UCI BMX Supercross World Cup: Women’s lead changes hands in South America
Mariana Pajon (COL) and Liam Phillips (GBR) took victory in the fourth of five rounds of the 2015 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Santiago del Estero in Argentina.
In the women’s race, Pajon took victory in front of Stefany Hernandez (VEN) and Alise Post (USA). The Colombian’s victory places her back on top of the UCI Supercross World Cup standings.
Mariana Pajon simply ruled all weekend. After winning the Time Trials Superfinals on Saturday the 2015 UCI BMX Elite Women World Champion did not lose one race all day: "I think this is my best win." Pajon said. "The atmosphere and facility are unique and the Argentinean people welcome everyone. They make you feel like home, I feel like I'm in Colombia and it's awesome to be here. Today I did not lose any laps. I was super confident and got some really good gates and on the final lap I just destroyed my timing and that's what I wanted to do."
Pajon goes into the last round, to be held at Rock Hill, USA, with a 30 point lead over Alise Post (USA) and 60 points over Stefany Hernandez (VEN) who sits in third. Everything will come down to the last race to see who will claim the 2015 overall title.
Elite Men: Liam Phillips confirms
When the eight fastest riders in the Elite Men’s category lined up at the gate, the athlete to beat was Great Britain’s Liam Phillips, who had not lost one lap all day. Even with a less than perfect start, he went on to take his third win of the 2015 season. Anthony Dean from Australia could not find a way on the track to pass the winner, and finished safe in second place. Holland's Niek Kimmann (NED) once again nailed a good result crossing the finish line in third.
After the race Phillips said: "The start in the final was actually not that good. I just clipped it. The gate was a little bit slower than I was used to. I tried to be patient but when you're on the gate for the final you're all like, ‘let's go!’" He continued: "It wasn't one of my best starts but the key was having lane one. I worked hard in the quarters and semis to give myself lane one in the final. My lap times were all good and got gradually faster and faster during the day. In Sweden I felt like I was in control the whole time and I made it work again in Argentina. I'm really, really, really happy right now."
Phillips leads the 2015 World Cup with two Dutch riders in second and third. Niek Kimmann moved up a spot to second place and Jelle van Gorkom's 5th place on Sunday moved him into the top three of the UCI BMX SX World Cup standings.