Julien Absalon has made history by winning his fifth consecutive Offenburg World Cup. No other Elite rider has ever stood on the top step of the Offenburg podium. South African Burry Stander had a great ride and eventually finished 4th, just 1:05 off the pace.
Two-time Olympic winner Absalon (Orbea) finished 29 seconds ahead of Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing), who won the second World Cup and, going into Offenburg, was the series overall leader. Maxime Marotte (BH-Suntour-Peisey Vallandry) finished third 41 seconds back.
The race on the 5.1km course was close until the third lap. A group of ten riders rode together through the rooty drops of Offenburg as a crowd of thousands cheered loudly. Absalon, staying behind the leading Marco Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing) and Kulhavy, waited for the right moment for his attack.
In the fourth lap, on an uphill section, Absalon put the hammer down and left the whole group behind, riding to his fifth-consecutive title in Offenburg.
1 ABSALON Julien FRA19800816 ORBEA 1:46:21
2 KULHAVY Jaroslav CZE19850108 SPECIALIZED RACING +00:29
3 MAROTTE Maxime FRA19861205 BH – SUNTOUR – PEISEY VALLANDRY +00:41
4 STANDER Burry RSA19870916 SPECIALIZED RACING +01:05
5 COLOMA NICOLAS Carlos ESP19810928 WILDWOLF – TREK RACING +02:30
6 GIGER Fabian SUI19870718 RABOBANK – GIANT OFF-ROAD TEAM +02:33
7 SCHURTER Nino SUI19860513 SCOTT – SWISSPOWER MTB – RACING +02:35
8 FONTANA Marco Aurelio ITA19841012 CANNONDALE FACTORY RACING +02:36
9 LITSCHER Thomas SUI19890514 FELT OETZTAL X – BIONIC TEAM +02:45
10 ALVAREZ GUTIERREZ Ivan ESP19811218 GIANT ITALIA TEAM +02:53