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 34)[1]
Tersnaus
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[2]
Weight67 kg (148 lb)
Team information
Current teamScott-Sram MTB Racing
DisciplineMountain bike racing
RoleRider
Rider typeCross-country
Professional teams
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, 2018 and 2019 and the overall UCI World Cup in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and thus become the second man to hold 7 World Cup overall titles.[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 was born and 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]

He currently rides a Scott Spark RC 900 Worldcup.

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.

XC Championships]]

2004
1st Jersey rainbow.svg UCI World Junior XC Championships
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg UEC European Junior XC Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg UCI World Team Relay Championships
2005
1st MaillotSuiza.PNG National Under–23 XC Championships
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg UCI World Under–23 XC Championships
2006
1st Jersey rainbow.svg UCI World Team Relay Championships
1st Jersey rainbow.svg UCI World Under–23 XC Championships
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg UEC European Under–23 XC Championships
2007
1st Jersey rainbow.svg UCI World Team Relay Championships
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg UEC European Under–23 XC Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg UCI World Under–23 XC Championships
2nd National Under–23 Cyclo-cross Championships
UCI XC World Cup
3rd Champery
8th Overall Grand Prix Guillaume Tell
2008
1st Jersey rainbow.svg UCI World Under–23 XC Championships
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg UEC European Under–23 XC Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg UCI World Team Relay Championships
UCI XC World Cup
2nd Houffalize
2nd Fort William
Swisspower Cup
2nd Winterthur
3rd Buchs
3rd Bronze medal olympic.svg Cross-country, Olympic Games
2009
1st Jersey rainbow.svg UCI World XC Championships
2010
1st Jersey white.svg Overall UCI XC World Cup
1st Dalby Forest
1st Val di Sole
2nd Offenburg
2nd Windham
3rd Champéry
2011
2nd Silver medal blank.svg UCI World XC Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg UCI World Team Relay Championships
2nd Overall UCI XC World Cup
1st Pietermaritzburg
2nd Mont-Sainte-Anne
2nd Windham
2nd Nové Město
2nd Val d'Isère
2012
1st Jersey rainbow.svg UCI World XC Championships
1st MaillotSuiza.PNG National XC Championships
1st Jersey white.svg Overall UCI XC World Cup
1st Pietermaritzburg
1st Nové Město
1st Mont-Sainte-Anne
1st Val d'Isère
2nd Houffalize
2nd Silver medal olympic.svg Cross-country, Olympic Games
2013
1st Jersey rainbow.svg UCI World XC Championships
1st MaillotSuiza.PNG National XC Championships
1st Jersey white.svg Overall UCI XC World Cup
1st Nové Město
1st Val di Sole
1st Vallnord
2nd Hafjell
3rd Mont-Sainte-Anne
2nd Silver medal europe.svg UEC European XC Championships
2014
1st MaillotSuiza.PNG National XC Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg UCI World XC Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg UCI World Team Relay Championships
2nd Overall UCI XC World Cup
1st Nové Město
1st Mont-Sainte-Anne
1st Windham
1st Méribel
2nd Albstadt
2015
1st Jersey rainbow.svg UCI World XC Championships
1st MaillotSuiza.PNG National XC Championships
1st Jersey white.svg Overall UCI XC World Cup
1st Mont-Sainte-Anne
1st Windham
1st Val di Sole
2nd Nové Město
2nd Albstadt
2nd Lenzerheide
2016
1st Jersey rainbow.svg UCI World XC Championships
1st Gold medal olympic.svg Cross-country, Olympic Games
2nd Overall UCI XC World Cup
1st Cairns
1st Albstadt
1st Lenzerheide
2017
1st Jersey rainbow.svg UCI World XC Championships
1st Jersey rainbow.svg UCI World Team Relay Championships
1st Jersey yellow Cape Epic.svg Overall Cape Epic (with Matthias Stirnemann)
1st Jersey white.svg Overall UCI XC World Cup
1st Nové Město
1st Albstadt
1st Vallnord
1st Lenzerheide
1st Mont-Sainte-Anne
1st Val di Sole
2018
1st Jersey rainbow.svg UCI World XC Championships
1st Jersey rainbow.svg UCI World Team Relay Championships
1st Jersey leopard Cape Epic.svg Overall Outcast Rider, Cape Epic
1st Jersey white.svg Overall UCI XC World Cup
1st Nové Město
1st Albstadt
1st Val di Sole
1st La Bresse
2nd Stellenbosch
2nd Vallnord
2019
1st Jersey rainbow.svg UCI World XC Championships
1st Jersey rainbow.svg UCI World Team Relay Championships
1st Jersey yellow Cape Epic.svg Overall Cape Epic (with Lars Forster)
1st Jersey white.svg Overall UCI XC World Cup
1st Vallnord
1st Les Gets
2nd Nové Město
2nd Lenzerheide
2nd Snowshoe
3rd Val di Sole


References[edit]

  1. ^ Nino Schurter's biography, BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  2. ^ Nino Schurter's profile, Scott Swisspower Archived 6 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine. 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 Archived 29 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine, 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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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Roger Federer
Swiss Sportsman of the Year
2018
Succeeded by
Christian Stucki