Posted by Editoress on 06/30/12
The men's field is about to start in downtown Windam. They will ride ~1 km on pavement leading up to the beginning of a gravel road that will take them up and up for 3 km to the top of the climb, whre they will go down and down to the finish line wehre they start to climb again.
They will do 6 laps.
Lots of Canadians today: Max Plaxton (Specialized), Geoff Kabush (SCOTT-3RoxRacing), Derek Zandstra (SCOTT-3RoxRacing), Raphael Gagne (Rocky Mountain Factory), Adam Morka (Trek Canada), Kris Sneddon (Kona), Peter Glassford (Trek Canada), Cameron Jette (SCOTT-3RoxRacing)
Ralph Naef (Multivan Merida Biking Team) will not start after a bad crash in training yesterday.
See the preview for course description
Fabian Giger (Rabobank Giant Offroad Team) leading as they head up the gravel road, but it is a long long line strung out behind.
It is going to take a while to sort out the weaker from stronger riders.
1/2 way: A small group starting to pull away at the front: Manuel Fumic (Cannondale Factory Racing), Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing), Florian Vogel (Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team), Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing), Rudi Van Houts (Multivan Merida Biking Team), Burry Stander (Specialized Racing) at 3 sec
José Hermida (Multivan Merida Biking Team), Fabian Giger (Rabobank Giant Offroad Team), Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing), Lukas Flückiger (Trek World Racing) 7 sec
14th Geoff Kabush (SCOTT-3RoxRacing) at 20 sec
21st Max Plaxton (Specialized) at 31 sec
Lap 2 2:18 pm
Heading out to the second lap, still a big bunch at the front
Vogel, Fumic, Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing), Kulhavy, Stander, Rudi Van Houts (Multivan Merida Biking Team), Hermida, Giger, Fontana and Lukas Flückiger (Trek World Racing)
Then another bunch at 16 seconds: Martin Gujan (Cannondale Factory Racing), Mathias Flückiger (Trek World Racing), Stéphane Tempier (TX Active Bianchi)
Kabush 14th at 22 sec. Plaxton 15th at 30 sec
Fumic leading Stander by 6 seconds. Hermida, Fontana and Mantacon at 9 sec
Fumic flats and loses lead
Kulhavy drops out
1/2 way round and Stander leading Fontana. Mantecon at 6 sec
Vogel alone at 34 sec
Giger, Flückiger brothers, & van Houts at 56 sec
9th are Todd Wells, Geoff Kabush and Plaxton at 1:08 w. Schultz right behind
Hermida has lost a pedal, - he has to get to tech zone partway up climb .. is climbing with one leg and then runs to tech zone
2:49 pm Stander , Fontana and Mantecon leading. 4th Vogel and L Flückiger at 39 sec.
6th M Flückiger at 44 sec. 7th van Houts 8th at 1 min
9th Wells and Plaxton at 1:06
11th Schultz at 1:08
12th Kabush 1:12
1/2 way reoud: Stander and Fontana have gapped Mantecon by 1 sec. 4/5 Vogel and M Flückiger at 48 sec.
6/7 Giger and Wells at 48 sec
Plaxton 8th at 50 sec
Schultz 9th at 59 sec
Kabush 10th at 1:12
2 to go 3:03 pm
Stander and Fontana still battling it out at the front as they head out on Lap 5. Mantecon 3rd at 1 sec
Wells now 4th at 33 sec. Vogel 5th at 37 sec, Mathias Flückiger 6th at 38 sec, Giger 7th at 45 sec and Plaxton 8th at 46
Schultz 9th at 53 sec, Kabush 10th at 1 min
Raphael Gagne (Rocky Mountain Factory) 28th
Three leaders still together on the climb
3 chasers: Wells, Vogel and Flückiger with Plaxton closing in
1/2 way round and Stander is alone. Mantecon at 8 sec. Fontana at 18 sec, Wells 4th at 34, Mathias Flückiger 5th at 35 sec, Vogel 6th at 36 sec, Plaxton 6th at 54 sec, Kabush 8th at 1:13, Milatz 9th at 1:19 and Schultz 10th at 1:25
Last lap - 3:22 pm
Stander goes through to start the final lap with a gap of 4 sec on Mantecon. Fontana at 27 sec. Wells 4th at 32 sec. Mathias Flückiger 5th at 35 sec, Vogel 6th at 35 sec, Plaxton 7th at 57 sec. Kabush 8th at 1:16. Milatz 9th at 1:25 and Schultz 10th at 1:33
1/2 way 3:31 pm
Stander, Mantecon at 22 sec, Fontana at 47 sec, Wells and Mathias Flückiger at 52 sec. Vogel at 1:09, Plaxton 7th at 1:26, Kabush 8th at 1:42
1 Burry Stander (Specialized Racing), 1:38:09
2 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing), at 0:17
3 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing), 0:31
4 Todd Wells (Specialized Racing), 0:34
5 Mathias Flückiger (Trek World Racing), 0:49
6 Florian Vogel (Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team), 1:08
7 Max Plaxton (Specialized), 1:22
8 Geoff Kabush (SCOTT-3RoxRacing), 1:27
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