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Perrin-Ganier and Tormena conquer heat and climbs in Sakarya, Türkiye

Titouan Perrin-Gannier (FRA) and Gaia Tormena (ITA) have won round 6 of the 2022 UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup in Sakarya, Türkiye. In hard circumstances (hot weather and a demanding track), they took the victory in front of an enthusiastic Turkish crowd.

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Titouan Perrin-Gannier (FRA) and Gaia Tormena (ITA) have won round 6 of the 2022 UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup in Sakarya, Türkiye. In hard circumstances (hot weather and a demanding track), they took the victory in front of an enthusiastic Turkish crowd.

In the Ayçiçek Vadisi Bisiklet Adası, the biggest bike stadium of the world, riders representing 18 nations and 5 continents gathered for the next race of the UCI World Cup. The track with tough climbs and spectacular downhills was the opposite of last week’s one in Oudenaarde, Belgium. But still, the qualifying time-trial winners were the same: Quentin Schrotzenberger from France and Gaia Tormena from Italy, both securing an additional 30 UCI World Cup points and an excellent base for the heats.

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Both Schrotzenberger and Tormena eventually made it into the big finals, in which UCI World Champion Tormena controlled her race from start to finish, taking her fifth UCI World Cup victory of the season. In an interesting battle for second place, German Marion Fromberger preceded Brazilian Marcela Lima. Mariske Strauss from South Africa finished fourth after an impressive but unlucky day of racing, Iryna Popova from Ukraine took fifth in the small final.

In the men’s final race, it was Frenchman Titouan Perrin-Ganier taking control from the start. Brave attempts from Edvin Lindh from Sweden to pass the French champion didn’t work, so ‘TPG’ took his second win in this 2022 UCI World Cup. Lindh secured second place. Further down in the men’s results, upcoming talent Theo Hauser (Austria) is third, TT winner Schrotzenberger fourth, and Attila Gerely (Hungary) fifth after winning the small final.

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“This is incredible. I can’t believe it: I wasn’t feeling 100 percent today”, Gaia Tormena revealed after her win. “I was very, very stressed and nervous on the start of the final heat. I wasn’t sure if I should open the gas from the beginning, or wait and play a mental game. I decided to go, and it worked!” In the UCI World Cup standings, ‘Torpedo Tormena’ is now sitting even stronger on the top spot.

Perrin-Ganier enjoyed his win with a big smile, although he called it a “super tough one”: “Edvin was super strong. I made a good start and managed to take the leading position all along the race. In the last corner, Edvin was still in my rear wheel. I had to go full gas, full gas, full gas until the finish line.” The Frenchman also goes to the lead position in the men’s category, replacing the German UCI World Champion Simon Gegenheimer, who was absent in Sakarya but returns to UCI World Cup racing in next week’s historic round in Palangkaraya. See you all in Indonesia!

Results

Men’s results – UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup Sakarya

1. Titouan Perrin-Ganier (FRA)
2. Edvin Lindh (SWE)
3. Theo Hauser (AUT)
4. Quentin Schrotzenberger (FRA)
5. Attila Gerely (HUN)

Women’s results – UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup Sakarya

1. Gaia Tormena (ITA)
2. Marion Fromberger (GER)
3. Marcela Lima (BRA)
4. Mariske Strauss (RSA)
5. Iryna Popova (UKR)

FULL RESULTS

Standings

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

1. Titouan Perrin-Ganier (FRA) – 321 points
2. Simon Gegenheimer (GER) – 302
3. Quentin Schrotzenberger (FRA) – 185
4. Felix Klausmann (GER) – 118
5. Lukas Malezsewski (BEL) – 110

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

1. Gaia Tormena (ITA) – 495 points
2. Marion Fromberger (GER) – 287
3. Marcela Lima (BRA) – 235
4. Didi de Vries (NLD) – 207
5. Ella Holmegard (SWE) – 162

FULL STANDINGS

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