Absalon wins Albstadt cross country World Cup

French star extends lead in World Cup standings

The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup concluded the spring campaign in Albstadt, Germany, with a record setting win by French legend Julien Absalon (BMC), who became the first rider - male or female - to win 29 cross country World Cups in his career.

Although only in its second year, the Albstadt course has become well known for its multiple steep climbs and fast, narrow descents. Favouring the climbers on the World Cup circuit, it has seen more than one rider start out too hard in the early going, only to crack in the final laps.

Absalon had said earlier in the season that Albstadt was one of his favourite courses, and a priority for him this season, after dropping out last year due to a mechanical while holding a commanding lead. He also was one of three riders using the new Shimano XTR Di2 electronic drivetrain in the first race situation.

He certainly delivered, with a dominating performance for his third win of the season. World champion Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo) attacked hard on the opening lap, opening a gap that only Absalon could close. The two were joined at the front by Fabian Giger (Giant Pro XC) and Maxime Marotte (BH-Suntour-KMC) on lap two, but Absalon continued to push the pace and Schurter and Marotte were dropped first, with Giger falling off a lap later.

Absalon continued to pull away through the remainder of the race to win by over a minute, but behind Schurter had recovered to move into second with Stephane Tempier (BH-Suntour-KMC). Schurter managed to drop Tempier in the final kilometres to take second, by just five seconds.

"To win here was one of my main goals for the season," said Absalon. "I like very much this track, I like the long steep climb. I was focused on this race and not very happy last week in Nove Mesto because I crashed. The legs felt good (today) and I am in good shape."

"I did my own ride, but it was not easy. Nino always starts fast and I sometimes don't. I keep my own rhythm, no need to go to the red zone, that makes it too hard to finish the race. I did my own race. Even if I was alone in front, it is really steep here, and I was pushing hard all the race to have a good gap. I was thinking all the time about my technical flame out last year, which motivated me."

With three wins in four races, Absalon has a strong lead in the overall World Cup standings, with 890 points to second placed Schurter at 580. Daniel McConnell (Trek Factory Racing) is third with 530 points.


Elite men cross country
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team1:29:24 
2Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team0:01:19 
3Stéphane Tempier (Fra) Bh-Suntour-Kmc0:01:24 
4Fabian Giger (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team0:01:40 
5Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:02:02 
6Daniel McConnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing0:02:21 
7Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing0:02:25 
8Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing0:03:10 
9Maxime Marotte (Fra) Bh-Suntour-Kmc0:03:17 
10Lukas Flückiger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:03:29 
11Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Mmr Bikes Pro Team0:03:42 
12Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team0:03:52 
13Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team0:04:01 
14José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:04:15 
15Sven Nys (Bel)0:04:36 
16Emil Lindgren (Swe) Giant Pro XC Team0:04:40 
17Alexander Gehbauer (Aut) I.Idro Drain Bianchi0:04:44 
18Reto Indergand (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:04:47 
19Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek Factory Racing0:04:51 
20Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) I.Idro Drain Bianchi0:04:53 
21Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:05:05 
22Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:05:09 
23Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Sram Rubena Trek0:05:15 
24Hugo Drechou (Fra) Calvisson Vtt0:05:19 
25Raphael Gagne (Can)0:05:21 
26Martin Gujan (Swi) Orange Monkey Pro Team0:05:30 
27David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por)0:05:39 
28Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus XC Team0:05:49 
29Ralph Naef (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:06:11 
30Ruben Scheire (Bel) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team0:06:21 
31Michele Casagrande (Ita)0:06:28 
32Jonas De Backer (Bel)0:06:31 
33Jan Nesvadba (Cze)0:06:36 
34Frank Beemer (Ned) Mpl Specialized MTB Team0:06:41 
35Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team0:06:53 
36Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team  
37Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing XC0:06:55 
38Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing0:07:06 
39Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Tropix-Frm0:07:34 
40Karl Markt (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team0:07:42 
41Marek Konwa (Pol) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team  
42Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing0:08:03 
43Fabian Rabensteiner (Ita) Focus XC Italy Team0:08:10 
44Michal Lami (Svk)0:08:16 
45Ivan Seledkov (Rus)0:08:17 
46Mario Luis Miranda Costa (Por)0:08:31 
47Filip Eberl (Cze) Remerx-Merida Team Kolin0:08:39 
48Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTB0:08:43 
49Tom Meeusen (Bel)0:09:31 
50Luca Braidot (Ita)0:10:02 
51Miguel Martinez (Fra) Tropix-Frm0:10:21 
-1lapJochen Kass (Ger)  
-1lapRamon Sagues Portabella (Spa)  
-1lapAndras Parti (Hun) Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team  
-1lapHans Becking (Ned) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team  
-1lapRobby De Bock (Bel) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team  
-1lapOleksandr Gerashchenko (Ukr) Isd MTB Team  
-1lapMartin Haring (Svk)  
-1lapShlomi Haimy (Isr) Focus XC Team  
-1lapJiri Novak (Cze) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team  
-1lapChristian Helmig (Lux)  
-1lapPaul Oldham (GBr)  
-1lapMatthias Stirnemann (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team  
-1lapSimon Stiebjahn (Ger) Team Bulls  
-1lapDavid Fletcher (GBr) Orange Monkey Pro Team  
-1lapGiancarlo Sax (Swi)  
-1lapMartin Gluth (Ger)  
-1lapCatriel Andres Soto (Arg) Mmr Bikes Pro Team  
-1lapZsolt Juhasz (Hun) Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team  
-1lapSergji Rysenko (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team  
-2lapsPhilip Buys (RSA)  
-2lapsTim Bohme (Ger) Team Bulls  
-2lapsGerrit Rosenkranz (Ger)  
-2lapsMartino Fruet (Ita)  
-2lapsMichael Hutter (Swi)  
-2lapsCarl Jones (NZl)  
-2lapsJosé Alberto Gonzalez Merchan (Ecu)  
-2lapsMaximilian Holz (Ger)  
-2lapsDmytro Titarenko (Ukr) Isd MTB Team  
-2lapsKerry Werner (USA)  
-2lapsRussell Finsterwald (USA) Sram/Tld Racing  
-2lapsSteffen Thum (Ger)  
-2lapsMarkus Bauer (Ger)  
-2lapsPavel Priadein (Rus)  
-2lapsSimon Gegenheimer (Ger)  
-2lapsAnton Sintsov (Rus) Titici Lgl International Team  
-2lapsJaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing XC  
-3lapsRick Reimann (Swi)  
-3lapsZhen Wang (Chn)  
-3lapsIsmael Ventura Sanchez (Spa)  
-3lapsJonas Baumann (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team  
-3lapsPaolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc)  
-3lapsTorsten Marx (Ger)  
-3lapsUwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Focus XC Team  
-3lapsDaniel Eymann (Swi) Giant-Swiss-Team  
-3lapsMark Tupalski (Aus)  
-3lapsCristofer Bosque Ruano (Spa)  
-3lapsRuben Almeida (Por)  
-3lapsMartin Loo (Est) Merida Italia Team  
-3lapsSven Vanthourenhout (Bel)  
-3lapsMatiss Preimanis (Lat) Dpa  
-3lapsIvan Smirnov (Rus)  
-3lapsChun Hing Chan (HKg)  
-3lapsLucian Logigan (Rom)  
-4lapsEvgenii Pechenin (Rus) Format-Udmurtia  
-4lapsMarco Schätzing (Ger)  
-4lapsZhiqiang Duan (Chn)  
-4lapsRobert Wardell (GBr) Orange Monkey Pro Team  
-4lapsArtyom Golovaschenko (Kaz)  
-4lapsTudor Oprea Ovidiu (Rom)  
-4lapsDavid Valero (Spa)  
-4lapsPaul Van Der Ploeg (Aus)  
-4lapsMiguel Valadez (Mex)  
-4lapsZdenek Vobecky (Cze)  
-4lapsSébastien Cadieux-Duval (Can)  
-4lapsDaniel Grossi Soares De Souza (Bra)  
-4lapsErik Groen (Ned)  
-4lapsMarco Antonio Escarcega (Mex)  
-4lapsCristobal Silva Ibaceta (Chi)  
-4lapsDmitry Medvedev (Rus)  
-4lapsRicard Calmet (Spa)  
-5lapsHeiko Redecker (Nam)  
-5lapsChristopher Maletz (Ger)  
-5lapsElia Silvestri (Ita)  
-5lapsMario Espinoza (Chi)  
-5lapsEliad Daniel (Isr)  
-5lapsManfred Zöger (Aut)  
-5lapsAndrew L'esperance (Can)  
-5lapsMario Matijevic (Bel)  
-5lapsGeorge-Vlad Sabau (Rom)  
-6lapsJoé Kirch (Lux)  
-6lapsBesik Gavasheli (Geo)  
DNFHenrique Avancini (Bra) Caloi Team  
DNFOndrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team  
DNFThomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team  
DNFMarc Stutzmann (Swi) Giant-Swiss-Team  
DNFMartin Fanger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team  
DNFNicola Rohrbach (Swi)  
DNFDaniele Braidot (Ita)  
DNFLysander Kiesel (Ger)  
DNFMarcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team  
DNFHamish Batchelor (GBr) Fluid Fin Race Team  
DNFCesar Lettoli (Arg)  
DNFSimon Scheiber (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team  
DNFEnrique Morcillo (Spa)  
DNFKirill Kazantsev (Kaz)  
DNFJosé Juan Escarcega (Mex)  
DNFRourke Croeser (RSA) Kargo Pro MTB Team  
DNSSilvio Busser (Swi) Wheeler - Ixs Team  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1BMC Mountainbike Racing Team89 pts
3Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team53 
4Cannondale Factory Racing47 
5Giant Pro XC Team45 
6Trek Factory Racing38 
7Multivan Merida Biking Team26 
8I.Idro Drain Bianchi25 
9Mmr Bikes Pro Team20 
10Stöckli Pro Team19 
11Sram Rubena Trek8 
12Calvisson Vtt7 
13Orange Monkey Pro Team5 
14Focus XC Team3 
15Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team1 
Elite men cross country World Cup standings after four rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team890 pts
2Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team580 
3Daniel McConnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing530 
4Stéphane Tempier (Fra) Bh-Suntour-Kmc526 
5Maxime Marotte (Fra) Bh-Suntour-Kmc496 
6José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team488 
7Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing476 
8Fabian Giger (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team412 
9Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team395 
10Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team380 
11Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek Factory Racing365 
12Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team335 
13Alexander Gehbauer (Aut) I.Idro Drain Bianchi297 
14Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team290 
15Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing286 
16Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team282 
17Emil Lindgren (Swe) Giant Pro XC Team282 
18Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Mmr Bikes Pro Team250 
19Lukas Flückiger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team249 
20Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) I.Idro Drain Bianchi245 
21Ralph Naef (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team213 
22Martin Fanger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team206 
23Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Tropix-Frm197 
24Raphael Gagne (Can)194 
25Reto Indergand (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team182 
26Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus XC Team180 
27Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team163 
28Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team159 
29Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team156 
30Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing XC148 
31Martin Gujan (Swi) Orange Monkey Pro Team142 
32Sven Nys (Bel)132 
33Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)130 
34Ruben Scheire (Bel) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team126 
35Michal Lami (Svk)120 
36Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Sram Rubena Trek118 
37Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team118 
38Luca Braidot (Ita)110 
39Jonas De Backer (Bel)106 
40Anton Sintsov (Rus) Titici Lgl International Team102 
41Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Focus XC Team101 
42Daniele Braidot (Ita)100 
43David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por)100 
44Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing XC95 
45Karl Markt (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team92 
46Hugo Drechou (Fra) Calvisson Vtt89 
47Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTB86 
48Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team80 
49Michele Casagrande (Ita)70 
50Andrew Blair (Aus)64 
51Matthias Wengelin (Swe)60 
52Frank Beemer (Ned) Mpl Specialized MTB Team58 
53Martin Gluth (Ger)58 
54Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team57 
55Kristian Hynek (Cze) Topeak Ergon Racing Team52 
56Russell Finsterwald (USA) Sram/Tld Racing52 
57Andras Parti (Hun) Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team52 
58Matiss Preimanis (Lat) Dpa50 
59Miguel Martinez (Fra) Tropix-Frm49 
60Mark Tupalski (Aus)47 
61Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Focus XC Team46 
62Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing45 
63Carl Jones (NZl)44 
64Marc Stutzmann (Swi) Giant-Swiss-Team44 
65Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc)42 
66Jan Nesvadba (Cze)40 
67Henrique Avancini (Bra) Caloi Team40 
68Paul Oldham (GBr)37 
69Kerry Werner (USA)36 
70Brendan Johnston (Aus)35 
71Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi)34 
72Tom Meeusen (Bel)32 
73Mario Luis Miranda Costa (Por)31 
74Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing30 
75Matous Ulman (Cze)30 
76Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team30 
77Philip Buys (RSA)29 
78Dirk Peters (NZl)29 
79Shaun Lewis (Aus)28 
80Marek Konwa (Pol) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team27 
81Robby De Bock (Bel) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team27 
82Steffen Thum (Ger)26 
83Fabian Rabensteiner (Ita) Focus XC Italy Team25 
84Martin Loo (Est) Merida Italia Team25 
85Cory Wallace (Can) Kona Factory Team25 
86Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Team Bulls25 
87Ryo Saito (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team24 
88Ivan Seledkov (Rus)23 
89Paul Van Der Ploeg (Aus)23 
90Daniel Federspiel (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team22 
91Filip Eberl (Cze) Remerx-Merida Team Kolin21 
92Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Btwin MTB Racing Team21 
93Simon Gegenheimer (Ger)21 
94Markus Bauer (Ger)21 
95Travis Frisby (Aus)19 
96Matthys Beukes (RSA)18 
97Christian Helmig (Lux)17 
98Jochen Kass (Ger)16 
99Ola Kjören (Nor)16 
100Ramon Sagues Portabella (Spa)15 
101David Fletcher (GBr) Orange Monkey Pro Team15 
102Hans Becking (Ned) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team13 
103David Valero (Spa)12 
104Oleksandr Gerashchenko (Ukr) Isd MTB Team11 
105Rourke Croeser (RSA) Kargo Pro MTB Team11 
106Daniel Eymann (Swi) Giant-Swiss-Team11 
107Martin Haring (Svk)10 
108Renay Groustra (RSA)10 
109Hamish Batchelor (GBr) Fluid Fin Race Team9 
110Jiri Novak (Cze) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team8 
111Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team8 
Team World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1BMC Mountainbike Racing Team321 pts
2Multivan Merida Biking Team230 
4Trek Factory Racing181 
5Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team164 
6Cannondale Factory Racing135 
7Giant Pro XC Team135 
8I.Idro Drain Bianchi102 
9Stöckli Pro Team77 
10Mmr Bikes Pro Team40 
11Specialized Racing XC35 
13Focus XC Team16 
14Sram Rubena Trek15 
15Orange Monkey Pro Team13 
16Titici Lgl International Team7 
17Calvisson Vtt7 
18Versluys Team7 
19Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team6 
20Topeak Ergon Racing Team5 
21Sram/Tld Racing4 
23Ötztal Scott Racing Team2 


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