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Lars Forster leaves Scott-SRAM team after four years

Swiss racer's departure opens up a spot on the high-profile cross country squad

Photo by: Lars Forster and Nino Schurter race 2019 Absa Cape Epic. Photo: Greg Beadle/Cape Epic

Lars Forster is moving on to a new team after four very successful years with the high-profile Scott-SRAM squad.

During Forster’s time with the team he had numerous wins. At Cape Epic, with his teammate Nino Schurter, in 2019. Two European XCO continental championship titles (one in 2018, one in 2021). And a World Cup win in Snowshoe, W.Va.

That leaves three riders at Scott-SRAM. Reigning world and Olympic champion Nino Schurter continues to lead the squad. 2019 world champion Kate Courtney heads up the women’s racing. Andri Frischnecht, 28-year-old son of team director and mountain biking icon Thomas Frischknecht rounds out the squad.

That leaves one spot open on Scott-SRAM. The team has not hinted at who might fill Forster’s spot on the roster but there are some likely candidates. Martin Vidaurre, the Chilean XCO sensation that dominated the 2022 World Cup, will likely be looking for more support than his Lexware MTB team can provide and already rides Scott bikes. Vidaurre won every World Cup in 2022 except the Vallnord round, where Canada’s Carter Woods won, and world championships in Les Gets. Henrique Avancini is also without a team, though it would be an unlikely move for the Brazilian considering his history with Schurter.