2012 Crocodile Trophy: Stage 4: Unstoppable Rybarik wins next Crocodile Trophy stage at Irvinebank

23/10/2012  //     //  Dağ Bisikleti DH ve FR

 

 

 

Stage 4, Irvinebank
– Irvinebank

26 km, 600 m x 4
Runden



Unstoppable Rybarik wins next Crocodile Trophy stage at Irvinebank

Czech
rider Ivan Rybarik wins the fourth stage of the 2012 Crocodile Trophy
at Irvinebank today and the overall race result stays the same with
Czech and Austrian riders dominating the top five positions: Rybarik
leads ahead of fellow Czech rider Ondrej Fojtik in second and the
Austrian Wolfgang Krenn is third. Ondrej Slezak (CZE) is fourth and
Dominick Hrinkow (AUT) claims fifth overall place. With a solid
performance, the Belgian rider Michiel Van Aelbroeck (BEL) was second at
Irvinebank and Ondrej Fojtik crossed the line as third.

Day four at the Crocodile Trophy 2012 saw riders line up for a
lap race around Irvinebank today. A stage with plenty of variety and the
26km course around the old mining town delivered. And so did Ivan
Rybarik who yesterday promised to defend his leaders jersey come hell or
high water.

 

“I didn’t want to take any risks today and kept pushing hard. I
still feel very strong and that I have some reserves left for the coming
stages”, said the retired pro-cyclist and geography and PE high school
teacher today. Together with his wife a doctor he operates a naturopathy
clinic in the Bohemia region of the Czech Republic and when he is not
riding his bike, Rybarik is studying to become a nutritionist.  “We have
a 16 month old daughter, Elena, and I am very lucky that my wife is so
supportive of my cycling passion, so I could train all last year for the
Crocodile Trophy.” He was in his best physical shape ever, so that his
bike would hold up for the remaining stages was his biggest hope, he
added.

 

Belgian surprise podium

Today’s second fastest racer at
Irvinebank was the Belgian rider Michiel Van Aelbroek. “I came to this
race with no particular interest in the general classification, but I
wanted to do really well in at least one stage. So today, I tried to
attack early on and had Mike Mulkens [BEL] with me, but Rybarik doesn’t
hand out any presents – his counterattack came fast and we didn’t get
away.”, said Van Aelbroek of his experience out on the race track. He
said that it was understandable that as the race leader you would want
to have a comfortable advantage and added, “As long as Rybarik rides
that strong, all we can do is watch, so I’m actually quite happy with my
second placing today.”

 

“It’s like Ivan is racing his own race this year”, agreed today’s
third, Ondrej Fojtik, who said that his main goal over the next few days
was now to hang on to second place overall, adding “The technical
sections were very challenging today – a lot of steep and rough dry
creek crossings and I’m just happy that I’m at the finish in one piece.”

 

 
Technical sections challenge Croc field

She had been
surprised at the singletrail sections and dry creek crossings today,
said Kate Major, still the fastest lady in the race. “After about half
the lap we left the wide offroad section and entered a technical
singletrail – one of the creek crossings caught me out and I crashed,
but with every lap, I enjoyed it more.” In the overall female
classification, Alice Pirard (BEL) is coming in second and fellow
Belgian Tinneke Van de Voorde currently is third.

Riders raced through undulating terrain and thick bush on narrow
trails, crossing countless dry creek beds with big boulders that
challenged their mountain biking skills. After another climb that seemed
tame, but “still hurt”, as some of the finishers admitted, it was a
wild descent into Irvinebank again. Most riders took more than an hour
to complete each lap and the midday heat was punishing.


Rubena Rocky Trail Racing CZE fastest team after four stages


With
his Rubena Rocky Trail Racing CZE team mates, Ondrej Slezak and Michal
Kafka, overall leader Rybarik is also ahead the Crocodile Trophy team
classification with the Australian “Crocodile Tears” team from Canberra
coming in second. Third after four stages is the local Cairns team
“Tenni’s / SKM”.

 

The accidental team

After lunch, it has been reported that
last year’s M1 winner, Christof Marien (BEL) had crashed due to a
handlebar issue with his bike and was slowly making his way into the
finish. Earlier in the day he had been riding in a breakaway group with
fellow Belgian rider Mulkens. While Marien was looked after by the
medical team on stand-by, his bike was fixed by the two mechanics, who
also travel with the event. Just as Marien was heading out for his next
lap, Eddy Snelders, the Belgian national football trainer, was walking
towards the finish with a flat tire. At the same time more Belgian
racers arrived in the event centre: Philippe Maertens, commentator and
press officer of the Radioshak Nissan Trek cycling team, Guy Vandijck,
two-time winner of the GVA Cyclo Cross Trophy as well Alex Moonen.

They all encouraged Snelders to have his tube changed and to keep
riding and with Marien providing the spare parts, soon they were on
their way again. They kept riding together for most of the day and are
proof of the racing spirit among Crocodile Trophy participants, which is
to stick together when it gets tough and to help and motivate each
other to finish each stage – hopefully with a smile.

 

1 Ivan Rybarik (Cze) Rubena Rocky Trail Racing CZE 4:17:27
2 Michiel Van Aelbroeck (Bel) O2 Bikers – WMTB.be – Schwalbe 0:05:34
3 Ondrej Fojtik (Cze) 0:08:56
4 Wolfgang Krenn (Aut) 0:12:05
5 Cory Wallace (Can) 0:12:49
6 Ondrej Slezak (Cze) Rubena Rocky Trail Racing CZE 0:13:07
7 Matthew Page (GBr) 0:15:39
8 Steven Rankine (Aus) Tenni’s / SKM 0:22:44
9 Dominick Hrinkow (Aut) 0:23:39
10 Mike Blewitt (Aus) Subaru/marathonMTB.com 0:29:57
11 Mike Mulkens (Bel) 0:35:34
12 Paul Mashford (Aus) Tenni’s / SKM 0:39:15
13 Ritchie Motke (Ned) 0:42:31
14 Luke Haines (Aus) 0:57:22
15 Josef Benetseder (Aut) Team Eybl-Gastrogas.at 0:58:53
16 Evan Corry (Aus) RUOK Corry Cycles 1 1:03:35
17 Peter Fröhlich (Aut) Rams Cycling Black tusk 1:06:13
18 Francis Ransley (Aus) RUOK Corry Cycles 2 1:58:49
19 Guillaume Bourgeois (Swi) 2:09:26
20 Patrick Konrad (Aut)
21 Sebastian Einsle (Lux) CT Toproad Roeserbann 01 2:14:51
22 Tommy Arnoldy (Lux) CT Toproad Roeserbann 02
23 Stefan Hackl (Aut) 2:30:53
24 Lukas Babor (Cze) 2:35:13
25 Evert Desmidt (Bel) 2:36:54
26 Den Hutmacher (Lux) CT Toproad Roeserbann 01 3:38:18
DNF Justin Morris (Aus) Subaru/marathonMTB.com
Elite women
Result
1 Kate Major (Aus) 5:52:00
2 Alice Pirard (Bel) O2 Bikers – WMTB.be – Schwalbe 0:25:32
3 Tinneke Van de Voorde (Bel) 1:21:57
4 Annie van der linde (Ned) 1:51:23
5 Jade Forsyth (Aus) 2:47:45
6 Kirsten De Keyser (Bel) 2:57:49
M1
Result
1 Werner van der Merwe (GBr) Subaru/marathonMTB.com 4:29:53
2 Henri Delheye (Bel) WACKY 0:05:58
3 Jeremy Ross (Aus) Crocodile Tears 0:08:04
4 Jason Chalker (Aus) Crocodile Tears 0:17:44
5 Raf De Bakker (Bel) Belgian Connections MTB Team 0:20:20
6 David Osmond (Aus) Crocodile Tears 0:30:37
7 Wesley Reibel (Aus) RUOK Corry Cycles 1 0:33:28
8 Ken De Trogh (Bel) Belgium F-16 Ridley Team 0:34:19
9 Kris Hendrickx (Bel) Belgium F-16 Ridley Team 0:34:20
10 Davy Blancquaert (Bel) Belgium F-16 Ridley Team
11 Michal Kafka (Cze) Rubena Rocky Trail Racing CZE 0:37:24
12 Bjorn De Baets (Bel) WACKY 0:52:49
13 Christophe Heinix (Bel) Team Lingier-Versluys-Beachbikers 0:56:17
14 Peter Lister (Aus) RUOK Corry Cycles 2 0:57:40
15 David Carrillo (Spa) 1:14:00
16 Stephen Jackson (Aus) RUOK Corry Cycles 2 1:15:49
17 Ryan Corry (Aus) RUOK Corry Cycles 1 1:17:19
18 Barry Sey (Bel) Wacky Immobilia Team 1:23:01
19 Martin Wisata (Aut) Rubena Rocky Trail Racing Master 1:27:57
20 Pieter van der Eijk (Ned) 1:29:50
21 Kris Van De Putte (Bel) 1:33:22
22 Lukas Mraz (Cze) 1:46:00
23 Christof Marien (Bel) 1:51:56
24 Wim Verheyen (Bel) 2:43:07
25 Mathias Deleu (Bel) 2:56:09
26 Gunter Selleslagh (Bel) 4:19:52
M2
Result
1 Marc Baechli (Swi) 4:54:41
2 Bart Heirewegh (Bel) 0:00:55
3 Stephen Billington (Aus) Rubena Rocky Trail Racing Master 0:03:42
4 Hans Planckaert (Bel) Smart Cycling Team 0:04:57
5 Alain De Munter (Bel) Fietsen Mertens 0:09:02
6 Peter Urdl (Aut) 0:09:43
7 Jakob Steen-Petersen (Den) HMTBK SRAM 0:25:13
8 Johan Frooninckx (Bel) Belgian Connections MTB Team 0:30:12
9 Peter Roelands (Bel) 0:35:13
10 James Heron (Aus) Rubena Rocky Trail Racing Master 0:39:16
11 Brendon Skerke (Aus) Tenni’s / SKM 0:41:55
12 Guy Sorensen (Aus) Superior Screens 0:57:18
13 Bart De Boeck (Bel) 1:14:42
14 Rik Rohart (Bel) 1:18:46
15 Johny Thielemans (Bel) 1:26:49
16 Nicholas Westwood (Aus) Koiled imports /cleanskin coffee racing 1:29:01
17 Bohuslav Babor (Cze) 1:44:31
18 Allen Liversage (RSA) 2:06:56
19 Peter Stubbe (Bel) Wacky Immobilia Team 2:07:45
20 Jaroslav Hrdlicka (Cze) 2:15:25
21 Thierry Ide (Bel) Wacky 2XL-team 3:25:27
22 Sven Demunter (Bel) Wacky 2XL-team 3:25:29
23 Kelly Duhig (Aus) 3:35:08
24 Barto Du Plessis (Aus) 3:44:18
25 Alex Moonen (Bel) ATB kempen 3:48:47
DNF Stefan Plas (Bel)
DNF John Boswell (Aus)
DNF Chris Neal (Aus)
DNF Pieter van Rooyen (USA)
M3
Result
1 Milan Spolc (Cze) 4:51:04
2 Sam Sprunger (Swi) GVFI Fleisch gibt Kraft 0:32:10
3 Erik Defillet (Bel) Fitopia Bikers 0:39:37
4 Freddy Cassiers (Bel) 0:44:58
5 Ruedi Senn (Swi) Top Müller.ch 0:48:29
6 Luc Verlinde (Bel) Luc Verlinde 0:49:45
7 Robrecht De Meyer (Bel) Fitopia Bikers 0:54:46
8 Johannes Sewald (Ger) bavarian-riders 0:57:36
9 Freddy Vekens (Bel) 1:18:19
10 Rudy Motke (Ned) 1:25:11
11 Eddy Snelders (Bel) Fitopia Bikers 1:28:32
12 Andrew Radcliffe (Aus) 1:37:35
13 Manfred Ertl (Ger) bavarian-riders 1:55:17
14 Georg Schollerer (Ger) bavarian-riders 1:55:19
15 Luc Janssens (Bel) 2:11:19
16 Philippe Maertens (Bel) Belgian Connections MTB Team 4:31:00
17 Guy Vandijck (Bel) 4:31:01
DNF Robert de la Motte (Aus)
DNF Luc Van Aelbroeck (Bel)
DNF Antonio Spidalieri (Swi) GVFI Fleisch gibt Kraft
CA M1
Result
1 Pierre Paligot (Bel) CROCO RR Team Habay 7:36:42
1 Dirk Abeloos (Bel) CROCO RR Team Habay 7:36:44
CA Man
Result
1 Aaron Lakeman (Aus) Rubena Rocky Trail Racing 5:03:37
1 Mark Griffin (Aus) Rubena RockyTrail Racing 5:03:38
2 Filip Kuzniak (Pol) Team KUBIS Gomola Trans Airco 0:04:06
2 Szymon Wojciech Zacharski (Pol) Team KUBIS Gomola Trans Airco 0:00:01
Tandem
Result
DNF Jan Saelen (Bel) / Luc Gielen (Bel)
Points
Result
1 Ivan Rybarik (Cze) Rubena Rocky Trail Racing CZE 25  pts
2 Michiel Van Aelbroeck (Bel) O2 Bikers – WMTB.be – Schwalbe 20
3 Ondrej Fojtik (Cze) 15
4 Wolfgang Krenn (Aut) 10
10 Werner van der Merwe (GBr) Subaru/marathonMTB.com 5
Elite men general classification after stage 4
Result
1 Ivan Rybarik (Cze) Rubena Rocky Trail Racing CZE 13:12:28
2 Ondrej Fojtik (Cze) 0:15:24
3 Wolfgang Krenn (Aut) 0:39:49
4 Ondrej Slezak (Cze) Rubena Rocky Trail Racing CZE 0:45:03
5 Michiel Van Aelbroeck (Bel) O2 Bikers – WMTB.be – Schwalbe 1:08:50
6 Steven Rankine (Aus) Tenni’s / SKM 1:08:51
7 Dominick Hrinkow (Aut) 1:09:10
8 Cory Wallace (Can) 1:18:25
9 Mike Mulkens (Bel) 1:23:09
10 Matthew Page (GBr) 1:27:10
11 Mike Blewitt (Aus) Subaru/marathonMTB.com 1:32:44
12 Josef Benetseder (Aut) Team Eybl-Gastrogas.at 1:51:27
13 Paul Mashford (Aus) Tenni’s / SKM 2:08:22
14 Evan Corry (Aus) RUOK Corry Cycles 1 2:11:14
15 Ritchie Motke (Ned) 2:19:50
16 Luke Haines (Aus) 2:52:29
17 Patrick Konrad (Aut) 3:40:33
18 Peter Fröhlich (Aut) Rams Cycling Black tusk 3:48:37
19 Guillaume Bourgeois (Swi) 3:57:38
20 Tommy Arnoldy (Lux) CT Toproad Roeserbann 02 6:24:04
21 Stefan Hackl (Aut) 6:44:40
22 Sebastian Einsle (Lux) CT Toproad Roeserbann 01 6:47:05
23 Francis Ransley (Aus) RUOK Corry Cycles 2 6:50:40
24 Justin Morris (Aus) Subaru/marathonMTB.com 7:10:30
25 Lukas Babor (Cze) 7:38:34
26 Evert Desmidt (Bel) 7:57:36
27 Den Hutmacher (Lux) CT Toproad Roeserbann 01 12:23:05
Elite women general classification after stage 4
Result
1 Kate Major (Aus) 4:03:02
2 Alice Pirard (Bel) O2 Bikers – WMTB.be – Schwalbe 1:34:33
3 Tinneke Van de Voorde (Bel) 4:42:38
4 Annie van der linde (Ned) 6:43:41
5 Jade Forsyth (Aus) 7:32:51
6 Kirsten De Keyser (Bel) 8:55:44
M1 general classification after stage 4
Result
1 Werner van der Merwe (GBr) Subaru/marathonMTB.com 0:51:56
2 Jeremy Ross (Aus) Crocodile Tears 0:13:56
3 Jason Chalker (Aus) Crocodile Tears 0:32:11
4 Henri Delheye (Bel) WACKY 0:43:05
5 Raf De Bakker (Bel) Belgian Connections MTB Team 1:04:59
6 Michal Kafka (Cze) Rubena Rocky Trail Racing CZE 1:24:21
7 David Osmond (Aus) Crocodile Tears 1:54:02
8 Wesley Reibel (Aus) RUOK Corry Cycles 1 1:54:33
9 Ken De Trogh (Bel) Belgium F-16 Ridley Team 1:58:49
10 Kris Hendrickx (Bel) Belgium F-16 Ridley Team 1:58:50
11 Davy Blancquaert (Bel) Belgium F-16 Ridley Team 2:03:59
12 Christophe Heinix (Bel) Team Lingier-Versluys-Beachbikers 2:27:33
13 Peter Lister (Aus) RUOK Corry Cycles 2 2:42:12
14 David Carrillo (Spa) 3:02:40
15 Bjorn De Baets (Bel) WACKY 3:03:26
16 Christof Marien (Bel) 3:47:59
17 Stephen Jackson (Aus) RUOK Corry Cycles 2 4:00:42
18 Ryan Corry (Aus) RUOK Corry Cycles 1 4:05:19
19 Martin Wisata (Aut) Rubena Rocky Trail Racing Master 4:09:16
20 Barry Sey (Bel) Wacky Immobilia Team 4:20:43
21 Kris Van De Putte (Bel) 4:27:03
22 Pieter van der Eijk (Ned) 5:52:14
23 Wim Verheyen (Bel) 6:33:01
24 Lukas Mraz (Cze) 6:48:16
25 Mathias Deleu (Bel) 9:17:50
26 Gunter Selleslagh (Bel) 12:06:40
M2 general classification after stage 4
Result
1 Marc Baechli (Swi) 1:25:26
2 Hans Planckaert (Bel) Smart Cycling Team 0:46:12
3 Stephen Billington (Aus) Rubena Rocky Trail Racing Master 0:52:02
4 Bart Heirewegh (Bel) 1:01:17
5 Peter Urdl (Aut) 1:22:53
6 Alain De Munter (Bel) Fietsen Mertens 1:47:50
7 Johan Frooninckx (Bel) Belgian Connections MTB Team 1:52:06
8 Peter Roelands (Bel) 2:17:39
9 Brendon Skerke (Aus) Tenni’s / SKM 2:31:46
10 Bart De Boeck (Bel) 2:36:23
11 James Heron (Aus) Rubena Rocky Trail Racing Master 2:39:21
12 Guy Sorensen (Aus) Superior Screens 3:07:47
13 Jakob Steen-Petersen (Den) HMTBK SRAM 3:36:57
14 Rik Rohart (Bel) 4:20:34
15 Nicholas Westwood (Aus) Koiled imports /cleanskin coffee racing 4:49:44
16 Johny Thielemans (Bel) 4:54:52
17 Bohuslav Babor (Cze) 6:14:19
18 Alex Moonen (Bel) ATB kempen 6:45:35
19 Peter Stubbe (Bel) Wacky Immobilia Team 7:22:47
20 Pieter van Rooyen (USA) 7:32:39
21 Allen Liversage (RSA) 7:48:35
22 Jaroslav Hrdlicka (Cze) 7:53:59
23 Stefan Plas (Bel) 8:57:51
24 Kelly Duhig (Aus) 9:42:16
25 John Boswell (Aus) 10:34:32
26 Thierry Ide (Bel) Wacky 2XL-team 11:09:53
27 Sven Demunter (Bel) Wacky 2XL-team 11:12:58
28 Barto Du Plessis (Aus) 12:01:33
29 Paul Fitzgerald (Bel) Wacky 2XL-team 12:08:55
M3 general classification after stage 4
Result
1 Milan Spolc (Cze) 2:20:21
2 Ruedi Senn (Swi) Top Müller.ch 1:47:25
3 Freddy Cassiers (Bel) 2:16:03
4 Sam Sprunger (Swi) GVFI Fleisch gibt Kraft 2:18:50
5 Robrecht De Meyer (Bel) Fitopia Bikers 2:31:23
6 Johannes Sewald (Ger) bavarian-riders 2:42:00
7 Luc Verlinde (Bel) Luc Verlinde 2:48:51
8 Freddy Vekens (Bel) 3:12:44
9 Erik Defillet (Bel) Fitopia Bikers 3:16:38
10 Andrew Radcliffe (Aus) 3:38:06
11 Rudy Motke (Ned) 3:43:50
12 Manfred Ertl (Ger) bavarian-riders 4:35:29
13 Georg Schollerer (Ger) bavarian-riders 4:47:20
14 Eddy Snelders (Bel) Fitopia Bikers 5:05:00
15 Luc Janssens (Bel) 5:58:34
16 Guy Vandijck (Bel) 7:22:04
17 Philippe Maertens (Bel) Belgian Connections MTB Team 8:26:03
18 Robert de la Motte (Aus)
19 Luc Van Aelbroeck (Bel)
20 Antonio Spidalieri (Swi) GVFI Fleisch gibt Kraft
CA M1 general classification after stage 4
Result
1 Pierre Paligot (Bel) CROCO RR Team Habay 11:07:29
1 Dirk Abeloos (Bel) CROCO RR Team Habay 11:07:34
CA Man general classification after stage 4
Result
1 Mark Griffin (Aus) Rubena RockyTrail Racing 2:15:51
1 Aaron Lakeman (Aus) Rubena Rocky Trail Racing 2:15:54
2 Filip Kuzniak (Pol) Team KUBIS Gomola Trans Airco 0:43:00
2 Szymon Wojciech Zacharski (Pol) Team KUBIS Gomola Trans Airco 0:00:03
Points classification
Result
1 Ivan Rybarik (Cze) Rubena Rocky Trail Racing CZE 95  pts
2 Ondrej Fojtik (Cze) 60
3 Wolfgang Krenn (Aut) 40
4 Mike Mulkens (Bel) 20
4 Michiel Van Aelbroeck (Bel) O2 Bikers – WMTB.be – Schwalbe 20
6 Jason English (Aus) RUOK Rocky Tail Racing 15
6 Cory Wallace (Can) 15
6 Ondrej Slezak (Cze) Rubena Rocky Trail Racing CZE 15
6 Dominick Hrinkow (Aut) 15
10 Werner van der Merwe (GBr) Subaru/marathonMTB.com 5
Teams classification
Result
1 Rubena Rocky Trail Racing CZE 42:39:11
2 Crocodile Tears 2:14:10
3 Tenni’S / Skm 4:12:38
4 Belgium F-16 Ridley Team 5:35:39
5 Subaru/Marathonmtb.Com 6:21:28
6 Ruok? Corry Cycles 1 6:53:11
7 Rubena Rocky Trail Racing Master 8:21:40
8 Ruok? Corry Cycles 2 12:15:39
9 X-Sports.Cz 12:32:38
10 W Acky Zilvertoren Team 12:34:06
11 Belgian Connections MTB Team T05 12:59:04
12 Fitopia Bikers 14:52:17
13 Bavarian-Riders 16:04:05
14 W Acky 2Xl-Team 35:46:17

 

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