Spectacular World Cup End for Absalon and the BMC MTB Racing Team5. September 2016 — Melanie Leveau — MTB Team
Two weeks after the disappointment of Rio, Julien Absalon, and the BMC MTB Racing Team managed to turn things around and finish the XCO season on a high in Vallnord, Andorra.
The 200th XCO World Cup was to be the setting where Julien Absalon would demonstrate his ability to withstand the highs and lows of being a professional sportsman. He ended his season in the way he knows best; by winning his 33rd World Cup and the overall classification, for the 7th time. “The last two weeks have been very tough for me, but the team helped me to get over the disappointment, and to focus again on the World Cup finals” he explained. After a battle with last year’s World Championship medalists on the same course (Schurter and Cink), Absalon took a solo win and showed everyone that he is still at the top of his game.
Great 6th place for Martin Fanger
Martin Fanger had his best World Cup result in a long time. In contention for a top ten result from the moment the start gun went off, the Swiss rider rode a spectacular last lap to cross the finish line in 6th place equalling his World Cup best (Albstadt 2013).
Best World Cup Team for the 4th year in a row
Going into the final World Cup, the BMC MTB Racing Team only had a 24 point lead over the French, BH Suntour Team. By placing four riders in the top 20 (Flückiger in 11th place and Indergand in 20th), the team showed that it is definitely the best on the circuit by winning its fourth Team classification in four years. For Team Manager Alex Moos, this title is a real satisfaction. "The Team classification is the best way to prove the quality, the homogeneity and the consistency of all of our riders. We won it every year since 2013 so we definitely wanted to add 2016 to our team palmares."
- Julien Absalon (FRA) 1:26:08
- Ondrej Cink (CZE) +42''
- Pablo Rodriguez Guede (ESP) +55''
6. Martin Fanger (SUI) +1:16''
11. Lukas Flückiger (SUI) +2:26''
19. Reto Indergand (SUI) +3:11''
Full results here.
- Julien Absalon (FRA) 1310 pts
- Nino Schurter (SUI) 980 pts
- Maxime Marotte (FRA) 948 pts
Team Overall Classification:
- BMC MTB Racing Team 444 pts
- BH-SR Suntour-KMC 392 pts
- MMR Factory Racing Team 287 pts
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