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Splendid Absalon Show in Bern

23. June 2013

Bern

BMC Mountainbike Racing Team
European Championships Bern
Report

June 23, 2013 - Bern. Julien Absalon has won the European title on Bern's Gurten. The Frenchman decided the duel against his rival Nino Schurter clearly in his favor. More than 15,000 spectators witnessed Absalon taking revenge for the defeats in the weeks before. Lukas Flückiger was placed unfortunate fourth.


„I am proud of this title, because I was able to beat Nino in front of his audience. That was my goal when I entered the season. I am happy for the BMC team and of course for Andy Rihs," commented Absalon his second European title in the elite class after 2006 regarding the BMC owner, who was joining the championships.


The 32-year old completed his mission in an impressive manner. In lap two Absalon and the world champion from Switzerland were alone at the top of the race, after Olympic bronze medalist Marco Fontana had fallen behind.

"I knew that the long uphill sections suit me more and I therefore attacked him there," Absalon explained his strategy. He made his decisive move in front of a great crowd in the fifth of seven rounds.

In no time at all he was 15 seconds ahead and took the bull by the horns. The remainder of the race turned into a great Absalon Show. On his BMC Team Elite TE01 he confidently cruised around the course and celebrated a triumphant victory with a lead of nearly two minutes.
Standing next to him, Lukas Flückiger was somewhat unhappy. Due to a minor tussle with one his competitors right after the start a clasp on one of his shoes had been damaged. Flückiger completed the first round with this handicap. "If I had stopped right then I would have fallen back to the end the field. But I had to get this repaired at the beginning of the second lap, with this shoe not offering sufficient support for the foot."
His comeback from rank 33 ended in fourth place, only twelve seconds behind Marco Fontana who won the bronze medal.
"Without this handicap, I would surely have won the bronze medal," said the World Championships runner-up. Even more might have been possible for him, because the silver medal was only 25 seconds away.

There is an upward trend for Moritz Milatz who finished the race in 11th position. showed eleventh upward trend, whereas Martin Fanger is not yet back in shape after his foot injury and finished in 30th position.


U23: Indergand narrowly misses medal

Reto Indergand did not get his well-deserved reward in the U23 race that was staged in the morning. From the start the Swiss rider shaped the race significantly and held his ground in the medal spots. But when Nicholas Pettina from Italy crashed right in front of him, he lost precious time and energy. Finally, in a group of six that fought for the silver medal, he missed out by a narrow margin. „I am disappointed, I wanted a medal. But in the end I was missing the power," said Indergand.

Matthias Stirnemann caught a bad day and was only 21st.

On Thursday, when the EM officially opened, Reto Indergand had won silver as a member of the Swiss realy team. Indergand, first Swiss team member on the course, asserted himself against competitors of the caliber of Marco Fontana, Olympic bronze medalist, and only lost some seconds of time.

Results
Elite Men
1. Julien Absalon
2. Nino Schurter (Sui)
3. Marco Fontana (Ita)
4. Lukas Flückiger
...
11. Moritz Milatz
...
30. Martin Fanger

U23 Men
1. Jordan Sarrou (Fra)
2. Jens Schuermans (Bel)
3. Hugo Drechou (Fra)
...
7. Reto Indergand
...
21. Matthias Stirnemann