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April 25/10 9:25 am - World Cup Dalby: Men's XC UPDATES

Posted by Editoress on 04/25/10

The men are just about to start their 6 lap race.  They will do a  Start Loop + 6 Laps of the 6.82 km course
Total Race Distance: 2.15 km + 6 x 6.82 km = 43.07 km


A fast start with Geoff Kabush getting the holeshot in front of a field of 183


Start Loop

At the end of the start loop there is still a long, long line of riders.  Ralph Naef (Multivan Merida Biking Team) at the front as they come round


Lap 1

Across the line and heading out to Lap 1 it is Lukas Flückiger (Trek World Racing), followed by Ralph Naef (Multivan Merida Biking Team), Julien Absalon (Orbea), Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing), Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower Mtb-Racing) and Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) sitting 5th


Derek Zandstra (Canadian National Team)  35th, Matthew Hadley (Canadian National Team) 73rd


9:42 am

First time through the drop at Worry Gill,  and still a long long line of steady riders, with some small gaps beginning to appear.  Absalon and Naef appear to be opening a small gap on the next bunch



Through Worry Gill for the 2nd time, 4 riders now at the front being led by Naef, followed by Absalon then Schurter and Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Giant Italia Team), followed closely by Burry Stander (Specialized Factory Racing)


Heading to the line to start lap 2


Lap 2

5 in lead group Naef, Absalon, Schurter, Gutierrez, Fontana, Stander all cross in ~ same time. 

Stéphane Tempier (Tx Active Bianchi) 6th at 3 sec


Hermida 16th,


Sauser 22nd, Geoff Kabush 24th at 50 sec, Wells 26th at s.t.

Samuel Schultz (Subaru-Gary Fisher) 40th, Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Gary Fisher) 56th, Andrew Watson (Canadian National Team) 84th, Matthew Hadley (Canadian National Team) 87th, Cody Canning (Canadian National Team) 158th, Julien Fillion (Canadian National Team) 160th



Through Worry Gill drop, the front group now 9 riders


10:07 am

LEaders head through Worry Gill for the 2nd time and the bunch is still 9 or 10 at the front up the climb, but now on the descent and heading for the end of the lap, it is 6 being led by World Champ Nino Schurter, with Absalon on his wheel, followed by Naef,  Burry Stander bringing up the rear


Lap 3  - 41:20 elapsed time


Starting lap 3 it is still a 12 man group at teh front now: Naef goes through at the front, followed by Schurter, Absalon, Gutierrez, Fontana, Stander, Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Orbea), Manuel Fumic (Cannondale Factory Racing) Lukas Flückiger (Trek World Racing), Florian Vogel (Scott-Swisspower Mtb-Racing), Stéphane Tempier (Tx Active Bianchi)

Next bunch is a group of 4 with Kulhavy, Hermida, Lejarreta , Mathias Flückiger, at 35 seconds

Wells 19th, Kabush 29th well over 1:30 back, Schultz 31st, Sauser 37th,


10:14 am  Stander is attacking, Trying to split up the bunch and they are all flat out chasing


10:25 am

Up through Worry Gill for the 2nd time

Front group now 3 : Stander, Schurter, Absalon  with chasers  Naef, , Fontana, Fumic, Fluckiger, Gutierrez, Ruzafa at 10 sec


10:30 am

Heading to the end of the 3rd lap and the group is 6, with some of the chase group getting back on as they descend


Lap 4

As they start the 4th lap, Stander leading Abslaon, Schurter, Fontana, Gutierrez, Ruzafa.  Fluckiger and Naef at 5 sec.  Fumic 9th at 22 sec,  Vogel 10th s.t.

Wells 21st, Schultz 30th, Kabush 32nd, Zandstra 38th, JHK 48th


10:36 am

Stander still leading letting Absalon and Schurter sit on his wheel.


10:37 am

They are hitting the Worry Gill drop with Stander and Absalon still at the front, with Fontana, Gutierrez, Ruzafa starting to tail off


10:42 am

Fontana has joined the leaders


10:44 am


Climbing up through Worry Gill and the 3 leaders are clear.  Stander still leading , but starting to bobble, showing his efforts


Chase group of 5 at 10 seconds: Naef, Fontana, Gutierrez, Ruzaf and Gutierrez



10:47 am


Absalon has attacked and is dragging Stander, with Shurter trailing.


Lap 5

All back together as they hit the line to start lap 5


Stander, Absalon, Schurter

chase group:  L Fluckiger, Fontana, Gutierrez,  Naef, and Ruzafa at 24 sec

Kulhavy, Fumic  and  Vogel at 51 sec

Tempier at 1:09

Van Houts and Hermida at 1:33


Wells 19th, Schultz 28th, Kabush 33rd, Zandstra 34th



10:55 am 

Worry Gill drop with Stander leading Absalon and Shurter


Chase group is getting bigger with Fumic and ? latching onto the back



11:02 am

Climbing up through Worry Gill and the 3 leaders are together  Stander leading Schurter and absalon.  Gap to chasers (5) is growing now 35 sec


11:05 am


Stander at the front putting the pressure on.  Schurter on his wheel and Absalon tailing off a bit


Last Lap


Stander, Schurter, Absalon.


Chase group (Fumic, Naef, Ruzafa, Kulhavy, Fluckiger, Fontana) at 35 sec with Gutierrez 10th at 44 sec


Hermida 11th, Wells 19th, Sauser 23rd,Schultz 29th, Kabush 31st, Zandstra 34th


11:12 am

Absalon has moved to the front as they hit the singletack at the back of the course and is applying some pressure.  They still have to hit the big climb


11:14 am

Through the drop at Worry Gill and Absalon leading Schurter with Stander trailing off at 3 sec back


11:21 am


Climbing up through Worry Gill and it appears as though the climb up the back of the course has Absalon and Schurter have dropped Stander and he is off by 7 sec


Through Dickson's hollow and over the bridge Absalon leading Shurter.  Stander still chasing, but time is running out adn the 2 leaders head to the line


Replay of the worlds?


And it will be a sprint finish as he cannot drop Schurter



And Shurter takes it in the sprint




1 Nino Schurter (Sui) Scott-Swisspower Mtb-Racing, 1:54:52
2 Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea, at 0:1
3 Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Factory Racing, 0:14
4 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team, 0:28
5 Ralph Naef (Sui) Multivan Merida Biking Team, 0:41
6 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing, 0:52
7 Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Esp) Orbea, 0:55
8 Lukas Flückiger (Sui) Trek World Racing, 1:19
9 José Hermida (Esp) Multivan Merida Biking Team, 1:37
10 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing, 1:45
11 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Esp) Giant Italia Team, 1:54
12 Florian Vogel (Sui) Scott-Swisspower Mtb-Racing, 2:17
13 Mathias Flückiger * (Sui) Trek World Racing, 2:32
14 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Esp) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo, 2:42
15 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) Tx Active Bianchi, 2:48
16 Christoph Soukup (Aut) Merida Biking Team, 2:54
17 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team, 3:03
18 Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Esp) Orbea, 3:24
19 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing, 3:49
20 Roel Paulissen (Bel) Cannondale Factory Racing, 3:53





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