Schurter tops Cooper in Nove Mesto

The third round of the World Cup in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, saw two lead changes in three days, with Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM) losing the lead to Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) in the Short Track (XCC) on Friday and then regaining it on Sunday with his second win of the season in the Cross-country (XCO).

The race began with chaos, as three crashes happened within the first 150 metres. The worst affected of the top riders was fifth ranked Mathias Flueckiger (Thomus RN Racing), who went down hard, hitting his face and losing contact with the front of the race. He would eventually abandon.

The next to be hit with misfortune was XCC winner Sam Gaze (Specialized), who flatted on the start loop, far from the tech zone. By the time he got going again he was more than three minutes back and also abandoned.

At the front, it was Schurter and van der Poel setting the pace, with Lars Forster (BMC) chasing a few seconds back. This lasted until the third lap, when van der Poel crashed in a dusty corner. His left arm was clearly bothering him as he slowly remounted and rode for one more lap before eventually dropping out.

This left Schurter at the front with Forster, who was dropped on the fourth lap as Anton Cooper (Trek Factory) and Maxime Marotte (Cannondale Factory) bridged across. These three stayed together for the rest of the race until Marotte was dropped by a few seconds in the final half lap.

The finish came down to a drag race between Schurter and Cooper for the final 150 metres, with both throwing their bikes across the line, and then waiting for the photo finish camera to confirm that Schurter had won by a tire width, his 28th World Cup victory.

"First I thought I had him," said Schurter, "then I saw him coming on the right. That's the hardest sprint I ever did. I love this track, it suits me quite well and I felt pretty good today. I wasn't able to get away from the other guys, so it was a crazy finish."

Schurter moves into a commanding lead in the standings with 780 points, while Marotte jumps ahead of van der Poel to second with 573 points. van der Poel is third at 535, followed by Gaze at 475 and Cooper jumps from 11th to fifth at 459 points.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nino Schurter (Scott-Sram Mtb Racing)1:21:31
2Anton Cooper (Trek Factory Racing Xc)Row 1 - Cell 2
3Maxime Marotte (Cannondale Factory Racing Xc)0:00:08
4Lars Forster (Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team)0:00:44
5Manuel Fumic (Cannondale Factory Racing Xc)0:00:49
6Henrique Avancini (Cannondale Factory Racing Xc)0:00:56
7Florian Vogel (Focus Xc Team)0:01:02
8Arnis Petersons (Zzk)0:01:04
9Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing)Row 8 - Cell 2
10Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Primaflor Mondraker Rotor)0:01:27
11Hugo Drechou (Massi)0:01:42
12Andri Frischknecht (Scott-Sram Mtb Racing)0:01:43
13Martin LooRow 12 - Cell 2
14Titouan Carod (Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team)0:01:54
15Andrea Tiberi (Team Focus Selle Italia)0:01:55
16Marco Aurelio Fontana (Bianchi Countervail)0:02:10
17Jens Schuermans (Scott Creuse Oxygene Gueret)0:02:11
18Ondrej Cink (Primaflor Mondraker Rotor)0:02:17
19Karl Markt (Moebel Maerki Mtb Pro Team)0:02:18
20Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Torpado Gabogas)0:02:19
21Reto Indergand (Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team)0:02:24
22Georg Egger0:02:31
23David Rosa0:02:39
24Martins Blums (Cst Sandd American Eagle Mtb Racing Team)0:02:41
25Nicola Rohrbach0:02:44
26Lukas Flueckiger (Thömus - Rn Racing Team)0:02:47
27Marek Konwa (Volkswagen Samochody Uzytkowe Mtb Team)0:02:52
28Thomas Litscher (Jb Brunex Felt Factory Team)0:02:56
29Martin Gluth (Silverback Omx Pro Team)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Fabian Giger (Kross Racing Team)0:02:57
31Victor Koretzky (Kmc-Ekoi-Srsuntour)0:03:18
32Jan Skarnitzl (Mitas Trek)0:03:26
33David Valero Serrano (Mmr Factory Racing Team)0:03:34
34Pablo Rodriguez Guede (Mmr Factory Racing Team)0:03:35
35Markus Schulte-Lunzum (Focus Xc Team)0:03:38
36Daniele Braidot (Centro Sportivo Carabinieri - Cicli Olympia)0:03:44
37Christian Pfaffle0:03:46
38Jordan Sarrou (Kmc-Ekoi-Srsuntour)0:03:58
39Matthias Stirnemann (Scott-Sram Mtb Racing)0:04:12
40Andras Parti0:04:27
41Raphael Gay (Scott Creuse Oxygene Gueret)0:04:36
42Shlomi Haimy (Bike Way Racing Team)0:04:41
43Gregor Raggl (Moebel Maerki Mtb Pro Team)0:04:46
44Jhonatan Botero Villegas0:04:47
45Peter Disera (Norco Factory Team Xc)0:04:51
46Ruben Scheire0:04:52
47Raphael Gagne (Silverback Omx Pro Team)0:04:57
48Daniel McConnell (Primaflor Mondraker Rotor)0:05:12
49Manuel Fasnacht (Wheeler Pro Team)0:05:16
50Rubens Donizete Valeriano0:05:18
51Gioele Bertolini (Team Focus Selle Italia)Row 50 - Cell 2
52Nicholas Pettina' (Centro Sportivo Carabinieri - Cicli Olympia)0:05:20
53Catriel Soto (Mmr Factory Racing Team)Row 52 - Cell 2
54Timofei Ivanov0:05:26
55Luke Vrouwenvelder0:05:44
56Florian Trigo (Massi)0:06:01
57Nadir Colledani (Bianchi Countervail)0:06:04
58Bartlomiej Wawak (Kross Racing Team)0:06:07
59Lukas Baum0:06:16
60Benoit Jeanniard0:06:23
61Maxime Loret (Scott Creuse Oxygene Gueret)0:06:24
62Marek RauchfussRow 61 - Cell 2
63Frank Beemer (Habitat Mountain Bike Team)Row 62 - Cell 2
64Michiel Van Der Heijden (Scott-Sram Mtb Racing)0:06:42
65Grant Ferguson (Cst Sandd American Eagle Mtb Racing Team)0:06:43
66Mario Costa (Brujula Bike Racing Team)0:06:48
67Marcel Guerrini (Focus Xc Team)0:06:55
68Leandre Bouchard (Kmc-Ekoi-Srsuntour)0:07:04
69Kohei Yamamoto (Dream Seeker Racing Team)0:07:09
70Andrew L'esperanceRow 69 - Cell 2
71Lorenzo Samparisi (Ktm Protek Dama)0:07:26
72Maxim Gogolev0:07:35
73Simon Vitzthum0:07:39
74Wolfram Kurschat (Kurschat Consulting Racing Team)0:07:55
75Erno Jacob McCraeRow 74 - Cell 2
76Ricardo Marinheiro0:08:23
77Ivan Diaz Buj0:08:36
78Denis Fumarola (Ktm Protek Dama)0:08:40
79Guilherme Gotardelo Muller0:08:44
80Keegan Swenson (Stan's-Pivot Pro Team p/b Maxxis)0:08:50
81Gregor Krajnc0:08:52
82Lorenzo Pellegrini0:08:53
83Sebastian Fini Carstensen (Cst Sandd American Eagle Mtb Racing Team)0:08:55
84Sergey Nikolaev0:09:26
85Andrin Beeli0:09:39
86Zdenek Vobecky0:09:43
87Erik Groen0:09:51
88Jasper Ockeloen0:09:52
89Mariusz Michalek (Jbg-Cryospace)0:09:55
90Tobias Dominik Rotermund0:10:21
91Jakob Hartmann0:10:26
92Maximilian Foidl (Jb Brunex Felt Factory Team)0:10:31
93Florian Chenaux0:10:37
94Harold Flandre0:10:50
95Edoardo Bonetto (Elios Sr-Suntour Pro Team)0:10:56
96Tomas Paprstka (Expres Cz Scott Team Kolin)0:11:01
97Michael Stunzi0:11:05
98Guy Sessler (Bike Way Racing Team)0:11:08
99Joseph De Poortere Emelien0:11:15
100Dario Gasco0:11:29
101Dmytro Titarenko0:11:30
102Ruslan Boredskiy0:11:46
103Sven Strahle (German Technology Racing)0:11:59
104Mattia Setti0:12:10
105Martin StosekRow 104 - Cell 2
106Vincent Sibille (Team Vosges Vtt)Row 105 - Cell 2
107Sakari LehtinenRow 106 - Cell 2
108Philipp WetzelbergerRow 107 - Cell 2
109Mikhail BesahaRow 108 - Cell 2
110Abdulkadir KelleciRow 109 - Cell 2
111Faraz ShokriRow 110 - Cell 2
112Aleksander StafilovRow 111 - Cell 2
113Ondrej GlajzaRow 112 - Cell 2
114Jan WithaarRow 113 - Cell 2
115Victor Selles PardoRow 114 - Cell 2
116Luiz Henrique CocuzziRow 115 - Cell 2
117Jason BouttellRow 116 - Cell 2
118Robert SchwenkRow 117 - Cell 2
119Ingvar OmarssonRow 118 - Cell 2
120Manuel Sanchez AldeguerRow 119 - Cell 2
121Manfred ZogerRow 120 - Cell 2
122Oskar PlucinskiRow 121 - Cell 2
123Jaime Miranda Jaime (Conade Code Gto Cadencia.Mx Pro Cycling Team)Row 122 - Cell 2
124Dmitry ZhirnovRow 123 - Cell 2
125Tobias SindlingerRow 124 - Cell 2
126Artem ShevtsovRow 125 - Cell 2
127George-Vlad SabauRow 126 - Cell 2
128Ludwig DohlRow 127 - Cell 2
129Arthur Tropardy (Sunn - Beaumes De Venise)Row 128 - Cell 2
130Ali Cakas (Mardin Metropolitan Municipality Cycling Mtb Team)Row 129 - Cell 2
131Jose Aurelio Hernandez De Jesus (Conade Code Gto Cadencia.Mx Pro Cycling Team)Row 130 - Cell 2
DNFIsmael Esteban AgueroRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFAnton Sintsov (Salcano Sakarya B.B. Pro Team)Row 132 - Cell 2
DNFTom Meeusen (Corendon-Circus)Row 133 - Cell 2
DNFSergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Trek Factory Racing Xc)Row 134 - Cell 2
DNFMathieu Van Der Poel (Corendon-Circus)Row 135 - Cell 2
DNFMathias Flueckiger (Thömus - Rn Racing Team)Row 136 - Cell 2
DNFLuca Braidot (Centro Sportivo Carabinieri - Cicli Olympia)Row 137 - Cell 2
DNFStephane Tempier (Bianchi Countervail)Row 138 - Cell 2
DNFDomenico Valerio (Ktm Protek Dama)Row 139 - Cell 2
DNFSamuel Gaze (Specialized Racing)Row 140 - Cell 2
DNFSebastian JayneRow 141 - Cell 2
DNFJan VastlRow 142 - Cell 2


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