Schurter ends win drought in Mont-Sainte-Anne

Swiss champion Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo) came into the Mont Ste Anne round of the Mountain Bike World Cup on Sunday with three consecutive second places, and was hungry to end his drought on the course where he won last year. After a race-long battle with perrenial rival Julien Absalon (BMC), Schurter broke his losing streak and took the overall lead in the standings.

This year, Mont Ste Anne is celebrating its 25th anniversary, an impressive run that goes back to the very start of the World Cup in 1991. MSA has held a World Cup every year of the series except for the two occasions when it hosted the world championships in 1998 and 2010.

The cross-country at MSA is classic mountain biking, with steep climbs, rocks and roots. The XC racers were spared the rain that hit the Downhill event, but forested sections were still muddy and slippery.

Schurter attacked on the opening lap with six riders joining him at the front, including Absalon, Florian Vogel (Focus XC), Ralph Naef (BMC), Andrea Tiberi (FRM Factory), Ondrej Cink (Multivan Merida) and Mathias Fluckiger (Stoeckli Pro Team). Missing from the front group was Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized), winner of the first and third rounds, and World Cup leader heading into MSA.

When Schurter surged again, Absalon was right with him, and the pair steadily pulled away from the splintering chase group. Fluckiger hung on for half a lap, but then faded, while Vogel came up behind after riding his own pace. Entering the final lap Absalon and Schurter were still together, despite attacks and counterattacks, but when Schurter went again on one of the climbs Absalon was unable to respond, finishing 14 seconds down on his rival. Vogel took third, just ahead of Naef.

"Yah, I knew I had good legs," revealed Schurter, "but I didn't know how strong he [Absalon] was. I took my chance and I got away a bit, and now I have my first win of the season."

"I am really happy [to get the first win of the season]. I worked hard this season but always got second, but now everything came together and also a bit of luck, you need it to win. I'm really happy to win this race and also to take the overall lead."

"It is a really important results now. You need to win races if you want to win the overall. I saw that Jaroslav finished 13th, so I won a bit of points over him, so it was probably quite an important race for the overall."

Absalon said "Yes I am happy [with second place]. It was not possible to do better than this. It was a really nice fight with Nino, but in the last lap when he attacked, my legs were already really hard and it was not possible to follow him. I am really happy because I was tired during this week and I did not really good training the last two days, with the storm; with the wet conditions I had some trouble on the track. Today the feeling was really good, even in the technical sections I was good, I was able to follow Nino."

"It is always a pleasure to be here. I won my first World title here in 1998; I won as Junior at 18 years old, so lots of souvenirs and memories, and it is always a pleasure to be here."

Schurter takes the overall lead from Kulhavy with 850 points to Kulhavy's 740. Absalon is just behind at 710 points.


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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nino Schurter (Swi)1:27:19
2Julien Absalon (Fra)0:00:14
3Florian Vogel (Swi)0:01:35
4Ralph Naef (Swi)0:01:44
5Stéphane Tempier (Fra)0:01:57
6Mathias Flückiger (Swi)0:02:46
7Lukas Flückiger (Swi)0:02:47
8Manuel Fumic (Ger)0:02:58
9Ondrej Cink (Cze)0:03:09
10Andrea Tiberi (Ita)0:03:21
11Maxime Marotte (Fra)0:03:24
12Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa)0:03:27
13Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze)0:03:28
14Raphael Gagne (Can)0:03:48
15Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa)0:04:00
16José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa)0:04:08
17Jan Skarnitzl (Cze)0:04:41
18Luca Braidot (Ita)0:04:53
19Daniel Mcconnell (Aus)0:05:00
20Thomas Litscher (Swi)0:05:11
21Rudi Van Houts (Ned)0:05:20
22Matthias Stirnemann (Swi)0:05:35
23Alexander Gehbauer (Aut)0:05:41
24Catriel Andres Soto (Arg)0:05:59
25Reto Indergand (Swi)0:06:20
26David Valero (Spa)0:06:25
27Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)0:07:00
28Martin Gujan (Swi)0:07:06
29Jan Nesvadba (Cze)0:07:31
30Karl Markt (Aut)0:07:34
31Stephen Ettinger (USA)0:07:35
32Fabian Giger (Swi)0:07:46
33Geoff Kabush (Can)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Leandre Bouchard (Can)0:07:56
35Gregor Raggl (Aut)0:08:12
36Hugo Drechou (Fra)0:08:13
37Sebastien Carabin (Bel)0:08:14
38Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita)0:08:15
39Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Martin Gluth (Ger)0:08:36
41Derek Zandstra (Can)0:08:58
42Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel)0:09:11
43Markus Bauer (Ger)0:09:37
44Cameron Jette (Can)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Evan Guthrie (Can)0:09:38
46Miguel Martinez (Fra)0:10:14
47Michal Lami (Svk)0:10:31
48Julian Schelb (Ger)0:10:32
49Daniele Braidot (Ita)0:10:40
50Andras Parti (Hun)0:10:48
51Alex Grant (USA)0:10:52
52Sherman Trezza (Bra)0:11:03
53Spencer Paxson (USA)0:11:21
54Henrique Avancini (Bra)0:11:50
55Hector Riveros (Col)0:12:00
56Nicholas Pettina (Ita)0:12:27
57Bart De Vocht (Bel)0:12:50
58Zsolt Juhasz (Hun)0:12:57
59Steffen Thum (Ger)0:13:23
60Andrew Watson (Can)0:13:58
61Simon Gegenheimer (Ger)Row 60 - Cell 2
62Benjamin Sonntag (Ger)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Cameron Ivory (Aus)Row 62 - Cell 2
64Andrew L'esperance (Can)Row 63 - Cell 2
65Dario Alejandro Gasco (Arg)Row 64 - Cell 2
66Thomas Sampson (USA)Row 65 - Cell 2
67Martin Loo (Est)Row 66 - Cell 2
68Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra)Row 67 - Cell 2
69Evan Mcneely (Can)Row 68 - Cell 2
70Brendan Johnston (Aus)Row 69 - Cell 2
71Brian Matter (USA)Row 70 - Cell 2
72David Fletcher (GBr)Row 71 - Cell 2
73Ernie Watenpaugh (USA)Row 72 - Cell 2
74Francisc Ramos Sanzana (Chi)Row 73 - Cell 2
75Christopher Hamlin (USA)Row 74 - Cell 2
76Noah Tautfest (USA)Row 75 - Cell 2
77Elliot Reinecke (USA)Row 76 - Cell 2
78Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger)Row 77 - Cell 2
79David Flaten (USA)Row 78 - Cell 2
DNFJordan Sarrou (Fra)Row 79 - Cell 2
DNFJeremy Martin (Can)Row 80 - Cell 2
DNFRuben Scheire (Bel)Row 81 - Cell 2
DNFMoritz Milatz (Ger)Row 82 - Cell 2
DNFAntoine Caron (Can)Row 83 - Cell 2
DNFRussell Finsterwald (USA)Row 84 - Cell 2
DNFFrederico Mariano (Bra)Row 85 - Cell 2
DNSMichiel Van Der Heijden (Ned)Row 86 - Cell 2


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