The Swiss shone in cross-country at the Worlds in Val di Sole! Nino Schurter won at the finish ahead of his compatriot Mathias Flückiger, Olympic vice-champion in Tokyo. This is the 9th world title for the 35-year-old Grison.
Schurter was the most offensive, the toughest and the most cunning all at the same time. He made a first attack after 3 km, in a dusty climb. The selection was quickly made.
After 7 km, Schurter and Flückiger were alone in the lead, ten seconds ahead of Frenchman Victor Koretzky, future bronze medalist. The two Swiss took turns in the lead to gradually widen the gap. On arrival, they were more than a minute ahead of Koretzky.
Schurter made his decisive attack in a descent just before the finish, passing to the rope. The Grison, still technically at ease and with sharp reflexes, knows this Val di Sole course like the back of his hand, where he had already won 6 times before.
Flückiger and Schurter carried the colors of Switzerland high. [Gian Ehrenzeller – Keystone]
“It’s amazing. I felt Mathias was stronger. We were together, it was really good. I tried my luck by accelerating at the end. I’m really happy to be able to win for the ninth time. in these World Championships “, reacted Schurter, very moved, at the microphone of Eurosport.