- Nino Schurter wins the overall cross-country World Cup for the ninth time.
- The Graubünden native’s 14th place finish was enough at the World Cup finals in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada.
- In the women’s race, Jolanda Neff achieved her best result this season by achieving fourth place.
With a 62-point lead over Jordan Saroo, Nino Schurter enters the showdown for the overall World Cup cross country win in Canada. But it was not the Frenchman who should pose the greatest danger to the citizen of Graubünden, but one of Shorter’s compatriots.
Matthias Flückiger, who is 172 points behind in third place in the overall standings, led the race at Mont-Sainte-Anne for a long period, while Schurter, for his part, was unable to get going for the first 3 of 6 laps.
Flückiger with double bad luck
But for all his experience, the 37-year-old has risen one tier after another. Even when Schurter jumped off the chain on the final lap, he did not allow himself to be upset. The Graubünden man was also lucky in the competition. Competitor Flückiger was brought back twice by a flat tire. The Bernese finally finished the race in second place behind winner Tom Pidcock (GBR).
Schurter came to the finish on the muddy track at Mont Sainte Anne completely exhausted in 14th place. This was enough to successfully defend the previous year’s World Cup title. In the final tally, Shorter won by 40 points over Saro and 50 points over Flückiger.
From a Swiss point of view, the race in Canada was a complete success anyway. In addition to Flückiger, Marcel Guerrini (3rd) and Thomas Letscher (5th) also made it into the top five.
Nev narrowly misses the podium
For women, the overall decision to organize the World Cup had already been made in favor of the Dutch Bouk Pieterse before the World Cup final. Frenchwoman Luana Lecomte achieved the last victory of the season, 15 seconds ahead of Swedish Jenny Rysveds.
Among the Swiss, Jolanda Neff was particularly compelling. The Olympic champion in Tokyo came within 15 seconds of the podium after a strong comeback, but in the end she did not have enough strength to overcome third-placed Pieterse. Fourth place is Neff’s best result of the season.
Podium finish in World Cup 2 only
With Alessandra Keller (8th), Sienna Frey (9th) and Nicole Köhler (10th), three more Swiss women made it into the top ten. Two years after the triple victory at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the Swiss women are in first place. World Cup season in 2023, there were only two podium finishes. Keller, last year’s World Cup winner, was responsible for both.
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