Kulhavy wins Lenzerheide World Cup

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

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#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)Row 25 - Cell 2
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 TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
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)Row 43 - Cell 2
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)Row 58 - Cell 2
60Tomas Paprstka (Cze) Remerx-Merida Team KolinRow 59 - Cell 2
61Hans Becking (Ned) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens Mtb Racing TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Phillip Pearce (GBr)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Lukas Winterberg (Swi)Row 62 - Cell 2
64Daniel Eymann (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Julian Schelb (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Merida-Wallonie Mountain Bike TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Emilien Barben (Swi)Row 66 - Cell 2
68Daniele Braidot (Ita)Row 67 - Cell 2
69Emil Lindgren (Swe) Kargo Pro Mtb TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
71Jiri Novak (Cze) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens Mtb Racing TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
72Matthias Wengelin (Swe)Row 70 - Cell 2
73Ivan Diaz (Spa)Row 71 - Cell 2
74Karl Markt (Aut) Haibike Oetztal Pro TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
75Ricardo Paulo Reis Marinheiro (Por)Row 73 - Cell 2
76Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Titici Factory Team LglRow 74 - Cell 2
77Florian Thie (Swi)Row 75 - Cell 2
78Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)Row 76 - Cell 2
79Maximilian Holz (Ger)Row 77 - Cell 2
80Fabian Paumann (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
81Zdenek Vobecky (Cze)Row 79 - Cell 2
82Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Koch Engineering / Muesing Racing TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
83Michael Broderick (USA)Row 81 - Cell 2
84Guy Diaz Grollier (And)Row 82 - Cell 2
85Mario Luis Miranda Costa (Por)Row 83 - Cell 2
86Jonas De Backer (Bel)Row 84 - Cell 2
87Kirill Kazantsev (Kaz)Row 85 - Cell 2
88Mathias Alig (Swi)Row 86 - Cell 2
89Rick Reimann (Swi)Row 87 - Cell 2
90Oriol Domenech (Spa)Row 88 - Cell 2
91Kornel Osicki (Pol) Kross Racing TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
92Fabian Obrist (Swi)Row 90 - Cell 2
93Jan Schaer (Swi)Row 91 - Cell 2
94Maximilian Maier (Ger)Row 92 - Cell 2
95Rourke Croeser (RSA)Row 93 - Cell 2
96Lysander Kiesel (Ger)Row 94 - Cell 2
97Motoshi Kadota (Jpn)Row 95 - Cell 2
98Artyom Golovaschenko (Kaz)Row 96 - Cell 2
99Nino Surban (Phi)Row 97 - Cell 2
DNF7Lukas Fluckiger (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing TeamRow 98 - Cell 2
DNF5Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
DNF4Travis Walker (RSA)Row 100 - Cell 2
DNF3Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus Xc TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
DNF3Moritz Milatz (Ger) Koch Engineering / Muesing Racing TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
DNF1Martin Fanger (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
DNSStephane Tempier (Fra) Bh-Sr Suntour-KmcRow 104 - Cell 2
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World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing660pts
2Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Odlo Mtb Racing Team600Row 1 - Cell 3
3Julien Absalon (Fra) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team510Row 2 - Cell 3
4Mathias Fluckiger (Swi) Stoeckli Pro Team430Row 3 - Cell 3
5Florian Vogel (Swi) Focus Xc Team364Row 4 - Cell 3
6Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing Xc340Row 5 - Cell 3
7Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team292Row 6 - Cell 3
8Maxime Marotte (Fra) Bh-Sr Suntour-Kmc284Row 7 - Cell 3
9Ralph Naef (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team270Row 8 - Cell 3
10Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Frm Factory Racing Team260Row 9 - Cell 3
11Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek Factory Racing252Row 10 - Cell 3
12Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing236Row 11 - Cell 3
13Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team233Row 12 - Cell 3
14Fabian Giger (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol225Row 13 - Cell 3
15Hugo Drechou (Fra) Calvisson Vtt225Row 14 - Cell 3
16Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa)223Row 15 - Cell 3
17Reto Indergand (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team216Row 16 - Cell 3
18Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Moebel Maerki Mtb Pro Team211Row 17 - Cell 3
19Lukas Fluckiger (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team205Row 18 - Cell 3
20Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) Bianchi I.Idro Drain198Row 19 - Cell 3
21Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing Xc175Row 20 - Cell 3
22David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por)164Row 21 - Cell 3
23Bart De Vocht (Bel) Goeman Scott Cycling Team Vzw162Row 22 - Cell 3
24Jordan Sarrou (Fra) Bh-Sr Suntour-Kmc154Row 23 - Cell 3
25Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team152Row 24 - Cell 3
26Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Sram Mitas Trek142Row 25 - Cell 3
27Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team135Row 26 - Cell 3
28Jeff Luyten (Bel)124Row 27 - Cell 3
29Raphael Gagne (Can)116Row 28 - Cell 3
30Catriel Andres Soto (Arg)110Row 29 - Cell 3
31Martin Loo (Est)109Row 30 - Cell 3
32Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team108Row 31 - Cell 3
33Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Scott-Odlo Mtb Racing Team107Row 32 - Cell 3
34Frank Beemer (Ned)107Row 33 - Cell 3
35Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing102Row 34 - Cell 3
36Martin Gujan (Swi) Novus Omx Pro Team100Row 35 - Cell 3
37Leandre Bouchard (Can)96Row 36 - Cell 3
38Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)94Row 37 - Cell 3
39Alexander Gehbauer (Aut) Bianchi I.Idro Drain86Row 38 - Cell 3
40Andrea Righettini (Ita)85Row 39 - Cell 3
41Rourke Croeser (RSA)84Row 40 - Cell 3
42Moritz Milatz (Ger) Koch Engineering / Muesing Racing Team80Row 41 - Cell 3
43Karl Markt (Aut) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team80Row 42 - Cell 3
44David Valero (Spa)80Row 43 - Cell 3
45Michal Lami (Svk)80Row 44 - Cell 3
46Stephen Ettinger (USA) Teamshoair/Cannondale75Row 45 - Cell 3
47Luca Braidot (Ita)70Row 46 - Cell 3
48Nicholas Pettina (Ita)66Row 47 - Cell 3
49Anton Sintsov (Rus) Titici Factory Team Lgl64Row 48 - Cell 3
50Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing58Row 49 - Cell 3
51Ruben Scheire (Bel) Habitat Mountainbiketeam54Row 50 - Cell 3
52Martin Fanger (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team52Row 51 - Cell 3
53Marc Stutzmann (Swi) Giant Swiss Team51Row 52 - Cell 3
54Mario Luis Miranda Costa (Por)50Row 53 - Cell 3
55Timofei Ivanov (Rus) Format-Udmurtia50Row 54 - Cell 3
56Martin Gluth (Ger) Novus Omx Pro Team50Row 55 - Cell 3
57Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)47Row 56 - Cell 3
58Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) Waberer's Areus Mtb Team44Row 57 - Cell 3
59Lukas Kaufmann (Swi)40Row 58 - Cell 3
60Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Team Bulls40Row 59 - Cell 3
61Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi)38Row 60 - Cell 3
62Tom Meeusen (Bel)37Row 61 - Cell 3
63Henrique Avancini (Bra) Cannondale Factory Racing Xc32Row 62 - Cell 3
64James Reid (RSA)29Row 63 - Cell 3
65Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Koch Engineering / Muesing Racing Team27Row 64 - Cell 3
66Daniele Braidot (Ita)26Row 65 - Cell 3
67Jhonnatan Botero Villegas (Col)26Row 66 - Cell 3
68Gregor Raggl (Aut) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team25Row 67 - Cell 3
69Markus Bauer (Ger)24Row 68 - Cell 3
70Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Odlo Mtb Racing Team23Row 69 - Cell 3
71Andras Parti (Hun) Waberer's Areus Mtb Team21Row 70 - Cell 3
72Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Novus Omx Pro Team20Row 71 - Cell 3
73Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus Xc Team19Row 72 - Cell 3
74Miguel Martinez (Fra)18Row 73 - Cell 3
75Jiri Novak (Cze) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens Mtb Racing Team17Row 74 - Cell 3
76Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Btwin Mtb Racing Team16Row 75 - Cell 3
77Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Merida-Wallonie Mountain Bike Team16Row 76 - Cell 3
78Michael Stunzi (Swi)15Row 77 - Cell 3
79Marek Konwa (Pol)15Row 78 - Cell 3
80Christian Helmig (Lux)13Row 79 - Cell 3
81Martino Fruet (Ita)12Row 80 - Cell 3
82Simon Gegenheimer (Ger) Rose Vaujany Fueled By Ultrasports11Row 81 - Cell 3
83Kerry Werner (USA)11Row 82 - Cell 3
84Maximilian Vieider (Ita)9Row 83 - Cell 3
85Tomas Paprstka (Cze) Remerx-Merida Team Kolin8Row 84 - Cell 3
86Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Nilfisk Alto Pro Cycling8Row 85 - Cell 3
87Philip Buys (RSA) Scott Factory Racing Powered By Lcb8Row 86 - Cell 3

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