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The modesty of a real champion

10. August 2014

UCI Mountainbike World Cup - Windham (NY), USA

The Catskill Mountains are the venue for the penultimate cross-country World Cup race of this season. In the small winter sport resort of Windham (NY), USA, BMC's legend Julien Absalon will try to lay the bases for his sixth overall World Cup victory, setting another historical milestone. Meanwhile his team mate Lukas Flückiger still draws upon the podium thrill he got in Mont Sainte-Anne, Canada.

„Just getting some points": It's possible to perceive this statement either as a form of understatement or to interpret it as the modesty of a real champion. Julien Absalon said these words ahead of the race in Mont Sainte-Anne, taking into account the implications of his short-term arrival and of his better-rested competitors.

Nevertheless, Absalon competed for victory and finished runner-up in grand style. This result even offers him the chance to prematurely secure the sixth overall World Cup victory of his career on Sunday in Windham. If he succeeds, he will surmount his own record and will set a milestone.

„If I manage to collect many points in Windham, I'll be able to feel at ease at the start in Meribel," he again proclaims in all modesty.

Besides that, the BMC Racing Team has very good prospects to win the World Cup team standings for the second time. One of the main trump cards in this mission will be Lukas Flückiger who showed his top shape last Sunday.

„I'm hoping for a race that is similar to the one in Canada, except for a better start," explains Lukas Flückiger. „I need to fight quite a bit more during the battles for positions."
However, fourth position in Canada has set him in a very positive mood: „Now I will have enough self-confidence." His first podium position this season has provided „the decisive thrill," explains Flückiger.

Moritz Milatz wishes to have two great „halves" in Windham, whereas Ralph Näf and Stephen Ettinger are set to forget the disappointments that they suffered in Mont Sainte-Anne as quickly as possible. „Sometimes you're the hammer, sometimes you're the nail. Today I was the nail. In Windham I'll be the hammer", philosophizes Ettinger.

Participating BMC Athletes: Julien Absalon, France, Lukas Flückiger, Switzerland, Ralph Näf, Switzerland, Moritz Milatz, Germany, Stephen Ettinger, USA


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