Schurter claims Lenzerheide World Cup win

Swiss rider is perfect after four rounds

Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM) extended his perfect season with his fourth straight World Cup win on Sunday in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

The Lenzerheide circuit, while not at as high an altitude as Andorra last weekend, is still nearly 1500 metres above sea level. The 4.2 kilometre circuit has one longer opening climb and a series of short steep climbs, combined with numerous rough and rooty forest sections. Heavy rain the night before made the wooded sections almost unrideable in places, and the UCI made the unusual decision of cutting a lap from the Men's and Women's races.

In the Elite Men's race, the continuing absence of Schurter's usual rival Julien Absalon (BMC) due to a broken collarbone has opened the door to multiple rivals, although Schurter has thus far proven untouchable. Former cyclo-cross world champion Mathieu van der Poel pushed Schurter in the first two rounds, but struggled in the altitude at Andorra, and it proved to be the same situation here, with the Dutch rider starting strong and taking the race to Schurter before fading in the latter half of the race to finish tenth.

"It's amazing to win back home," said Schurter. "The crowd was amazing ... there were so many people out there. I was really struggling with the conditions at the beginning, it was super slippery and I didn't have the best tires on. So I struggled to follow Mathieu [van der Poel], who's used to the mud. Then it dried out a bit and I got better, but it was really tough and I suffered all the way through the race. I saw Jaro coming up on the second last lap, and he was coming very quick ... I was lucky it was one lap shorter!"

Maxime Marotte (Cannondale Factory) was the most consistent rival to Schurter for most of the race, but a couple of others made their way up to the leaders in the final laps. Russian Anton Sintsov (JBG-2 Pro) joined Schurter and Marotte at the midway mark, and even attacked on the fifth lap, eventually finishing third, the best result ever for a Russian man.

However, 2012 Olympic champion Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized), who has suffered injury and illness in the first part of the season, started from back in the third row and stormed up through the field, setting the fastest splits for the final four laps. Starting the last lap, he was in fourth and 24 seconds back. He went straight by Marotte and Sintsov on the first main climb and was only 9 seconds back of Schurter with half a lap to go, eventually coming across the finish line only three seconds down.

"It was an incredible race," agreed Kulhavy. "I had a bad start - after the start there was a big crash and I lost a lot of time. So I went step by step to fight back. I like this course, I like the technical sections with the roots and the rocks. Maybe I just needed eight laps! This World Cup season has been really bad for me until now, because I had crash before Nove Mesto and a problem with my back and wrist so I couldn't race normally, and in Andorra I was sick, so I'm happy to have a great race today finally."

In the overall standings, Schurter has a perfect 1000 points, with Marotte a distant second at 560 points. Schurter needs only to finish 22nd or better in one of the two remaining rounds to lock up the title. 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team1:29:48 
2Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing0:00:03 
3Anton Sintsov (Rus) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team0:00:15 
4Maxime Marotte (Fra) Cannondale Factory Racing XC0:00:33 
5David Valero Serrano (Spa) MMR Factory Racing Team0:00:46 
6Jordan Sarrou (Fra) BH-Srsuntour-KMC0:00:52 
7Titouan Carod (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:01:01 
8Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) Torpado Gabogas0:01:39 
9Stephane Tempier (Fra) Bianchi Countervail0:01:51 
10Mathieu van der Poel (Ned)0:01:52 
11Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing XC0:02:06 
12Lukas Flueckiger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team  
13Daniele Braidot (Ita)0:02:34 
14Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) SRAM Mitas Trek0:02:47 
15Mathias Flueckiger (Swi) Radon Factory XC Team  
16Anton Cooper (NZl) Trek Factory Racing XC0:02:48 
17Luca Braidot (Ita)0:02:58 
18Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Primaflor Mondraker0:03:10 
19Michiel van der Heijden (Ned) Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team0:03:16 
20Kevin Panhuyzen (Bel) Habitat Mountainbike Team0:03:44 
21Andri Frischknecht (Swi) Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team0:03:51 
22Henrique Avancini (Bra) Cannondale Factory Racing XC0:03:54 
23Florian Vogel (Swi) Focus XC Team0:04:04 
24Reto Indergand (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:04:05 
25Jens Schuermans (Bel) Scott Creuse Oxygene Gueret  
26Howard Grotts (USA)0:04:06 
27Catriel Soto (Arg) Primaflor Mondraker0:04:18 
28Marek Konwa (Pol) Volkswagen Samochody Uzytkowe MTB Team0:04:21 
29Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Bianchi Countervail0:04:33 
30Hugo Drechou (Fra) Massi  
31Jhonnatan Botero Villegas (Col)  
32Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek Factory Racing XC0:04:44 
33Bartlomiej Wawak (Pol) Kross Racing Team0:04:51 
34Grant Ferguson (GBr) CST Sandd American Eagle MTB Racing Team0:05:07 
35Andrea Righettini (Ita)0:05:12 
36Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team0:05:23 
37Leandre Bouchard (Can) BH-Srsuntour-KMC0:05:32 
38Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)0:05:49 
39Karl Markt (Aut) Moebel Maerki MTB Pro Team0:05:58 
40Bart De Vocht (Bel) KTM Bike Vision0:06:16 
41Martin Fanger (Swi)0:06:17 
42Fabian Giger (Swi) Kross Racing Team  
43Thomas Litscher (Swi) JB Brunex Felt Team0:06:30 
44Victor Koretzky (Fra) BH-Srsuntour-KMC  
45Timofei Ivanov (Rus) Format-Udmurtia0:06:35 
46Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus XC Team0:06:44 
47Thomas Griot (Fra) Materiel-Velo.com0:06:53 
48Daniel McConnell (Aus)0:07:17 
49Ben Zwiehoff (Ger)0:07:20 
50Florian Trigo (Fra) Massi0:07:27 
51Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Team Nob Selle Italia0:07:32 
52Pablo Rodriguez Guede (Spa) MMR Factory Racing Team0:07:35 
53Ruben Scheire (Bel) Habitat Mountainbike Team0:07:36 
54Martin Loo (Est)  
55Lars Forster (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:07:51 
56Denis Fumarola (Ita)0:07:58 
57Michele Casagrande (Ita)0:08:00 
58Mario Costa (Por) Primaflor Mondraker0:08:12 
59Arthur Tropardy (Fra) Look - Beaumes De Venise0:08:21 
60Andrew L'Esperance (Can)0:08:32 
61Marcel Guerrini (Swi) Focus XC Team0:08:45 
62Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) BH-Srsuntour-KMC0:08:51 
63Martin Gluth (Ger) OMX Pro Team0:09:10 
64Sascha Weber (Ger)0:09:25 
65Christian Pfaffle (Ger) Moebel Maerki MTB Pro Team0:09:39 
66Shlomi Haimy (Isr)0:09:48 
67Gregor Raggl (Aut) Moebel Maerki MTB Pro Team0:10:37 
68Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Merida Wallonie MTB Team0:10:39 
69Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Kurschat Consulting Racing Team0:10:45 
70Phillip Pearce (GBr)0:11:26 
71Markus Bauer (Ger)0:11:42 
72Philipp Hediger (Swi) Fischer-BMC0:11:48 
73Edoardo Bonetto (Ita) Elios-Srsuntour Pro Team0:12:15 
74Wietse Bosmans (Bel)0:12:29 
75Arnis Petersons (Lat) ZZK0:12:42 
76Octavien Maillard (Fra)0:13:04 
77Lorenzo Samparisi (Ita)0:14:13 
78Julian Schelb (Ger)  
79Maximilian Holz (Ger) German Technology Racing  
80Nicolas Bazin (Fra)  
81Martin Frey (Ger) Team Bulls  
82Severin Sagesser (Swi)  
83Robin Vanden Abeele (Bel) Cube Pro Fermetures Sefic  
84Cameron Ivory (Aus)  
85Fabian Paumann (Swi) Fischer-BMC  
86Simon Gegenheimer (Ger) Rose Vaujany Fueled By Ultrasports  
87Didier Bats (Bel) CST Sandd American Eagle MTB Racing Team  
88Zdenek Vobecky (Cze)  
89Lysander Kiesel (Ger) German Technology Racing  
90Faraz Shokri (IRI)  
91Tobias Rotermund (Ger)  
92Chris Baddick (GBr)  
93Sebastian Jayne (Aus)  
94Fabian Obrist (Swi)  
95Martin Stosek (Cze)  
96Russell Nankervis (Aus)  
97Robert Schwenk (Ger)  
98Mathias Alig (Swi)  
99Jan Schar (Swi)  
100Frank Beemer (Ned) Habitat Mountainbike Team  
DNFHans Becking (Ned) CST Sandd American Eagle MTB Racing Team  
DNFNicola Rohrbach (Swi)  
DNFFlorian Chenaux (Swi)  
DNFSamuel Gaze (NZl) Specialized Racing  
DNFMoritz Milatz (Ger)  
DNSMurray Spink (Aus)  

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