MTB XC: JULIEN ABSALON IMMENSE! - At Vallnord the Frenchman captured his 7th World Cup.

The all-Sidi duel between Julien Absalon (Bmc Mtb Racing Team) and Nino Schurter (Scott Odlo Mtb Racing Team) for the mountain bike cross country World Cup has ended with victory going to the Frenchman.

In the last race of the season at Vallnord, in Andorra, at the age of 36 Absalon scored the 33rd victory of his career in a Cup race, which was worth the win in the final classification for his 7th World Cup title. These are remarkable, impressive numbers; record numbers which more than ever have consecrated Absalon as a mountain biking legend.

At Vallnord Sidi Sport was also celebrating the 2nd place by Czech Ondrej Cink (Multivan Merida), who was ahead for quite a while in the race, but who had to surrender in the end to the unrelenting pace of the Absalon locomotive and his thirst for victory. Ah, yes, because after his Olympic disappointment in Rio, Absalon needed and wanted a comeback. In what was to be his last Olympics, where he was vying for his third gold medal after Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, on the most important day in Rio, Absalon unfortunately had a very off day. It can happen to anyone, even the best. However, many others would not have known how to react. Instead he showed up at Vallnord two weeks later with the class and character that have always defined him, and managed to wipe the slate clean, start from scratch and return to victory.

2016 is turning out to be an extraordinary year for Sidi and their “fat tyre” champions. Nino Schurter and Julien Absalon ended up sharing everything there was to win. The Swiss rider took home the World title and the Olympic title; the Frenchman nabbed the World Cup and the European title. Sidi is right there with both of them on top of the world. We are always very attentive to the needs of our athletes, and we provided these two with our new Mtb Tiger model, the innovative footwear that has become the top of the line in Sidi’s new off-road collection, scoring fantastic victories since its debut… Mtb Tiger: destined for victory.