By Rob Jones, Cyclingnews.com

Saturday, July 2, 2011 5.33pm

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]."

This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.com.

ELITE MEN FOUR CROSS RESULTS

Big Final
 
1 Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team
2 Roger Rinderknecht (Swi)
3 Guido Tschugg (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team
4 Joost Wichman (Ned) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team
 
Small Final
 
5 Michal Prokop (Cze)
6 Kamil Tatarkovic (Cze)
7 Lukas Mechura (Cze) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof
8 Quentin Derbier (Fra)
 
1/4 Finals
 
9 Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team
10 Scott Roberts (GBr)
11 Blake Carney (USA)
12 Erik Nelson (USA)
13 Michael Mechura (Cze) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof
14 Graeme Mudd (Aus)
15 Michal Marosi (Cze) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team
16 Matthieu Faury (Fra)
 
1/8 Finals
 
17 Jurg Meijer (Ned) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team
18 Harold Woolnough (Can)
19 Jarrod Adcock (USA)
20 Will Longden (GBr)
21 Petr Muhlhans (Cze)
22 Nathan Parsons (GBr)
23 Scott Beaumont (GBr)
24 Tom Dowie (GBr)
25 Dave Ziegman (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team
26 Bernard Kerr (GBr)
27 Yuuki Kushima (Jpn)
28 Santa Kushima (Jpn)
29 Mark Milward (GBr)
30 Ludovic Gadois (Fra) Ryde - Racing
31 Tyler Paksi (Can)
DNS Nico Seidel (Ger)
 
Teams
 
1 Ghost Factory Racing Team 44 pts
2 Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 40
3 Milka Trek MTB Racing Team 40
4 RSP 4 Cross Racing Team 32
5 Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 26
6 Team GR 25
7 Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie 15
 
Elite men World Cup standings after four rounds
 
1 Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 425 pts
2 Roger Rinderknecht (Swi) 300
3 David Graf (Swi) 250
4 Michal Prokop (Cze) 250
5 Tomas Slavik (Cze) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team 158
6 Joost Wichman (Ned) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team 158
7 Guido Tschugg (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team 112
8 Kamil Tatarkovic (Cze) 106
9 Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team 103
10 Michal Marosi (Cze) RSP 4 Cross Racing Team 86
11 Lukas Mechura (Cze) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 68
12 Romain Saladini (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal 65
13 Scott Roberts (GBr) 42
14 Quentin Derbier (Fra) 39
15 Michael Mechura (Cze) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 38
16 William Evans (GBr) 25
17 Daniel Prijkel (Ned) Team Merida Combee 20
18 Milan Mysik (Cze) 17
19 Scott Beaumont (GBr) 17
20 Blake Carney (USA) 14
21 Jakub Riha (Cze) 14
22 Graeme Mudd (Aus) 14
23 Erik Nelson (USA) 11
24 Pascal Seydoux (Swi) 6
25 Lear Miller (USA) 4
26 Matthieu Faury (Fra) 2
27 Premek Tejchman (Cze) 2
28 Jordan O'keeffe (RSA) 2

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