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Skarnitzl wins Czech title

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The start of the women's race at the Czech cross country nationals

The start of the women's race at the Czech cross country nationals
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Pavla Havlikova

Pavla Havlikova
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Tereza Hurikova

Tereza Hurikova
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Tereza Hurikova wins the Czech national title

Tereza Hurikova wins the Czech national title
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Czech national champion Tereza Hurikova

Czech national champion Tereza Hurikova
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Runner-up Pavlina Sulcova

Runner-up Pavlina Sulcova
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The start of the men's race at the Czech national championship

The start of the men's race at the Czech national championship
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Jaroslav Kulhavy before mechanical misfortune

Jaroslav Kulhavy before mechanical misfortune
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Jan Skarnitzl on his way to a win

Jan Skarnitzl on his way to a win
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Milan Spesny in action

Milan Spesny in action
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Filip Eberl races to third

Filip Eberl races to third
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Jan Skarnitzl

Jan Skarnitzl
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Jan Skarnitzl wins the Czech title

Jan Skarnitzl wins the Czech title
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Milan Spesny takes second

Milan Spesny takes second
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Czech national champion Jan Skarnitzl

Czech national champion Jan Skarnitzl
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Women's podium at the Czech XC Nationals

Women's podium at the Czech XC Nationals
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Men's podium at the Czech XC Nationals

Men's podium at the Czech XC Nationals
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Czech national champions for 2011: Jan Skarnitzl, Jitka Skarnitzl, Tereza Hurikova

Czech national champions for 2011: Jan Skarnitzl, Jitka Skarnitzl, Tereza Hurikova
(Image credit: Jan Nemec)

World ranked number one Jaroslav Kulhavy was the favourite. Everybody expected a boring race with him leading from the start, but it was not to be.

Kulhavy broke his freewheel, did not want to run the 3km to the tech zone and withdrew from the race.

Jan Skarnitzl took the advantage and rode away with Filip Eberl. Two laps to go and he tried to escape from Eberl, which he did a quite easily and went on to the finish for the first elite title in his career. On the last lap, Eberl started to fade and Milan Spesny overtook him and earned silver. Eberl took bronze.

Katerina Nash decided not to defend her title, so Tereza Hurikova and the rest of the Czech women's field had easier journey to the national champion's jersey.

Hurikova took the lead in the first lap after she passed Pavla Havlikova, the strongest starter and her biggest rival. With a few crashes on a very dry and dusty course in the downtown of Teplice, she maintained the gap and won with a margin of almost four minutes over Pavlina Sulcova. It was Hurikova's third elite title

Jan Skarnitzl's sister Jitka Skarnitzlova won the women's title in U23 category.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Skarnitzl1:48:04
2Milan Spesny0:00:13
3Filip Eberl0:00:37
4Kristian Hynek0:01:57
5Pavel Boudny0:02:44
6Jiri Friedl0:03:45
7Matous Ulman0:04:16
8Petr Dlask0:04:48
9Jiri Novak0:07:10
10Jiri Hudecek0:07:47

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tereza Hurikova1:19:54
2Pavlina Sulcova0:03:51
3Pavla Havlikova0:04:48
4Lucie Vesela0:07:26
5Lenka Bulisova0:14:14
6Jana Kyptova0:16:10
7Pavla Novakova0:16:54
8Alzbeta Havlasova0:18:33
9Irena Berková0:19:02

Under23 women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jitka Skarnitzlova1:27:51
2Karolina Kalasova0:02:11
3Jana Valesova0:03:25
4Hana Jezkova0:04:09
5Radka Pospíšilová0:09:26

Under 23 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ondrej Cink1:36:25
2Marek Rauchfuss0:00:35
3Matej Nepustil0:05:01
4Jakub Magnusek0:05:44
5Pavel Skalicky0:06:30

Junior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Radim Kovar1:12:23
2Tomas Svoboda1:12:59
3Milan Dolezal1:13:23

Junior women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Barbora Machulkova0:50:39
2Nikola Hlubinkova0:51:56
3Zuzana Pirzkallova0:53:15

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