Absalon on track for strong 2006

Julien Absalon wasted no time proving he was carrying the same kind of form and prepration that he...

Julien Absalon wasted no time proving he was carrying the same kind of form and prepration that he used to win the World Championships in 2005; the twenty-five year old Frenchman lit up the the Liquigas Cup in Sinnai, Sardegna, Italy February 24th, proving that he has been careful with his off-season.

"My winter preparation was very good," the 2004 Olympic Gold Medallist said early this week. "I have participated in two races in Mexico and the Reunion (Megavalanche; held on a French-owned island just off Madagascar in the Indian Ocean). I also raced some cyclo-cross and practiced cross country skiing."

Absalon says the cross training has paid off. "Right now, I'm ahead of my preparation compared to other years." Absalon says his aim for 2006 is to carry that fitness to World Cup and World Championship title. He plans to open his World Cup campaign April 1st in Curaçao.

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