World Cup Final in Hafjell – overall World Cup title goes to Schulte-Lünzum
Markus Schulte-Lünzum is the first German ever to win the U23 World Cup!
Last weekend, Hafjell in Norway played host to the UCI MTB World Cup Final. The 3.8 km-long circuit on the Olympic ski slope of 1994 was physically very demanding and had many technical sections in store – unfortunately littered with countless sharp stones.
As the overall leader, Markus Schulte-Lünzum was in a good position going into the event. He only needed to finish in 11th or 12th place to win the title. “In this race, I’m not just aiming for a high position in the overall ranking; I want to show once more that I am on good form and that I am the man to beat,” declared Markus before the race.
And this is how he put that into practice:
After a good start to the U23 race, Schulte-Lünzum managed to place himself at the head of the field even before the first technical section and raced into a 16 second lead after just one lap. However, a puncture on the second lap forced him back into 16th place. “I tried to get back up to 11th place as quickly as possible to secure my position in the overall ranking. I managed to do that and so I just tried to stay in 11th place at that point. After that bit of bad luck I simply didn’t have enough motivation at the end of a long season to push for any more,” said Markus. The race was won by the Frenchman Sarrou, with the New Zealander Cooper and the Dutchman van der Heijden in second and third place respectively.
We are proud to congratulate Markus on this remarkable achievement!