The World Championships in Nove Mesto (CZ) mark a milestone in the history of Scott-Odlo: Jenny Rissveds and Nino Schurter ride away with the Rainbow jersey. An amazing atmosphere with over 20'000 enthusiastic spectators will be remembered as the best worlds ever in the 26 year history of mountain biking.
The reigning World Champion Nino Schurter showed nerves of steel. There was such a huge pressure on his shoulders being the top favorite for this race. He knew Jaroslav Kukhavy will be a threat having the crowd behind him and Julien Absalon proofed in the last World Cup in La Bresse that he is more dangerous than ever.
Olympic Champion Jaroslav Kulhavy impressed with a strong show early in the race. Only Nino Schurter was able to hold on to his wheel. Later on Jaroslav's country man Ondrej Cink closed the gap to the leading duo. Julien Absalon was sitting in 4th place, had the leaders always in sight. When Kulhavy slowed down in second lap, Nino launched a first test with an attack. It looked almost too easy the way he got away. At all times Nino looked focused and confident.
Apart of the riding skills he showed good instinct finding the right moment to attack a second time shortly after Absalon was able to close the gap to him. It was the winning game plan. After Nino got a 30 second lead, Kulhavy and Absalon knew the Gold medal was gone and they were watching each other to fight for Silver. The duel for 2nd went to Kulhavy.
With his 5th World Champion title Nino Schurter is now eye to eye with the most successful rider of all times, Julien Absalon. Another mark for the books!
Jenny Rissveds wins U23 Category in style
Jenny was as much under pressure than her team mate Nino. After finishing second in the elite World Cup in Albstadt (GER), Jenny Rissveds was the clear favorite in the U23 World Championship race. Knowing the course suits her as she layed it out herself, the confidence was there to overcome the experience of last year. She had the race under control at all times and made the difference to her last companion Alessandra Keller (SUI) half way through.
At the upcoming races Jenny will start in elite, not in U23. That's why she won't wear the Rainbow jersey.
The two other team riders at World Championships showed solid races but missed the exploit they were hoping for. Michiel van der Heijden finished in 38th in the elite men field, Andri Frischknecht placed 12th in the U23 category. With the World Cup in Lenzerheide (http://lenzerheide.com/de/top-events/bike-weltcup), nationals the week later and a HC race on the 2012 Olympic course in London the month of July is packed with racing.