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Maribor, Slovenia, September 14-16, 2007

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Race 4 - September 15: Elite 4X Men Finals,

Saladini wins final round as Lopes misses final

By Rob Jones in Maribor

France's Romain Saladini on his way
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The men's race saw Romain Saladini of France take the final round, after both Brian Lopes (USA) and Michal Prokop (Czech Republic) made uncharacteristic errors. Prokop had a poor start in the final, opening the door for Saladini to take the win.

Lopes admitted that missing the final was his own fault. "I threw it away," he said. "In the semi I was first into the first turn, but I had been seeing that people were going outside and gaining some speed, so I went really outside. I lost too much speed and Prokop went by me and then it was a drag race with Guido (Tschugg) to the next turn. He crashed, so I was set in second, I thought. But my backend slid out on the wall turn, I lost speed again and it let Dan (Atherton) get by me."

Lopes had already won the title, by virtue of three previous wins and a second place, and Prokop cemented his hold on second overall. Jared Graves (Australia) took third in the overall rankings.


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Big final

1 Romain Saladini (Fra)                                             
2 Michal Prokop (Cze)                                               
3 Dan Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal                               
4 Karim Amour (Fra)                                                 
Small final
5 Joost Wichman (Ned) Gravity Group                                 
6 Jared Graves (Aus)                                                
7 Brian Lopes (USA)                                                 
8 Guido Tschugg (Ger) Ssangyong-Fusion Pro Team                     
1/4 finals
9 Kamil Tatarkovic (Cze) Kona Les Gets                       0.56.34
10 Scott Beaumont (GBr) Rocky Mountain Uk                    0.56.82
11 Reto Schmid (Swi)                                         0.58.54
12 Michal Marosi (Cze) Arb÷ Rsp Downhill Racing              0.59.02
13 Roger Rinderknecht (Swi)                                  0.57.39
14 Tomas Slavik (Cze)                                        0.57.65
15 Rafael Alvarez De Lara Lu (Spa)                           0.57.82
16 Livio Zampieri (Ita)                                      0.59.58
1/8 finals
17 Gee Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal                       0.55.86
18 Dominik Gspan (Swi)                                       0.57.32
19 Filip Polc (Svk) Gravity Group                            0.57.47
20 Robin Wallner (Swe)                                       0.58.32
21 Jared Rando (Aus) Giant Mountain Bike Team                0.58.53
22 Jurg Meijer (Ned) Dolphin Bike Team                       0.59.03
23 Gabor Vigh-Kiss (Hun)                                     0.59.19
24 Kyle Strait (USA)                                         0.59.49
25 Quentin Derbier (Fra)                                     0.56.98
26 Matej Vitko (Svk)                                         0.58.19
27 Jakub Hwidak (Cze)                                        0.58.49
28 Matej Stapic (Slo)                                        0.59.42
29 Sascha Meyenborg (Ger)                                    0.59.56
30 Adrian Kiener (Swi)                                       1.00.40
31 Ludovic Gadois (Fra)                                      1.00.60
32 Lars Peyer (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Tui                          1.00.80
1/16 finals
33 Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Ghost International Racin        0.57.47
34 Amiel Cavalier (Aus) Giant Mountain Bike Team             0.57.81
35 Thomas Bubla (Aut)                                        0.58.09
36 Joey Van Veghel (Ned)                                     0.58.68
37 Sidney Gerber (Swi)                                       0.58.84
38 Georg Sieder (Aut)                                        0.59.07
39 Tilen Frank (Slo)                                         0.59.18
40 Zdenek Nasinec (Cze)                                      0.59.42
41 Gabor Deli (Hun)                                          0.59.53
42 Elias Somvi (Ita) Playbiker - Iron Horse                  0.59.56
43 Ales Rogozan (Cze)                                        0.59.90
44 Peter Fernbach (Aut) Arb÷ Rsp Downhill Racing             0.59.98
45 Markus Pekoll (Aut)                                              
46 Richard Cunynghame (GBr) Mtb-Direct.Co.Uk                 1.00.20
47 Attila Kovacs (Hun)                                       1.00.30
48 Nicolas Gspan (Swi)                                       1.00.70
49 Thomas Krainer (Aut)                                      1.01.10
50 Terry Scarr (Aus)                                         1.01.90
51 Thomas Warmuth (Aut) Team Hotec / Rsp                            
52 Wojciech Koniuszewski (Pol)                               1.02.10
53 Enrico Gutsche (Ger)                                      1.02.50
54 Korak Vitko (Cze)                                         1.02.90
55 Anze Cerin (Slo)                                          1.03.20
56 Markus Sedlak (Aut) Asv÷ Mtb Schladming Plana             1.03.50
57 Luka Verstovsek (Slo)                                     1.03.70
58 Dennis Dertell (Swe)                                      1.03.80
59 Milan Prischetzky (Hun)                                   1.03.90
60 Balazs Kutasi (Hun)                                       1.04.10
61 Peter Roschner (Aut)                                      1.04.20
62 AurÚlien Giordanengo (Fra)                                0.57.67
DSQ Will Longden (GBr) Team Mbuk Santacruz                          
DSQ Robert Kulesza (Pol)                                            
DNF Piotr Solarski (Pol)                                            
DNS Jakub Hnidak (Cze)                                              
DNS Daniel Auerswald (Ger)                                          
DNS Mario Sieder (Aut)                                              
DNS Bryn Atkinson (Aus)                                             
DNS CÚdric Gracia (Fra)                                             
DNS Michael Hannah (Aus) Cannondale The Cut                         
DNS William Evans (GBr)                                             
DNS Christopher Van Dine (USA) Cannondale The Cut                   
DNS Lewis Lacey (GBr)                                               
DNS Premyxl Tejchman (Cze)                                          
DNS Jonas Westmann (Swe)                                            
DNS Dale Holmes (GBr)                                               
DNS Ramon Antonio Leiva Figueroa (Chi) Ssangyong-Fusion Pro Team    
DNS Nathan Rennie (Aus) Santa Cruz Syndicate                        
DNS Bostjan Volf (Slo) Arb÷ Rsp Downhill Racing                     
DNS Joze Veber (Slo)                                                
DNS Nico Seidel (Ger)                                               
DNS Jani Podmiljsak (Slo)                                           
DNS Charalampos Chaidemenakis (Gre)                                 
DNS Boris Tetzlaff (Aut)                                            
DNS Greg Minnaar (RSA) Team G-Cross Honda                           
DNS Duncan Ferris (GBr)                                             
DNS Nathaniel Goiny (Ger)                                           
DNS Luka Novak (Slo)                                                
DNS Florent Payet (Fra) Ssangyong-Fusion Pro Team                   
DNS Martin Strasser (Aut) Arb÷ Rsp Downhill Racing                  
DNS Stefan Fernbach (Aut) Arb÷ Rsp Downhill Racing                  
DNS Manuel Wenzelmeier (Aut)                                        
DNS James Maltman (Aus) Ssangyong-Fusion Pro Team                   
DNS Marek Pesko (Svk)                                               
DNS Michal Votava (Cze)                                             
DNS Stefan Voitl (Aut) Arb÷ Rsp Downhill Racing                     
DNS Roman Roschi (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Tui                  

Final World Cup standings

1 Brian Lopes (USA)                                          1010 pts
2 Michal Prokop (Cze)                                         650
3 Jared Graves (Aus)                                          480
4 Filip Polc (Svk) Gravity Group                              450
5 Gee Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal                         425
6 Romain Saladini (Fra)                                       400
7 Guido Tschugg (Ger) Ssangyong-Fusion Pro Team               370
8 Scott Beaumont (GBr) Rocky Mountain UK                      285
9 Joost Wichman (Ned) Gravity Group                           250
10 Dan Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal                        210
11 Kamil Tatarkovic (Cze) Kona Les Gets                       175
12 Karim Amour (Fra)                                          120
13 Roger Rinderknecht (Swi)                                   115
14 Jurg Meijer (Ned) Dolphin Bike Team                         95
15 Will Longden (GBr) Team Mbuk Santacruz                      90
16 Jakub Hnidak (Cze)                                          80
17 Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Ghost International Racing Team    65
18 Michael Hannah (Aus) Cannondale The Cut                     65
19 Chris Kovarik (Aus) Ms-Intense Factory-Racing Team          60
20 Ross Milan (USA)                                            60
21 Mickael Deldycke (Fra)                                      60
22 Dominik Gspan (Swi)                                         55
23 Markus Pekoll (Aut)                                         50
24 Dale Holmes (GBr)                                           50
25 Thomas Todtli (Swi)                                         50
26 Bryn Atkinson (Aus)                                         40
27 Sidney Gerber (Swi)                                         35
28 Reto Schmid (Swi)                                           30
29 Michal Marosi (Cze) Arb÷ Rsp Downhill Racing Team           25
30 Cedric Gracia (Fra)                                         25
31 Tomas Slavik (Cze)                                          20
32 Robin Wallner (Swe)                                         15
33 Rafael Alvarez De Lara Lu (Spa)                             10
34 Joey Van Veghel (Ned)                                       10
35 Sascha Meyenborg (Ger)                                      10
36 Livio Zampieri (Ita)                                         5           
1 Gravity Group                                               148 pts
2 Animal Commencal                                            138
3 Ssangyong-Fusion Pro Team                                    87
4 Rocky Mountain Uk                                            65
5 Kona Les Gets                                                47
6 Dolphin Bike Team                                            32
7 Team Mbuk Santacruz                                          32
8 Ghost International Racing Team                              27
9 Cannondale The Cut                                           22
10 Ms-Intense Factory-Racing Team                              18
11 Arb÷ Rsp Downhill Racing Team                                9