Stander victorious in Windham World Cup

The men's cross country at round six of the UCI World Cup in Windham, New York, became a case of the last man standing taking the win. A combination of heat and technical problems decimated the field, with Burry Stander (Specialized) taking only the second World Cup win of his career.

Extreme heat, plus a dry and dusty course with lots of climbing, made for hard conditions. Riders had to drink constantly, and avoid going out too hard, too early if they didn't want to "blow up".

In the men's race, a small group of favourites took the lead in the early laps of the six-lap race, including Stander, Manuel Fumic (Cannondale Factory), Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized), Florian Vogel (Scott - Swisspower), Sergio Mantecon (Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing), Rudi Van Houts (Multivan Merida), José Hermida (Multivan Merida), Fabian Giger (Rabobank Giant) and Marco Fontana (Cannondale Factory).

Gradually, riders fell off the pace, either through mechanical problems (Fumic and Hermida), or because they were unable to handle the heat. World champion Kulhavy, who with a first or second place could take the World Cup lead from the absent Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower), just disappeared part way through one lap, and even his team didn't know where he went. he eventually Tweeted that he had been feeling sick before the start and was suffering from diarrhea.

It came down to three riders: Stander, Mantecon and Fontana, and then Stander upped the pace with a lap and a half to go, steadily increasing his lead on Mantecon, with Fontana holding onto third. The three finished in this order, with Stander taking his first World Cup win since 2009.

"I have always done well on this course and always been in the lead group," said Stander, "but then had problems at the end. This is a course where it is easy to crash, because it's very high speed. Easy to push too hard and get a flat tire. Today I just decided to ride my own speed and not worry about anyone else, just ride controlled. I made sure at the top of the climb that I went into the singletrack first and I could control the speed on the way down, not taking any chances. Then, yah, toward the end, I knew with the endurance coming into play and the heat it would be good for me."

American champion Todd Wells (Specialized), after struggling for much of the season after a crash prior to the opening round of the World Cup back in March, is finally seeing his form come around. He worked his way up through the field to finish fourth, with Mathias Fluckiger (Trek World Racing) taking fifth.

The absent Nino Schurter (Scott Swisspower) retained his lead in the standings, by a slim 12 points over Stander, with Jaroslav Kulhavy a distant third.

Race Notes

- Adam Craig (Rabobank Giant) rode the race on a singlespeed, finishing 37th, and getting a lot of support from the crowd. "As I wind down my World Cup career, I have a checklist of things I'd like to do, and this is one of them," he said. Craig is a former Singlespeed World Champion.

Full results

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Elite men
1Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing1:38:09
2Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing0:00:17
3Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing0:00:31
4Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing0:00:34
5Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing0:00:49
6Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team0:01:08
7Max Plaxton (Can)0:01:22
8Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Roxracing0:01:27
9Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:01:36
10Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek0:01:39
11Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing0:01:49
12Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry0:02:40
13Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:02:48
14Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour0:02:57
15Philip Buys (RSA)0:03:12
16Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing0:03:28
17Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing0:04:12
18Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:04:15
19Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Cannondale Factory RacingRow 18 - Cell 2
20Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:05:12
21Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing0:05:26
22Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing0:05:27
23Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank Giant Offroad TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:05:40
26Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized0:05:50
27José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:05:55
28Martin Loo (Est) Hard Rock Canossa Merida0:06:03
29Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru - Trek0:06:07
30Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:06:17
31Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Jérémy Huguenin (Swi) Giant Swiss Sr - Suntour0:06:40
33Raphael Gagne (Can)0:06:52
34Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea Racing Team0:07:03
35Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc)0:07:10
36Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Roxracing0:07:16
37Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:07:51
38David Fletcher (GBr) Orange Monkey-Cannondale0:07:56
39Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing0:07:57
42Adam Morka (Can)0:08:12
43Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi0:08:31
44Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team0:08:47
45Hector Riveros (Col)0:08:51
46Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:09:05
47Matthys Beukes (RSA)0:09:47
48Rotem Ishai (Isr)0:10:06
49Mitchell Hoke (USA)0:10:08
50Alex Grant (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing0:10:10
51Peter Glassford (Can)0:11:06
52Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:12:40
53Rubens Valeriano (Bra)0:12:45
54Ignacio Torres (Mex)0:13:15
55Fabien Canal (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:14:27
56Michael Broderick (USA)0:15:13
57Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona-1lap
58Andrew Watson (Can)-1lap
59Justin Lindine (USA)-1lap
60Luciano Caraccioli (Arg)-1lap
61Daniel Eymann (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team-1lap
62Pete Ostroski (USA)-1lap
63Andras Parti (Hun)-1lap
64Dave Henderson (GBr)-2laps
65Nathan Guerra (USA)-2laps
66Lee Williams (GBr)-2laps
67Thomas Sampson (USA)-2laps
68Cameron Jette (Can) Scott-3Roxracing-3laps
69Sid Taberlay (Aus)-3laps
70Besik Gavasheli (Geo)-4laps
71Filippo Barbieri (Bra)-4laps
DNFManuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory RacingRow 71 - Cell 2
DNFJaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized RacingRow 72 - Cell 2
DNFMarcos Escarcega (Mex)Row 73 - Cell 2
DNFTroy Wells (USA)Row 74 - Cell 2
DNFStephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Mountainbike Racing TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
DNFSeverin Disch (Swi) Thoemus Racing TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
DNFAndy Eyring (Ger)Row 77 - Cell 2
DNFDaniel McConnell (Aus)Row 78 - Cell 2
DNFRalph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
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1Specialized Racing85pts
2Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing64Row 1 - Cell 3
3Cannondale Factory Racing44Row 2 - Cell 3
4Trek World Racing42Row 3 - Cell 3
5Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team26Row 4 - Cell 3
6Scott-3Roxracing23Row 5 - Cell 3
7Subaru - Trek23Row 6 - Cell 3
8Multivan Merida Biking Team23Row 7 - Cell 3
9Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team22Row 8 - Cell 3
10BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry19Row 9 - Cell 3