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Two-time Olympic cross-country mountain bike champion Julien Absalon has inked a deal extending his contract with Orbea for three years, until the London Olympics in 2012.
“I have been with Orbea for three years and I want to continue with them,” Absolon said Friday.
“The London Olympics are the big goal,” said Absolon, who won back-to-back gold medals in the Athens and Beijing Games in 2004 and 2008.
The 29-year-old Absalon, who won the 2009 World Cup overall title and a silver medal in the 2009 mountain bike world championships in Canberra, Australia, has also won the world title four times (2004-2007).
Absalon said his immediate focus is on regaining the world title in 2010 when the worlds will be contested Mont Sainte-Anne in Canada.
“I raced there in 1998 as a junior,” he said. “It would be great to win there again, now 12 years later.”
Absalon said he expects to spend his winter racing cyclo-cross, but not as an elite in international competition.
“At the regional level,” he said, “just to maintain my form.”
As for his decision to stay with his sponsor, Absalon said he could best sum it up by saying “never change a winning formula.”