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MTB World Cup Cross Country #1 & Downhill #1 - Pietermaritzburg 2012

Date range:
March 16-18, 2012

March 17, Elite men cross country:

Schurter repeats World Cup success in South Africa

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
March 17, 2012, 13:37 GMT,
Updated:
March 17, 2012, 21:37 GMT

Stander earns silver medal at home while Fumic cruises to third

Nino Schurter (Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team) wins the opening World Cup in Pietermaritzburg

Nino Schurter (Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team) wins the opening World Cup in Pietermaritzburg

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While the elite women had hot and sunny conditions for their opening round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, the men's race was literally a race against time to finish before the rain hit. Just as Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) successfully defended his title against home favourite Burry Stander (Specialized), the rain began to fall, and was torrential by the time the awards ceremony took place.

In the men's six-lap race, Schurter and Stander made their move almost immediately, with Schurter setting the pace and Stander hanging on. World champion and 2011 World Cup champion Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) joined the duo for the first lap, but the pace was too high for him, and he had to back off, eventually finishing fifth, just ahead of Olympic champion Julien Absalon (Orbea).

Manual Fumic (Cannondale Factory) bridged up to the two leaders on the second lap, and the first three places on the podium were decided, with only the order to be determined. Fumic was dropped on the fourth lap, and then Schurter made his move in the final lap, to win by 11 seconds.

"It was an awesome race," said Schurter. "I like Pietermaritzburg, it is really a course for me, really technical. It was awesome in front of the crowd, I really like South Africa. I'm very happy with such an early victory. Last year I won this race too, but then I wasn't super the rest of the year. I hope this year is different."

"It was a nice fight with Burry, he did a great job, and he was very good to ride with. I was quicker than him through the rocks and I used that to get an advantage, forcing him to close the gap each time."

Despite having the crowd behind him, Stander conceded that Schurter was just too strong: "It was a tough race from the beginning. The speed just never slowed down. We sprinted off the start line and just kept sprinting the whole way. In the end, I could feel Nino was a little bit stronger through the rock garden, and it was tough to hold onto him. The crowd kept supporting me and I kept trying to fight back. In the end he had a few seconds, but it was a good race, no big mistakes, no problems."

"It has been a while for me, being on the podium. Last year I had a lot of bad luck and did not have the best season, so I am very happy with the race today. Hopefully, this will build my confidence going forward."

Race Notes

- There was much buzz over the fact that Schurter raced a prototype 650B wheel-sized Scott. the 650B is a new/old size that has been introduced to a few brands, and it fits between the older 26" and the new "standard" 29er. Schurter said afterwards, "It's a prototype bike which I have been trying for a couple of months. I raced it last weekend on this course and again today. Both times I won. I think it suits me. I'm not so tall, but the bigger wheels roll better over the rocks than 26-inch wheels."

- The USA was missing the firepower of its usual top rider: national champion Todd Wells (Specialized). Wells crashed earlier in the week, injuring his ankle. He had hoped to ride, but the team said that the injury had not responded to treatment, so Wells was forced to sit out the race, and now the question is whether he will recover in time to race the Cape Epic stage race starting next weekend. Sam Schultz (Subaru-Trek) was the top American man, finishing 42nd.

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team 1:30:38  
2 Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing 0:00:11  
3 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:00:59  
4 Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea Racing Team 0:01:41  
5 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing 0:02:21  
6 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 0:02:28  
7 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:02:51  
8 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi 0:03:01  
9 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:03:22  
10 Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:03:44  
11 Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:03:59  
12 Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 0:04:19  
13 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 0:04:22  
14 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 0:04:40  
15 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing 0:04:48  
16 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Elettroveneta - Corratec 0:04:51  
17 Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea Racing Team 0:04:54  
18 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 0:05:01  
19 Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 0:05:08  
20 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:05:22  
21 Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:05:32  
22 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 0:05:34  
23 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing 0:05:42  
24 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) 0:05:46  
25 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 0:06:02  
26 Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 0:06:18  
27 Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:06:39  
28 Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 0:06:40  
29 Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Roxracing    
30 Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour 0:06:57  
31 Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 0:07:06  
32 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 0:07:15  
33 Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 0:07:17  
34 Fabien Canal (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 0:07:32  
35 Tony Longo (Ita) TX Active Bianchi 0:07:35  
36 Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:07:41  
37 Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 0:08:06  
38 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team 0:08:15  
39 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) 0:08:20  
40 Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec 0:08:21  
41 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team    
42 Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek 0:08:23  
43 Max Plaxton (Can) 0:08:46  
44 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Lapierre International 0:08:47  
45 Piotr Brzozka (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team 0:08:57  
46 Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:08:58  
47 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:09:06  
48 Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team 0:09:07  
49 Marek Konwa (Pol) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team    
50 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team    
51 Philip Buys (RSA) 0:09:08  
52 Paul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 0:09:15  
53 Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:09:33  
54 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop 0:09:36  
55 Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 0:09:37  
56 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) 0:09:39  
57 Robert Mennen (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:10:00  
58 Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Versluys Team 0:10:02  
59 Patrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:10:11  
60 Jürg Graf (Swi) Bskgraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team 0:10:14  
61 Hannes Metzler (Aut) 0:10:44  
62 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized 0:11:20  
63 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:11:49  
64 Ludovic Dubau (Fra) Team Newcycling 0:11:55  
65 Karl Platt (Ger) Team Bulls 0:11:57  
66 David Fletcher (GBr) Orange Monkey-Cannondale 0:11:58  
67 Lukas Kaufmann (Swi) Team Fujibikes Rockets 0:12:00  
68 Tim Lemmers (Ned) Feenstra Stevens Bike Team 0:12:14  
69 Andras Parti (Hun) 0:12:27  
70 Lachlan Norris (Aus) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:12:38  
71 Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona 0:12:53  
72 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru - Trek 0:13:23  
73 Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea Racing Team 0:14:12  
74 Magnus Darvell (Swe) Team Herbalife 24 Raumerrittet 0:14:23  
75 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team 0:14:32  
76 Umberto Corti (Ita) Team Cbe Tecnoimpianti A.S.D. 0:15:03  
77 Lee Williams (GBr) 0:15:29  
78 Renay Groustra (RSA) 0:15:48  
79 David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por) 0:15:50  
80 Kazuhiro Yamamoto (Jpn) 0:15:52  
81 Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 0:16:32  
82 Robert Gehbauer (Aut)    
83 Sven Nys (Bel) 0:16:34  
84 Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Lapierre International 0:16:59  
85 Dariusz Batek (Pol) 0:17:49  
86 Markus Bauer (Ger) 0:18:11  
87 Jérémy Huguenin (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour 0:18:30  
88 Steffen Thum (Ger) 0:21:44  
89 Sid Taberlay (Aus) 0:22:01  
-1lap Ruben Almeida (Por)    
-1lap Marc Bassingthwaighte (Nam)    
-1lap Cameron Jette (Can) Scott-3Roxracing    
-1lap Daniel Geismayr (Aut)    
-1lap Severin Disch (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team    
-1lap Andy Eyring (Ger)    
-1lap Simon Gegenheimer (Ger)    
-1lap Marc Colom (Fra) Team Newcycling    
-1lap Michael Broderick (USA)    
-1lap Daniel Eymann (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team    
-1lap Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team    
-1lap Andrew Warr (RSA)    
-2laps Louis-Bresler Knipe (RSA)    
-2laps Oliver Munnik (RSA)    
-2laps Stuart Marais (RSA)    
-3laps Adam Morka (Can)    
-3laps Matthias Waldhart (Aut)    
-3laps Kyosuke Takei (Jpn)    
-3laps Phetetso Monese (Les)    
-4laps Christopher Wolhuter (RSA)    
-4laps Szilard Buruczki (Hun)    
DNF Hector Leonardo Paez Leon (Col) TX Active Bianchi    
DNF Klaus Nielsen (Den)    
DNF Jiri Friedl (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized    
DNF Matthys Beukes (RSA)    
DNF Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team    
DNS Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Specialized Racing 79  pts
2 Cannondale Factory Racing 58  
3 Multivan Merida Biking Team 56  
4 Orbea Racing Team 44  
5 Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team 40  
6 Trek World Racing 39  
7 Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 28  
8 TX Active Bianchi 23  
9 Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 23  
10 BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 20  
11 BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 18  
12 Elettroveneta - Corratec 15  
13 Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 15  
14 S&H Superior MTB Team 5  
15 Scott-3Roxracing 2  
16 Giant Swiss SR - Suntour 1  
World Cup individual standings after round 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nino Schurter (Swi) 77Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team 250  pts
2 Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing 200  
3 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 160  
4 Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea Racing Team 150  
5 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing 140  
6 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 130  
7 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 120  
8 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi 110  
9 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 100  
10 Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 95  
11 Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team 90  
12 Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 85  
13 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 80  
14 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 78  
15 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing 76  
16 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Elettroveneta - Corratec 74  
17 Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea Racing Team 72  
18 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 70  
19 Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 68  
20 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 66  
21 Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 64  
22 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 62  
23 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing 60  
24 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) 58  
25 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 56  
26 Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 54  
27 Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing 52  
28 Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 50  
29 Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 48  
30 Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour 46  
31 Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 44  
32 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 42  
33 Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 40  
34 Fabien Canal (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 38  
35 Tony Longo (Ita) TX Active Bianchi 36  
36 Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 34  
37 Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 32  
38 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team 30  
39 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) 29  
40 Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec 28  
41 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team 27  
42 Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek 26  
43 Max Plaxton (Can) 25  
44 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Lapierre International 24  
45 Piotr Brzozka (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team 23  
46 Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team 22  
47 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 21  
48 Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team 20  
49 Marek Konwa (Pol) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team 19  
50 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team 18  
51 Philip Buys (RSA) 17  
52 Paul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 16  
53 Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 15  
54 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop 14  
55 Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 13  
56 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) 12  
57 Robert Mennen (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 11  
58 Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Versluys Team 10  
59 Patrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team 9  
60 Jürg Graf (Swi) Bskgraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team 8  
World Cup team standings after round 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Specialized Racing 79  pts
2 Cannondale Factory Racing 58  
3 Multivan Merida Biking Team 56  
4 Orbea Racing Team 44  
5 77Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team 40  
6 Trek World Racing 39  
7 Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 28  
8 TX Active Bianchi 23  
9 Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing 23  
10 BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team 20  
11 BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 18  
12 Elettroveneta - Corratec 15  
13 Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 15  
14 S&H Superior MTB Team 5  
15 Scott-3Roxracing 2  
16 Giant Swiss SR - Suntour 1