Graves races to victory in four cross

Rinderknecht rides to silver while Tschugg earns bronze

Jared Graves (Yeti Fox Shox) was once again unstoppable in the men's four cross at round four of the World Cup at Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec. By the first corner in each of his four races to victory, he held a significant lead by the first corner, and extended it as he headed to the finish line.

With world champion Thomas Slavik (RSP 4 Cross) crashing out of competition in qualifying, and second ranked David Graf of Switzerland also crashing, and not making the racing heats, Graves' competition was reduced. Roger Rinderknecht (BMC), the only rider other than Graves to win a World Cup this season, finished second to Graves in the final, with Guido Tschugg (Ghost Factory) taking third and Joost Wichman (RSP 4 Cross) fourth.

Graves has won the men's overall title with one event remaining. Even if he does not start the final event and Rinderknecht wins, the two will be tied on points at 425. However, the first tie-breaker is number of wins, and Graves would have three to Rinderknecht's two in that scenario.

"I actually felt pretty tired at the start of practice," said Graves, "but every round I got better, and I ended the day in my semi and final with two solid runs down the hill. So I'm pumped to get the win after last year [when he lost the world championships here]."

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Rob Jones
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