Kulhavy wins World Cup in Nove Mesto

In the past four years of the World Cup in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, there have been only two winners of the men's race - Olympic champion Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) took the first edition, and Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo) the last three. Once again, it came down to these two riders on Sunday, for the first round of the 2015 series.

Schurter attacked on the start loop, with Kulhavy, world champion Julien Absalon (BMC), Australian champion Dan McConnell (Trek Factory Racing) and Florian Vogel (Focus XC) the only riders to stay with him. Schurter surged again on the first full lap, and this time only Kulhavy could hang on.

Schurter appeared to be stronger, gapping Kulhavy on the climbs, but the Czech rider would always come back, possibly motivated by the cheers of thousands of his fans around the course. In the final half lap the tables were turned, when Kulhavy attacked and Schurter could not respond. The Czech rider rolled into the finishing arena to stands full of cheering fans, to win by 24 seconds.

Absalon and Vogel first dropped McConnell, and then Absalon went solo mid-race to take third ahead of Vogel, with Mathias Fluckiger (Stoeckli) taking the fifth and final podium spot.

"It was a very exciting race between me and Nino (Schurter) again," agreed Kulhavy, "and I attacked on the hardest climb and Nino stayed with me maybe 5 or 10 seconds before I got away. Then I just controlled my position to the finish. The finish was good and I didn't make any mistakes. The fans were so amazing. They helped a lot and pushed me. It was crazy. I would like to say thanks to them.

"I am really satisfied and it was my big goal this season. I have had a lot of troubles last year, a lot of health problems. So I am really satisfied. I am really, really happy. It is my biggest victory after the Olympic Games and we will celebrate tonight."


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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jaroslav Kulhavy (Czech Republic)1:33:27
2Nino Schurter (Switzerland)0:00:24
3Julien Absalon (France)0:01:16
4Florian Vogel (Switzerland)0:02:02
5Mathias Flückiger (Switzerland)0:02:37
6Ralph Naef (Switzerland)0:02:59
7Andrea Tiberi (Italy)0:03:04
8Thomas Litscher (Switzerland)0:03:13
9Manuel Fumic (Germany)0:03:45
10José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spain)0:03:53
11Daniel Mcconnell (Australia)0:04:17
12Lukas Flückiger (Switzerland)0:04:31
13Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Italy)0:04:37
14Matthias Stirnemann (Switzerland)0:05:03
15Fabian Giger (Switzerland)0:05:14
16Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spain)0:05:18
17Bart De Vocht (Belgium)0:05:19
18Reto Indergand (Switzerland)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spain)0:05:23
20David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Portugal)0:05:39
21Stephen Ettinger (United States Of America)0:05:50
22Ondrej Cink (Czech Republic)0:06:05
23Derek Zandstra (Canada)Row 22 - Cell 2
24Hugo Drechou (France)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Martin Loo (Estonia)0:06:25
26Raphael Gagne (Canada)0:06:43
27Jan Skarnitzl (Czech Republic)0:06:46
28Mario Luis Miranda Costa (Portugal)0:06:48
29Leandre Bouchard (Canada)0:06:50
30Jeff Luyten (Belgium)0:06:52
31Maxime Marotte (France)0:06:59
32Michal Lami (Slovakia)0:07:06
33Ruben Scheire (Belgium)0:07:19
34Frank Beemer (Netherlands)0:07:24
35Karl Markt (Austria)0:07:26
36Anton Sintsov (Russian Federation)Row 35 - Cell 2
37Rourke Croeser (South Africa)0:07:31
38Timofei Ivanov (Russian Federation)0:07:32
39Marco Aurelio Fontana (Italy)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Tom Meeusen (Belgium)0:07:52
41Simon Stiebjahn (Germany)0:08:09
42Daniele Braidot (Italy)0:08:17
43Catriel Andres Soto (Argentina)0:08:26
44Nicola Rohrbach (Switzerland)0:08:31
45Marc Stutzmann (Switzerland)Row 44 - Cell 2
46David Valero (Spain)0:08:32
47Andrea Righettini (Italy)Row 46 - Cell 2
48Shlomi Haimy (Israel)0:08:33
49Michiel Van Der Heijden (Netherlands)0:08:35
50Martin Gujan (Switzerland)0:08:39
51Jiri Novak (Czech Republic)0:08:41
52Martin Gluth (Germany)0:08:53
53Jordan Sarrou (France)0:09:08
54Martin Fanger (Switzerland)0:09:10
55Mirko Tabacchi (Italy)Row 54 - Cell 2
56Martino Fruet (Italy)0:09:12
57Kerry Werner (United States)0:09:14
58Luca Braidot (Italy)0:09:32
59Wolfram Kurschat (Germany)0:09:36
60Philip Buys (South Africa)0:09:47
61Nicholas Pettina (Italy)0:09:58
62Marvin Gruget (France)0:10:03
63Marcel Wildhaber (Switzerland)0:10:07
64Geoff Kabush (Canada)0:10:22
65Spencer Paxson (United States)0:10:29
66Ricardo Paulo Reis Marinheiro (Portugal)0:10:30
67Adam Morka (Canada)0:10:36
68Jhonnatan Botero Villegas (Colombia)0:10:41
69Moritz Milatz (Germany)0:10:44
70Filip Eberl (Czech Republic)0:10:49
71Sebastien Carabin (Belgium)0:11:02
72Kohei Yamamoto (Japan)0:11:10
73Gregor Raggl (Austria)0:11:40
74Hans Becking (Netherlands)0:11:53
75Markus Bauer (Germany)0:12:00
76Matthys Beukes (South Africa)0:12:05
77Cristian Cominelli (Italy)Row 76 - Cell 2
78Ricardo Pscheidt (Brazil)0:12:12
79Matthias Wengelin (Sweden)0:12:14
80Rubens Valeriano (Brazil)0:12:19
81Maximilian Holz (Germany)0:12:50
82Zsolt Juhasz (Hungry)0:12:53
83Maximilian Vieider (Italy)0:13:00
84Daniel Eymann (Switzerland)0:13:33
85Michele Casagrande (Italy)0:13:58
86Julien Trarieux (France)0:14:03
87James Reid (South Africa)0:14:16
88Simon Gegenheimer (Germany)Row 87 - Cell 2
89Cameron Ivory (Australia)Row 88 - Cell 2
90Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (Costa Rica)Row 89 - Cell 2
91Erik Groen (Netherlands)Row 90 - Cell 2
92Evan Guthrie (Canada)Row 91 - Cell 2
93Tomas Paprstka (Czech Republic)Row 92 - Cell 2
94Marek Konwa (Poland)Row 93 - Cell 2
95Michael Stünzi (Switzerland)Row 94 - Cell 2
96Sergji Rysenko (Ukraine)Row 95 - Cell 2
97Miguel Martinez (France)Row 96 - Cell 2
98Gerrit Rosenkranz (Germany)Row 97 - Cell 2
99Jason Bouttell (Great Britain)Row 98 - Cell 2
100Evgenii Pechenin (Russia)Row 99 - Cell 2
101Fabian Paumann (Switzerland)Row 100 - Cell 2
102Markus Preiss (Austria)Row 101 - Cell 2
103Jan Nesvadba (Czech Republic)Row 102 - Cell 2
104Ever Alejandro Gomez (Bolivia)Row 103 - Cell 2
105Patricio Maximiliano Farias Diaz (Chile)Row 104 - Cell 2
106Russell Finsterwald (United States)Row 105 - Cell 2
107Jorgen Flion (Belgium)Row 106 - Cell 2
108Zdenek Vobecky (Czech Republic)Row 107 - Cell 2
109Rotem Ishay (Israel)Row 108 - Cell 2
110Cole Oberman (United States)Row 109 - Cell 2
111Steffen Thum (Germany)Row 110 - Cell 2
112Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Germany)Row 111 - Cell 2
113Marco Ponta (Italy)Row 112 - Cell 2
114Sebastian Alejandro Miranda Maldonado (Chile)Row 113 - Cell 2
115Steven James (Great Britain)Row 114 - Cell 2
116Jan Withaar (South Africa)Row 115 - Cell 2
117Oleksandr Gerashchenko (Ukraine)Row 116 - Cell 2
118Matiss Preimanis (Latvia)Row 117 - Cell 2
119Christopher Maletz (Germany)Row 118 - Cell 2
120Michal Malík (Czech Republic)Row 119 - Cell 2
121Zhen Wang (China)Row 120 - Cell 2
122Matthias Grick (Austria)Row 121 - Cell 2
123Lysander Kiesel (Germany)Row 122 - Cell 2
124Luciano Caraccioli (Argentina)Row 123 - Cell 2
125Milan Damek (Czech Republic)Row 124 - Cell 2
126Daniel Grossi Soares De Souza (Brazil)Row 125 - Cell 2
127Kornel Osicki (Poland)Row 126 - Cell 2
128Cristobal Silva Ibaceta (Chile)Row 127 - Cell 2
129David Flaten (United States)Row 128 - Cell 2
130Emmanuel Castillo (Mexico)Row 129 - Cell 2
131Kirill Kazantsev (Kazakhstan)Row 130 - Cell 2
132Artyom Golovaschenko (Kazakhstan)Row 131 - Cell 2
133Daniel Castillo (Mexico)Row 132 - Cell 2
134Noe Alejandro Rodriguez Acevedo (Mexico)Row 133 - Cell 2
135George-Vlad Sabau (Romania)Row 134 - Cell 2
136Stéphane Tempier (France)Row 135 - Cell 2
137Raymond Hobeika (Lebanon)Row 136 - Cell 2
DNFHenrique Avancini (Brazil)Row 137 - Cell 2
DNFPavel Skalicky (Czech Republic)Row 138 - Cell 2
DNFEmil Lindgren (Sweden)Row 139 - Cell 2
DNFMartin Haring (Slovakia)Row 140 - Cell 2
DNFKevin Van Hoovels (Belgium)Row 141 - Cell 2
DNFIsmael Ventura Sanchez (Spain)Row 142 - Cell 2
DNFSascha Weber (Germany)Row 143 - Cell 2
DNFKristian Hynek (Czech Republic)Row 144 - Cell 2
DNFJulian Schelb (Germany)Row 145 - Cell 2
DNFJonas De Backer (Belgium)Row 146 - Cell 2
DNSRudi Van Houts (Netherlands)Row 147 - Cell 2
DNSAndras Parti (Hungry)Row 148 - Cell 2

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