Nino Wins His 4th World Cup Race and the Season Overall
The World Cup XC final in Val d’Isère marked an important goal for SCOTT-Swisspower racer Nino Schurter. By notching a win, he could not only lock up the 2012 Overall Title, but also establish himself as a clear favorite for the Gold Medal going into the London Olympics. With a stamp of authority, Nino did just that.
Right from the gun, Schurter made clear his intentions of taking another World Cup win. Nino attacked right off the start line and strung out the entire pack behind him. Only SCOTT teammate Florian Vogel and Italian National Champion Marco Fontana were able to remain within striking distance after the first lap, with perennial favorite Julien Absalon leading the chase behind.
Slippery, muddy conditions made it difficult for all the riders, but Nino’s superior bike handling skills and surefooted yet nimble 27.5” Scale gave him an edge over his competition. He was able to conserve a bit of energy mid-race, and then sealed the deal with a punishing last lap attack, dropping Fontana and charging to the line solo to take his fourth World Cup win of 2012.
Now heading to the Olympics, Nino can take a short rest knowing that his preparation has been nearly perfect and his form is right on target. Schurter commented, “I look for myself only. Try to be at my best. I don’t care so much about the other rider’s performance. Sure the pressure is on now, but usually I can deal with it quite well. We will see what is going to happen. One thing is for sure. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Schurter has his eye on Olympic Gold, and given his performances this season, he will have every opportunity to take home that most prestigious prize.
Source: SCOTT Sports