After a two-week hiatus and a long trek back to Europe from South Africa, the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup resumed in Offenburg, Germany, with round two of the cross-country series.
Julien Absalon (Orbea) took his 18th World Cup victory in the elite men category. The win, his third consecutive victory at the venue, moved him into the overall lead for the men’s competition and preserved his perfect record at Offenburg.
It also set a new record that beats the 17 total World Cup wins of the legendary Thomas Frischknecht. “It was a record day,” said Absalon. “A record World Cup victory, my first win of the season and my third victory at Offenburg.”
Wolfram Kurschat (Topeak Ergon) took second place ahead of Jean-Christophe Peraud (Massi) in third.
Chengyuan Ren wins elite women’s race
China’s Chengyuan Ren demonstrated that her absence from the World Cup scene has not slowed her down by winning round two of the cross-country series after a perfectly timed attack.
Austrian Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost Pro Team) hung onto the women’s World Cup overall lead by virtue of her fifth place finish.
Spaniard Margarita Fullana Riera (Massi) came in second, while Norwegian Lene Byberg (Specialized Factory Racing ) finished third.
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