Scott (Canada) – Nino Schurter keeps on breaking records.
Nino Schurter's winning streak continues! Though the season is not even over yet, with the 5th consecutive World Cup victory this year, 2017 looks already as brilliant as it can get for the #1 of the Mountain Bike Cross-Country scene. The Olympic Champion secured his 5th World Cup Champion title even before World Cup finals in Val Di Sole take place in three weeks.
After two World Cup wins and a national title in July, Nino took the decision to skip European Championships to fully concentrate on World Cup business. This turned out to be a smart move as he showed up in Mont Saint Anne in perfect shape. Feeling fresh and strong from start to finish, the classic of all mountain bike World Cup races was once more under the direction of the World and Olympic Champion.
At the beginning Nino had to deal with an armada of French riders, namely Titouan Carod, Stephane Tempier, Maxime Marotte and Jordan Sarrou. However, not part of the French chasers was the one Nino fears the most, Julien Absalon. He had a bad start, eventually finishing in 13th. After Nino kind of had his French competitors under control it was German champion Manuel Fumic who launched an impressive attack. But the so far unbeaten leader of the series had an answer for all of this.
With two laps to go Nino had had enough of controlling the race and launched his attack! Though he never had a "safe" margin, he brought the 15 second advantage he had on Carod and later on Tempier successfully to the finish line.
It was a day for the record books. Not only is his 5th World Cup overall title secured, winning 5 World Cup races in a row in the same year is something no one else has managed to do before.
More than pleased with his success Nino stated, "It's not the primariy goal to set new records, but now as I have conquered something that has not been done before, I'm surely proud of it. I found a great set-up with my SCOTT Spark 900 and felt I was at a 100% today."