SIDI IS PROUD OF ITS CHAMPIONS - All the Olympic medals.

A review of the XXXI Olympic Games that just wrapped up brought tremendous satisfaction to Sidi Sport champions, who stood out as major players in all two-wheel sports: on road, track and mountain bike.

And so it was that the mountain bike category delivered spectators plenty of thrills with the cross country races. In the men’s field,Switzerland’s Nino Schurter finally got to savour the sensation of the heaviest medal around his neck in Rio; after scoring a bronze in Beijing 2008 and Silver in London 2012, this time he scored a Gold, after giving an extraordinary performance. So along with the 2016 World title, the Swiss athlete has also captured the Olympic title. Now the battle for the World Cup title is wide open, with Schurter in the running with another fat tyre great, Frenchman Julien Absalon. The latter wasn’t so lucky in Rio. After 2 Olympic titles (in Athens and Beijing) Julien had a very rough day in what was to be his last Olympic competition. These two phenomena promise to deliver a spectacular grand finale for the mountain bike season in the Sidi house…

Women also brought home a gold medal from Brazil, with Sweden’s Jenny Rissveds. Just 22 years old, she became the youngest ever cross country Olympic champion. In the beginning of July, Rissveds had already won the under23 World title at Nove Mesto, in the Czech Republic, and in Rio she scored her eighth season bulls-eye. Sidi can rest happy; the future of cross country seems to lie in the hands of this young rising star.

There were also plenty of thrills on the track; in fact, on the oval in the Barra da Tijuca velodrome, German Kristina Vogel won the gold medal in the women’s sprint competition. She is already a   7-time world champion on track, and she also took home the bronze in the team sprint race (paired with Miriam Welte, with whom she had won gold in London 2012).      

Finally, there was also the lovely bronze medal captured by Chris Froome in the time trial. After the grand victory he scored in the Tour de France (the third in his career at the Grande Boucle), the Brit from Team Sky repeated the medal he won in this specialty 4 years ago in London. For Froome there is no time for a vacation; in fact, he was immediately off to his next great adventure, which has taken him to the roads of the Vuelta Espana to try to accomplish the double goal of winning two major stage races, the Tour and the Vuelta, in the same season; the last rider who managed to pull off such a feat was Bernard Hinault in 1978.


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