Julien Absalon

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Julien Absalon
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Absalon at the Albstadt round of the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup
Personal information
Full nameJulien Absalon
Born (1980-08-16) 16 August 1980 (age 41)
Remiremont, France
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
Team information
Current teamTeam Absolute Absalon
DisciplineMountain bike racing
RoleRider
Rider typeCross-country
Amateur team
1996–2000Scott France
Professional teams
2001–2006Bianchi
2007–2012Orbea
2013–2018BMC Mountainbike Racing Team
Medal record
Men's mountain bike racing
Representing  France
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
Olympic Games 2 0 0
World Championships 5 2 2
World Cup 7 2 3
European Championships 5 4 0
Total 19 8 5
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens Cross-country
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Cross-country
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2004 Les Gets Cross-country
Gold medal – first place 2005 Livigno Cross-country
Gold medal – first place 2006 Rotorua Cross-country
Gold medal – first place 2007 Fort William Cross-country
Gold medal – first place 2014 Hafjell Cross-country
Silver medal – second place 2009 Canberra Cross-country
Silver medal – second place 2015 Vallnord Cross-country
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Champéry Cross-country
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Nové Město Cross-country
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 2003 Overall Cross-country
Gold medal – first place 2006 Overall Cross-country
Gold medal – first place 2007 Overall Cross-country
Gold medal – first place 2008 Overall Cross-country
Gold medal – first place 2009 Overall Cross-country
Gold medal – first place 2014 Overall Cross-country
Gold medal – first place 2016 Overall Cross-country
Silver medal – second place 2010 Overall Cross-country
Silver medal – second place 2015 Overall Cross-country
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Overall Cross-country
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Overall Cross-country
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Overall Cross-country
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2006 Lamosano Cross-country
Gold medal – first place 2013 Bern Cross-country
Gold medal – first place 2014 St. Wendel Cross-country
Gold medal – first place 2015 Alpago Cross-country
Gold medal – first place 2016 Huskvarna Cross-country
Silver medal – second place 2003 Graz Cross-country
Silver medal – second place 2005 Kluisbergen Cross-country
Silver medal – second place 2007 Göreme Cross-country
Silver medal – second place 2011 Dohňany Cross-country

Julien Absalon (born 16 August 1980) is a French cross-country mountain biker.

Career[edit]

[1]

2003: Absalon won his first UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.

2004: Gold at World Champions and the Athens Olympic Games.

2005: Absalon again won the World Championships.

2006: Winner at the World Championships, European Championships, French Championships and the overall World Cup.

2007: World Champion and World Cup Champion

2008: Won 2nd Gold Medal at the Beijing Olympic Games, World Cup Champion

2009: Number 1 World Ranking for all but 5 days of the year. Winner of UCI MTB World Cup for the 5th time, silver at the World Championships

2010: 2nd Overall at World Championships

2011: 3rd at the World Championships and World Cup

2012: 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.[2][3]

2013: Won European Championships

2014: Wins 5th World Championship title, French and European Championships. His season was cut short when, that November, he suffered a broken collarbone during a cyclocross race.

2015: Absalon wins the European Championships, French Championships, and finished second overall in the World Championships. Completed the season ranked world number 1.

2016: Finishes the Rio Olympic Games in 8th place.

He has been overall winner of the World Cup mountain bike cross-country series seven times (2003, 2006–2009, 2014, 2016) and has won a record 33 World Cup cross-country races as of 4 September 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). He lives with the cycling champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bmc-switzerland.com/us-en/experience/racing-teams/bmc-mountainbike-racing-team/team/julien_absalon/
  2. ^ "Absalon crashes as Kulhavy wins Olympic mountain bike gold". Reuters. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  3. ^ "2-time Olympic champ Absalon fails to finish after puncture in Olympic mountain bike race". The Washington Post. Retrieved 15 August 2012.

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