Julien Absalon from France cycles to win third place at the men's cross country event at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Champery, September 3, 2011. REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud
Cycling: Champion Absalon out of mountain bike race
Posted : Sunday, 12 August 2012 09:12AM
LONDON (Reuters) - Defending champion Julien Absalon of France has pulled out of the Olympic mountain bike race after he crashed in the first lap, organizers said on Sunday.
Absalon, the 2004 and 2008 champion and one of the pre-race favorites, fell off his bike on a rocky descent halfway through the first of seven 4.7-kilometre laps.
He withdrew from the race on the second lap.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Mark Meadows)
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