Julien Absalon in 2012.
|Full name||Julien Absalon|
16 August 1980 |
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||70 kg (150 lb)|
|Discipline||Mountain bike racing|
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 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).
- "Absalon crashes as Kulhavy wins Olympic mountain bike gold". Reuters. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
- "2-time Olympic champ Absalon fails to finish after puncture in Olympic mountain bike race". Washington Post. Retrieved 15 August 2012.[dead link]
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