PHOTO: Sven Martin provided by Scott-Sram MTB
SPONSER athlete Nino Schurter is riding in the rainbow jersey the 5th year in a row
He did it again! Five times in a row now, eight times in total. Nino Schurter is the old and new world champion. In one of the most challenging world championships in history, Nino Schurter and the Scott-Sram MTB Racing Team proofed in Mont Sainte-Anne (Canada) that N1NO is the No. 1 athlete in XCO racing.
Nino made a very confident impression all week long. He did gain look confident during the race and after he had his 8th world champion title under the belt, the pressure was off to comment:
«One thinks you can get used to winning a big one like worlds. But I have to say this one felt just as good as all the seven before. If everything comes together at race day it's just an incredible feeling crossing the line and enjoying all the emotions that come with it. I'm very thankful I had such a great day again today and I am even more thankful that I can wear the rainbow stripes for another season.»
Nino once again succeeded thanks to a perfect master plan. Loop after loop, he put his main contenders in the hurt box. With many small attacks in the steep climbs, followed by powerful descends, Nino forced his rivals to reach their limits. This strategy perfectly led to success. It was SPONSER athlete Matthias Flückiger (Thömus RN Swiss Bike Team), like Nino one of the hottest candidates for the gold medal, who turned out to be the strongest contender until a mechanical forced him to stop in the pits. A result of the fast pace that Nino put up. Only french man Stephane Tempier was left, but Nino also knew how to set him under pressure. Nino got away and secured his 8th title. He'll be riding in the rainbow jersey in 2020 the 5th year in a row.