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by Shane Stokes
August 29, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Team Sky signs Tour de l’Avenir jersey winners Bernal, Sivakov and Halvorsen; Froome rejects calls for salary caps in cycling; Stybar inks two year contract extension with QuickStep Floors; UAE Team Emirates signs European champion Kristoff and former world under 23 champion Bystrøm; Bauer signs two-year contract with Orica-Scott; Talented Australian duo Hindley and Storer to turn pro with Team Sunweb; Armstrong Savola joins USA Cycling as Endurance Performance Director; Tankink set for 18th pro season, will continue with Team LottoNL-Jumbo; Women’s transfer news: Kitchen and Slik transfer to FDJ; Women’s transfer news: Moberg and Aalerud to VeloCONCEPT; Olympic champion Schurter takes unprecedented clean sweep; Video: Team Sunweb’s Marc Reef talks about the exclusion of Warren Barguil
Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo), won his fifth rainbow jersey at the 2016 world cross-country championship in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. Photo: Armin M. Küstenbrück/Scott Sports.
Olympic and world champion Nino Schurter has made history, winning all six races in this year’s MTB XC World Cup. “I’m stoked I’ve achieved this 6/6 strike but would like to point out that, apart of my performance, it takes a good portion of luck and a reliable team and equipment to conquer,” the Swiss said, thanking his Scott-SRAM team.
“A special thank goes to my mechanic Yanick Gyger and my SCOTT Spark 900. A whole World Cup season without one mechanical- that’s not a coincidence. It’s an essential prerequisite for success.”
He completed the stunning run of success when he won the Mountain Bike World Cup series in Val di Sole, Italy on Sunday. He is now aiming to successfully defend the world championship jersey he took last year. This year’s championships will be held in Cairns, Australia in two weeks.
Schurter’s clean sweep saw him amass 1500 points in the World Cup, far ahead of Sunday’s French runner-up Stephane Tempier (Bianchi Countervail). The Frenchman ended up with 850 points, while third-placed rider Maxime Marotte (Cannondale Factory) finished on 772.