Fourth European Title for Absalon, Flückiger takes Silver27. July 2015, Chies d'Apago, Italy — MTB Team
What an extraordinary rider! Julien Absalon didn’t only win every possible title, but he also owns every possible record. On the very physical course in Chies d’Alpago, Italy, he became the first rider to win four European titles – the third in a row – while his team mate Lukas Flückiger took silver.
„This title feels special because I celebrated my first European title nine years ago right here in Chies d’Alpago. Today’s race was pretty tough but I was quickly able to get into a good rhythm“ explained Absalon after yet another race in searing summer heat.
„When I was informed that Lukas was riding in second position, I was even happier“ the Frenchman explained. He had taken the lead in the second lap and the rest of the field never saw him again.
Behind him, the battle for Silver was a highly fought one. Lukas Flückiger eventually managed to drop German rider Manuel Fumic and compatriot Fabian Giger to cross the line in second, with a big smile on his face. „I felt good and this medal is amends for the spring season in which things did not work as I wanted. Now, the second half of the season has just begun; my time has come.“ Flückiger said.
Finishing sixth, Ralph Näf also had good reason to be satisfied. „On this course, with such a long climb, I think I did a really good job“ he said.
Strong of this performance, the BMC MTB Racing Team is now looking forward to the next round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup happening this weekend in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada. However, four men only will be representing the team as Martin Fanger suffers a broken collarbone after a crash in training.