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MTB World Cup Cross Country #1 & Eliminator #1 - Albstadt 2013

Date range:
May 17-19, 2013

May 19, Elite men cross country:

McConnell sprints to victory in Albstadt cross country

By:
Rob Jones and Sue George
Published:
May 19, 2013, 14:42 BST,
Updated:
May 20, 2013, 6:53 BST

Mantecon Guiterrez hold on for second as Kulhavy takes third

The opening World Cup in Albstadt, Germany ended in a sprint without any of the usual favorites. Dan McConnell (Trek Factory Racing) surprised everyone, including himself, by out-sprinting Sergio Mantecon Guiterrez (Wildwolf Trek) in the final meters of the race. Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) led the chase to finish in third place.

"I've only been top 20 once. All of the sudden, I come out and win. It's going to take awhile to sink in," said McConnell to Redbull.tv after the race. "It's ridiculous. I'm just speechless."

McConnell became the first Australian rider since Cadel Evans in 2000 to win an elite cross country World Cup. He made an incredible come from behind effort in the final lap to take the win.

The men's seven-lap race began after the rain from earlier in the day had stopped, but the damage had been done, leaving the course so slick and treacherous on the downhills that one major jump was closed after a lap for safety reasons.

After a moment of silence to remember the late Burry Stander, who had finished second overall in the World Cup in 2012 and was killed in a training accident in January of 2013, the colorful peloton of racers flew off the start line.

"I tried to go hard the first half lap and get a good position. I tried to settle into my pace," said McConnell.

At first, the race seemed like it would be business as usual. World champion Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) and his teammate Florian Vogel shot off the front on the start, getting a large gap early on with Marek Konwa (Superior Brentjens) joining them. Other favorites like Julien Absalon (BMC) and Kulhavy were not much further back. However, in the super slick conditions, crashes were happening everywhere and placings shuffled dramatically at first.

Schurter's mechanic reported that he had a problem with his fork; the world champ would end up out of the top 10 after stopping for assistance in the tech zone. He continued racing and finished 18th.

With Schurter out of the picture, it looked like it would be Absalon's lucky day. The French BMC rider dominated from lap 2 as he rode off the front, first with Mathias Flueckiger (Stockli), then solo. A two-time Olympic champion, Absalon set the fastest laps times for laps two through four. The French rider, who holds the record for men's World Cup wins at 25, looked to be well on his way to his 26th win, when he suffered a mechanical problem and was forced to drop out.

The tragedy struck on lap five, when Absalon broke his bike - possibly snapping a dropout. His minute-plus lead evaporated instantly after the terminal mechanical. He was forced to run with his bike with his back wheel dangling from the frame, but he was too far from the tech zone to save the day and soon abandoned the race, clearly frustrated at the lost opportunity.

With Absalon's departure, Giger, who had been chasing solo in second place, was suddenly in the front of the race on his own; however, just a few seconds back, he was chased by Mantecon Gutierrez, Maxime Marotte (BH - SR Suntour - KMC) and Lukas Flückiger (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team).

Mantecon then overtook Giger, who was starting to fade, and opened up a gap. Marotte also caught and passed Giger with one lap to go. Kulhavy, Lukas Flueckiger and McConnell followed just 10 seconds later and would also pass the Swiss rider.

With one lap to go, a handful of men had a realistic shot at the win. Mantecon's lead was tenuous, and Kulhavy fired up the diesel and surged to close the gap, bringing McConnell with him.

McConnell, whose previous best World Cup result was 20th, started the last lap in sixth place, 29 seconds behind Mantecon. He steadily picked up places on the first long climb of the lap.

Kulhavy appeared to struggle on a climb, so McConnell went around him and danced away, just behind Mantecon and setting up a final sprint between the Australian and the Spaniard, neither of whom had ever won a World Cup.

McConnell clearly had more energy at the end and out-sprinted the flagging Spaniard for the win. Kulhavy rolled in for third 11 seconds after Mantecon.

"I did not expect this," said McConnell. "I came into this looking for a solid top-15, so it's unbelievable. On the climb [on the last lap], I made contact with the group of second through fifth, and then moved into second through the feedzone. I could see Sergio in front of me, and at that stage just gave it everything, and caught him through the grass section at the bottom of the descent."

"I got into the last corner with a little bit of a gap and nothing was going to get past me at that point, I was running on adrenalin."

Marotte and Lukas Flueckiger (BMC) rounded out the podium.

Race notes

- It was so slippery that officials closed the A-line over the jump for part of the men's race.

- The race was without local favorite Manuel Fumic (Cannondale), who crashed and broke his collarbone during training earlier this week.

Full Results

Elite men cross country
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Daniel McConnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing 1:42:36  
2 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing 0:00:02  
3 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing Xc 0:00:13  
4 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC 0:00:17  
5 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:00:31  
6 Martin Fanger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:00:45  
7 Max Plaxton (Can) 0:01:06  
8 Fabian Giger (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team 0:01:09  
9 Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:01:11  
10 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC 0:01:24  
11 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:01:38  
12 Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:01:53  
13 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:02:03  
14 Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Giant Pro XC Team 0:02:16  
15 Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 0:02:53  
16 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:03:17  
17 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 0:03:30  
18 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team    
19 Marek Konwa (Pol) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 0:03:50  
20 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Giant Pro XC Team 0:04:07  
21 Alexander Gehbauer (Aut) TX Active Bianchi 0:04:16  
22 Martin Loo (Est) Merida Italia Team 0:04:18  
23 Fabien Canal (Fra) Asptt Definitive Tec 0:04:24  
24 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team 0:04:31  
25 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team 0:04:51  
26 Jiri Novak (Cze) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 0:05:12  
27 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 0:05:29  
28 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Focus XC Team 0:05:51  
29 Jürg Graf (Swi) BSK Graf-Rollmat-Koba MTB Team 0:06:16  
30 Jochen Kass (Ger) 0:06:20  
31 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Goldwurst-Power / Stöckli 0:06:28  
32 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) 0:06:43  
33 Gerhard Kerschbaumer* (Ita) TX Active Bianchi 0:06:48  
34 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Elettroveneta-Corratec 0:07:01  
35 Karl Markt (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team 0:07:02  
36 Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Roxracing    
37 Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta-Corratec 0:07:05  
38 Hans Becking (Ned) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 0:07:23  
39 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Sram Rubena Trek 0:07:33  
40 Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team 0:07:50  
41 Miguel Martinez (Fra) 0:08:29  
42 Mitchell Hoke (USA) 0:08:43  
43 Martin Gujan (Swi) TX Active Bianchi 0:08:48  
44 Pascal Meyer (Swi) JB Felt Team 0:08:49  
45 Raphael Gagne (Can) 0:09:10  
46 Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc) 0:09:13  
47 Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTB 0:09:15  
48 Filip Eberl (Cze) 0:09:23  
49 Lucien Besancon (Swi) 0:09:33  
50 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Controltech Nevi 0:09:47  
51 Andy Eyring (Ger) 0:09:55  
52 Simon Scheiber (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team 0:10:04  
53 Andras Parti (Hun) 0:10:18  
54 Patrik Gallati (Swi) Focus XC Team 0:10:29  
55 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing 0:10:34  
56 Ismael Ventura Sanchez (Spa) 0:10:49  
57 Philip Buys (RSA) 0:11:03  
58 Tim Wynants (Bel) Toka Print MTB Team 0:11:13  
59 Cameron Jette (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 0:11:22  
60 Pavel Priadein (Rus) 0:11:25  
61 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) 0:11:26  
62 Timo Modosch (Ger) 0:12:04  
63 Matous Ulman (Cze) 0:12:12  
64 Robert Wardell (GBr) 0:12:21  
65 Martino Fruet (Ita) 0:12:41  
66 Carl Jones (NZl) 0:13:16  
67 Maximilian Holz (Ger) 0:14:10  
-1lap Marcel Fleschhut (Ger)    
-1lap Pierluigi Bettelli (Ita)    
-1lap Jonas De Backer (Bel)    
-1lap Daniel Eymann (Swi)    
-1lap Cristofer Bosque Ruano (Spa)    
-2laps Jonas Baumann (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team    
-2laps Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Focus XC Team    
-2laps Simon Gegenheimer (Ger)    
-2laps Lukas Sablik (Cze)    
-2laps Silvio Busser (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team    
-2laps Umbert Almenara Verges (Spa)    
-3laps David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por)    
-3laps Gareth Montgomerie (GBr)    
-3laps Ludovic Dubau (Fra) Newcycling    
-3laps Marco Schätzing (Ger)    
-3laps José Juan Escarcega (Mex)    
-3laps Florian Thie (Swi)    
-3laps Michael Broderick (USA)    
-3laps Davy Huygens (Bel)    
-3laps Pete Ostroski (USA)    
-3laps Umberto Corti (Ita) Controltech Nevi    
-3laps Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team    
-4laps Renay Groustra (RSA)    
-4laps David Escolar Ballesteros (Spa)    
-4laps Brice Scholtes (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTB    
-4laps Robby De Bock (Bel) Feenstra Felt Powered By Kenda    
-4laps Steffen Thum (Ger)    
-4laps Colin Cares (USA)    
-4laps Sang Hoon Na (Kor) Calvisson Vtt    
-4laps Mario Matijevic (Bel)    
-5laps Ali Cakas (Tur)    
-5laps Besik Gavasheli (Geo)    
DNF Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Team Bulls    
DNF Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team    
DNF Torsten Marx (Ger)    
DNF Giancarlo Sax (Swi)    
DNF Ola Kjören (Nor) Team Herbalife 24 Raumerrittet    
DNF Zsolt Juhasz (Hun)    
DNF Cristobal Silva Ibaceta (Chi)    
DNF Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team    
DNF Franz Hofer (Ita)    
DNF Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing Xc    
DNF Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing Xc    
DNF Sven Nys (Bel)    
DNF Matthias Wengelin (Swe)    
DNF Kristian Hynek (Cze) Elettroveneta-Corratec    
DNF Daniel Federspiel (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team    
DSQ Mykhaylo Batsutsa (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team    
DNS Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing    
DNS Michal Lami (Svk)    
DNS Robert Mennen (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team    
DNS Mirco Widmer (Swi) Giant Dealerteams    
DNS Adam Morka (Can)    
DNS Dmitry Medvedev (Rus)    
DNS Mirko Pirazzoli (Ita)    
DNS Rafal Hebisz (Pol) Sante-Bsa Tour    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Multivan Merida Biking Team 61  pts
2 BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 54  
3 BH - SR Suntour - KMC 51  
4 Giant Pro XC Team 51  
5 Trek Factory Racing 40  
6 Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing 35  
7 Specialized Racing XC 32  
8 Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 31  
9 Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 17  
10 Scott-3Roxracing 16  
11 Cannondale Factory Racing 15  
12 TX Active Bianchi 10  
13 Merida Italia Team 9  
14 Asptt Definitive Tec 8  
15 Stöckli Pro Team 7  
16 Versluys Team 6  
17 Focus XC Team 3  
18 BSK Graf-Rollmat-Koba MTB Team 2  
Elite men cross country World Cup standings after round 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing 250  pts
2 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing 200  
3 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing XC 160  
4 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC 150  
5 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 140  
6 Martin Fanger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 130  
7 Max Plaxton (Can) 120  
8 Fabian Giger (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team 110  
9 Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 100  
10 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC 95  
11 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 90  
12 Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team 85  
13 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 80  
14 Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Giant Pro XC Team 78  
15 Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 76  
16 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 74  
17 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 72  
18 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 70  
19 Marek Konwa (Pol) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 68  
20 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Giant Pro XC Team 66  
21 Alexander Gehbauer (Aut) TX Active Bianchi 64  
22 Martin Loo (Est) Merida Italia Team 62  
23 Fabien Canal (Fra) Asptt Definitive Tec 60  
24 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team 58  
25 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team 56  
26 Jiri Novak (Cze) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 54  
27 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 52  
28 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Focus XC Team 50  
29 Jürg Graf (Swi) BSK Graf-Rollmat-Koba MTB Team 48  
30 Jochen Kass (Ger) 46  
31 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Goldwurst-Power / Stöckli 44  
32 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) 42  
33 Gerhard Kerschbaumer* (Ita) TX Active Bianchi 40  
34 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Elettroveneta-Corratec 38  
35 Karl Markt (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team 36  
36 Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 34  
37 Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta-Corratec 32  
38 Hans Becking (Ned) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 30  
39 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Sram Rubena Trek 29  
40 Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team 28  
41 Miguel Martinez (Fra) 27  
42 Mitchell Hoke (USA) 26  
43 Martin Gujan (Swi) TX Active Bianchi 25  
44 Pascal Meyer (Swi) JB Felt Team 24  
45 Raphael Gagne (Can) 23  
46 Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc) 22  
47 Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTB 21  
48 Filip Eberl (Cze) 20  
49 Lucien Besancon (Swi) 19  
50 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Controltech Nevi 18  
51 Andy Eyring (Ger) 17  
52 Simon Scheiber (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team 16  
53 Andras Parti (Hun) Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team 15  
54 Patrik Gallati (Swi) Focus XC Team 14  
55 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing 13  
56 Ismael Ventura Sanchez (Spa) 12  
57 Philip Buys (RSA) 11  
58 Tim Wynants (Bel) Toka Print MTB Team 10  
59 Cameron Jette (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 9  
60 Pavel Priadein (Rus) 8  
Teams World Cup standings after round 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Multivan Merida Biking Team 61  pts
2 BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 54  
3 BH - SR Suntour - KMC 51  
4 Giant Pro XC Team 51  
5 Trek Factory Racing 40  
6 Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing 35  
7 Specialized Racing XC 32  
8 Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 31  
9 Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 17  
10 Scott-3Roxracing 16  
11 Cannondale Factory Racing 15  
12 TX Active Bianchi 10  
13 Merida Italia Team 9  
14 Asptt Definitive Tec 8  
15 Stöckli Pro Team 7  
16 Versluys Team 6  
17 Focus XC Team 3  
18 BSK Graf-Rollmat-Koba MTB Team 2