Schurter wins mountain bike gold to complete his medal set
In the end, reigning gold medal winner and Czech Republic rider Jaroslav Kulhavy would have to settle with leading for much of the race and a silver medal.
Swiss biker Nino Schurter shot into the lead 25.5 km into the men’s cross country mountain bike final, leaving Kulhavy behind and claiming a long-awaited gold medal.
Schurter had Olympic silver (2012) and bronze (2008), and completed his set in 1:33:28 on Sunday in Rio.
That was 50 seconds better than Kulhavy, and 1:23 ahead of bronze-winning Carlos Coloma-Nicolas of Spain (who finished sixth in London 2012).
American cyclist Howard Grotts was 38th, a lap down.