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Julien Absalon: A Major Step forward

16. March 2014

Two-time Olympic champion Julien Absalon took second place at the season opening race in Rivera. On a technically demanding course, Frenchman Absalon only had to yield to World champion Nino Schurter. German champion Moritz Milatz finished fifth.

Absalon was full of praise for his TE01 BMC race bike, saying it had worked perfectly on the winding course of Monte Ceneri. However, stated Absalon, he himself had not yet been capable of getting everything out of his fabulous race bike.

„I'm sure there is still some potential for improvement. This winter I trained a lot more on the road than I did the years before. Therefore, I am not yet really accustomed to my mountain bike", said Absalon, explaining why Nino Schurter had some slight advantages in the technical parts. „But there are still three weeks to go until the world cup gets started."

A tactical move of Schurter's teammate Florian Vogel had opened a gap of ten seconds which Absalon had not been able to close again. Nevertheless, the BMC rider was quite happy about this sunny day in Ticino. „It was a major step forward compared to last week", reported Absalon.

Teammate Moritz Milatz did not complain about his season debut either. „As usual, the first race of the year was pretty hard. You don't really believe that you can go any faster, but you finally manage to do so", explained Milatz, happy about fifth place.

After two days of stomach trouble, Lukas Flueckiger could not really expect a better result than twelfth position. He had abstained from taking any risks. „Just one day before our departure to the Cape Epic I did not want to ruin my body", said Flueckiger. Halfway through the race, he had reduced his speed and also gave way to his teammate Reto Indergand.

1. Nino Schurter
2. Julien Absalon
3. Thomas Litscher
4. Florian Vogel
5. Moritz Milatz
11. Reto Indergand
12. Lukas Flückiger