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May 23/10 8:19 am - Offenburg World Cup: Men's XC UPDATES

Posted by Editoress on 05/23/10

The men are just about to start.


It is a large field of 228 on the start list, with all the top riders in attendance.  Ral Näf will not start, he has strep throat and decided not to start, but he is the only one of the top riders who will not be racing.  They will do a start loop and then 7 full laps of the 5.1 km course for a total of 36.8 km


The sun is shining, but a brisk wind has come up, so in the open sectons will provide somewhat of a hindrance for lone riders


Start Loop


Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower Mtb-Racing), Manuel Fumic (Cannondale Factory Racing), Jaroslav Kulhavy (Rubena - Birell - Specialize) at the front around the loop


Lap 1


Schurter and Fumic still leading as they head out onto the 1st lap

Kabush sitting 33rd, Zandstra 70th


8:41 am

Shurter leading with a couple seconds gap on Julien Absalon (Orbea) and Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Orbea) who are together.  Jaroslav Kulhavy (Rubena - Birell - Specialize) is 4th at a couple more seconds.  It is starting to string out now as teh lead riders are setting a very fast pace


8:45 am


Snake Pit:  Absalon has caught Shurter.  and they are together with a chaser Cueto?  Kulhavy at a couple seconds


Lap 2


As they start the 2nd lap  Absalon, Schurter and Kulhavy are all together.  Stander in 4th chasing at 10 sec.  Christoph Sauser (Specialized Factory Racing) 5th, Florian Vogel (Scott-Swisspower Mtb-Racing) 6th, Alexis Vuillermoz (Lapierre International) 7th, Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing) 8th, Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo) 9th, Lukas Flückiger (Trek World Racing) 10th


World Cup leader José Hermida (Multivan Merida Biking Team)  12th

Todd Wells (Specialized Factory Racing) 20th, Samuel Schultz (Subaru-Gary Fisher) 24th, Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) 39th, Zandstra 76th


8:56 am


Absalon and Schurter have dropped Kulhavy, now ~ 12 sec back. Stander in 4th is chasing hard. A chase group of 4 is (Fluckiger, Sauser, Fontana, Ruzafa) a few more seconds back



Absalon and Schurter still leading.  Kulhavy has lost ground and Stander is in danger of being caught by the chase group of now 9 riders:  Sauser, Hermida, both Fluckiger bros, Fontana, Ruzafa and.....



Lap 3

Absalon and Schurter with Kulhavy at 32 sec.  Stander at 48 sec.  Then the chase group of now 7 at 57 sec.


Wells 23rd, Kabush 30th, Zandstra 67th


9:08 am


Partway through the lap and the chase group is getting bigger with Wolfram Kurschat (Topeak Ergon Racing Team) and Carlos Coloma (Msc Bikes) making their way onto the back of it



9:11 am


Absalon is putting the pressure on and has taken the lead on the descent at Northshore.  The pace at the front has really increased and the chasers are getting further back


9:12 am

Absalon has dropped Nino  - looks like Schurter has crashed or lost time at Wolfsdrop


Kulhavy still losing ground.  Chasers now 6 with Sauser, 2 Fluckiger bros, Vogel, Hermida, Fontana


9:18 am


Absalon is away and has over 20 sec on Schurter


Lap 4


Heading out to start the 4th lap.


Absalon, Schurter at 35 sec, Kulhavy at 1:25, Hermida 4th at 1:33, Vogel at 1:34, Sauser s.t., Fontana s.t. , Fluckigers at 1:35



Kabush 28th now at 3:31 back, Wells 30th, JHK 49th, Zandstra 74th


9:30 am


Absalon really trying to stretch out his lead over Schurter, but it is holding at 35 sec


Kulhavy is at another 50 sec and is about to be caught by Sauser and Vogel.  Then Fontana and the Fluckigers.  Hermida has been dropped and is trying to make up the gap


Lap 5


Heading out to the 5th lap, Absalon, Schurter at 43. sec. Kulhavy, Vogel, Sauser, Fontana, and the Fluckiger bros at 55 sec.  Hermida 9th at 1:05


Stander is fading fast 26th now and Kabush has passed him - sitting 23rd now - 3:56 back


Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet Cycling Team 27th, Wells 33rd, JHK 46th


9:43 am


Absalon has opened up another 15 sec on Schurter


Sauser has moved into the 3rd spot followed by Vogel and Kulhavy

Mathias Flückiger (Trek World Racing) 6th, José Hermida 6th



9:49 am

Absalon still leading, Schurter at 52 sec.  Chase group of 3 at another 48 sec


Lap 6


Starting the 2nd last lap: Absalon leading Schurter by 59 sec

Kulhavy, Sauser and Vogel at another 45 sec.  Flückiger 6th, Hermida 7th, Kurschat 8th, Fontana 9th,


Absalon has been riding the faster but more difficult line through the Snake Pit.  Schurter and chase group has not  .. and losing time?


Kabush and Fontana are the other top riders using the same line as Absalon.


Kabush now up to 16th position


10 am

Absalon still leading with Schurter at 1 min. 

Sauser leading the chase group of Mathias Flückiger , Kulhavy and Vogel at another 40 sec



10:07 am


As they head to start the final lap, Absalon leading Schurter with a lead of 1:08


Last Lap


As the cross the line to start the final lap the gap from Absalon to Schurter is 56 sec.  Chase group of 3:  Kulhavy, Sauser and Vogel at 1:26.  Mathias Flückiger 6th at 1:48, Hermida 7th at 2:31


Kabush 16th


10:18 am


Absalon, Schurter at 48 sec.  Sauser and Kulhavy at 1:23 have dropped Vogel


10:21 am


Kulhavy has attacked and dropped Sauser to move into the 3rd spot





 1 Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea, 1:53:36

2 Nino Schurter (Sui) Scott-Swisspower Mtb-Racing, at 0:49

3 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized, 1:08
4 Christoph Sauser (Sui) Specialized Factory Racing, 1:24

5 Florian Vogel (Sui) Scott-Swisspower Mtb-Racing, 1:35

6 Mathias Flückiger * (Sui) Trek World Racing, 2:20

7 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Esp) Multivan Merida Biking Team, 2:25

8 Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Esp) Orbea, 3:27

9 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team, 3:38

10 Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Esp) Orbea, 3:46


15 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain, 4:56




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