Brave Schurter seals sixth title in Canada as Neff edges out Langvad

Nino Schurter suffered two mechanicals in the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup cross-country stop in Mont-Sainte-Anne, however, battled back for seventh spot to claim his sixth overall crown as Jolanda Neff excelled in the women's race.

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Nino Schurter. Credit: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool.

 

Swiss star Schurter came into the most gruelling race of the 2018 calendar looking to seal a sixth XCO crown, however, he was under pressure from the start.

 

He battled back to look comfortable, but a broken chain and then a rear flat tyre meant he could only finish seventh which was still enough for a sixth title.

 

Schurter, 32, revealed: "Super stressful from the beginning. I broke my chain and I am still happy with my performance. Big challenge now with young, new riders pushing hard."

 

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Mathias Flueckiger. Credit: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool.

 

Up front, his compatriot Mathias Flueckiger captured his maiden victory after Kiwi Anton Cooper crashed on the last lap with Italian Gerhard Kerschbaumer and France's Titouan Carod rounding out the top three.

 

Flueckiger, 29, said: "I am so happy. So much bad luck before. It is something special as I won the U23 world title here in 2010. I hope Anton is OK."

 

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Maxime Marotte, Gerhard Kerschbaumer, Mathias Flueckiger, Titouan Carod, Luca Braidot stand on the podium at UCI XCO World Cup in Mont Sainte Anne, Canada on August 12th, 2018. Credit: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool.

 

World champion Neff rode superbly in the heat to record her third Mont-Sainte-Anne win, just days after European Championship XCO gold in Scotland.

 

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Yolanda Neff. Credit: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool.

 

Denmark's Annika Langvad held off home hero Emily Batty for second with the title going down to the final La Bresse race as Neff holds a 142-point lead seeking her third overall crown after 2014 and 2015 wins.

 

Neff, 25, said: "It still feels like a dream this week. In the third lap, I was done. I had to tell myself to slow down as the heat was so extreme. The last two times I won here, I won overall too."

 

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Credit: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool.

 

Langvad, 34, added: "I struggled so badly on the climbs. It doesn't change much for La Bresse. Race for the victory. Go into it with a clear mind and do my best."

 

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Yana Belomoina, Annika Langvad, Jolanda Neff, Emily Batty, Anne Tauber stand on the podium at UCI XCO World Cup in Mont Sainte Anne, Canada on August 12th, 2018. Credit: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool.

 

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1 Comments

CAAD4, Aug 13 2018 01:02

So how long until we see Thomus and Torpado bikes here???