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

Elite men eliminator World Cup standings after round 2

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel Federspiel (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team80 pts
2Kenta Gallagher* (GBr) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team60 
3Christian Pfäffle* (Ger)60 
4Miha Halzer (Slo)55 
5Simon Gegenheimer (Ger)44 
6Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team41 
7Raphael Gagne (Can)25 
8Stefan Peter* (Swi) Strübi MTB Kader20 
9Thibault Geneste* (Fra) Newcycling20 
10Andy Eyring (Ger)20 
11Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team18 
12Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi)16 
13Mirco Widmer (Swi) Giant Dealerteams16 
14Fabien Canal (Fra) ASPTT Definitive Tec15 
15Lehvi° Braam (Ned) Netherlands12 
16Martin Gluth* (Ger)8 
17Jan Nesvadba* (Cze)6 
18Titouan Perrin Ganier* (Fra) Focus/Rotor/Coaching-System.Fr6 
19Philip Buys (RSA)4 
20Heiko Gutmann (Ger)4 
21Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Team Bulls3 
22Fabrice Mels* (Bel) Salcano Alanya3 
23Erik Groen (Ned) Feenstra Felt Powered By Kenda2 

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