Jack Carthy’s success was no surprise; since Meribel he has led in the UCI World Cup trials! In second place was the Spanish rider Sergi Llongueras, who was the only rider capable of maintaining a minimum of suspense. He finished with 7 points more than the World Champion. The third place result became clearer in the last moments, following the zero count between the German rider Dominik Oswald and the Frenchman Nicolas Vallée. In the end, it was the German who got up on to the third step of the podium, which enabled him to pick up his third medal in this World Championship (Nations World Champion with Germany and Junior Men 20 World Champion).
In the Elite Men 26, Gilles Coustellier moved ahead in the first sections. Strengthened by this excellent start, he continued to increase his lead, finishing with 16 points on the most physical sections. He thereby gained his 5th title, which makes him the most titled rider in history. His countryman Aurelien Fontenoy occupied the 2nd step of the podium. In spite of the fatigue resulting from the previous day’s final, he rode impressively, calling on his reserves of strength. After the silver in the Elite Men 20 last year, he is now Vice-champion in the Elite Men 26.
The Belgian rider Kenny Belaey, who is used to being on the podium, won the bronze medal, despite having a very poor start.
Vincent Hermance, who had won the title last year, finished just off the podium.
The 2015 edition of the UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships will be in Vallnord, Andorra .
(31 August – 6 September)