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CTM Paris Snel Low Ress 3 Glenn

Eliminator’s finest in the beating heart of Paris

For the first time in history, the dazzling setting of the Trocadéro Gardens was home of an iconic stop of the UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup. After an unforgettable trip across Asia, Eliminator’s best athletes gathered in the French Capital in what was some exciting racing with astonishing views of the stunning Eiffel Tower.

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CTM Paris Snel Low Ress 3 Glenn

Eliminator’s finest in the beating heart of Paris

Home country riders Titouan Perrin-Ganier (four-time UCI World Champion), Coline Clauzure (former UCI World Champion), and round 7 winner Quentin Schrotzenberger were encouraged on their performances and received a warm welcome by the spectators along the course.

UCI World Cup leader Gaia Tormena and round 8 winner Felix Klausmann put on a spectacular show in front of the picturesque Eiffel Tower, and also saw a striking comeback of Dutch champion Jeroen van Eck, who made it to the small finals and finished 6th overall.

In the men’s race, UCI World Cup leader Simon Gegenheimer missed out on a points haul after not making it through the big finals, but won the small finals, and rounded off the podium in 5th place.

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CTM Paris Snel Low Ress 2 Glenn

The magnificent ‘Torpedo’ scores again

After setting the fastest time in the qualifying time-trials, UCI World Cup leader Gaia Tormena once again impressed throughout all heats, to ultimate shine in the big finals.

She put in a perfect ride, which was hard to manage as the track deteriorated quickly due to the rainy conditions. Making her decisive move on the first lap, she pulled away from her opponents, kept the race lead, and powered to the finish line.

French champion Coline Clauzure surprised the home crowds and finished in a nice second place, while fellow French rider Noémi Garnier and Dutch champion Didi de Vries had to settle with third and fourth place. Agnes Abrahamsson from Sweden completed the top five.

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CTM Paris Snel Low Ress 5 Glenn

Back-to-back win for Germany’s champion Felix Klausmann

The battle for the leader’s jersey continued in Paris, as defending UCI World Champion Simon Gegenheimer and Titouan Perrin-Ganier were on a points hunt for the UCI World Cup jersey. Although it was the German champion Felix Klausmann who puts a stop on the dominance of his compatriot and the French champion.

In the men’s qualifying time trials, Quentin Schrotzenberger (France) had a brilliant start, as he set the fastest time in front of an amazing home crowd.

The men’s finals were from another level, with Felix Klausman passing the French riders Titouan Perrin-Ganier and Hugo Boulanger only on the final stretch towards the finish line. Quentin Schrotzenberger secured another UCI World Cup podium after finishing in fourth place.

Simon Gegenheimer had an unlucky heat, and got sent to the back of the pack. He is still leader of the men’s overall despite not making it to the finals and holds off UCI World Champion Titouan by a mere six points.

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Finish line quotes

“I’m so happy to win here on such an amazing location”, Gaia Tormena smiled. “To win in front of the Eiffel Tower is something special, which I’ll cherish forever. Now it’s time to see and enjoy this beautiful city. I’m planning to take the stairs and climb up the Eiffel Tower later today! I think it’s some good workout for next week’s final round.”

“This is incredible, I can’t believe to win another UCI World Cup after Leh/Ladakh (India) last week”, Felix Klausmann enjoyed his win. “I really liked the race course, and the legs felt good. Today was perfect, I couldn’t dream of a better ending.”

With one round remaining and the final chance to shake up the standings, the Grand Finale of the 2022 UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup heads to Winterberg (Germany) next weekend, and will be concluded on a very demanding track. Who’s going to take home the title?

Men’s results - Round 9 - UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup Paris (FRA)

1. Felix Klausmann (GER)
2. Titouan Perrin-Ganier (FRA)
3. Hugo Boulanger (FRA)
4. Quentin Schrotzenberger (FRA)
5. Simon Gegenheimer (GER)

Women’s results - Round 9 - UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup Paris (FRA)

1. Gaia Tormena (ITA)
2. Coline Clauzure (FRA)
3. Noémi Garnier (FRA)
4. Didi de Vries (NED)
5. Agnes Abrahamsson (SWE)

Men’s standings UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup after Paris

1. Simon Gegenheimer (GER) – 380 points
2. Titouan Perrin-Ganier (FRA) – 374 points
3. Quentin Schrotzenberger (FRA) – 313 points
4. Felix Klausmann (GER) – 283 points
5. Daniel Castillo Noyola (MEX) – 143 points

Women’s standings UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup after Paris

1. Gaia Tormena (ITA) – 585 points
2. Marion Fromberger (GER) – 457 points
3. Didi de Vries (NED) – 303 points
4. Marcela Lima (BRA) – 302 points
5. Ella Holmegard (SWE) – 162 points

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