Albstadt World Cup: Schurter holds off van der Poel for the win

Pre-race, there was considerable speculation as to how multi-time cyclo-cross world champion Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) would fare, after finishing eighth a week earlier in the first round. The race quickly became a battle between Round 1 winner and world champion Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM) and van der Poel. In the early laps the pair were joined at the front by Matthias Fluckiger (Radon Factory) until he crashed and had to abandon the race. van der Poel also crashed but was able to catch up to Schurter temporarily, until the Swiss rider attacked on the fourth lap and steadily pulled away to record his 22nd World Cup win. Anton Cooper (Trek Factory) finished third.

"I made a stupid mistake," admitted van der Poel, "and crashed pretty hard [on Lap 3]. I lost contact with the [front] group and hurt my knee a little bit. It was hard to get my pace back on. I'm very happy with the race, only a bit disappointed with the stupid mistake; otherwise it was a nice battle with Nino. I'm really starting to like it mountain biking, especially when you can start from the first row; I enjoyed it a lot today."

Schurter leads the men's standings with a perfect 500 points, followed by David Valero (MMR Factory) at 350 and van der Poel at 310 points.

"It is a tough course and the conditions today were brutally hot," said Schurter. "It was a hard fight with van der Poel. I got a bit nervous when he [van der Poel] was at the front. I have never raced with him really and this was the first time I saw him race. It is always a bit strange when you have someone with you that you don't know; where his strengths or weaknesses are. I was glad when I was finally able to drop him."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team1:33:38
2Mathieu van der Poel (Ned)0:00:26
3Anton Cooper (NZl) Trek Factory Racing XC0:00:49
4David Valero Serrano (Spa) MMR Factory Racing Team0:01:00
5Maxime Marotte (Fra) Cannondale Factory Racing XC0:01:28
6Stephane Tempier (Fra) Bianchi Countervail0:01:56
7Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:02:21
8Florian Vogel (Swi) Focus XC Team0:02:28
9Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing XC0:02:29
10Jan Škarnitzl (Cze) SRAM Mitas Trek0:02:30
11Pablo Rodriguez Guede (Spa) MMR Factory Racing Team0:02:46
12Hans Becking (Ned) CST Sandd American Eagle MTB Racing Team0:03:02
13Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)0:03:24
14Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus XC Team0:03:34
15Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) Torpado Gabogas0:03:39
16Leandre Bouchard (Can) BH-Srsuntour-KMC0:03:50
17Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Primaflor Mondraker0:04:03
18Martin Fanger (Swi)0:04:06
19Titouan Carod (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:04:22
20Andri Frischknecht (Swi) Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team0:04:33
21Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team0:04:35
22Gregor Raggl (Aut) Moebel Maerki MTB Pro Team0:04:37
23Jordan Sarrou (Fra) BH-Srsuntour-KMC0:04:45
24Derek Zandstra (Can) Cannondale-3Rox Racing0:04:46
25Hugo Drechou (Fra) Massi0:04:57
26Ruben Scheire (Bel) Habitat Mountainbike Team0:05:16
27Bartlomiej Wawak (Pol) Kross Racing Team0:05:18
28Victor Koretzky (Fra) BH-Srsuntour-KMC0:05:23
29Lukas Flueckiger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:05:28
30Karl Markt (Aut) Moebel Maerki MTB Pro Team0:05:33
31Daniel Mcconnell (Aus)0:05:46
32Andrea Righettini (Ita)0:05:47
33Anton Sintsov (Rus) JBg - 2 Professional MTB Team0:06:09
34Marek Konwa (Pol) Volkswagen Samochody Uzytkowe MTB Team0:06:15
35Luca Braidot (Ita)0:06:31
36Reto Indergand (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:06:37
37Jens Schuermans (Bel) Scott Creuse Oxygene GueretRow 36 - Cell 2
38Fabian Giger (Swi) Kross Racing Team0:06:45
39Moritz Milatz (Ger)0:06:51
40Christian Pfäffle (Ger) Moebel Maerki MTB Pro Team0:07:13
41Raphael Gagne (Can) Cannondale-3Rox Racing0:07:17
42Thomas Litscher (Swi) JB Brunex Felt Team0:07:19
43Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Primaflor Mondraker0:07:20
44Didier Bats (Bel) CST Sandd American Eagle MTB Racing Team0:07:37
45Martin Gluth (Ger) Omx Pro TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team0:07:44
47Arnis Petersons (Lat) ZZK0:07:47
48Timofei Ivanov (Rus) Format-Udmurtia0:07:58
49Grant Ferguson (GBr) CST Sandd American Eagle MTB Racing Team0:08:12
50David Rosa (Por)0:08:20
51Thomas Griot (Fra) Materiel-Velo.Com0:08:23
52Florian Chenaux (Swi)0:08:26
53Edoardo Bonetto (Ita) Elios-Srsuntour Pro Team0:08:45
54Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Kurschat Consulting Racing Team0:08:47
55András Parti (Hun) Nella Trek Team0:08:52
56Ivan Seledkov (Rus)0:08:56
57Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Team NOB Selle Italia0:09:13
58Maximilian Vieider (Ita) Torpado Gabogas0:09:34
59Daniele Braidot (Ita)0:09:46
60Markus Bauer (Ger)0:09:58
61Marcel Guerrini (Swi) Focus XC Team0:10:06
62Martin Loo (Est)0:10:11
63Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Merida Wallonie MTB Team0:10:23
64Frank Beemer (Ned) Habitat Mountainbike Team0:10:37
65Bart De Vocht (Bel) KTM Bike Vision0:10:53
66Antoine Bouqueret (Fra) Scott Creuse Oxygene Gueret0:11:22
67Jhonnatan Botero Villegas (Col)Row 66 - Cell 2
68Andrew L'esperance (Can)Row 67 - Cell 2
69Shlomi Haimy (Isr)Row 68 - Cell 2
70Pavel Priadein (Rus)Row 69 - Cell 2
71Guilherme Gotardelo Muller (Bra)Row 70 - Cell 2
72Maximilian Holz (Ger) German Technology RacingRow 71 - Cell 2
73Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) BH-Srsuntour-KMCRow 72 - Cell 2
74José Dias (Por)Row 73 - Cell 2
75Emelien Joseph De Poortere (Fra)Row 74 - Cell 2
76Gerrit Rosenkranz (Ger)Row 75 - Cell 2
77Nicholas Pettina' (Ita)Row 76 - Cell 2
78Tobias Rotermund (Ger)Row 77 - Cell 2
79Octavien Maillard (Fra)Row 78 - Cell 2
80Wietse Bosmans (Bel)Row 79 - Cell 2
81Dario Alejandro Gasco (Arg)Row 80 - Cell 2
82Erik Groen (Ned) Stappenbelt-Specialized MTB TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Ben Zwiehoff (Ger)Row 82 - Cell 2
84Philipp Hediger (Swi) Fischer-BMCRow 83 - Cell 2
85Keegan Swenson (USA) Cannondale-3Rox RacingRow 84 - Cell 2
86Rubens Donizete Valeriano (Bra)Row 85 - Cell 2
87Nick De Vries (Bel)Row 86 - Cell 2
88Robin Vanden Abeele (Bel) Cube Pro Fermetures SeficRow 87 - Cell 2
89Heiko Hog (Ger)Row 88 - Cell 2
90Stuart Marais (RSA)Row 89 - Cell 2
91Florian Trigo (Fra) MassiRow 90 - Cell 2
92Fabian Paumann (Swi) Fischer-BMCRow 91 - Cell 2
93Ruslan Boredskiy (Rus)Row 92 - Cell 2
94Sebastian Jayne (Aus)Row 93 - Cell 2
95Sajjad Taheri (IRI)Row 94 - Cell 2
96Farzad Khodayari (IRI)Row 95 - Cell 2
97Jan Withaar (RSA)Row 96 - Cell 2
98Zdenek Vobecký (Cze)Row 97 - Cell 2
99Simon Gegenheimer (Ger) Rose Vaujany Fueled by UltrasportsRow 98 - Cell 2
100Vadim Zhuravlev (Rus)Row 99 - Cell 2
101Aaron Beck (Ger)Row 100 - Cell 2
102Marcel Lehrian (Ger)Row 101 - Cell 2
103Murray Spink (Aus)Row 102 - Cell 2
104Antoine Le Coq (Fra) Cube Pro Fermetures SeficRow 103 - Cell 2
105Lysander Kiesel (Ger) German Technology RacingRow 104 - Cell 2
106Till Drobisch (Nam)Row 105 - Cell 2
107Russell Nankervis (Aus)Row 106 - Cell 2
108Kirill Kazantsev (Kaz)Row 107 - Cell 2
109Fabian Obrist (Swi)Row 108 - Cell 2
110Luiz Henrique Cocuzzi (Bra)Row 109 - Cell 2
111Artyom Golovachshenko (Kaz)Row 110 - Cell 2
112Dmitry Zhirnov (Rus)Row 111 - Cell 2
113Evan Mcneely (Can)Row 112 - Cell 2
114Kevin Ingratta (Arg)Row 113 - Cell 2
115Jan Schär (Swi)Row 114 - Cell 2
116Christopher Hamlin (USA)Row 115 - Cell 2
117Mathias Alig (Swi)Row 116 - Cell 2
118Pedri Danilo Aviles Gangas (Chi)Row 117 - Cell 2
119Robert Schwenk (Ger)Row 118 - Cell 2
120George-Vlad Sabau (Rom)Row 119 - Cell 2
DNFMário Costa (Por) Primaflor MondrakerRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFMarco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Bianchi CountervailRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFMathias Flueckiger (Swi) Radon Factory XC TeamRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFBenoit Igoulen (Fra) Look - Beaumes De VeniseRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFSamuel Gaze (NZl) Specialized RacingRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFJan Nesvadba (Cze) Expres CZ-Scott Team KolinRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFMarc Stutzmann (Swi)Row 126 - Cell 2
DNFKevin Panhuyzen (Bel) Habitat Mountainbike TeamRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFCameron Ivory (Aus)Row 128 - Cell 2
DNFPascal Nay (Swi)Row 129 - Cell 2
DNFJaroslav Kulhavý (Cze) Specialized RacingRow 130 - Cell 2
DNSSergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek Factory Racing XCRow 131 - Cell 2
DNSMichael Stünzi (Swi)Row 132 - Cell 2

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