Mountain bikers Return to Action at Heubach20. June 2016, Heubach, Germany — Melanie Leveau — MTB Team
After a little break, the second half of the season started in Heubach, Germany for Julien Absalon, Reto Indergand and Lars Forster.
Following the first three rounds of the World Cup and Olympic selection announcements the BMC MTB cross country riders had to plan their second half of the season. For the ones going to Rio, the objective is clear, but for the other ones, the most important race of the season has now become the World Championships in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic in just two weeks. As a result, the physical condition of riders is at varying levels, some are preparing to peak, some are holding off a little until they get to Brazil.
Julien Absalon, who just finished a big training block focusing on improving stamina, was happy to take third place behind Florian Vogel and Victor Koretsky. But more importantly, he was happy with his current fitness. “Florian Vogel was definitely the strongest of us. He’s building up to the World Championships. He dropped us every lap on the climb, but I came back on the downhill where I was the fastest. This scenario repeated itself for four laps but I couldn’t come back in the second last lap and had to let him and Victor go” he explained. “It was a tough race with the mud that was drying during the race. It was sticking to the tires and it became harder to ride lap after lap. A third place doesn’t seem great but I’m happy and confident with my form.”
Also focusing on August 21st, Lars Forster struggled a bit in the last two laps after fighting for fourth place for two thirds of the race. He eventually took 8th place.
Reto Indergand, who was looking forward to his first Elite World Championships – he was also chosen to race the Team Relay – was very unlucky in Heubach. He crashed in the second lap and had to withdraw from the race. Suffering a large cut in his knee, he had to go to hospital to get five stitches. The following days will tell if he can still take part in the World Championships.
Lukas Flückiger and Martin Fanger didn’t take part in the event since they’re preparing for the UCI MTB Marathon World Championships that will take place in Laissac, France next Sunday.
- Florian Vogel (SUI) 1:30'39''
- Victor Koretsky (FRA) +0'47''
- Julien Absalon (FRA) +1'20''
8. Lars Forster (SUI) +2'50''
DNF. Reto Indergand (SUI)
Photo: Lynn Sigel / EGO Promotion