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Absalon wins in Heubach on third attempt

Julien Absalon and Annika Langvad won the elite men's and women's races at the second round of the International MTB-Bundesliga in Heubach, Germany. The Frenchman Absalon won the HC-category race ahead of Belgian Roel Paulissen and Spaniard José Hermida while Danish champion Langvad surprised runner-up Anja Gradl of Germany. Canadian Emily Batty jumped on the podium in third.

Everybody was excited about the expected duel between Absalon and German Wolfram Kurschat, who won the "Bike the Rock" in Heubach in 2009. Kurschat, aiming to repeat his victory, set a high pace and was in the lead by 30 seconds after less than two of seven 4.3-km laps.

But then, Kurschat had a problem with his derailleur and subsequently, his chain. He fell back, all chances of Heubach victory number three lost.

Absalon took over the lead, extending his gap up to 1:25 and securing his first win after being third in 2008 and second in 2009.

"The two years before, I was not in my best shape when I was at Heubach," said Absalon. "Today, I felt good on the uphill and also on the downhill. Heubach is maybe the hardest race of the whole year, but this long downhill makes a lot of fun. I like it."

Four chasers fought for second place. While German Moritz Milatz made a mistake just before the last lap and crashed, Paulissen was getting stronger and stronger, lap by lap. At the end, he sprinted out World Cup overall leader Hermida for the second spot on the podium.

"I had good tires for the mud, and the longer race the race went, the faster I got," said Paulissen.

Hermida was "satisfied" with his race. "One week before the Offenburg World Cup, everybody wants to come into form. I'm looking forward to defend my leader jersey."

Fourth position went to Fabian Giger of Switzerland afte ra sprint. One centimeter decided the outcome against Milatz.

Langvad happy with "perfect race"

Surprisingly in women's competition, Irina Kalentieva did not take a fourth victory in Heubach. The World Champion, who lives just 15km away, complained that she still had not recovered from the recent World Cup races.

"My legs aren't fresh," she said.

So the way to victory was free and clear for Annika Langvad. The 26-year-old went into race very fast followed by Anja Gradl and Emily Batty.

Her gap was about 45 seconds after the first of four laps and again after two laps. But then Langvad crashed and saw her lead endangered as she lost her entire advantage against Gradl.

However, at about the same time, the German lost air in her back tyre and Langvad's fate was sealed.

"I had some reserves left," Langvad said. "Now I'm really happy because I was pretty nervous before the race. Last year, I had a bad race in Heubach but today it was perfect."

Gradl was not quite sure whether she should be happy about a great result or sad about a lost chance to get her first win in an international race. "Maybe I would have had my chance in the last downhill, but anyway my race was not too bad today," she said.

Emily Batty secured third place ahead of Elisabeth Brandau and Kalentieva. "The climb was not too bad, I could go my rhythm and the downhill was really fun," Batty said after the race.

Photos coming!

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea1:47:01
2Roel Paulissen (Bel) Cannondale-Factory Team0:00:53
3Jose Antonio Hermida (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:00:54
4Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:01:04
5Moritz Milatz (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:01:04
6Christoph Soukup (Aut) Merida Biking Team0:02:10
7Ruben Ruzafa (Spa) Orbea0:02:35
8Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:03:07
9Inaki Lejarreta (Spa) ORBEA0:03:23
10Ivan Alvarez (Spa) GIANT Italia Team0:03:24
11Sam Schultz (USA) USA National Team0:04:34
12Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing0:04:48
13Geoff Kabush (Can) MAXXIS - Rocky Mountain Bicycles0:05:00
14Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:05:02
15Jochen Käß (Ger) Multivan-Merida Biking Team0:05:43
16Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) SRM Stevens0:05:44
17Robert Mennen (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:05:45
18Thomas Litscher (Swi) M.I.G. Team0:06:06
19Torsten Marx (Ger) DS-Rennsport0:06:33
20Pierre Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) New Cycling0:07:08
21Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing0:07:30
22Balz Weber (Swi) DS-Rennsport0:07:53
23Oliver Beckingsale (GBr) Giant Factory Racing0:08:00
24Todd Wells (USA) USA National Team0:08:19
25Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:08:27
26Stefan Sahm (Ger) Team Bulls0:09:05
27Anders Hovdenes (Nor) Team United Bakeries0:10:55
28Diego Rosa (Ita) GIANT Italia Team0:11:06
29Karl Markt (Aut) FELT Ötztal X-Bionic Worldcup Team0:11:21
30Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) TORQ Australia0:13:48
31Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:16:56
-2lapsHeiko Gutmann (Ger) Rothaus-CUBE MTB Team
-2lapsOlaf Rochow (Ger) Team Easton Rockets
-2lapsMarco Schätzing (Ger) Team Firebike DRÖSSIGER /SSV Mounty Altenberg
-2lapsChristopher Maletz (Ger) Team Giant Deutschland
-2lapsRené Tann (Ger) Germina Raicing Team
-2lapsSteven Garcin (Fra) Team BH SR Suntour
-2lapsJochen Coconcelli (Ger) RADWERK Racing Team
-2lapsSteffen Greger (Ger) RADWERK Racing Team
-2lapsSebastian Szraucner (Ger) Team Easton Rockets
-2lapsChristian Dörfler (Ger) Team Marinbikes
-3lapsAndrew Blair (Aus) TORQ Performance Nutrition
-3lapsWilko Rochow-Borg (Ger) Rose Ultrasports
-3lapsLutz Babilon (Ger) SV Kirchzarten
-3lapsThomas Pfrommer (Ger) Team HAICO Racing
-3lapsMatthias Pfrommer (Ger) Team HAICO Racing
-3lapsRobert Michaelis (Ger) Cannondale- POWERSLIDE. Der Radladen in Minden
-3lapsGerrit Rosenkranz (Ger) Team Univega
-3lapsSebastian Gründel (Ger) MTB Team Ortenau
-3lapsMarcell Gruener (Aut) URC Ötztal
-3lapsRumen Voigt (Ger) Mühle Pronghorn Racing / Verein Auto Riedel Schwar
-3lapsAnders Ljungberg (Swe) Team Firebike-DRÖSSIGER
-3lapsMichael Weiss (Aut) Ciclopia Pro Team
-3lapsBenjamin Oesterle (Ger) MHW Cube Racing Team
-3lapsSascha Schwindling (Ger) Endorfin-Solvis
-4lapsMatthias Veit (Ger) Radwerk Racing Team
-4lapsKristof Houben (Bel) Team Univega
-4lapsYves Kellogg (Ger) Endorfin Solvis
-4lapsJürgen Seifert (Ger) RSG Würzburg
DNFMaxime Marotte (Fra) BH SrSuntour
DNFAndràs Parti (Hun) SRM-Stevens-Team
DNFKlaus Nielsen (Den) team Mühle-PronghornRacing
DNFBjorn Brems (Bel) G-Skin Deforche MTB Racing Team,Belgian Nat. Team
DNFKai Kautz (Ger) FBI racingteam Youngstars

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annika Langvad (Den) HMTBK1:16:38
2Anja Gradl (Ger) central Pro Team0:00:19
3Emily Batty (Can) TREK World Racing0:01:50
4Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Team Haibike0:02:16
5Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:02:18
6Hanna Klein (Ger) Rothaus-CUBE MTB Team0:03:11
7Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Ötztal X-Bionic Worldcup Team0:03:22
8Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Felt Ötztal X-Bionic Worldcup Team0:03:23
9Alexandra Engen (Swe) Rothaus-Cube MTB Team0:03:50
10Maria Osl (Aut) Fischer-BMC0:05:16
11Julie Krasniak (Fra) Team Look-Shimano0:05:20
12Sarah Koba (Swi) Giant-Swiss-Team0:06:06
13Rosara Joseph (NZl) R/S Endurance Focus0:06:11
14Barbara Benko (Hun) Rothaus-CUBE MTB Team0:06:47
15Silke Schmidt (Ger) Easton Rockets0:07:18
16Nicola Leary (NZl) NZ0:07:39
17Ivonne Kraft (Ger) MBC Bochum0:08:11
18Vera Andreeva (Rus) Russ Föderation0:08:34
19Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Belgian National Mountainbike Team0:10:05
20Kajsa Snihs (Swe) Sweden National Team0:10:07
21Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) Hard Rocx Racing Team0:10:24
22Nicoletta De Jager (Ned) Rijwielpaleis Mountainbike Team0:10:43
23Katherine O'Shea (Aus) Torq Nutrition0:11:02
24Alexa Hüni (Ger) VAUDE Simplon Team0:12:12
25Noga Korem (Isr) Teamisgav Giant0:12:26
26Nadine Rieder (Ger) racingteam.youngstars0:12:47
27Vanessa Mosch (Ger) HAIBIKE / NRW Landeskader0:13:00
28Michelle Hediger (Swi) Fischer-BMC0:13:18
29Angelica Edvardsson (Swe) Sweden National Team0:13:34
30Nina Kunz (Ger) Merida Deutschland, TSV Schmiden0:16:36
31Jo Wall (Aus) TORQ Performance Nutrition0:18:58
32Catherine Lohri (Swi) Team Koba0:19:02
33Sandy Jäkel (Ger) White Rock0:23:42
34Deborah Spescha (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:25:33
DNFTatjana Dold (Ger) Easton Rockets
DNFSarah Bosch (Ger) Mountain Heroes
DNFRebecca Henderson (Aus) Australia
DNFLuisa Möser (Ger) Shark Attack Saalhausen
DNFJulia Haase (Ger) TSV Böhringen Team Bergamont
DNFGesa Brüchmann (Ger) Stevens 1A Crossteam

Under 23 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fabian Strecker (Ger) LEXWARE RACING TEAM1:39:43
2Giancarlo Sax (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:00:21
3Jelmer Jubbega (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:00:55
4Andy Eyring (Ger) Team Bergamont / RWV Haselbach0:01:02
5Fabien Canal (Fra) KEOPS ITWO0:01:05
6Marco Minnaard (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:03:22
7Robby De Bock (Bel) Team Univega0:03:36
8Felix Euteneuer (Ger) Rothaus-CUBE MTB Team0:03:50
9Tim Lemmers (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:03:57
10David Lozano (Spa) Catalonia Federation of Cycling0:03:57
11Pascal Meyer (Swi) M.I.G Team0:04:14
12Gilles Sarrazin (Fra) VELOROC LAPIERRE0:04:27
13Markus Schulte-Lünzum (Ger) M.I.G. Team0:04:39
14Markus Bauer (Ger) Lexware Racing Team0:04:56
15Marcel Fleschhut (Ger) Lexware Racing Team0:05:13
16Olof Jonsson (Swe) O2 Orbea0:05:37
17Stephen Ettinger (USA) USA National Team0:07:07
18Tad Elliott (USA) USA National Team0:07:41
19Erik Groen (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:07:41
20Matthias Leisling (Ger) Team Muskelkater Genesis0:07:43
21Matthias Wengelin (Swe) Firebike - Drössiger0:07:55
22Pascal Ketterer (Ger) WHEELER- iXS0:08:08
23Matthias Hoi (Aut) Team Easton Rockets0:08:10
24Philipp Ziegler (Ger) FxSports / SG Sparkasse Mainfranken Würzburg0:08:19
25Laurent Mineur (Bel) The Barracuda Company0:08:55
26Alexander Blomqvist (Swe) Sweden National Team0:09:12
27Sascha Weber (Ger) Stevens Racing Team0:09:38
28Danny Neumann (Ger) Team Merida-Schulte0:09:41
29Paul van der Ploug (Aus) FELT ÖTZTAL X-BIONIC Worldcup Team0:10:17
30Mitchell Hoke (USA) USA National Team0:10:33
31Valentin Fiderer (Ger) Wheeler-iXS0:10:58
32Umbert Alemenara (Spa) Catalonia Federation of Cycling0:10:58
33Ludwig Doehl (Ger) BIKE Junior Team0:11:52
34Ruben Scheire (Bel) Belgian National Mountainbike Team0:11:57
35Travis Livermon (USA) USA National Team0:12:31
36Tommy Galle (Ger) White Rock0:12:45
37Henrik Hoffmann (Ger) Team Merida-Schulte / NRW Landeskader0:12:47
38Marcel Braun (Ger) Easton Rockets0:12:51
39Maximilian Holz (Ger) Team Marinbikes0:13:16
40Tristan Cowie (USA) USA National Team0:13:44
41Oliver Vonhausen (Ger) Ghost Racing Team0:14:43
42Matthias Waldhart (Aut) Hai PowerBike Team Haiming0:15:23
43Philipp Maximilian Daum (Ger) Team Haibike0:15:34
44Jeffrey Andris (Ger) MHW CUBE Racing Team0:15:52
45Timo Häfner (Ger) Radwerk Racing Team0:16:19
46Titouan Perrin-Ganier (Fra) Irwego Commencal0:16:36
47Patrick Titus (Ger) BIKE Junior Team /FC Wüstenselbitz0:17:03
48Thomas Weschta (Ger) AS Group - Quantec0:17:10
49Ethan Gilmour (USA) USA National Team0:17:30
50Martin Gluth (Ger) Team Bulls0:18:04
51Tom Ettlich (Ger) White Rock0:19:25
52Philipp Knüttel (Ger) Team Marinbikes0:19:57
-1lapAnselm Wüllner (Ger) Team Merida Schulte / NRW Landeskader
-2lapsHamza Kansiz (Tur) Turkey
-2lapsMartin Knöpfle (Ger) Lexware Racing Team
-2lapsMarius Christian (Ger) Rsf-N#linxweiler/Endorfin-Solvis
-2lapsMarcel Pöter (Ger) ATV Haltern
-2lapsSteve Scheffel (Ger) FAST-Zweirad-HAUS e.V.
-2lapsPierre Happel (Ger) Gecko
-2lapsChristian Bickel (Swi) RV Winterthur
-2lapsRick Reimann (Swi) PBR-MATIC-Swiss MTB Team
-2lapsFlorian Grafmüller (Ger) Lexware Racing Team
-2lapsSteffen Weisenseel (Ger) RWV Haselbach
-2lapsYannick Burkhardt (Ger) Team Easton-Rockets-Co
-2lapsMirco Zürcher (Swi) BSK GRAF/ VC Volketswil
-2lapsRichard Gantner (Ger) RC Lassnitzhöhe
-2lapsSimon Staufner (Ger) Team Cmtb
-2lapsDominik Ziegler (Ger) FxSports / SG Sparkasse Mainfranken Würzburg
-3lapsRobin Weber (Ger) RV Adler Lüttringhausen
-3lapsTobias Trautmann (Ger) White Rock
-3lapsRaphael Sämann (Ger) Gonso-Rawoflex-Team/RSG Zollernalb
-3lapsAhmed-Ridvan Reichling (Ger) RSG-TVK
-3lapsEtienne Bouvy (Bel) Windose Houffalize
-3lapsMarius Reiber (Ger) Gecko YoungWild
DNFSimon Gegenheimer (Ger) Team Rose Ultrasport
DNFMarcus Nicolai (Ger) Team Bulls
DNFLysander Kiesel (Ger) Capic-Team/SSV Wildpoldsried
DNFVincenz Dumeni (Swi) Thömus Racing Team
DNFBenjamin Büchi (Swi) GS Domaine du Frigoulet
DNFElias Neubert (Ger) Team Bergamont / RSV Auto Riedel Schwarzenberg
DNFSimon Scheiber (Aut) Felt Otztal X-Bionic Worldcup Team
DNFSimon Stiebjahn (Ger) Bulls
DNFSimon Seehofer (Aut) Rc
DNFBarry Hayes (Ger) Brothers Bikes MTB Team
DNFFelix Günter (Ger) Wheeler-iXS-Team
DNFJago Fechtmann (Ger) Conway/Bikeshop Waibstadt
DNFSvante Johanßon (Ger) rsg Nordheide

Junior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julian Schelb (Ger) Lexware Racing Team1:06:23
2Jens Schuermans (Bel) Belgian National Mountainbike Team0:01:06
3Jeff Luyten (Bel) Belgian National Mountainbike Team0:01:26
4Bart De Vocht (Bel) Belgian National Mountainbike Team0:02:05
5Marco Tippmann (Ger) radstudio Kuettner/Specialized0:02:19
6Mitchell Codner (Aus) Australian National Team0:03:52
7Ole Hem (Nor) Team United Bakeries0:04:04
8Oliver Bruwiere (Bel) Belgian National Mountainbike Team0:04:49
9Martin Giese (Ger) Specialized0:05:37
10Didier Bats (Bel) Belgian National Mountainbike Team0:05:47
11Christian Pfaeffle (Ger) Ghost Racing Team0:06:00
12Louis Wolf (Ger) MHW CUBE Racing Team0:06:14
13Erik Jonsson (Swe) Jonsson Merida DOM Cycles0:06:31
14Jens Vandekinderen (Bel) Belgian National Mountainbike Team0:06:41
15Lukas Kuch (Ger) Team nolte-küchen0:07:35
16Christopher Platt (Ger)0:07:46
17Maxi Maier (Ger) MTB Club München / Team Merida-Schulte0:07:47
18Alexander Laugesen (Den) DMK0:07:52
19Jochen Weisenseel (Ger) BIKE Junior Team/RWV Haselbach0:08:00
20Sturla Aune (Nor) Team Fokus Danica0:08:08
21Max Weber (Ger) MHW CUBE Racing Team0:08:30
22Pieter Geluykens (Bel) Belgian National Mountainbike Team0:08:30
23Simon Krautloher (Ger) Trek Team Bayerischer Wald0:08:58
24Jan Pfitzner (Ger) Liteville0:09:09
25Jan-Eric Müller (Ger) MHW CUBE Racing Team0:10:09
26Yannik Brischle (Ger) FELT ÖTZTAL X-BIONIC Junior Team0:10:13
27Daniel Nientiedt (Ger) Ghost Racing Team0:10:15
28Tomas Kristoffersson (Swe) Sweden National Team0:10:35
29Willy Klein (Ger) GHOST Racing Team0:10:57
30Wenzel Böhm-Gräber (Ger) MIG TEAM0:11:00
31Severin Lehmann (Ger) TB Neuffen/Team Bergamont-VORALB CUSTOM BIKES0:11:07
32Nikolas Finke (Ger) Team Berg Germany / NRW Landeskader0:11:24
33Rick Steffen (Ger) Team Hirsch0:11:26
34Erik Karlsson (Swe) Sweden National Team0:11:58
35Michael Feinauer (Ger) MHW CUBE Racing Team0:12:00
36Jan-Nils Preus (Ger) Bike Work Desch0:12:41
37Marcus Macicek (Ger) BikeSportBühneBayreuth Merida Racing Team0:13:14
38Fabian Hörz (Ger) TB Neuffen/Ghost Racing Team0:14:08
39Marian Pablo Burkhardt (Ger) Team Easton-Rockets Co0:14:24
40Jonas Müller (Ger) TEAM BIONICON0:14:44
41Christoph Mick (Aut) KTM Donau Fritzi Racing0:14:51
42Falk Baron (Ger) www.biker-boarder.de0:15:09
43Mattias Brolin (Swe) Sweden National Team0:15:12
44Alexander Gläser (Ger) Team Bergamont- Campana0:15:58
45Tim Rosenkranz (Ger) Team Müsing Bikes0:16:17
46Andreas Fuchs (Aut) Bikeclub Stattegg Merida Gollinger0:17:06
47Gergo Meggyesi (Hun)0:17:50
48Markus Schrempp (Ger) RMSV Bohlsbach / BSG0:18:22
49Markus Siebert (Ger) RSG Offenburg / Fessenbach0:18:46
50Victor Nissle (Ger) Schneiderhan-Bergamont0:19:59
51Jean-Baptiste Jacquemin (Bel) Windose Houffalize0:20:02
52Tobias Burgard (Ger) Landeskader Saar / Team Rotwild Südwest / RSC St.I0:20:07
-1lapMarvin Althaus (Ger) Radsport Fügert
-1lapFabrice Mels (Bel) Belgian National Mountainbike Team

Junior women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jolanda Neff (Swi) ewz-Giant MTB-Team0:57:11
2Johanna Techt (Ger) TSV Niederstaufen / Ghost Racing Team0:01:16
3Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) ACB REIMS0:02:38
4Helen Grobert (Ger) Lexware Racing Team0:05:29
5Sophia Ries (Ger) Simplon Vaude0:08:40
6Laura Munizaga (Chi) Scott Agricom Movistar0:09:15
7Regina Genser (Ger) BIKE Junior Team / BSB Bayreuth0:09:51
8Stephanie Frank (Ger) Bergamont0:10:31
9Stake Laengen (Nor)0:10:35
10Saskia Hauser (Ger) MTB Team Oppenau0:11:28
11Vanessa Kleih (Ger) Team Schneiderhan / Bergamont0:15:38
12Sophia Panzer (Ger) SC Wunsiedel, Scott Pro Team0:15:50
13Ann-Kathrin Scheläschuß (Ger) TSV Böhringen Team Koch-Engineering0:16:03
14Theresa Wolfrum (Ger) BIKE Junior Team/ FC Wüstenselbitz0:16:27
15Anna Kurpas (Ger) Merida Schulte Team0:17:06
16Vanessa Tempcke (Ger) Radfreunde Hilpoltstein0:17:47
17Ann-Marie Blankenhorn (Ger) Ghost Racing Team / RSC Hengen0:17:49
18Karlotta Felsmann (Ger) Team Springe0:17:53
DNFFranziska Rödel (Ger) Team Merida-Schulte / RSC Hengen

Master men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thorsten Pott (Ger) Team Bergamont1:11:15
2Michael Bonnekessel (Ger) Falke ergonomic sport system0:02:41
3Lutz Baumgärtel (Ger) RSV Bautzen0:03:12
4Max Friedrich (Ger) Gecko YoungWild0:03:13
5Markus Werner (Ger) www.tbr-bike-team.de0:03:15
6Stefan Knopf (Ger) Radsport Rhein Neckar0:03:51
7Matthias Ball (Ger) Trek TV Mosbach0:04:11
8Jan Rösel (Ger) Team Haibike0:05:54
9Kim Alexander Tofaute (Ger) Ergon 24h Racing Team0:08:03
10Stefan Mosch (Ger) Flying Legs0:11:15
11Jens Hoyden (Ger) Team Univega0:12:32
12Pierre Seibertz (Ger) Team German A / Sebamed0:24:09
-1lapUwe Koch (Ger) IBC DIMB RACING TEAM
DNFMads Boedker (Den) Team T-bikes
DNFHans-Peter Schmidt (Ger) Team 2Exercises, RV Mistral Neunkirchen

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.

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