Nino Schurter Wins In Nove Mesto

Scott Swisspower’s Nino Schurter has reclaimed his series lead having won the third round of the XCO World Cup in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic! Schurter, who also celebrated his 26th birthday on race day has now won two out of the three races this year.

Specialized rider and local hero Jaroslav Kulhavy gave it his all and was leading for most of the race, keeping the large crowds happy, but was beaten to the finish line in the final stage of the race and finished just six seconds behind Schurter.

Ralph Näf had a fantastic race, starting on the fourth line, within minutes he had sprinted up to fifth place, where the Multivan Merida rider managed to stay, earning his first podium finish in two years! Reflecting on the race Näf said: “Although I had planned to do differently, I lacked a bit of self-confidence to take the lead in technical sections. Due to the accordion effect I lost some terrain and had to give chase repeatedly, which cost me some power.

“The fact that I still scored a top5 finish and thus step on the podium gives me an enormous mental boost. Ths success comes at the right time, right in the middle of the Olympic selection. With his fifth-place finish, Näf indeed has scored a substantial point in his favour. Teammate José Hermida had a less successful race, starting on the front row but falling back into 18th place just minutes later.  Hermida worked hard throughout the race and clawed his way up to a tenth place finish.

Double Olympic champion Julien Absalon had an off day. “I got sick on Wednesday and I didn’t have the power in my legs to continue,” he said after giving up the race. He crashed in the first lap and had to run in pain, so retired after the fourth lap. “I was really tired. Now I just want to save my energy and recover properly before the next World Cup round in La Bresse.”Despite not finishing the race, Absalon still remains in fifth place in the overall standings.

Elite Men Top FIve

1 Nino Schurter 1:26.46

2 Jaroslav Kulhavy + 0.06

3 Burry Stander + 0.17

4 Marco Aurekio Fontana + 0.46

5 Ralp Näf + 0.47

Full results can be found here.

Either you're a pro, or you've just got way too much money to spend on kit thats going to get destroyed eventually... The new XTR gear is out from Shimano, but...

1 week ago
6,166 views

Video round up of the Hutchinson UR team at Pietermaritzburg this weekend, there'll be a few of these from the other teams now doubt, and we have a full featur...

1 week ago
17,510 views

VirtuMedia have put together this rather swish edit featuring the dirt jumps at Cannan which are sadly getting demolished by the land owner. All the local ripp...

6 hours ago
4,243 views

We are really pleased to announce the latest issue of IMB, the world’s number one online mountain bike magazine has just gone live! Check it out here: Inside...

5 days ago

Check out this great edit from the Gravity Enduro in Ireland, the scene is booming over there right now and they have just come out of a terrible winter, like...

4 days ago
5,311 views
Mountain Bike Magazine Online and Free

IMB is a free international online mountain bike magazine that focuses on all aspects of mountain bike. It is published every 2 months and is completely free to read. This free online mountain bike magazine is the most successful online mountain bike magazine of its kind. With readers in over 150 countries round the world it is the only mountain bike magazine to achieve a true global status.

Each free issue of IMB comes packed full of articles about the sport of mountain bike. Regular features include our very popular video technique section with moves for beginners intermediates and experts alike. Add to that a mix of mountain bike news, travel and interviews from around the globe and you have everything you will ever need to keep you up to date with mountain bike.

IMB is the world's number one online mountain bike magazine. IMB is FREE to read and published 6 times a year by Next Element Ltd.

Total Page Flicks 84,117,856
TOP