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World Cup in Albstadt: Rematch for Absalon, home game for Milatz

1. June 2014

Albstadt, Germany - UCI Mountainbike Weltcup

The BMC Mountainbike Racing Team is getting ready for an emotional World Cup weekend in Albstadt. Unlike last year Julien Absalon wants to cross the finish line with a smile on his face and Moritz Milatz is looking forward to his home game. Martin Fanger is riding on a wave of confidence, and Lukas Flückiger is looking forward to a course without any stops in the tech zone.

„My focus is on Albstadt", is what Julien Absalon has repeated time and again prior to the beginning of the season. His disappointment after the Albstadt World Cup in 2013 had been enormous. Leading the race with a margin of two minutes, the BMC captain had had to abandon the race due to a mechanical.

Given a race course that perfectly meets his extraordinary skills, Julien Absalon would like to leave the venue on Sunday with a feeling of happiness - and ideally with the 29th World Cup victory of his career. „I'm in good shape, it's going to be an interesting race. One more victory, that would be perfect. But for me there is no pressure to succeed because I've already banked two race wins", says Absalon.

His teammate Moritz Milatz experienced some very emotional moments when he was third in Nove Mesto. The happiness in his face was similar to the joy that he had shown winning his first German Championships back in 2006 - in Albstadt. „I will start into my home game with an extra impetus in terms of motivation. It's certainly a big advantage to have the support of your home crowd. But I don't want to get ahead of myself. I just hope that I will once again have as good a day as I had in Nove Mesto," said the German Champion.

Martin Fanger also has poignant memories of Albstadt. Quite surprisingly, he finished sixth there in 2013. Now he is the man who stood up against World Champion Schurter for four laps in Nove Mesto but had to give in due to a mechanical. „Well, now I know what I am capable of", said Fanger.

The same counts for Lukas Flueckiger who even suffered three mechanicals in Nove Mesto. „Without the bad luck, I'd be right up there with the fast guys".

Participating BMC Athletes: (Julien Absalon, France, Lukas Flückiger, Switzerland, Ralph Näf, Switzerland, Moritz Milatz, Germany, Stephen Ettinger, USA, Martin Fanger, Switzerland, Reto Indergand, Switzerland)

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