Schurter takes first World Cup in Nove Mesto

World and Olympic champion Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM) continued his domination of the Nove Mesto course at the opening round of the Cross-country World Cup on Sunday, taking his fifth win in the seven years of racing at this Czech Republic venue (six World Cups and one world championship, last year).

Last year, Schurter won the world title here and, on a course little changed, the Swiss rider once again showed that he is the top rider in the world at this time. The start was marred by a crash in the first few metres, when Matthias Stirnemann (Scott-SRAM) went over the bars after his chain broke, causing a pileup behind him.

Thomas Litscher (JB Brunex Felt) jumped into the lead on the start loop, but he was quickly overtaken by Schurter and David Valero (MMR Factory) once the riders began their six laps of the course. Valero hung on with Schurter for the first half of the race as the pair opened a gap on a chase group containing Julien Absalon (BMC), Maxime Marotte (Cannondale Factory) and Jordan Sarrou (BH-SR Suntour-KMC), but when Schurter put the hammer down on a climb the Spaniard was quickly dropped.

Schurter cruised to his 21st World Cup victory, with Valero holding on for second. Absalon dropped the rest of the chase group to take third.

"I had a really good start and I felt pretty good," said Schurter. "This course really suits me well, it's a perfect course, one of my favourites. David showed a great performance. The first lap or so he attacked quite hard and made me suffer. I'm really happy to win here again. For me it is totally different this year. I have much less pressure, I had a great winter, did some good training but everything comes with less pressure, less expectations. It is going well so far and I'm really stoked."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team1:27:35
2David Valero Serrano (Spa) MMR Factory Racing Team0:00:26
3Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:01:46
4Maxime Marotte (Fra) Cannondale Factory Racing XC0:01:51
5Jordan Sarrou (Fra) BH-Srsuntour-KMC0:01:59
6Stephane Tempier (Fra) Bianchi Countervail0:02:09
7Titouan Carod (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:02:41
8Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned)0:02:51
9Anton Cooper (NZl) Trek Factory Racing XCRow 8 - Cell 2
10Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Bianchi CountervailRow 9 - Cell 2
11Pablo Rodriguez Guede (Spa) MMR Factory Racing Team0:02:59
12Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing XC0:03:04
13Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Primaflor Mondraker0:03:18
14Reto Indergand (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:03:27
15Hans Becking (Ned) CST Sandd American Eagle MTB Racing Team0:03:44
16Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) Torpado Gabogas0:04:01
17Gregor Raggl (Aut) Moebel Maerki MTB Pro Team0:04:05
18Lukas Fluckiger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:04:06
19Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Team Nob Selle Italia0:04:08
20Arnis Petersons (Lat) ZZK0:04:12
21Thomas Litscher (Swi) Jb Brunex Felt Team0:04:27
22Andri Frischknecht (Swi) Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team0:04:33
23Hugo Drechou (Fra) Massi0:04:41
24Marcel Guerrini (Swi) Focus XC Team0:04:49
25Bartlomiej Wawak (Pol) Kross Racing Team0:04:56
26Florian Chenaux (Swi)0:05:07
27Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) SRAM Mitas Trek0:05:36
28Derek Zandstra (Can) Cannondale-3Rox Racing0:05:42
29Ruben Scheire (Bel) Habitat Mountainbike TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Mario Costa (Por) Primaflor Mondraker0:05:50
31Mathias Fluckiger (Swi) Radon Factory XC Team0:05:53
32Martin Loo (Est)0:06:00
33Daniele Braidot (Ita)0:06:09
34Martin Fanger (Swi)Row 33 - Cell 2
35Karl Markt (Aut) Moebel Maerki MTB Pro TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Jose Dias (Por)0:06:15
37Bart De Vocht (Bel) KTM Bike Vision0:06:18
38Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)0:06:23
39Leandre Bouchard (Can) BH-Srsuntour-KMC0:06:25
40Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team0:06:26
41Christian Pfaffle (Ger) Moebel Maerki MTB Pro Team0:06:27
42Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Kurschat Consulting Racing Team0:06:46
43Ivan Seledkov (Rus)0:06:48
44Marek Konwa (Pol) Volkswagen Samochody Uzytkowe MTB Team0:06:49
45Moritz Milatz (Ger)0:06:53
46Kevin Panhuyzen (Bel) Habitat Mountainbike Team0:07:03
47Martin Gluth (Ger) Omx Pro Team0:07:05
48Fabian Giger (Swi) Kross Racing TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Expres Cz-Scott Team Kolin0:07:17
50Luiz Henrique Cocuzzi (Bra)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Jhonnatan Botero Villegas (Col)0:07:27
52Andrea Righettini (Ita)Row 51 - Cell 2
53Jens Schuermans (Bel) Scott Creuse Oxygene Gueret0:07:33
54Thomas Griot (Fra) Materiel-Velo.Com0:07:35
55Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing0:07:38
56Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)0:08:00
57Marek Rauchfuss (Cze)0:08:03
58Andras Parti (Hun) Nella Trek Team0:08:15
59Michael Stunzi (Swi)0:08:26
60Florian Trigo (Fra) Massi0:08:38
61Catriel Soto (Arg) Primaflor Mondraker0:08:48
62Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Merida Wallonie MTB Team0:08:59
63Tomas Paprstka (Cze) Expres Cz-Scott Team Kolin0:09:09
64Raphael Gagne (Can) Cannondale-3Rox Racing0:09:14
65Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team0:09:17
66Cameron Ivory (Aus)0:10:05
67Guilherme Gotardelo Muller (Bra)0:10:20
68Martin Frey (Ger) Team Bulls0:10:25
69Kirill Kazantsev (Kaz)0:10:38
70Jan Withaar (RSA)0:10:39
71Shlomi Haimy (Isr)0:10:48
72Stuart Marais (RSA)0:11:15
73Frank Beemer (Ned) Habitat Mountainbike Team0:11:26
74Evan McNeely (Can)0:11:42
75Grant Ferguson (GBr) CST Sandd American Eagle MTB Racing Team0:11:58
76Martin Stosek (Cze)0:12:31
77David Rosa (Por)0:12:50
78Lysander Kiesel (Ger) German Technology RacingRow 77 - Cell 2
79Maximilian Vieider (Ita) Torpado GabogasRow 78 - Cell 2
80Edoardo Bonetto (Ita) Elios-Srsuntour Pro TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
81Zdenek Vobecky (Cze)Row 80 - Cell 2
82Sakari Lehtinen (Fin)Row 81 - Cell 2
83Rubens Donizete Valeriano (Bra)Row 82 - Cell 2
84Maximilian Holz (Ger) German Technology RacingRow 83 - Cell 2
85Dario Gasco (Arg)Row 84 - Cell 2
86Steffen Thum (Ger) Rose Vaujany Fueled By UltrasportsRow 85 - Cell 2
87Simon Gegenheimer (Ger) Rose Vaujany Fueled By UltrasportsRow 86 - Cell 2
88Victor Selles Pardo (Spa)Row 87 - Cell 2
89Louis Wolf (Ger)Row 88 - Cell 2
90Russell Nankervis (Aus)Row 89 - Cell 2
91Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) BH-Srsuntour-KMCRow 90 - Cell 2
92Tobias Rotermund (Ger)Row 91 - Cell 2
93Farzad Khodayari (IRI)Row 92 - Cell 2
94Keegan Swenson (USA) Cannondale-3Rox RacingRow 93 - Cell 2
95Andrew L'Esperance (Can)Row 94 - Cell 2
96Manfred Zoger (Aut)Row 95 - Cell 2
97Maciej Jeziorski (Pol)Row 96 - Cell 2
98Philipp Wetzelberger (Aut)Row 97 - Cell 2
99Faraz Shokri (IRI)Row 98 - Cell 2
100Antoine Le Coq (Fra) Cube Pro Fermetures SeficRow 99 - Cell 2
101Ondrej Glajza (Svk)Row 100 - Cell 2
102Pavel Priadein (Rus)Row 101 - Cell 2
103Fabian Paumann (Swi) Fischer-BMCRow 102 - Cell 2
104Murray Spink (Aus)Row 103 - Cell 2
105Antoine Bouqueret (Fra) Scott Creuse Oxygene GueretRow 104 - Cell 2
106Robin Vanden Abeele (Bel) Cube Pro Fermetures SeficRow 105 - Cell 2
107Sajad Taheri (IRI)Row 106 - Cell 2
108Artyom Golovachshenko (Kaz)Row 107 - Cell 2
109Ingvar Omarsson ISLRow 108 - Cell 2
110Vadim Zhuravlev (Rus)Row 109 - Cell 2
111Oriol Domenech Fernandez (Spa)Row 110 - Cell 2
112Sebastian Jayne (Aus)Row 111 - Cell 2
113Philipp Hediger (Swi) Fischer-BMCRow 112 - Cell 2
114Robert Schwenk (Ger)Row 113 - Cell 2
115Dmitry Zhirnov (Rus)Row 114 - Cell 2
116George-Vlad Sabau (Rom)Row 115 - Cell 2
DNFVictor Koretzky (Fra) BH-Srsuntour-KMCRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFSamuel Gaze (NZl) Specialized RacingRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFLuca Braidot (Ita)Row 118 - Cell 2
DNFRuslan Boredskiy (Rus)Row 119 - Cell 2
DNFLars Forster (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing TeamRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFMarkus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus XC TeamRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFBen Zwiehoff (Ger)Row 122 - Cell 2
DNFAnton Sintsov (Rus) Jbg - 2 Professional MTB TeamRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFDaniel McConnell (Aus)Row 124 - Cell 2
DNFKevin Ingratta (Arg)Row 125 - Cell 2
DNSFlorian Vogel (Swi) Focus XC TeamRow 126 - Cell 2
DNSSergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek Factory Racing XCRow 127 - Cell 2
DNSDidier Bats (Bel) CST Sandd American Eagle MTB Racing TeamRow 128 - Cell 2

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