In the past four years of UCI World Cup racing in Nove Mesto there have been only two winners of the men’s race – Jaroslav Kulhavy took the first edition, and Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo) the last three. Once again, it came down to these two riders today in Nove Mesto.
Schurter attacked on the start loop, with Kulhavy, World Champion Julien Absalon (BMC), Australian Champion Dan McConnell (Trek Factory Racing) and Florian Vogel (Focus XC) the only riders to stay with him. Schurter surged again on the first full lap, and this time only Kulhavy could hang on. Schurter and Kulhavy stayed together most of the race until Kulhavy launched an attack on the start of the last lap and ended up taking the win.