Thirty-four trials specialists and eight national teams. All had the same objective: to be the first team to claim the rainbow jersey in the newest event of the UCI Trials World Championships, the national teams competition.
The competition took place in the town centre of La Massana, in Andorra.
Formerly calculated by cumulating points of riders in the individual finals, the teams ranking this year had its own separate event. Each of the eight teams comprised their best athletes in the five Trials categories: Junior Men 20”, Junior Men 26”, Elite Men 20”, Elite Men 26” and Elite Women. Among the favourites were France, led by 2013 UCI World Champion Vincent Hermance, reigning World Champions Germany, and of course Spain, one of the discipline’s leading nations.
A dedicated section for the competition was split into five spectacular sectors where riders fought to get the maximum score for their team.
After a little under two hours of competition in good conditions despite a few spots of rain at the end of the afternoon, France took the honours. Represented by Vincent Hermance (Elite Men 26”), Benjamin Durville (Elite Men 20”), Nicolas Vallée (Junior Men 26”), Nicolas Fleury (Junior Men 20”) and Manon Basseville (Elite Women), France was the team of the day after taking the silver medal in Lillehammer. “We are all delighted,” said Hermance who had opened the competition. “It was a great selection and this title means a lot to us. Beforehand our thoughts went out to Marion (Porcher – injured at the beginning of the season). This victory is our way of saying that we are thinking of her.”
Just behind the French, Switzerland created the surprise in claiming the silver medal. With 670 points, Lucien Leiser, Loris Braun, Tom Blaser, Jonas Koenig and Debi Studer were not far off the winners (680 points). The Swiss got the better of Germany, also on 670 points. Spain finished fourth with 610 points.
The 2015 UCI Trials World Championships continue until Saturday in Andorra. The finals of the Elite Women, Junior Men 20”, and Elite Men 20” will take place on Friday.