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Bundesliga XCO, Bike the Rock - HC
Heubach, Germany, May 25, 2008
Soukup wins men's race while Kraft surprises women
In second round of the Germany Bundesliga cross country, Austrian Christoph Soukup took the win ahead of German Moritz Milatz and Frenchman Julien Absalon. The women's race saw German Ivonne Kraft cross the finish line six seconds ahead of Frenchwoman Sabrina Enaux and compatriot Hanna Klein.
Specators flocked the eighth annual Bike the Rock in Heubach to cheer riders up the long, steep climbs and through the difficult downhills. In the men's race, Soukup and Milatz took an early race lead over Absalon. The four-time world champion, coming off a hard training week, was not able to follow them. "They were too strong for me today, but I enjoyed the race with all the spectators around," said Absalon after the race. He would finish third.
At the front Soukup left Milatz on lap five. "My legs worked really fine on the uphill, and for me it's a great pleasure to win Heubach because it is a wonderful event, hardly comparable to others," said Soukup.
After a few difficult weeks of illness, Milatz was glad to be competitive again. "Christoph was much stronger in the climb but I'm okay with my shape, looking forward to the world cup in Andorra."
Kraft faster on the downhills
In women's race Kraft used her technical skills to beat Enaux by six seconds. Whenever the pair reached the top of a climb, Enaux always was close to Kraft. But he 37 year-old German was much faster on the tricky, steep downhill. "I'm happy to feel my body again in this way," said Kraft after the race. Since Cape Epic, in which which she won the mixed category together with Nico Pfitzenmaier, she never regained her full health and suffered disappointing results in the first three World Cup rounds.
Enaux was not unhappy to get the second place and she is now now leading the Bundesliga overall. Third place went to U23 rider Hanna Klein, 5'41" minutes behind Kraft.
Norwegian Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa did not start due to problems caused by crashes at Houffalize, and Elisabeth Osl of Austria also declined to start following a crash during training on Saturday.
Russian Irina Kalentieva started the race, but was suffering another cold after the European championships and was taking antibiotics. The world champion lives much of the year at nearby Aalen, only ten kilometers from Heubach, so she decided start, but withdrew after two laps."I like this race and there are a lot of fans. So I was anxious to to be here," she said.
Both Dahle Flesjaa and Kalentieva are at risk of missing the Andorra World Cup coming up this weekend.
Schatzing wins sprint
Saturday's sprint race victory went to former German national team member Marco Schatzing ahead of Heiko Gutmann and Sebastian Bergmann. Schatzing passed Gutmann in the last possible moment before the course went into a singletrack and then defended his lead until the finish. "I had a lot of luck and I didn't expect that," the surprised winner said.
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Elite men 1 Christoph Soukup (Aut) Team Fuji-Bikes Europe 1.58.59 2 Moritz Milatz (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 1.39 3 Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea 2.44 4 Fabian Giger (Swi) SKS M.I.G. Team 3.22 5 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 6.05 6 Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG2-APC Presmet 7.05 7 Tim Böhme (Ger) Team ALB-Gold Mountainbike 7.49 8 Karl Markt (Aut) Team SRM Stevens 8.26 9 Jochen Käß (Ger) Team ALB-Gold Mountainbike 8.32 10 Robert Mennen (Ger) Team Fuji-Bikes Europe 9.07 11 Steffen Thum (Ger) Team Mayer-Arbeitsbühnen/STE 9.44 12 Olaf Rochow (Ger) Team Fuji-Bikes Europe 10.05 13 Piotr Brzozka (Pol) JBG2-APC Presmet 10.13 14 Klaus Nielsen (Den) Team ALB-Gold Mountainbike 12.31 15 Robert Gehbauer (Aut) Multivan Merida Biking Team 13.15 16 Markus Bauer (Ger) Haibike 15.50 17 Christopher Maletz (Ger) Zweirad Riese Racingteam 15.52 18 Benjamin Rudiger (Ger) Rothaus-Cube MTB Team 16.19 19 Florian Schön (Ger) RSV Bautzen 16.49 20 Evgeny Pechenin (Rus) Format-Udmurtiya Team 1 lap 21 Sebastian Szraucner (Ger) Team Fuji-Bikes Europe 22 Wilko Rochow (Ger) Team Mayer-Arbeitsbühnen/STE 23 Sebastian Mordmüller (Ger) Cannondale Bad Salzdetfurth Ra 24 Vero Lüscher (Ger) Team Mayer-Arbeitsbühnen/STE 25 Max Friedrich (Ger) Best-Bike-Parts / Haibike 26 Heiko Gutmann (Ger) Rothaus-Cube MTB Team 27 Pascal Ketterer (Ger) Bergamont Renn-Team 28 Michael Stieglbauer (Ger) Sportivo St.Englmar/Team Stepp 29 David Hofmann (Ger) Lexware-Racing-Team 30 Florian Kremmaier (Aut) RC-Arbö-ANF Mazda Eder Walding 2 laps 31 Rumen Voigt (Ger) VSC Klingenthal/Sks M.I.G 32 Marco Schätzing (Ger) Zwillingscraft/SSV Mountyalten 33 Andy Römhild (Ger) SR Suntour Fuji Bikes/1.MTB-Cl 34 Markus Knott (Ger) Team XLC Haibike 35 Andi Weinhold (Ger) Team SRM Stevens 36 Boris Vasilyev (Rus) Format-Udmurtia 3 laps 37 Severin Schweisguth (Ger) Ghost Racing Team 38 Sascha Knöpfle (Ger) Rothaus-Cube MTB Team 39 Jochen Coconcelli (Ger) Team Zwillingscraft 40 Vladimir Loginov (Rus) Format-Udmurtia-Team 41 Guido Thaler (Aut) Corratec World Team 42 Alexander Speisekorn (Ger) MTB-Teck/Team Nolte-Küchen 43 Johnni Nielsen (Den) 44 Markus Trost (Ger) Team Schneiderhan-Cube 45 Philipp Maximilian Daum (Ger) Best-Bike-Parts/Haibike 46 Timm Jander (Ger) Team Radsport Dressel - Scott 4 laps 47 Christian Entmayr (Aut) RC-Arbö-ANF Mazda Eder Walding 48 Tom Ettlich (Ger) White Rock 49 Oliver Vonhausen (Ger) Team Speed-Max 5 laps 50 Alexey Belokrylov (Rus) Format-Udmurtia-Team Elite women 1 Ivonne Kraft (Ger) Joybike / MBC Bochum 1.34.28 2 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Team Lapierre International 0.06 3 Hanna Klein (Ger) Rothaus-Cube MTB Team 5.41 4 Julie Krasniak (Fra) Time Lapierre International 7.07 5 Silke Schmidt (Ger) Fuji Bikes Europe 7.25 6 Agnes Naumann (Ger) Rothaus-Cube MTB Team 9.29 7 Nina Kunz (Ger) Merida Deutschland 9.43 8 Tatjana Dold (Ger) Fuji-Bikes Europe 12.16 9 Silja Vetter (Ger) SC Hausach Neumayer Tekfor 13.28 10 Stefanie Andris (Ger) Rothaus-Cube MTB Team 14.19 11 Claudia Seidel (Ger) RSV Neustdt/ Orla; Team Focus 14.57 12 Sandra Börner (Ger) SG Rheinfelden/ Sabine Spitz J 16.18 13 Ines Thoma (Ger) SKS M.I.G. Team 17.23 14 Nicole Lechl (Ger) Team Xlc Haibike 18.01 15 Katharina Haase (Ger) TSV Böhringen Team Bergamont 20.41 16 Almut Grieb (Ger) www.team-woba.de 22.12 17 Nadine Rieder (Ger) FBI Racingteam.Youngstars 1 lap 18 Cora Paulukat (Ger) SV Steele 11/biketeam2008.De U23 women 1 Hanna Klein (Ger) Rothaus-Cube MTB Team 1.40.09.7 2 Julie Krasniak (Fra) Time Lapierre International 1.26.2 3 Silke Schmidt (Ger) Fuji Bikes Europe 1.43.8 4 Agnes Naumann (Ger) Rothaus-Cube MTB Team 3.47.6 5 Silja Vetter (Ger) SC Hausach Neumayer Tekfor 7.46.6 6 Stefanie Andris (Ger) Rothaus-Cube MTB Team 8.38.2 7 Sandra Börner (Ger) SG rheinfelden/ Sabine Spitz j 10.36.5 8 Ines Thoma (Ger) SKS M.I.G. Team 11.42.0 9 Nicole Lechl (Ger) Team XLC Haibike 12.19.9 10 Katharina Haase (Ger) TSV Böhringen Team Bergamont 15.00.0 One lap behind 11 Nadine Rieder (Ger) FBI racingteam.youngstars 12 Cora Paulukat (Ger) SV Steele 11/biketeam Elite B and U23 men 1 Julian Schwendemann (Ger) Endorfin Solvis 126.96.36.199 2 Kilian Pfeffer (Ger) Team-Cmtb 3.33.0 3 Timo Modosch (Ger) Ghost Racing Team 4.05.1 4 Stefan Schairer (Ger) Gonso-Rawoflex/ 4.51.3 5 Johannes Közle (Ger) Team-Cmtb 5.26.5 6 Yves Kellogg (Ger) Endorfin Solvis 5.50.8 7 Christian Lau (Ger) NRW Landeskader 6.34.6 8 Philipp Ziegler (Ger) FXSports 6.55.6 9 Patrick Titus (Ger) SKS M.I.G. CO 7.18.8 10 Benedict Bosler (Ger) rkv-racingteam/ 7.52.1 11 Torben Saßnick (Ger) Team Focus 9.11.6 12 Tommy Galle (Ger) Zweirad riese Racingteam 9.21.3 13 Svante Johanßon (Ger) RSC Lüneburg/ 9.43.7 14 Sascha Nething (Ger) MTB Teck Team 9.57.5 15 Benjamin Oesterle (Ger) MHW Cube Racing 11.16.3 16 Jens Ostwaldt (Ger) Cannondale - Bad 11.27.3 17 Arne Rollert (Ger) Radsportverband 12.24.3 18 Daniel Stolz (Ger) Haibike 12.47.1 19 Hans-Joachim Kleine (Ger) Bergamont-Sport-Team 13.06.9 20 Barry Hayes (Ger) PRISMA-Ferring/Trenga DE Cycli 13.40.6 21 Nico Köpke (Ger) Gonso-Rawoflex/RSG Zollern- 13.45.4 22 Ronny Munz (Ger) Aktiv-Sport-Fichtenberg 13.45.5 23 Lukas Schmitz (Ger) Bergamont 13.47.9 24 Mario Waibel (Ger) Team-Cmtb 15.26.6 25 Tom Fritsch (Ger) Gonso-Rawoflex/RSG Zollern-Alb 15.32.8 26 Markus Ziegler (Ger) SC Hausach/Neumayer Tekfor 15.39.6 27 Peter Hermann (Ger) RC Lübbecke 04 15.44.6 28 Matthias Ulrich (Ger) MTB Team - Saar / RSF Niederli 18.17.1 29 Jonas Struff (Ger) team-wein.de 18.19.2 30 Jörg Schmidt (Ger) FRM Racing Team 18.39.8 31 Till Seime (Ger) Harz-Racing Becker-Carbon 20.39.9 One lap behind 32 Richard Gantner (Aut) Radclub Laßnitzhöhe 33 Christian Fehr (Ger) SV Steele 1911/SKS M.i.G.Team 34 Jeffrey Andris (Ger) MHW Cube Racing Team 35 Konstantin Jung (Ger) RSG Würzburg 36 Florian Eitel (Ger) Rhein-Neckar-Racing 37 Tobias Schillig (Ger) Team Bikeservice - CORRATEC 38 Dominic Dinger (Ger) HOT CHILI Racing Team 39 Markus Moeller (Ger) ATV Haltern am See Two laps behind 40 Olaf Miosga (Ger) MTB Team-Saar / RC Mistral 41 Patrick Müller (Ger) TV Rodenbach / Kuk's Racingtea 42 Viktor Grzebyk (Ger) Team Watz Up Oberhausen U23 men - #2 1 Fabian Giger (Swi) SKS M.I.G. Team 2.02.21.8 2 Piotr Brzozka (Pol) JBG2-APC PRESMET 6.51.2 3 Robert Gehbauer (Aut) Multivan Merida Biking Team 9.53.6 4 Markus Bauer (Ger) Haibike 12.28.3 5 Florian Schön (Ger) RSV Bautzen 13.27.3 One lap behind 6 Sebastian Szraucner (Ger) Team Fuji-Bikes Europe 7 Sebastian Mordmüller (Ger) Cannondale Bad Salzdetfurth ra 8 Vero Lüscher (Ger) Team Mayer-Arbeitsbühnen / STE 9 Heiko Gutmann (Ger) Rothaus-Cube MTB Team 10 Pascal Ketterer (Ger) Bergamont Renn-Team 11 David Hofmann (Ger) Lexware-Racing-Team Two laps behind 12 Rumen Voigt (Ger) VSC Klingenthal/SKS M.i.G. 13 Andy Römhild (Ger) SR Suntour Fuji Bikes/1.MTB-Cl 14 Markus Knott (Ger) Team XLC Haibike 15 Andi Weinhold (Ger) Team SRM Stevens Three laps behind 16 Severin Schweisguth (Ger) GHOST Racing Team 17 Sascha Knöpfle (Ger) Rothaus-Cube MTB Team 18 Vladimir Loginov (Rus) Format-Udmurtia-Team 19 Markus Trost (Ger) Team Schneiderhan-Cube 20 Philipp Maximilian Daum (Ger) Best-Bike-Parts/HAIBIKE Four laps behind 21 Timm Jander (Ger) Team Radsport Dressel - SCOTT 22 Tom Ettlich (Ger) White Rock Five laps behind 23 Oliver Vonhausen (Ger) Team Speed-Max Junior men 1 Fabian Strecker (Ger) Lexware-Racing-Team 1.03.42.2 2 Markus Schulte-Lünzum (Ger) SKS M.I.G. Team 0.19.9 3 Marcel Fleschhut (Ger) LEXWARE Racing Team SV Kirchza 0.21.8 4 Martin Gluth (Ger) Team Bulls 2.22.1 5 Benjamin Dorn (Ger) cannondale bad salzdetturth ra 3.10.8 6 Matthias Hoi (Aut) Team Fuji Bikes Europe/ARBÖ RL 4.23.0 7 Valentin Fiderer (Ger) VAUDE-Simplon TEAM 4.26.7 8 Manfred Reis (Ger) SKS - Made in Germany 4.34.4 9 Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Bergamont Renn-Team 5.24.6 10 Marcus Nicolai (Ger) Team Bergamont 6.08.5 11 David Simon (Ger) racingteam.youngstars 6.30.7 12 Henrik Hoffmann (Ger) NRW Landeskader 6.46.5 13 Lukas Schuon (Ger) VBC Waldshut-Tiengen 7.03.4 14 Daniel Staub (Ger) Haibike 7.03.9 15 Ludwig Doehl (Ger) Bike Junior Team 7.37.6 16 Timo Müller (Ger) Team Schneiderhahn CUBE 7.38.7 17 Martin Kotschenreuther (Ger) RADioAKTIV-RACING 7.54.2 18 Thomas Weschta (Ger) BSB Bayreuth/AS Group-ergomo 7.55.5 19 Anselm Wüllner (Ger) NRW Landeskader 8.11.3 20 Marcel Braun (Ger) Radon Racing Team 8.27.1 21 Fabian Kring (Ger) PokerRoom/youngwilds.de 8.28.9 22 Adrian Sauer (Ger) TuS Oppenau 8.35.6 23 Jan-Niklas Droste (Ger) Cannondale-Bad-Salzdetfurth-ra 8.54.7 24 Martin Knöpfle (Ger) Lexware-Racing-Team 9.02.0 25 Lysander Kiesel (Ger) Capic Team/SSV Wildpoldsried 9.21.4 26 Timo Häfner (Ger) Team Steinlach Wiesaz 9.26.1 27 Ignacio Inderwies (Ger) Haibike 9.43.1 28 Alexander Fischer (Ger) Sabine Spitz Junior Team 10.00.1 29 Stephan Meier (Ger) Sabine Spitz Junior Team 10.25.7 30 Ralf Maier (Ger) Team nolte-küchen 11.34.5 31 Tomasz Starzyk (Pol) LKS Trasa Zielona Gora 12.05.0 32 Marius Christian (Ger) RSF Niederlinxweiler Team Endo 12.32.0 33 Maximilian Holz (Ger) Univega Pro Cycling Team 12.50.2 34 Hannes Wunsch (Ger) Sabine Spitz Junior Team 12.51.5 35 Tomasz Skrzypek (Pol) Team Spinning Wheelz 13.30.5 36 Raphael Sämann (Ger) Gonso-Rawoflex-Team 13.46.5 37 Tobias Wisst (Ger) MTB Teck Team Lightweight ,B+M 13.56.0 38 Pascal Hempel (Ger) Team Steinlach-Wiesaz 13.59.6 39 Philipp Richter (Ger) BSB Bayreuth 14.28.8 40 Steven Page (Ger) MTB Team-Saar / RSF Niederlinx 14.36.4 41 Kevin Waibel (Ger) Team-Cmtb 14.50.3 42 Jan Büchmnn (Ger) PRISMA-Ferring/Trenga DE Cycli 14.53.6 43 Alexander Dittgen (Ger) Bike Junior Team, MTB Kader Sa 15.42.3 44 Tim Kunze (Ger) MSC Gerstetten 15.45.6 45 Simon Staufner (Ger) Team-Cmtb 16.01.5 46 Johannes Wolf (Ger) Lexware-Racing-Team 16.14.9 47 Paul Lang (Aut) SIMPLON Zweirad Janger 16.26.1 48 Dominik Ziegler (Ger) SG Sparkasse Mainfranken Würzb 16.30.0 49 Lucas Stix (Ger) MTB-Teck/Team nolte-küchen 16.30.3 50 Marcel Pöter (Ger) ATV Haltern am See 16.52.0 51 Tobias Schmidt (Ger) Landeskader Saar/Rsf Niederlin 17.04.8 52 Samuel Klamer (Ger) Radsport Rhein Neckar 18.13.3 One lap behind 53 Lukas Holtkamp (Ger) ATV Haltern am See 54 Conrad Hüwe (Ger) White Rock 55 Robin Oster (Ger) Landeskader Hessen 56 Lukas Bruder (Ger) TuS Oppenau 57 Dominik Wieser (Aut) Hilljumpers Racing Team 58 Marius Reiber (Ger) MTB-Landeskader Hessen 59 Benjamin Merkel (Ger) RMSV Langenbrand 60 Alexander Köhler (Ger) Landeskader Hessen 61 Nicolas Gieringer (Ger) TuS Oppenau Junior women 1 Mona Eiberweiser (Ger) SKS M.I.G.Team / Ski & Bike De 57.58.4 2 Gesa Brüchmann (Ger) Bad Salzdetfurth Racing Team 2.46.6 3 Vanessa Mosch (Ger) NRW Landeskader 4.45.3 4 Julia Haase (Ger) TSV Böhringen Team Bergamont 6.31.0 5 Elisa Ries (Ger) Vaude Simplon Team 6.37.3 6 Sarah Bosch (Ger) Ghost Junioren Team 9.35.7 7 Melissa Horvat (Aut) ASVÖ Carithia Power Bike Team 9.54.0 8 Kim Gerlach (Ger) PokerRoom/YoungWild.de 12.06.9 9 Sophia Habermehl (Ger) TuS Oppenau 25.25.4