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MTB World Cup Cross Country #3, Eliminator #3 & Downhill #2 - Val di Sole 2013

Date range:
June 13-16, 2013

June 13, Elite men elimnator:

Federspiel powers to Val di Sole eliminator win

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
June 13, 2013, 18:23 BST,
Updated:
June 14, 2013, 18:35 BST

Austrian dominates final and leads World Cup overall

Daniel Federspiel (Ötztal Scott Racing Team) wins the men's eliminator at the Val di Sole World Cup

Daniel Federspiel (Ötztal Scott Racing Team) wins the men's eliminator at the Val di Sole World Cup

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In the third round of the eliminator at the Mountain Bike World Cup, overall leader Daniel Federspiel (Otztal Scott) won his second World Cup of the year.

The Val di Sole, Italy course was very different from the preceding two rounds, with a steep climb followed by jumps and banked turns on a four cross circuit, and finally a long grass straightaway to the finish. The winning tactic - for those who were strong enough - was to reach the top of the climb in first place, and then open a gap in the four cross section.

Federspiel only qualified seventh. However, while other riders slowed after multiple races up the climb, the Austrian rider seemed to get stronger, winning both his quarter and semi-final rounds.

In the final, Federspiel was joined by Slovenian Mika Halzer, Germany's Simon Gegenheimer and Fabrice Mels (Salcano Alanya). Federspiel had a strong start in the final, opening a gap by the top of the climb and cruising to the win. Halzer had to come from behind to take second, just ahead of Gegenheimer, with Mels finishing fourth.

"That uphill was really tough," said Federspiel. "So I ran a little bit of tactics all through the heats, trying to save my power for the upcoming [final] heats, and then in the final, I attacked on the uphill, and it was great."

Federspiel now leads the overall World Cup men's standings with 140 points after three rounds, followed by Halzer with 95 points and Gegenheimer with 74.

Full Results

Elite men eliminator
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Daniel Federspiel (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team    
2 Miha Halzer (Slo)    
3 Simon Gegenheimer (Ger)    
4 Fabrice Mels* (Bel) Salcano Alanya    
5 Philip Buys (RSA)    
6 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team    
7 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing    
8 Fabien Canal (Fra) Asptt Definitive Tec    
9 Titouan Perrin Ganier* (Fra) Focus/Rotor/Coaching-System.Fr    
10 Jeroen Van Eck* (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team    
11 Andy Eyring (Ger)    
12 Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Team Bulls    
13 Gregor Raggl* (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team    
14 Stefan Peter* (Swi) Strübi MTB Kader    
15 Axel Lindh* (Swe)    
16 Julian Schelb* (Ger)    
17 Ludek° Seller (Cze) Ceska Sporitelna Specialized Junior MTB Team    
18 Matthias Wengelin (Swe)    
19 Heiko Gutmann (Ger)    
20 Marco Schätzing (Ger)    
21 Kenta Gallagher* (GBr) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team    
22 Pascal Schmutz (Swi) Goldwurst-Power / Stöckli    
23 Martino Fruet (Ita)    
24 Christian Pfäffle* (Ger)    
25 Miguel Martinez (Fra)    
26 Louis Bendixen° (Den)    
27 Thibault Geneste* (Fra) Newcycling    
28 Pascal Meyer (Swi) JB Felt Team    
29 Andrea Righettini* (Ita) Focus XC Italy Team    
30 Antoine Bouqueret* (Fra) Scott La Clusaz    
31 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi)    
32 Urban Ferencak* (Slo) Calcit Bike Team    
Elite men eliminator World Cup standings after round 3
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Daniel Federspiel (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team 140  pts
2 Miha Halzer (Slo) 95  
3 Simon Gegenheimer (Ger) 74  
4 Kenta Gallagher* (GBr) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 60  
5 Christian Pfäffle* (Ger) 60  
6 Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 41  
7 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 36  
8 Fabien Canal (Fra) Asptt Definitive Tec 29  
9 Fabrice Mels* (Bel) Salcano Alanya 28  
10 Andy Eyring (Ger) 28  
11 Raphael Gagne (Can) 25  
12 Philip Buys (RSA) 24  
13 Stefan Peter* (Swi) Strübi MTB Kader 23  
14 Thibault Geneste* (Fra) Newcycling 20  
15 Titouan Perrin Ganier* (Fra) Focus/Rotor/Coaching-System.Fr 18  
16 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing 16  
17 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) 16  
18 Mirco Widmer (Swi) Giant Dealerteams 16  
19 Lehvi Braam° (Ned) Netherlands 12  
20 Jeroen Van Eck* (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team 10  
21 Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Team Bulls 9  
22 Martin Gluth* (Ger) 8  
23 Jan Nesvadba* (Cze) 6  
24 Gregor Raggl* (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team 4  
25 Heiko Gutmann (Ger) 4  
26 Axel Lindh* (Swe) 2  
27 Erik Groen (Ned) Feenstra Felt Powered By Kenda 2  
28 Julian Schelb* (Ger) 1