Nino Schurter blows out the candles on his competitors in Nove Mesto with a fabulous race on his 26th birthday and retains the Leaders Jersey
By winning the third World Cup in 2013 in Nove Mesto/Czech Republic, SCOTT-Swisspower athlete Nino Schurter showed both impressive mental and physical strength. It was on his 26th birthday when Nino fought one of the most exciting battles in recent years and defeated his hardest rivals, Czech world champion Jaroslav Kulhavy and his teammate, South African Burry Stander.
The race was as close as it gets and Nino attacked on the last lap and charged up the last climb: “I still had a little open bill with Jaroslav as he won against me at the Worlds in my country last year in Champéry. It was really hard to race today but in the end I felt super strong to win this race.”
“I made a mistake in the first lap. I dropped my chain and had to catch up to the leading group,” said Schurter on his tough start to the race. Nino – like all the other riders – was pretty stoked about the crazy crowds who pushed the racers, no matter what team or nationality: “It was an awesome race in front of the Czech crowd.” Nino now leads the World Cup overall ranking with 700 Points, a comfortbale lead with 190 points in front of Burry Stander. SCOTT athlete Florian Vogel also rode well and got 8th in Nove Mesto. He now has a solid base for being nominated to the Olympics team.
Rockgardens, tables, berms and technical climbs: Cross-Country is getting more and more fun – and it requires more and more technical skill and physical strength. The course designers in the Czech republic gave it their all and created a highly demanding race track.
Next weekend the World Cup in La Bresse/France. We’ll be following Florian Vogel in his bid to secure an Olympic spot on the Swiss Team with another top result.
SCOTT athlete Maja Wloszczowska was 8th in the women’s elite race, she is now 3rd overall in the series. French rider Julie Bresset won ahead of Irina Kalentieva (2nd) and Katerina Nash (3rd).
Source: Adrian Montgomery