MTB Eliminator: Braam and Boe Jacobsen defy rain to take victories

Sep 24, 2018, 07:19 AM

The sixth of seven rounds of the UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup powered by took place in Antwerp, Belgium, at the weekend.

Just one week after the fifth round in Winterberg (Germany) the athletes again came head to head, this time at Antwerp’s Park Spoor Noord, rendered slippery due to rain.

In the men’s competition, Dutch rider Lehvi Braam took his first UCI World Cup victory of the season in front of Spain’s Alberto Mingorance and Swedish Champion Anton Olstam. The other rider in the final was UCI World Cup leader Jeroen van Eck (NED). Van Eck had to settle for fourth place but still goes into the sixth and final round with a 64-point advantage (203 in total) over Germany’s Simon Gegenheimer, sixth in Antwerp. France’s Lorenzo Serres is just four points behind Gegenheimer in the overall standings.

The women’s race saw Norwegians on the top two steps of the podium, with Ingrid Boe Jacobsen returning to winning form after victories in the first two rounds. Fellow Norwegian Anna Stray Rongve finished second, ahead of the Netherlands’ Zoë Mulder and Poland’s Marta Turoboś.

Boe Jacobsen is assured of the UCI World Cup win, totalling 265 points after the first six rounds. She is followed in the overall standings by Sweden’s Ella Holmegard (150 points) and European Champion Iryna Popova (138 points), of the Ukraine, who won in Winterberg last week.

The UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup powered by now takes a break of two months before the seventh and final round in Congonhas - Minas Gerais, Brazil, on November 25th.

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