The men’s olympic mountain bike race
Swiss Nino Schurter becomes new olympic champion
Nino Schurter is the new Olympic champion on the mountain bike. The Swiss rider finished solo ahead of Jaroslav Kulhavy (Czech Republic) and Carlos Coloma (Spain), who was involved in the fight for bronze for a long time with Maxime Marotte (France).
Peter Sagan (Slovakia) who is the reigning world champion on the road enjoyed a very good start in the race moving quickly into the lead group but two mechanicals ended his hope for an Olympic medal. In the end he finished more on more than one lap in 35th place.
Schurter took the early lead together with Coloma, Kulhavy joined in a bit later. Coloma started to get in trouble and could not follow anymore. Julien Absalon (France) who was seen as one of the big favourites for the title, fell two minutes behind as the leaders set a quick pace.
After five of seven laps
At the fifth of seven laps Schurter and Kulhavy enjoyed a 30 seconds gap to Coloma and Maxime Marotte (France). Matthias Fluckinger (Switzerland) was chasing in the fifth position, more than a minute behind the leaders. It appeared to be clear the fight for gold would be between Schurter and Kulhavy. While Coloma and Marotte would fight for bronze.
Starting the technical rock section, where female winner Rissveds made her move too, Schurter pulled away and when starting the final lap he had a gap of 33 seconds on Kulhavy. Coloma and Marotte followed at 1 minute and 19 seconds.
In the end Schurter finished for gold with a 50 second lead over Kulhavy for silver, while the exciting fight for bronze was won by Coloma finishing 10 seconds before Marotte.