Absalon wins men's cross country World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne

Schurter retains lead in World Cup standings

Julien Absalon (BMC) won his first World Cup of the season and the 26th of his career, in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada on Saturday afternoon. Jose Hermida (Multivan Merida) rode away from Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) for third place.

"Finally, I did it. I'm happy because I had bad luck at other World Cups this season," said Absalon to Redbull.tv. "I'm also happy because I like to race here. Mont-Sainte-Anne is special. The track here is beautiful. I won the Worlds here 15 years ago when I was junior - my first big victory."

Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) set the pace from the gun, leaving many to wonder whether he'd found his good form from last year, which has otherwise been lacking this season. But before the first lap was over, the clear leaders of the race were Absalon and Schurter at the front. Kulhavy started to fade and would drop out of podium contention.

It looked like it might be another Absalon-Schurter duel throughout the seven-lap race, but Absalon had no interest in getting beat by Schurter in an end-of-the-race sprint. He executed the perfect race, attacking until he put enough pressure on Schurter to get away.

"I did an attack on the climb on the third lap," said Absalon, "but I only got five seconds. So I did it again on the next lap and I got 15 seconds to take into the technical section."

He made his move on the steep, switchback climb. "I like this kind of steep climb," Absalon said.

The Frenchman quickly established a gap as Schurter could not follow. Then the gap grew more quickly after Schurter flatted. After a stop in the tech zone to get a new rear wheel, he was about a minute behind Schurter by the end of that lap.

"I attacked on the climb, and maybe he took some risks on the downhill to catch me?" said Absalon of Schurter's flat. "I saw then that he had a flat tire. I had maybe 10 seconds, so I pushed pretty hard to stay in front. I had a perfect race - no mistakes."

Absalon took his first World Cup victory since signing for BMC this past winter. He'd come close in Albstadt but his chances were ruined after a broken frame. He was also close in the most recent World Cup round Vallnord, but broke his chain.

Hermida, who won the world championships at Mont-Sainte-Anne in 2010, eventually caught Schurter and the two raced together for awhile until Hermida got away from Schurter on the switchback climb on the final lap. Hermida rode in alone for second - for the fourth time in his career at Mont-Sainte-Anne, while Schurter hung on for third.

Ralph Naef (BMC) got stronger as the race went on and finished on the podium in fourth place. Daniel McConnell (Trek Factory) also had a strong later part of the race and rode himself to his second World Cup podium in fifth place.

Max Plaxton (Sho-Air/Cannondale) was the top North American, starting in the fourth row. He quickly made it up into the teens, moving into the top-10 on lap four. He was riding with Naef when he crashed, losing contact with the Swiss rider who continued to move up to finish on the podium. In the crash, Plaxton broke the fastener on his shoe, which didn't help matters.

Schurter has an almost insurmountable lead in the World Cup series with one race remaining. He is ahead of Absalon by 220 points. Absalon moves into second with his victory, 80 points ahead of round one winner McConnell. Plaxton moves from 17th to 15th in the standings.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team1:28:17 
2José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:01:04 
3Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team0:01:40 
4Ralph Naef (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:01:49 
5Daniel McConnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing0:01:59 
6Fabian Giger (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team0:02:13 
7Stéphane Tempier (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC0:02:22 
8Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing0:02:25 
9Max Plaxton (Can)0:02:28 
10Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing0:02:30 
11Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team0:02:58 
12Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:03:07 
13Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC0:03:14 
14Martin Gujan (Swi) TX Active Bianchi0:03:42 
15Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Roxracing0:03:57 
16Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing XC0:04:14 
17Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team0:04:20 
18Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:04:33 
19Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing XC0:04:35 
20Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:05:16 
21Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Focus XC Team0:05:27 
22Martin Loo (Est) Merida Italia Team0:05:29 
23Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Goldwurst-Power / Stöckli0:05:58 
24Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing0:06:00 
25Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Roxracing  
26Martin Fanger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:06:19 
27Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team0:06:45 
28Henrique Avancini (Bra) Caloi0:06:56 
29Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Sram Rubena Trek0:07:39 
30Cameron Jette (Can) Scott-3Roxracing0:07:52 
31Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)0:07:59 
32Sherman De Paiva (Bra) Caloi0:08:13 
33David Fletcher (GBr) Orange Monkey Pro Team0:09:14 
34Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc)0:09:23 
35Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTB0:09:42 
36Rubens Valeriano (Bra)0:10:06 
37Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Focus XC Team0:10:19 
38Ricardo Pscheidt (Bra)0:11:24 
39Sebastian Batchelor (GBr)0:11:52 
-1lapMichael Broderick (USA)  
-1lapRaphael Gagne (Can)  
-1lapAndrew Watson (Can)  
-1lapHamish Batchelor (GBr)  
-2lapsThomas Sampson (USA)  
-2lapsJean-Philippe Thibault-Roberge (Can)  
-2lapsChristopher Hamlin (USA)  
-2lapsMitchell Hoke (USA)  
-2lapsWilliam Melone (USA)  
-3lapsMathieu Belanger Barrette (Can)  
-3lapsMario Matijevic (Bel)  
-5lapsFilippo Barbieri (Bra)  
DNFThomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team  
DNFJoseph Maloney (USA)  
DNSRudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1BMC Mountainbike Racing Team83 pts
2Multivan Merida Biking Team54 
3Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team50 
4Cannondale Factory Racing44 
5BH - SR Suntour - KMC42 
6Trek Factory Racing28 
7Specialized Racing XC27 
8Giant Pro XC Team26 
10Stöckli Pro Team20 
11TX Active Bianchi17 
12Focus XC Team10 
13Merida Italia Team9 
14Goldwurst-Power / Stöckli8 
15Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing7 
17Sram Rubena Trek2 
Elite men World Cup standings after five rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team980 pts
2Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team760 
3Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing680 
4Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team595 
5Lukas Flückiger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team502 
6Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team493 
7Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing XC486 
8Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC485 
9Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing476 
10José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team464 
11Fabian Giger (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team460 
12Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing398 
13Stéphane Tempier (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC375 
14Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team374 
15Max Plaxton (Can)360 
16Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team320 
17Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team310 
18Martin Fanger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team305 
19Gerhard * Kerschbaumer (Ita) TX Active Bianchi293 
20Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Roxracing293 
21Martin Loo (Est) Merida Italia Team284 
22Alexander Gehbauer (Aut) TX Active Bianchi282 
23Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing XC274 
24Martin Gujan (Swi) TX Active Bianchi271 
25Ralph Naef (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team266 
26Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Focus XC Team230 
27Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Controltech Nevi226 
28Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team226 
29Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Goldwurst-Power / Stöckli226 
30Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team225 
31Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Sram Rubena Trek219 
32Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Giant Pro XC Team215 
33Emil Lindgren (Swe) Giant Pro XC Team210 
34Miguel Martinez (Fra)205 
35Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing190 
36Marek Konwa (Pol) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team171 
37Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team158 
38Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Elettroveneta-Corratec150 
39Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Roxracing146 
40Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team136 
41Andras Parti (Hun) Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team134 
42Jiri Novak (Cze) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team129 
43Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Focus XC Team123 
44Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team116 
45Jürg Graf (Swi) Bsk Graf-Rollmat-Koba MTB Team106 
46Fabien Canal (Fra) Asptt Definitive Tec104 
47Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTB102 
48Henrique Avancini (Bra) Caloi94 
49Patrik Gallati (Swi) Focus XC Team94 
50Michal Lami (Svk)92 
51Hans Becking (Ned) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team85 
52Karl Markt (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team78 
53Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc)78 
54David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por)70 
55Raphael Gagne (Can)70 
56Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team66 
57Anton Sintsov (Rus) Titici Lgl International Team66 
58David Fletcher (GBr) Orange Monkey Pro Team64 
59Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team62 
60Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta-Corratec61 
61Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Team Bulls59 
62Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)56 
63Cameron Jette (Can) Scott-3Roxracing55 
64Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi)55 
65Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra)51 
66Daniel Eymann (Swi)51 
67Fabio Hernando Castaneda Monsalve (Col)50 
68Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team50 
69Oleksandr Gerashchenko (Ukr) Isd MTB Team48 
70Mitchell Hoke (USA)47 
71Jochen Kass (Ger)46 
72Giancarlo Sax (Swi)46 
73David Valero (Spa)44 
74Pascal Meyer (Swi) Jb Felt Team43 
75Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing43 
76Sherman De Paiva (Bra) Caloi42 
77Umberto Corti (Ita) Controltech Nevi42 
78Lucien Besancon (Swi)42 
79Robby De Bock (Bel) Feenstra Felt Powered By Kenda36 
80Filip Eberl (Cze)35 
81Rubens Valeriano (Bra)34 
82Jonas De Backer (Bel)32 
83Kornel Osicki (Pol)32 
84Ricardo Pscheidt (Bra)30 
85Alexis Chenevier (Fra) Scott La Clusaz30 
86Matous Ulman (Cze)30 
87Philip Buys (RSA)30 
88Sebastian Batchelor (GBr)29 
89Michael Broderick (USA)28 
90Ramon Sagues Portabella (Spa)28 
91Andrew Watson (Can)26 
92Hamish Batchelor (GBr)25 
93Markus Bauer (Ger)25 
94Thomas Sampson (USA)24 
95Matthias Wengelin (Swe)24 
96Jean-Philippe Thibault-Roberge (Can)23 
97Christopher Hamlin (USA)22 
98William Melone (USA)20 
99Frank Beemer (Ned) Mpl Specialized MTB Team20 
100Mathieu Belanger Barrette (Can)19 
101Pavel Priadein (Rus)19 
102Mario Matijevic (Bel)18 
103Pavel Boudny (Cze)18 
104Filippo Barbieri (Bra)17 
105Cristofer Bosque Ruano (Spa)17 
106Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing XC17 
107Andy Eyring (Ger)17 
108Simon Scheiber (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team16 
109Francesc Guerra (Spa)15 
110Mykhaylo Batsutsa (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team14 
111Carl Jones (NZl)14 
112Ismael Ventura Sanchez (Spa)12 
113Marcel Fleschhut (Ger)11 
114Ludovic Dubau (Fra) Newcycling10 
115Tim Wynants (Bel) Toka Print MTB Team10 
116Kristian Hynek (Cze) Elettroveneta-Corratec9 
117Dmytro Titarenko (Ukr) Isd MTB Team8 
Team World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1BMC Mountainbike Racing Team335 pts
2Multivan Merida Biking Team303 
3Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team243 
4BH - SR Suntour - KMC176 
5Giant Pro XC Team167 
6Cannondale Factory Racing140 
7Specialized Racing XC133 
8TX Active Bianchi132 
9Trek Factory Racing127 
10Stöckli Pro Team99 
11Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing68 
13Controltech Nevi38 
14Merida Italia Team37 
15Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team35 
16Sram Rubena Trek29 
17Versluys Team27 
18Goldwurst-Power / Stöckli25 
19Topeak Ergon Racing Team21 
20Focus XC Team21 
21Cycling Club Roma MTB Team14 
23Titici Lgl International Team11 
24Bsk Graf-Rollmat-Koba MTB Team9 
25Asptt Definitive Tec8 
27Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team3 
28Isd MTB Team2 


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