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Bundesliga XCO #3 - HC
Heubach, Germany, May 6, 2007
Paulissen convincingly triumphs
Roel Paulissen and Irina Kalentieva won the seventh edition of the AtelierBusche BiketheRock in Heubach in front of many spectators. Paulissen triumphed after 35.6 kilometres, 39 seconds ahead of Christoph Sauser, as Wolfram Kurschat came in third, an further second behind. In the women's race, Kalentieva edged out Ren Chengyuan in a nailbiting sprint finish after 23.5 km. Gunn-Rita Dahle-Flesjaa finished in third place, a minute behind.
Belgian Roel Paulissen made his move already in the first of eight laps, entered the final 4.7 km lap with a one-minute lead and had no trouble securing his second win at the AtelierBusche BiketheRock, having won the event in 2005. "If I have the legs, this is my kind of course," Paulissen beamed.
Behind him Swiss riders Christoph Sauser, Florian Vogel and German Wolfram Kurschat fought it out for second place. Their battle resembled an accordion: on the long ascent Kurschat kept up with his rivals and even managed to jump clear for a brief moment, while on the downhill he lost ground again, often entering the next climb 20 seconds behind the two Swiss riders. On the final climb Kurschat once more gave it his all and had a 15 second lead when he reached the top. However, Sauser risked a lot on the downhill, caught and overtook the German thanks to an impressive attack. "I knew that I'm the fastest uphill," Kurschat said. "I'm not sad that Sauser overtook me. After all, I was dealing with the World's top riders here. Placing third really means a lot."
"I wasn't fresh enough to keep up with Roel," noted Sauser. "Wolfram was extremely strong on the climb. I was firing on all cylinders on the final downhill and overtook him in the last corner."
Paulissen pulled the chestnuts out of the fire for his Cannondale-Vredestein team, after his team mates Fredrik Kessiakoff (Sweden), Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark) and Kiwi Kashi Leuchs were all forced to the sidelines due to stomach flu.
Manuel Fumic (Kirchheim/Teck) was the second-best German rider in eighth. He held the fifth position and managed to hold Kurscht's wheel for a long time, but faded in the final two laps.
Sprint duel in the women's race
The women's race saw a nailbiting finish between Irina Kalentieva (Russia), Ren Chengyuan (China) and Gunn-Rita Dahle-Flesjaa (Norway). Kalentieva launched a well-timed attack with 50 metres to go to edge out Chengyuan and win the AtelierBusche BiketheRock by a tenth of a second.
The first riders to jump clear were Kalentieva, who lives only 10 km from Heubach, and Gunn-Rita Dahle-Flesjaa, building up a 20-second gap over the peloton led by the Houffalize World Cup winner Chengyuan. On the penultimate lap, the 20 year-old Chinese rider reduced the distance to Dahle-Flesjaa, while Kalentieva was able to jump clear. However, Chengyuan caught her in the final of five laps and tackled the climb in first position. Kalentieva managed to hold her wheel, but atop the climb, on a flatter section, Chengyuan built up a small gap.
"I wanted to overtake her at the top of the hill by any means, but she was incredibly strong," Kalentieva later said. So she went into the downhill behind the U23 World Champion. After a first fruitless attack, the Russian seized the final chance with 50 metres to go and sprinted to her second win at the AtelierBusche BiketheRock. "I'm happy," said an exhausted Irina Kalentieva. "It went much better than in previous races", beamed an exhausted .
"Too bad, that was really tight," Chengyuan quipped post-race, while Dahle-Flesjaa, who was struggling at the end, commented: "I'm glad for Irina. Looks like my packed schedule begins to take its toll."
"If the race would have lasted one lap longer, I would have lost my third place," said the Olympic Champion, who crossed the finishing line one minute down on the winner. "But it's good to be constantly challenged. That motivates me even more."
The best German was Ivonne Kraft (Gaggenau) in seventh four 4.20 behind. "I didn't go to the limit in Houffalize and I'm very content with my performance here, given that the course doesn't really suit me," Kraft said.
Elite/Under 23 Men 1 Roel Paulissen (Bel) Cannondale-Vredestein 1.51.55 2 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Team Specialized 0.38 3 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) MBC Bochum/ topeak ergon 0.40 4 Florian Vogel (Swi) Swisspower MTB Team 0.58 5 Jose Hermida (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 1.38 6 Yader Zoli (Ita) KTM International Team 1.52 7 Ralf Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 2.15 8 Manuel Fumic (Ger) FBI Fumic Racing Team 2.25 9 Peter Andersen Riis (Den) Alb-Gold Team 3.23 10 Christoph Soukup (Aut) Team FUJI-BIKES europe 3.45 11 Rudi van Houts (Ned) Dolphin Bike Team 3.48 12 Bas Peters (Ned) herbalife-merida 3.49 13 Filip Meirhaeghe (Bel) Belgian national team 4.09 14 Jochen Käss (Ger) Team ALB-GOLD Mountainbike 4.33 15 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Czech national team 5.01 16 Michael Weiss (Aut) Bikin'Cyprus Int'l 5.02 17 Silvio Bundi (Swi) Giant Swiss Team 5.38 18 Moritz Milatz (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 6.19 19 Karl Markt (Aut) SRM Simplon Team 6.35 20 Hannes Genze (Ger) Team ALB-GOLD Mountainbike 7.23 21 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Czech national team 7.30 22 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) SouthAustralia.com 7.56 23 Hannes Metzler (Aut) GIANT Swiss Team 8.07 24 Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) BeOne Chainreaction 8.22 25 Bjorn Brems (Bel) Team Dolphin 8.43 26 Karl Platt (Ger) Bulls 8.45 27 Milan Spesny (Cze) Merida Biking Team 8.46 28 Frank Lehmann (Ger) ROTHAUS-CUBE 9.17 29 Daniel Braunsteins (Aus) SouthAustralia.com 9.39 30 Bart Brentjens (Ned) Team Dolphin 10.24 31 Simon Richardson (GBr) Great Britain National Team 10.34 32 Fabian Giger (Swi) Tower Sports/ VC Eschenbach 11.14 33 Axel Bult (Ned) De Brink-TenTusscher 11.22 34 Wilko Rochow (Ger) Team SR Suntour 11.37 35 Tobias Witzack (Ger) TEam Fuji Bikes 36 Jiri Friedl (Cze) Merida Biking Team 11.50 37 Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Dolphin Bike Team 12.10 38 Lachlan Norris (Aus) SouthAustralia.com 12.17 DNF Tim Wijnants (Bel) Team Dolphin DNF Marc Nambian (Nam) MR PRICE DNF Andi Weinhold (Ger) SRM Simplon Team DNF Anders Hovdenes (Nor) Team ETTO Hoydahl DNF Andrea Tiberi (Ita) KTM International Team DNF Kristian Hynek (Cze) Czech national Team DNF Klaus Nielsen (Den) Team ALB-GOLD Mountainbike DNF Marco Schätzing (Ger) Scott Genius Generation DNF Robert Mennen (Ger) Team Fuji-Bikes Elite/Under 23 Women 1 Irina Kalentyeva (Rus) Team Ergon-Topeak 1.20.37 2 Chengyuan Ren (Chn) 0.01 3 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesja (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 1.00 4 Ying Liu (Chn) 1.24 5 Jingjing Wang (Chn) 3.03 6 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Czech national Team 4.00 7 Ivonne Kraft (Ger) mbc Bochum 4.21 8 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Tonis Pro Team Kirchberg 4.23 9 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Team GHOST International 5.40 10 Renata Bucher (Swi) Stöckli Craft 5.45 11 Mary Mcconneloug (USA) Kenda/Seven Cyckes 6.10 12 Elsbeth van Rooij Vink (Ned) beone mtb team 6.16 13 Anna Enocsson (Swe) GHOST Int. RACING TEAM 6.46 14 Nina Göhl (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 7.45 15 Maria Osl (Aut) Tonis Pro Team Kirchberg 7.53 16 Sarah Koba (Swi) KOBA Biketeam.gr 8.30 17 Petra Henzi (Swi) Fischer BNC 8.34 18 Laura Turpijn (Ned) merida herbalife 8.39 19 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Team LAPIERRE International 8.50 20 Esther Süss (Swi) BikErich/RC Gränichen 8.56 21 Julie Krasniak (Fra) lapierre international 9.35 22 Katrin Leumann (Swi) goldwurst-power.ch 9.51 23 Bettina Schmid (Swi) Fischer BMC 10.20 24 Arielle van Meurs (Ned) Continental Scott Racing Team 10.48 25 Hanna Klein (Ger) TV Oberlengenhardt 12.35 26 Heike Hundertmark (Ger) Ergon Topeak 13.52 27 Janka Stevkova (Svk) CK MTB Dohnany 14.23 28 Anja Gradl (Ger) GHOST-Racing Team 14.48 29 Judith Pollinger (Ita) Sunshine Racers ASV Nals 15.03 30 Niki Fisher (Aus) Tuggeramong Vikings 15.34 31 Ilke De Jongh (Bel) National Belgian Mountainbike 15.56 32 Elina Sophokleous (Cyp) Bikin'Cyprus Int'l 16.28 33 Silke Schmidt (Sar) SR Suntour Fuji 18.56 34 Nicole Lechl (Ger) HaiBike Racing Team 21.38 DNF Sandra Elhart (Ned) WV Olympia DNF Stephanie Wiedner (Aut) Rad Team Kärnten DNF Nina Kunz (Ger) Merida Deutschland DNF Linda Larsen (Nor) kck DNF Silja Vetter (Ger) SC Hausach Team Neumayer Tekfo DNF Almut Grieb (Ger) MTB Racing-Team MayerArbeitsbü DNF Sarah Reiser (Ger) Team Neumayer Tekfor/SC Hausac Junior Under 19 Men 1 Andy Eyring (Ger) Hai Bike Racing Team 1.01.42 2 Lukas Platzgummer (Ita) Sunshine Racers ASV Nals 1.01 3 Markus Bauer (Ger) RV Viktoria Wombach Team Voitl 1.46 4 Timo Modosch (Ger) Ghost Racing Team 1.56 5 Fabian Strecker (Ger) SV Kirchzarten - Bad Dürrheime 2.05 6 Tomas Pesek (Cze) SCANIA APACHE TEAM KOLIN 2.22 7 Sascha Knöpfle (Ger) Rothaus Cube Juniorteam 2.28 8 Valentin Fiderer (Ger) TEAM VAUDE Dämpfle-Mathis 2.33 9 Benny Hase (Ger) GHOST Racing Team 2.38 10 Manfred Reis (Ger) Team VAUDE Dämpfle/Mathis 2.45 11 Marcel Fleschhut (Ger) SV Kichzarten-Bad Dürrheimer M 2.56 12 Marius Klein (Ger) RV Schwalbe Trier 3.15 13 Daniel Gottschall (Ger) SV Kichzarten-Bad Dürrheimer M 3.33 14 Danny Neumann (Ger) Radsportverband Nordrheinwestf 3.45 15 Erik Groen (Ned) WRV de Peddelaars 4.11 16 Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Rothaus Cube Juniorteam 4.12 17 Tobias Henkel (Ger) Radsportverband Nordrheinwestf 4.15 18 Philipp Ziegler (Ger) FX Sports 5.08 19 Torsten Lehmann (Ger) MTB Teck Team Giant-Nolte-Küch 5.21 20 Marcel Braun (Ger) GHOST Racing Team 5.23 21 Ole Quast (Ger) Harvestehuder RSV 6.02 22 Lukas Schuon (Ger) VBC Waldshut-Tiengen/Hoppe Bik 6.08 23 Henrik Hoffmann (Ger) DJK Grafschaft 6.09 24 Daniel Stolz (Ger) RV Viktoria Wombach/Team Voitl 25 Ludwig Döhl (Ger) bike junior team 6.42 26 Hannes Kuttler (Ger) Stevens Mountainbike Team 6.43 27 Fabian Kring (Ger) TV Haiger 6.44 28 Michael Margesin (Ita) Sunshine Racers ASV Nals 6.52 29 Felix Rüb (Ger) VBC Waldshut-Tiengen/Hoppe Bik 7.07 30 Ignacio Inderwies (Ger) RV Viktora Wombach/Team Bikema 7.53 31 Stefan Linse (Ger) Cube / Sinsheimer Radhaus 8.09 32 Maximilian Poppe (Ger) Zweirad Riese 8.18 33 Tommy Galle (Ger) NAT/Zweirad- Riese Racingteam 8.37 34 Svante Johanßon (Ger) Stevens Mountainbike Team 8.42 35 Nico Köpke (Ger) Gonso-Rawoflex-Team 36 Martin Kotschenreuther (Ger) RadioAktiv Racing Bayreuth 8.50 37 Johannes Közle (Ger) MSC Gerstetten 8.59 38 Steven Pale (Ger) RSF-Niederlinxweiler 9.54 39 Dominik Fischer (Ger) Team Stadler 10.20 40 Ralf Maier (Ger) MTB Teck Team Giant-Nolte-Küch 10.30 41 Kevin Waibel (Ger) GHOST Racing Team 10.56 42 Pierre Happel (Ger) AMC Rodheim-Bieber/loco-motion 43 Hans-Joachim Kleine (Ger) RSV Bike-Arge St.Märgen 11.05 44 Elias Neubert (Ger) RSV Team Auto-Riedel 11.41 45 Maximilian Holz (Ger) TSV 1860 München 12.03 46 Rick Baron (Ger) RSC `93 Marienberg Checker Pig 12.10 47 Daniel Staub (Ger) RV Viktora Wombach/Deter Optik 12.36 48 Wilco Hailfinger (Ger) Team Steinlach-Wiesaz 13.30 49 Benjamin Mein (Ger) SV06 Donsbrüggen 13.58 50 Jonas Weber (Ger) VBC Waldshut-Tiengen/Hoppe Bik 14.39 51 Dominic Dinger (Ger) HOT CHILI Racing Team 15.04 52 Tim Kunze (Ger) MSC Gerstetten 15.06 53 Robin Hartmann (Ger) MTB Teck Team Giant NOLTE Küch 19.03 DNF Dominic Cloudt (Ger) Zwillingscraft DNF Simon Staufner (Ger) Team CMTB Junior Under 19 Women 1 Ines Thoma (Ger) Hai Bike Racing Team 57.34 2 Gesa Brüchmann (Ned) Stevens MTB Team 0.16 3 Lisa Sebald (Ger) SC Rosenheim 3.18 4 Katharina Haase (Ger) TSV Böhringen Team Bergamont 4.06 5 Stefanie Andris (Ger) Rothaus Cube RV Stegen 5.17 6 Lisa Reiser (Ger) Team Neumayer Tekfor/SC Hausac 5.51 7 Hanna Walter (Ger) Bad Dürrheimer Mineralbrunnen 9.46 8 Christina Knopf (Ger) leica Sportclub Nussloch 10.07 9 Kim-Julia Gerlach (Ger) Delta Bike Sports 11.28 Amature B 1 Alexander Speisekorn (Ger) GIANT-Nolte Küchen 1.05.12 2 Wolfgang Fischer (Ger) Supernova-Orbea 0.14 3 Markus Zuber (Ger) BSB Bayreuth/ghost racing-team 0.39 4 David Voll (Ger) Team Texpa Simplon 0.45 5 Joachim Oechsner (Ger) GHOST-Racing Team 0.53 6 David Hofmann (Ger) 1.37 7 Christian Eckart (Ger) TSV Assling-Radsport 1.38 8 Benjamin Brochhagen (Ger) 2.01 9 Simon Dörner (Ger) RVC Trieb/Team TEXPA-Simplon 2.13 10 Philipp Daum (Ger) Best-Bike-Parts / Chemoau 2.17 11 Sebastian Stark (Ger) TBR Racing Team / RSV 54 Venus 2.36 12 Markus Werner (Ger) TBR Racing Team RSV Venusberg 2.42 13 Tobias Keßler (Ger) RSV Unterweissach/ Team inMoti 2.56 14 Silvio Hauschild (Ger) MTB-RG Bautzen 3.00 15 Timm Jander (Ger) Team Radsport Dressel - SCOTT 3.01 16 Jens Ostwaldt (Ger) Springe RSV/Team TrengaDe 17 Markus Lang (Ger) RF Hilpoltstein 1993 EV / Team 3.32 18 Martin Danzer (Ger) Bike Station Kelheim 3.33 19 Sebastian Wurster (Ger) FATcycles Racing Team 3.47 20 Arne Rollert (Ger) Radsportverband NRW 3.48 21 Oliver Vonhausen (Ger) team speed-max 4.02 22 Dirk Juckwer (Ger) Maestro Team Wein / RG Veotho 4.06 23 Ronny Munz (Ger) Aktiv-Sport-Fichtenberg 4.07 24 Stefan Röschl (Ger) Drahtesel-Röscharacing.de 4.10 25 Andreas Krakau (Ger) Supernova-Orbea 4.18 26 Simon Schmider (Ger) SC Hausach 4.26 27 Tom Ettlich (Ger) SFV Weissenfels/Team White Roc 4.29 28 Eric Ebersteiner (Ger) Rv Sturmvogel München 4.36 29 Andy Römhild (Ger) 1-Suhler MTB Club 4.47 30 Christian Schart (Ger) RV Hilpoltstein 5.16 31 Olaf Nützsche (Ger) Bad SalzdetfurthORBEAracing 5.59 32 Michael Mintert (Ger) Velo Solingen 6.48 33 Samuel Henne (Ger) VBC Waldshut-Tiengen 6.49 34 Jürgen Gugu (Ger) Team Marin 7.02 35 Jens Böhme (Ger) Best-Bike-Parts/ Chemobau 7.33 36 Matthias Ulrich (Ger) RSF Niederlinxweiler 7.42 37 Thomas Fritsch (Ger) Gonso-Rawoflex-Team 8.12 38 Fabian Eppler (Ger) Gonso-Rawoflex-Team 8.40 39 Ramin Khoschnud (Ger) WellnessPower Trek 9.07 40 Christoph Gross (Ger) RV Radlerlust Gomaringen 9.31 41 Ralf Genal (Ger) Schneelaufverein Ravensburg 42 Gregor Arndt (Ger) SUPERNOVA-ORBEA 9.46 43 Jonas Stuff (Ger) Warsteiner All Terrain Team 10.22 44 Jörg Schmidt (Ger) DJK Grafschaft/ FRM Racing Tea 10.31 45 Christian Simons (Ger) Fujibikes/Velo Solingen 11.19 46 Matthias Schmid (Ger) TSV Dettingen/Erms 11.37 47 Bernd Kohlhaas (Ger) Team Fuji Bikes 13.16 48 Patrick Weniger (Ger) SFV Weissenfels 14.02 49 Christoph Neutzner (Ger) RC Scharlottenburg 14.15 50 Mario Waibel (Ger) GHOST Racing Team 15.39 51 Jan Burnikel (Ger) TSV Dettingen/Erms 17.11 52 Stefan Knopf (Ger) bobteam.info 18.23 DNF Benjamin Vogel (Ger) Kross Racing Team Kirchheim/Te