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Kabush finally claims World Cup win

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Geoff Kabush claims his maiden World Cup victory on home soil.

Geoff Kabush claims his maiden World Cup victory on home soil. (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos (Multivan Merida Biking Team) had an amazing final two laps.

Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos (Multivan Merida Biking Team) had an amazing final two laps. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Series leader Julien Absalon (Orbea) was the race favourite, having won the previous round in Canada last month.

Series leader Julien Absalon (Orbea) was the race favourite, having won the previous round in Canada last month. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Burry Stander (Specialized) leads the Under-23 series.

Burry Stander (Specialized) leads the Under-23 series. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Ralph Naef (Multivan Merida Biking Team) was expected to go off the front again.

Ralph Naef (Multivan Merida Biking Team) was expected to go off the front again. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Nino Schurter (Scott-Swispower) rode to a sixth place finish.

Nino Schurter (Scott-Swispower) rode to a sixth place finish. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Canadian Champion Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain).

Canadian Champion Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain). (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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The Multivan team were up front as the men's race commenced.

The Multivan team were up front as the men's race commenced. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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The announcers were the only ones staying dry at the rainy Bromont venue.

The announcers were the only ones staying dry at the rainy Bromont venue. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) crossing a stream in second place

Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) crossing a stream in second place (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos (Multivan Merida Biking Team) hit the water in third place.

Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos (Multivan Merida Biking Team) hit the water in third place. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Burry Stander (Specialized) riding in third position.

Burry Stander (Specialized) riding in third position. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Gary Fisher/Subaru) riding his 29 inch wheeled Superfly 100.

Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Gary Fisher/Subaru) riding his 29 inch wheeled Superfly 100. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Riders were getting muddy early in the race, with conditions only getting worse as the mud built up.

Riders were getting muddy early in the race, with conditions only getting worse as the mud built up. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Julien Absalon (Orbea) lead the race on the second lap.

Julien Absalon (Orbea) lead the race on the second lap. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) chasing Julien Absalon (Orbea).

Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) chasing Julien Absalon (Orbea). (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos (Multivan Merida Biking Team) over the log steps.

Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos (Multivan Merida Biking Team) over the log steps. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Burry Stander (Specialized) riding in heavy rain.

Burry Stander (Specialized) riding in heavy rain. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Christophe Sauser (Specialized) getting his white World Champion's kit quite dirty.

Christophe Sauser (Specialized) getting his white World Champion's kit quite dirty. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Adam Craig (Giant) moved up steadily the whole race.

Adam Craig (Giant) moved up steadily the whole race. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Michael Broderick (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) riding to 34th place.

Michael Broderick (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) riding to 34th place. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Carl Decker (Giant) having one of his best World Cup races.

Carl Decker (Giant) having one of his best World Cup races. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Barry Wicks (Kona) riding to 49th place.

Barry Wicks (Kona) riding to 49th place. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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A former world champion riding mid-pack.

A former world champion riding mid-pack. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Bas Peters looking a bit like a coal miner.

Bas Peters looking a bit like a coal miner. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Kris Sneddon (Kona) riding to 51st place.

Kris Sneddon (Kona) riding to 51st place. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) wins his first World Cup.

Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) wins his first World Cup. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos (Multivan Merida Biking Team) finishing second.

Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos (Multivan Merida Biking Team) finishing second. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Champagne

Champagne (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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The men's race began under adverse conditions

The men's race began under adverse conditions (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Start of the men's race in the pouring rain

Start of the men's race in the pouring rain (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Julien Absalon chased early leader Ralph Näf

Julien Absalon chased early leader Ralph Näf (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Florian Vogel was part of the early chase group

Florian Vogel was part of the early chase group (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Sam Schultz (Subaru-Gary Fisher) was on the race of his career for the first four laps, sitting in fifth place until a flat dropped him out of contention.

Sam Schultz (Subaru-Gary Fisher) was on the race of his career for the first four laps, sitting in fifth place until a flat dropped him out of contention. (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Christoph Sauser chased hard from a bad start

Christoph Sauser chased hard from a bad start (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Todd Wells was finished 9th

Todd Wells was finished 9th (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski

Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Adam Craig finished 10th

Adam Craig finished 10th (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Raphael Gagne suffered a flat tire

Raphael Gagne suffered a flat tire (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Julien Absalon chased back from 40th to 17th after a broken chain

Julien Absalon chased back from 40th to 17th after a broken chain (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Ralph Näf lost his brakes completely in the final lap

Ralph Näf lost his brakes completely in the final lap (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Burry Stander stedily rode up

Burry Stander stedily rode up (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Lukas Flückiger

Lukas Flückiger (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Michael Broderick

Michael Broderick (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Sam Schultz

Sam Schultz (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Burry Stander

Burry Stander (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Christoph Sauser

Christoph Sauser (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Oliver Beckingsale

Oliver Beckingsale (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Julien Absalon

Julien Absalon (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Geoff Kabush

Geoff Kabush (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Ralph Näf

Ralph Näf (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Florian Vogel

Florian Vogel (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Lukas Flückiger

Lukas Flückiger (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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José Hermida

José Hermida (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Adam Craig

Adam Craig (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Carlos Coloma Nicolas

Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Liam Killeen

Liam Killeen (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Julien Absalon

Julien Absalon (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Michael Broderick

Michael Broderick (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Men's podium: Vogel, Hermida, Kabush, Näf, Flückiger

Men's podium: Vogel, Hermida, Kabush, Näf, Flückiger (Image credit: Tour of Japan)

Canadian champion Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) finally make that step to the top of the podium on home soil in round six of cross-country series of the Mountain Bike World Cup. Kabush won in the most grueling conditions of the season in Bromont, Canada.

Julien Absalon (Orbea) continues to lead the men despite finishing a distant 17th after suffering mechanical problems.

"To win here, in my own country, it still hasn't sunk in," said Kabush. "I knew I was riding well, after finishing third a week earlier, and this course really suited me, so I was confident that I could go head to head with Julien.

"This win is the biggest of my career, because with Julien so strong, for anyone to win a World Cup is very hard."

The race began under worse conditions than the women with officials reducing the distance by one lap to six. The rain and 50-plus women racers earlier in the day had churned up the mud, making the climb an even harder grind than usual. The mud also began to impact equipment, with most riders experiencing brake failure at some point in the race as brake pads wore away in the gritty mud..

Ralph Näf (Multivan Merida) got off to his usual fast start, and was joined quickly by Absalon, with Kabush steadily making his way up towards the front. Näf dropped back from Absalon on lap two, to be passed by Kabush.

Kabush joined the Olympic champion near the top of the climb, just before Absalon broke his chain. The break put him out of contention as he lost nearly 40 places before rejoining the race.

Kabush was alone at the front. Näf was in a chase group behind with Kabush's teammate Jose Hermida, Florian Vogel (Scott-Swisspower) and Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower). Kabush continued to ride further away from the chasers to finish over 90 seconds in front of Hermida.

Näf held finished in third ahead of Vogel and Lukas Flückiger (Trek World Team). Both Todd Wells (Specialized Factory Team) and Adam Craig (Giant) moved up in the latter half of the race to finish ninth and tenth.

Sam Schultz (Subaru-Gary Fisher) was on the racing very well, but a flat dropped him out of contention.

Brakes were a problem for many riders. "In the final lap and a half I started to lose my brakes completely, and trying to ride through the technical parts became very, very dangerous. I had to slow down a lot, and I think otherwise I could have stayed in second," said Näf.

Hermida, the winner of round one in South Africa, said he also suffered from brake problems. "I was lucky that my brakes stopped working early in the race rather than late, because I stopped then in the technical area and was able to catch people later in the race when their brakes failed," he said.

"I didn't have any of the mechanical problems the other riders were having, so I really have to think my team and the mechanics. I went with the hardtail and the mud tires, and I was able to ride everything with no problems," said Kabush.

Stander has nearly locked up the Under-23 title with his seventh place in Bromont (it would take consecutive wins in the final two races by second placed Alexis Vuillermoz and Stander to get no points).

Absalon's lead in the series standings dropped a few points after his 17th place, however, he is still an almost uncatchable 412 points in front of Hermida. Stander is 20 points behind Hermida.

Kabush moved up the standings from 24th before Mont Ste Anne, to 14th before Bromont and now seventh. In the final two rounds there is likely to be a three-way battle for third between Hermida, Näf and Stander, who are separated by 50 points. And the same for fifth between Wolfram Kurschat (Topeak Ergon), Schurter and Kabush, who are only 40 points apart.

Results
1Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles1:52:39
2José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:01:31
3Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:01:51
4Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing0:02:10
5Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing0:02:22
6Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing0:03:35
7Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Factory Racing0:03:43
8Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team0:04:39
9Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing0:04:46
10Adam Craig (USA) Giant Mountain Bike Team0:05:10
11Ravanel Cédric (Fra) Lapierre International0:05:43
12Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) MSC Bikes0:05:47
13Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Factory Racing0:06:00
14Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team0:06:06
15Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Cemelorca-Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo0:06:45
16Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Lapierre International0:06:50
17Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea0:07:14
18Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher0:07:27
19Derek Zandstra (Can)0:07:44
20Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Giant Mountain Bike Team0:07:53
21Liam Killeen (GBr) Trek World Racing0:08:05
22Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing0:08:56
23Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing0:09:46
24Ludovic Dubau (Fra)0:10:01
25Andrew Watson (Can)0:10:07
26Milan Spesny (Cze) Ceska Sporitelna MTB0:11:02
27Bas Peters (Ned)0:11:41
28Seamus McGrath (Can)0:11:44
29Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Mountain Bike Team0:11:50
30Marc Colom (Fra)0:12:17
31Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-Suntour0:12:24
32Christof Bischof (Swi) ISD Cycling Team0:12:28
33Carl Decker (USA) Giant Mountain Bike Team0:12:32
34Michael Broderick (USA)
35Fabien Canal (Fra) Lapierre International0:13:00
36Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi0:13:46
37Rotem Ishai (Isr)0:13:55
38Irjan Luttenberg (Ned)0:14:08
39Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher0:14:10
40Raphael Gagne (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles0:14:15
41Roel Paulissen (Bel) Cannondale Factory Racing0:14:16
42Lukas Kaufmann (Swi)0:14:53
43Renay Groustra (RSA)0:15:26
44Guillaume Vinit (Fra) Team Scott Valloire Galibier0:15:31
45Matthew Hadley (Can)0:16:02
46Niels Wubben (Ned)0:17:25
47Stefan Widmer (Can)0:25:07

One lap behind
48Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita)
49Barry Wicks (USA) Kona
50Eric Batty (Can)
51Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona
52Benoit Simard (Can)
53Cristobal Silva Ibaceta (Chi)
54Paul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Discovertasmania.com
55Andrew Blair (Aus)
56Martin Lazarski (Can)
57Juan Pedro Trujillo Hernandez (Spa) Cemelorca-Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo
58Bjorn Brems (Bel) Team Saeco
59Julien Fillion (Can)
60Nathan Haas (Aus) Discovertasmania.com
61Craig Richey (Can)
62Patxi Cia Apezteguia (Spa) Conor - Camping La Siesta
63Ethan Gilmour (USA)
64Robert Mennen (Ger)
65Umberto Corti (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.
66Cameron Jette (Can)
67Peter Glassford (Can)

Two laps behind
68Jiri Hudecek (Cze) Scott & Hagget MTB Team
69Pierre Lebreton (Fra) BH-Suntour
70Lachlan Norris (Aus) Discovertasmania.com
71Tristan Cowie (USA)
72Mark Leishman (NZl)
73Andrew Freye (USA)
74Aaron Snyder (USA)
75Stephen Ettinger (USA)
76Travis Livermon (USA)
77Leni Trudel (Can)
78Daniel Sessford (Can)
79Nick Both (Aus)
80Franklin Macky (USA)
81Manuel Prado Gutierrez (CRc)
82Charlton Durie (Aus) Discovertasmania.com
83Josef Kamler (Cze) Ceska Sporitelna MTB
84Paul Robertson (GBr)
85Robbie Squire (USA)
86Ryan Atkins (Can)
87Matous Ulman (Cze) Scott & Hagget MTB Team
88Colin Cares (USA)

Three laps behind
89Pierre Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Lapierre International
90Daniel McConnell (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition
91Brian Bain (Can)
92Victor Galvez Perez (Chi)
93Connor McConvey (Irl) De Brink-Ten Tusscher
94Christoph Soukup (Aut) Merida Biking Team

Teams
1Multivan Merida Biking Team67pts
2Specialized Factory Racing64
3Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing56
4Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles40
5Trek World Racing38
6Lapierre International35
7Giant Mountain Bike Team34
8Giant Italia Team23
9MSC Bikes19
10Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team17
11Cannondale Factory Racing17
12Cemelorca-Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo16
13Orbea14
14Subaru-Gary Fisher13
15Ceska Sporitelna MTB5

 

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