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Lenzerheide: Victor Koretzky wins World Cup

Victor Koretzky
Victor Koretzky (Image credit: Getty Images)

Victor Koretzky (KMC-Orbea) took the second World Cup win of his career on Sunday in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, spoiling a home crowd win for Nino Schurter (Scott SRAM), who finished second. World Cup leader Mathias Flückiger (Thomus RN Swiss Bike) could only manage third, and will have to wait for the final round in two weeks time to clinch the World Cup title.

Riders in Lenzerheide faced a circuit with long climbs and technical, rooted descents. This is a course with almost nowhere to rest. The men did six laps plus a start lap that replaced the opening dirt climb with a long asphalt climb.

Besides the winning of a World Cup, this race had a number of subplots. Schurter, starting his 100th World Cup, 20 minutes from his home, is still looking for his 33rd win, to match the record of Julien Absalon. With a win and a poor showing by second placed Ondrej Cink (Kross Orlen), Flückigerr could have wrapped up the overall World Cup title here in his home country.

Flückiger's race did not start well, with him mired in 15th place partway through the start loop. He managed to work his way back to the lead group of nine midway through the first lap, but maybe that extra effort made the difference at the end of the race.

At the front, Koretzky, Schurter and Henrique Avancini (Cannondale Factory) were setting the pace and a lap later the lead group was down to these three plus Flückiger and Alan Hatherly (Cannondale Factory). When Schurter started to push the pace a lap later, Avancini was dropped, to eventually finish sixth. The remaining four rode steadily together at the front, with the two Swiss riders doing most of the pace setting.

On the penultimate fifth lap, Flückiger launched a massive attack on the main climb, opening a small gap on the other three, but they clawed their way back before the end of the lap. The leaders then slowed up the climb on the final lap, with no one attacking as they conserved their remaining energy. 

Flückiger tried to attack on the last climb with a kilometre to go, but Koretzky went straight by him to take the lead and open a few seconds gap, which he held to the finish line. Schurter then made his way back to his Swiss rival on the rooty descent, and slipped by him on a corner in the final 300 metres to claim second.

"I'm super happy with this win," said Koretzky. "My legs have been super good in the week [since the world championships]. It's amazing to win a World Cup here, with all the crowds, all cheering Nino. When you are on a perfect race, full gas, you don't feel your legs. I know Nino and Flueky [Flückiger] want to win here because it is a Swiss World Cup. I'm completely tired and kaput now."

Flückiger has all but wrapped up the World Cup title going into the final round in two weeks, in Snowshoe, USA. His 1429 points is 340 ahead of Cink, with a total of 375 points on offer at Snowshoe. Koretzky, with his win, moves up one spot into third in the overall standings, a further 14 points back, so he also has a mathematical chance of catching Flückiger.

Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Victor Koretzky (Fra) 1:18:23
2Nino Schurter (Swi) 0:00:02
3Mathias Flückiger (Swi) 0:00:09
4Alan Hatherly (RSA) 0:00:18
5Titouan Carod (Fra) 0:00:31
6Henrique Avancini (Bra) 0:00:37
7Bartlomiej Wawak (Pol) 0:00:52
8Ondřej Cink (Cze) 0:01:04
9Maximilian Brandl (Ger) 0:01:05
10Luca Schwarzbauer (Ger)
11Samuel Gaze (NZl) 0:01:06
12Maxime Marotte (Fra) 0:01:18
13Jordan Sarrou (Fra) 0:01:33
14Martins Blums (Lat) 0:01:34
15Vlad Dascalu (Rom)
16Simon Andreassen (Den) 0:01:38
17David Valero Serrano (Spa) 0:02:15
18Thomas Griot (Fra) 0:02:21
19Luca Braidot (Ita) 0:02:29
20Andri Frischknecht (Swi) 0:02:33
21Daniele Braidot (Ita) 0:02:57
22Milan Vader (Ned) 0:03:06
23David Nordemann (Ned) 0:03:08
24Jonas Lindberg (Den) 0:03:13
25Vital Albin (Swi) 0:03:19
26Erik Hægstad (Nor) 0:03:22
27Jan Vastl (Cze) 0:03:23
28Karl Markt (Aut) 0:03:24
29Leandre Bouchard (Can) 0:03:25
30Anton Cooper (NZl) 0:04:11
31Georg Egger (Ger) 0:04:30
32Anton Sintsov (Rus) 0:04:36
33Lukas Flückiger (Swi) 0:04:47
34Simon Vitzthum (Swi) 0:04:59
35Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) 0:05:00
36Joshua Dubau (Fra) 0:05:04
37Nadir Colledani (Ita) 0:05:19
38Luiz Henrique Cocuzzi (Bra) 0:05:25
39Lars Forster (Swi) 0:05:26
40Nicholas Pettina' (Ita) 0:05:36
41Marc Andre Fortier (Can) 0:05:38
42Ulan Bastos Galinski (Bra)
43Gioele Bertolini (Ita) 0:05:40
44Gregor Raggl (Aut) 0:05:46
45Julian Schelb (Ger) 0:05:47
46Thomas Litscher (Swi) 0:05:48
47Marcel Guerrini (Swi) 0:05:52
48Quinton Disera (Can) 0:05:56
49Stephane Tempier (Fra) 0:05:57
50Peter Disera (Can) 0:06:00
51Reto Indergand (Swi) 0:06:14
52Guilherme Gotardelo Muller (Bra) 0:06:17
53Alessio Agostinelli (Ita) 0:06:21
54Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) 0:06:23
55Jan Škarnitzl (Cze) 0:06:39
56Ben Oliver (NZl) 0:06:47
57Antoine Philipp (Fra) 0:06:56
58Jofre Cullell Estape (Spa) 0:07:02
59Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) 0:07:10
60Nick Burki (Swi) 0:07:20
61Ismael Esteban Aguero (Spa) 0:07:29
62Andrin Beeli (Swi) 0:07:37
63Bruno Vitali (Swi)
64Georwill Pérez Román (PuR) 0:08:02
65Lukáš Kobes (Cze) 0:08:05
66Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) 0:08:22
67Tobias Steinhart (Ger) 0:08:31
68Sven Olivetti (Swi) 0:08:34
69Filippo Colombo (Swi)
70Sven Strähle (Ger) 0:09:02
71Andrew L'Esperance (Can) 0:09:12
72Arno Du Toit (RSA) 0:09:25
73Silas Graf (Ger) 0:09:35
74Basile Allard (Fra) 0:09:41
75Mário Costa (Por) 0:09:43
76Benoit Igoulen (Fra) 0:09:44
77Nicolas Delich Pardo (Chi) 0:09:50
78Edson Gilmar De Rezende Junior (Bra) 0:10:08
79Sebastian Miranda Maldonado (Chi) 0:10:14
80Hugo Drechou (Fra)
81Fabian Giger (Swi)
82Raphael Auclair (Can)
83Cyril Bourdon (Fra)
84Daniel Mcconnell (Aus)
85Anthony Zaragoza (Fra)
86Isaac Mundy (GBr)
87Zdeněk Vobecký (Cze)
88Matthias Stirnemann (Swi)
89Pedro Aviles Gangas (Chi)
90Serdar Depe (Tur)
91Sandro Trevisani (Swi)
92Gabriel Sindlinger (Ger)
93Rob Vanden Haesevelde (Bel)
94Cristobal Gonzalez Cornejo (Chi)
95Vincent Jonatan Beckmann (Ger)
96Eduardo Gelpes Sayavedra (Uru)
DNFJoris Ryf (Swi)
DNFUrsin Spescha (Swi)
DNFAmando Martinez Galvan (Mex)
DNFRemy Duquesne (Fra)
DNFLuis Neff (Ger)
DNFClément Auvin (Fra)
DNFSebastian Fini Carstensen (Den)
DNFRyo Takeuchi (Jpn)
DNFJaime Miranda Jaime (Mex)
DNFDario Thoma (Swi)
DNFMaxime Loret (Fra)
DNFKevin Krieg (Swi)
DNFNiklas Schehl (Ger)
DNFArmin Embacher (Aut)
DNSMaximilian Foidl (Aut)
DNSMoritz Bscherer (Aut)
DNSJens Schuermans (Bel)

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