Nino Schurter

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Nino Schurter
Nino Schurter at the Worlds 2011.jpg
Personal information
Born (1986-05-13) 13 May 1986 (age 32)[1]
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[2]
Weight68 kg (150 lb)
Team information
Current teamScott-Sram MTB Racing
DisciplineMountain bike racing
RoleRider
Rider typeCross-country
Professional team(s)
2007–Scott-Sram MTB Racing
2014Mitchelton–Scott[3]

Nino Schurter (born 13 May 1986) is a Swiss cross-country cyclist who races for the SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing Team.[4]

Schurter won the world championship in men's cross-country in 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and the overall UCI World Cup in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2018.[5][6] He won the gold medal in mountain biking at the 2016 Olympics, the silver medal 2012 Olympics and the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics.[7][8] He won the Swiss National Championship in cross-country mountain biking in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.[9][10][11][12] He joined Orica–GreenEDGE for a number of road races during the 2014 season.[3]

Career[edit]

Nino Schurter grew up in Tersnaus, Lumnezia in the Romansch-speaking part of Switzerland. He spent a lot of his free time in nature playing different sports and quickly got fascinated by mountain biking. He took part in the Swiss racing competition Swisspower cup where he won his first victories. In 2003, he became a member of the professional team of Thomas Frischknecht and he turned professional in 2007 when he joined the SCOTT-Odlo MTB team (formerly called SWISSPOWER).[13][14]

2004[edit]

In his first junior international competition on 31 July in Walbrzych, Poland, Nino Schurter finished first at the European Championships.[15]

2012[edit]

2012 was one of Schurter's most successful season when he won 11 out of 15 races.[16] He won his first World Cup of the season on 18 March in Pietermaritzburg[17] on a bike with 650B or 27.5 inch wheels.[18] On 13 May, he won his second World Cup on his 26th birthday in Nove Mesto na Morave.[19] On 28 July, after his fourth individual win, Schurter won the overall World Cup series title in Val d'Isère.[6]

On 15 September 2011, Schurter qualified for the 2012 Olympics where he won the silver medal after being beaten in a final sprint on the line by Jaroslav Kulhavy.[20][21][22][23] On 8 September 2012, he won his second World Championships title in Saalbach, Austria, where he shared the podium with two of his countrymen Lukas and Matthias Fluckiger.[24]

2013[edit]

On 2 September 2013, Schurter won his third World Championship title in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, on one of his favourite cross-country courses.[16]

2014[edit]

Schurter joined the Australian road race cycling team Orica-GreenEDGE during the 2014 season.[25] He took part in the Tour de Romandie[26] and the Tour de Suisse.[27]

In the 2014 mountain bike season, he lost his World Cup and World Championships titles. He finished in second place in Hafjell, Norway[28] and ended up his season behind Julien Absalon at the World Cup in Méribel.

2015[edit]

In 2015, Schurter fully committed to his mountain bike career as he had the 2016 Olympics in Rio on his agenda for the next two years.[29] He competed in the 2015 European Games for Switzerland, in mountain biking. He won the gold medal in the event.[30]

2016[edit]

Schurter won his fifth world championship in men's cross-country at the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships at Nové Město, Czech Republic. This equaled the record of Julien Absalon, who has also won five titles in the event.[31] At the 2016 Summer Olympic he won the gold medal, finishing before Jaroslav Kulhavý and Carlos Coloma Nicolás.

2017 Perfect season[edit]

In March 2017, Schurter won the Absa Cape Epic – the eight-day South African stage race – for the first time. Riding with Scott-Sram teammate Matthias Stirnemann in the two-man team format they won by eight minutes from pre-race favorites Christoph Sauser and Jaroslav Kulhavy (Investec Songo Specialized). Schurter had completed the Cape Epic three times previously. This was his first win. He went on to win all six rounds of the World Cup and accomplished as first person a Perfect season, as well as his sixth world championship.

Palmares[edit]

2004
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg European Junior Mountainbike Championship (XC)
2005
1st MaillotSuiza.PNG National U23 Mountainbike Championship (XC)
2006
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg European U23 Mountainbike Championship
2007
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg European U23 Mountain bike Championship (XC)
2nd World U23 Mountainbike Championship (XC)
2nd National U23 Cyclo-cross Championship
3rd Champery Mountainbike
2008
1st Jersey rainbow.svg World U23 Mountainbike Championship (XC)
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg European U23 Mountainbike Championship (XC)
2nd Winterthur Mountainbike (Swisspower Cup)
2nd Houffalize Mountainbike
2nd Fort William Mountainbike
3rd Olympic Games Mountainbike Championship
3rd Buchs Mountainbike (Swisspower Cup)
2009
1st Jersey rainbow.svg World Mountainbike Championship (XC)
2010
1st Dalby Forest Mountainbike
2nd Offenbur, Mountainbike
2011
2 Nové Město na Moravě Mountainbike
2nd Val di Sole Mountainbike
2012
1st Jersey rainbow.svg World Mountainbike Championship (XC)
1st MaillotSuiza.PNG National Mountainbike Championship (XC)
1st Pietermaritsburg Mountainbike
1st Buchs Mountainbike (Swiss Cup)
1st Solothurn Mountainbike
1 Nové Město na Moravě Mountainbike
1st Gränichen Mountainbike
1st Mont Sainte-Anne Mountainbike
1st Val-d'Isere Mountainbike
1st Basel Mountainbike
2nd Olympic Games Mountainbike Championship
2nd Houffalize Mountainbike
2013
1st Jersey rainbow.svg World Mountainbike Championship (XC)
1st MaillotSuiza.PNG National Mountainbike Championship (XC)
1st Schaan Mountainbike
1st Lugano Mountainbike
1st Heubach Mountainbike
1st Solothurn Mountainbike
1 Nové Město na Moravě Mountainbike
1st Val di Sole Mountainbike
1st Andorra Mountainbike
2nd Basel Mountainbike
2nd Hafjell Mountainbike
3rd Mont Sainte-Anne, Mountainbike
2014
1st MaillotSuiza.PNG National Mountainbike Championship (XC)
1st Rivera-Bironico Mountainbike
1st Solothurn Mountainbike
1 Nové Město na Moravě Mountainbike
1st in Lenzerheide Mountainbike
1st in Mont Sainte-Anne Mountainbike
1st Windham Mountainbike
1st Meribel Mountainbike
2015
1st Jersey rainbow.svg World Mountainbike Championship (XC)
2016
1st Jersey rainbow.svg World Mountainbike Championship (XC)
1st Olympic Games Mountainbike Championship
2nd UCI Mountainbike World Cup
2017
1st Absa Cape-Epic
1st in Nové Město na Moravě Mountain bike
1st in Albstadt Mountain bike
1st in Vallnord Mountain bike
1st in Lenzerheide Mountain bike
1st in Mont-Sainte-Anne Mountain bike
1st in Val Di Sole Mountain bike
1st Jersey rainbow.svg World Mountainbike Championship (XC)
1st UCI Mountainbike World Cup
2018
1st in Nove Mesto na Moravě Mountain bike
1st in Albstadt Mountain bike
1st in Val Di Sole Mountain bike
1st in La Bresse Mountain bike
1st Jersey rainbow.svg World Mountainbike Championship (XC)
1st UCI Mountainbike World Cup
2nd in Stellenbosch Mountain bike
2nd in Vallnord Mountain bike
7th in Mont-Sainte-Anne Mountain bike

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nino Schurter's biography, BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  2. ^ Nino Schurter's profile, Scott Swisspower. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Schurter to race Tours de Suisse and Romandie with Orica GreenEdge". Cycling News. Future. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  4. ^ Nino Schurter's profile, Cycling News. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  5. ^ Nino Schurter's profile Archived 30 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine., London 2012 Archived 11 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  6. ^ a b Jones, Rob (28 July 2012). "Schurter wins last World Cup of the season". Cycling News. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  7. ^ Pretot, Julien (Reuters) (12 August 2012). "Cycling: Kulhavy sprints to mountain bike gold". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  8. ^ Swiss info (23 August 2008). "Fourth Olympic bronze for Switzerland". swissinfo.ch. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  9. ^ 2012 Swiss National Championships – Men Elite results, MTB Cross Country´. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  10. ^ Schurter defends Swiss cross country national title, 2013 Swiss MTB National Championships´. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  11. ^ 2014 Swiss National Mountain Bike Championships – XCO-XCE, MTB Cross Country´. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  12. ^ 2015 Swiss National Mountain Bike Championships – XCO-XCE, MTB Cross Country´. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  13. ^ Biography, Nino Schurter's official site. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  14. ^ "SCOTT-Odlo MTB racing team". SCOTT-Odlo. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  15. ^ 2004 European Championships – Juniors results, Cycling News. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  16. ^ a b "Nino Schurter is the 2013 XCO World Champion". SCOTT Sports. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  17. ^ Cycling News (18 March 2012). "Schurter delighted after Pietermaritzburg win". Cycling News. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  18. ^ James Huang (19 March 2012). "Nino Schurter wins World Cup #1 on 650b wheels". Cycling News. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
  19. ^ Cycling News (14 May 2012). "Schurter takes care of unfinished business in Czech". Cycling News. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  20. ^ Cycling News (15 September 2011). "Schurter selected to Swiss 2012 Olympic team". Cycling News. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  21. ^ Addley, Esther (12 August 2012). "London 2012: Jaroslav Kulhavy wins mountain bike gold as Briton injured". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  22. ^ Petrequin, Samuel (AP) (12 August 2012). "Khulavy Wins Olympic Mountain Bike Gold". ABC News. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  23. ^ PA (12 August 2012). "Team GB's Liam Killeen crashes out on steep section of boulders in cross-country event". The Independent. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  24. ^ George, Sue (9 September 2012). "Schurter celebrates best season ever". Cycling News. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  25. ^ "Nino Schurter ready for road and Orica-GreenEdge debut". Cycling News. 29 April 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  26. ^ "Tour de Romandie results" (PDF). Tour de Romandie. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  27. ^ "Schurter to race Tours de Suisse and Romandie with Orica-GreenEdge". Cycling News. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  28. ^ George, Sue (12 September 2014). "Schurter commits to full mountain bike season in 2105". Cycling News. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  29. ^ George, Sue (18 August 2014). "Schurter defers any plans to switch to road racing". Cycling News. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  30. ^ "Swiss Mountain bike specialists sweep bike medals". Baku 2015. 14 June 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  31. ^ Cycling News (3 July 2016). "Schurter wins fifth elite cross-country world championship title". Cycling News. Retrieved 20 August 2016.

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