Gaia Tormena and Simon Gegenheimer seal overall UCI World Cup victories in Winterberg
Our biggest congratulations to Gaia Tormena (ITA) and Simon Gegenheimer (GER), well deserved overall winners of the 2022 UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup. While Gegenheimer sealed the win in the final round in Winterberg beating challenger Titouan Perrin-Ganier after a thrilling battle, Tormena secured the overall in an eventful women’s race, won by Coline Clauzure (FRA).
From the desert of Abu Dhabi to the historic city centres of Oudenaarde and Leuven, Belgium. Tropical conditions in Palangkaraya, Indonesia. Racing 3500 metres above sea level in Leh/Ladakh, India. From the biggest bike stadium of the world in Sakarya, Türkiye, to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Ski slopes in Falun, Sweden, insane crowds in Aalen, Germany. It’s been a memorable UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup season, pushing eliminator racing miles forward, once again.
Despite rainy and cold weather conditions, the physical and natural track of our classic race in Winterberg, Germany, showed to be a worthy Grande Finale for the 2022 UCI World Cup. Racing in the men’s category promised to be tight, with UCI World Champion Simon Gegenheimer trying to defend a tiny six points margin on challenger Titouan Perrin-Ganier. It only became tighter after Winterberg’s qualifying time-trials, won by Clauzure and Theo Hauser from Austria: Perrin-Ganier finished second in front of Gegenheimer, taking five points back.
Gegenheimer or Perrin-Ganier: the one who would stay ahead of the other in the final heat of Winterberg would take the 2022 UCI World Cup home. And that’s where both showed to be true champions: in a classy battle ‘mano a mano’, the UCI World Champion managed to beat his French rival in a tight sprint finish for the win. ‘TPG’ had to settle with second in both the day’s classification and the overall. German champion Felix Klausmann finished third of the day, French revelation Quentin Schrotzenberger third in the general classification.
In the women’s race, the heavy rain showers and gusts of wind took their toll: the demanding track created big time differences, while the wind caused a fall in the women’s semi finals, taking out UCI World Champion Gaia Tormena. Despite being a victim of a force majeure, Tormena remained classy: racing to sixth in the small finals before collecting the 2022 UCI World Cup’s trophy, after winning not less than six rounds. In the final heat, Coline Clauzure stayed ahead of fellow French girls Margaux Borrelly and Flavie Guille.
“Unbelievable”, Simon Gegenheimer enjoyed a double victory in his home country. “The tough climb here in Winterberg was brutal, but I saw the chance to go to first place in the second lap. I took it, rode full gas from that moment, looking back no more. I gave it all and it was super close, but it was a great final. It’s not the first time I won the UCI World Cup overall, but now I took it in front of my home crowd in Germany. This was a sweat one!”
“Taking another overall UCI World Cup victory home is something incredible. It is the most important title of the year, I think”, Gaia Tormena savoured her big season so far. “The rider winning the UCI World Cup’s classification, is the most complete athlete of the year. I am very, very proud to win this award. Thank you very much to everyone.” The injured Marion Fromberger (GER) and Marcela Lima (BRA) joined Tormena on the overall podium of the 2022 UCI World Cup.
Men’s results – UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup Winterberg
1. Simon Gegenheimer (GER)
2. Titouan Perrin-Ganier (FRA)
3. Felix Klausmann (GER)
4. Quentin Schrotzenberger (FRA)
5. Jeroen van Eck (NLD)
Women’s results – UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup Winterberg
1. Coline Clauzure (FRA)
2. Margaux Borrelly (FRA)
3. Flavie Guille (FRA)
4. Line B Mygdam (DEN)
5. Ella Holmegard (SWE)
Men’s final UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup standings
1. Simon Gegenheimer (GER) – 455 points
2. Titouan Perrin-Ganier (FRA) – 434
3. Quentin Schrotzenberger (FRA) – 351
4. Felix Klausmann (GER) – 321
5. Daniel Noyola (MEX) – 143
Women’s final UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup standings
1. Gaia Tormena (ITA) – 623 points
2. Marion Fromberger (GER) – 457
3. Marcela Lima Matos (BRA) – 319
4. Didi de Vries (NLD) – 308
5. Coline Clauzure (FRA) – 219