30th World Cup for Julien Absalon!31. May 2015, Albstadt, Germany — MTB Team
The very fast course in Albsadt delivered another exciting duel between Julien Absalon and his biggest competitor Nino Schurter. A mistake of the Swiss rider in the last meters helped the World Champion to add another World Cup win to his palmares, his 30th!
“I bank on Albstadt” said Julien Absalon a few ago when asked about his next World Cup win. The short, fast and steep course suits him very well and his victory there last year was a great proof of it. Aboard his new Teamelite 01, he took a good start and found himself in a small group of four with Nino Schurter, last weekend’s winner Jaroslav Kuhlavy and Florian Vogel. The last two could not keep up the high speed imposed by the French rider in the climbs so the race quickly came down to a duel with Nino Schurter.
“I knew I had to get rid of Nino before the last straight so I gave everything every time the course was going up. Unfortunately he could always keep up and even managed to pass me at the very top of the last climb. He is very strong at this game.” Nino Schurter opened a little gap in the last downhill and things looked wrapped up until he slipped at the very bottom. Julien could pass him and sprint to the finish line. “I am glad I didn’t give up in the downhill and didn’t settle for second. I would have had regrets. It is a great example that nothing is done until the finish line is crossed.”
This victory is a bit special to the French rider as he celebrated his 30th World Cup win. “I hoped it would come this year and I am very happy it came that early in the season. Now, I already look forward to the 31th and to make this record impossible to beat!”.
Julien Absalon is now leading the overall classification and will start in Lenzerheide with the leader jersey. Two other riders of the BMC MTB Racing Team did well in Albstadt.
Lukas Flückiger and Reto Indergand also scored precious points today in Albstadt. With a top 5 in mind, Lukas wasn't 100% satisfied with his final result but nevertheless managed a solid race and beat local rider Manuel Fumic to take 7th place today and 8th in the overall classification. With a 15th place, Reto Indergand managed his best ever World Cup result. A week after finishing 18th in Nove Mesto, the youngest rider of the team is proving strong and was delighted to score his first points for the Team Ranking.
The BMC MTB Racing Team won the Team Classification again and is now leading the overall classification and will tackle the next World Cup in Lenzerheide – 5th of July - with the coveted yellow number plates.
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