Tuesday May 31, 2011

Absalons takes historic fifth win in Offenburg

After 1h 46m 21s the dream became a reality for French rider and two time Olympic winner Julian Absalon as he added another unique title to his career. For the fifth time in a row, the French rider wins the World Cup race in Offenburg, leaving the Czech Jaroslav Kulhavy (1:46:50) and the French Maxime Marotte (1:47:02) behind. Until the third round, the race was close; a group of ten riders rode together through the drops of Offenburg and a massive crowd of thousands of spectators cheered loudly for each of them. Absalon, staying behind the leading Fontana and Kulhavy, waited for the right moment for his attack!

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.

Channels: UCI MTB World Cup 2011 - Offenburg GER, UCI MTB World Cup XCO 2011, Mountain Bike