Schurter bests Absalon in Albstadt

Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo) finally won the one World Cup that has been eluding him, when he took the win in Albstadt, Germany for round 2 of the cross-country World Cup. However, it was not an easy victory; he won over arch rival Julien Absalon (BMC) in a sprint by only half a bike length.

Albstadt is considered one of the most physically demanding courses on the World Cup circuit, with long steep climbs and technical descents. Many riders have gone out too hard, only to blow up and fade in the latter part of the race.

The men's race quickly came down to Schurter and Absalon, as it usually does. The pair rode wheel to wheel for the entire race, and neither could drop the other. Behind, a chase group formed, consisting of Maxime Marotte (BH-SR Suntour-KMC), Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) and Lars Forster (BMC). Forster was dropped by the other two, and then Marotte finally dropped Kulhavy with a lap and a half to go.

On the final lap, Schurter and Absalon took turns attacking each other, but neither could open a gap. Last year, Schurter took chances on the final descent and crashed, handing the victory to Absalon, so this year he waited for the sprint out of the final corner onto pavement. Absalon led out of the corner, but Schurter clearly had a stronger kick and came around his rival in the final five metres.

"Yeah, that was really close," said Schurter. "It was a great race for me, it was a tough battle with Julien, and I would say we were both the same [fitness]. I knew maybe I had a chance on a sprint, so, yeah, it worked out pretty good for me. I tried once or twice to get away, to see, but I never really got a gap. Julien also tried to drop me on the climb. I would say we were both the same strength, and I knew on a sprint finish I could maybe beat him. That straight finish is also long enough and I was lucky to win it in a sprint."

Schurter leads the standings with 500 points after his second straight win. Absalon moves into second in the standings at 360 points, tied with Marotte.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team1:28:38
2Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC0:00:55
4Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing0:01:36
5Lars Forster (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:02:02
6Luca Braidot (Ita)0:03:00
7Fabian Giger (Swi) Kross Racing Team0:03:15
8David Valero (Spa) MMR Factory Racing Team0:03:23
9Pablo Rodriguez Guede (Spa) MMR Factory Racing Team0:03:25
10Reto Indergand (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Martin Loo (Est)0:03:34
12Victor Koretzky (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC0:03:42
13Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:03:49
14Lukas Fluckiger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:03:57
15Grant Ferguson (GBr) Cst Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team0:04:02
16Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing0:04:06
17Martin Fanger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:04:11
18Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Sram Mitas Trek0:04:28
19Stephane Tempier (Fra) Bianchi Countervail0:04:40
20Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing XC0:04:49
21Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:04:52
22Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing XC0:04:56
23Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Moebel Maerki MTB Pro Team0:05:16
24Andrea Tiberi (Ita) FRM Factory Racing Team0:05:22
25Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) MMR Factory Racing Team0:05:27
26Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing XC0:05:34
27Daniele Braidot (Ita)0:05:38
28Raphael Gagne (Can)0:05:43
29Anton Sintsov (Rus) Jbg - 2 Professional MTB Team0:05:47
30Jordan Sarrou (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC0:05:54
31Howard Grotts (USA) Specialized Racing0:05:55
32Alexander Gehbauer (Aut)0:05:57
33Ruben Scheire (Bel) Habitat Mountainbike Team0:06:07
34Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned)0:06:09
35Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) MMR Factory Racing TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Moritz Milatz (Ger)0:06:19
37Karl Markt (Aut) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team0:06:25
38Henrique Avancini (Bra) Cannondale Factory Racing XC0:06:35
39Jeff Luyten (Bel)0:06:37
40Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus XC Team0:06:49
41David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por)0:07:06
42Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek Factory Racing XC0:07:17
43Jhonnatan Botero Villegas (Col)0:07:26
44Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:07:35
45Stephen Ettinger (USA)0:07:50
46Andras Parti (Hun) Waberer's Evopro MTB Team0:07:52
47Christian Pfaffle (Ger)0:07:55
48Mathias Fluckiger (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team0:08:06
49Hugo Drechou (Fra) Calvisson VTT0:08:12
50Ivan Seledkov (Rus)0:08:14
51Anton Cooper (NZl) Cannondale Factory Racing XC0:08:25
52Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Koch Engineering / Muesing Racing Team0:08:26
53Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team0:08:41
54Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)0:08:55
55Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing XC0:08:56
56Cameron Ivory (Aus)0:09:34
57Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Team Bulls0:09:53
58Andrea Righettini (Ita)0:09:55
59Bart De Vocht (Bel) Versluys Team0:10:00
60Hector Leonardo Paez Leon (Col)0:10:05
61Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Mario Luis Miranda Costa (Por)0:10:07
63Marc Stutzmann (Swi)0:10:13
64Hector Riveros (Col)Row 63 - Cell 2
65Hans Becking (Ned) Cst Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team0:10:46
66Miguel Martinez (Fra)0:11:14
67Jiri Novak (Cze) Cst Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team0:11:24
68Florian Chenaux (Swi)0:12:07
69Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)0:12:30
70 (-1 lap)Fabio Hernando Castaneda Monsalve (Col)Row 69 - Cell 2
71Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) Bianchi CountervailRow 70 - Cell 2
72Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Expres Cz-Merida Team KolinRow 71 - Cell 2
73Jens Schuermans (Bel) Versluys TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Martin Gujan (Swi) Wheeler Pro TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Dimitrios Antoniadis (Gre)Row 74 - Cell 2
76Didier Bats (Bel)Row 75 - Cell 2
77Tomas Paprstka (Cze) Expres Cz-Merida Team KolinRow 76 - Cell 2
78Steffen Thum (Ger) Rose Vaujany Fueled By UltrasportsRow 77 - Cell 2
79Frank Beemer (Ned) Habitat Mountainbike TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Michal Lami (Svk)Row 79 - Cell 2
81 (-2 laps)Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Rox RacingRow 80 - Cell 2
82Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Novus Omx Pro TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Maximilian Holz (Ger)Row 82 - Cell 2
84Martin Haring (Svk)Row 83 - Cell 2
85Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona Factory Team XCRow 84 - Cell 2
86Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Emil Lindgren (Swe) Serneke Allebike MTB TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88James Reid (RSA)Row 87 - Cell 2
89Gregor Raggl (Aut) Haibike Oetztal Pro TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Keegan Swenson (USA)Row 89 - Cell 2
91Martin Gluth (Ger) Novus Omx Pro TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Severin Saegesser (Swi)Row 91 - Cell 2
93Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Btwin MTB Racing TeamRow 92 - Cell 2
94Pieter Geluykens (Bel) Focus Rotor G-Skin Racing TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Fabian Paumann (Swi) Wheeler Pro TeamRow 94 - Cell 2
96Evan Guthrie (Can)Row 95 - Cell 2
97Travis Walker (RSA)Row 96 - Cell 2
98Matthias Grick (Aut)Row 97 - Cell 2
99Periklis Ilias (Gre) Team Protek By Marconi Project'sRow 98 - Cell 2
100 (-3 laps)Emilien Barben (Swi)Row 99 - Cell 2
101Sakari Lehtinen (Fin)Row 100 - Cell 2
102Maximilian Maier (Ger)Row 101 - Cell 2
103Chris Baddick (GBr)Row 102 - Cell 2
104Zhen Wang (Chn) China Jiangsu Zgl MTB TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Brendan Johnston (Aus)Row 104 - Cell 2
106Kornel Osicki (Pol)Row 105 - Cell 2
107Maximilian Vieider (Ita)Row 106 - Cell 2
108Rotem Ishay (Isr)Row 107 - Cell 2
109Simon Gegenheimer (Ger) Rose Vaujany Fueled By UltrasportsRow 108 - Cell 2
110Phillip Pearce (GBr)Row 109 - Cell 2
111Michael Stunzi (Swi)Row 110 - Cell 2
112Tobias Rotermund (Ger)Row 111 - Cell 2
113Thomas Sampson (USA)Row 112 - Cell 2
114Rick Reimann (Swi)Row 113 - Cell 2
115Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) Waberer's Evopro MTB TeamRow 114 - Cell 2
116Lysander Kiesel (Ger)Row 115 - Cell 2
117Louis Wolf (Ger)Row 116 - Cell 2
118Tudor Oprea Ovidiu (Rom)Row 117 - Cell 2
119Jan Withaar (RSA)Row 118 - Cell 2
120Russell Finsterwald (USA) Sram/Tld RacingRow 119 - Cell 2
121Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) Bps MTB TeamRow 120 - Cell 2
122Zdenek Vobecky (Cze)Row 121 - Cell 2
123Roger Jenny (Swi)Row 122 - Cell 2
124Daniel Eymann (Swi) Fischer-BMCRow 123 - Cell 2
125Russell Nankervis (Aus)Row 124 - Cell 2
126 (-4 laps)Remi Laffont (Fra) Rose Vaujany Fueled By UltrasportsRow 125 - Cell 2
127Aaron Beck (Ger)Row 126 - Cell 2
128Abdulkadir Kelleci (Tur)Row 127 - Cell 2
129Luiz Cocuzzi (Bra)Row 128 - Cell 2
130Tomas Visnovsky (Svk)Row 129 - Cell 2
131Jorgen Flion (Bel)Row 130 - Cell 2
132Kirill Kazantsev (Kaz) Fastos Development TeamRow 131 - Cell 2
133Lucian Logigan (Rom)Row 132 - Cell 2
134Nathan Byukusenge (Rwa)Row 133 - Cell 2
135George-Bogdan Duca (Rom)Row 134 - Cell 2
136 (-5 laps)Cristian Correa (Chi)Row 135 - Cell 2
137Stuart Marais (RSA)Row 136 - Cell 2
138Juul Van Loon (Ned)Row 137 - Cell 2
139George-Vlad Sabau (Rom)Row 138 - Cell 2
DNFFlorian Vogel (Swi) Focus XC TeamRow 139 - Cell 2
DNFSebastien Carabin (Bel) Merida Wallonie MTB TeamRow 140 - Cell 2
DNFBartlomiej Wawak (Pol) Kross Racing TeamRow 141 - Cell 2
DNFKarl Platt (Ger) Team BullsRow 142 - Cell 2
DNFTom Meeusen (Bel)Row 143 - Cell 2
DNFMichele Casagrande (Ita)Row 144 - Cell 2
DNFLeandre Bouchard (Can)Row 145 - Cell 2
DNFPascal Nay (Swi)Row 146 - Cell 2
DNFIsmael Ventura Sanchez (Spa) Primaflor Orbea Racing TeamRow 147 - Cell 2
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Rankings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team500pts
2Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team360Row 1 - Cell 3
3Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC360Row 2 - Cell 3
4Lars Forster (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team270Row 3 - Cell 3
5Fabian Giger (Swi) Kross Racing Team230Row 4 - Cell 3
6Luca Braidot (Ita)208Row 5 - Cell 3
7Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Moebel Maerki MTB Pro Team180Row 6 - Cell 3
8Mathias Fluckiger (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team170Row 7 - Cell 3
9David Valero (Spa) MMR Factory Racing Team160Row 8 - Cell 3
10Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing XC154Row 9 - Cell 3
11Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) MMR Factory Racing Team151Row 10 - Cell 3
12Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing150Row 11 - Cell 3
13Grant Ferguson (GBr) Cst Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team148Row 12 - Cell 3
14Florian Vogel (Swi) Focus XC Team140Row 13 - Cell 3
15Raphael Gagne (Can)135Row 14 - Cell 3
16Reto Indergand (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team133Row 15 - Cell 3
17Martin Fanger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team130Row 16 - Cell 3
18Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) MMR Factory Racing Team126Row 17 - Cell 3
19Jordan Sarrou (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC126Row 18 - Cell 3
20Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing122Row 19 - Cell 3
21Andrea Tiberi (Ita) FRM Factory Racing Team114Row 20 - Cell 3
22Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing XC112Row 21 - Cell 3
23Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team110Row 22 - Cell 3
24Daniel McConnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing XC106Row 23 - Cell 3
25Lukas Fluckiger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team102Row 24 - Cell 3
26Karl Markt (Aut) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team102Row 25 - Cell 3
27Pablo Rodriguez Guede (Spa) MMR Factory Racing Team100Row 26 - Cell 3
28Victor Koretzky (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC98Row 27 - Cell 3
29Stephane Tempier (Fra) Bianchi Countervail97Row 28 - Cell 3
30Daniele Braidot (Ita)92Row 29 - Cell 3
31Martin Loo (Est)90Row 30 - Cell 3
32Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team90Row 31 - Cell 3
33Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing XC89Row 32 - Cell 3
34Stephen Ettinger (USA)89Row 33 - Cell 3
35Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team86Row 34 - Cell 3
36Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned)80Row 35 - Cell 3
37Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team79Row 36 - Cell 3
38Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek Factory Racing XC78Row 37 - Cell 3
39Martin Gujan (Swi) Wheeler Pro Team74Row 38 - Cell 3
40Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Sram Mitas Trek70Row 39 - Cell 3
41Leandre Bouchard (Can)68Row 40 - Cell 3
42Anton Sintsov (Rus) Jbg - 2 Professional MTB Team65Row 41 - Cell 3
43Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) Bianchi Countervail60Row 42 - Cell 3
44Gregor Raggl (Aut) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team54Row 43 - Cell 3
45David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por)52Row 44 - Cell 3
46Henrique Avancini (Bra) Cannondale Factory Racing XC51Row 45 - Cell 3
47Moritz Milatz (Ger)50Row 46 - Cell 3
48Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Team Bulls45Row 47 - Cell 3
49Howard Grotts (USA) Specialized Racing44Row 48 - Cell 3
50Cameron Ivory (Aus)44Row 49 - Cell 3
51Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus XC Team43Row 50 - Cell 3
52Alexander Gehbauer (Aut)42Row 51 - Cell 3
53Hugo Drechou (Fra) Calvisson VTT42Row 52 - Cell 3
54Ruben Scheire (Bel) Habitat Mountainbike Team40Row 53 - Cell 3
55Martin Gluth (Ger) Novus Omx Pro Team36Row 54 - Cell 3
56Jeff Luyten (Bel)29Row 55 - Cell 3
57Bartlomiej Wawak (Pol) Kross Racing Team28Row 56 - Cell 3
58Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Novus Omx Pro Team27Row 57 - Cell 3
59Jhonnatan Botero Villegas (Col)25Row 58 - Cell 3
60Andras Parti (Hun) Waberer's Evopro MTB Team22Row 59 - Cell 3
61Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)22Row 60 - Cell 3
62Christian Pfaffle (Ger)21Row 61 - Cell 3
63Miguel Martinez (Fra)20Row 62 - Cell 3
64Karl Platt (Ger) Team Bulls19Row 63 - Cell 3
65Ivan Seledkov (Rus)18Row 64 - Cell 3
66Michal Lami (Svk)18Row 65 - Cell 3
67Anton Cooper (NZl) Cannondale Factory Racing XC17Row 66 - Cell 3
68Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Koch Engineering / Muesing Racing Team16Row 67 - Cell 3
69Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)14Row 68 - Cell 3
70Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona Factory Team XC14Row 69 - Cell 3
71Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing12Row 70 - Cell 3
72Evan Guthrie (Can)11Row 71 - Cell 3
73Andrea Righettini (Ita)10Row 72 - Cell 3
74Andrew L'esperance (Can)10Row 73 - Cell 3
75Bart De Vocht (Bel) Versluys Team9Row 74 - Cell 3
76Simon Gegenheimer (Ger) Rose Vaujany Fueled By Ultrasports9Row 75 - Cell 3
77Hector Leonardo Paez Leon (Col)8Row 76 - Cell 3
78Phillip Pearce (GBr)8Row 77 - Cell 3

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