KL UCI MTB ELIMINATOR Anna Olea 4
KL UCI MTB ELIMINATOR Anna Olea 4

An outstanding season finale in Barcelona!

Jeroen van Eck and Gaia Tormena dominated yet again and finished off the 2020 UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup with another victory in the books. 

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2020 11 14 Eliminator World Cup Barcelona Foto Francesc Llado 015

An outstanding season finale in Barcelona!

Jeroen van Eck and Gaia Tormena dominated yet again and finished off the 2020 UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup with another victory in the books. Round 1 winner Jeroen van Eck was the fastest on a challenging circuit around the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc in Barcelona. In the women’s competition, European champion Gaia Tormena stormed to her second UCI World Cup of the season, after winning the first round in Waregem last September.

After a short but intense season of uncertainty, the second round of the UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup was held at Park Montjuïc in Barcelona. The city of Barcelona hosted the UCI World Cup in 2019 for the very first time and was pleased to bring back the entertaining Eliminator discipline up and around the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc.

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2020 11 14 Eliminator World Cup Barcelona Foto Francesc Llado 017

Revanche for Tormena

Tormena was the woman to beat as she was the fastest in the qualifying time trials. The Italian rider went thoroughly through the semi-finals to secure her place in the finals. She finished off a great final lap and stormed to her second consecutive UCI World Cup win. The Italian rider won solo ahead of Marion Fromberger from Germany and home rider Sara Gay Moreno. Fourth place went to Sara Mendez Berlanga from Spain.

 

“I couldn’t be happier after nearly missing out the rainbow jersey in Leuven last month. I only had a few days off the bike after the UCI World Championships to restart training for Barcelona as my last race of the season. I believe it’s time for some rest now. However, I can’t wait to be back next year! A special thanks to City Mountainbike for making this season possible,” said Gaia Tormena afterwards.

KL UCI MTB ELIMINATOR Anna Olea 18
KL UCI MTB ELIMINATOR Anna Olea 18

A mechanical spoiled Perrin-Ganier his chances

In the men’s competition, all eyes were on defending UCI World Champion Titouan Perrin-Ganier after he had won his fourth consecutive rainbow jersey last month. The Frenchman hadn’t won a UCI World Cup yet and was aiming for glory in Barcelona. No glory this time, as Perrin-Ganier pulled out in the semi-finals due to a mechanical failure. The four-time UCI World Champion had to settle for fifth place after winning the small finals.

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2020 11 14 Eliminator World Cup Barcelona Foto Francesc Llado 020

Jeroen van Eck does it again

French rider Lorenzo Serres started off a great day and qualified first in the time trials, ahead of Jeroen van Eck and Loic Bruni. Going into the finals, it was Jeroen van Eck who blasted out of the starting blocks which saw him taking over the lead before entering the downhill stairs section. The Dutch rider managed to keep the lead throughout the two laps and finished off with an impressive second UCI World Cup win of the season. Lorenzo Serres had to satisfy with second place and held off Germany’s Simon Gegenheimer in a sprint of two. Fourth place (surprisingly) went to Loic Bruni from France, former UCI Downhill World Champion and world’s number one athlete on UCI’s Downhill Ranking.

 

Jeroen van Eck said: “I’ve been working extremely hard to win again in Barcelona. I really liked the race course (and the city)! After a disappointing UCI World Championships last month, I started focusing on Barcelona as my next goal. I’m very happy to finish off the season with another victory.”

KL UCI MTB ELIMINATOR Anna Olea 4
KL UCI MTB ELIMINATOR Anna Olea 4

Curtain falls on the 2020 season

The UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup wrapped up in Barcelona, Spain with Dutch rider Jeroen van Eck and Italy’s Gaia Tormena claiming their second UCI World Cup of the season.

 

“It might have been a challenging season in uncertain times, but we’ve seen in the last couple of months that you can stage world-class sporting events in a safe environment. The success of these events gives us and the entire sports movement a lot of confidence for our upcoming events in 2021 and beyond. I’d like to thank everyone who was involved for taking on this responsibility to organise the 2020 UCI World Cup in a very responsible way”, stated Kristof Bruyneel, managing director of City Mountainbike.

Men’s results - Round 2 - UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup Barcelona (ESP)

1. Jeroen van Eck (NED)
2. Lorenzo Serres (FRA)
3. Simon Gegenheimer (GER)
4. Loic Bruni (FRA)
5. Titouan Perrin-Ganier (FRA)

Women’s results - Round 2 - UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup Barcelona (ESP)

1. Gaia Tormena (ITA)
2. Marion Fromberger (GER)
3. Sara Gay Moreno (ESP)
4. Sara Mendez Berlanga (ESP)
5. Malene Fredlund Degn (DEN)

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