Tuesday May 24, 2011

UCI XCO sees 3 new leaders after round 2

Round two of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano saw new riders don the leader's jersey in each of the three cross-country races that took place on Sunday. The Dalby Forest track proved to be tougher than many riders had anticipated. However, Julie Bresset (BH-Suntour-Peisey Vallandry) and Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing) took strong solo victories in the Elite Women and Elite Men categories, while Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Lapierre International) rode away from the rest of the Under-23 women's field to win her event.

The five lap women's race (full replay right here) saw round one winner Ren Chengyuan (Specialized Racing) jump into an early lead after the start loop, with Bresset leading the chase. Bresset was joined by defending World Cup Champion Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team), World Champion Maja Wloszczowska (CCC Polkowice), Lene Byberg (Specialized Racing) and Nathalie Schneitter (Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol).

The young French rider bridged up to Ren on the second lap, and the pair worked together to distance themselves from the chase group. Going into the last lap, Ren had a slight gap on Bresset, and appeared to be on her way to a second consecutive win. However, the Chinese rider inexplicably slowed in the final kilometres, allowing Bresset to ride away to her first World Cup victory, and the overall series lead.

"I was very surprised when Ren slowed down," agreed Bresset, "but I did not wait, I just went! It is very special to win my first World Cup, and to win the leader's jersey, and I did not expect this. I will just do my best now to keep it."

In the Under 23 women's race, Ferrand-Prevot was clearly the strongest, leading from the first lap and setting the fastest lap times every lap. Kathrin Stirnemann (Central Haibike) finished second, and Barbara Benko (Focus-MIG) took third. Benko also took the lead in the Under 23 World Cup standings, since neither of the first two riders participated in round one.

The men's six lap race (watch the full replay here) was a one man show, with Kulhavy already in the lead after the start loop. A chase group formed behind, with Marco Fontana and his Cannondale team mate Manuel Fumic doing much of the work. Round one winner Nino Schurter (Scott Swisspower MTB Racing), who won at Dalby last year, was having an uncharacteristically off day, and struggled even to stay with the group.

Julien Absalon (Orbea), after a poor start that saw him well back on the start loop, chased back to the group and immediately went to the front, but Kulhavy was gone. Absalon dropped the rest of the chase group on the second lap, and chased hard on the next two laps, but could only close to within 20 seconds of Kulhavy and, by lap four, was losing ground to the big Czech rider. Fontana outkicked Maxime Marotte (BH-Suntour-Peisey Vallandry) for third, and Fumic took the final podium spot.

"This is a course that suits me," said Kulhavy, who took the World Cup lead from Schurter, only ten points in front of Absalon. "I knew before the start that this would be a good course for me, and it was my plan to attack right from the start of the race."

The XCO World Cup resumes next weekend in Offenburg, Germany and of course you will be able to watch all the action LIVE on Freecaster, right here.

Channels: UCI MTB World Cup 2011 - Yorkshire, Dalby Forest GBR, UCI MTB World Cup XCO 2011, Mountain Bike

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  • Gustavo Jhon Orellana Castillo
    Wednesday Jul 06, 2011 at 05:43
    es otra cosa esto
  • Sean Lorenzen
    Tuesday Jul 05, 2011 at 20:04
    Mtb World cup recap on line video
  • Gus Scamporlino
    Monday Jul 04, 2011 at 13:17
    Esto es XC!!!
  • Antonio Aragones Verbo
    Monday Jun 20, 2011 at 17:05
    Primera victoria de una 29er. Son el futuro
  • Primo Lara
    Monday Jun 13, 2011 at 23:59
    El checo, en euna birotera doble...
  • Primo Lara
    Monday Jun 13, 2011 at 23:57
    Robocop, Checa esto
  • Juan Silva Reyes
    Wednesday Jun 08, 2011 at 19:04
    un sueño..
  • Rafael Rojas
    Wednesday Jun 08, 2011 at 18:18
    tremendo circuito
  • Karlos Sierra Herrero
    Saturday Jun 04, 2011 at 21:26
    iñaki lejarreta the best ryder
  • Giuseppe Lacona
    Saturday Jun 04, 2011 at 16:53
    certo nulla a che vedere con la prova di parco cosentino
  • Chaz Watkin
    Thursday Jun 02, 2011 at 09:04
    Sick
  • Ricardo Viegas
    Tuesday May 31, 2011 at 01:54
    Magnifico e tecnico circuito. Eatentem os puristas vencido por uma bike full!!!
  • João Simões
    Monday May 30, 2011 at 17:30
    Vale apena ver, só para quem gosta de Cross Country
  • Andre Mezadre Mezadre
    Saturday May 28, 2011 at 02:35
    Putz! Ficaram marcando o O Nino e esqueceram do resto!! Deu no que deu!! Tomaram Pau de Bike 29er...
  • Markus Rogério
    Saturday May 28, 2011 at 00:18
    Muito bom
  • Romeu Gigante
    Friday May 27, 2011 at 21:33
    Show este circuito!!!!
  • Joonseok Kim
    Friday May 27, 2011 at 13:43
    Good source for watching international interesting channels.
  • Leo Velozo
    Friday May 27, 2011 at 03:56
    muy bueno
  • Ji Liong
    Thursday May 26, 2011 at 00:41
    29er win UCI worl cup on sunday 5/22 by czech rider.
  • Luigi Stomeo
    Wednesday May 25, 2011 at 19:25
    ok .
  • Carlo Brandini
    Wednesday May 25, 2011 at 11:52
    Grande Marco!!!!
  • Andrew Dale
    Wednesday May 25, 2011 at 00:11
    Why no ipod support!! The ads on this site can manage it!!
  • Fernando Martin Romano
    Tuesday May 24, 2011 at 20:24
    nino schurter it this on bigmen::::::bravoo::::
  • Michi Kinzl
    Tuesday May 24, 2011 at 19:11
    ggggggeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiillllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Jonathan Chavez
    Tuesday May 24, 2011 at 18:14
    CHULADA
  • Matt Fleischer
    Tuesday May 24, 2011 at 13:49
    Clearly the Lefty is a top fork for the job.
  • Matt Fleischer
    Tuesday May 24, 2011 at 13:45
    AAAHHH Go Cannondale!!!!
  • Tony Gomez
    Tuesday May 24, 2011 at 05:45
    muy buena pagina!!!
  • Francisco López García
    Tuesday May 24, 2011 at 01:43
    Como va Jaroslav con ese pepino de S EPIC.
  • Luc Doiron
    Monday May 23, 2011 at 22:07
    nice race Julien!
  • Josep Maria Diaz Cotes
    Monday May 23, 2011 at 21:35
    NO HI HA RES MILLOR
  • Gusty Tolozano
    Monday May 23, 2011 at 20:59
    carrerón se mandó jaroslav y julien!! dos animales terribles!!!!
  • Андрей Герасюк
    Monday May 23, 2011 at 20:56
    great Race !
  • Stefan Bzdok
    Monday May 23, 2011 at 20:08
    Werd mir jetzt schön das Männer-Rennen ansehen. Replay - UCI World Cup Elite Men 2011 - Yorkshire, Dalby Forest GBR
  • Yerson Gomez Quiroz
    Monday May 23, 2011 at 19:48
    UFF! DAY TWO IN DALBY FOREST! EXXCELLENT!
  • Vladimir Hernandez
    Monday May 23, 2011 at 19:24
    un gusto poder ver este tipo de competencias el nivel que se tiene sin duda alguna sirve de gran motivacion.
  • Guillermo Agustin Cambera Diambra
    Monday May 23, 2011 at 19:05
    QUIEN GANO LA EN EL BOSQUE DALBY
  • David Rielly
    Monday May 23, 2011 at 19:03
    How cool dose this course look
  • David Lyon
    Monday May 23, 2011 at 18:49
    Had an awesome Day in Dalby for the second year running
  • Danko Lamers
    Monday May 23, 2011 at 12:15
    Nice one ;-)
  • Bruno Šimčik
    Monday May 23, 2011 at 11:49
    great and very hard sport
  • Alcides Canivete
    Monday May 23, 2011 at 11:25
    2ª prova da taça do mundo de XCO em Yorkshire, Dalby Forest
  • Carlos Muñoz
    Monday May 23, 2011 at 05:50
    me lo perdi en vivo, que rabia, toco repeticion!!!
  • Comision Ciclismo Montaña Pichincha
    Monday May 23, 2011 at 05:23
    Que bien, muchas gracias por la trasmición...
  • Pablo Andres Velasquez Lobos
    Monday May 23, 2011 at 04:05
    Gracias totales..
  • Gedresto Kntor
    Monday May 23, 2011 at 03:10
    black screen on minute 72;27... =(
  • Arnaud Cam Guyomard
    Monday May 23, 2011 at 03:10
    Belle course les frangins !
  • Dean Tempest-mitchell
    Sunday May 22, 2011 at 20:13
    we was there again this year :-)
  • Christopher Payne
    Sunday May 22, 2011 at 19:49
    Went to see this event, cracking day out, loved it; caught up with loads of folk I've not seen for ages. Yay!
  • Rocky Roadsbe
    Sunday May 22, 2011 at 17:42
    sven crashed. lip open en een pijnelijke knie. morgen naar de dokter. meer info straks op http://www.rockyroads.be