Check out last week’s events with our weekly recap!
UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships
September 21st-22nd |Grächen, Switzerland
She’s back! Just three weeks after being crowned UCI World Champion in cross-country Olympic, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot confirmed that she is back in shape with a win at the UCI World Championships for the longer distance. In her first XCM Worlds, the French athlete took an early lead on the 70km course to finish nearly two minutes ahead of Slovenia's Blaza Pintarič and South African Robyn De Groot.
In the men’s race (94km) victory went to South America for the second year running. After Brazil’s Henrique Avancini in 2018, it was the turn of Colombian Héctor Páez León to take the rainbow jersey after a race where the overall win was far from decided until a few kilometres from the end, with the lead changing constantly.
🏆 Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (FRA)
2 Blaža Pintarič (SLO)
3 Robyn de Groot (RSA)
🏆 Héctor Páez León (COL)
2 Kristián Hynek (CZE)
3 Samuele Porro (ITA)
UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup powered by citymountainbike.com
September 20th |Graz, Austria
With wins in three of the six rounds of the UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup, young Italian Gaia Tormena has taken the overall win. The UCI World Champion had to make do with second place in the final round in Graz (Austria) but was already assured of overall victory before taking to the start line. Sweden’s Ella Holmegård added a win in Graz to her fourth-round win in Valkenswaard (the Netherlands) to take second overall. Germany’s Marion Fromberger, winner of the opening UCI World Cup round in Barcelona (Spain) finishes the season third.
Men’s overall victory goes to French rider Hugo Briatta, who clocked up his third win in Graz. He raced solo to victory in Austria ahead of UCI World Champion and fellow Frenchman Titouan Perrin-Ganier and Dutch champion Jeroen van Eck. The three athletes finish in that order in the overall UCI World Cup standings.
Women - Round 6
🏆 Ella Holmegård (SWE)
2 Gaia Tormena (ITA)
3 Irina Popova (UKR)
Men - Round 6
🏆 Hugo Briatta (FRA)
2 Titouan Perrin-Ganier (FRA)
3 Jeroen van Eck (NED)
Women - Overall UCI World Cup Standings
🏆 Gaia Tormena (ITA) – 228 p.
2 Ella Holmegård (SWE) – 196 p.
3 Marion Fromberger (GER) – 152 p.
Men - Overall UCI World Cup Standings
🏆 Hugo Briatta (FRA) – 248 p.
2 Titouan Perrin-Ganier (FRA) – 195 p.
3 Jeroen van Eck (NED) – 175 p.
Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup
September 22nd |Waterloo, USA
At 41 years old, the Czech Republic’s Katerina Nash is still on top of the game. After taking 2nd place last week in Iowa City, the experienced rider won the second round in Waterloo to move into the lead of the UCI World Cup standings. In rainy conditions, she took an early lead and never looked back, finishing 19 seconds ahead of Switzerland’s Jolanda Neff.
Meanwhile it was two in a row for Belgium’s Eli Iserbyt, who once again beat fellow Belgian Toon Aerts to claim victory one week after Iowa City. The two men exchanged the lead several times on a slippery course before Iserbyt came through for his second consecutive UCI World Cup victory, eventually finishing over a minute in front of Aerts.
🏆 Katerina Nash (CZE)
2 Jolanda Neff (SUI)
3 Evie Richards (GBR)
🏆 Eli Iserbyt (BEL)
2 Toon Aerts (BEL)
3 Michael Vanthourenhout (BEL)
2019 UCI Road World Championships
September 22nd-29th |Yorkshire, Great Britain
WHAT IS HAPPENING
It was a historic debut to the UCI Road World Championships with the event’s first-ever team time trial mixed relay. This innovative format for national teams of three men followed by three women, saw European Champions the Netherlands take the first team time trial mixed relay rainbow jersey. The teams battled over an undulating 28km course - 14km for the men then the same 14km course for the women – with the final time being taken on the second woman crossing the finish line. Great Britain set an early benchmark with a time of 39:18 but were beaten into third place by the final two teams to cross the finish line. Germany went 28 seconds faster but their time in the hot seat was short-lived, with the Netherlands demonstrating their superiority on the wet and technical course with a final time of 38:27.
🏆 The Netherlands
(Bauke Mollema, Jos van Emden, Koen Bouwman, Lucinda Brand, Amy Pieters and Riejanne Markus)
(Tony Martin, Jasha Sütterlin, Nils Politt, Lisa Brennauer, Lisa Klein and Mieke Kroger)
3 Great Britain
(Harry Tanfield, Daniel Bigham, John Archibald, Lauren Dolan, Anna Hendersen and Joscelin Lowdon)