XC WORLD CUP: VICTTORY FOR JULIEN ABSALON AT MONT SAINTE ANNE - Absalon has an excellent final test before the big date with the Olympics.

Julien Absalon (BMC Mtb Racing Team) has returned to victory by triumphing in the 5th test on the 2016 mountain bike World Cup calendar, in the cross country specialty. At Mont Sainte Anne, in Quebec, Canada, last weekend, Absalon garnered his second success of the season in the World Cup Series. This was the last major event before the Olympic competition in Rio two weeks from now. The Frenchman crossed the finish line wearing his European Champion’s jersey, with a 44 second advantage over his fellow countryman Victor Koretzky. Switzerland’s Mathias Fluckiger placed third. Another Sidi champion, Chechen Ondrej Cink, took seventh.

It’s an important victory influenced by the absence of Switzerland’s Nino Schurter, who chose to sit this one out in order to concentrate exclusively on Rio. Now Absalon has jumped into the lead in the overall rankings for the World Cup (which he’s already won 6 times in his career), where he is now in command with 1060 points against the Swiss rider’s 900.

Clearly the phenomenal, all-Sidi pair of Absalon & Schurter will be the ones to watch in the race for the medals. These two need no introductions. Frenchman Julien Absalon has already twice been an Olympic champion, in Athens 2004 and in Beijing 2008. Swiss ace Nino Schurter took home silver in London 2012 and Bronze in Beijing 2008, and is currently number one in the world of   cross country. After capturing the World title in Nove Mesto he will do everything it takes to add an Olympic gold to his portfolio as well.