June 25, 2005 (Mont Ste-Anne, Que.) – Canada’s National Champion, Geoff Kabush (CAN, Maxxis) had lots to smile about when he rode to third place today at the World Cup cross-country #5.
Switzerland’s Christoph Sauser (SUI, Siemens Mobile-Cannondale) won the event in 1:57:28. Second place, Sweden’s Frederik Kessiakoff (SWE, Siemens Mobile-Cannondale) finished second, a mere 18 seconds back. Kabush was only 1:16 off the lead.
Today’s result, which is Kabush’s career best World Cup to date, came only a few hours after fellow Canadian Marie-HÃ©lÃ¨ne PrÃ©mont (CAN, Rocky Mountain-Business Objects) delivered a gold medal performance on home soil.
Kabush won the Canadian National Champion’s jersey on a very similar course in the same location in similar conditions only two weeks ago. It was muggy out on the course, which took a toll on many of the riders. Kabush, however, seemed to thrive in the heat, starting strong and moving up from his 21st-place start position.
The men did six laps of the five-kilometre course, facing the same short, steep climbs and technical descents as the women. Course conditions were good with things drying up quickly after rain showers in the days leading up to the event.
Canadian Roland Green (CAN, Kona-Les Gets) is happy with his ninth-place performance. “I’m happy to be feeling good again,” he said.
“Today was a good race as far as knowing where I stand internationally,” he said. Green said he started conservatively because of the heat, which rewarded him with a strong final two laps. He is planning on attending World Cup #7 in Angel Fire, New Mexico as well as several other NORBAs.
Ricky Federau (CAN, Gears Racing) was third-best Canadian with a 15th-place finish in a race he described as “insanely hot.” How did he feel? “Super, wicked, awesome!”
Kris Sneddon (CAN, Kona-Les Gets) slipped into the top 20 with a 19th-place result. There were 16 Canadians in the top 50.
Even sixth-place finisher, Spain’s Marti Gispert Labarta (ESP,
Maxxis-MSC), had issues with the heat, but said he managed to get things under control and finish well, despite a flat tire on the last lap.
Results – 6 Laps, 30.9 km
1. Christoph Sauser (SUI, Siemens Mobile-Cannondale) 1:57:28
2. Frederik Kessiakoff (SWE, Siemens Mobile-Cannondale) at 0:18
3. Geoff Kabush (CAN, Maxxis) 1:16
4. Adam Craig (USA, Giant) 1:46
5. Liam Killeen (GBR, Specialized) 2:17
6. Marti Gispert Labarta (ESP, Maxxis-MSC) 4:25
7. Erwin Bakker (NED, Heijdens-Ten Tusscher) 5:15
8. Roel Paulissen (BEL, Giant) 6:03
9. Roland Green (CAN, Kona-Les Gets) 6:12
10. Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos (ESP, Multivan-Merida) 7:42
15. Ricky Federau (CAN, Gears Racing) 9:29
19. Kris Sneddon (CAN, Kona-Les Gets) 10:24
23. Seamus McGrath (CAN, Haro) 11:56
24. Mathieu Toulouse (CAN, Maxxis) 12:20
25. Andrew Watson (CAN, Gears Racing) 12:33
27. Chris Sheppard (CAN, Haro) 14:07
31. Matthew Hadley (CAN, Subway) 15:27
32. Derek Zandstra (CAN, Bay Cycle-3 Rox Racing) 15:59
33. Peter Wedge (CAN, Kona-Les Gets) 16:28
37. Jamie Lamb (CAN) 17:51
38. Benoit Simard (CAN, Equipe Perigny) 18:58
43. Frederic Bussieres (CAN, Rocky Mountain-Business Objects) 21:18
49. Bruno Lafontaine (CAN) -2 Laps
50. Alexandre Frappier (CAN) -2 Laps