UCI Trials World Cup: Jack Carthy’s birthday treat
It was not a typical way to celebrate a birthday but just twenty-four hours after turning 19, Jack Carthy put on a superb demonstration in the Men Elite 26″ event. The recently-crowned European Champion and last year’s UCI Trials World Cup winner (while still a Junior!) dominated in Vöcklabruck.
The British prodigy completed a total of four sections with zero points in Austria and finished the final on just two points. Second in the semi-final, Carthy demonstrated perfect control at the end of the competition. The winner of the first two rounds of the 2015 UCI Trials World Cup and now clear leader in the standings, European Champion Carthy has had a flawless first half of the season. “I finished second in the semi-final because of five lost points. So I’m really happy to come away with this victory,” said the young trials phenonmenon.
Behind him, the French chasing pack could only wonder at his superiority. Gilles Coustellier and Vincent Hermance, second and third respectively, both finished on eleven points.
Slovakia’s Tatiana Janickova demonstrated that she is the world’s best woman trials rider. But it wasn’t easy in Vöcklabruck. After the first two sections, Australia’s Janine Jungfels was still on zero and was matching the UCI World Champion. The two women would only be separated on the last two sections. On the penultimate section, Jungfels took a two-point advantage. If she could avoid a mistake in the last section, she would seal victory. But luck was not on her side and a 5 cost her the win in Vöcklabruck. Janickova finished on seven points, while Janine Jungfels had eight. Slovakia’s Kristina Sykorova was third with 12 points.
Tatiana Janickova leads the World Cup standings on 293 points. Her compatriot Kristina Sykorova is second on 233 points while Debi Studer from Switzerland lies third with 218 points.
Women Elite: Janickova prevails after a close fight
Men Elite 20”: Spanish Double
It was no great surprise that the Spaniards dominated the final in the 20″ event: Ultimately Benito Ros got the better of Abel Mustieles after the two men had put on a fantastic show at the Austrian venue. It was only on the final section that the zero scored by Benito Ros would settle the contest in his favour. Ros and Mustieles both finished on seven points. Germany’s Dominik Oswald came third with eight points.
After the cancellation of the first round of the World Cup in Krakow, the standings are identical to the results of the Austrian round.
The next round of the UCI Trials World Cup takes place in Albertville, France, on 22-23 August.