UCI Trials World Youth Games: Spanish demonstration

Young Spanish trials specialists dominated proceedings at the 2018 UCI Trials World Youth Games in Lazzate, Italy. Already at the top of the medals table last year with three gold medals, they doubled their haul in Lazzate, winning six of the seven titles up for grabs.

The UCI Trials World Youth Games is open to athletes aged 9 to 16, and this year attracted a record 190 specialists of the discipline from 16 countries.

Spain set the tone for the Games on Friday evening, claiming the National Teams’ competition, ahead of last year’s winners the Czech Republic.

Saturday was dedicated to the semi-finals for the six individual categories, with the best athletes qualifying through for Sunday’s finals. The athletes braved hot conditions as they tackled the man-made sections put in place by the organisers in Lazzate.

Only the Czech Republic managed to break Spain’s winning streak, claiming the gold medal in the Youth Girls category. Although missing out on gold medals, France, Japan and Great Britain also had athletes on the podium, finishing 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively in the medals table.