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BMC Mountainbike Racing Team World Cup, Round 2, Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic

23. May 2013

Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic

The second stop of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup will take the BMC Mountainbike Racing Team to Nove Mesto na Movare in the Czech Republic. Julien Absalon is determined to achieve there what was denied to him in Albstadt due to a terminal mechanical: the first World Cup victory for BMC. His teammate Martin Fanger, strong sixth in Albstadt, also travels east with plenty of self-confidence.

Martin Fanger's outstanding performance was one of the big surprises last Sunday. His previous best World Cup result had been a twelfth place in Champéry (2010). Swiss national coach Bruno Diethelm has begun to supervise the 25-year-old at the start of the season. Together with him, Fanger has modified some details in his training schedule.

The fact that Fanger had claimed third place at the BMC Racing Cup in Schaan as well as in Tesserete proves that his capability of unfolding his own good potential has increased. "The main thing is that I've become a significantly more consistent racer. This, however, is also due to my new environment at BMC. I feel very well taken care of," said Fanger. "The Teamelite TE01 is an excellent bike, first and foremost it weighs less than my former bike. The Fox 32 Float fork provides great fun, it responds very well. Therefore it is super fun to train on the trails."

With sixth place as a reference, Fanger travels to Nove Mesto with a fair amount of self-esteem. But he does not want to overstretch his expectations. "My start position is 38, so I will have to fight my way through to the front positions. Again my goal is a top 20 result at least."

Julien Absalon will of course strive for the maximum goal. He will try to use the great form that he showed in Albstadt to get the 26th World Cup victory of his career in Nove Mesto. "I am highly motivated and will fight hard for it," says the Frenchman.

Having finished fifth in Albstadt, Lukas Flückiger is also very confident: "I am in good shape," he says. If the breathing problems that impeded him last Sunday will not reappear, the Swiss rider can compete with the best.

Sprint world champion Ralph Naef plans to do both the eliminator as well as the cross country race in Nove Mesto. "I need to experience the intensity, I need the racing feeling," says the Swiss rider.

After having overcome a protracted infection, European Champion Moritz Milatz will also return to competition in Nove Mesto.