Highlights From This Weekends UCI XCE World Cup In Waregem, Belgium
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Jeroen van Eck and Gaia Tormena dominate in season opener!
Gaia Tormena started her season with an outstanding victory at the inaugural 2020 UCI World Cup. The Italian soloed away and dropped French rider Coline Clauzure in the final round. In the men’s competition, Dutch champion Jeroen van Eck held off last year’s UCI World Cup winner Hugo Briatta and Germany’s Simon Gegenheimer in a sprint of three.
For many of the athletes, this weekend’s opening round was the occasion to pin on a race number for the first time in a year. Waregem first welcomed the UCI World Cup in 2017, and hosted the UCI World Championships last year for the dynamic and fast four-up racing format.
In the women’s elite race, Gaia Tormena has come out the strongest in the first UCI World Cup of the 2020 season, setting the fastest time in the qualifying time trials, and beating former UCI World Champion Coline Clauzure and Dutch champion Didi de Vries in the finals.
Last year’s overall winner of the UCI World Cup, Hugo Briatta was the man to beat at the season inaugural UCI World Cup. He was third in the qualifying time trial but had to satisfy with a second position in the finals.
Men’s results – Round 1 – UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup Waregem (BEL)
1. Jeroen van Eck (NED)
2. Hugo Briatta (FRA)
3. Simon Gegenheimer (GER)
4. Lorenzo Serres (FRA)
5. Jay Bytebier (BEL)
Women’s results – Round 1 – UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup Waregem (BEL)
1. Gaia Tormena (ITA)
2. Coline Clauzure (FRA)
3. Didi de Vries (NED)
4. Chimène Boer (NED)
5. Marion Fromberger (GER)