Oakley's Nino Schurter Sprints To Victory At Dalby World Cup
Oakley’s Nino Schurter won last weekend at the UCI Cross-Country World Cup In Yorkshire Dalby Forest, GBR in a close sprint finish. Oakley’s Julien Absalon came in less than a wheel length behind Schurter and placed second. Oakley’s Burry Stander of South Africa rounded out the podium in third. In the elite women’s, Oakley’s Willow Koerber and Katerina Nash powered to second and third, respectively.
The six-lap men’s race started fast, with eight riders initially making the selection at the front, but by the fourth lap that was whittled down to just Schurter, Absalon and Stander. Stander looked to be the winner, but he made a mistake on the last lap, allowing the other two to get away.
Absalon took the lead, setting the pace, but could not shake Schurter, and when they turned onto the gravel finishing straight, the Swiss rider came up alongside his French rival and pulled ahead in the final 10 meters to take the win.
“This is an incredible victory, to win the World Cup and take the leader’s jersey is very special,” said Schurter. “I hoped to do well here, but there was a very, very strong field, so I was only looking to make the podium. I was dying out there, to stay with Julien, but I knew that if it came to a sprint I was a little bit faster.”
The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano continues next weekend in Houffalize, Belgium with round two of the cross-country series, and round one of the 4X series.