Cink solos to victory in Houffalize cross country

In the first day of cross country competition at round two of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, French, Ukrainian and Czech riders were victorious in Houffalize, Belgium, on Saturday. The new course proved to be as hard as expected, taking its toll on early leaders in each race.

The under 23 men's race started, as usual, with Gerhard Kerschbaumer (TX Active Bianchi) at the front, being chased by his regular rival, Alexander Gehbauer (Austria), the World Cup leader after round one. However, by lap 2, Ondrej Cink (Merida) had attacked and opened a small gap on the duo.

Kerschbaumer continued to lead the chase through the race, with Gehbauer content to sit on his wheel, until the last lap, when the Italian champion faded, and was passed by both Gehbauer for second and Julian Schelb (Germany) for third.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ondrej Cink (Cze) Merida Biking Team1:19:33
2Alexander Gehbauer (Aut)0:00:21
3Julian Schelb (Ger)0:00:27
4Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) Tx Active Bianchi0:00:45
5Ruben Scheire (Bel) Bh - Sr Suntour - Peisey Vallandry0:01:29
6Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:01:46
7Nicholas Pettina (Ita)0:02:25
8Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus Mig Team0:02:46
9Christian Pfäffle (Ger)0:02:47
10Jordan Sarrou (Fra) Lapierre InternationalRow 9 - Cell 2
11Marvin Gruget (Fra)0:03:08
12Hugo Drechou (Fra) Team Newcycling0:03:13
13Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team0:03:14
14Olof Jonsson (Swe)0:03:25
15Rourke Croeser (RSA) Orange Monkey-Cannondale0:03:37
16Marek Rauchfuss (Cze) S&H Superior Mtb Team0:03:38
17Jonas De Backer (Bel)0:04:03
18Didier Bats (Bel)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Pablo Rodriguez Guede (Spa)0:04:17
20Grant Ferguson (GBr)0:04:22
21Sebastian Batchelor (GBr)0:04:30
22Russell Finsterwald (USA) Subaru - Trek0:04:35
23Luca Braidot (Ita)0:04:54
24Dmytro Titarenko (Ukr) Isd Mtb Team0:05:06
25Julien Trarieux (Fra) Gt Skoda Chamonix0:05:17
26James Reid (RSA)0:05:23
27Kenta Gallagher (GBr)0:05:33
28Simon Stiebjahn (Ger)0:05:40
29Mirco Widmer (Swi) Giant Swiss Sr - Suntour0:05:42
30Marcel Fleschhut (Ger)0:06:00
31Jose Maria Sanchez Ruiz (Spa)0:06:05
32Tomas Paprstka (Cze)0:06:06
33Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) Euroone-Waberer's Mtb Team0:06:08
34Timofei Ivanov (Rus)0:06:18
35Jaime Yesid Chia Amaya (Col)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Cristofer Bosque Ruano (Spa)0:06:24
37Marc Stutzmann (Swi)0:06:51
38Rens De Bruin (Ned) Feenstra Stevens Bike Team0:06:56
39Kerry Werner (USA)0:07:02
40Steven James (GBr)0:07:29
41Martin Gluth (Ger)0:07:36
42Jozef Bebcak (Svk)0:07:44
43Jhonnatan Botero Villegas (Col) Giant Italia Team0:07:55
44Fabian Strecker (Ger)0:08:01
45Bartlomiej Wawak (Pol) Jbg - 2 Professional Mtb Team0:08:14
46Paul Mathou (Fra)0:08:26
47Louis Wolf (Ger)0:08:28
48Mario Luis Miranda Costa (Por)0:08:29
49Lukas Loretz (Swi) Giant Swiss Sr - Suntour0:08:32
50Lucas Garbellotto (Fra)0:08:42
51Thibault Geneste (Fra) Bh - Sr Suntour - Peisey Vallandry0:08:49
52Pavel Priadein (Rus)0:09:07
53Denny Lupato (Ita)0:09:16
54Fabien Doubey (Fra) Definitive Spectra.Tec AspttRow 53 - Cell 2
55Lars Forster (Swi)0:09:29
56Bart De Vocht (Bel) V.Z.W. Goeman Scott Cycling Team0:09:31
57David Simon (Ger)0:09:40
58Lorenzo Samparisi (Ita) Hard Rock Canossa Merida0:09:57
59Arthur Tropardy (Fra)0:10:02
60Samuel Shaw (NZl)0:10:07
61Wenzel Böhm-Gräber (Ger) Focus Mig Team0:10:08
62Michael Crosbie (Aus)0:10:17
63Thijs Zuurbier (Ned) Feenstra Stevens Bike Team0:10:21
64Pietro Sarai (Ita) Giant Italia Team0:10:22
65Sturla Aune (Nor) Team Fokus - Danica0:10:30
66Piotr Kurczab (Pol)0:10:45
67Sondre Kristiansen (Nor) Merida Ntg0:11:10
68Mark Kuyan (Rus)0:11:27
69Mykhaylo Batsutsa (Ukr)0:11:33
70Urban Ferencak (Slo)0:11:36
71Martino Di Pierdomenico (Ita) Hard Rock Canossa Merida0:11:37
72Rien Terpstra (Ned) Mpl Specialized Mtb Team0:11:47
73Christopher Platt (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team0:11:55
74Manfred Zöger (Aut)0:11:58
75Olivier Bruwiere (Bel)0:12:03
76Cameron Ivory (Aus)0:12:09
77Erik Groen (Ned) Feenstra Stevens Bike Team0:12:33
78Pieterjan Kindermans (Bel)0:12:47
79Adria Noguera Soldevila (Spa)0:13:20
80Frantisek Lami (Svk)0:13:28
81Stefan Peter (Swi) Mtb Kader ZentralschweizRow 80 - Cell 2
82Anton Liyubuy (Ukr)0:13:44
83Pieter Geluykens (Bel) Merida Wallonie Mountain Bike Team0:13:56
84Hamza Kansiz (Tur) Salcano Factory Team0:13:57
85Rok Korosec (Slo)0:14:32
86Ronny Koller (Swi)0:14:41
87Tobias Reiser (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team0:15:18
88Alexey Krylov (Rus)0:15:26
89Borys Goral (Pol) Superior Mtb Energy Team0:15:47
90Quentin Winandy (Bel) Merida Wallonie Mountain Bike Team0:17:10
91Isak Unal (Tur)0:18:31
-1 lapKarol Michalski (Pol) Superior Mtb Energy TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
-1lapBayram Eroglu (Tur)Row 92 - Cell 2
-1lapYusuf Cabik (Tur) Salcano Factory TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
-1lapSebastian Jayne (Aus)Row 94 - Cell 2
-1lapAlexander Meyland (Aus)Row 95 - Cell 2
DNFJens Schuermans (Bel) Versluys TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFGregor Raggl (Aut)Row 97 - Cell 2
DNFIvan Smirnov (Rus) Team ProtekRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFMiguel Londono Naranjo (Col) Giant Italia TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFDaniele Braidot (Ita)Row 100 - Cell 2
DNFTruls Engen Korsaeth (Nor)Row 101 - Cell 2
DNFOle Hem (Nor) Team United BakeriesRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFKacper Urbanowicz (Pol) Superior Mtb Energy TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFRoger Walder (Swi) Scott - Swisspower Mtb Racing TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFMaxime Urruty (Fra) Bikepark.Ch ScottRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFJeff Luyten (Bel) Versluys TeamRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFSascha Bleher (Ger)Row 107 - Cell 2
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U23 Men standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Alexander Gehbauer (Aut)160pts
2Ondrej Cink (Cze) Merida Biking Team130Row 1 - Cell 3
3Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) Tx Active Bianchi120Row 2 - Cell 3
4Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus Mig Team87Row 3 - Cell 3
5Ruben Scheire (Bel) Bh - Sr Suntour - Peisey Vallandry70Row 4 - Cell 3
6Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team70Row 5 - Cell 3
7Julian Schelb (Ger)60Row 6 - Cell 3
8James Reid (RSA)50Row 7 - Cell 3
9Nicholas Pettina (Ita)50Row 8 - Cell 3
10Christian Pfäffle (Ger)31Row 9 - Cell 3
11Jeff Luyten (Bel) Versluys Team27Row 10 - Cell 3
12Marek Rauchfuss (Cze) S&H Superior Mtb Team26Row 11 - Cell 3
13Jordan Sarrou (Fra) Lapierre International25Row 12 - Cell 3
14Daniele Braidot (Ita)24Row 13 - Cell 3
15Hugo Drechou (Fra) Team Newcycling23Row 14 - Cell 3
16Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) Euroone-Waberer's Mtb Team22Row 15 - Cell 3
17Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team22Row 16 - Cell 3
18Rourke Croeser (RSA) Orange Monkey-Cannondale21Row 17 - Cell 3
19Marvin Gruget (Fra)20Row 18 - Cell 3
20Gregor Raggl (Aut)18Row 19 - Cell 3
21Olof Jonsson (Swe)14Row 20 - Cell 3
22Maxime Urruty (Fra) Bikepark.Ch Scott14Row 21 - Cell 3
23Kenta Gallagher (GBr)12Row 22 - Cell 3
24Roger Walder (Swi) Scott - Swisspower Mtb Racing Team10Row 23 - Cell 3
25Jonas De Backer (Bel)9Row 24 - Cell 3
26Didier Bats (Bel)8Row 25 - Cell 3
27Martin Gluth (Ger)8Row 26 - Cell 3
28Pablo Rodriguez Guede (Spa)7Row 27 - Cell 3
29Grant Ferguson (GBr)6Row 28 - Cell 3
30Sebastian Batchelor (GBr)5Row 29 - Cell 3
31Russell Finsterwald (USA) Subaru - Trek4Row 30 - Cell 3
32Luke Roberts (RSA)4Row 31 - Cell 3
33Luca Braidot (Ita)3Row 32 - Cell 3
34Dmytro Titarenko (Ukr) Isd Mtb Team2Row 33 - Cell 3
35Pavel Priadein (Rus)2Row 34 - Cell 3
36Julien Trarieux (Fra) Gt Skoda Chamonix2Row 35 - Cell 3


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