This weekend saw SCOTT Bikes win three of the most prestigious races in the world, all in one day. Simon Gerrans won the Milan San Remo aboard his Foil, Nino Schurter won the men’s elite World Cup on his Scale, and Maya Wloszczowska won the women’s elite race on her Scale 29er. Three races, three bikes, three wins…all in a day’s work.
SCOTT-Swisspower—Nino’s Number One
SCOTT-Swisspower racer Nino Schurter repeated his success of last year by winning the opening round of the UCI XC Mountain Bike World Cup on his SCOTT Scale. The race held Piertermaritzburg, South Africa offered more difficult technical sections than previous editions, which played to Schurter’s advantage.
Nino put his cards on the table early, attacking from the gun and setting a pace that few could match. Only local favorite, South African Burry Stander, and Manuel Fumic could stay with the charging SCOTT rider.
A fading Fumic left only Schurter and Stander to duke it out at the front. The two were well matched as they were in last week’s preview race, but Schurter still had an ace up his sleeve. With just over a lap to go, the Swiss racer attacked through the ‘Rock Garden’ to gain a clear advantage over his opponent. Turning the screws as he did at the start, the SCOTT-Swisspower rider soloed to the line with enough margin at the finish to enjoy a winning salute to the crowd.
After the race Schurter commented that, “It was good to have a battle with Burry; to have a top South African racing for the win in South Africa. I was quicker than him through the rocks and I used that to get an advantage, forcing him to close the gap each time.” Futher he noted, “It’s awesome to start the season like this. It builds confidence towards my main goal of the season, the Olympic Games.”
Wloszczowska Wins Women’s World Cup
The opening race of the women’s UCI XC Mountain Bike World Cup saw SCOTT Scale 29 racer Maya Wloszczowska win a hotly contested battle. The competitors took the start line near midday, but Maya didn’t seem to mind the scorching South African sun as she attacked at the front of the race. She soon found herself in the lead group with Canadians Emily Batty and Catherine Pendrel.
The trio maintained their lead over the chasers while continually testing each other. Pendrel was the first to falter, leaving Maya and Emily to sort it out in the final lap. “Emily was leading going into the final rock garden and she took my normal line. I decided to take the other line to the left and just let go of my brakes and went for it! It paid off. I got a gap right there and that was enough. I’m so proud of myself. It was the best decision I made today,” smiled Wloszczowska after the race.
Gerrans FOILs the Competition in San Remo
Australian National Road Champion Simon Gerrans of Team GreenEDGE raced his SCOTT Foil in Milano-Sanremo and outsprinted Fabian Cancellara and Vincenzo Nibali to take top honors at the first Classic of the season. The elite trio formed on the ascent of the Poggio and maintained a narrow lead over a chasing field right down to the finish. Gerrans is the second Australian to win La Primavera, following in the footsteps of his teammate Matt Goss.
“I still haven’t realized what we actually did today,” said Gerrans. “This is an amazing feeling to win this monument. The team rode perfectly, and we played our cards just the right way.”
“We rode as a team all day,” explained Sports Director Matt White. “The guys were always looking after each other and making sure to keep Goss in position at all the key moments.”
“Simon had free reign to cover the big moves, and he certainly did today,” said White. “We had two leaders in the race today. If it went hard on the Cipressa or Poggio, Simon was our man. If it came back together for a sprint, we’d look to Gossy.”
“I knew when the move went on the Poggio with Fabian, that this was time to go,” added Gerrans. “It turned out to be the crucial move of the race.”
“It’s amazing for GreenEDGE to win a Classic – to win the first real Classic we’ve done as a team,” added Gerrans. “To finish up the great work the guys did today is an honor. A big thanks to everyone on this team – the staff, the riders and the people who created this team.”
Congratulations to Maya and all the SCOTT athletes who competed in a fantastic weekend of racing. Job well done.
Source: Adrian Montgomery
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