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Brilliant Absalon triumphs in rainforest

27. April 2014

Cairns, Australien - UCI Mountainbike Weltcup

Julien Absalon wins his second consecutive World Cup race of the season in Cairns. Despite suffering a flat tire early in the race, Absalon (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team) took the 28th World Cup victory of his career. Stephen Ettinger also delivered an impressive performance, finishing 12th. Thanks to this effort and Milatz's 13th position BMC also won the team ranking.

Nothing distracted Julien Absalon during the "Rumble in the Rainforest". Neither an early attack by Swiss Thomas Litscher, nor a flat tire on the second lap that caused Absalon to temporarily fall back from second to seventh position could keep him from completing his mission.

Absalon remained calm as he set out to catch up with the race leaders again. When he closed the gap to Mathias Flückiger on the penultimate lap, he took the race into his hands and put the hammer down on the climb. His comeback was a magnificent demonstration of his inimitable elegance as a bike racer. On the final lap he made his decisive and "hard move" which earned him the 28th World Cup victory of his career, putting him on par with both Gunn-Rita Dahle-Flesjå and Juli Furtado.

"You cannot plan a victory in the world cup. Many things can happen, as we could see today. I am happy that I was able to win today's race. I like this kind of race course, the long climb was pretty good for me," said Absalon. "Well, now I'll be going for number 30 this year."

Thanks to Stephen Ettinger's courageous ride BMC also banked the the team title. American Ettinger had some bad luck getting involved in a crash shortly after the start. He was in 43rd position after the opening lap, but managed to move up steadily to gain the best World Cup result of his career so far. "My legs have never been any better before. Without the crash early on I would have reached a top ten ranking", said Ettinger.


1. Julien Absalon (Fra)
2. Mathias Flückiger (Sui)
3. Maxime Marotte (Fra)
4. Daniel McConnell (Aus)
5. José Hermida (Esp)
6. Sergio Mantecon (Esp)
12. Stephen Ettinger (USA)
13. Moritz Milatz (All)
18. Martin Fanger (Sui)
22. Reto Indergand (Sui)


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