Schurter enlarges his legend with David Valero eleventh

The 35-year-old Swiss 'killed' his compatriot Flueckiger at the penultimate corner to achieve his ninth rainbow. The man from Granada went from less to more.


A little over a month ago, on July 26, David Valero overtook a predator, Nino Schurter, on the last lap to steal bronze from him at the Tokyo Games. Today, Roger Federer of mountain biking, wounded in his pride at 35 years old, enlarged his legend to conquer his ninth XCO World Championship (1:22:31) in Val di Sole (Italy). The Granada-born Baza finished eleventh, 2:44 behind the beast and 1:36 behind the bronze that Frenchman Victor Koretzky hung himself. Second was another Helvetian, Olympic runner-up Mathias Flueckiger, whom his teacher Schurter passed on the penultimate corner of the circuit after riding together in the lead since the second lap of six of the event.

"It's incredible, superb", Schurter managed to say excitedly, that without the Olympic champion Tom Pidcock (in the Vuelta) and Mathieu van der Poel (who suffered a spectacular accident in the Games) imposed his experience. He had not won all year and he did it to wear rainbows again. Gold in Rio 2016, silver in London 2012 and bronze in Beijing 2008, in 2020 the Frenchman Jordan Sarrou (26th) broke his streak of five consecutive World Cups, and seemed to head downhill. But as a galactic it is, it resurfaced. It only needs to surpass the 33 World Cup victories of the retired Julien Absalon (he is 32) to be even bigger.

Valero came out far behind and went from low to high, staying close to the top-ten. The one from Baza experienced a complicated start-lap and was affected by a plug caused by a fall. He rolled the 43rd in the second lap. And from there he began his climb as in Japan, but this time it was not enough. “I leave with a good taste in my mouth although perhaps I expected to be higher. I finished near the top-ten after Tokyo and I hope to improve positions in the next World Cup ”, evaluated Valero.

Sergio Mantecón was 36th, Ismael Esteban 47th and Pablo Rodríguez retired. Romanian Vlad Dascalu, settled in Entrena (La Rioja) since he was nine years old, finished fourth.

In the U-23 event, Jofre Cullell, in his last race in the category, achieved a fifth place always rolling in the head. In the women's event, the rainbow went to the British Evie Richards ahead of the Dutch Anne Terpstra and the Swiss Sina Frei.

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