Schurter bests Absalon in Albstadt

Swiss rider keeps World Cup lead

Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo) finally won the one World Cup that has been eluding him, when he took the win in Albstadt, Germany for round 2 of the cross-country World Cup. However, it was not an easy victory; he won over arch rival Julien Absalon (BMC) in a sprint by only half a bike length.

Albstadt is considered one of the most physically demanding courses on the World Cup circuit, with long steep climbs and technical descents. Many riders have gone out too hard, only to blow up and fade in the latter part of the race.

The men's race quickly came down to Schurter and Absalon, as it usually does. The pair rode wheel to wheel for the entire race, and neither could drop the other. Behind, a chase group formed, consisting of Maxime Marotte (BH-SR Suntour-KMC), Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) and Lars Forster (BMC). Forster was dropped by the other two, and then Marotte finally dropped Kulhavy with a lap and a half to go.

On the final lap, Schurter and Absalon took turns attacking each other, but neither could open a gap. Last year, Schurter took chances on the final descent and crashed, handing the victory to Absalon, so this year he waited for the sprint out of the final corner onto pavement. Absalon led out of the corner, but Schurter clearly had a stronger kick and came around his rival in the final five metres.

"Yeah, that was really close," said Schurter. "It was a great race for me, it was a tough battle with Julien, and I would say we were both the same [fitness]. I knew maybe I had a chance on a sprint, so, yeah, it worked out pretty good for me. I tried once or twice to get away, to see, but I never really got a gap. Julien also tried to drop me on the climb. I would say we were both the same strength, and I knew on a sprint finish I could maybe beat him. That straight finish is also long enough and I was lucky to win it in a sprint."

Schurter leads the standings with 500 points after his second straight win. Absalon moves into second in the standings at 360 points, tied with Marotte.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team1:28:38 
2Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team  
3Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC0:00:55 
4Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing0:01:36 
5Lars Forster (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:02:02 
6Luca Braidot (Ita)0:03:00 
7Fabian Giger (Swi) Kross Racing Team0:03:15 
8David Valero (Spa) MMR Factory Racing Team0:03:23 
9Pablo Rodriguez Guede (Spa) MMR Factory Racing Team0:03:25 
10Reto Indergand (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team  
11Martin Loo (Est)0:03:34 
12Victor Koretzky (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC0:03:42 
13Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:03:49 
14Lukas Fluckiger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:03:57 
15Grant Ferguson (GBr) Cst Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team0:04:02 
16Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing0:04:06 
17Martin Fanger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:04:11 
18Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Sram Mitas Trek0:04:28 
19Stephane Tempier (Fra) Bianchi Countervail0:04:40 
20Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing XC0:04:49 
21Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:04:52 
22Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing XC0:04:56 
23Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Moebel Maerki MTB Pro Team0:05:16 
24Andrea Tiberi (Ita) FRM Factory Racing Team0:05:22 
25Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) MMR Factory Racing Team0:05:27 
26Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing XC0:05:34 
27Daniele Braidot (Ita)0:05:38 
28Raphael Gagne (Can)0:05:43 
29Anton Sintsov (Rus) Jbg - 2 Professional MTB Team0:05:47 
30Jordan Sarrou (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC0:05:54 
31Howard Grotts (USA) Specialized Racing0:05:55 
32Alexander Gehbauer (Aut)0:05:57 
33Ruben Scheire (Bel) Habitat Mountainbike Team0:06:07 
34Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned)0:06:09 
35Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) MMR Factory Racing Team  
36Moritz Milatz (Ger)0:06:19 
37Karl Markt (Aut) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team0:06:25 
38Henrique Avancini (Bra) Cannondale Factory Racing XC0:06:35 
39Jeff Luyten (Bel)0:06:37 
40Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus XC Team0:06:49 
41David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por)0:07:06 
42Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek Factory Racing XC0:07:17 
43Jhonnatan Botero Villegas (Col)0:07:26 
44Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:07:35 
45Stephen Ettinger (USA)0:07:50 
46Andras Parti (Hun) Waberer's Evopro MTB Team0:07:52 
47Christian Pfaffle (Ger)0:07:55 
48Mathias Fluckiger (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team0:08:06 
49Hugo Drechou (Fra) Calvisson VTT0:08:12 
50Ivan Seledkov (Rus)0:08:14 
51Anton Cooper (NZl) Cannondale Factory Racing XC0:08:25 
52Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Koch Engineering / Muesing Racing Team0:08:26 
53Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team0:08:41 
54Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)0:08:55 
55Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing XC0:08:56 
56Cameron Ivory (Aus)0:09:34 
57Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Team Bulls0:09:53 
58Andrea Righettini (Ita)0:09:55 
59Bart De Vocht (Bel) Versluys Team0:10:00 
60Hector Leonardo Paez Leon (Col)0:10:05 
61Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team  
62Mario Luis Miranda Costa (Por)0:10:07 
63Marc Stutzmann (Swi)0:10:13 
64Hector Riveros (Col)  
65Hans Becking (Ned) Cst Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team0:10:46 
66Miguel Martinez (Fra)0:11:14 
67Jiri Novak (Cze) Cst Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team0:11:24 
68Florian Chenaux (Swi)0:12:07 
69Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)0:12:30 
70 (-1 lap)Fabio Hernando Castaneda Monsalve (Col)  
71Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) Bianchi Countervail  
72Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Expres Cz-Merida Team Kolin  
73Jens Schuermans (Bel) Versluys Team  
74Martin Gujan (Swi) Wheeler Pro Team  
75Dimitrios Antoniadis (Gre)  
76Didier Bats (Bel)  
77Tomas Paprstka (Cze) Expres Cz-Merida Team Kolin  
78Steffen Thum (Ger) Rose Vaujany Fueled By Ultrasports  
79Frank Beemer (Ned) Habitat Mountainbike Team  
80Michal Lami (Svk)  
81 (-2 laps)Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing  
82Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Novus Omx Pro Team  
83Maximilian Holz (Ger)  
84Martin Haring (Svk)  
85Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona Factory Team XC  
86Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team  
87Emil Lindgren (Swe) Serneke Allebike MTB Team  
88James Reid (RSA)  
89Gregor Raggl (Aut) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team  
90Keegan Swenson (USA)  
91Martin Gluth (Ger) Novus Omx Pro Team  
92Severin Saegesser (Swi)  
93Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Btwin MTB Racing Team  
94Pieter Geluykens (Bel) Focus Rotor G-Skin Racing Team  
95Fabian Paumann (Swi) Wheeler Pro Team  
96Evan Guthrie (Can)  
97Travis Walker (RSA)  
98Matthias Grick (Aut)  
99Periklis Ilias (Gre) Team Protek By Marconi Project's  
100 (-3 laps)Emilien Barben (Swi)  
101Sakari Lehtinen (Fin)  
102Maximilian Maier (Ger)  
103Chris Baddick (GBr)  
104Zhen Wang (Chn) China Jiangsu Zgl MTB Team  
105Brendan Johnston (Aus)  
106Kornel Osicki (Pol)  
107Maximilian Vieider (Ita)  
108Rotem Ishay (Isr)  
109Simon Gegenheimer (Ger) Rose Vaujany Fueled By Ultrasports  
110Phillip Pearce (GBr)  
111Michael Stunzi (Swi)  
112Tobias Rotermund (Ger)  
113Thomas Sampson (USA)  
114Rick Reimann (Swi)  
115Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) Waberer's Evopro MTB Team  
116Lysander Kiesel (Ger)  
117Louis Wolf (Ger)  
118Tudor Oprea Ovidiu (Rom)  
119Jan Withaar (RSA)  
120Russell Finsterwald (USA) Sram/Tld Racing  
121Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) Bps MTB Team  
122Zdenek Vobecky (Cze)  
123Roger Jenny (Swi)  
124Daniel Eymann (Swi) Fischer-BMC  
125Russell Nankervis (Aus)  
126 (-4 laps)Remi Laffont (Fra) Rose Vaujany Fueled By Ultrasports  
127Aaron Beck (Ger)  
128Abdulkadir Kelleci (Tur)  
129Luiz Cocuzzi (Bra)  
130Tomas Visnovsky (Svk)  
131Jorgen Flion (Bel)  
132Kirill Kazantsev (Kaz) Fastos Development Team  
133Lucian Logigan (Rom)  
134Nathan Byukusenge (Rwa)  
135George-Bogdan Duca (Rom)  
136 (-5 laps)Cristian Correa (Chi)  
137Stuart Marais (RSA)  
138Juul Van Loon (Ned)  
139George-Vlad Sabau (Rom)  
DNFFlorian Vogel (Swi) Focus XC Team  
DNFSebastien Carabin (Bel) Merida Wallonie MTB Team  
DNFBartlomiej Wawak (Pol) Kross Racing Team  
DNFKarl Platt (Ger) Team Bulls  
DNFTom Meeusen (Bel)  
DNFMichele Casagrande (Ita)  
DNFLeandre Bouchard (Can)  
DNFPascal Nay (Swi)  
DNFIsmael Ventura Sanchez (Spa) Primaflor Orbea Racing Team  
Rankings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team500 pts
2Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team360 
3Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC360 
4Lars Forster (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team270 
5Fabian Giger (Swi) Kross Racing Team230 
6Luca Braidot (Ita)208 
7Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Moebel Maerki MTB Pro Team180 
8Mathias Fluckiger (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team170 
9David Valero (Spa) MMR Factory Racing Team160 
10Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing XC154 
11Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) MMR Factory Racing Team151 
12Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing150 
13Grant Ferguson (GBr) Cst Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team148 
14Florian Vogel (Swi) Focus XC Team140 
15Raphael Gagne (Can)135 
16Reto Indergand (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team133 
17Martin Fanger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team130 
18Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) MMR Factory Racing Team126 
19Jordan Sarrou (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC126 
20Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing122 
21Andrea Tiberi (Ita) FRM Factory Racing Team114 
22Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing XC112 
23Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team110 
24Daniel McConnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing XC106 
25Lukas Fluckiger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team102 
26Karl Markt (Aut) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team102 
27Pablo Rodriguez Guede (Spa) MMR Factory Racing Team100 
28Victor Koretzky (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC98 
29Stephane Tempier (Fra) Bianchi Countervail97 
30Daniele Braidot (Ita)92 
31Martin Loo (Est)90 
32Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team90 
33Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing XC89 
34Stephen Ettinger (USA)89 
35Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team86 
36Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned)80 
37Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team79 
38Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek Factory Racing XC78 
39Martin Gujan (Swi) Wheeler Pro Team74 
40Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Sram Mitas Trek70 
41Leandre Bouchard (Can)68 
42Anton Sintsov (Rus) Jbg - 2 Professional MTB Team65 
43Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) Bianchi Countervail60 
44Gregor Raggl (Aut) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team54 
45David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por)52 
46Henrique Avancini (Bra) Cannondale Factory Racing XC51 
47Moritz Milatz (Ger)50 
48Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Team Bulls45 
49Howard Grotts (USA) Specialized Racing44 
50Cameron Ivory (Aus)44 
51Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus XC Team43 
52Alexander Gehbauer (Aut)42 
53Hugo Drechou (Fra) Calvisson VTT42 
54Ruben Scheire (Bel) Habitat Mountainbike Team40 
55Martin Gluth (Ger) Novus Omx Pro Team36 
56Jeff Luyten (Bel)29 
57Bartlomiej Wawak (Pol) Kross Racing Team28 
58Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Novus Omx Pro Team27 
59Jhonnatan Botero Villegas (Col)25 
60Andras Parti (Hun) Waberer's Evopro MTB Team22 
61Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)22 
62Christian Pfaffle (Ger)21 
63Miguel Martinez (Fra)20 
64Karl Platt (Ger) Team Bulls19 
65Ivan Seledkov (Rus)18 
66Michal Lami (Svk)18 
67Anton Cooper (NZl) Cannondale Factory Racing XC17 
68Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Koch Engineering / Muesing Racing Team16 
69Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)14 
70Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona Factory Team XC14 
71Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing12 
72Evan Guthrie (Can)11 
73Andrea Righettini (Ita)10 
74Andrew L'esperance (Can)10 
75Bart De Vocht (Bel) Versluys Team9 
76Simon Gegenheimer (Ger) Rose Vaujany Fueled By Ultrasports9 
77Hector Leonardo Paez Leon (Col)8 
78Phillip Pearce (GBr)8 
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