Absalon rides a BMC fourstroke to his 5th World Champion title
The elite men's cross-country race at the World Championships in Hafjell, Norway was Julien Absalon's first race ever on the BMC, full suspension cross country bike; the fourstroke FS01. A powerful and tactically smart performance led to his fifth rainbow jersey, bringing him in 1:51 ahead of Nino Schurter. Moritz Milatz finished fourth, achieving the best worlds result of his career, and narrowly missing a second medal for the BMC Mountainbike Racing Team.
The World Championships in Norway add a very special chapter to the history of mountain biking, but they also open a very special chapter in Julien Absalon's résumé. Although a dedicated fan of hardtail bikes, Absalon was eventually convinced by the competitive advantages of BMC's fourstroke FS01 full suspension. "It was a risk but it paid off perfectly," said Absalon. "I had so much fun on this bike throughout the whole week, I didn't want to stop riding it. And for me that is the key to victory. The bike made all the difference. It's a great pleasure to wear the rainbow jersey again after seven years, "Absalon kept cool when he had a little crash in the first lap, falling twenty seconds behind defending champion Nino Schurter. "I stayed calm and tried not to waste any energy in getting all worked up," explains Absalon. In round three he bridged the gap and even remained calm when he had to dismount shortly during his skirmishes with Schurter. "There were two good ridable lines on the climb and I wasn't going to go with Nino's pace. I attacked on the climbs and did not loose any time on the descents." That was the key to extending this lead. "The bike made all the difference. It's a great pleasure to wear the rainbow jersey again after seven years," says Absalon with a broad smile on his face. Another BMC athlete, Moritz Milatz, missed he podium just at a hair's breadth. After a bad start, the German biker fought for the bronze in the final lap. However, with leg cramps he was beaten by five seconds by Italian Marco Fontana. "My legs started working perfectly only after the first lap. I am really happy about my best Worlds ranking," rejoiced Milatz. Two more BMC athletes entered the top ten rankings: Lukas Flueckiger was seventh, Ralph Naef was tenth.
1. Julien Absalon
2. Nino Schurter (Sui)
3. Marco Fontana (Ita)
4. Moritz Milatz
5. Manuel Fumic (Ger)
6. Sergio Mantecon (Esp)
7. Lukas Flückiger
10. Ralph Näf
28. Stephen Ettinger
54. Martin Fanger
URL to results: http://goo.gl/6vNjJl
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