Holmegard and Briatta win the final round in Graz
Graz was the ‘final’ stop of the 2019 UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup. The start was given in the old town of Graz on a challenging course, cheered on by many cycling enthusiasts – under sunny skies. From there, they headed down the narrow streets, crossing a few jumps on the way, before the final uphill towards the finish line on the Karmeliterplatz.
UCI World Champion Gaia Tormena put in another incredible run after setting the fastest time in the qualifying time trial. With two consecutive wins, the Italian rider proved herself completely unstoppable as she claimed the top spot during qualifying by 2,5 seconds. Sweden’s Ella Holmegard slipped away during the qualifying time trial but was somehow the strongest in the final sprint among Tormena.
Hugo Briatta on a winning strike
UCI World Cup leader Hugo Briatta was the rider to beat in the men’s eliminator this season. Today he was the clear winner, finishing solo ahead fellow French rider Titouan Perrin-Ganier. With one lap remaining Hugo Briatta made his big move and went clear of UCI World Champion Titouan Perrin-Ganier and Dutch champion Jeroen van Eck who quickly dropped back to third place. Sweden’s Anton Olstam finished in fourth place.
Ella Holmegard wins a thrilling final round
The pressure was off as Gaia Tormena headed into the final heat having already secured the overall win. However, the Italian showed no signs of taking it easy during the finals, nearly missing out her fourth UCI World Cup win. The only rider who was able to put a dent in Tormena’s winning streak was Ella Holmegard. The Swedish rider who took the win at Round 4 in Valkenswaard, saw her winning again in the final round in Graz. Rounding out the podium was Ukraine’s champion Irina Popova and German rider Clara Brehm.
Overall titles for Tormena and Briatta
The UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup wrapped up in Graz, Austria with French rider Hugo Briatta and Italy’s Gaia Tormena claiming the overall title. Briatta won with a total of 248 points, ahead of teammate Perrin-Ganier at 195 points and Van Eck a further 20 points adrift.
Tormena secured her title in the women’s overall with a total of 228 points. Joining her on the podium were Ella Holmegard (196 points) and Marion Fromberger (152 points).
Men’s results - Round 6 - UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup Graz (AUT)
1. Hugo Briatta (FRA)
2. Titouan Perrin-Ganier (FRA)
3. Jeroen van Eck (NED)
4. Anton Olstam (SWE)
Women’s results - Round 6 - UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup Graz (AUT)
1. Ella Holmegard (SWE)
2. Gaia Tormena (ITA)
3. Irina Popova (UKR)
4. Clara Brehm (GER)
Men’s results - Overall standings - 2019 UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup
1. Hugo Briatta (FRA) – 248 p.
2. Titouan Perrin-Ganier (FRA) – 195 p.
3. Jeroen van Eck (NED) – 175 p.
Women’s results - Overall standings - 2019 UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup
1. Gaia Tormena (ITA) – 228 p.
2. Ella Holmegard (SWE) – 196 p.
3. Marion Fromberger (GER) – 152 p.