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

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

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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-3RoxracingRow 24 - Cell 2
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)Row 39 - Cell 2
-1lapRaphael Gagne (Can)Row 40 - Cell 2
-1lapAndrew Watson (Can)Row 41 - Cell 2
-1lapHamish Batchelor (GBr)Row 42 - Cell 2
-2lapsThomas Sampson (USA)Row 43 - Cell 2
-2lapsJean-Philippe Thibault-Roberge (Can)Row 44 - Cell 2
-2lapsChristopher Hamlin (USA)Row 45 - Cell 2
-2lapsMitchell Hoke (USA)Row 46 - Cell 2
-2lapsWilliam Melone (USA)Row 47 - Cell 2
-3lapsMathieu Belanger Barrette (Can)Row 48 - Cell 2
-3lapsMario Matijevic (Bel)Row 49 - Cell 2
-5lapsFilippo Barbieri (Bra)Row 50 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
DNFJoseph Maloney (USA)Row 52 - Cell 2
DNSRudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1BMC Mountainbike Racing Team83pts
2Multivan Merida Biking Team54Row 1 - Cell 3
3Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team50Row 2 - Cell 3
4Cannondale Factory Racing44Row 3 - Cell 3
5BH - SR Suntour - KMC42Row 4 - Cell 3
6Trek Factory Racing28Row 5 - Cell 3
7Specialized Racing XC27Row 6 - Cell 3
8Giant Pro XC Team26Row 7 - Cell 3
9Scott-3Roxracing23Row 8 - Cell 3
10Stöckli Pro Team20Row 9 - Cell 3
11TX Active Bianchi17Row 10 - Cell 3
12Focus XC Team10Row 11 - Cell 3
13Merida Italia Team9Row 12 - Cell 3
14Goldwurst-Power / Stöckli8Row 13 - Cell 3
15Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing7Row 14 - Cell 3
16Caloi3Row 15 - Cell 3
17Sram Rubena Trek2Row 16 - Cell 3
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Elite men World Cup standings after five rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team980pts
2Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team760Row 1 - Cell 3
3Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing680Row 2 - Cell 3
4Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team595Row 3 - Cell 3
5Lukas Flückiger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team502Row 4 - Cell 3
6Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team493Row 5 - Cell 3
7Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing XC486Row 6 - Cell 3
8Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC485Row 7 - Cell 3
9Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing476Row 8 - Cell 3
10José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team464Row 9 - Cell 3
11Fabian Giger (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team460Row 10 - Cell 3
12Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing398Row 11 - Cell 3
13Stéphane Tempier (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC375Row 12 - Cell 3
14Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team374Row 13 - Cell 3
15Max Plaxton (Can)360Row 14 - Cell 3
16Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team320Row 15 - Cell 3
17Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team310Row 16 - Cell 3
18Martin Fanger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team305Row 17 - Cell 3
19Gerhard * Kerschbaumer (Ita) TX Active Bianchi293Row 18 - Cell 3
20Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Roxracing293Row 19 - Cell 3
21Martin Loo (Est) Merida Italia Team284Row 20 - Cell 3
22Alexander Gehbauer (Aut) TX Active Bianchi282Row 21 - Cell 3
23Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing XC274Row 22 - Cell 3
24Martin Gujan (Swi) TX Active Bianchi271Row 23 - Cell 3
25Ralph Naef (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team266Row 24 - Cell 3
26Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Focus XC Team230Row 25 - Cell 3
27Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Controltech Nevi226Row 26 - Cell 3
28Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team226Row 27 - Cell 3
29Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Goldwurst-Power / Stöckli226Row 28 - Cell 3
30Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team225Row 29 - Cell 3
31Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Sram Rubena Trek219Row 30 - Cell 3
32Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Giant Pro XC Team215Row 31 - Cell 3
33Emil Lindgren (Swe) Giant Pro XC Team210Row 32 - Cell 3
34Miguel Martinez (Fra)205Row 33 - Cell 3
35Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing190Row 34 - Cell 3
36Marek Konwa (Pol) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team171Row 35 - Cell 3
37Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team158Row 36 - Cell 3
38Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Elettroveneta-Corratec150Row 37 - Cell 3
39Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Roxracing146Row 38 - Cell 3
40Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team136Row 39 - Cell 3
41Andras Parti (Hun) Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team134Row 40 - Cell 3
42Jiri Novak (Cze) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team129Row 41 - Cell 3
43Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Focus XC Team123Row 42 - Cell 3
44Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team116Row 43 - Cell 3
45Jürg Graf (Swi) Bsk Graf-Rollmat-Koba MTB Team106Row 44 - Cell 3
46Fabien Canal (Fra) Asptt Definitive Tec104Row 45 - Cell 3
47Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTB102Row 46 - Cell 3
48Henrique Avancini (Bra) Caloi94Row 47 - Cell 3
49Patrik Gallati (Swi) Focus XC Team94Row 48 - Cell 3
50Michal Lami (Svk)92Row 49 - Cell 3
51Hans Becking (Ned) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team85Row 50 - Cell 3
52Karl Markt (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team78Row 51 - Cell 3
53Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc)78Row 52 - Cell 3
54David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por)70Row 53 - Cell 3
55Raphael Gagne (Can)70Row 54 - Cell 3
56Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team66Row 55 - Cell 3
57Anton Sintsov (Rus) Titici Lgl International Team66Row 56 - Cell 3
58David Fletcher (GBr) Orange Monkey Pro Team64Row 57 - Cell 3
59Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team62Row 58 - Cell 3
60Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta-Corratec61Row 59 - Cell 3
61Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Team Bulls59Row 60 - Cell 3
62Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)56Row 61 - Cell 3
63Cameron Jette (Can) Scott-3Roxracing55Row 62 - Cell 3
64Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi)55Row 63 - Cell 3
65Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra)51Row 64 - Cell 3
66Daniel Eymann (Swi)51Row 65 - Cell 3
67Fabio Hernando Castaneda Monsalve (Col)50Row 66 - Cell 3
68Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team50Row 67 - Cell 3
69Oleksandr Gerashchenko (Ukr) Isd MTB Team48Row 68 - Cell 3
70Mitchell Hoke (USA)47Row 69 - Cell 3
71Jochen Kass (Ger)46Row 70 - Cell 3
72Giancarlo Sax (Swi)46Row 71 - Cell 3
73David Valero (Spa)44Row 72 - Cell 3
74Pascal Meyer (Swi) Jb Felt Team43Row 73 - Cell 3
75Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing43Row 74 - Cell 3
76Sherman De Paiva (Bra) Caloi42Row 75 - Cell 3
77Umberto Corti (Ita) Controltech Nevi42Row 76 - Cell 3
78Lucien Besancon (Swi)42Row 77 - Cell 3
79Robby De Bock (Bel) Feenstra Felt Powered By Kenda36Row 78 - Cell 3
80Filip Eberl (Cze)35Row 79 - Cell 3
81Rubens Valeriano (Bra)34Row 80 - Cell 3
82Jonas De Backer (Bel)32Row 81 - Cell 3
83Kornel Osicki (Pol)32Row 82 - Cell 3
84Ricardo Pscheidt (Bra)30Row 83 - Cell 3
85Alexis Chenevier (Fra) Scott La Clusaz30Row 84 - Cell 3
86Matous Ulman (Cze)30Row 85 - Cell 3
87Philip Buys (RSA)30Row 86 - Cell 3
88Sebastian Batchelor (GBr)29Row 87 - Cell 3
89Michael Broderick (USA)28Row 88 - Cell 3
90Ramon Sagues Portabella (Spa)28Row 89 - Cell 3
91Andrew Watson (Can)26Row 90 - Cell 3
92Hamish Batchelor (GBr)25Row 91 - Cell 3
93Markus Bauer (Ger)25Row 92 - Cell 3
94Thomas Sampson (USA)24Row 93 - Cell 3
95Matthias Wengelin (Swe)24Row 94 - Cell 3
96Jean-Philippe Thibault-Roberge (Can)23Row 95 - Cell 3
97Christopher Hamlin (USA)22Row 96 - Cell 3
98William Melone (USA)20Row 97 - Cell 3
99Frank Beemer (Ned) Mpl Specialized MTB Team20Row 98 - Cell 3
100Mathieu Belanger Barrette (Can)19Row 99 - Cell 3
101Pavel Priadein (Rus)19Row 100 - Cell 3
102Mario Matijevic (Bel)18Row 101 - Cell 3
103Pavel Boudny (Cze)18Row 102 - Cell 3
104Filippo Barbieri (Bra)17Row 103 - Cell 3
105Cristofer Bosque Ruano (Spa)17Row 104 - Cell 3
106Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing XC17Row 105 - Cell 3
107Andy Eyring (Ger)17Row 106 - Cell 3
108Simon Scheiber (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team16Row 107 - Cell 3
109Francesc Guerra (Spa)15Row 108 - Cell 3
110Mykhaylo Batsutsa (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team14Row 109 - Cell 3
111Carl Jones (NZl)14Row 110 - Cell 3
112Ismael Ventura Sanchez (Spa)12Row 111 - Cell 3
113Marcel Fleschhut (Ger)11Row 112 - Cell 3
114Ludovic Dubau (Fra) Newcycling10Row 113 - Cell 3
115Tim Wynants (Bel) Toka Print MTB Team10Row 114 - Cell 3
116Kristian Hynek (Cze) Elettroveneta-Corratec9Row 115 - Cell 3
117Dmytro Titarenko (Ukr) Isd MTB Team8Row 116 - Cell 3
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Team World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1BMC Mountainbike Racing Team335pts
2Multivan Merida Biking Team303Row 1 - Cell 3
3Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team243Row 2 - Cell 3
4BH - SR Suntour - KMC176Row 3 - Cell 3
5Giant Pro XC Team167Row 4 - Cell 3
6Cannondale Factory Racing140Row 5 - Cell 3
7Specialized Racing XC133Row 6 - Cell 3
8TX Active Bianchi132Row 7 - Cell 3
9Trek Factory Racing127Row 8 - Cell 3
10Stöckli Pro Team99Row 9 - Cell 3
11Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing68Row 10 - Cell 3
12Scott-3Roxracing63Row 11 - Cell 3
13Controltech Nevi38Row 12 - Cell 3
14Merida Italia Team37Row 13 - Cell 3
15Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team35Row 14 - Cell 3
16Sram Rubena Trek29Row 15 - Cell 3
17Versluys Team27Row 16 - Cell 3
18Goldwurst-Power / Stöckli25Row 17 - Cell 3
19Topeak Ergon Racing Team21Row 18 - Cell 3
20Focus XC Team21Row 19 - Cell 3
21Cycling Club Roma MTB Team14Row 20 - Cell 3
22Elettroveneta-Corratec12Row 21 - Cell 3
23Titici Lgl International Team11Row 22 - Cell 3
24Bsk Graf-Rollmat-Koba MTB Team9Row 23 - Cell 3
25Asptt Definitive Tec8Row 24 - Cell 3
26Caloi3Row 25 - Cell 3
27Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team3Row 26 - Cell 3
28Isd MTB Team2Row 27 - Cell 3

 

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