Absalon wins his 5th World Champion Title on his BMC FS016. September 2014 — MTB Team
The elite men's cross country at the World Championships in Hafjell, Norway was Julien Absalon's first race on his fourstroke FS01 full suspension bike. His tactically smart as well as a mind-blowingly powerful performance led to his fifth rainbow jersey. Moritz Milatz finished fourth, narrowly missing a second medal for BMC Mountainbike Racing Team but achieving the best Worlds result of his career thus far.
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 advantageous qualities of BMC's fourstroke FS01 full suspension and became World Champion in his very first race on this bike. „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."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.
Absalon kept cool when he had a little crash in the first lap and fell 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
Check the result list at the 'UCI MTB result page'