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Hermida wins for the second time in Houffalize

Round Two of the cross country World Cup in Houffalize, Belgium saw the overall series leads change in the men's category, with Jose Antonio Hermida (Multivan Merida) taking a come-from-behind victory in the men's cross country and donning the World Cup leader's jersey.

The men's six-lap race produced a series of upsets, with eventual fourth place finisher Jaroslav Kulhavy (Rubena-Birell-Specialized) crashing on the start line, blocking many of the top riders on the left side of the road, including Canadian Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain), American Todd Wells (Specialized and former Houffalize winner Christoph Sauser (Specialized).

Manuel Fumic (Cannondale Factory) was one rider who wasn't blocked, and he immediately opened a 25-second-plus gap on chasers Julien Absalon (Orbea), Wolfram Kurschat (Topeak-Ergon) and top Under 23 rider Matthias Flückiger (Trek World Racing).

The chase received a blow when Absalon flatted late in the first lap. The defending Houffalize champion had to run for almost half a lap to the tech zone, dropping into the 30s before he began an impressive chase back to finish seventh. The Under 23 world champion, Burry Stander (Specialized), also flatted, eventually finishing 17th.

Meanwhile, Fumic was continuing to hold down the lead lap after lap, as Kurschat and Flückiger couldn't close the gap without Absalon. It took Hermida, coming back from the mid-teens after having been caught by the start crash, to finally catch the chasers and then Fumic as he started the final lap. After that, it was just a matter of time before the 2007 Houffalize winner was able to pull away from his rival to win the sixth World Cup of his career.

"After the start problem, I knew that I just had to be patient," explained Hermida. "I did not know who was in front, but once I caught him, I knew, that on this course I could not be beaten. I'm extremely happy to have won here in Houffalize for a second time.

"Houffalize is considered as mountain biking’s cathedral, which gave me a lot of motivation, and to take the World Cup lead going into to Offenburg, in front our sponsors, is incredible."

Wells was the top North American finisher, in 19th place, and holding onto 19th in the overall standings.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team1:44:19
2Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing0:00:57
3Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:01:25
4Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team0:01:38
5Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:01:54
6Mathias Flückiger* (Swi) Trek World Racing0:01:57
7Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea0:02:16
8Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Factory Racing0:02:23
9Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo0:02:29
10Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing0:03:14
11Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea0:03:39
12Alexis Vuillermoz* (Fra) Lapierre International0:04:05
13Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-Suntour0:04:13
14Roel Paulissen (Bel) Cannondale Factory Racing0:04:41
15Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing0:04:52
16Tony Longo (Ita)0:05:01
17Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Factory Racing0:05:02
18Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team0:05:58
19Johnny Cattaneo (Ita)0:06:03
20Moritz Milatz (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:06:12
21Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:06:26
22Henk Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:06:27
23Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Msc Bikes0:06:46
24Martin Fanger* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team0:06:56
25Cédric Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International0:07:14
26Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing0:07:19
27Martino Fruet (Ita)0:07:28
28Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:07:37
29Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Team New Cycling0:07:50
30Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn)0:08:09
31Robert Mennen (Ger)0:08:13
32Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:08:30
33Gerhard Kerschbaumer* (Ita)0:08:37
34Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain0:08:41
35Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi0:08:44
36Jan Skarnitzl (Cze)0:08:49
37Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)0:08:50
38Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher
39Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team0:09:17
40Oliver Beckingsale (GBr) Giant Factory Team0:09:20
41Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing0:09:37
42François Bailly Maitre (Fra) Scott Les Saisies0:09:38
43Patrik Gallati* (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing0:09:52
44Jelmer Jubbega* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:09:54
45Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team
46Jiri Novak (Cze)0:09:59
47Christof Bischof (Swi)0:10:08
48Piotr Brzozka* (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team0:10:19
49Alexander Gehbauer* (Aut)0:10:25
50Fabien Canal* (Fra) Keops Itwo0:10:30
51Lukas Kaufmann (Swi) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team0:10:36
52Umberto Corti (Ita) Team Cbe Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.0:10:37
53Bas Peters (Ned) Team Merida Combee
54Matthias Rupp* (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing0:10:45
55Jiri Friedl (Cze) Merida Biking Team0:10:53
56Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta-Corratec0:10:54
57Sebastian Szraucner (Ger)
58Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:11:14
59Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team0:11:16
60Lachlan Norris (Aus)
61Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Infotre - Leecougan0:11:25
62Simon Scheiber* (Aut) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team0:11:28
63Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher0:11:33
64Kristian Hynek (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:11:46
65Marek Konwa* (Pol) Elettroveneta-Corratec0:11:48
66Derek Zandstra (Can)0:11:53
67Jérémy Huguenin* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team0:12:05
68Sebastien Carabin* (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team0:12:08
69Alexey Medvedev (Rus) Elettroveneta-Corratec0:12:11
70Silvio Bundi (Swi)0:12:15
71Frank Schotman (Ned) Stappenbelt Specialized MTB Team0:12:23
72Michal Lami (Svk)0:12:30
73Filip Eberl (Cze)0:12:42
74Pavel Boudny (Cze)0:12:52
75Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Surfing Shop0:12:55
76Klaus Nielsen (Den)0:13:00
77Nicolas Vermeulen (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team0:13:04
78Alexis Chenevier* (Fra) Scott Les Saisies0:13:08
79Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:13:12
80Raphael Gagne (Can)0:13:14
81Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team0:13:21
82Robert Gehbauer (Aut)0:13:34
83Marcel Fleschhut* (Ger)0:13:40
84Kornel Osicki* (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team0:13:55
85Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team0:13:58
86Gilles Sarrazin* (Fra)0:14:01
87Marcus Schulte-Luenzum* (Ger) M.I.G. Team0:14:07
88Joris Massaer (Bel) G-Skin-Deforche MTB Racing Team0:14:11
89Magnus Darvell (Swe)0:14:12
90Niels Wubben* (Ned) Team Merida Combee0:14:13
91Tim Lemmers* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team
92Fabio Hernando Castaneda Monsalve (Col) Infotre - Leecougan0:14:30
93Ludovic Dubau (Fra) Team New Cycling0:14:31
94Bjorn Brems (Bel) G-Skin-Deforche MTB Racing Team0:14:32
95Freddy Betremieux* (Fra)0:14:34
96Rene Tann (Ger)0:14:46
97Mattias Nilsson* (Swe)0:15:01
98Liam Killeen (GBr)0:15:17
99Robbie Squire* (USA)0:15:25
100Ivan Rybarik (Cze) Merida Biking Team0:15:31
101Marco Minnaard* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:15:37
102Henrique Avancini* (Bra) ISD Cycling Team0:15:43
103Shlomi Haimy* (Isr) Infotre - Leecougan0:16:02
104Andrew Watson (Can)
105Yader Zoli (Ita) Surfing Shop0:16:28
106Pascal Hossay (Bel) G-Skin-Deforche MTB Racing Team0:16:35
107Peter Glassford (Can)0:16:38
108Ruben Scheire* (Bel) Team Saeco0:16:57
109Michael Broderick (USA)0:17:15
110Erik Groen* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:17:26
111Tim Wynants (Bel) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team0:17:33
112Szilard Buruczki (Hun)0:17:40
113Juri Ragnoli* (Ita)0:17:44
114Thibaut Bellanger* (Fra)0:18:19
115Jimmy Tielens (Bel) Team Saeco0:18:46
116David Fletcher* (GBr)0:19:00
117Martin Loo* (Est) Infotre - Leecougan0:19:04
118Nicolas Jeantet* (Ita) ISD Cycling Team0:19:15
119Andras Parti (Hun)0:20:06
120Tad Elliott* (USA)-1 lap
121Cristian Cominelli* (Ita) TX Active Bianchi
122Anthony Grenet* (Fra)
123Patrick Gaudy (Bel)
124Hugo Drechou* (Fra)
125Matthew Hadley (Can)
126Irjan Luttenberg* (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team
127Simon Stiebjahn* (Ger)
128Alessandro Gambino (Ita) GT Brondello Team
129Reto Indergand* (Swi) FRM Tg Zentralschweiz
130Mirco Widmer* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team
131Laurent Mineur* (Bel)
132Thomas Lapeyrie* (Fra) Scott Les Saisies
133Matej Nepustil* (Cze) Merida Biking Team
134Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc) GT Brondello Team
135Marcus Nicolai* (Ger)
136Pierre Lebreton (Fra) BH-Suntour
137Ricardo Paulo Reis Marinheiro* (Por) TX Active Bianchi
138Rob Vangenechten* (Bel) Team Saeco
139Zsolt Juhasz* (Hun) Euro One-Cube MTB Team
140Tomas Pesek* (Cze)
141Matthias Hoi* (Aut)
142Florian Thie* (Swi)
143Wolfgang Krenn (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team
144Benjamin Buchi* (Swi)
145Marc Colom (Fra)
146Ethan Gilmour* (USA)
147Markus Bauer* (Ger)
148Pascal Meyer* (Swi) M.I.G. Team
149Daniel Eymann* (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team
150Patxi Cia Apezteguia (Spa) Msc Bikes
151Cody Canning* (Can)
152Olof Jonsson* (Swe)
153Fabian Strecker* (Ger)
154Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team
155Cameron Jette (Can)-2 laps
156Mattias Wengelin* (Swe) Team Firebike-Droessiger
157Sebastian Batchelor* (GBr) Infotre - Leecougan
158Jiri Hudecek (Cze)
159Sébastien Hansen (Fra)
160Matthias Stirnemann* (Swi)
161Travis Livermon* (USA)
162Tristan Cowie* (USA)
163Periklis Ilias (Gre) ISD Cycling Team
164Zachary Hughes* (Can)
165Anders Hovdenes (Nor) Team United Bakeries, Hoydahl MTB Racing
166Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita) Hard Rock Frw A.S.D.
167Christopher Maletz (Ger)
168Andrew Blair (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition
169Christopher Minter (GBr)
170Joris Bagnol* (Fra)
171Rafal Hebisz (Pol)
172Ben Thomas* (GBr) Torq Performance Nutrition
173Jakub Magnusek* (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team
174Gabor Bogar (Hun) Euro One-Cube MTB Team
175Andras Szatmary* (Hun) Euro One-Cube MTB Team
176Amaury Gernez Aurenge* (Fra) Keops Itwo
177Amotz Nehoray* (Isr)
178Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team
179Jakub Silar* (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team-3 laps
180Tim Dunford (GBr) Torq Performance Nutrition
181Dror Pekatch (Isr) Subaru-Gary Fisher
182Oleksandr Kachanov* (Ukr)
183Jonas De Backer* (Bel) Team Saeco
184Chris Andrews (GBr)
185John Whittington* (GBr)
186Diego Rosa* (Ita) Giant Italia Team
187Jean-François Bossler (Fra)
188Travis Frisby* (Aus)
189Andy Eyring* (Ger)
190Dries Govaerts* (Bel) Team Saeco
191Georgios Pattes-Toumanis (Gre)
192Manfred Reis* (Ger) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team-4 laps
DNFThomas Litscher* (Swi) M.I.G. Team
DNFInaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea
DNFMartin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing
DNFSeverin Disch* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team
DNFOlivier Labie* (Bel) Vzw Goeman Scott Cycling Team
DNFEmil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team
DNFBalz Weber (Swi)
DNFCristobal Silva Ibaceta (Chi)
DNFStephen Ettinger* (USA)
DNFAnthony O'boyle (GBr) Torq Performance Nutrition
DNFMarcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing
DNFTorsten Marx (Ger)
DNFFlorian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing
DNFGuillaume Vinit (Fra) BH-Suntour
DNFAdrian Brzozka (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team
DNFDaniel Mcconnell (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition
DNFSimon Gegenheimer* (Ger)
DNFChristoph Soukup (Aut) Merida Biking Team
DNFPaul Van Der Ploeg* (Aus) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Multivan Merida Biking Team89pts
2Cannondale Factory Racing52
3Trek World Racing47
5Specialized Factory Racing42
6Topeak Ergon Racing Team32
7Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team30
8Lapierre International25
9Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo22
11Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing16
12Giant Italia Team13
13Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team12
14MSC Bikes8
15Giant Swiss Team7
16Team New Cycling2

World Cup individual standings after two rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team350pts
2Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing330
3Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing326
4Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea320
5Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team300
6Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team280
7Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Factory Racing232
8Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team218
9Mathias Flückiger* (Swi) Trek World Racing210
10Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea210
11Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing205
12Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo178
13Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Factory Racing170
14Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team160
15Roel Paulissen (Bel) Cannondale Factory Racing144
16Alexis Vuillermoz* (Fra) Lapierre International139
17Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-Suntour124
18Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing122
19Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing122
20Tony Longo (Ita)114
21Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi112
22Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) MSC Bikes108
23Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team106
24Martin Fanger* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team92
25Jan Skarnitzl (Cze)90
26Henk Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team89
27Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain88
28Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing85
29Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team82
30Martino Fruet (Ita)80
31Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team80
32Robert Mennen (Ger)80
33François Bailly Maitre (Fra) Scott Les Saisies78
34Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher76
35Christoph Soukup (Aut) Merida Biking Team74
36Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Team New Cycling74
37Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea70
38Johnny Cattaneo (Ita)68
39Moritz Milatz (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team66
40Cédric Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International66
41Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team64
42Marek Konwa* (Pol) Elettroveneta-Corratec62
43Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team62
44Oliver Beckingsale (GBr) Giant Factory Team60
45Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn)58
46Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountain Bike Racing Team54
47Patrik Gallati* (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing46
48Gerhard Kerschbaumer* (Ita)40
49Derek Zandstra (Can)38
50Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team37
51Piotr Brzozka* (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team37
52Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)32
53Bas Peters (Ned) Team Merida Combee31
54Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher29
55Jelmer Jubbega* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team24
56Cristian Cominelli* (Ita) TX Active Bianchi24
57Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team24
58Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita) Hard Rock FRW A.S.D.23
59Jiri Novak (Cze)22
60Marc Colom (Fra)22
61Christof Bischof (Swi)21
62Alexander Gehbauer* (Aut)19
63Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team19
64Fabien Canal* (Fra) Keops ITWO18
65Liam Killeen (GBr)18
66Lukas Kaufmann (Swi) Trek-Brentjens Mountain Bike Racing Team17
67Umberto Corti (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.16
68Matthias Rupp* (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing14
69Jiri Friedl (Cze) Merida Biking Team13
70Sebastien Carabin* (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team13
71Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta-Corratec12
72Sebastian Szraucner (Ger)11
73Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition11
74Markus Bauer* (Ger)9
75Lachlan Norris (Aus)8
76Irjan Luttenberg* (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountain Bike Racing Team8

World Cup Team standings after two rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Multivan Merida Biking Team153pts
3Cannondale Factory Racing110
4Specialized Factory Racing94
5Trek World Racing88
6Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing75
7Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team60
8Topeak Ergon Racing Team39
9Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo39
10Giant Italia Team33
11Lapierre International30
12Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team22
14TX Active Bianchi16
15Merida Biking Team15
16MSC Bikes10
18Giant Swiss Team7
19Scott Les Saisies4
20Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain3
21Team New Cycling2
22Subaru-Gary Fisher1


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