Schurter wins last World Cup of the season

Swiss rider celebrates World Cup overall title

In the final round of the UCI cross country World Cup in Val d'Isere, France, Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) earned his fourth win of the season, as many riders put the final touches on their form for the Olympic Games coming up in two weeks. Schurter took his second World Cup series title with his victory.

Schurter, who skipped the previous round in Windham, New York, for Olympic preparation, showed that his form is better than ever by leading the men's race from start to finish. The newly titled national Swiss champion rocketed off the front of the field on the first lap, opening up a gap on a chase group containing teammate Florian Vogel, Marco Fontana (Cannondale), Ralf Naef (Multivan-Merida), Sergio Gutierrez (Wildwolf-Trek), Windham winner Burry Stander (Specialized) and Julien Absalon (Orbea).

Vogel and Fontana steadily began to gain ground on Schurter, while the others fell back, with Absalon struggling in particular in the muddy conditions, eventually pulling into the pit to change tires and then abandoning.

Fontana and Vogel bridged up to Schurter by mid-race, but Vogel was gapped after crashing and never regained the leaders.   Lukas Flückiger (Trek World Racing) moved forward into third and Fontana's teammate Manuel Fumic into fourth as others faded from the intense pace. On the final lap, Schurter attacked again to solo in for victory, while Flückiger caught the fading Fontana for second.

"My tactic today was to start really fast," said Schurter, "Because Burry always has problems at the beginning of the race when it's really fast, as does Absalon. So I decided to start very fast and that strategy was quite good. Neither Burry nor Absalon were in the leading group after the first lap. It was a perfect race for me. With Marco (Fontana) and Flo (Florian Vogel) together, we were a strong group in the lead."

"It is awesome for me to win the World Cup in an Olympic year," said Schurter. " It gives me a good feeling now for the upcoming Olympic Games. It was not my biggest target to win the World Cup, but now I am super happy; it is a bit of a surprise for me."

Schurter finishes the season with 1200 points to Stander's 1058, with defending champion Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) third at 865 points.

Looking ahead to the Olympic race in two weeks, for which Schurter is the obvious favorite by virtue of recent race performances, he said, "The Olympics will be different than here. It was a hard race here because of the altitude. The Olympics will be a much faster race, and I hope I can perform as well as here."

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team1:34:03 
2Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing0:00:13 
3Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing0:00:33 
4Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing0:01:17 
5José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:01:22 
6Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team0:01:49 
7Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing0:02:16 
8Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:02:28 
9Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi0:02:54 
10Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing0:03:08 
11Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:03:37 
12Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry0:04:05 
13Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing0:05:11 
14Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing0:05:12 
15Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing0:05:20 
16Marek Konwa* (Pol) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team0:05:21 
17Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized0:05:23 
18Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:05:43 
19Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team0:05:52 
20Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:06:02 
21Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour0:06:05 
22Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:06:22 
23Michal Lami (Svk)0:06:57 
24Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing0:06:58 
25Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea Racing Team  
26Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:07:08 
27Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:07:15 
28Martin Loo (Est) Hard Rock Canossa Merida0:07:29 
29Periklis Ilias (Gre) Team Protek0:07:51 
30Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team  
31Martino Fruet (Ita)0:07:52 
32Jiri Novak (Cze)0:07:53 
33Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:08:19 
34Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:08:23 
35Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek0:08:24 
36Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)0:08:34 
37Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop0:08:35 
38Philip Buys (RSA)  
39Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Roxracing0:08:53 
40Daniel Mcconnell (Aus)0:09:05 
41Andy Eyring (Ger)0:09:08 
42Fabien Canal (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:09:34 
43Andras Parti (Hun) Euroone-Waberer's-Cube MTB Team0:09:51 
44Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc)0:10:13 
45Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team0:10:17 
46Alexis Chenevier (Fra) Scott Les Saisies0:10:23 
47Jürg Graf (Swi) Bskgraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team0:10:32 
48Jiri Friedl (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized0:10:43 
49Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing0:11:19 
50Lukas Sablik (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized0:11:26 
51Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Versluys Team0:11:31 
52Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing0:11:40 
53Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:11:52 
54Piotr Brzozka (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team0:12:01 
55Umberto Corti (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.0:12:07 
56Jérémy Huguenin (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour0:12:19 
57David Fletcher (GBr) Orange Monkey-Cannondale0:12:34 
58Jan Jobanek (Cze) Merida Biking Team0:13:14 
59Giancarlo Sax (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team0:14:22 
-1lapHans Becking (Ned) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team  
-1lapRamon Sagues Portabella (Spa)  
-1lapFilip Eberl (Cze)  
-1lapGareth Montgomerie (GBr)  
-1lapPascal Meyer (Swi) Jb Felt Team  
-1lapGiuseppe Lamastra (Ita)  
-1lapPierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Lapierre International  
-1lapWolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team  
-1lapPatrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team  
-1lapFlorian Thie (Swi)  
-1lapRuben Almeida (Por)  
-1lapJonas Baumann (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team  
-1lapDavid Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por)  
-2lapsDaniel Eymann (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team  
-2lapsShlomi Haimy (Isr) Focus MIG Team  
-2lapsPaul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team  
-2lapsRafal Hebisz (Pol)  
-2lapsMarios Athanasiadis (Cyp)  
-2lapsMichael Broderick (USA)  
-2lapsDave Henderson (GBr)  
-2lapsSepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team  
-2lapsSang Hoon Na (Kor)  
-3lapsSeiya Hirano (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team  
-3lapsTiago Jorge Oliveira Ferreira (Por) Bi&Esse - Infotre Protek  
-3lapsRobby De Bock (Bel)  
-4lapsJohn Whittington (GBr)  
DNFJulien Absalon (Fra) Orbea Racing Team  
DNFMichele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec  
DNFRuben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea Racing Team  
DNFIsmael Ventura Sanchez (Spa)  
DNFRobert Wardell (GBr)  
DNFMatous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team  
DNFKornel Osicki (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team  
DNFMathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing  
DNSLiam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team  
DNSIvan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Elettroveneta - Corratec  
DNSPeter Glassford (Can)  
DNSThomas Christian Bonne (Den)  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cannondale Factory Racing69 pts
2Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team67 
3Multivan Merida Biking Team62 
4Specialized Racing59 
5Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing37 
6Trek World Racing35 
7Rabobank Giant Offroad Team34 
8TX Active Bianchi22 
9BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry19 
10Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team15 
11Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized14 
12GT Skoda Chamonix13 
13Versluys Team12 
14Giant Swiss SR - Suntour10 
15Orbea Racing Team6 
16Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team4 
17Hard Rock Canossa Merida3 
18Team Protek2 
Elite men individual Final World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team1200 pts
2Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing1058 
3Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing865 
4Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing830 
5José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team797 
6Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team760 
7Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing715 
8Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing697 
9Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team660 
10Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing657 
11Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea Racing Team650 
12Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team595 
13Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry562 
14Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing543 
15Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi529 
16Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing506 
17Max Plaxton (Can)472 
18Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing456 
19Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing450 
20Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team430 
21Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Roxracing405 
22Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team394 
23Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team383 
24Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team380 
25Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek359 
26Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team336 
27Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra)331 
28Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing306 
29Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour304 
30Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team304 
31Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing295 
32Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team258 
33Daniel Mcconnell (Aus)248 
34Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing247 
35Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team243 
36Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized230 
37Marek Konwa* (Pol) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team217 
38Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea Racing Team216 
39Henk Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team199 
40Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix193 
41Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Elettroveneta - Corratec190 
42Fabien Canal (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix188 
43Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team173 
44Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team162 
45Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing158 
46Martin Loo (Est) Hard Rock Canossa Merida150 
47Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Roxracing144 
48Martino Fruet (Ita)142 
49Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team137 
50Philip Buys (RSA)136 
51Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec135 
52Jiri Novak (Cze)133 
53Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team121 
54Jürg Graf (Swi) Bskgraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team119 
55Tony Longo (Ita) TX Active Bianchi111 
56Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team111 
57Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Lapierre International105 
58Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team105 
59Raphael Gagne (Can)104 
60Jérémy Huguenin (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour102 
61Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop102 
62Sven Nys (Bel)100 
63Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru - Trek88 
64Andras Parti (Hun) Euroone-Waberer's-Cube MTB Team88 
65Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team86 
66Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team84 
67David Fletcher (GBr) Orange Monkey-Cannondale81 
68Periklis Ilias (Gre) Team Protek75 
69Michal Lami (Svk)70 
70Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team68 
71Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)68 
72Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea Racing Team67 
73Piotr Brzozka (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team65 
74Umberto Corti (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.61 
75Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc)60 
76Lukas Sablik (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized60 
77Severin Disch (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team56 
78Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team56 
79Andy Eyring (Ger)54 
80Adam Morka (Can)48 
81Andrew Watson (Can)46 
82Lachlan Norris (Aus) Giant Factory Off-Road Team41 
83Alexis Chenevier (Fra) Scott Les Saisies41 
84Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team37 
85Mitchell Hoke (USA)36 
86Michael Broderick (USA)32 
87Peter Glassford (Can)31 
88Robert Mennen (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team30 
89Alex Grant (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing29 
90Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team29 
91Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Versluys Team27 
92Neal Kindree (Can)26 
93Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona24 
94Patrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team24 
95Hector Riveros (Col)23 
96Cameron Jette (Can) Scott-3Roxracing23 
97Matthys Beukes (RSA)21 
98Jiri Friedl (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized20 
99Rotem Ishai (Isr)20 
100Kristian Hynek (Cze)20 
101Daniel Eymann (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team18 
102Paul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team16 
103Rubens Valeriano (Bra)15 
104Matthew Hadley (Can)15 
105Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) Isd MTB Team15 
106Ignacio Torres (Mex)14 
107Pete Ostroski (USA)13 
108Ruben Almeida (Por)13 
109Sid Taberlay (Aus)12 
110Hannes Metzler (Aut)12 
111Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona11 
112Kevin Pauwels (Bel)11 
113Jan Jobanek (Cze) Merida Biking Team10 
114Craig Richey (Can)10 
115David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por)10 
116Giancarlo Sax (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team9 
117Justin Lindine (USA)9 
118Marc Bassingthwaighte (Nam)9 
119Hans Becking (Ned) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team8 
120Luciano Caraccioli (Arg)8 
121Dave Henderson (GBr)8 
Teams Final World Cup Standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Specialized Racing504 pts
2Cannondale Factory Racing413 
3Multivan Merida Biking Team380 
4Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team352 
5Wildwolf - Trek Pro Racing244 
6Trek World Racing214 
7Rabobank Giant Offroad Team201 
8Orbea Racing Team140 
9BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry114 
10TX Active Bianchi96 
11Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team81 
13Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team67 
14Subaru - Trek45 
15Giant Swiss SR - Suntour42 
16Giant Factory Off-Road Team31 
17Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized27 
18GT Skoda Chamonix27 
19Elettroveneta - Corratec24 
20Topeak Ergon Racing Team23 
21Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team18 
22Versluys Team12 
23Thoemus Racing Team6 
24Lapierre International6 
25Hard Rock Canossa Merida6 
26S&H Superior MTB Team5 
27Team Protek2 
28Euroone-Waberer's-Cube MTB Team1 


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