Absalon wins his fifth Offenburg World Cup

Perfect record intact despite challenges from Kulhavy and Marotte

Julien Absalon (Orbea) came into Offenburg undefeated during the past four years, and he left in the same fashion, after a dominating performance that also put him into the World Cup leader's jersey. Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized), the World Cup leader coming into the race finished second, while Maxime Marotte (BH Suntour Peisey Vallandry) took third.

Absalon came into Offenburg with two second places for the season in the World Cup, but he had stated earlier that he was building for this race, which he calls "the best World Cup course in the world".

A group of 12 riders formed at the front of the race on the first lap of seven, and rode away from the rest of the field along with Absalon, Kulhavy and Marotte, Burry Stander (Specialized), Christoph Sauser (Specialized), world champion Jose Hermida (Multivan Merida), Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower), Marco Fontana (Cannondale), Thomas Litscher (Felt Oetztal X-Bionic), Nicolas Coloma (Wildwolf-Trek), Rudi van Houts and Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Giant Italia).

By lap three, Coloma, Alvarez Gutierrez and van Houts were gone, and then Hermida flatted. Sauser crashed while chasing Absalon and Kulhavy and later suffered a broken wheel afte getting a flat and riding his rim. Both had to run to the next tech zone on lap four.

Absalon launched his attack on the same lap, exploding the group. Kulhavy took off in solo pursuit, but couldn't close the gap, followed by Marotte just in front of Stander. They would finish in that order, with Coloma jumping back into the final podium spot after posting the fastest split for the sixth lap.

"I tried first to attack on the first lap," said 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 in the beginning of a long climb, like I have done each year, and so I did the same."

"In the third and fourth lap, I was waiting on the downhill and I attacked just at the first feed zone and I did the long climb at the front. After I took 15 sec on Kulhavy, I felt good. I made no mistakes. 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." He was greeted with hugs and kisses from his wife and baby.

Kulhavy was not surprised at Absalon's strong showing, saying, "Julien was way strong today and I did what I could to race for the finish. I knew Julien would be strong here and in fact, he was."

Absalon's win moved him 40 points ahead of Kulhavy for the lead in the World Cup, but he has stated that he will not attend the two North American race (Mont Ste. Anne), so he will lose the lead in the next round.

Additional reporting by Sue George

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea1:46:21 
2Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing0:00:29 
3Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry0:00:41 
4Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing0:01:05 
5Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Racing0:02:30 
6Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:02:33 
7Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing0:02:35 
8Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing0:02:36 
9Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:02:45 
10Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team0:02:53 
11Rudi Van Houts (Ned)0:02:57 
12Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea0:03:06 
13Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing0:03:20 
14Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:03:29 
15José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:03:31 
16Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team  
17Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing0:03:40 
18Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team0:03:44 
19Stéphane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi0:04:02 
20Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Racing0:04:21 
21Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing0:04:43 
22Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing0:04:45 
23Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing0:04:47 
24Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour  
25Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team0:04:53 
26Derek Zandstra (Can)0:04:56 
27Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:05:09 
28Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing0:05:30 
29Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:05:31 
30Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Team Protek0:05:38 
31Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:05:39 
32Martino Fruet (Ita)0:05:48 
33Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing0:05:50 
34Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team0:05:51 
35Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys - Evenza Team0:05:54 
36Andras Parti (Hun) Euro One - Cube MTB Team0:06:05 
37Balz Weber (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:06:17 
38Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:06:21 
39Daniel Mcconnell (Aus)0:06:23 
40Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team0:06:28 
41Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor0:06:33 
42Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Elettroveneta - Corratec0:06:50 
43Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:06:56 
44Marek Galinski (Pol) JGB - 2 Professional MTB Team0:07:17 
45Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek0:07:29 
46Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:07:38 
47Periklis Ilias (Gre) Team Protek0:07:45 
48Oliver Beckingsale (GBr)  
49Irjan Luttenberg (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team0:07:48 
50Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team0:07:49 
51Martin Loo (Est) Infotre - Bi & Esse - Leecougan0:07:53 
52Filip Eberl (Cze)0:08:29 
53Patrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:08:35 
54Michal Lami (Svk)0:08:40 
55Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:08:47 
56Lukas Kaufmann (Swi)0:08:53 
57Jiri Novak (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:09:07 
58Rene Tann (Ger)0:09:12 
59Marc Colom (Fra) Team Newcycling0:09:27 
60Robert Mennen (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:09:44 
61Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) Isd Cycling Team0:09:55 
62Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:10:11 
63Ole Christian Fagerli (Nor)0:10:24 
64Bjorn Brems (Bel) Versluys - Evenza Team0:10:32 
65Jukka Vastaranta (Fin) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team0:10:36 
66Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec0:10:40 
67Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru - Trek0:10:54 
68Andrew Watson (Can)0:11:10 
69Jonathan Galante (Fra)0:11:28 
70Philip Buys (RSA)0:11:33 
71Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:11:35 
72Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:11:39 
73Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain0:11:54 
74Mattias Wengelin (Swe)0:12:02 
75Torsten Marx (Ger)0:12:13 
76Cristian Cominelli (Ita) TX Active Bianchi  
77Tim Wynants (Bel) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team0:12:17 
78Yader Zoli (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop0:12:32 
79Matthias Leisling (Ger) Muskelkater Genesis Team0:12:58 
80Pascal Hossay (Bel) G - Skin - Deforche MTB Racing Team0:13:09 
81Pascal Schmutz (Swi)0:13:14 
82Karl Platt (Ger) Team Bulls0:13:23 
83Ludovic Dubau (Fra) Team Newcycling0:13:43 
84Jiri Friedl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team0:14:31 
85Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec0:14:40 
-1lapBenjamin Wittrup Justesen (Den)  
-1lapUmberto Corti (Ita) Team Cbe Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.  
-1lapJelmer Pietersma (Ned) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team  
-1lapJonas Baumann (Swi)  
-1lapSimon Scheiber (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team  
-1lapSimon Gegenheimer (Ger)  
-1lapAlexis Chenevier (Fra) Scott Les Saisies  
-1lapJeroen Boelen (Ned) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team  
-1lapCristobal Silva Ibaceta (Chi)  
-1lapMarc Bassingthwaighte (Nam)  
-1lapKazuhiro Yamamoto (Jpn)  
-1lapSeverin Disch (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team  
-2lapsJorgen Flion (Bel)  
-2lapsMarco Schätzing (Ger) Team Firebike - Droessiger  
-2lapsBas Peters (Ned) Team Merida Combee  
-2lapsMichael Broderick (USA)  
-2lapsPaul Remy (Fra)  
-2lapsSeiya Hirano (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor  
-2lapsChristopher Maletz (Ger)  
-2lapsSamuele Porro (Ita)  
-2lapsGiancarlo Sax (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team  
-2lapsLukas Sablik (Cze)  
-2lapsSteffen Thum (Ger)  
-2lapsKlaus Nielsen (Den)  
-2lapsHeiko Gutmann (Ger)  
-2lapsArtyom Golovaschenko (Kaz)  
-2lapsRaphael Gagne (Can)  
-2lapsMarco Arnold (Swi) Giant Swiss SR - Suntour  
-2lapsSang Hoon Na (Kor)  
-2lapsMarios Athanasiadis (Cyp)  
-2lapsRobby De Bock (Bel)  
-3lapsEmil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team  
-3lapsSpencer Paxson (USA) Kona  
-3lapsGeorgios Pattes-Toumanis (Gre) Team Protek  
-3lapsGabor Bogar (Hun) Euro One - Cube MTB Team  
-3lapsBrian Lopes (USA)  
-3lapsRafal Hebisz (Pol)  
-3lapsKirill Kazantsev (Kaz)  
-3lapsBrice Scholtes (Bel) G - Skin - Deforche MTB Racing Team  
-3lapsLucien Besancon (Swi)  
-4lapsChris Jongewaard (Aus)  
-4lapsMatthias Waldhart (Aut)  
-5lapsFrank Schotman (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team  
-5lapsBesik Gavasheli (Geo)  
DNFJean-Christophe Peraud (Fra)  
DNFChristoph Soukup (Aut)  
DNFPascal Meyer (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team  
DNFEvgeny Nikolaev (Rus)  
DNFAndrea Tiberi (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop  
DNFOleksandr Gerashchenko (Ukr) Isd Cycling Team  
DNFRuben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea  
DNFMagnus Darvell (Swe)  
DNFMatthias Lauk (Swi)  
DNFTony Longo (Ita) TX Active Bianchi  
DNFPierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Team Newcycling  
DNFDaniel Federspiel (Aut)  
DNFFabio Ursi (Ita) Team Cbe Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.  
DNFAlban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team  
DNFMax Plaxton (Can)  
DNSPierre Lebreton (Fra) BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry  


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Specialized Racing83 pts
3Wildwolf - Trek Racing39 
4Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing38 
5Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team35 
6Cannondale Factory Racing34 
7BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry32 
8Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team30 
9Giant Italia Team21 
10Trek World Racing19 
11Multivan Merida Biking Team18 
12BMC Mountainbike Racing Team17 
13Giant Factory Off-Road Team15 
14TX Active Bianchi12 
15Giant Swiss SR - Suntour7 
16Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team6 
17Team Protek1 

Elite men individual World Cup standings after three rounds

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea650 pts
2Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing610 
3Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing470 
4Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing410 
5Maxime Marotte (Fra) Bh - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry395 
6Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing360 
7Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Racing325 
8Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing320 
9José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team298 
10Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing270 
11Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team268 
12Stéphane Tempier (Fra) Tx Active Bianchi268 
13Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team260 
14Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team259 
15Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Giant Italia Team231 
16Rudi Van Houts (Ned)226 
17Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing214 
18Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing209 
19Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea205 
20Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing194 
21Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing188 
22Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team172 
23Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team168 
24Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss Sr - Suntour168 
25Derek Zandstra (Can)144 
26Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing138 
27Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf - Trek Racing136 
28Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team122 
29Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team118 
30Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team114 
31Oliver Beckingsale (GBr)108 
32Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa) Orbea102 
33Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Elettroveneta - Corratec99 
34Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team96 
35Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain91 
36Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team91 
37Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team89 
38Patrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team87 
39Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys - Evenza Team86 
40Martino Fruet (Ita)79 
41Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team79 
42Andras Parti (Hun) Euro One - Cube MTB Team77 
43Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Team Newcycling75 
44Jiri Friedl (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team73 
45Daniel Mcconnell (Aus)73 
46Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru - Trek70 
47Marek Galinski (Pol) JBG - 2 Professional MTB Team65 
48Lukas Kaufmann (Swi)64 
49Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team56 
50Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru - Trek52 
51Jiri Novak (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team50 
52Marc Colom (Fra) Team Newcycling48 
53Chris Jongewaard (Aus)47 
54Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Team Protek46 
55Christoph Soukup (Aut)42 
56Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team38 
57Robert Mennen (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team38 
58Irjan Luttenberg (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team37 
59Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team37 
60Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team35 
61Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix33 
62Balz Weber (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team32 
63Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra)32 
64Jukka Vastaranta (Fin) Milka Trek MTB Racing Team30 
65Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team30 
66Jeremiah Bishop (USA)29 
67Tony Longo (Ita) Tx Active Bianchi29 
68Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor27 
69Michal Lami (Svk)24 
70Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team22 
71Periklis Ilias (Gre) Team Protek21 
72Max Plaxton (Can)20 
73Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta - Corratec19 
74Pascal Meyer (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team19 
75Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team18 
76Martin Loo (Est) Infotre - Bi & Esse - Leecougan17 
77Filip Eberl (Cze)16 
78Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team13 
79Severin Disch (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team11 
80Rene Tann (Ger)10 
81Umberto Corti (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.9 


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