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Gallery: Schurter nabs Olympic MTB title in Rio

Nino Schurter wins a gold medal ahead of Jaroslav Kulhavy and Carlos Coloma
2016 Olympic men's mountain bike race: The start
Riders drove hard out of the start vying for position before the course narrowed — world road champ Peter Sagan worked his way into the front few riders in a matter of minutes. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Olympic men's mountain bike race: Battling for position
Clouds over Rio served as a reminder of heavy overnight rains that made for a slick course. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Olympic men's mountain bike race: Settling in
After the battle for positions at the start, the race began to sort itself out. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Olympic men's mountain bike race: Schurter and Kulhavy
Favorites Nino Schurter and Jaroslav Kulhavy found themselves at the front before long. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Olympic men's mountain bike race: Sagan
Sagan got off to a hot start, but a puncture derailed his medal hopes. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Olympic men's mountain bike race: Lombard
Guam’s Peter Lombard took a nasty fall on one of the more technical sections of the course. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Olympic men's mountain bike race: Absalon
Julien Absalon, in his farewell Olympic ride, couldn’t quite hang on with the leader’s, though he did deliver a top 10 performance when all was said and done. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Olympic men's mountain bike race: Triumph
Schurter, a bronze medalist in 2008 and silver medalist in 2012, pulled away in the final lap to seal his first ever Olympic gold. Kulhavy finished as runner-up. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Olympic men's mountain bike race: Excitement
The Swiss rider was understandably excited. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Olympic men's mountain bike race: Coloma
Carlos Coloma was pumped to nab a bronze medal. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Olympic men's mountain bike race: Emotion
Excitement turned to overwhelming emotion for the third-placed Spaniard on the podium. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Olympic men's mountain bike race: The medalists
Schurter, Kulhavy, and Coloma comprised the men’s mountain bike podium after six laps on a tough course in Rio. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com