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26th World Cup victory for Julien Absalon!

11. August 2013

BMC Mountainbike Racing Team
World Cup, Round 5 in Mont Sainte Anne, Canada
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BMC Racing Team celebrates its first World Cup victory! On Canada's east coast, Julien Absalon triumphed for the 26th time in his career and for the first time in the red-black BMC jersey. Ralph Naef's fourth place finish secured the victory in the team ranking.

„Finally we did it!" Julien Absalon was very happy and very relieved at the same time. It took him five attempts till he was able to celebrate his first World Cup victory for BMC Racing Team. "This is a great victory, not at least because it was gained at the location with the greatest World Cup tradition. For me it is very special, particularly because I was junior world champion here back in 1998," said the two-time Olympic champion. All in all, he has won this classic race for the fifth time.

In the first lap, world champion Nino Schurter and Absalon took the lead. Then Absalon chose the same tactics that he had successfully applied at the European Championships in Bern: He demoralized Schurter with some long intermediate sprints on his avid Team Elite TE01. When the gap began to increase, the Swiss rider took some risks in a descent and got a puncture. With Schurter out of contention, Julien Absalon had no problem whatsoever to add another victory to his palmares.

„It's always good to win a race, but three weeks prior to the World Championships it is of particular importance", added Absalon. In the overall standings he has moved up to second position. .

Moreover, the almost 33-year old Frenchman was able to celebrate first place in the team ranking for the second time this year. Special credits for this success also go to Ralph Naef. On his long way back from his injury in March the Swiss rider has reached world class format again

From a poor starting position, Naef had courageously fought his way forward to the top ranks. "I did not want to risk my life at the start, but after that I was going full throttle all the time," said Naef. Thus he finally gained the amazing fourth place on the podium. „I am proud to be back on the World Cup podium. The team has supported me throughout the hard times, and I am happy that now I can give something in return," said Naef.

Moritz Milatz was 18th. The German champion had fallen back in the first lap when a stick had jammed one of the wheels (?) of his bike. "Currently, in almost every race I have some kind of problem in the very first lap," he complained about his streak of bad luck. But after all, he played an important role in the team standings.

In the U23 competition Reto Indergand celebrated his second podium position this season. The Swiss U23 champion was third behind Anton Cooper and Julian Schelb. "In lap four I was a bit over the limit, and I lost my concentration. After I had recovered from that, I was able to find my rhythm," said Indergand. He improved to second place in the overall standings.

Results
Elite men
1. Julien Absalon
2. José Antonio Hermida (Esp)
3. Nino Schurter (Sui)
4. Ralph Näf
5. Daniel McConnell (Aus)
6. Fabian Giger (Sui)
...
18. Moritz Milatz
20. Stephen Ettinger
26. Martin Fanger

U23 men
1. Anton Cooper (Nzl)
2. Julian Schelb (Ger)
3. Reto Indergand
...
23. Matthias Stirnemann