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Kulhavy wins Lenzerheide World Cup

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Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing)

Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing) (Image credit: Robert Jones)
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Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) took his second win of the season.

Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) took his second win of the season. (Image credit: Robert Jones)
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Podium: Mathias Fluckiger, Nino Schurter, Jaroslav Kulhavy, Ondrej Cink, Maxime Marotte

Podium: Mathias Fluckiger, Nino Schurter, Jaroslav Kulhavy, Ondrej Cink, Maxime Marotte (Image credit: Robert Jones)
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Start of the Elite mens race under blue skies but intense heat

Start of the Elite mens race under blue skies but intense heat (Image credit: Marius Maasewerd)
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First time through the dusty, technical zone

First time through the dusty, technical zone (Image credit: Marius Maasewerd)
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Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team) and Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing) race over the cliff

Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team) and Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing) race over the cliff (Image credit: Marius Maasewerd)
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Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing) leads Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team)

Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing) leads Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team) (Image credit: Marius Maasewerd)
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Ondrej Cink (Multivan Merida Biking Team)

Ondrej Cink (Multivan Merida Biking Team) (Image credit: Marius Maasewerd)
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Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team) and Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing)

Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team) and Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing) (Image credit: Marius Maasewerd)
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Julien Absalon (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team)

Julien Absalon (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team) (Image credit: Marius Maasewerd)
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Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing) rides through the tech zone late in the race

Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing) rides through the tech zone late in the race (Image credit: Marius Maasewerd)
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Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing) trying to keep cool

Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing) trying to keep cool (Image credit: Marius Maasewerd)
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Ondrej Cink (Multivan Merida Biking Team) takes on water

Ondrej Cink (Multivan Merida Biking Team) takes on water (Image credit: Marius Maasewerd)
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Large crowds at the Lenzerheide World Cup

Large crowds at the Lenzerheide World Cup (Image credit: Marius Maasewerd)
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World Cup leader Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing)

World Cup leader Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing) (Image credit: Marius Maasewerd)

Swiss hopes of victory on home soil were dashed on Sunday, at Round 3 of the Cross-country series of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano in Lenzerheide, when Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) took his second win of the season. Kulhavy regains the men's lead from Julien Absalon (BMC) with his second win of the series.

The men's race was expected to be a three-way battle between Kulhavy, winner of the opening round, World Cup leader and Round 2 winner Absalon and Swiss favourite Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo).

That was the way it initially played out, with Schurter getting his usual fast start and the other two bridging up to him. Florian Vogel (Focus XC) and Mathias Fluckiger (Stoeckli) were also in the front group after the first lap, but then Schurter attacked again, dropping Fluckiger from the group, and Vogel crashed, leaving just three at the front.

Kulhavy and Schurter were doing the pacemaking, with Absalon losing ground on the descents but making much of it back on the climbs. However, the World Cup leader and world champion was gradually losing a few seconds every lap, and it looked like he would have to settle for third, until Lap 6, when both Absalon and Schurter had rear wheel flats.

Absalon suffered his puncture at the far end of the course from the tech zone, dropping him to 12th before he was able to get a wheel change. Schurter's flat was just before the tech zone, and he was 17 seconds down by the end of the lap after a quick change, but he could not make up ground on the 2012 Olympic champion and, in fact, lost time over the remaining two laps to finish 33 seconds back for his third consecutive second place result.

Ondrej Cink (Multivan Merida), the 2012 Under-23 world champion, had caught Absalon just as he flatted and took third, ahead of Fluckiger and Maxime Marotte (BH-SR Suntour-KMC). Absalon managed to recover to ninth.

"When Nino flatted I just kept my own tempo," explained Kulhavy. "It wasn't so good for the spectators, with Nino being at home here, so that was too bad, but I'm really satisfied with my performance here, because it was a really hard race with nowhere to rest. I had a really bad year last season, but I'm at the top again, I'm healthy, and it's really great."

With his second victory, Kulhavy moves back into the leader's jersey with 660 points. Schurter remains in second with 600 points and Absalon drops to third with 510 points.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing1:29:00
2Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Odlo Mtb Racing Team0:00:33
3Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:01:47
4Mathias Fluckiger (Swi) Stoeckli Pro Team0:01:49
5Maxime Marotte (Fra) Bh-Sr Suntour-Kmc0:01:51
6Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing Xc0:01:56
7Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek Factory Racing0:02:15
8Jordan Sarrou (Fra) Bh-Sr Suntour-Kmc0:02:35
9Julien Absalon (Fra) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team0:02:52
10Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa)0:02:56
11Ralph Naef (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team0:03:23
12Catriel Andres Soto (Arg)0:03:47
13Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:04:03
14Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing Xc0:04:13
15Alexander Gehbauer (Aut) Bianchi I.Idro Drain0:04:15
16Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:04:17
17Hugo Drechou (Fra) Calvisson Vtt0:04:23
18Reto Indergand (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team0:04:33
19Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Sram Mitas Trek0:04:48
20Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Frm Factory Racing Team0:05:07
21Florian Vogel (Swi) Focus Xc Team0:05:18
22Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team0:05:25
23Luca Braidot (Ita)0:05:31
24Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing0:05:38
25Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing0:05:45
26Jeff Luyten (Bel)
27Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) Bianchi I.Idro Drain0:05:48
28Martin Gujan (Swi) Novus Omx Pro Team0:05:53
29Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Moebel Maerki Mtb Pro Team0:05:58
30Frank Beemer (Ned)0:06:04
31David Valero (Spa)0:06:07
32Bart De Vocht (Bel) Goeman Scott Cycling Team Vzw0:06:29
33Lukas Kaufmann (Swi)0:06:39
34Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi)0:07:04
35Andrea Righettini (Ita)0:07:05
36Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Scott-Odlo Mtb Racing Team
37Henrique Avancini (Bra) Cannondale Factory Racing Xc0:07:20
38Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)0:07:27
39James Reid (RSA)0:07:35
40Marc Stutzmann (Swi) Giant Swiss Team0:07:42
41Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) Waberer's Areus Mtb Team0:07:52
42Martin Loo (Est)0:07:57
43Gregor Raggl (Aut) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team0:08:24
44Markus Bauer (Ger)
45Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Odlo Mtb Racing Team0:08:28
46Martin Gluth (Ger) Novus Omx Pro Team0:08:38
47Andras Parti (Hun) Waberer's Areus Mtb Team0:08:50
48David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por)0:09:05
49Fabian Giger (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol0:09:13
50Miguel Martinez (Fra)0:09:19
51Michal Lami (Svk)0:09:24
52Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Btwin Mtb Racing Team0:09:25
53Michael Stunzi (Swi)0:09:26
54Ruben Scheire (Bel) Habitat Mountainbiketeam0:09:51
55Christian Helmig (Lux)0:10:00
56Leandre Bouchard (Can)0:10:10
57Simon Gegenheimer (Ger) Rose Vaujany Fueled By Ultrasports0:10:37
58Nicholas Pettina (Ita)0:11:28
59Tom Meeusen (Bel)
60Tomas Paprstka (Cze) Remerx-Merida Team Kolin
61Hans Becking (Ned) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens Mtb Racing Team
62Phillip Pearce (GBr)
63Lukas Winterberg (Swi)
64Daniel Eymann (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team
65Julian Schelb (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team
66Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Merida-Wallonie Mountain Bike Team
67Emilien Barben (Swi)
68Daniele Braidot (Ita)
69Emil Lindgren (Swe) Kargo Pro Mtb Team
71Jiri Novak (Cze) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens Mtb Racing Team
72Matthias Wengelin (Swe)
73Ivan Diaz (Spa)
74Karl Markt (Aut) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team
75Ricardo Paulo Reis Marinheiro (Por)
76Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Titici Factory Team Lgl
77Florian Thie (Swi)
78Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)
79Maximilian Holz (Ger)
80Fabian Paumann (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team
81Zdenek Vobecky (Cze)
82Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Koch Engineering / Muesing Racing Team
83Michael Broderick (USA)
84Guy Diaz Grollier (And)
85Mario Luis Miranda Costa (Por)
86Jonas De Backer (Bel)
87Kirill Kazantsev (Kaz)
88Mathias Alig (Swi)
89Rick Reimann (Swi)
90Oriol Domenech (Spa)
91Kornel Osicki (Pol) Kross Racing Team
92Fabian Obrist (Swi)
93Jan Schaer (Swi)
94Maximilian Maier (Ger)
95Rourke Croeser (RSA)
96Lysander Kiesel (Ger)
97Motoshi Kadota (Jpn)
98Artyom Golovaschenko (Kaz)
99Nino Surban (Phi)
DNF7Lukas Fluckiger (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team
DNF5Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team
DNF4Travis Walker (RSA)
DNF3Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus Xc Team
DNF3Moritz Milatz (Ger) Koch Engineering / Muesing Racing Team
DNF1Martin Fanger (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team
DNSStephane Tempier (Fra) Bh-Sr Suntour-Kmc

World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing660pts
2Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Odlo Mtb Racing Team600
3Julien Absalon (Fra) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team510
4Mathias Fluckiger (Swi) Stoeckli Pro Team430
5Florian Vogel (Swi) Focus Xc Team364
6Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing Xc340
7Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team292
8Maxime Marotte (Fra) Bh-Sr Suntour-Kmc284
9Ralph Naef (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team270
10Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Frm Factory Racing Team260
11Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek Factory Racing252
12Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing236
13Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team233
14Fabian Giger (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol225
15Hugo Drechou (Fra) Calvisson Vtt225
16Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa)223
17Reto Indergand (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team216
18Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Moebel Maerki Mtb Pro Team211
19Lukas Fluckiger (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team205
20Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) Bianchi I.Idro Drain198
21Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing Xc175
22David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por)164
23Bart De Vocht (Bel) Goeman Scott Cycling Team Vzw162
24Jordan Sarrou (Fra) Bh-Sr Suntour-Kmc154
25Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team152
26Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Sram Mitas Trek142
27Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team135
28Jeff Luyten (Bel)124
29Raphael Gagne (Can)116
30Catriel Andres Soto (Arg)110
31Martin Loo (Est)109
32Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team108
33Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Scott-Odlo Mtb Racing Team107
34Frank Beemer (Ned)107
35Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing102
36Martin Gujan (Swi) Novus Omx Pro Team100
37Leandre Bouchard (Can)96
38Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)94
39Alexander Gehbauer (Aut) Bianchi I.Idro Drain86
40Andrea Righettini (Ita)85
41Rourke Croeser (RSA)84
42Moritz Milatz (Ger) Koch Engineering / Muesing Racing Team80
43Karl Markt (Aut) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team80
44David Valero (Spa)80
45Michal Lami (Svk)80
46Stephen Ettinger (USA) Teamshoair/Cannondale75
47Luca Braidot (Ita)70
48Nicholas Pettina (Ita)66
49Anton Sintsov (Rus) Titici Factory Team Lgl64
50Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing58
51Ruben Scheire (Bel) Habitat Mountainbiketeam54
52Martin Fanger (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team52
53Marc Stutzmann (Swi) Giant Swiss Team51
54Mario Luis Miranda Costa (Por)50
55Timofei Ivanov (Rus) Format-Udmurtia50
56Martin Gluth (Ger) Novus Omx Pro Team50
57Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)47
58Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) Waberer's Areus Mtb Team44
59Lukas Kaufmann (Swi)40
60Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Team Bulls40
61Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi)38
62Tom Meeusen (Bel)37
63Henrique Avancini (Bra) Cannondale Factory Racing Xc32
64James Reid (RSA)29
65Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Koch Engineering / Muesing Racing Team27
66Daniele Braidot (Ita)26
67Jhonnatan Botero Villegas (Col)26
68Gregor Raggl (Aut) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team25
69Markus Bauer (Ger)24
70Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Odlo Mtb Racing Team23
71Andras Parti (Hun) Waberer's Areus Mtb Team21
72Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Novus Omx Pro Team20
73Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus Xc Team19
74Miguel Martinez (Fra)18
75Jiri Novak (Cze) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens Mtb Racing Team17
76Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Btwin Mtb Racing Team16
77Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Merida-Wallonie Mountain Bike Team16
78Michael Stunzi (Swi)15
79Marek Konwa (Pol)15
80Christian Helmig (Lux)13
81Martino Fruet (Ita)12
82Simon Gegenheimer (Ger) Rose Vaujany Fueled By Ultrasports11
83Kerry Werner (USA)11
84Maximilian Vieider (Ita)9
85Tomas Paprstka (Cze) Remerx-Merida Team Kolin8
86Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Nilfisk Alto Pro Cycling8
87Philip Buys (RSA) Scott Factory Racing Powered By Lcb8

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