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Swedish starlet Jenny Rissveds comes of age and Nino Schurter keeps the pressure on at the UCI World Cup.
Team Scott Odlo are set to celebrate a remarkable weekend of #racing in Lenzerheide, Switzerland after their riders Swede Jenny Rissveds and Swiss Nino Schurter took to the top of their respective podiums.
The sun beat down on the mountain resort of Lenzerheide and turned the rolling trails into a dust ball as the women's race got underway. Pre-race attention focussed on the series leader and newly crowned World Champion Annika Langvad. Langvad, in the form of her life, was almost playing second fiddle however to the popular local girl Jolanda Neff. The Swiss was suffering from a back complaint however and promptly started to drop down the order from the gun. Langvad took the front and worked on gapping the hard-charging pack. Rissveds was the sole survivor from that initial chase group and she began to reign the Dane in.
Meanwhile, a re-energised Neff emerged as a strong solo third place. Rissveds eventually leap frogged Langvad leaving the Danish rider the not inconsiderable points hall for second place. Rissveds, the U23 World Champion, went on to take her debut Elite level win making good on the talent she has displayed for so long.
In the men’s race the biggest question was always going to be who would take the fight to Rissveds’ teammate, Nino Schurter. The World Champion and World Cup points leader has been in arguably the form of his life this year and was always going to take some stopping. A slipped pedal on leaving the grid made an early dent in his progress but he soon surged back through the pack to join his usual sparring partners of Jaroslav Kulhavy, Julien Absalon and the ever-impressive Maxime Marotte. Last year's winner, Kulhavy, fell victim to a puncture which would see him fighting hard to return to a credible fourth place. Absalon cemented second but ultimately, no challenge came for Schurter and he pressed on for yet another UCI World Cup victory in front of thousands of adoring home fans.
The series heads to Mont Sainte-Anne in Canada for the next round.
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