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August 10/13 14:04 pm - Mont-Sainte-Anne: Elite Men XC Updates

Posted by Editoress on 08/10/13

Men are on course for 7 laps


The weather is holding, cloudy with sunny perieds but no rain


It is a small field of just 54 men, with many of the European riders chosing not to make the trip over.


See out preview for course descriptions and more


Lap 1

Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing XC) went to the front and leads Schurter on the climb.  But it is along long line of riders up the climb with again the riders at the back having to deal with the bunch up on the corners


Derek Zandstra (Scott-3RoxRacing) has had a mechanical and now sits dead last


2:10pm ET

1/2 way round and Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing Xc) leads Nino Schurter (Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team) leading Julien Absalon (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team) by 15s, Florian Vogel (Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team) 16s, Martin Gujan (TX Active Bianchi) s.t.


Max Plaxton (Team Sho-Air/Cannondale) sitting 17th at 40s back, Geoff Kabush (Scott-3RoxRacing) 20th at 45s



Lap 2

2:10 pm ET

Heading out onto the second lap and it is a group of 3 at the front:  Kulhavy, Absalon and Schurter

Ondrej Cink (Multivan Merida Biking Team) 4th at 15s with Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing)Martin Gujan (TX Active Bianchi)  Florian Vogel (Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team)



Schurter and Absalon have dropped Kulhavy as they ride over the rocks


Schurter is putting the pressure on Absalon ... opening a small gap through the feedzone


1/2 way round lap 2

Absalon and Schurter

Kulhavy  3rd at 8s and Cink 4th at 12s,

Plaxton 15th at 45s back


Lap 3 start 2:26

Absalon leading with Schurter at 1s

Kulhavy 3rd at 10s with Cink on his wheel

Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing) 4th at 11s

José Hermida (Multivan Merida Biking Team) 5th at 26s


Plaxton 14th at 40s

21 Kabush 1:05

31 Raph Gagne 1:50

36 Cam Jette 2:18


1/2 way round (2:32)

Absalon and Schurter still leading

Ondrej Cink (Multivan Merida Biking Team) and Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing) 3rd at 39s

José Hermida (Multivan Merida Biking Team) 5th at 42s

Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing Xc) 6th at 43s

Max Plaxton 13th at 1:01

Kabush 21st at 1:45


Lap 4/7 start


Absalon leads Schurter across

José Hermida (Multivan Merida Biking Team) who won the 2010 World Champs on this course is now 3rd with teammate Conk on his wheel

Kulhavy 5th at 51s and Fontana is on his wheel

Plaxton 13th at 1:03

Kabush 21st at 2:01


Up the climb, Absalon has attacked and as they pass over the rocks, the gap is approaching 10s


Schurter has had a mechanical, and stops to get a wheel change, but the gap is getting wider all teh time


1/2 way point and the gap is  57s.  Cink now 3rd at 1:07, Hermida s.t.

5 Fontatana 1:08

6 Stéphane Tempier (BH - SR Suntour - KMC) 1:14

7 Fabian Giger (Giant Pro XC Team)  1:19

10 Plaxton 1:29


Lap 5/7 start  2:50 pm ET

Absalon heads out on the 3rd last lap and the gap to Schurter has widened to 1:17

Hermida now at 1:18

4 Cink at s.t.

5 Fontana 1:19

Plaxton is up to 8th at 1:49, but there is a group of 5 at 1:50


1/2 way round 2:57 pm ET

Absalon leading with Hermida now into 2nd spot.  Schurter on his wheel and they are at 1:27 back

4 Tempier at 1:33

5 Fontana 1:34

6 Cink  1:34

7 Giger  1:44

8 Ralph Naf (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team) 1:47

9 Plaxton 1:50


Lap 6   3:02pm

Absalon sets out on the 2nd last lap

Hermida and Schurter are at 1:32

4 Stéphane Tempier (BH - SR Suntour - KMC) 1:50

5 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing) 1:51

6 Ondrej Cink (Multivan Merida Biking Team)   s.t.


9 Max Plaxton, 2:12

17 Geoff Kabush (Scott-3RoxRacing) 3:18


1/2 way round  3:09 pm ET

Absalon looking comfortable in the lead with with Schurter and Hermida battling oit out for 2nd place at 1"47 back

Naf 4th at 2min

Fontana 5th at 2:08

Giger 6th at 2:09

McConnel now 9th at 2:22

Plaxton 10th at 2:26


Kabush 16th at 3:35



Last lap  3:15 pm

Absalon sets out on the last lap with a gap of  1:41 on Hermida and Schurter

4 Naf at 1:59

5 Giger at 2:22

6 Tempier at 2:22

7 Fontana s.t.

8 McConnel 2:23

9 Plaxton 2:25


16 Kabush


3:21 pm

Up the climb and Hermida has opened a gap to Schurter


3:23 pm

Absalon starts the final 1/2 lap


Hermida in 2nd at 1:17

Schurter 3rd at 1:36

Naf 4th at  1:57

McConnel 5th at 2:15

Giger 6th at 2:23


Plaxton 9th at 2:33

Kabush 15th



1 Julien Absalon (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team), 1:28:17

2 José Hermida (Multivan Merida Biking Team) at 1:04

3 Nino Schurter (Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team) 1:40

4 Ralph Naef (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team)  1:49

6 Daniel McConnell (Trek Factory Racing) 1:59




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