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Glenn Peeters – Leuven Full Logo 8 LR

UCI World Champions Tormena & Perrin-Ganier dominate in Leuven

Powerhouses Gaia Tormena and Titouan Perrin-Ganier stormed to victory at the UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup in Leuven, Belgium

Glenn Peeters – Leuven Full Logo 8 LR
Glenn Peeters – Leuven Full Logo 8 LR

Powerhouses Gaia Tormena and Titouan Perrin-Ganier stormed to victory

The second round of the 2023 UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup took place in the beautiful city of Leuven, Belgium. Known for its rich history, Leuven provided an ideal setting for intense head-to-head racing on a short and technical course. With no challenging climbs and descents this time, the fast and flat terrain demanded explosive power and precise handling from the riders, as they weaved through tight turns and over various obstacles.

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Leuven Full Snel 1 Glenn LR

Gaia ‘Torpedo’ Tormena is back to winning ways

In a remarkable display of speed and determination, UCI World Cup leader Marion Fromberger once again proved her dominance by clocking the fastest time in the qualifying time trials.

Fromberger’s exceptional performance showcased her unmatched skill and propelled her as the top contender heading into the quarter-finals. As the highly anticipated quarter-finals approached, Fromberger was poised to continue her dominance on a fast and furious course. However, fate had a different plan in store for the German athlete, as Fromberger had a mechanical failure when she was pushing herself to the limit.

The atmosphere in the women’s finals was electric, as the crowd was cheering on local favourite Shanyl De Schoesitter. With her blazing speed, she has set the stage for an exciting and highly-anticipated battle as she narrowly missed out on taking her first UCI World Cup, as Gaia Tormena claimed a sensational victory at the UCI World Cup in Leuven, Belgium. The Danish rider Line Mygdam and Dutch rider Annemoon van Dienst came in respectively in third and fourth place, while Coline Clauzure claimed glory in the small finals for fifth place.

Tormena’s remarkable performance not only secured her triumph in the race but also catapulted her to the top of the overall leaderboard. Gaia Tormena now leads the women’s UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup with 24 points over Marion Fromberger. The Dutch rider Annemoon van Dienst sits in third place.

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Leuven Full Logo 9 Glenn Peeters LR

Titouan Perrin-Ganier shines again in the rainbow jersey

The men’s category was no less thrilling, as the French riders made a powerful statement during the qualifying time trials. Setting the fastest time, Thibaut Kalkhoven and Quentin Schrotzenberger showcased their exceptional speed and skill, solidifying their position as top contenders. However, they did not make it to the finals, as the tension and field of contenders was extremely high.

In the finals, it was the UCI World Champion, Titouan Perrin-Ganier, who emerged as the standout performer of the day. Perrin-Ganier’s explosive power and flawless bike handling allowed him to gain crucial advantages in each heat. With precise cornering and calculated overtakes, he showcased his mastery of the course, leaving his rivals behind. The UCI World Champion celebrated his second UCI World Cup in a row, extending his UCI World Cup race lead.

The battle for the medals was quite intense. Simon Gegenheimer had to satisfy with third place as Belgian local rider Jane Vandersteen won the sprint for second place, with the European Champion Jakob Klemenčič finishing in fourth place. Austria’s Theo Hauser won the small finals and rounded out the podium in fifth place.

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Leuven Full Logo 10 Glenn Peeters LR

Finish line quotes

“With tears of joy, I crossed the finish line. My legs weren’t feeling great, as it was hard to get through the heats. It turned out that I made it to the finals, and I gave it all I got to go for victory. It feels amazing to be back in the lead. Last season, I also finished fourth in the first round, and then I won in Leuven to claim the leader’s jersey. I believe this season could be more or less the same as last year. For now let’s think race by race, without pushing myself too much.” – Gaia Tormena

“It’s my second win here in Leuven, as I also became UCI World Champion in 2020. Today in dry conditions under sunny skies is much better than in pouring rain. It was a super tactical race. There was a really strong field of contenders. I tried to stay calm in the finals, especially in the first half lap, and after that, I simply pushed hard. I didn’t have much of a gap left, but I’m very happy with the result. I’m glad Simon Gegenheimer was on my side, as it helped me to save energy for the final heat. I can’t wait to see what Aalen will bring, but I guess we’ll have to play it differently.” – Titouan Perrin-Ganier

With a short break after Round 2 in Leuven, Belgium, it’s time for the riders to shift their focus and begin their preparations for the next exhilarating challenge in Aalen, Germany. The battle for the UCI World Cup leader’s jersey continues next month on July 15th. The competition is intense, and with each race, new excitement and unexpected outcomes unfold.

Men’s results - Round 2 - UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup Leuven (BEL)

1. Titouan Perrin-Ganier (FRA)
2. Jarne Vandersteen (BEL)
3. Simon Gegenheimer (GER)
4. Jakob Klemenčič (SLO)
5. Theo Hauser (AUT)

Women’s results - Round 1 - UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup Leuven (BEL)

1. Gaia Tormena (ITA)
2. Shanyl de Schoesitter (BEL)
3. Line Mygdam (DEN)
4. Annemoon van Dienst (NED)
5. Coline Clauzure (FRA)

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

1. Titouan Perrin-Ganier (FRA) – 135 points
2. Simon Gegenheimer (GER) – 92 points
3. Quentin Schrotzenberger (FRA) – 75 points
4. Thibaut Kahlhoven (FRA) – 72 points
5. Theo Hauser (AUT) – 46 points

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

1. Gaia Tormena (ITA) – 135 points
2. Marion Fromberger (GER) – 111 points
3. Annemoon van Dienst (NED) – 92 points
4. Didi de Vries (NED) – 74 points
5. Shanyl de Schoesitter (BEL) – 53 points

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