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Copa del Mundo de Mountain Bike
Hermida, cuarto en la prueba de la República Checa
El 'biker' español es quinto, a falta de una prueba, en la clasificación general
Europa Press 14/08/11 - 19:25.
El 'biker' español José Antonio Hermida ha finalizado cuarto este domingo en la Copa del Mundo de Mountain Bike, celebrada en la localidad checa de Nove Mesta Na Morave, un resultado que aúpa al vigente campeón del mundo a la quinta plaza de la general a falta de una prueba.
El ciclista catalán ha finalizado a 30 segundos del segundo puesto. Con este resultado, Hermida demuestra su evolución hacia los Campeonatos del Mundo, sólo una semana después de lograr un sexto puesto en el Europeo y cuando se acerca el que presume podría ser su pico de forma física esta temporada. Su principal objetivo ahora es intentar revalidar su cetro mundial.
"Voy a pujar por la victoria. Luego hay muchas cosas que pueden suceder, pero estoy determinado a tener opciones en el Mundial. Hoy ya me he notado con más explosividad y he podido mantener a Kulhavy a unos 30 segundos durante la mayor parte de la prueba", aseguró el ciclista catalán.
El corredor de Multivan-Merida también ha tenido que lidiar con un problema en su rueda trasera durante la prueba, algo que, según él, le ha lastrado al final. "Le he dado un golpe muy fuerte y me he asustado. Creía que había pinchado o dañado el neumático. He decidido no arriesgar y he parado en la zona técnica, donde he perdido los 50 segundos que llevaba con Absalon y Schurter, que me han dado caza. Tras ese parón me ha costado coger ritmo de nuevo", afirmó.
"No estoy a tope, pero ya he notado una gran mejora respecto a la semana anterior. Hoy iba muy fluido, muy concentrado las sensaciones eran buenísimas, aunque mi mejor forma aún debe llegar", finalizó.
Kulhavy takes his fourth UCI Mountain Bike World Cup victory of the season
The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano returned to the Czech Republic for the first time in 14 years with round six in Nove Mesto na Morave for cross-country experts. In front of a home crowd of nearly 20,000 fans, Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) won his fourth World Cup victory of the season, and wrapped up the overall title with one race remaining. Catharine Pendrel (Luna) took her second win of the season in the women's race, closing the gap to World Cup leader Julie Bresset (BH-Suntour-Peisey Vallandry) to 140 points.
The technical course clearly suited some riders more than others, as a number of top contenders finished well back. Bresset got off to her usual fast start, with Pendrel chasing alone, followed by Eva Lechner (Colnago Farbe Sudtirol). For the first couple of laps the status did not change, but then Bresset started to lose ground as she crashed multiple times, and Pendrel passed and dropped the French rider on the third lap.
"It was a very difficult, technical course, and I had much problems," admitted Bresset. "I crashed three times and then Catharine passed me and I could not stay with her, she was too strong."
Pendrel took a 32 second lead by the halfway point in the race, and extended it to nearly a minute by the finish. Behind the two leaders, Kalentieva had caught Lechner on the second lap after a slow start, and so did the new European champion, Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida), as the Italian barely manage to fend off British champion Annie Last for the fifth and final podium spot.
"It was a hard race," commented Pendrel, "and I had more than my share of mistakes out there. At the beginning Julie got a very strong start, and I made some mistakes. But I could see her in front of me, and I think maybe she went out a little too hard at the start. This is a great course, and I'm really happy to win here, and still keep the fight going for the [World Cup] title."
The Under-23 race saw an upset, with series leader Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Lapierre) having her consecutive winning streak halted at four, as she could only manage third place today. After taking an early lead, the French rider was caught and dropped on the second lap by Ukrainian champion Yana Belomoyna (Infotre-Bi & Esse-Lee Cougan), and then on the fifth lap by Barbara Benko (Focus-MIG). However, she still holds a commanding 75 point lead in the standings.
World Cup leader Jaroslav Kulhavy had stated before the sixth round that he considered winning this event more important than a victory at the world championships. He did not disappoint his fans, with a dominant performance that also locked up the World Cup title. Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) secured second in the overall standings with his second place in Nove Mesto, while Julien Absalon (Orbea) took third.
Kulhavy took no chances, attacking on the start loop and opening a gap on Nino Schurter by the start of the first lap, and then extending it steadily through the rest of the seven laps. Schurter, fighting an infection and having just finished a training camp at altitude, dropped back after he realized he could not match Kulhavy's pace. Absalon, another favourite, had a slow start to the race.
"I wanted to get away early," explained Kulhavy, "so that I could avoid any traffic and ride at my own pace. It was almost a perfect race for me, with only some little mistakes. It was incredible."
While Schurter and Absalon were fading, world champion Jose Hermida (Multivan Merida) took up the chase. However, he was eventually picked up and dropped by Schurter and Absalon as they recovered and began moving back through the chasers.
Kulhavy rolled into the finishing stadium to the roar of over 5000 people in the stands, and lifted his bike over his head to stride across the finish line, with a wide grin cracking his normally serious demeanor. Behind, Schurter had finally managed to drop Absalon in the last kilometres to claim second by nine seconds over Absalon. Hermida hung on for fourth, and a last lap surge by Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Wild Wolf-Trek) gave the Spaniard the final podium spot.
Kulhavy's fourth win (plus a second and a third) give him 1360 points to Schurter's 1070 and Absalon's 810 (Absalon skipped the two North American rounds). With a win worth 250 points, the Czech rider now has an unassailable lead in the standings. Schurter is also assured of second by the same margin, but Absalon is not as secure in third, going into next weekend's final in Val di Sole, Italy. Maxime Marotte (BH-Suntour-Peisey Vallandry) is 70 points back of Absalon andHermida is 82 points behind.
Gerhard Kerschbaumer (TX Active Bianchi) locked up the Under-23 men's World Cup cross-country title a day earlier, with his fourth victory of the season. Kerschbaumer followed the attack of local favourite Ondrej Cink (Merida), and the two dropped the rest of the field on the start loop. From that point on, Kerschbaumer easily sat on the wheel of Cink, as the Czech rider tried repeatedly to drop him on the climbs, before launching his own attack on the third lap and riding clear. Marek Konwa (Milka Trek) had joined the two leaders briefly on lap two, before dropping back to third.
Val di Sole (ITA) hosts the 2012 World Cup finals next weekend, preceding the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships in Switzerland.