By Cyclingnews

Monday, May 24, 2010 8.40am

World champ Schurter in second

Olympic champion Julien Absalon (Orbea) continued his unbeaten streak at Offenburg, Germany with a fourth consecutive victory – his first in the 2010 cross-country World Cup.

The Frenchman, who uncharacteristically hadn't hithereto won a World Cup race this season, moved to the front of the race on the first lap with world champion Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower), who had won the first round of the series.

The pair began to distance themselves from a chase group containing Jaroslav Kulhavy (Rubena-Birrell-Specialized), Christoph Sauser (Specialized) and Florian Vogel (Scott-Swisspower). Sauser was leading the chase, but the group was making no time on the front duo.

On the third lap, Absalon managed to gain a small advantage on Schurter, and then steadily extended it through the remainder of the race, to roll across the finish line 49 seconds in front. Kulhavy attacked his break companions in the final lap to take third, followed by Sauser and then Vogel. Absalon now leads Schurter by 44 points in the overall standings.

"I like this course very much," he said. "It has very technical sections, plus good climbing. And the spectators are also very good here. It was a very close race with Nino at the beginning, but I finally managed to get a little gap on him on the longer climb and was then able to increase it a little more every lap."

For full results and more pictures, see cyclingnews.com.

MEN'S CROSS-COUNTRY (XC) #3 RESULTS

1 Julien Absalon (Fra|Orbea) 1:53:36  
2 Nino Schurter (Swi|Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing) 0:00:49  
3 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze|Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team) 0:01:08  
4 Christoph Sauser (Swi|Specialized Factory Racing) 0:01:24  
5 Florian Vogel (Swi|Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing) 0:01:35  
6 Mathias Flückiger (Swi|Trek World Racing) 0:02:20  
7 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa|Multivan Merida Biking Team) 0:02:25  
8 Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa|Orbea) 0:03:27  
9 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger|Topeak Ergon Racing Team) 0:03:38  
10 Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa|Orbea) 0:03:46  

Men's World Cup standings

1 Julien Absalon (Fra|Orbea) 570 pts
2 Nino Schurter (Swi|Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing) 526  
3 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa|Multivan Merida Biking Team) 470  
4 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze|Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team) 460  
5 Manuel Fumic (Ger|Cannondale Factory Racing) 380  
6 Mathias Flückiger (Swi|Trek World Racing) 340  
7 Christoph Sauser (Swi|Specialized Factory Racing) 320  
8 Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa|Orbea) 320  
9 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger|Topeak Ergon Racing Team) 318  
10 Ralph Naef (Swi|Multivan Merida Biking Team) 280  

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