The fourth and final round of the UCI BMX Freestyle Park and Flatland World Cup saw the overall winners crowned in the Chinese city of Chengdu.
The action came just days before the start of the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships which will be held in the same city, and where the BMX Freestyle Park specialists will battle for the rainbow jersey.
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Top performer in the semi-finals, American Dennis Enarson looked set to win the Chengdu World Cup round after an impressive first run in the finals. However, that was without counting on Australian Jake Wallwork who put in an unbeatable second run to take the victory. Declan Brooks (Great Britain) came third.
The overall winner of the 2018 UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup is Croatia’s Marin Rantes, who finishes the season in front of Venezuelan Daniel Dhers. Nick Bruce (USA) completes the overall podium despite a crash in the qualifications in Chengdu preventing him from going any further in the Chinese round of the series.
For the third consecutive year, Hannah Roberts is the overall winner of the women’s UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup. The American finished second in the Chengdu round which saw victory go to Germany’s Lara Lessman, 18, who recently won gold at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lessman finishes the World Cup season in second place overall. Switzerland’s Nikita Duccarroz was third in Chengdu and third in the overall World Cup ranking.
Canada’s Jean-William Prevost demonstrated perfect control and execution in Chengdu to win the final round of the UCI BMX Flatland World Cup. He out-performed Japan’s Moto Sasaki (2nd) and Matthias Dandois, of France (3rd). Dandois takes the overall World Cup title in front of his good friend and fellow French athlete Alex Jumelin. Prevost’s victory in Chengdu assured him third place overall in the competition.
Japan dominated this year’s women’s BMX Flatland competition with first and second place overall going to Misaki Katigari and Eri Futnasu. The two Japanese athletes finished first and third respectively in Chengdu, separated on the podium by Russia’s Kruglova Ekaterina. Fourth in the Chinese round, French athlete Céline Vaes, finished the season in third overall.
BMX Freestyle Park qualifications at the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships get under way on Friday, November 9th.