Langvad, Schurter and XX1 Eagle™ go Two for Two
Albstadt, Germany, is eight time zones and an equator crossing away from Cairns, Australia, but Annika Langvad and Nino Schurter didn’t let clocks and travel stop them from repeat UCI World Cup XCO victories.
Schurter, who, in the final meters of last year’s Albstadt XCO crashed out of the lead, capitalized on incredible form to win the 2016 event in a spectacular sprint finish against Julian Absalon. The World Champion’s win pushes the SRAM XX1 Eagle™ drivetrain and SRAM Level Ultimate brakes World Cup wins record to two for two in the Elite Men’s category.
Langvad, who bagged her first World Cup win in 2015, just after taking a first in the Leadville Trail 100, was simply unstoppable, and continued her series-leading ways, seizing command of the race on the first of six laps and riding away to an eventual 1:25 margin of victory. Her Specialized Racing team-issue S-Works Era was equipped with SRAM XX1, Guide Ultimate brakes and a RockShox RS-1 fork.
Schurter’s 22-year-old Scott / ODLO teammate Jenny Rissveds took her first Elite World Cup XCO podium in Albstadt, finishing second to Annika Langvad. Rissveds briefly held the race lead on the start lap, but also had to fight back from a crash to earn her 2nd-place finish. The Swedish national champion’s performance in Albstadt gave SRAM XX1 Eagle™ its first Elite Women’s World Cup XCO podium. Like her teammate, Rissveds’ bike was equipped with an XX1 Eagle™ drivetrain and SRAM Level Ultimate brakes.
- Photos by Matt DeLorme