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MTB World Cup XC #4 - CDM

Madrid, Spain, May 23-24, 2009

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  • Race 1 - May 23: Junior men cross country
  • Race 2 - May 23: Junior women cross country
  • Race 3 - May 24: Elite women cross country
  • Race 4 - May 24: Elite men cross country

World Cup racing returns to Spain

By Rob Jones in Madrid, Spain

Last year, the men's start
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Madrid is the final cross country of the UCI World Cup spring campaign and the last chance for riders to shine at this highest level of competition for two months, so the competition will be intense.

As one of the more unique World Cups on the circuit, Madrid offers the highest level of competition in the center of a major capital city.  Held in the 1,800-hectacre Casa de Campo park, the event bring out tens of thousands of spectators, who can easily access the site by subway right next to the course.

Favorite Margarita Fullana (Massi)
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The seven-kilometre course does not feature the long climbs of some of the more mountainous venues, but is by no means easy.  Multiple short, sharp climbs and fast, hardpacked straightaways mean that there is nowhere to rest on this circuit.  Add in the usual blazing sun, high temperatures and dust, and this becomes a race of attrition.

However, this year may see the first ever wet World Cup in Madrid.  Rain moved in Friday evening, and continues to fall sporadically through training on Saturday, with temperatures falling over ten degrees (Celsius).  While the hardpacked dirt is not likely to turn into mud bogs, it is making some downhill sections slick, and the formerly fast singletrack surprisingly slow.

"It was surprising how much extra effort it takes," said Georgia Gould (Luna).  "You can feel it just dragging you back."

Jose Hermida (Multivan)
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World champion Christoph Sauser (Specialized) agreed, "The ground doesn't become really soft, but it pulls on the tires, making it that much harder.  Burry [Stander, Sauser's Specialized teammate] and I found that the steepest climb wasn't rideable on our first lap, but by the end of the ride it had already dried up enough to ride it."

The weather forecast calls for it to stay cooler, with the possibility of rain again for race day.

For the men, World Cup Julien Absalon (Orbea) is the clear favourite, coming off two straight victories and as the defending champion in Madrid.  However, he can be beaten, as number two ranked Wolfram Kurschat (Topeak Ergon) discovered last week in a German national series event.  The course doesn't suit Kurschat as well (he prefers longer climbs), and the German rider is suffering from a cold, but he will still be a podium contender.

Look also to round one winner Jose Hermida (Multivan Merida), who has stated that winning here in front of his home crowd is a major goal for 2009.  Of course, the Team Specialized duo of Stander and world champion Sauser can never be counted out – Sauser is particularly hungry, because he is without a win so far this season in World Cup action.

Marie-Helene Premont (Rocky Mountain/Maxxis)
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On the women's side, defending champion Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida) is missing after having had a baby this spring.  This by no means suggests that the competition will be any less fierce.  World champion and World Cup leader Marga Fullana (Massi) stated as early as round one in South Africa that her goal was to build up to peak form for her home race in Madrid.  She showed that she is well on her way, after winning the last World Cup in Houffalize, Belgium.

Looking to score the second World Cup win of her career will be Canada's Catharine Pendrel (Luna), who finished a close second to Fullana in round three, and is also moving into top condition.  The rain and mud could suit Pendrel more than Fullana.  Other contenders include Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon), round one winner Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost Team), 2008 World Cup champion Marie-Helene Premont (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) and China's Ren Chengyuan.  Any of these riders could prove to be the winner.

In the World Cup rankings, Absalon holds a strong 160 point lead over Kurschat, so it is unlikely we will see a change in the men's jersey holder.  The women's race is much closer, with Fullana only 70 points in front of Osl.


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Start list

Elite men

1 Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea                                                     
2 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team                                
3 Burry Stander* (RSA) Specialized Factory Racing                                
4 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Massi                                             
5 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team                   
6 Roel Paulissen (Bel) Cannondale Factory Racing                                 
7 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing                                
8 Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team                                   
9 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing                                        
10 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi                                      
11 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Factory Racing                             
12 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze)                                                        
13 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing                         
14 Moritz Milatz (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team                               
15 Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team                                 
16 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing                               
17 Cédric Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International                                   
18 Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing                                  
19 Hector Leonardo Paez Leon (Col) TX Active Bianchi                             
20 Alexis Vuillermoz* (Fra) Lapierre International                               
21 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Cemelorca-Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo        
22 Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea                                           
23 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team                              
24 Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea                                                
25 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles                        
26 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Fumic.Brothers.International                               
27 Mathias Flückiger* (Swi) Trek World Racing                                    
28 Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team                
30 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team                                
31 Christoph Soukup (Aut) Merida Biking Team                                     
32 Umberto Corti (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.                             
33 Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher                                       
34 Pierre Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Lapierre International                          
35 Oliver Beckingsale (GBr) Giant Mountain Bike Team                             
36 Jiri Friedl (Cze) Merida Biking Team                                          
37 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) TX Active Bianchi                                         
38 Ludovic Dubau (Fra)                                                           
39 Milan Spesny (Cze) Ceska Sporitelna MTB                                       
40 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Felt International MTB Team                               
41 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) MSC Bikes                                         
42 Cristian Cominelli* (Ita) TX Active Bianchi                                   
43 Sergiy Rusenko (Ukr) ISD Cycling Team                                         
45 Liam Killeen (GBr) Trek World Racing                                          
46 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition                             
47 Anders Hovdenes* (Nor) Team Etto Hoydahl                                      
48 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing                                   
49 Christof Bischof (Swi) ISD Cycling Team                                       
51 Lado Fumic (Ger) Fumic.Brothers.International                                 
53 Bas Peters (Ned)                                                              
54 Hannes Metzler (Aut)                                                          
56 Marc Colom (Fra)                                                              
57 Karl Markt (Aut) SRM Stevens Team                                             
60 Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team                
61 Dario Alejandro Gasco* (Arg) Massi                                            
62 Fabian Giger* (Swi) SKS M.I.G. Team                                           
63 Lachlan Norris* (Aus) Discovertasmania.com                                    
64 Connor McConvey* (Irl) Felt International MTB Team                            
65 Henrique Avancini* (Bra) ISD Cycling Team                                     
66 Frank Beemer* (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team                   
67 Nathan Haas* (Aus) Discovertasmania.com                                       
68 Irjan Luttenberg* (Ned)                                                       
69 Martin Fanger* (Swi) Giant Mountain Bike Team                                 
70 Charlton Durie* (Aus) Discovertasmania.com                                    
71 Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team                                   
72 Cristobal Silva Ibaceta (Chi) Chilean National Team                           
73 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher                               
74 Periklis Ilias (Gre) ISD Cycling Team                                         
75 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Giant Mountain Bike Team                                  
76 Yader Zoli (Ita) Torpado-4US                                                  
77 Sven Nys (Bel)                                                                
78 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-Suntour                                               
79 Michael Broderick (USA)                                                       
80 Andras Parti (Hun) SRM Stevens Team                                           
81 Ben Henderson (Aus)                                                           
82 Andrew Blair (Aus)                                                            
83 Frank Schotman (Ned)                                                          
84 Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita)                                                       
85 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Central Ghost Pro Team                                  
86 Luis Alberto Costa Leao Pinto (Por) Portuguese National Team                  
87 Bjorn Brems (Bel) Team Saeco                                                  
88 Marti Gispert Labarta (Spa) MSC Bikes                                         
89 Alejandro Diaz De La Pena Lopez (Spa)                                         
90 Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hong Kong National Team                                  
91 Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc) Giant Italia Team                          
92 Jimmy Tielens (Bel) Team Saeco                                                
93 Mirko Pirazzoli (Ita) ISD Cycling Team                                        
94 Juan Pedro Trujillo Hernandez (Spa) Cemelorca-Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo    
95 Niels Wubben* (Ned)                                                           
96 Rene Tann (Ger)                                                               
97 David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por) Portuguese National Team                    
98 Patrik Gallati* (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing                             
99 Tiago Jorge Oliveira Ferreira* (Por) Portuguese National Team                 
100 Thomas Litscher* (Swi) SKS M.I.G. Team                                       
101 Josef Kamler* (Cze) Ceska Sporitelna MTB                                     
102 Sebastien Carabin* (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team                               
103 Pascal Meyer* (Swi) SKS M.I.G. Team                                          
104 Jose Melitao (Por) Portuguese National Team                                  
105 Fabien Canal* (Fra) Lapierre International                                   
106 Lukas Kaufmann* (Swi)                                                        
107 Joan Marc Perarnau Garcia* (Spa)                                             
108 Pierre Lebreton (Fra) BH-Suntour                                             
109 Torsten Marx (Ger) DS-Rennsport                                              
110 Ludovic Mottet (Bel)                                                         
111 Marco Arnold* (Swi)                                                          
112 Rob Vangenechten* (Bel) Team Saeco                                           
113 Julien Saussac* (Fra) BH-Suntour                                             
114 Hubert Pollinger (Ita) Sunshine Racers ASV Nals                              
115 David Lozano Riba* (Spa) Cemelorca-Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo              
116 Simon Scheiber* (Aut) Sunshine Racers ASV Nals                               
117 Evgeniy Nikolaev* (Rus) Russian National Team                                
118 Severin Disch* (Swi) Giant Mountain Bike Team                                
119 John Groves (Aus)                                                            
120 Alexandre Guilhoto (Por)                                                     
121 Vivien Legastelois* (Fra) BH-Suntour                                         
122 Martinez Rus Hugo (Spa)                                                      
123 Patxi Cia Apezteguia (Spa) Conor - Camping La Siesta                         
124 Balz Weber (Swi) DS-Rennsport                                                
125 Mikhail Baryshnikov* (Rus) Russian National Team                             
126 Pascal Hossay* (Bel)                                                         
127 André Anes* (Por)                                                            
128 Ricardo Vicente* (Por)                                                       
129 Ondrej Cink* (Cze) Merida Biking Team                                        
130 Ivo Santos (Por)                                                             
131 David Escolar Ballesteros (Spa)                                              
132 Nicolas Jeantet* (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.                         
133 Peter Sagan* (Svk) Slovakian National Team                                   
134 Jo Thorson Nordskar* (Nor) Team Etto Hoydahl                                 
135 Daniel Marques (Por) Portuguese National Team                                
136 Jonas De Backer* (Bel) Belgian National Team                                 
137 Diogo Beatriz Gomes Afonso* (Por) Portuguese National Team                   
138 Sebastian Batchelor* (GBr) British National Team                             

Elite women

1 Margarita Fullana Riera (Spa) Massi                                            
2 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Central Ghost Pro Team                                     
3 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team                                
5 Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Factory Racing                                   
6 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team                                          
7 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Ghost Pro Team                                      
8 Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Cap Arreghini                                        
9 Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher                                        
10 Katrin Leumann (Swi)                                                          
11 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice                                         
12 Petra Henzi (Swi) Fischer-BMC                                                 
13 Mary Mcconneloug (USA)                                                        
14 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher                                      
15 Julie Bresset* (Fra) Breiz Mountain                                           
16 Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles                
17 Laura Turpijn (Ned)                                                           
18 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt International MTB Team                             
19 Janka Stevkova (Svk)                                                          
20 Cécile Rode Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International                              
21 Adelheid Morath (Ger)                                                         
22 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team                             
24 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team                                             
25 Rowena Fry (Aus) Discovertasmania.com                                         
26 Aleksandra Dawidowicz* (Pol) CCC Polkowice                                    
27 Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice                                        
28 Caroline Mani* (Fra) Team Bikepark.ch                                         
29 Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Team Bikepark.ch                               
30 Anna Villar Argente (Spa) Massi                                               
31 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Cap Arreghini                               
33 Helene Marcouyre (Fra) BH-Suntour                                             
35 Githa Michiels (Bel) Team Saeco                                               
36 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) BH-Suntour                                                
37 Lea Davison (USA) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles                         
38 Alexandra Engen* (Swe)                                                        
40 Julie Krasniak* (Fra)                                                         
41 Tereza Hurikova* (Cze) Ceska Sporitelna MTB                                   
42 Vera Andreeva* (Rus) Russian National Team                                    
43 Gracie Elvin* (Aus) Discovertasmania.com                                      
44 Stephanie Wiedner* (Aut) DS-Rennsport                                         
45 Judith Pollinger* (Ita) Sunshine Racers ASV Nals                              
46 Silke Schmidt* (Ger)                                                          
47 Ana Zupan* (Slo)                                                              
48 Kathrin Stirnemann* (Swi)                                                     
49 Barbara Benko* (Hun)                                                          
50 Margarita Garcia Artigues* (Spa) Cemelorca-Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo       
51 Rosara Joseph (NZl)                                                           
52 Ivonne Kraft (Ger)                                                            
53 Maria Osl (Aut) Fischer-BMC                                                   
54 Laura Metzler (Fra) BH-Suntour                                                
55 Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa) Cemelorca-Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo         
56 Katherine O'shea (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition                             
57 Rocio Gamonal Ferrera (Spa)                                                   
58 Cristina Mascarreras Sabria (Spa) Conor - Camping La Siesta                   
59 Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe) Subaru-Gary Fisher                                 
60 Kristien Nelen (Bel)                                                          
61 Oksana Rybakova (Rus) Russian National Team                                   
62 Kate Potter (Aus)                                                             
63 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)                                                       
64 Evelyn Staffler (Ita) Colnago Cap Arreghini                                   
65 Rocio Martin Rodriguez (Spa)                                                  
66 Katrin Schwing (Ger)                                                          
67 Vivianne Meyer* (Swi) Colnago Cap Arreghini                                   
68 Laure Boulay (Fra) Keops                                                      
69 Elena Ondasova (Svk)                                                          
70 Camille Pousse* (Fra)                                                         
71 Jasmin Achermann* (Swi) Fischer-BMC                                           
72 Joana Barbosa* (Por)                                                          
73 Virginie Pointet* (Swi) Team Bikepark.ch                                      
74 Nadine Rieder* (Ger) Fumic.Brothers.International                             
75 Rosemary Barnes (Aus)                                                         
76 Catherine Lohri (Swi) Swiss National Team                                     
77 Karin Rappo* (Swi) Swiss National Team   

* indicates Under 23                                     

Junior men

2 Marc Schärli (Swi) Swiss National Team                                         
3 Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Swiss National Team                                  
4 Bryan Falaschi (Ita) Italian National Team                                     
5 Benjamin Boulenc (Fra) French National Team                                    
6 Thomas Decugis (Fra) French National Team                                      
7 Hugo Drechou (Fra) French National Team                                        
8 Sebastien Moya (Fra) French National Team                                      
9 Titouan Perrin Ganier (Fra) French National Team                               
11 Mario Luis Miranda Costa (Por) Portuguese National Team                       
12 Rodrigo José Jeronimo Gomes (Por) Portuguese National Team                    
14 Ricardo Paulo Reis Marinheiro (Por) Portuguese National Team                  
15 David Miguel Costa Rodrigues (Por) Portuguese National Team                   
16 Ivan Smirnov (Rus) Russian National Team                                      
18 Pablo Bravo Alonso (Spa) Spanish National Team                                
19 Daniel Guasch Tur (Spa) Spanish National Team                                 
20 Josep Nadal Magrinya (Spa) Spanish National Team                              
21 Adria Noguera Soldevila (Spa) Spanish National Team                           
22 Carles Sabadell Ferres (Spa) Spanish National Team                            
23 Jose Maria Sanchez Ruiz (Spa) Spanish National Team                           
24 Michael Millerferli (Aut) Austrian National Team                              
25 Aurélien Daniel (Fra) Breiz Mountain                                          
26 Roberto Giacobazzi (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.                        
27 Quentin Le Dizes (Fra) Keops                                                  
28 Clément Rouget (Fra) Keops                                                    
29 Maxime Salmon (Fra) Keops                                                     
30 Maxime Schmid (Swi) Team Bikepark.ch                                          

Junior women

102 Ekaterina Anoshina (Rus) Russian National Team                               
103 Anne Terpstra (Ned) Dutch National Team                                      
104 Rita Isabel Viegas Barriga (Por) Portuguese National Team                    
105 Filipa Ferreira Queiros (Por) Portuguese National Team                       
106 Michelle Hediger (Swi) Fischer-BMC