Julien Absalon

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Julien Absalon
Julien Absalon La Bresse 2012.jpg
Julien Absalon in 2012.
Personal information
Full name Julien Absalon
Born (1980-08-16) 16 August 1980 (age 35)
Remiremont, France
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 70 kg (150 lb)
Team information
Discipline Mountain bike racing
Role Rider
Rider type Cross-country

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.[1][2] He has been overall winner of the World Cup mountain bike cross-country series six times (2003, 2006-2009, 2014) and has won a record 31 World Cup cross-country races as of May 29, 2016. He won five cross-country Mountain Bike World Championships (2004-2007, 2014). He has also won all fourteen French cross-country championships between 2003 and 2016, and five European Championships (2006, 2013-2016). He currently rides for the BMC Racing Team. He previously rode for Bianchi (2001-2006) and Orbea (2007-2012).


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