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MTB World Cup Cross Country #4, Eliminator #4 & Downhill #3 - Vallnord 2013

Date range:
July 25-28, 2013

July 27, Elite men cross country:

Schurter triumphs in men's cross country at Vallnord World Cup

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
July 27, 2013, 16:58 BST,
Updated:
July 28, 2013, 3:35 BST

Swiss rider extends overall World Cup lead

World Cup leader Nino Schurter (Scott Swisspower) made a last lap surge to win his third straight UCI Cross Country Mountain Bike World Cup of the season at round 4 in Vallnord, Andorra. Altitude, heat and strong winds all played a factor in making this one of the hardest races of the season.

The men's six-lap race started out explosively fast, with a group of 10 riders forming at the front. The pace was being driven by Ondrej Cink (Multivan Merida), the under 23 world champion, who is now in his first year racing at the elite level. Schurter was one of the big names that missed the move, and had to claw his way back up after flatting on the first lap. Another absentee was Julien Absalon (BMC), who dropped his chain in the opening 300 metres of the race, falling to last place, and making an impressive effort over the remainder of the race to finally finish eighth; truly a magnificent performance.

At the front, Cink wasn't happy with the pace of the front group, and rode away solo on the second lap.

"On the second lap everyone was going slowly," said Cink, "and no one wanted to take the lead, so I went my own pace and by the top of the climb I had a good gap."

Schurter had finally joined the chase group by the end of the second lap, but Cink was now 20 seconds up on Maxime Marotte (BH-SR Suntour-KMC) and Gerhard Kerschbaumer (TX Active Bianchi), with the Schurter-led group a further 14 seconds in arrears.

By lap four, the Schurter group was six - Marotte, Kerschbaumer, Stephane Tempier (BH-SR Suntour-KMC), Fabian Giger (Giant Pro XC), Florian Vogel (Scott Swisspower) and Schurter himself. However, Cink had increased his lead to 40 seconds, and time was running out.

In the next lap, the Czech rider began to tire, and Schurter started to up his tempo, pulling to within 29 seconds as they started the final lap. The world champion then turned in the only sub-14 minute lap of the day on the final lap to finally reel in his young rival in the final kilometre. Cink tried an attack, but Schurter covered it, and then broke clear to win by six seconds, with Tempier also close to catching Cink at the line but having to settle for third.

"This is more than I could have hoped for," said Cink. "I would have been happy with a top-10. By the last lap I was beginning to believe I could win it, but then Nino came up to me. I attacked, but he came back, and got by me in the final singletrack. This result means more to me than winning the [under 23] world championships last year."

"It was a crazy race," said Schurter. "I had a bit of bad luck in the first loop, I flatted in the first descent. I needed quite a lot of power to close that gap to the chase group and then Cink was already 20, 30 seconds in the front of them. Then in the last lap I was able to catch Cink; it was a crazy battle. A really hard last lap.

"On the first lap I focused on getting back to the top five, then I saw Julien was coming quite strong from the back and I was more focused on that. Then on the last lap I saw maybe there is a chance to win the race ... and it was unbelievable race today.

"It is really tough for us athletes [the altitude]; if you want to go over your limit, you feel it for the next whole lap. It is different from racing at sea level definitely, and you have to be careful to not go too long in your red zone.

"This is a great victory, my tenth World Cup victory and now a big step to the World Cup win for the season. I am really lucky for this victory."

Schurter extended his lead significantly in the overall World Cup standings, since none of the other top contenders made the top five at Vallnord. At 820 points with two races remaining, Schurter leads round one winner Daniel McConnell (Trek Factory Racing) by 280 points, with Absalon another 30 points back, tied with Cink.

Full results

Elite men cross country
1 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 1:27:07  
2 Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:00:06  
3 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC 0:00:11  
4 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC 0:00:31  
5 Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) Tx Active Bianchi 0:00:45  
6 Fabian Giger (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team 0:00:51  
7 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 0:01:15  
8 Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:01:19  
9 Miguel Martinez (Fra) 0:01:25  
10 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:01:36  
11 Daniel McConnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing 0:02:01  
12 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team 0:02:11  
13 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing 0:02:16  
14 Ralph Naef (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:02:22  
15 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) SRAM Rubena Trek 0:02:28  
16 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team 0:02:35  
17 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:02:55  
18 Alexander Gehbauer (Aut) Tx Active Bianchi 0:02:56  
19 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Elettroveneta-Corratec 0:03:00  
20 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Controltech Nevi 0:03:07  
21 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:03:15  
22 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:03:19  
23 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing XC 0:03:22  
24 Martin Loo (Est) Merida Italia Team 0:03:32  
25 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:03:40  
26 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:04:03  
27 Martin Gujan (Swi) Tx Active Bianchi 0:04:18  
28 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Focus XC Team 0:04:29  
29 Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:04:42  
30 Andras Parti (Hun) Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team 0:04:47  
31 David Valero (Spa) 0:04:50  
32 Karl Markt (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team 0:04:59  
33 Patrik Gallati (Swi) Focus XC Team 0:05:10  
34 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing XC 0:05:18  
35 Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team 0:05:23  
36 David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por) 0:05:33  
37 Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) 0:05:35  
38 Alexis Chenevier (Fra) Scott La Clusaz 0:05:48  
39 Jiri Novak (Cze) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 0:05:55  
40 Ramon Sagues Portabella (Spa) 0:06:18  
41 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 0:06:25  
42 Daniel Eymann (Swi) 0:06:30  
43 Markus Bauer (Ger) 0:06:41  
44 David Fletcher (GBr) Orange Monkey Pro Team 0:06:42  
45 Hans Becking (Ned) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 0:07:38  
46 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing 0:08:07  
47 Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 0:08:25  
48 Robby De Bock (Bel) Feenstra Felt Powered By Kenda 0:08:45  
49 Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Giant Pro XC Team 0:09:08  
50 Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTB 0:09:14  
51 Cristofer Bosque Ruano (Spa) 0:09:36  
52 Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Team Bulls 0:09:51  
53 Francesc Guerra (Spa) 0:09:55  
54 Mykhaylo Batsutsa (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team 0:10:02  
55 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) 0:10:09  
56 Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 0:10:17  
57 Pavel Priadein (Rus) 0:10:36  
58 Pascal Meyer (Swi) JB Felt Team 0:10:50  
59 Kornel Osicki (Pol) 0:11:02  
60 Lucien Besancon (Swi) 0:11:12  
61 David Escolar Ballesteros (Spa) 0:11:51  
62 Andy Eyring (Ger) 0:12:14  
63 Fabian Rabensteiner (Ita) Focus XC Italy Team 0:12:48  
64 Renay Groustra (RSA) 0:13:06  
65 Gareth Montgomerie (GBr) 0:13:34  
66 Ivan Diaz (Spa) 0:13:56  
67 Philip Buys (RSA)  -1lap  
68 Franco Molina (Arg)    
69 Javier Altamirano Rodrigo (Arg)  -2laps  
70 Alejo Moya (Spa)    
71 Mario Matijevic (Bel)    
72 Sang Hoon Na (Kor) Calvisson VTT    
73 Zdenek Vobecky (Cze)    
DNF Fabien Canal (Fra) ASPTT Definitive Tec    
DNF Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team    
DNF Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Goldwurst-Power / Stöckli    
DNF Simon Scheiber (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team    
DNF Daniel Federspiel (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team    
DNF Marek Konwa (Pol) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team    
DNF Fabio Hernando Castaneda Monsalve (Col)    
DNF Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)    
DNF Guy Diaz Groiller (And)    
DNF Carlos Portilla Parrilla (Spa)    
DNF Dario Alejandro Gasco (Arg)    
DNS Martin Fanger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team    
Teams
1 Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 64 pts
2 BH - SR Suntour - KMC 62  
3 Multivan Merida Biking Team 51  
4 BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 49  
5 Tx Active Bianchi 45  
6 Cannondale Factory Racing 35  
7 Giant Pro XC Team 26  
8 Trek Factory Racing 20  
9 Stöckli Pro Team 19  
10 Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing 18  
11 SRAM Rubena Trek 16  
12 Versluys Team 15  
13 Elettroveneta-Corratec 12  
14 Controltech Nevi 11  
15 Specialized Racing XC 8  
16 Merida Italia Team 7  
17 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 5  
18 Focus XC Team 3  
19 Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team 1  
Elite men cross country World Cup individual standings
1 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 820 pts
2 Daniel McConnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing 540  
3 Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 510  
4 Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team 510  
5 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 502  
6 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing XC 412  
7 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC 405  
8 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team 403  
9 Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 374  
10 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 366  
11 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing 340  
12 Fabian Giger (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team 330  
13 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 310  
14 Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) Tx Active Bianchi 293  
15 Alexander Gehbauer (Aut) Tx Active Bianchi 282  
16 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 264  
17 Max Plaxton (Can) 260  
18 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC 255  
19 Martin Fanger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 251  
20 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 248  
21 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Controltech Nevi 226  
22 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team 226  
23 Martin Loo (Est) Merida Italia Team 222  
24 Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 217  
25 Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Giant Pro XC Team 215  
26 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Giant Pro XC Team 210  
27 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing XC 206  
28 Miguel Martinez (Fra) 205  
29 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Focus XC Team 198  
30 Martin Gujan (Swi) Tx Active Bianchi 193  
31 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 173  
32 Marek Konwa (Pol) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 171  
33 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) SRAM Rubena Trek 171  
34 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Goldwurst-Power / Stöckli 166  
35 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 158  
36 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Elettroveneta-Corratec 150  
37 Andras Parti (Hun) Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team 134  
38 Jiri Novak (Cze) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 129  
39 Ralph Naef (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 116  
40 Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team 116  
41 Jürg Graf (Swi) BSK Graf-Rollmat-Koba MTB Team 106  
42 Fabien Canal (Fra) ASPTT Definitive Tec 104  
43 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 95  
44 Patrik Gallati (Swi) Focus XC Team 94  
45 Michal Lami (Svk) 92  
46 Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 90  
47 Hans Becking (Ned) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 85  
48 Karl Markt (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team 78  
49 David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por) 70  
50 Anton Sintsov (Rus) Titici Lgl International Team 66  
51 Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 66  
52 Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTB 66  
53 Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team 62  
54 Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta-Corratec 61  
55 Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Focus XC Team 59  
56 Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Team Bulls 59  
57 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) 55  
58 Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) 51  
59 Daniel Eymann (Swi) 51  
60 Fabio Hernando Castaneda Monsalve (Col) 50  
61 Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 50  
62 Oleksandr Gerashchenko (Ukr) ISD MTB Team 48  
63 Jochen Kass (Ger) 46  
64 Giancarlo Sax (Swi) 46  
65 David Valero (Spa) 44  
66 Henrique Avancini (Bra) Caloi 44  
67 Pascal Meyer (Swi) JB Felt Team 43  
68 Raphael Gagne (Can) 43  
69 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing 43  
70 Umberto Corti (Ita) Controltech Nevi 42  
71 Lucien Besancon (Swi) 42  
72 Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc) 40  
73 Robby De Bock (Bel) Feenstra Felt Powered By Kenda 36  
74 Filip Eberl (Cze) 35  
75 Jonas De Backer (Bel) 32  
76 Kornel Osicki (Pol) 32  
77 Alexis Chenevier (Fra) Scott La Clusaz 30  
78 Matous Ulman (Cze) 30  
79 Philip Buys (RSA) 30  
80 Ramon Sagues Portabella (Spa) 28  
81 Mitchell Hoke (USA) 26  
82 Markus Bauer (Ger) 25  
83 David Fletcher (GBr) Orange Monkey Pro Team 24  
84 Matthias Wengelin (Swe) 24  
85 Frank Beemer (Ned) Mpl Specialized MTB Team 20  
86 Pavel Priadein (Rus) 19  
87 Pavel Boudny (Cze) 18  
88 Cristofer Bosque Ruano (Spa) 17  
89 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing XC 17  
90 Andy Eyring (Ger) 17  
91 Simon Scheiber (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team 16  
92 Francesc Guerra (Spa) 15  
93 Mykhaylo Batsutsa (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team 14  
94 Carl Jones (NZl) 14  
95 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) 12  
96 Ismael Ventura Sanchez (Spa) 12  
97 Marcel Fleschhut (Ger) 11  
98 Ludovic Dubau (Fra) Newcycling 10  
99 Tim Wynants (Bel) Toka Print MTB Team 10  
100 Kristian Hynek (Cze) Elettroveneta-Corratec 9  
101 Cameron Jette (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 9  
102 Dmytro Titarenko (Ukr) ISD MTB Team 8  
Elite men World Cup team standings
1 BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 252 pts
2 Multivan Merida Biking Team 249  
3 Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 193  
4 Giant Pro XC Team 141  
5 BH - SR Suntour - KMC 134  
6 Tx Active Bianchi 115  
7 Specialized Racing XC 106  
8 Trek Factory Racing 99  
9 Cannondale Factory Racing 96  
10 Stöckli Pro Team 79  
11 Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing 61  
12 Scott-3Roxracing 40  
13 Controltech Nevi 38  
14 Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 35  
15 Merida Italia Team 28  
16 SRAM Rubena Trek 27  
17 Versluys Team 27  
18 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 21  
19 Goldwurst-Power / Stöckli 17  
20 Cycling Club Roma MTB Team 14  
21 Elettroveneta-Corratec 12  
22 Titici Lgl International Team 11  
23 Focus XC Team 11  
24 BSK Graf-Rollmat-Koba MTB Team 9  
25 Asptt Definitive Tec 8  
26 Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team 3  
27 ISD MTB Team 2