Kulhavy continues winning ways in Windham cross country

World Cup cross country series leader Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) led the fifth race of the 2011 World Cup in Windham from start to finish. His race was one of true dominance, with the Czech rider able to open a lead on the first climb, stretching it to 11 seconds by the end of the first lap and increasing it every lap from there.

It was a truly dominating performance, affording Kulhavy the luxury of backing off on the final lap but still winning by a margin of 29 seconds over second place. Kulhavy's winning time was 1:35:34 for six laps of the race course, as he took his third World Cup victory of the season.

"This course does not suit me as well as Mont-Sainte-Anne last week," said Kulhavy. "But I decided that I would try to take the lead on the first lap on the climb, and it worked."

With Kulhavy running away from the field, it became very serious business to claim that second place. By lap four, there was a chase group of eight men hoping to claim a podium spot. Marco Fontana (Cannondale) and Nino Schurter and Florian Vogel (Scott-Swisspower) had a small lead over Christoph Sauser (Specialized) and Maxime Marotte (BH-Suntour-Peisey Vallandry), with Burry Stander (Specialized), Jose Hermida (Multivan Merida), and Manuel Fumic (Cannondale) just a few seconds behind.

From this select group, which included current (Hermida) and past (Sauser) World Champions, a fight was going to be waged over the last two laps. Schurter and Stander were the first to gain a few seconds of advantage, with Sauser in hot pursuit as Fontana began to fade.

On the last lap, it was Sauser who made the initial attack, with Schurter responding as Stander and Fontana were dropped. Shortly after this move, Stander left Fontana behind. Schurter and Sauser battled hard through the final descent, with Schurter claiming second place, only one second clear of Sauser. Stander soloed in alone for fourth, 18 seconds behind third place and Marotte hung on for fifth to complete the podium.

With his third win of the season, Kulhavy now has 1110 points in the World Cup series to second placed Schurter's 870. In third place in the points race is Julien Absalon, who decided not to race in North America this or last weekend. Even with only three races to his credit this season, Absalon has 650 points.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing1:35:34
2Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing0:00:29
3Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing0:00:30
4Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing0:00:48
5Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry0:01:14
6Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing0:01:24
7José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:01:33
8Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi0:02:39
9Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing0:02:49
10Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing0:02:52
11Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing0:03:04
12Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing0:03:24
13Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory RacingRow 12 - Cell 2
14Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:03:36
15Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:03:45
16Patrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:03:47
17Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:04:01
18Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain0:04:18
19Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:04:26
20Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:04:30
21Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team0:04:51
22Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Racing0:04:57
23Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:05:04
24Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea0:05:10
25Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:05:14
26Marc Colom (Fra) Team Newcycling0:05:18
27Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:05:21
28Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Jeremiah Bishop (USA)0:05:37
30Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss Sr - Suntour0:05:51
31Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor0:06:05
32Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team0:06:41
33Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru - Trek0:06:56
34Derek Zandstra (Can)0:07:04
35Andras Parti (Hun) Euro One - Cube MTB Team0:07:13
36Marek Galinski (Pol) Jbg - 2 Professional MTB Team0:07:25
37Pascal Meyer (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team0:07:35
38Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing0:07:38
39Severin Disch (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team0:07:43
40Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:07:54
41Oliver Beckingsale (GBr)0:08:08
42Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Lapierre International0:08:49
43Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:09:05
44Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:09:16
45Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek0:09:24
46Lukas Kaufmann (Swi)0:09:29
47Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Racing0:09:42
48Matthew Hadley (Can)0:09:46
49Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:10:02
50Lachlan Norris (Aus) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:10:06
51Rotem Ishai (Isr)0:10:14
52Adam Morka (Can)0:10:20
53Benjamin Wittrup Justesen (Den)0:10:24
54Michal Lami (Svk)0:10:42
55Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team0:10:43
56Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:10:51
57Irjan Luttenberg (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team0:11:04
58Andrew Watson (Can)0:11:29
59Peter Glassford (Can)0:11:56
60Jiri Novak (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:12:28
61Eric Batty (Can)0:12:32
62Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona0:13:10
63Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:14:00
64Pierre Lebreton (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry0:14:19
-1lapUwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
-1lapJosé Juan Escarcega (Mex)Row 65 - Cell 2
-1lapCristobal Silva Ibaceta (Chi)Row 66 - Cell 2
-1lapJustin Lindine (USA)Row 67 - Cell 2
-1lapSeiya Hirano (Jpn) Team Bridgestone AnchorRow 68 - Cell 2
-1lapTroy Wells (USA)Row 69 - Cell 2
-1lapTravis Woodruff (USA)Row 70 - Cell 2
-1lapMichael Broderick (USA)Row 71 - Cell 2
-1lapKlaus Nielsen (Den)Row 72 - Cell 2
-1lapNicola Rohrbach (Swi) Elettroveneta - CorratecRow 73 - Cell 2
-1lapCameron Jette (Can)Row 74 - Cell 2
-2lapsIgnacio Torres (Mex) Turbo Bike TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
-2lapsChristian Bickel (Swi)Row 76 - Cell 2
-2lapsMarc-Andre Daigle (Can)Row 77 - Cell 2
-2lapsLeni Trudel (Can)Row 78 - Cell 2
-2lapsEmmanuel Valencia (Mex) Turbo Bike TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
-2lapsChristopher Hamlin (USA)Row 80 - Cell 2
-3lapsMichael Mccalla (USA)Row 81 - Cell 2
-3lapsAlex Ryan (USA)Row 82 - Cell 2
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Specialized Racing102pts
2Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing54Row 1 - Cell 3
3Multivan Merida Biking Team48Row 2 - Cell 3
4Cannondale Factory Racing44Row 3 - Cell 3
5Trek World Racing43Row 4 - Cell 3
6BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry28Row 5 - Cell 3
7TX Active Bianchi23Row 6 - Cell 3
8Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team17Row 7 - Cell 3
9Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team16Row 8 - Cell 3
10BMC Mountainbike Racing Team15Row 9 - Cell 3
11Giant Factory Off-Road Team14Row 10 - Cell 3
12Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain13Row 11 - Cell 3
13GT Skoda Chamonix11Row 12 - Cell 3
14Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team10Row 13 - Cell 3
15Wildwolf - Trek Racing9Row 14 - Cell 3
16Orbea7Row 15 - Cell 3
17S&H Superior MTB Team6Row 16 - Cell 3
18Team Newcycling5Row 17 - Cell 3
19Giant Swiss SR - Suntour1Row 18 - Cell 3
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Elite men World Cup standings after five rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing1110pts
2Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing870Row 1 - Cell 3
3Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea650Row 2 - Cell 3
4Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing640Row 3 - Cell 3
5Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry620Row 4 - Cell 3
6José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team578Row 5 - Cell 3
7Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing540Row 6 - Cell 3
8Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing540Row 7 - Cell 3
9Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing478Row 8 - Cell 3
10Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi468Row 9 - Cell 3
11Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team437Row 10 - Cell 3
12Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing413Row 11 - Cell 3
13Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Racing410Row 12 - Cell 3
14Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing383Row 13 - Cell 3
15Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team370Row 14 - Cell 3
16Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing369Row 15 - Cell 3
17Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing366Row 16 - Cell 3
18Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team364Row 17 - Cell 3
19Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing339Row 18 - Cell 3
20Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team339Row 19 - Cell 3
21Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team331Row 20 - Cell 3
22Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea323Row 21 - Cell 3
23Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team288Row 22 - Cell 3
24Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain281Row 23 - Cell 3
25Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Racing252Row 24 - Cell 3
26Patrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team241Row 25 - Cell 3
27Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team240Row 26 - Cell 3
28Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team238Row 27 - Cell 3
29Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team218Row 28 - Cell 3
30Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss Sr - Suntour214Row 29 - Cell 3
31Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team201Row 30 - Cell 3
32Derek Zandstra (Can)200Row 31 - Cell 3
33Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team183Row 32 - Cell 3
34Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru - Trek166Row 33 - Cell 3
35Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix141Row 34 - Cell 3
36Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek137Row 35 - Cell 3
37Oliver Beckingsale (GBr)135Row 36 - Cell 3
38Lukas Kaufmann (Swi)134Row 37 - Cell 3
39Andras Parti (Hun) Euro One - Cube MTB Team134Row 38 - Cell 3
40Marc Colom (Fra) Team Newcycling130Row 39 - Cell 3
41Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team128Row 40 - Cell 3
42Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team127Row 41 - Cell 3
43Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Lapierre International125Row 42 - Cell 3
44Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Elettroveneta - Corratec125Row 43 - Cell 3
45Marek Galinski (Pol) Jbg - 2 Professional MTB Team124Row 44 - Cell 3
46Jiri Friedl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team123Row 45 - Cell 3
47Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor117Row 46 - Cell 3
48Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team115Row 47 - Cell 3
49Severin Disch (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team114Row 48 - Cell 3
50Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea102Row 49 - Cell 3
51Jeremiah Bishop (USA)100Row 50 - Cell 3
52Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team99Row 51 - Cell 3
53Jiri Novak (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team90Row 52 - Cell 3
54Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys - Evenza Team86Row 53 - Cell 3
55Irjan Luttenberg (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team82Row 54 - Cell 3
56Martino Fruet (Ita)79Row 55 - Cell 3
57Daniel Mcconnell (Aus)73Row 56 - Cell 3
58Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team68Row 57 - Cell 3
59Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team56Row 58 - Cell 3
60Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team54Row 59 - Cell 3
61Pascal Meyer (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team51Row 60 - Cell 3
62Chris Jongewaard (Aus)47Row 61 - Cell 3
63Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Team Protek46Row 62 - Cell 3
64Adam Morka (Can)43Row 63 - Cell 3
65Christoph Soukup (Aut)42Row 64 - Cell 3
66Robert Mennen (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team38Row 65 - Cell 3
67Michal Lami (Svk)38Row 66 - Cell 3
68Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team37Row 67 - Cell 3
69Matthew Hadley (Can)34Row 68 - Cell 3
70Balz Weber (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team32Row 69 - Cell 3
71Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra)32Row 70 - Cell 3
72Andrew Watson (Can)32Row 71 - Cell 3
73Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona30Row 72 - Cell 3
74Jukka Vastaranta (Fin) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team30Row 73 - Cell 3
75Lachlan Norris (Aus) Giant Factory Off-Road Team30Row 74 - Cell 3
76Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team30Row 75 - Cell 3
77Tony Longo (Ita) TX Active Bianchi29Row 76 - Cell 3
78Peter Glassford (Can)25Row 77 - Cell 3
79Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team22Row 78 - Cell 3
80Periklis Ilias (Gre) Team Protek21Row 79 - Cell 3
81Max Plaxton (Can)20Row 80 - Cell 3
82Eric Batty (Can)19Row 81 - Cell 3
83Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec19Row 82 - Cell 3
84Rotem Ishai (Isr)17Row 83 - Cell 3
85Martin Loo (Est) Infotre - Bi & Esse - Leecougan17Row 84 - Cell 3
86Filip Eberl (Cze)16Row 85 - Cell 3
87Benjamin Wittrup Justesen (Den)15Row 86 - Cell 3
88Raphael Gagne (Can)13Row 87 - Cell 3
89Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team13Row 88 - Cell 3
90Joshua Carlson (Aus)11Row 89 - Cell 3
91Rene Tann (Ger)10Row 90 - Cell 3
92Michael Broderick (USA)9Row 91 - Cell 3
93Umberto Corti (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.9Row 92 - Cell 3

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