Absalon Sets New Records in Mont-Sainte-Anne8. August 2016, Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada — Melanie Leveau — MTB Team
With two weeks to go the race of the season in Rio, Julien Absalon took a convincing win in Mont-Sainte-Anne, host of the 5th round of the UCI MTB World Cup. With this win, Absalon built some confidence for the Olympic race and also set a bunch of new records.
His main rivals had decided to skip the trip to Canada to fine tune their preparations at home but Julien Absalon preferred to race in Mont-Sainte-Anne. The Frenchman likes racing and it is paramount for him in order to reach his peak. Despite the absence of Schurter and Kulhavy, the race wasn’t a walk in the park for Absalon who had to dig deep to get rid of Swiss riders Mathias Flückiger and Matthias Stirnemann, and the French duo of Victor Koretzky and Jordan Sarrou. Despite a few early bursts of speed, Absalon had to wait until the fifth of the seven laps to take the lead and ride to a new World Cup victory, the 32nd of his career. “I’m definitely happy with my win today”, Absalon said. “It’s very good for the morale and confirms that my preparation has been spot on. I like racing here in Mont-Sainte-Anne on the toughest course of the season. Now I have won on what for me, are the two most difficult courses of the year: here and in La Bresse.”
With his win, Absalon also took the lead in the World Cup overall classification. If all goes well in Vallnord in a month (he needs to finish in the top 10), the Frenchman will win the World Cup for the seventh time which would add another line and record to his already-long palmares. And, when talking about records, Absalon won his sixth World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne which definitely makes his the most successful XCO rider in the Canadian mountain bike mecca.
Julien Absalon is now flying to Rio where he’ll continue to prepare for the Olympic race that will take place on Sunday 21 August.
Reto Indergand continues his great season with another top-10
After his 10th and 9th place finishes in Albstadt and La Bresse, Reto Indergand confirmed he made a step up this year by adding another top 10 finish in Mont-Sainte-Anne. Very consistent throughout the whole race, the Swiss rider crossed the finish line 2’46’’ behind team mate Absalon.
Good results of Flückiger and Fanger build on team victory and overall lead
With their 11th and 17th places, Lukas Flückiger and Martin Fanger scored important points for the team victory of the day and for the purpose of the overall win to be decided in Vallnord, Andorra on the first weekend of September.
- Julien Absalon (FRA) 1:29'37
- Victor Koretzky (FRA) +44''
- Mathias Flückiger +52''
10. Reto Indergand (SUI)
11. Lukas Flückiger (SUI)
17. Martin Fanger (SUI)
Full results here.
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