Gegenheimer is record holder with 6 UCI World Cup wins
Valkenswaard marked another win for Germany’s Simon Gegenheimer, who moves up to fourth place in the overall standings. UCI World Cup leader Hugo Briatta missed the jump in the first semi-finals and ended up in fourth place in the small finals, won by Jeroen van Eck.
Lehvi Braam had the fastest qualifying lap of the day and was favoured to win on home soil. The Dutch rider was on a hunt for the perfect lap in Valkenswaard but came away with third place. Gegenheimer and UCI World Champion Titouan Perrin-Ganier were battling for position in the second lap. Perrin-Ganier was holding the lead but got overtaken by Gegenheimer on the bridge obstacle. Lehvi Braam finished in third place ahead of Julian Gerhardt from Germany.
Ella Holmegard wins her first UCI World Cup
Sweden’s Ella Holmegard was the fastest qualifier in the women’s competition, ahead of Spain’s Magdalena Duran and Clara Brehm from Germany. The three riders made it through the semi-finals with Magdalena Duran not making it to the big final.
The young Swede keeps performing well this season, as she opened her season with a second place in the first UCI World Cup in Barcelona. Ella Holmegard attacked and took the lead after entering the second lap in the finals. Clara Brehm (Germany) and Dutch rider Didi de Vries went on a chase but couldn’t hold Holmegard’s wheel. The German rider narrowly finished ahead of Didi de Vries. Fourth place went to Barbara Prudkova from Czech Republic.
Hugo Briatta and Gaia Tormena keep overall lead
Frenchman Hugo Briatta finished in eighth, after not making it to the big finals. He secured his lead with a total of 148 points. Fellow Frenchman and teammate Titouan Perrin-Ganier is now second at 125 points with Jeroen van Eck a further 5 points away.
In the women’s standings, Italian rider Gaia Tormena extends her overall standings at 128 points. Sweden’s Ella Holmegard moves up to second with a total of 106 points and German Marion Fromberger now sits third at 92 points.
Winterberg (Germany) will be the next stop of the UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup, to be held on Sunday, September 15. The finals will take place later on that month in Graz, Austria.
Men’s results - Round 4 - UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup Valkenswaard (NED)
1. Simon Gegenheimer (GER)
2. Titouan Perrin-Ganier (FRA)
3. Lehvi Braam (NED)
4. Julian Gerhardt (GER)
Women’s results - Round 4 - UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup Valkenswaard (NED)
1. Ella Holmegard (SWE)
2. Clara Brehm (GER)
3. Didi de Vries (NED)
4. Barbora Prudkova (CZE)