 0:07:52  
32 Jiri Novak (Cze) 0:07:53  
33 Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:08:19  
34 Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 0:08:23  
35 Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek 0:08:24  
36 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) 0:08:34  
37 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop 0:08:35  
38 Philip Buys (RSA)    
39 Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 0:08:53  
40 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) 0:09:05  
41 Andy Eyring (Ger) 0:09:08  
42 Fabien Canal (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 0:09:34  
43 Andras Parti (Hun) Euroone-Waberer's-Cube MTB Team 0:09:51  
44 Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc) 0:10:13  
45 Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team 0:10:17  
46 Alexis Chenevier (Fra) Scott Les Saisies 0:10:23  
47 Jürg Graf (Swi) Bskgraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team 0:10:32  
48 Jiri Friedl (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized 0:10:43  
49 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 0:11:19  
50 Lukas Sablik (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized 0:11:26  
51 Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Versluys Team 0:11:31  
52 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing 0:11:40  
53 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:11:52  
54 Piotr Brzozka (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team 0:12:01  
55 Umberto Corti (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D. 0:12:07  
56 Jérémy Huguenin (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour 0:12:19  
57 David Fletcher (GBr) Orange Monkey-Cannondale 0:12:34  
58 Jan Jobanek (Cze) Merida Biking Team 0:13:14  
59 Giancarlo Sax (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team 0:14:22  
-1lap Hans Becking (Ned) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team    
-1lap Ramon Sagues Portabella (Spa)    
-1lap Filip Eberl (Cze)    
-1lap Gareth Montgomerie (GBr)    
-1lap Pascal Meyer (Swi) Jb Felt Team    
-1lap Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita)    
-1lap Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Lapierre International    
-1lap Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team    
-1lap Patrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team    
-1lap Florian Thie (Swi)    
-1lap Ruben Almeida (Por)    
-1lap Jonas Baumann (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team    
-1lap David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por)    
-2laps Daniel Eymann (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team    
-2laps Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Focus MIG Team    
-2laps Paul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team    
-2laps Rafal Hebisz (Pol)    
-2laps Marios Athanasiadis (Cyp)    
-2laps Michael Broderick (USA)    
-2laps Dave Henderson (GBr)    
-2laps Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team    
-2laps Sang Hoon Na (Kor)    
-3laps Seiya Hirano (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team    
-3laps Tiago Jorge Oliveira Ferreira (Por) Bi&Esse - Infotre Protek    
-3laps Robby De Bock (Bel)    
-4laps John Whittington (GBr)    
DNF Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea Racing Team    
DNF Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec    
DNF Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea Racing Team    
DNF Ismael Ventura Sanchez (Spa)    
DNF Robert Wardell (GBr)    
DNF Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team    
DNF Kornel Osicki (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team    
DNF Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing    
DNS Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team    
DNS Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Elettroveneta - Corratec    
DNS Peter Glassford (Can)    
DNS Thomas Christian Bonne (Den)    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Cannondale Factory Racing 69  pts
2 Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team 67  
3 Multivan Merida Biking Team 62  
4 Specialized Racing 59  
5 Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 37  
6 Trek World Racing 35  
7 Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 34  
8 TX Active Bianchi 22  
9 BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 19  
10 Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team 15  
11 Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized 14  
12 GT Skoda Chamonix 13  
13 Versluys Team 12  
14 Giant Swiss SR - Suntour 10  
15 Orbea Racing Team 6  
16 Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 4  
17 Hard Rock Canossa Merida 3  
18 Team Protek 2  
Elite men individual Final World Cup standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team 1200  pts
2 Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing 1058  
3 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing 865  
4 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 830  
5 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 797  
6 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team 760  
7 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 715  
8 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 697  
9 Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 660  
10 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 657  
11 Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea Racing Team 650  
12 Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 595  
13 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 562  
14 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 543  
15 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi 529  
16 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing 506  
17 Max Plaxton (Can) 472  
18 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 456  
19 Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing 450  
20 Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 430  
21 Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 405  
22 Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 394  
23 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 383  
24 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 380  
25 Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek 359  
26 Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 336  
27 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) 331  
28 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing 306  
29 Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour 304  
30 Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 304  
31 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing 295  
32 Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 258  
33 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) 248  
34 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 247  
35 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 243  
36 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized 230  
37 Marek Konwa* (Pol) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team 217  
38 Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea Racing Team 216  
39 Henk Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 199  
40 Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 193  
41 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Elettroveneta - Corratec 190  
42 Fabien Canal (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 188  
43 Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 173  
44 Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 162  
45 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing 158  
46 Martin Loo (Est) Hard Rock Canossa Merida 150  
47 Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 144  
48 Martino Fruet (Ita) 142  
49 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team 137  
50 Philip Buys (RSA) 136  
51 Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec 135  
52 Jiri Novak (Cze) 133  
53 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team 121  
54 Jürg Graf (Swi) Bskgraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team 119  
55 Tony Longo (Ita) TX Active Bianchi 111  
56 Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 111  
57 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Lapierre International 105  
58 Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team 105  
59 Raphael Gagne (Can) 104  
60 Jérémy Huguenin (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour 102  
61 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop 102  
62 Sven Nys (Bel) 100  
63 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru - Trek 88  
64 Andras Parti (Hun) Euroone-Waberer's-Cube MTB Team 88  
65 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 86  
66 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team 84  
67 David Fletcher (GBr) Orange Monkey-Cannondale 81  
68 Periklis Ilias (Gre) Team Protek 75  
69 Michal Lami (Svk) 70  
70 Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 68  
71 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) 68  
72 Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea Racing Team 67  
73 Piotr Brzozka (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team 65  
74 Umberto Corti (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D. 61  
75 Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc) 60  
76 Lukas Sablik (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized 60  
77 Severin Disch (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team 56  
78 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team 56  
79 Andy Eyring (Ger) 54  
80 Adam Morka (Can) 48  
81 Andrew Watson (Can) 46  
82 Lachlan Norris (Aus) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 41  
83 Alexis Chenevier (Fra) Scott Les Saisies 41  
84 Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team 37  
85 Mitchell Hoke (USA) 36  
86 Michael Broderick (USA) 32  
87 Peter Glassford (Can) 31  
88 Robert Mennen (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 30  
89 Alex Grant (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing 29  
90 Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 29  
91 Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Versluys Team 27  
92 Neal Kindree (Can) 26  
93 Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona 24  
94 Patrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 24  
95 Hector Riveros (Col) 23  
96 Cameron Jette (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 23  
97 Matthys Beukes (RSA) 21  
98 Jiri Friedl (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized 20  
99 Rotem Ishai (Isr) 20  
100 Kristian Hynek (Cze) 20  
101 Daniel Eymann (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team 18  
102 Paul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 16  
103 Rubens Valeriano (Bra) 15  
104 Matthew Hadley (Can) 15  
105 Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) Isd MTB Team 15  
106 Ignacio Torres (Mex) 14  
107 Pete Ostroski (USA) 13  
108 Ruben Almeida (Por) 13  
109 Sid Taberlay (Aus) 12  
110 Hannes Metzler (Aut) 12  
111 Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona 11  
112 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) 11  
113 Jan Jobanek (Cze) Merida Biking Team 10  
114 Craig Richey (Can) 10  
115 David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por) 10  
116 Giancarlo Sax (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team 9  
117 Justin Lindine (USA) 9  
118 Marc Bassingthwaighte (Nam) 9  
119 Hans Becking (Ned) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team 8  
120 Luciano Caraccioli (Arg) 8  
121 Dave Henderson (GBr) 8  
Teams Final World Cup Standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Specialized Racing 504  pts
2 Cannondale Factory Racing 413  
3 Multivan Merida Biking Team 380  
4 Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team 352  
5 Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 244  
6 Trek World Racing 214  
7 Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 201  
8 Orbea Racing Team 140  
9 BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 114  
10 TX Active Bianchi 96  
11 Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team 81  
12 Scott-3Roxracing 73  
13 Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 67  
14 Subaru - Trek 45  
15 Giant Swiss SR - Suntour 42  
16 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 31  
17 Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized 27  
18 GT Skoda Chamonix 27  
19 Elettroveneta - Corratec 24  
20 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 23  
21 Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team 18  
22 Versluys Team 12  
23 Thoemus Racing Team 6  
24 Lapierre International 6  
25 Hard Rock Canossa Merida 6  
26 S&H Superior MTB Team 5  
27 Team Protek 2  
28 Euroone-Waberer's-Cube MTB Team 1  

 

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