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June 6/08 6:51 am - Fort William World Cup: 4X report, full results and photos

Posted by Editoress on 06/6/08

Fort William World Cup Fort William, Scotland

Coverage brought to you with the assistance of Velirium


The third round of the 4-cross Mountain Bike World Cup got underway this evening under a most un-Scottish sunny sky. Fort William has a seven year tradition of top-notch racing, however, great weather is NOT one of the attributes which springs to mind when regulars think of 'Fort Bill'. A steady breeze even kept the biting midge flies away during the race.

The competition saw two newcomers move to the top step of the podium - former world champion Jana Horakova (Suzuki-RB) took her first ever World Cup win in the women's race, while Jared Graves (Yeti-Fox) won only the second World Cup of his career, and the first since 2005. The World Cup leaders stayed the same - Guido Tschugg (Fusion) for the men and Anneke Beerten (MS-Intense) for the women.

The course was almost unchanged from last year's world championships, with lots of bumps, fast berms , and the possibility to pass even on the lower parts of the run. The course is more 'BMX-like' than many, which may help explain the appearance of both Graves and Michal Prokop (Author) in the final. Both have been racing BMX for the last eight months, as they - successfully - qualified for Beijing last weekend at the World Championships in China, and the eight months both say that they have had off the mountain bike appears to have made little difference to their speed.

In the men's final, there were local hopes that last week's winner Dan Atherton (Animal Commencal) could repeat his victory, as he went up against Graves, Prokop and Dutch rider Joost Wichman (Cannondale). And Atherton did battle all the way down the course, but it was with Wichman for second, which he eventually lost.

That's because Graves was well out in front from the moment the gate dropped. "It was my smoothest lap of the day," he commented. "In the others I had some contact with riders on the way down, but this one was completely clean. I had a good start, took the lead, and led it start to finish; it was clean."

Behind, Prokop went out of contention on the first corner, after his foot slipped off a pedal and (he claims) he got an elbow in the ribs from Wichman. Wichman jumped into second, Atherton challenged out of the second corner but couldn't complete the pass. Tschugg won the small final for fifth, to keep the leader's jersey, but Atherton is closing in, only 50 points behind now.

In the women's race, American Melissa Buhl (KHS) qualified first, after World Cup leader (and winner of the first two rounds) Beerten flatted and finished 14th out of 16 starters.

Beerten recovered in the heats to make it into the final with Horakova, Rachel Seydoux (Switzerland) and Buhl, but Horakova was showing through her runs that she was a force to be reckoned with tonight. After Beerten made a rare mistake in the start and dropped out of contention, it was Horakova's all the way - although, even if Beerten had had her usual strong start it might have made no difference; since the Czech rider was having a perfect night.

"I had a really good gate and took the lead, but even then I was worried about the first and third turns because they were loose and it would have been easy to crash. But this track ... I like it, because it is more BMX style."

Seydoux took seond, followed but Beerten and Buhl in fourth. Czech Romana Labounkova took the small final for the fifth and final podium spot.


1. Jana Horakova (Cze) Suzuki-Rb
2. Rachel Seydoux (Sui)
3. Anneke Beerten (Ned) MS-Intense Factory-Racing
4. Melissa Buhl (USA) KHS
5. Romana Labounkova (Cze)
6. Mio Suemasa (Jpn) MS-Intense Factory-Racing
7. Anita Molcik (Aut) 4 Elements Yeti
8. Sarsha Huntington (Aus) ---
9. Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team
10. Joanna Petterson (RSA)
11. Steffi Marth (Ger)
12. Eva Castro Fernandez (Esp)
13. Angelika Hohenwarter (Aut)
14. Diana Marggraff (Ecu)
15. Elisa Canepa (Ita) Playbiker - Iron Horse
16. Charlie Phillips (GBr)

1. Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Racing
2. Joost Wichman (Ned) Cannondale Factory Racing
3. Dan Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal
4. Michal Prokop (Cze)
5. Guido Tschugg (Ger)
6. Rafael Alvarez De Lara Lucas (Esp)
7. Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Team Ghost International
8. Cédric Gracia (Fra) Commencal - Furious - Oak
9. Filip Polc (Svk) Kenda Tomac
10. Ross Milan (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Racing
11. Tomas Slavik (Cze)
12. Mickael Deldycke (Fra)
13. Lewis Lacey (GBr)
14. Frans Sjoblom (Swe)
15. Scott Beaumont (GBr) Rocky Mountain Uk
16. Will Longden (GBr) Team Bike Radar
17. Jurg Meijer (Ned)
18. Thomas Schäfer (Ger)
19. Sascha Meyenborg (Ger)
20. Joey Van Veghel (Ned)
21. Michael Robert Haderer (USA)
22. Lee White (GBr)
22. Randal Huntington (Aus)
24. Adrian Weiss (Sui) Tomac Factory Racing
25. Kyle Strait (USA) Specialized Factory Racing
26. Lars Sternberg (USA)
27. Duncan Ferris (GBr)
28. Patrick Campbell-Jenner (GBr)
29. Rhys Willemse (Aus ) Tomac Factory Racing
30. James Norton (GBr)
31. Bernard Kerr (GBr )
32. Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycle
33. Daniel Auerswald (Ger) Ixs Sports Division Racing
34. Martin Ogden (GBr)
35. William Evans (GBr)
36. Dave Richardson (GBr)
37. Adrian Kiener (Sui)
38. Nicolas Gspan (Sui)
39. Mitchell Scarr (Aus)
40. James Wilson (GBr)
41. Ludovic Gadois (Fra)
42. Rudy Unrau (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Racing
43. Kamil Tatarkovic (Cze) Suzuki-Rb
44. Adrian Hanko (Ger) Solid Aclass Factory Team
45. Romain Saladini (Fra) Team Sunn
46. Dominik Gspan (Sui)


1. Melissa Buhl (USA) KHS48.60
2. Mio Suemasa (Jpn) MS-Intense Factory-Racing49.931.33
3. Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team50.011.41
4. Jana Horakova (Cze) Suzuki-Rb50.181.58
5. Romana Labounkova (Cze)50.421.82
6. Rachel Seydoux (Sui)50.622.02
7. Anita Molcik (Aut) 4 Elements Yeti50.812.21
8. Sarsha Huntington (Aus)53.254.65
9. Joanna Petterson (Rsa)53.324.72
10. Steffi Marth (Ger)53.584.98
11. Angelika Hohenwarter (Aut)54.345.74
12. Diana Marggraff (Ecu)54.385.78
13. Eva Castro Fernandez (Esp)54.666.06
14. Anneke Beerten (Ned) MS-Intense Factory-Racing55.026.42
15. Elisa Canepa (Ita) Playbiker - Iron Horse55.977.37
16. Charlie Phillips (GBr)1:05.12+ 16.52
1. Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Racing42.87
2. Dan Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal43.110.24
3. Jurg Meijer (Ned)43.740.87
4. Michal Prokop (Cze)43.860.99
5. R Alvarez De Lara Luca (Esp)43.921.05
6. Mickael Deldycke (Fra)43.981.11
7. Joost Wichman (Ned) Cannondale Factory Racing44.121.25
8. Cédric Gracia (Fra) Commencal - Furious - Oak44.281.41
9. Scott Beaumont (GBr) Rocky Mountain Uk44.321.45
10. Filip Polc (Svk) Kenda Tomac44.481.61
11. Guido Tschugg (Ger)44.521.65
12. Ross Milan (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Racing44.571.7
13. Thomas Schäfer (Ger)44.611.74
14. Tomas Slavik (Cze)44.821.95
15. Lewis Lacey (GBr)44.831.96
16. Will Longden (GBr) Team Bike Radar45.022.15
17. Kyle Strait (USA) Specialized Factory Racing45.222.35
18. Sascha Meyenborg (Ger)45.252.38
19. Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Team Ghost International45.562.69
20. Frans Sjoblom (Swe)46.113.24
20. Joey Van Veghel (Ned)46.113.24
22. Lars Sternberg (USA)46.153.28
23. Duncan Ferris (GBr)46.23.33
24. Michael Robert Haderer (USA)46.813.94
25. Patric Campbell-Jenner (GBr)46.823.95
26. Lee White (GBr)47.034.16
26. Randal Huntington (Aus)47.034.16
28. Rhys Willemse (Aus) Tomac Factory Racing47.264.39
29. James Norton (GBr)47.484.61
30. Bernard Kerr (GBr)47.544.67
31. Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycle47.574.7
32. Adrian Weiss (Sui) Tomac Factory Racing47.584.71
33. Daniel Auerswald (Ger) Ixs Sports Division Racing47.774.9
34. Martin Ogden (GBr)47.784.91
35. William Evans (GBr)47.915.04
36. Dave Richardson (GBr)48.025.15
37. Adrian Kiener (Sui)48.15.23
38. Nicolas Gspan (Sui)48.165.29
39. Mitchell Scarr (Aus)48.255.38
40. James Wilson (GBr)48.355.48
41. Ludovic Gadois (Fra)48.936.06
42. Rudy Unrau (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Racing49.456.58
43. Kamil Tatarkovic (Cze) Suzuki-Rb49.786.91
44. Adrian Hanko (Ger) Solid Aclass Factory Team51.38.43
45. Romain Saladini (Fra) Team Sunn52.439.56
46. Dominik Gspan (Sui)55.69+ 12.82
DNF. Lukas Mechura (Cze) Chain Reaction Cycle
DNF. Dick Taxen (Swe)
DNS. Sidney Gerber (Sui)
DNS. Lars Peyer (Sui) Suspension Center


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