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Nino Schurter (Scott – Swisspower MTB Racing Team) wins the World Cup in Val d’Isere, France (Rob Jones)

This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.com

In the final round of the UCI cross country World Cup in Val d’Isere, France, Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) earned his fourth win of the season, as many riders put the final touches on their form for the Olympic Games coming up in two weeks. Schurter took his second World Cup series title with his victory.

Schurter, who skipped the previous round in Windham, New York, for Olympic preparation, showed that his form is better than ever by leading the men’s race from start to finish. The newly titled national Swiss champion rocketed off the front of the field on the first lap, opening up a gap on a chase group containing teammate Florian Vogel, Marco Fontana (Cannondale), Ralf Naef (Multivan-Merida), Sergio Gutierrez (Wildwolf-Trek), Windham winner Burry Stander (Specialized) and Julien Absalon (Orbea).

Vogel and Fontana steadily began to gain ground on Schurter, while the others fell back, with Absalon struggling in particular in the muddy conditions, eventually pulling into the pit to change tires and then abandoning.

Fontana and Vogel bridged up to Schurter by mid-race, but Vogel was gapped after crashing and never regained the leaders.   Lukas Flückiger (Trek World Racing) moved forward into third and Fontana’s teammate Manuel Fumic into fourth as others faded from the intense pace. On the final lap, Schurter attacked again to solo in for victory, while Flückiger caught the fading Fontana for second.

“My tactic today was to start really fast,” said Schurter, “Because Burry always has problems at the beginning of the race when it’s really fast, as does Absalon. So I decided to start very fast and that strategy was quite good. Neither Burry nor Absalon were in the leading group after the first lap. It was a perfect race for me. With Marco (Fontana) and Flo (Florian Vogel) together, we were a strong group in the lead.”

“It is awesome for me to win the World Cup in an Olympic year,” said Schurter. ” It gives me a good feeling now for the upcoming Olympic Games. It was not my biggest target to win the World Cup, but now I am super happy; it is a bit of a surprise for me.”

Schurter finishes the season with 1200 points to Stander’s 1058, with defending champion Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) third at 865 points.

Looking ahead to the Olympic race in two weeks, for which Schurter is the obvious favorite by virtue of recent race performances, he said, “The Olympics will be different than here. It was a hard race here because of the altitude. The Olympics will be a much faster race, and I hope I can perform as well as here.”

Full results

Teams

Elite men individual Final World Cup standings

1
Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott – Swisspower MTB Racing Team
1200
 pts
2
Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing
1058
 
3
Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing
865
 
4
Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing
830
 
5
José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team
797
 
6
Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott – Swisspower MTB Racing Team
760
 
7
Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing
715
 
8
Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf – Trek Pro Racing
697
 
9
Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team
660
 
10
Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing
657
 
11
Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea Racing Team
650
 
12
Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team
595
 
13
Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH – SR Suntour – Peisey Vallandry
562
 
14
Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf – Trek Pro Racing
543
 
15
Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi
529
 
16
Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing
506
 
17
Max Plaxton (Can)
472
 
18
Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing
456
 
19
Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing
450
 
20
Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team
430
 
21
Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Roxracing
405
 
22
Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team
394
 
23
Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team
383
 
24
Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team
380
 
25
Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru – Trek
359
 
26
Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X – Bionic Team
336
 
27
Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra)
331
 
28
Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing
306
 
29
Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss SR – Suntour
304
 
30
Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team
304
 
31
Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing
295
 
32
Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X – Bionic Team
258
 
33
Daniel Mcconnell (Aus)
248
 
34
Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wildwolf – Trek Pro Racing
247
 
35
Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team
243
 
36
Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized
230
 
37
Marek Konwa* (Pol) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team
217
 
38
Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea Racing Team
216
 
39
Henk Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team
199
 
40
Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix
193
 
41
Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Elettroveneta – Corratec
190
 
42
Fabien Canal (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix
188
 
43
Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team
173
 
44
Milan Spesny (Cze) SH Superior MTB Team
162
 
45
Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing
158
 
46
Martin Loo (Est) Hard Rock Canossa Merida
150
 
47
Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Roxracing
144
 
48
Martino Fruet (Ita)
142
 
49
Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott – Swisspower MTB Racing Team
137
 
50
Philip Buys (RSA)
136
 
51
Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta – Corratec
135
 
52
Jiri Novak (Cze)
133
 
53
Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team
121
 
54
Jürg Graf (Swi) Bskgraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team
119
 
55
Tony Longo (Ita) TX Active Bianchi
111
 
56
Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team
111
 
57
Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Lapierre International
105
 
58
Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team
105
 
59
Raphael Gagne (Can)
104
 
60
Jérémy Huguenin (Swi) Giant Swiss SR – Suntour
102
 
61
Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop
102
 
62
Sven Nys (Bel)
100
 
63
Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru – Trek
88
 
64
Andras Parti (Hun) Euroone-Waberer’s-Cube MTB Team
88
 
65
Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team
86
 
66
Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team
84
 
67
David Fletcher (GBr) Orange Monkey-Cannondale
81
 
68
Periklis Ilias (Gre) Team Protek
75
 
69
Michal Lami (Svk)
70
 
70
Matous Ulman (Cze) SH Superior MTB Team
68
 
71
Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)
68
 
72
Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea Racing Team
67
 
73
Piotr Brzozka (Pol) JBG – 2 Professional MTB Team
65
 
74
Umberto Corti (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.
61
 
75
Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc)
60
 
76
Lukas Sablik (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized
60
 
77
Severin Disch (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team
56
 
78
Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team
56
 
79
Andy Eyring (Ger)
54
 
80
Adam Morka (Can)
48
 
81
Andrew Watson (Can)
46
 
82
Lachlan Norris (Aus) Giant Factory Off-Road Team
41
 
83
Alexis Chenevier (Fra) Scott Les Saisies
41
 
84
Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG – 2 Professional MTB Team
37
 
85
Mitchell Hoke (USA)
36
 
86
Michael Broderick (USA)
32
 
87
Peter Glassford (Can)
31
 
88
Robert Mennen (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team
30
 
89
Alex Grant (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing
29
 
90
Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team
29
 
91
Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Versluys Team
27
 
92
Neal Kindree (Can)
26
 
93
Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona
24
 
94
Patrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team
24
 
95
Hector Riveros (Col)
23
 
96
Cameron Jette (Can) Scott-3Roxracing
23
 
97
Matthys Beukes (RSA)
21
 
98
Jiri Friedl (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized
20
 
99
Rotem Ishai (Isr)
20
 
100
Kristian Hynek (Cze)
20
 
101
Daniel Eymann (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team
18
 
102
Paul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Felt Oetztal X – Bionic Team
16
 
103
Rubens Valeriano (Bra)
15
 
104
Matthew Hadley (Can)
15
 
105
Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) Isd MTB Team
15
 
106
Ignacio Torres (Mex)
14
 
107
Pete Ostroski (USA)
13
 
108
Ruben Almeida (Por)
13
 
109
Sid Taberlay (Aus)
12
 
110
Hannes Metzler (Aut)
12
 
111
Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona
11
 
112
Kevin Pauwels (Bel)
11
 
113
Jan Jobanek (Cze) Merida Biking Team
10
 
114
Craig Richey (Can)
10
 
115
David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por)
10
 
116
Giancarlo Sax (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team
9
 
117
Justin Lindine (USA)
9
 
118
Marc Bassingthwaighte (Nam)
9
 
119
Hans Becking (Ned) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team
8
 
120
Luciano Caraccioli (Arg)
8
 
121
Dave Henderson (GBr)
8
 

Teams Final World Cup Standings

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