New leaders in the Women and Men Elite 26” after the second round of the UCI Trials World Cup
In the Women’s event, Gemma Abant demonstrated her qualities by distancing herself from her rivals from the very first race. In the next two events, she maintained her effort and her concentration, which enabled her to stand on the highest step on the podium and in parallel to take her place as leader in the Women World Cup.
The World Champion Tatiana Janickova (SVK) tried everything to catch up, but she failed by more than 6 points. She had to be focused and performant right to the end, as the Australian rider Janine Jungfels, slightly nervous at the beginning of the competition, finished like a bullet. In the end, the two women finished with only one point difference, in favour of the Slovakian rider. Nina Richenbach (GER), who had won in Poland, finished 4th, and therefore lost the leadership of the UCI Women Trials World Cup to the Spanish rider Gemma Abant.
In the Men Elite 20-inch category, the World Champion Abel Mustieles dominated the sections over the whole weekend, and imposed his style with steely determination. By improving his level in the Super Finale, he definitively secured a new victory at Pra Loup. This triumph left no doubt about his current form, and enabled him to increase his lead in the general rankings of the World Cup.
Before the four sections of the Super Finale, Pils and Areitio were even. However, it was the German Raphael Pils – in managing to complete section 2 with 4 points – who strode up to the second step on the podium. The Spaniard Ion Areitio had to be content with third place.
In front of the home supporters, the French rider Marius Merger tried everything to get on the podium, but his opponents were too good for him. However, on his return to the World Cup, he can be satisfied with his fourth place.
In the Men Elite 26-inch category, the suspense was even more gripping. Going into the four sections of the Super Finale, there were only 6 points difference between Gilles Coustellier (FRA), Vincent Hermance, Jack Carthy (GBR) and Kenny Belaey (BEL)!
The Super Finale was to make the difference. Kenny Belaey finished 4th with 26 points, while Jack Carthy – who fell in section 1 – received 5 penalty points that were to cost him dearly. He finished with 23 points.
In the end, the race for victory was between the two French riders. This duel was to turn in favour of the World Champion Vincent Hermance, who won two points ahead of the European Champion Gilles Coustellier. Exactly equal after the first section of the Super Finale, it was Hermance who made the difference in section 2, before breaking away following Gilles Coustellier’s fall.
With this fresh triumph in the World Cup, Vincent Hermance is the new leader in the UCI Trials World Cup.
Rendez-vous in Méribel from 21st to 23rd August for the third round of the 2014 season.
Photo: The winner was Gemma Abant (ESP), folllowed by Tatiana Janickova (SVK) and Janine Jungfels (AUS).