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September 14/13 7:57 am - MTB World Cup Hafjell: Elite Men XC UPDATES

Posted by Editoress on 09/14/13

The men are lining up to start, the field is just 81 starters


They will do 8 laps of the 3.8 km course, no start loop


Hajfel will host the 2014 World Championships


There are NO Canadian men on the start line today.  Michael Broderick is the ONLY American

Julien Absalon (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team) is absent, he is suffering from broken ribs as is Lukas Flückiger (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team)


Lap 1

Nino Schurter (Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team) and Fabian Giger (Giant Pro XC Team) get the holeshot as they head up the climb

Schurter leading through the woods with Daniel Mcconnell (Trek Factory Racing) on his wheel

Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing XC) is sitting 3rd folowed by Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing)


8:08 am ET

1/2 way round lap 1

Schurter and Kulhavy neck and neck

3 Fontana at 1s

4 Mcconnell at 8s

5 Ondrej Cink (Multivan Merida Biking Team) 5th at 9s


The Russian and British teams has 8-10 bikes stolen from hotel overnight, but the police recovered them this am.  Norwegian police report it was a gang of Latvians targeting the World Cup.



Lap 2 start


Schurter and Kulhavy with Fontana in 3rd

Cink 4th at 4s

Manuel Fumic (Cannondale Factory Racing) 5th  6s

José Hermida (Multivan Merida Biking Team) 6th at 10s


Half way round

Kulhavy and Schurter

Cink 3rd at 1s

Fontana 4th at 3s

Manuel Fumic (Cannondale Factory Racing) at 15s

Mathias Flückiger (Stöckli Pro Team) 6th at 16s

Hermida 7th at 17s


Lap 3 start

8:24 am ET

Schurter leading Kulhavy by 1s

Fontana 3rd at 2s

Cink 4th at 6s

Fumic 5th at 14s

Hermida 6th at 15s

11 Daniel Mcconnell (Trek Factory Racing)


The last time Norway (Kristiansand) hosted a XC World Cup was 1996 and the winner was Miguel Martinez, 2nd was Christophe Dupouey, 3 Bart Brentjens


1/2 way

Schurter leading Kulhavy by 1s

Fontana 3rd at 2s

Cink 4th at s.t.

Hermida 5th at 19s

Flückiger 6th at 20s

Fumic 7th at 22s

Martinez 8th at 43s


Lap 4 start


Schurter, Kulhavy and Fontana head out

Cink 4th at 3s, Mathias Flückiger (Stöckli Pro Team) 5th at 15s, Fumic 6th at 19s, Hermida 7th at 22s


Cink attacks.. passes Schurter


Halfway round and it is Cink leading Schurter by 1s

Kulhavy and Fontana at 2s

5 Flückiger 6s

Fumic 6th at 16s

Hermida 7th at 27s

Martinez 8th at 37s


Lap 5 start

Cink and Schurter

Kulhavy  and Fontana at 2s

5 Flückiger 5s

Fumic 6th at 12s

Hermida 7th at 34s

Martinez 8th at 35s



Mathias Flückiger (Stöckli Pro Team) now takes over the  lead


Schurter attacks at the  bottom of the climb at the 1/2 way point and puts 4s between himself and Kulhavy. Flückiger 3rd at s.t.

Fontana 4th at 7s and Cink 5th at 8s


Lap 6/8 start

Schurter and Kulhavy leading w. Flückiger at 2s, 4 Fontana at 4s, 5 Fumic at 20s



Three leaders again as Flückiger leads Schurter and Kulhavy up the climb to 1/2 way mark


1/2 way

Flückiger leading Kulhavy.  Schurter 3rd at 1s

Fontana 4th at 3s

Fumic 5th at 13s

Cink 6th at 23s

Martinez 7th at 43s


Schurter attacks on the last climb and only Kulhavy can answer


Lap 7/8 start

Schurter leads out w. Kulhavy at 1s. Fontana 3rd at 19s, 4 Flückiger 20s, 5 Fumic 25s


Daniel Mcconnell (Trek Factory Racing) has crashed, but seems to be okay


1/2 way round

Schurter leading Kulhavy

Fumic 3rd at 37s

4 Flückiger 39s,

5 Fontana 53s

6 Cink at 1:13

7 Martinez  at 1:15


Last lap

Kulhavy leading Schurter by 1s

3 Fumic 44s

4 Flückiger 46s

5 Fontana  1:04

6 Martinez 1:22


Schurter and Kulhavy starting the cat and mouse game


Schurter gapping Kullhavy in the jumps


Kulhavy attacks B4 the  1/2 way point and moves to the front


At the halfway point

Schurter leading Kulhavy by 1s

4 Fluckiger at 1:12

4 Fumic at 1:14

5 Fontana


Last climb and Kulhavy attacks and drops Schurter



1 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing XC, 1:36:19

2 Nino Schurter (Sui) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team, at 0:07

3 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing, 1:34

4 Mathias Flückiger (Sui) Stöckli Pro Team, 1:46

5 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing, 2:07






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