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Bundesliga XCO #3 - HC

Heubach, Germany, May 6, 2007

 2006 Results    Results 

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