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Julien Absalon wins 32nd World Cup in Mont-Ste-Anne

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Julien Absalon (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team) wins his 32nd career World Cup

Julien Absalon (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team) wins his 32nd career World Cup (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Matthias Stirnemann (Moebel Maerki MTB Pro Team)

Matthias Stirnemann (Moebel Maerki MTB Pro Team) (Image credit: Robert Jones)
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Mathias Fluckiger (Stöckli Pro Team)

Mathias Fluckiger (Stöckli Pro Team) (Image credit: Robert Jones)
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Julien Absalon (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team)

Julien Absalon (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team) (Image credit: Robert Jones)
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Victor Koretzky (BH-SR Suntour-KMC)

Victor Koretzky (BH-SR Suntour-KMC) (Image credit: Robert Jones)
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Koretzky leads the front group on lap 3

Koretzky leads the front group on lap 3 (Image credit: Robert Jones)
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Florian Vogel (Focus XC Team)

Florian Vogel (Focus XC Team) (Image credit: Robert Jones)
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US national Champ Howard Grotts (Specialized Racing) and Australian national Champ Daniel McConnell (Trek Factory Racing XC)

US national Champ Howard Grotts (Specialized Racing) and Australian national Champ Daniel McConnell (Trek Factory Racing XC) (Image credit: Robert Jones)
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Victor Koretzky attacks

Victor Koretzky attacks (Image credit: Robert Jones)
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Jordan Sarrou (BH-SR Suntour-KMC)

Jordan Sarrou (BH-SR Suntour-KMC) (Image credit: Robert Jones)
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Traffic jam on the Beatrice rock garden on lap 1

Traffic jam on the Beatrice rock garden on lap 1 (Image credit: Robert Jones)
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Canadian National Champion Derek Zandstra (SCOTT-3Rox Racing)

Canadian National Champion Derek Zandstra (SCOTT-3Rox Racing) (Image credit: Robert Jones)
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Julien Absalon (BMC) started off slow

Julien Absalon (BMC) started off slow (Image credit: Robert Jones)
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Florian Vogel (Focus XC Team), Manuel Fumic (Cannondale Factory Racing XC), Victor Koretzky (BH-SR Suntour-KMC)

Florian Vogel (Focus XC Team), Manuel Fumic (Cannondale Factory Racing XC), Victor Koretzky (BH-SR Suntour-KMC) (Image credit: Robert Jones)
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Matthias Stirnemann (Moebel Maerki MTB Pro Team)

Matthias Stirnemann (Moebel Maerki MTB Pro Team) (Image credit: Robert Jones)
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Thomas Litscher leads the field out on the start lap

Thomas Litscher leads the field out on the start lap (Image credit: Robert Jones)
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Canadian champion Derek Zandstra ‏on course

Canadian champion Derek Zandstra ‏on course (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Podium: l to r -Matthias Stirnemann, Victor Koretzky, Julien Absalon, Mathias Fluckiger, Jordan Sarrou

Podium: l to r -Matthias Stirnemann, Victor Koretzky, Julien Absalon, Mathias Fluckiger, Jordan Sarrou (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Podium celebrations

Podium celebrations (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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The final podium

The final podium (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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World Cup leader Julien Absalon (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team)

World Cup leader Julien Absalon (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team) (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Top team, BMC Mountainbike Racing Team

Top team, BMC Mountainbike Racing Team (Image credit: Tour of Japan)

Julien Absalon (BMC) took his second World Cup win of the season on Sunday in Mont-Ste-Anne, Canada, moving into the overall lead in the World Cup standings, with the absence of former leader Nino Schurter, who elected to skip the event for different Olympic preparations.

Mont-Ste-Anne is the oldest and one of the most storied venues on the World Cup circuit. It always offers a demanding circuit, with steep climbs and rooty, rocky descents. This year, MSA is the final major competition before the Olympic cross-country, and some Olympic-bound riders decided not to attend.

The men's race saw a group of five riders establish themselves at the front in the early laps. Absalon, Mathias Fluckiger (Stoeckli Pro), Victor Koretzky (BH-SR Suntour-KMC), Matthias Stirnemann (Moebel Maerki MTB) and Jordan Sarrou (BH-SR Suntour-KMC) quickly opened a gap on the rest of the field. Koretzky attacked on lap four, with Absalon leading the chase. The Swiss riders, Fluckiger and Stirnemann fell off the pace, and then Absalon attacked with a lap and a half to go, quickly dropping Koretzky to solo in for the 32nd World Cup win of his career.

"In the beginning I was not able to go it alone," explained Absalon, "so I was sitting on the wheels of the others. I thought it was best to wait for a good moment during the last part of the race because it is so hard a course - if you start too fast it is hard to finish fast, and I like to finish fast. It was a good opportunity for me without Nino [Schurter] and Jaroslov [Kulhavy] here to take an advantage in the overall standings. So, it was a good win and also important for me to do this last test two weeks before the Olympics."

Absalon moved in to the leader's jersey, with 1060 points. Schurter drops to second, 160 points back, followed by Maxime Marotte (BH-SR Suntour-KMC) at 798 points.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team1:29:37
2Victor Koretzky (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC0:00:44
3Mathias Fluckiger (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team0:00:52
4Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Moebel Maerki MTB Pro Team0:00:54
5Jordan Sarrou (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC0:01:02
6Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:01:19
7Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:01:26
8Stephane Tempier (Fra) Bianchi Countervail0:01:36
9David Valero Serrano (Spa) MMR Factory Racing Team0:02:11
10Reto Indergand (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:02:46
11Lukas Fluckiger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:03:15
12Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing XC0:03:25
13Florian Vogel (Swi) Focus XC Team0:03:26
14Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC0:03:30
15Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Trek Factory Racing XC0:03:42
16Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing XC0:03:55
17Martin Fanger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:03:57
18Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team
19Jhonnatan Botero Villegas (Col)0:04:25
20Rudi Van Houts (Ned) CST Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team0:04:44
21Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) MMR Factory Racing Team0:04:59
22Daniel McConnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing XC0:05:10
23Christian Pfaffle (Ger)0:05:19
24Fabian Giger (Swi) Kross Racing Team0:05:30
25Hugo Drechou (Fra) Calvisson VTT0:05:52
26Stephen Ettinger (USA)0:06:03
27Bartlomiej Wawak (Pol) Kross Racing Team0:06:16
28Martin Gluth (Ger) Novus OMX Pro Team0:06:23
29Gregor Raggl (Aut) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team0:06:45
30Howard Grotts (USA) Specialized Racing
31Florian Chenaux (Swi)0:06:47
32Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing0:07:19
33Martin Loo (Est)0:07:23
34Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Novus OMX Pro Team0:07:41
35Evan Guthrie (Can)0:07:44
36Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing XC0:07:51
37Karl Markt (Aut) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team0:08:51
38Leandre Bouchard (Can)0:09:09
39Grant Ferguson (GBr) CST Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team0:09:29
40Jeremy Martin (Can)0:10:04
41Russell Finsterwald (USA) SRAM/TLD Racing0:10:05
42Martin Gujan (Swi) Wheeler Pro Team0:10:21
43Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus XC Team0:10:33
44Keegan Swenson (USA)0:10:41
45Raphael Gagne (Can)0:10:43
46Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing0:11:57
47Davis Ross (Can)
48Steffen Thum (Ger) Rose Vaujany Fueled by Ultrasports
49Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team
50Evan Mcneely (Can)
51Nicholas Beechan (USA)
52Simon Gegenheimer (Ger) Rose Vaujany Fueled by Ultrasports
53Andrew L'esperance (Can)
54Thomas Sampson (USA)
55Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) BPS MTB Team
56Alex Wild (USA)
57Ernie Watenpaugh (USA)
58William Melone (USA)
59Christopher Hamlin (USA)
60Ian Gielar (USA)
61Noah Tautfest (USA)
DNFMoritz Milatz (Ger)
DNFPablo Rodriguez Guede (Spa) MMR Factory Racing Team
DNFLuiz Henrique Cocuzzi (Bra)
DNFJeff Luyten (Bel)

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