Schurter wins elite men's mountain bike world title

The final day of XCO competition in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, at the 2018 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes Benz, saw Swiss hero Nino Schurter delight the home crowd with a victory in the elite men. The Swiss finished the XCO portion of the world championships with four wins in seven races.

Schurter came into the elite men's race with six world titles already, but this was a chance to win before a home crowd, and he did not disappoint. The Swiss rider, who lives only 20 minutes away from Lenzerheide, attacked on the opening lap, and only Gerhard Kerschbaumer of Italy was able to go with him.

The pair rode together at the front for the entire race, until Schurter attacked with a lap and half to go. At the start of the final lap, his lead was a slim six seconds, but Schurter continued to push the pace and Kerschbaumer could not respond, finishing 11 seconds back as Schurter rolled across the finish line to the cheers of thousands of Swiss fans. Mathieu van der Poel of the Netherlands came back from a slow start to move into third on the fourth lap, and held it to the finish line for the final podium spot.

"This is definitely a special win, and I would say the best one," said Schurter. "Getting to race here with so many people out there cheering for me was incredible. It was so loud out on the course. I didn't have the freshest legs today after the Team Relay [won by Switzerland], so I was suffering quite a bit. I tried to wait, and my plan was to attack in the last lap, but I saw in the second last one that he started to struggle in the technical sections, so I just pushed as hard as I could, and the people were cheering me to the finish line."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nino Schurter (Switzerland)1:29:21
2Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Italy)0:00:11
3Mathieu Van Der Poel (Netherlands)0:01:14
4Henrique Avancini (Brazil)0:01:53
5Florian Vogel (Switzerland)0:01:54
6Mathias Flueckiger (Switzerland)0:02:00
7Titouan Carod (France)0:02:16
8Jordan Sarrou (France)0:02:38
9Daniele Braidot (Italy)0:02:45
10Thomas Litscher (Switzerland)0:03:04
11Stephane Tempier (France)0:03:36
12Luca Braidot (Italy)0:03:44
13Andri Frischknecht (Switzerland)0:03:47
14Maxime Marotte (France)0:04:02
15Howard Grotts (United States Of America)0:04:24
16Ondrej Cink (Czech Republic)0:04:25
17Jens Schuermans (Belgium)0:04:30
18Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spain)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Kevin Panhuyzen (Belgium)0:04:31
20Jan Škarnitzl (Czech Republic)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Victor Koretzky (France)0:04:47
22Karl Markt (Austria)0:04:48
23Maximilian Foidl (Austria)0:04:50
24Gregor Raggl (Austria)0:04:52
25Anton Sintsov (Russian Federation)0:04:53
26Leandre Bouchard (Canada)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Catriel Soto (Argentina)0:05:12
28Gioele Bertolini (Italy)0:05:19
29Reto Indergand (Switzerland)0:05:23
30Ben Zwiehoff (Germany)0:05:33
31Anton Cooper (New Zealand)0:05:51
32Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spain)0:06:06
33Georg Egger (Germany)0:06:15
34Andrea Tiberi (Italy)0:06:16
35Martin Loo (Estonia)0:06:29
36Lars Forster (Switzerland)0:06:41
37Carlos Herrera Arroyo (Costa Rica)0:06:51
38András Parti (Hungary)0:06:59
39Nicola Rohrbach (Switzerland)0:07:16
40Bartlomiej Wawak (Poland)0:07:24
41Hugo Drechou (France)0:07:34
42Guilherme Gotardelo Muller (Brazil)0:07:36
43Marek Konwa (Poland)0:07:37
44Jaroslav Kulhavý (Czech Republic)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Martins Blums (Latvia)0:07:47
46Luke Vrouwenvelder (United States Of America)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Keegan Swenson (United States Of America)0:07:48
48Raphael Gagne (Canada)0:07:56
49Peter Disera (Canada)Row 48 - Cell 2
50Kohei Yamamoto (Japan)0:07:57
51David Valero Serrano (Spain)0:08:35
52Manuel Fumic (Germany)0:08:47
53Martin Gluth (Germany)0:09:08
54Nadir Colledani (Italy)0:09:42
55Marco Aurelio Fontana (Italy)0:10:17
56Shlomi Haimy (Israel)Lap
57Fabio Hernando Castañeda Monsalve (Colombia)Row 56 - Cell 2
58Grant Ferguson (Great Britain)Row 57 - Cell 2
59Timofei Ivanov (Russian Federation)Row 58 - Cell 2
60Andrew L'esperance (Canada)Row 59 - Cell 2
61Luiz Henrique Cocuzzi (Brazil)Row 60 - Cell 2
62Jhonatan Botero Villegas (Colombia)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Daniel Mcconnell (Australia)Row 62 - Cell 2
64Matthias Wengelin (Sweden)Row 63 - Cell 2
65Guy Sessler (Israel)Row 64 - Cell 2
66Juan Fernando Monroy (Colombia)Row 65 - Cell 2
67Michael Olsson (Sweden)Row 66 - Cell 2
68Ivan Seledkov (Russian Federation)Row 67 - Cell 2
69Sebastian Alejandro Miranda Maldonado (Chile)Row 68 - Cell 2
70Jorge Alvaro Macias (Argentina)Row 69 - Cell 2
71Mário Costa (Portugal)Row 70 - Cell 2
72Martin Haring (Slovakia)Row 71 - Cell 2
73Sebastian Jayne (Australia)Row 72 - Cell 2
74Sebastian Fini Carstensen (Denmark)Row 73 - Cell 2
75Dario Gasco (Argentina)Row 74 - Cell 2
76Lucian Logigan (Romania)Row 75 - Cell 2
77Patricio Maximiliano Farias Diaz (Chile)Row 76 - Cell 2
78Jose Gabriel Marques De Almeida (Brazil)Row 77 - Cell 2
79Seiya Hirano (Japan)Row 78 - Cell 2
80Eyair Francisco Astudillo Gallardo (Chile)Row 79 - Cell 2
81Till Drobisch (Namibia)Row 80 - Cell 2
82Keerati Sukprasart (Thailand)Row 81 - Cell 2
83Gareth Mckee (Ireland)Row 82 - Cell 2
84Peerapol Chawchiangkwang (Thailand)Row 83 - Cell 2
DNFJan Vastl (Czech Republic)Row 84 - Cell 2
DNFArnis Petersons (Latvia)Row 85 - Cell 2
DNFKirill Kazantsev (Kazakhstan)Row 86 - Cell 2
DNFIngvar Omarsson (Iceland)Row 87 - Cell 2
DNSDmytro Titarenko (Ukraine)Row 88 - Cell 2
DNSViktor Vodolaga (Ukraine)Row 89 - Cell 2


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