Schurter sprints to World Cup win

World champion bests Absalon for hard-fought victory

Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) proved that there was no "rainbow curse" on him as he matched women's world champion Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon) in swapping his rainbow jersey for the World Cup leader's one.

The Swiss rider won the men's 43km race in a finish very similar to last year's World Championships, when he outsprinted Olympic champion Julien Absalon (Orbea). Again, it came down to a sprint between the two, with Schurter winning by less than a wheel length. Burry Stander (Specialized) of South Africa took third, 14 seconds behind the front two.

The six lap men's race started very fast, with eight riders initially making the selection at the front, but by the fourth lap that was whittled down to just Schurter, Absalon and Stander. The South African looked to be the strongest, but he made a mistake on the last lap, allowing the other two to get away.

Absalon took the lead, setting the pace, but could not shake Schurter, and when they turned onto the gravel finishing straight, the Swiss rider came up alongside his French rival and pulled ahead in the final 10 metres to take the win.

"This is an incredible victory, to win the World Cup and take the leader's jersey is very special," said Schurter. "I hoped to do well here, but there was a very, very strong field, so I was only looking to make the podium. I was dying out there, to stay with Julien, but I knew that if it came to a sprint I was a little bit faster."

Absalon, for his part, revealed that he was quite content with second. "I have been sick this week, so I didn't know if I could race in the middle of the week. But each day I got a little bit better, and by Saturday I was okay again. I didn't know how strong I was going to be, and I was just hoping to get on the podium."

"But it was good for me when the three of us went away, because I was able to rest a bit at the back. I think Stander was the strongest, but maybe he did too much work, and then made a little mistake that allowed Nino and I to get away. At the finish I tried to control it, but Nino was just to strong."

For Geoff Kabush Maxxis-Rocky Mountain), it was a disappointing day to finish 28th, after riding so strongly a week earlier at Sea Otter. "I definitely didn't have the form that I had at Sea Otter. I had a good start, but then I just didn't have the power to keep up. Maybe it was because of all the travel problems to get here; it took me three days, and that didn't help."

Kabush was the second North American, behind Todd Wells (Specialized) in 19th.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing1:54:52 
2Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea0:00:01 
3Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Factory Racing0:00:14 
4Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team0:00:28 
5Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:00:41 
6Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing0:00:52 
7Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea0:00:55 
8Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing0:01:19 
9José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:01:37 
10Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing0:01:45 
11Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team0:01:54 
12Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing0:02:17 
13Mathias Flückiger* (Swi) Trek World Racing0:02:32 
14Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo0:02:42 
15Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi0:02:48 
16Christoph Soukup (Aut) Merida Biking Team0:02:54 
17Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:03:03 
18Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea0:03:24 
19Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing0:03:49 
20Roel Paulissen (Bel) Cannondale Factory Racing0:03:53 
21Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:04:18 
22Marek Konwa* (Pol) Elettroveneta-Corratec0:04:23 
23Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Factory Racing0:04:25 
24Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:04:32 
25Jan Skarnitzl (Cze)0:04:45 
26Alexis Vuillermoz* (Fra) Lapierre International0:05:04 
27François Bailly Maitre (Fra) Scott Les Saisies0:05:06 
28Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain0:05:28 
29Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) MSC Bikes0:05:29 
30Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher0:05:43 
31Maxime Marotte (Fra) Bh-Suntour0:06:03 
32Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:06:30 
33Tony Longo (Ita)0:06:37 
34Derek Zandstra (Can)0:06:44 
35Robert Mennen (Ger)0:07:04 
36Martin Fanger* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team  
37Oliver Beckingsale (GBr) Giant Factory Team0:07:06 
38Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:07:16 
39Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher0:07:25 
40Martino Fruet (Ita)0:07:38 
41Henk Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:07:45 
42Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Team New Cycling0:07:49 
43Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team0:07:50 
44Cristian Cominelli* (Ita) Tx Active Bianchi0:07:53 
45Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita) Hard Rock Frw A.S.D.0:07:57 
46Marc Colom (Fra)0:08:01 
47Patrik Gallati* (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing0:08:05 
48Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:08:07 
49Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team0:08:14 
50Liam Killeen (GBr)0:08:18 
51Piotr Brzozka* (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team0:08:19 
52Bas Peters (Ned) Team Merida Combee0:08:34 
53Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team0:08:35 
54Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team0:08:36 
55Sebastien Carabin* (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team0:08:37 
56Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn)0:08:42 
57Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition0:08:57 
58Cédric Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International0:09:07 
59Markus Bauer* (Ger)0:09:20 
60Irjan Luttenberg* (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team0:09:44 
61Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Surfing Shop0:09:55 
62Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)0:10:00 
63Guillaume Vinit (Fra) BH-Suntour0:10:04 
64Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team0:10:06 
65Lukas Kaufmann (Swi) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team0:10:08 
66Thomas Litscher* (Swi) M.I.G. Team0:10:21 
67Niels Wubben* (Ned) Team Merida Combee0:10:27 
68Johnny Cattaneo (Ita)0:10:42 
69Lachlan Norris (Aus)0:10:50 
70Nicolas Vermeulen (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team0:10:54 
71Diego Rosa* (Ita) Giant Italia Team0:10:58 
72Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:11:04 
73Andy Eyring* (Ger)0:11:05 
74Anders Hovdenes (Nor) Team United Bakeries, Hoydahl MTB Racing0:11:09 
75Andrew Watson (Can)0:11:15 
76Paul Van Der Ploeg* (Aus) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team0:11:28 
77Yader Zoli (Ita) Surfing Shop0:11:34 
78Pascal Meyer* (Swi) M.I.G. Team0:11:40 
79David Fletcher* (GBr)  
80Fabien Canal* (Fra) Keops Itwo0:12:10 
81Simon Scheiber* (Aut) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team0:12:13 
82Adrian Brzozka (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team0:12:21 
83Erik Groen* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:12:29 
84Torsten Marx (Ger)0:12:34 
85Benjamin Buchi* (Swi)0:12:50 
86Klaus Nielsen (Den)0:13:01 
87Magnus Darvell (Swe)0:13:14 
88Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team0:13:15 
89Kornel Osicki* (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team0:13:18 
90Mattias Nilsson* (Swe)0:13:35 
91Silvio Bundi (Swi)0:13:42 
92Fabian Strecker* (Ger)0:13:43 
93Kristian Hynek (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:13:44 
94Manfred Reis* (Ger) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team0:13:46 
95Jérémy Huguenin* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team0:13:54 
96Marcel Fleschhut* (Ger)0:14:06 
97Balz Weber (Swi)0:14:08 
98Tim Lemmers* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:14:11 
99Alessandro Gambino (Ita) GT Brondello Team0:14:15 
100Dries Govaerts* (Bel) Team Saeco0:14:25 
101Matthew Hadley (Can)0:14:32 
102Rene Tann (Ger)0:14:36 
103Konny Looser* (Swi)0:14:37 
104Mattias Wengelin* (Swe) Team Firebike-Droessiger0:14:52 
105Jelmer Jubbega* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:14:56 
106Michael Broderick (USA)0:14:59 
107Paul Oldham (GBr)0:15:02 
108Ondrej Cink* (Cze) Merida Biking Team0:15:04 
109Pierre Lebreton (Fra) BH-Suntour  
110Sebastian Szraucner (Ger)0:15:13 
111Ricardo Paulo Reis Marinheiro* (Por) TX Active Bianchi0:15:21 
112Tiago Jorge Oliveira Ferreira* (Por)0:15:25 
113Jiri Hudecek (Cze)0:15:31 
114Patxi Cia Apezteguia (Spa) MSC Bikes0:15:43 
115Matthias Stirnemann* (Swi)0:15:47 
116Matej Nepustil* (Cze) Merida Biking Team0:16:09 
117Joris Massaer (Bel) G-Skin-Deforche MTB Racing Team0:16:11 
118Robert Gehbauer (Aut)0:16:31 
119Marco Schätzing (Ger) Team Firebike-Droessiger0:16:40 
120Severin Disch* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team0:16:52 
121Christopher Maletz (Ger)0:17:57 
122Jakub Magnusek* (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:18:08 
123Freddy Betremieux* (Fra)0:18:35 
124Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta-Corratec0:19:22 
125Nicolas Jeantet* (Ita) ISD Cycling Team0:19:37 
126Laurent Mineur* (Bel)-1lap 
127Daniel Eymann* (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team  
128Alexander Gehbauer* (Aut)  
129Wolfgang Krenn (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team  
130Marco Arnold* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team  
131Tim Dunford (GBr) Torq Performance Nutrition  
132Sebastian Batchelor* (GBr) Infotre - Leecougan  
133Florian Thie* (Swi)  
134Thomas Lapeyrie* (Fra) Scott Les Saisies  
135Jonas De Backer* (Bel) Team Saeco  
136Andrew Blair (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition  
137Dave Henderson (GBr)  
138Ben Thomas* (GBr) Torq Performance Nutrition  
139Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team  
140Robin Roelofs* (Ned) Stappenbelt Specialized MTB Team-2laps 
141Cody Canning* (Can)  
142Amaury Gernez Aurenge* (Fra) Keops Itwo  
143Dror Pekatch (Isr) Subaru-Gary Fisher  
144Billy Joe Whenman* (GBr)  
145Rob Vangenechten* (Bel) Team Saeco  
146Chris Andrews (GBr)  
147Travis Frisby* (Aus)  
148Richard Felle (Irl)-3laps 
149Pascal Hossay (Bel) G-Skin-Deforche MTB Racing Team  
150Allan Clark (GBr)-4laps 
DNFLudovic Dubau (Fra) Team New Cycling  
DNFMoritz Milatz (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team  
DNFJiri Friedl (Cze) Merida Biking Team  
DNFJimmy Tielens (Bel) Team Saeco  
DNFAlban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team  
DNFBjorn Brems (Bel) G-Skin-Deforche MTB Racing Team  
DNFTim Wynants (Bel) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team  
DNFJohn Whittington* (GBr)  
DNFAnthony O'boyle (GBr) Torq Performance Nutrition  
DNFLee Williams (GBr)  
DNFPaolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc) GT Brondello Team  
DNFUmberto Corti (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.  
DNFRyan Sherlock (Irl)  
DNFJulien Fillion (Can)  
DNSFrank Beemer (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Orbea72 pts
2Multivan Merida Biking Team64 
3Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing59 
4Cannondale Factory Racing58 
5Specialized Factory Racing52 
6Trek World Racing41 
7Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team30 
8Giant Italia Team20 
9Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo17 
10TX Active Bianchi16 
11Merida Biking Team15 
12Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team10 
13Elettroveneta-Corratec9 
14Topeak Ergon Racing Team7 
15Lapierre International5 
16Scott Les Saisies4 
17Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain3 
18MSC Bikes2 
19Subaru-Gary Fisher1 
World Cup individual standings after one round
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing250 pts
2Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea200 
3Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Factory Racing160 
4Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team150 
5Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team140 
6Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing130 
7Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea120 
8Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing110 
9José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team100 
10Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing95 
11Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team90 
12Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing85 
13Mathias Flückiger* (Swi) Trek World Racing80 
14Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo78 
15Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi76 
16Christoph Soukup (Aut) Merida Biking Team74 
17Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team72 
18Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea70 
19Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing68 
20Roel Paulissen (Bel) Cannondale Factory Racing66 
21Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team64 
22Marek Konwa* (Pol) Elettroveneta-Corratec62 
23Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Factory Racing60 
24Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team58 
25Jan Skarnitzl (Cze)56 
26Alexis Vuillermoz* (Fra) Lapierre International54 
27François Bailly Maitre (Fra) Scott Les Saisies52 
28Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain50 
29Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) MSC Bikes48 
30Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher46 
31Maxime Marotte (Fra) Bh-Suntour44 
32Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team42 
33Tony Longo (Ita)40 
34Derek Zandstra (Can)38 
35Robert Mennen (Ger)36 
36Martin Fanger* (Swi) Giant Swiss Team34 
37Oliver Beckingsale (GBr) Giant Factory Team32 
38Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team30 
39Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher29 
40Martino Fruet (Ita)28 
41Henk Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team27 
42Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Team New Cycling26 
43Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team25 
44Cristian Cominelli* (Ita) Tx Active Bianchi24 
45Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita) Hard Rock Frw A.S.D.23 
46Marc Colom (Fra)22 
47Patrik Gallati* (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing21 
48Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team20 
49Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team19 
50Liam Killeen (GBr)18 
51Piotr Brzozka* (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team17 
52Bas Peters (Ned) Team Merida Combee16 
53Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Team15 
54Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team14 
55Sebastien Carabin* (Bel) Lingier-Versluys Team13 
56Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn)12 
57Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Torq Performance Nutrition11 
58Cédric Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International10 
59Markus Bauer* (Ger)9 
60Irjan Luttenberg* (Ned) Trek-Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team8 
World Cup team standings after one round
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Orbea72 pts
2Multivan Merida Biking Team64 
3Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing59 
4Cannondale Factory Racing58 
5Specialized Factory Racing52 
6Trek World Racing41 
7Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team30 
8Giant Italia Team20 
9Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo17 
10TX Active Bianchi16 
11Merida Biking Team15 
12Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team10 
13Elettroveneta-Corratec9 
14Topeak Ergon Racing Team7 
15Lapierre International5 
16Scott Les Saisies4 
17Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain3 
18MSC Bikes2 
19Subaru-Gary Fisher1 
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