Gallagher takes the World Cup win after battle of attrition in Nove Mesto

Pfäffle overtaken for second, Gegenheimer third

In round 2 of the men's eliminator World Cup competition in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic, a number of the favourites exited early or suffered mechanical problems, opening the door for some relatively unknown riders to shine. Raphaël Gagne (Canadian National), fourth in round one, did not qualify for the final 32 riders. World champion Ralph Näf (BMC) crashed in his first heat and did not finish. Thomas Litscher (Multivan Merida) false started in the quarter-final round and was relegated. Round 1 winner and World Cup leader Daniel Federspiel (Otztal Scott) while sprinting in his semi-final round, had a mechanical with his rear derailleur and had to settle for fifth.

The Nove Mesto course was very different from the first round, in Albstadt, Germany, last week. Where the opening round was very technical, running through city streets, this week incorporated parts of the cross country circuit, with a rock garden and long climb, requiring power and endurance.

The men's final had only one rider from the previous round's final - Slovenia's Miha Halzer, who qualified first and looked to be the favourite in the final. Halzer was joined by Gallagher, and two German riders, Christian Pfäffle and Simon Gegenheimer. Halzer went out early with a broken chain, followed by Gegenheimer with a flat tire. This left Gallagher and Pfäffle to sprint, and the British rider Gallagher played it smart, staying behind his rival until the final 150 metres, before coming around to win by a bike length.

"Going into the final race I knew I would be on the podium," said Gallagher. "But after Halzer and Gegenheimer had mechanicals, I knew first was possible. So when Christian went to the front, I got on his wheel and then came around at the end. I think maybe he went out to early. I always knew I had a good sprint; I used to do downhill."

Federspiel leads the men's standings after two rounds with 80 points, followed by Gallagher and Pfäffle, both with 60 points.

Elite men eliminator full results

Big Final
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kenta Gallagher (GBr) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team    
2 Christian Pfäffle (Ger)    
3 Simon Gegenheimer (Ger)    
4 Miha Halzer (Slo)    
Small Final
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
5 Daniel Federspiel (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team    
6 Stefan Peter (Swi) Strubi MTB Kader    
7 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi)    
8 Fabien Canal (Fra) Asptt Definitive Tec    
1/4 Finals
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
9 Thibault Geneste (Fra) Newcycling    
10 Andy Eyring (Ger)    
11 Martin Gluth (Ger)    
12 Jan Nesvadba (Cze)    
13 Philip Buys (RSA)    
14 Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Team Bulls    
15 Erik Groen (Ned) Feenstra Felt Powered By Kenda    
16 Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team    
1/8 Finals
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
17 Fabrice Mels (Bel) Salcano Alanya    
18 Matthias Wengelin (Swe)    
19 Rens De Bruijn (Ned) SBJ Bike Team    
20 Jan Fojtik (Cze)    
21 Jeroen van Eck* (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team    
22 Adria Noguera Soldevila (Spa)    
23 Urban Ferencak (Slo) Calcit Bike Team    
24 Lubomir Vojka (Cze)    
25 Patrick Luthi (Swi)    
26 Martino Fruet (Ita)    
27 Leandre Bouchard (Can) Canadian National Team    
28 Heiko Gutmann (Ger)    
29 Milan Spesny (Cze)    
30 Kevin van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team    
31 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Goldwurst-Power / Stöckli    
DNF Ralph Näf (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team    

Elite men eliminator World Cup standings after round 2

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Daniel Federspiel (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team 80  pts
2 Kenta Gallagher* (GBr) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 60  
3 Christian Pfäffle* (Ger) 60  
4 Miha Halzer (Slo) 55  
5 Simon Gegenheimer (Ger) 44  
6 Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 41  
7 Raphael Gagne (Can) 25  
8 Stefan Peter* (Swi) Strübi MTB Kader 20  
9 Thibault Geneste* (Fra) Newcycling 20  
10 Andy Eyring (Ger) 20  
11 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 18  
12 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) 16  
13 Mirco Widmer (Swi) Giant Dealerteams 16  
14 Fabien Canal (Fra) ASPTT Definitive Tec 15  
15 Lehvi° Braam (Ned) Netherlands 12  
16 Martin Gluth* (Ger) 8  
17 Jan Nesvadba* (Cze) 6  
18 Titouan Perrin Ganier* (Fra) Focus/Rotor/Coaching-System.Fr 6  
19 Philip Buys (RSA) 4  
20 Heiko Gutmann (Ger) 4  
21 Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Team Bulls 3  
22 Fabrice Mels* (Bel) Salcano Alanya 3  
23 Erik Groen (Ned) Feenstra Felt Powered By Kenda 2  

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