Julien Absalon (born 16 August 1980 in Remiremont, Vosges) is a French cross-country mountain biker, widely regarded as the greatest of all time in this discipline. He won consecutive gold medals at the 2004 Summer Olympics and at the 2008 Summer Olympics. At the 2012 Summer Olympics cross-country race, he suffered a tyre puncture in the opening lap. After changing tyre and noticing that he was trailing the leader by 55 seconds, he decided to abandon the race, seeing that his chances of winning a medal had disappeared. He has been overall winner of the World Cup mountain bike cross-country series five times (2003, 2006-2009) and has won a record 29 World Cup cross-country races as of June 1st 2014. He won four consecutive cross-country Mountain Bike World Championships from 2004 to 2007. He has also won all eleven French cross-country championships between 2003 and 2013. He currently rides for the BMC Racing Team. He previously rode for Bianchi (2001-2006) and Orbea (2007-2012).