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Schurter wins last World Cup of the season

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Moritz Milatz (BMC) upon starting the Val d'Isere World Cup

Moritz Milatz (BMC) upon starting the Val d'Isere World Cup (Image credit: Armin M. Küstenbrück)
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Nino Schurter (Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team) wins the World Cup in Val d'Isere, France

Nino Schurter (Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team) wins the World Cup in Val d'Isere, France (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Lukas Flueckiger (Trek World Racing) had a great race in Val d'Isere, France

Lukas Flueckiger (Trek World Racing) had a great race in Val d'Isere, France (Image credit: Trek World Racing)
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Lukas Flueckiger (Trek World Racing) on his way to a career best World Cup finish

Lukas Flueckiger (Trek World Racing) on his way to a career best World Cup finish (Image credit: Trek World Racing)
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Marco Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing) spent some time at the front

Marco Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing) spent some time at the front (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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The race winning bike of Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower)

The race winning bike of Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) (Image credit: Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing)
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Final elite men's XC World Cup podium: Marco Fontana, Burry Stander, Nino Schurter, Jaroslav Kulhavy, Jose Hermida

Final elite men's XC World Cup podium: Marco Fontana, Burry Stander, Nino Schurter, Jaroslav Kulhavy, Jose Hermida (Image credit: Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing)
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Bubbly time for Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower)

Bubbly time for Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) (Image credit: Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing)
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Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) poses with his bike after winning

Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) poses with his bike after winning (Image credit: Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing)
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Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) in action

Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) in action (Image credit: Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing)
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Lukas Flückiger (Trek World Racing) had a great day and rode into second place

Lukas Flückiger (Trek World Racing) had a great day and rode into second place (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Roxracing)

Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Roxracing) (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Nino Schurter (Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team)

Nino Schurter (Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team) (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Mathias Flückiger (Trek World Racing) broke his chain

Mathias Flückiger (Trek World Racing) broke his chain (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Adam Craig (Rabobank Giant Offroad Team) is calling time on World Cup racing. In Val d'Isere, he was the top North American finisher

Adam Craig (Rabobank Giant Offroad Team) is calling time on World Cup racing. In Val d'Isere, he was the top North American finisher (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Florian Vogel (Scott-Swisspower)

Florian Vogel (Scott-Swisspower) (Image credit: Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing)
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Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) solos toward victory

Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) solos toward victory (Image credit: Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing)
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Florian Vogel (Scott-Swisspower MTB)

Florian Vogel (Scott-Swisspower MTB) (Image credit: Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing)
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Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower)

Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) (Image credit: Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing)
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Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) rolls down a bridge

Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) rolls down a bridge (Image credit: Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing)
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Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower)

Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) (Image credit: Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing)
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Florian Vogel (Scott-Swisspower MTB)

Florian Vogel (Scott-Swisspower MTB) (Image credit: Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing)
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Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) leads Marco Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing)

Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) leads Marco Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing) (Image credit: Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing)
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Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) takes the win in Val d'Isere

Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) takes the win in Val d'Isere (Image credit: Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing)
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Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower)

Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) (Image credit: Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing)
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Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) wins the Val d'Isere World Cup and the overall title

Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) wins the Val d'Isere World Cup and the overall title (Image credit: Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing)
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Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) triumps in Val d'Isere

Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) triumps in Val d'Isere (Image credit: Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing)
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Florian Vogel (Scott-Swisspower MTB)

Florian Vogel (Scott-Swisspower MTB) (Image credit: Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing)
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The elite men's cross country Val d'Isere World Cup podium: Manuel Fumic (Cannondale), Lukas Flueckiger (Trek World Racing), Nino Schurter (Scott Swisspower), Marco Fontana (Cannondale), Jose Hermida (Mulitvan Merida)

The elite men's cross country Val d'Isere World Cup podium: Manuel Fumic (Cannondale), Lukas Flueckiger (Trek World Racing), Nino Schurter (Scott Swisspower), Marco Fontana (Cannondale), Jose Hermida (Mulitvan Merida) (Image credit: Tour of Japan)

In the final round of the UCI cross country World Cup in Val d'Isere, France, Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) earned his fourth win of the season, as many riders put the final touches on their form for the Olympic Games coming up in two weeks. Schurter took his second World Cup series title with his victory.

Schurter, who skipped the previous round in Windham, New York, for Olympic preparation, showed that his form is better than ever by leading the men's race from start to finish. The newly titled national Swiss champion rocketed off the front of the field on the first lap, opening up a gap on a chase group containing teammate Florian Vogel, Marco Fontana (Cannondale), Ralf Naef (Multivan-Merida), Sergio Gutierrez (Wildwolf-Trek), Windham winner Burry Stander (Specialized) and Julien Absalon (Orbea).

Vogel and Fontana steadily began to gain ground on Schurter, while the others fell back, with Absalon struggling in particular in the muddy conditions, eventually pulling into the pit to change tires and then abandoning.

Fontana and Vogel bridged up to Schurter by mid-race, but Vogel was gapped after crashing and never regained the leaders.   Lukas Flückiger (Trek World Racing) moved forward into third and Fontana's teammate Manuel Fumic into fourth as others faded from the intense pace. On the final lap, Schurter attacked again to solo in for victory, while Flückiger caught the fading Fontana for second.

"My tactic today was to start really fast," said Schurter, "Because Burry always has problems at the beginning of the race when it's really fast, as does Absalon. So I decided to start very fast and that strategy was quite good. Neither Burry nor Absalon were in the leading group after the first lap. It was a perfect race for me. With Marco (Fontana) and Flo (Florian Vogel) together, we were a strong group in the lead."

"It is awesome for me to win the World Cup in an Olympic year," said Schurter. " It gives me a good feeling now for the upcoming Olympic Games. It was not my biggest target to win the World Cup, but now I am super happy; it is a bit of a surprise for me."

Schurter finishes the season with 1200 points to Stander's 1058, with defending champion Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) third at 865 points.

Looking ahead to the Olympic race in two weeks, for which Schurter is the obvious favorite by virtue of recent race performances, he said, "The Olympics will be different than here. It was a hard race here because of the altitude. The Olympics will be a much faster race, and I hope I can perform as well as here."

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team1:34:03
2Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing0:00:13
3Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing0:00:33
4Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing0:01:17
5José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:01:22
6Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team0:01:49
7Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing0:02:16
8Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:02:28
9Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi0:02:54
10Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing0:03:08
11Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:03:37
12Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry0:04:05
13Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing0:05:11
14Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing0:05:12
15Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing0:05:20
16Marek Konwa* (Pol) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team0:05:21
17Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized0:05:23
18Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:05:43
19Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team0:05:52
20Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:06:02
21Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour0:06:05
22Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:06:22
23Michal Lami (Svk)0:06:57
24Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing0:06:58
25Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea Racing Team
26Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:07:08
27Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:07:15
28Martin Loo (Est) Hard Rock Canossa Merida0:07:29
29Periklis Ilias (Gre) Team Protek0:07:51
30Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team
31Martino Fruet (Ita)0:07:52
32Jiri Novak (Cze)0:07:53
33Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:08:19
34Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:08:23
35Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek0:08:24
36Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)0:08:34
37Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop0:08:35
38Philip Buys (RSA)
39Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Roxracing0:08:53
40Daniel Mcconnell (Aus)0:09:05
41Andy Eyring (Ger)0:09:08
42Fabien Canal (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:09:34
43Andras Parti (Hun) Euroone-Waberer's-Cube MTB Team0:09:51
44Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc)0:10:13
45Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team0:10:17
46Alexis Chenevier (Fra) Scott Les Saisies0:10:23
47Jürg Graf (Swi) Bskgraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team0:10:32
48Jiri Friedl (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized0:10:43
49Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing0:11:19
50Lukas Sablik (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized0:11:26
51Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Versluys Team0:11:31
52Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing0:11:40
53Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:11:52
54Piotr Brzozka (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team0:12:01
55Umberto Corti (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.0:12:07
56Jérémy Huguenin (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour0:12:19
57David Fletcher (GBr) Orange Monkey-Cannondale0:12:34
58Jan Jobanek (Cze) Merida Biking Team0:13:14
59Giancarlo Sax (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team0:14:22
-1lapHans Becking (Ned) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team
-1lapRamon Sagues Portabella (Spa)
-1lapFilip Eberl (Cze)
-1lapGareth Montgomerie (GBr)
-1lapPascal Meyer (Swi) Jb Felt Team
-1lapGiuseppe Lamastra (Ita)
-1lapPierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Lapierre International
-1lapWolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team
-1lapPatrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team
-1lapFlorian Thie (Swi)
-1lapRuben Almeida (Por)
-1lapJonas Baumann (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team
-1lapDavid Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por)
-2lapsDaniel Eymann (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team
-2lapsShlomi Haimy (Isr) Focus MIG Team
-2lapsPaul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team
-2lapsRafal Hebisz (Pol)
-2lapsMarios Athanasiadis (Cyp)
-2lapsMichael Broderick (USA)
-2lapsDave Henderson (GBr)
-2lapsSepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team
-2lapsSang Hoon Na (Kor)
-3lapsSeiya Hirano (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team
-3lapsTiago Jorge Oliveira Ferreira (Por) Bi&Esse - Infotre Protek
-3lapsRobby De Bock (Bel)
-4lapsJohn Whittington (GBr)
DNFJulien Absalon (Fra) Orbea Racing Team
DNFMichele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec
DNFRuben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea Racing Team
DNFIsmael Ventura Sanchez (Spa)
DNFRobert Wardell (GBr)
DNFMatous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team
DNFKornel Osicki (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team
DNFMathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing
DNSLiam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team
DNSIvan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Elettroveneta - Corratec
DNSPeter Glassford (Can)
DNSThomas Christian Bonne (Den)

Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cannondale Factory Racing69pts
2Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team67
3Multivan Merida Biking Team62
4Specialized Racing59
5Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing37
6Trek World Racing35
7Rabobank Giant Offroad Team34
8TX Active Bianchi22
9BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry19
10Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team15
11Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized14
12GT Skoda Chamonix13
13Versluys Team12
14Giant Swiss SR - Suntour10
15Orbea Racing Team6
16Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team4
17Hard Rock Canossa Merida3
18Team Protek2

Elite men individual Final World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team1200pts
2Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing1058
3Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing865
4Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing830
5José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team797
6Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team760
7Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing715
8Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing697
9Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team660
10Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing657
11Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea Racing Team650
12Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team595
13Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry562
14Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing543
15Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi529
16Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing506
17Max Plaxton (Can)472
18Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing456
19Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing450
20Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team430
21Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Roxracing405
22Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team394
23Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team383
24Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team380
25Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek359
26Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team336
27Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra)331
28Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing306
29Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour304
30Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team304
31Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing295
32Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team258
33Daniel Mcconnell (Aus)248
34Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing247
35Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team243
36Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized230
37Marek Konwa* (Pol) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team217
38Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea Racing Team216
39Henk Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team199
40Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix193
41Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Elettroveneta - Corratec190
42Fabien Canal (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix188
43Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team173
44Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team162
45Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing158
46Martin Loo (Est) Hard Rock Canossa Merida150
47Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Roxracing144
48Martino Fruet (Ita)142
49Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team137
50Philip Buys (RSA)136
51Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec135
52Jiri Novak (Cze)133
53Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team121
54Jürg Graf (Swi) Bskgraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team119
55Tony Longo (Ita) TX Active Bianchi111
56Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team111
57Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Lapierre International105
58Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team105
59Raphael Gagne (Can)104
60Jérémy Huguenin (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour102
61Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop102
62Sven Nys (Bel)100
63Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru - Trek88
64Andras Parti (Hun) Euroone-Waberer's-Cube MTB Team88
65Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team86
66Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team84
67David Fletcher (GBr) Orange Monkey-Cannondale81
68Periklis Ilias (Gre) Team Protek75
69Michal Lami (Svk)70
70Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team68
71Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)68
72Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea Racing Team67
73Piotr Brzozka (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team65
74Umberto Corti (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.61
75Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc)60
76Lukas Sablik (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized60
77Severin Disch (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team56
78Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team56
79Andy Eyring (Ger)54
80Adam Morka (Can)48
81Andrew Watson (Can)46
82Lachlan Norris (Aus) Giant Factory Off-Road Team41
83Alexis Chenevier (Fra) Scott Les Saisies41
84Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team37
85Mitchell Hoke (USA)36
86Michael Broderick (USA)32
87Peter Glassford (Can)31
88Robert Mennen (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team30
89Alex Grant (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing29
90Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team29
91Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Versluys Team27
92Neal Kindree (Can)26
93Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona24
94Patrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team24
95Hector Riveros (Col)23
96Cameron Jette (Can) Scott-3Roxracing23
97Matthys Beukes (RSA)21
98Jiri Friedl (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized20
99Rotem Ishai (Isr)20
100Kristian Hynek (Cze)20
101Daniel Eymann (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team18
102Paul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team16
103Rubens Valeriano (Bra)15
104Matthew Hadley (Can)15
105Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) Isd MTB Team15
106Ignacio Torres (Mex)14
107Pete Ostroski (USA)13
108Ruben Almeida (Por)13
109Sid Taberlay (Aus)12
110Hannes Metzler (Aut)12
111Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona11
112Kevin Pauwels (Bel)11
113Jan Jobanek (Cze) Merida Biking Team10
114Craig Richey (Can)10
115David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por)10
116Giancarlo Sax (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team9
117Justin Lindine (USA)9
118Marc Bassingthwaighte (Nam)9
119Hans Becking (Ned) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team8
120Luciano Caraccioli (Arg)8
121Dave Henderson (GBr)8

Teams Final World Cup Standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Specialized Racing504pts
2Cannondale Factory Racing413
3Multivan Merida Biking Team380
4Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team352
5Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing244
6Trek World Racing214
7Rabobank Giant Offroad Team201
8Orbea Racing Team140
9BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry114
10TX Active Bianchi96
11Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team81
12Scott-3Roxracing73
13Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team67
14Subaru - Trek45
15Giant Swiss SR - Suntour42
16Giant Factory Off-Road Team31
17Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized27
18GT Skoda Chamonix27
19Elettroveneta - Corratec24
20Topeak Ergon Racing Team23
21Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team18
22Versluys Team12
23Thoemus Racing Team6
24Lapierre International6
25Hard Rock Canossa Merida6
26S&H Superior MTB Team5
27Team Protek2
28Euroone-Waberer's-Cube MTB Team1

 

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