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Switzerland open MTB World Championships with Team Relay victory

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Nino Schurter wins for the Swiss - their 3rd in a row

Nino Schurter wins for the Swiss - their 3rd in a row
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Podium: Team USA, Switzerland, France

Podium: Team USA, Switzerland, France
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Switzerland's Jolanda Neff hands off to Nino Schurter

Switzerland's Jolanda Neff hands off to Nino Schurter
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Poland and Denmark head out before Switzerland

Poland and Denmark head out before Switzerland
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Catharine Pendrel (Canada)

Catharine Pendrel (Canada)
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Start

Start
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USA's Christopher Blevins at the front

USA's Christopher Blevins at the front
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Riley Amos (Team USA)

Riley Amos (Team USA)
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Annika Langvad (Denmark)

Annika Langvad (Denmark)
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USA's Kate Courtney setting out in 2nd place

USA's Kate Courtney setting out in 2nd place
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Jolanda Neff's ride for the Swiss moved them from 5th to 3rd

Jolanda Neff's ride for the Swiss moved them from 5th to 3rd
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Kate Courtney (Team USA) caught Anne Terpstra (Netherlands) just before the start of the last lap

Kate Courtney (Team USA) caught Anne Terpstra (Netherlands) just before the start of the last lap
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Haley Batten (Team USA) moved the US up from 3rd to 2nd

Haley Batten (Team USA) moved the US up from 3rd to 2nd
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Pauline Ferrand Prevot (France) moved France from 12th to 6th

Pauline Ferrand Prevot (France) moved France from 12th to 6th
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Happy Team USA

Happy Team USA
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Fun with the bubbly

Fun with the bubbly
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Canada's Catharine Pendrel hands off to Peter Disera

Canada's Catharine Pendrel hands off to Peter Disera
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Anne Terpstra (Netherlands) sets out in 1st place

Anne Terpstra (Netherlands) sets out in 1st place
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Anne Terpstra (Netherlands) hands off to the last rider

Anne Terpstra (Netherlands) hands off to the last rider
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Kate Courtney chasing Anne Terpstra

Kate Courtney chasing Anne Terpstra
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Switzerland opened the 2019 Mountain Bike World Championships on Wednesday by taking their third consecutive Team Relay title at Mont-Saint-Anne, Canada.  The USA took silver and France finished third.

This is the sixth Team Relay title for Switzerland, surpassing the record of five held by France. 

The Swiss team fell back to eighth after the first rider, with Denmark and the Czech Republic taking an early lead.  However, by the third of five riders, Switzerland were up to fifth, and Jolanda Neff, the fourth rider, brought them up to third, behind the Netherlands and the USA.

Nino Schurter was the Swiss anchor rider, and he blazed past the two riders ahead of him at the start of the last lap to give Switzerland the win. 

The USA rode consistently in the top-three all race, moving ahead of the Netherlands on the final lap before being caught by Schurter, with France moving up from fifth to third in the final lap.

"When I started, the USA guy [Keegan Swenson] was 16 seconds ahead, and it was hard to catch and then attack him," said Schurter.  "But I felt strong and managed to get to him. It's a great way to start the World Championships and get some good atmosphere into the team."

Results
PositionCountryResult
1Switzerland 1:02:55
2USA 0:00:16
3France 0:00:28
4Italy 0:00:58
5Canada 0:01:09
6Great Britain 0:01:31
7Denmark 0:02:44
8Czech Republic 0:03:15
9Austria 0:03:36
10Netherlands 0:03:39
11Belgium 0:03:44
12Germany 0:03:52
13Poland 0:04:30
14Hungary 0:04:41
15Spain 0:06:01
16Japan 0:07:13
17Russia 0:07:41
18Slovakia 0:08:02
19Colombia 0:09:19
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