Julien Absalon

lukesdad

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(Could of put this in mtb but thought some of you might like a heads up on the olympic XC race) IMO the most talented racer on the planet in the last decade, goes for his 3rd straight gold. The 4 time world champion will not have it all his own way though, with Bejing s bronze meddalist Nina Shurter being his main challenger with 2 world cup wins this year. Keep an eye out for Britains Liam Kileen he s been unlucky in the last 2 olympics but could medal if he s at the top of his game.

At 31 this could be JA s last olympics I'd love to see him win it again, the guy is pure class and could really have shaken up the road scene if he d so chosen.
 

dan_bo

How much does it cost to Oldham?
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Failsworth
He's scary good. Would be nice to see Liam pull something out of the bag as well- isn't there a chance of a medal in the wimmins' MTB?
 
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lukesdad

lukesdad

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Annie Last ? I think she'll find it tough to medal, interestingly all the top riders will be on HTs (goes for the men too) with Annie on the Boardman B 56 its a nice looking piece of kit IMO.
 

dan_bo

How much does it cost to Oldham?
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Failsworth
Annie Last ? I think she'll find it tough to medal, interestingly all the top riders will be on HTs (goes for the men too) with Annie on the Boardman B 56 its a nice looking piece of kit IMO.
Oo er looks like an old- fashioned proper 'works' bike that.
 
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lukesdad

lukesdad

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It does indeed, interestingly looks like the field will be split between 26ers and 29ers with JA preffering the 26.
 

dan_bo

How much does it cost to Oldham?
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Failsworth
Looks like a course for 29ers in my book- fast smooth and open. But then again I haven't won several olympic golds in the event so I know notheeng.
 

VamP

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Cambs
Annie Last ? I think she'll find it tough to medal, interestingly all the top riders will be on HTs (goes for the men too) with Annie on the Boardman B 56 its a nice looking piece of kit IMO.

Except the winner ;)

Loved the race, obviously being Czech helps ^_^

edited to add winning bike spec - impressive weight for a FS 29er
 

RecordAceFromNew

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West London
Absalon got stick from alot of his compatriots for pulling out of the race.
Eh? Didn't he crash / get a puncture?

Except the winner ;)

edited to add winning bike spec - impressive weight for a FS 29er
Despite sub 10kg he was still carrying around 2kg more than the others, and that did not stop him seemingly the fastest uphill most of the time (not to mention winning the final sprint). Impressive!
 

raindog

er.....
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France
Eh? Didn't he crash / get a puncture?
He didn't crash, he had to slow and put a foot down somewhere, then got a slow puncture. He stopped to change the wheel, but didn't go out again as he would've finished down the order. He said what's the point in coming in 20th when you're an olympic champion, and the majority of punters commenting on the net said his attitude lacked respect and he should've finished the course whatever.
That's not my opinion by the way - I couldn't give a toss. ^_^
 

VamP

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Eh? Didn't he crash / get a puncture?



Despite sub 10kg he was still carrying around 2kg more than the others, and that did not stop him seemingly the fastest uphill most of the time (not to mention winning the final sprint). Impressive!

Yeah, he's a big lad too, but it didn't show on the climbs did it? He has sacrificed world cup form this year to be at his absolute best for the Olympics and it has paid off for him.

Absolon did puncture, but could have got it fixed and continued. He said after that there's no point in racing for 10th place. I think that was the focus of the criticisms...
 

GrumpyGregry

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Except the winner ;)

Loved the race, obviously being Czech helps ^_^

edited to add winning bike spec - impressive weight for a FS 29er
Am I right in think that all three wheel sizes 26", 29-er and 650B were represented on the podium?

Conclusive proof of something, though I've no idea what.
 
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