In the absence of Mathieu van der Poel, who prefers at the end of the season to bet on the World Roads in Yorkshire, Schurter (33 years) has shown that he was the best mountain biker in this specialty. In Quebec, Grison has won its eighth world title. Still in the leading group, he broke away in the fourth of seven laps. He then made a long rider alone to go forward with panache. The Rio Olympic champion did not hesitate to lift his bike for a long time once the finish line was crossed to celebrate his fifth ranking title.
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Mathias Flückiger, who was also among the favorites, was not accompanied by luck. At the end of the fourth loop, he was the victim of mechanical trouble while he was leading with Schurter. He then had to stop at the Swiss box to have his bike repaired. He lost about thirty seconds in the adventure. He then seemed unable to follow the Italian Gerhard Kerschbaumer who broke away to get the silver medal.
Flückiger found himself engaged in a mano a mano with Frenchman Stéphane Tempier for the bronze medal. The Bernese managed to get rid of the Frenchman in the last lap. He was going to cross the line to touch the bronze but surprise, Kerschbaumer, a victim of a mechanical incident was to let pass Flückiger and Tempier to end up out of the podium.
For Schurter, who found Van der Poel a tough World Cup contender after years of unchallenged domination, a brilliant season will end next weekend with the World Cup final in the United States. For the first time at Snowshoe, the Grison will win its seventh World Cup. In the absence of Van der Poel, only Henrique Avancini still has a theoretical chance of depriving Schurter of a new trophy.