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July 9/11 16:11 pm - Windham World Cup: Elite Men's report and results


Posted by Editoress on 07/9/11
 

Kulhavy Cruises To A Win in Windham
 
The men's cross-country at round five of the World Cup, in Windham, New York, was no contest - World Cup cross-country series leader Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) led from start to finish. His race was one of true dominance, with the Czech rider able to open a lead on the first climb, stretching it to 11 seconds by the end of the first lap and increasing it every lap that followed.
 
It was a truly dominating performance, affording Kulhavy the luxury of backing off on the final lap and still winning by a margin of 29 seconds over second place, as he took his third World Cup victory of the season.
 
"This course does not suit me as well as Mont Ste Anne last week," commented Kulhavy. "But I decided that I would try to take the lead on the first lap on the climb, and it worked."
 
With Kulhavy running away from the field, it became very serious business to claim that second place. By lap four there was a chase group of eight hoping to claim a podium spot. Marco Fontana (Cannondale), Nino Schurter and Florian Vogel (both Scott-Swisspower) had a small lead over Christoph Sauser (Specialized) and Maxime Marotte (BH-Suntour-Peisey Vallandry), with Burry Stander (Specialized), Jose Hermida (Multivan Merida), and Manuel Fumic (Cannondale) just a few seconds behind.
 
From this select group which includes current (Hermida) and past (Sauser) World Champions, a fight was going to be waged over the last two laps. Schurter and Stander were the first to gain a few seconds advantage, with Sauser in hot pursuit as Fontana began to fade.
 
On the last lap it was Sauser who made the initial attack, with Schurter responding as Stander and Fontana were dropped. Shortly after this move, Stander left Fontana behind. Schurter and Sauser battled hard through the final descent, with Schurter claiming second place, only one second clear of Sauser. Stander soloed in alone for fourth, 18 seconds behind third place and Marotte hung on for fifth to complete the podium.
 
Sauser was very pleased with his third place. He has not had a top three finish since 2008. This is on top of his Marathon World Championship victory in Italy in June. “It has been two amazing weeks. It was great to be able to make the switch back to cross country. I had a good race. I just couldn’t shake Nino on that last climb.”
 
Top North American was Todd Wells (Specialized) in 11th place, 3:04 behind. Wells recovered from his crash last week at Mont Sainte Anne to run a solid race. Next North American and top Canadian finisher was Geoff Kabush in 18th place at 4:18. Kabush was looking to improve on his 7th place finish last week, but mechanical issues cost him many places in the last two laps. Due to some low finishes early in the season in Europe, Kabush was starting well back from the front (25th position) and had been steadily working his way up through the field through to lap four. Then the problems happened. "I was really charging. I got up to eighth or ninth and then I had problems with the rear wheel. I had to stop and change it. I lost a bunch of time and rhythm and had to try to chase. It was a bit frustrating."
 
The second Canadian finisher was Derek Zandstra in 34th. He seemed to have a tough day, struggling on the climbs. Other Canadian finishers were Matt Hadley in 48th, Adam Morka in 52nd, Andrew Watson 58th, Peter Glassford 59th, and Eric Batty in 61st.
 
With his third win of the season Kulhavy now has 1110 points to second placed Schurter's 870. In third place in the points race is Julien Absalon, who decided not to race in North America. Even with only three races to his credit this season Absalon has 650 points. 

 

 

Elite Men, 34.38 km
1 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing 1:35:34
2 Nino Schurter (Sui) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing at 0:29
3 Christoph Sauser (Sui) Specialized Racing 0:30
4 Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing 0:48
5 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 1:14
6 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 1:24
7 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Esp) Multivan Merida Biking Team 1:33
8 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi 2:39
9 Lukas Flückiger (Sui) Trek World Racing 2:49
10 Mathias Flückiger (Sui) Trek World Racing 2:52
11 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing 3:04
12 Florian Vogel (Sui) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing 3:24
13 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 3:24
14 Thomas Litscher (Sui) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 3:36
15 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 3:45
16 Patrik Gallati (Sui) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 3:47
17 Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 4:01
18 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 4:18
19 Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 4:26
20 Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 4:30
21 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team 4:51
22 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Esp) Wildwolf - Trek Racing 4:57
23 Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 5:04
24 Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Esp) Orbea 5:10
25 Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 5:14
26 Marc Colom (Fra) Team Newcycling 5:18
27 Fabian Giger (Sui) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 5:21
28 Ralph Näf (Sui) Multivan Merida Biking Team 5:21
29 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Cannondale USA 5:37
30 Martin Fanger (Sui) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour 5:51
31 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor 6:05
32 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Esp) Giant Italia Team 6:41
33 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru - Trek 6:56
34 Derek Zandstra (Can) 3Rox Racing 7:04
35 Andras Parti (Hun) Euro One - Cube MTB Team 7:13
36 Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team 7:25
37 Pascal Meyer (Sui) Thoemus Racing Team 7:35
38 Martin Gujan (Sui) Cannondale Factory Racing 7:38
39 Severin Disch (Sui) Thoemus Racing Team 7:43
40 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 7:54
41 Oliver Beckingsale (GBr) 8:08
42 Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Lapierre International 8:49
43 Moritz Milatz (Ger) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team 9:05
44 Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 9:16
45 Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek 9:24
46 Lukas Kaufmann (Sui) 9:29
47 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Esp) Wildwolf - Trek Racing 9:42
48 Matthew Hadley (Can) XPREZO-BORSAO 9:46
49 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 10:02
50 Lachlan Norris (Aus) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 10:06
51 Rotem Ishai (Isr) 10:14
52 Adam Morka (Can) Trek Canada 10:20
53 Benjamin Wittrup Justesen (Den) 10:24
54 Michal Lami (Svk) 10:42
55 Sepp Freiburghaus (Sui) Thoemus Racing Team 10:43
56 Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team 10:51
57 Irjan Luttenberg (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team 11:04
58 Andrew Watson (Can) Norco Factory Team 11:29
59 Peter Glassford (Can) Trek Canada 11:56
60 Jiri Novak (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 12:28
61 Eric Batty (Can) Trek Canada 12:32
62 Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona 13:10
63 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 14:00
64 Pierre Lebreton (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 14:19
65 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team -1 Lap
66 José Juan Escarcega (Mex) -1 Lap
67 Cristobal Silva Ibaceta (Chi) -1 Lap
68 Justin Lindine (USA) -1 Lap
69 Seiya Hirano (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor -1 Lap
70 Troy Wells (USA) -1 Lap
71 Travis Woodruff (USA) -1 Lap
72 Michael Broderick (USA) Kenda/Seven/Notubes -1 Lap
73 Klaus Nielsen (Den) -1 Lap
74 Nicola Rohrbach (Sui) Elettroveneta - Corratec -1 Lap
75 Cameron Jette (Can) 3 Rox Racing -1 Lap
76 Ignacio Torres (Mex) Turbo Bike Team -2 Laps
77 Christian Bickel (Sui) -2 Laps
78 Marc-Andre Daigle (Can) -2 Laps
79 Leni Trudel (Can) -2 Laps
80 Emmanuel Valencia (Mex) Turbo Bike Team -2 Laps
81 Christopher Hamlin (USA) -2 Laps
82 Michael Mccalla (USA) -3 Laps
83 Alex Ryan (USA) -3 Laps

 

 


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