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> The newly crowned World Champion Nino Schurter finishes his season in style with a 4th place at the world cup finals in Schladming, Austria.
> The language of the winners was Spanish. Merida’s Jose Antonio Hermida won ahead of Orbea rider Ruben Ruzafa. One of his biggest day had Swiss youngster Matthias Flückiger, the younger brother of the Flückigers. He finished in awesome third place. His brother was fighting with Nino Schurter for fifth place overall. Also in the hunt for 5th was Wolfram Kurschat. The three were only points apart. Mid trough the race they built a trio for 7th place. Eventually Flückiger had an mechanical and with Kurschat’s breath in the neck, Nino pushed himself with a “grande finale” up to 4th place. More than enough to save a spot on both, the world cup and the overall podium. A good performance to look back going into the winter break.
> Not successful at all was Florian Vogel. He was leading the field on lap one, but paid for his effort badly and eventually had to drop out later in the race. In the same boat was Julien Absalon. The Olympic winner had his overall title already saved before the last round. But against a flying Hermida he had nothing to hold against too. Later he flatted and quit the race.
> Instead we saw a strong race by our U23 rider Patrik Gallati. He had his best world cup result finishing in 31st.
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> Mountainbike-World Cup Schladming, Cross Country
> 1. José Hermida (ESP), 1.40.42

> 2. Ruben Ruzafa (ESP), 1.41.12, +0.30

> 3. Mathias Flückiger (SUI), 1.42.08, +1.26

> 4. Nino Schurter (SUI), 1.42.34, +1.52

> 5. Alexis Vuillermoz (FRA), 1.42.40, +1.58

> 6. Jean-Christophe Peraud (FRA), 1.43.07, +2.25

> 7. Roel Paulissen (BEL), 1.43.11, +2.29

> 8. Sergio Manceton Gutierrez (ESP), 1.43.23, +2.41

> 9. Moritz Milatz (GER), 1.43.57, +3.15

> 10. Wolfram Kurschat (GER), 1.44.08, +3.26

> 12. Christoph Sauser (SUI), 1.44.46, +4.04
> World Cup Overall 2009, Cross Country
> 1. Julien Absalon (FRA), 1472

> 2. José Hermida (ESP), 1190 (-282)

> 3. Burry Stander* (RSA), 1166 (-306)

> 4. Ralph Näf (SUI), 970 (-502)

> 5. Nino Schurter (SUI), 859 (-613)

> 6. Wolfram Kurschat (GER), 796 (-676)

> 7. Lukas Flückiger (SUI), 794 (-678)

> 8. Geoff Kabush (CAN), 741 (-731)

> 9. Jean-Christophe Peraud (FRA), 720 (-752)
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