In the fourth round, at the uphill section, Absalon metaphorically took the gloves off and left the whole group behind, riding to his fifth consecutive title in Offenburg.
"I tried first to attack on the first lap," explained Absalon, "but I saw six guys on my wheel, so I said, 'ok, I need to wait a little'. I sat in for two laps on wheels and I saw Kulhavy was very strong. I knew I needed to attack at the beginning of a long climb, like I have done each year, and so I did the same. To win a World Cup you need to do a perfect race because the gaps are small. I planned the beginning of my season to peak for this race because I like it so much and it is only two hours from my home."
1 2 FRA19800816 ABSALON Julien ORBEA 1:46:21 250
2 1 CZE19850108 KULHAVY Jaroslav SPECIALIZED RACING +00:29 200
3 6 FRA19861205 MAROTTE Maxime BH - SUNTOUR - PEISEY VALLANDRY +00:41 160
4 8 RSA19870916 STANDER Burry SPECIALIZED RACING +01:05 150
5 12 ESP19810928 COLOMA NICOLAS Carlos WILDWOLF - TREK RACING +02:30 140
6 18 SUI19870718 GIGER Fabian RABOBANK - GIANT OFF-ROAD TEAM +02:33 130
7 3 SUI19860513 SCHURTER Nino SCOTT - SWISSPOWER MTB - RACING +02:35 120
8 4 ITA19841012 FONTANA Marco Aurelio CANNONDALE FACTORY RACING +02:36 110
9 14 SUI19890514 LITSCHER Thomas FELT OETZTAL X - BIONIC TEAM +02:45 100
10 17 ESP19811218 ALVAREZ GUTIERREZ Ivan GIANT ITALIA TEAM +02:53 95
With his win in Offenburg, Absalon also took the lead in the World Cup Ranking.