Julien Absalon Wins Record 29th Career UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Germany
Frenchman Julien Absalon proved once again why he is one of the greatest mountain bikers of all time. The two-time Olympic gold medalist took gold once more on the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup circuit. The 33-year-old BMC rider dominated in Albstadt, Germany collecting his 29th career cross-country World Cup victory; a feat unmatched by any male of female in the sport.
Absalon aimed at redemption on the steep Albstadt course. In the circuit’s first ever trip to the German course, 2013 saw the Frenchman drop out of the race after leading most of it, due to mechanical issues. Because the steep, fast, technical and narrow course suits Absalon’s riding style, he had made Germany a priority on his World Cup schedule from the start of the season.
He followed up on his vow, winning his third UCI Mountain Bike Cross Country World Cup of the season, battling with World Champion, Nino Schurter from the get go. Absalon prevailed, winning by over a minute on Schurter.
With his victory, Absalon continued to build on his season standings lead, tallying 890 points, with Shurter trailing in second with 580.
“To win here was one of my main goals for the season,” confirmed Absalon. “I very much like this track, I like the long steep climb. I was focused on this race and not very happy last week in Nove Mesto because I crashed. The legs felt good (today) and I am in good shape. I did my own ride, but it was not easy. Even if I was alone in front, it is really steep here, and I was pushing hard all the race to have a good gap. I was thinking all the time about my technical flame out last year, which motivated me.”